On Aug. 3-7, 2022, the reigning Fittest Man on Earth®, Justin Medeiros, will return to Madison, WI, to attempt to defend his CrossFit Games championship. If successful, he would be the first Individual Men’s athlete to win back-to-back titles since Mat Fraser‘s five-year reign as champion ended when he retired from competitive CrossFit.
On July 2, 2022, Medeiros let the cameras roll, revealing everything he keeps in his camouflage NOBULL gym bag adorned in colored sweatbands. Check it out in the video below, courtesy of Medeiros’ YouTube channel:
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Justin Medeiros’ Gym Bag
Medeiros carries so many effects that his gym bag isn’t big enough to hold it all. While he would pack his peanut butter crunch-flavored whey protein powder in his gym bag if he could, Medeiros has to carry it outside of his backpack. The protein powder is used for a quickly mixed protein shake post-workout.
After shaking up his shake, the zipper of his gym bag is undone, and he pulls out his pre-workout and hydrosalt. He usually mixes both with water during his strength sessions, ensuring his sodium and carb levels don’t deplete. Speaking of carbs, Medeiros carries quick glucose hits in the form of gummy fruit snacks and oatmeal bars.
For recovery purposes, Medeiros carries a CBD spray that he will rub on his muscles during long breaks between sessions or at night before bed after an intense training day. Likewise, he will use CBDMD Freeze — a pain relief gel — before a session if his muscles ever feel tight or sore. A Hypervolt massage gun also earns its keep in Medeiros’ gym bag as a muscle-recovery tool.
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For his training sessions that get sweaty, which is most of them, Medeiros has athletic tape handy to provide a better grip when performing a workout involving a barbell or dumbbells. For his warmups, Medeiros has a foam ball buried in his bag. It functions similar to a foam roller while being the size of a softball — much easier to keep in a gym bag. If he wants to loosen up tight muscles further, he keeps a sidekick tool in one of the pockets, which can help release tension and potentially improve blood flow to the target area.
I don’t know how all this stuff fits in here normally.
If a workout calls for a lot of pull-ups, muscle-ups, or toes-to-bar, Medeiros protects his hands with a pair of Victory Grips, which wrap around his wrists and fingers with a pad this leather that covers his palm.
In downtime away from the gymnastic rings and rowing machines, Medeiros is ready to game with three decks of cards and a Cribbage board.
I don’t go anywhere without a Cribbage board.
Back to the training equipment, Medeiros has a pair of knee sleeves, two leather lifting belts, wrist wraps, lifting straps, and his lifting shoes handy for any gym session. In the tighter pockets of Medeiros’ bag are two rolled-up jump ropes and an additional replacement cable in the event one of them breaks.
If his gym bag suggests anything, Medeiros is likely prepared for anything thrown his way. We’ll see if he’s ready to defend his CrossFit Games title come Aug. 3-4, 2022.
Featured image: @justinmedeiros34 on Instagram