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Yael Grauer
05-13-2008, 10:57 PM
Okay, I managed to score a $50 gift card to Sports Authority. Drove down, asked them if they had abmats, no go. Asked them if they had rings, no go. Asked them if they had bands for pullup assistance, nada. Looked for Nike Frees, nope. So all they had that I was mildly interested in was a pullup bar (but I think I'd rather save up for rings since I can't even do a pullup yet), some special pullup handle thingies (not sure how necessary this is) and some watches. Then I started looking at Timex but of course they were expensive.

I do grappling and sometimes Muay Thai at this great MMA gym I go to, and they have all the equipment I need for my regular weight training too (which is from the New Rules of Lifting For Women), and I already have a med ball etc. so can't think of anything I really need/want other than the things they don't have. (They do have hex dumbbells and kettlebells, but I'd rather wait and get more and better elsewhere.)

Any suggestions? Anyone familiar with their wares?

Let me know if you have ideas before I spend all my money on pink Under Armour shirts.

Allen Yeh
05-14-2008, 03:32 AM
Ha, the first thing I thought was clothes?

I haven't been to a Sports Authority in a long time and looking at how I workout now I can't think of what I'd get there other than workout clothes. Most of the stuff I'd want you can only get online.

Sorry this isn't much help!

Derek Simonds
05-14-2008, 04:14 AM
Allen is dead on in regards to workout stuff. I would use it for fishing or camping gear.

How do you like the NROL for Women? I bought it for my wife and she has started reading it and using some of the stuff.

Leo Soubbotine
05-14-2008, 05:47 AM
Gant will kick my ass for saying this:

I'd buy me some board shorts!

John Alston
05-14-2008, 06:28 AM
yoga/stretch mat, athletic tape, ab wheel, resistance bands, pullup bar (how better to learn to do one than when you have it in your face at home every day?)... that's all I can think of besides apparel, which can be fun.

Mike ODonnell
05-14-2008, 06:51 AM
Get some UA sandals....most comfortable things I wear all day during the summers....

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 06:54 AM
They did have chalk, which is cool. I already have an ab wheel, but I'm weak!! lol. I looked at the resistance bands but put 'em back on the shelf...

Dave Paton
05-14-2008, 06:54 AM
Is this the Sports Authority on Kolb and Broadway??? Ha!

Anyway, I've been there several times and I recommend the ab wheel. that's where i got mine. other items i have bought there are Nike dri-fit socks, under armour t shirts and spandex shorts. I hope you're not wearing cotton while rolling on the mat!!!!

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 06:55 AM
How do you like the NROL for Women? I bought it for my wife and she has started reading it and using some of the stuff.

I like it because it starts off super easy and I'm going to be really ramping up my MMA over the summer, so it's perfect.

John Alston
05-14-2008, 06:56 AM
They did have chalk, which is cool. I already have an ab wheel, but I'm weak!! lol. I looked at the resistance bands but put 'em back on the shelf...
I have some cheap resistance bands that totally fix up my back if I use them to do goodmornings with. Every time. Just low resistance, a few sets of 8-12, nice arch, and everything in there is dandy, whether it was from boxing in the past or lifting more recently.

Gant Grimes
05-14-2008, 07:38 AM
Gant will kick my ass for saying this:

I'd buy me some board shorts!

Dammit! I was going to suggest grabbing a handful of the $5.99 cotton shorts and some 3/$10 t-shirts.

On a sadder note, the elastic and lining is coming out of my 9-year old swim trunks. I'm going to have to do something about it. I went to the store the other day and all they had was f'n board shorts. I thought about you when I tried the damn things on (which was even more upsetting). If they fat in the ass and thighs, they're too loose in the waist (no elastic band). If they fit in the waist...well, I couldn't get them over my legs. You're a lot bigger than I am; how do you wear these damn things?

I hate style.

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 07:38 AM
I hope you're not wearing cotton while rolling on the mat!!!!

I wear UnderArmour, and then I'll throw a t-shirt on over it, and then I wear the Alpha Female board shorts they sell on fightergirls.net, or I'll wear shorts with spandex underneath them.

Allen Yeh
05-14-2008, 07:50 AM
Dammit! I was going to suggest grabbing a handful of the $5.99 cotton shorts and some 3/$10 t-shirts.

On a sadder note, the elastic and lining is coming out of my 9-year old swim trunks. I'm going to have to do something about it. I went to the store the other day and all they had was f'n board shorts. I thought about you when I tried the damn things on (which was even more upsetting). If they fat in the ass and thighs, they're too loose in the waist (no elastic band). If they fit in the waist...well, I couldn't get them over my legs. You're a lot bigger than I am; how do you wear these damn things?

I hate style.

Am I the only person that thinks it's mildly disturbing that you thought about Leo while trying on shorts?

I too have this problem with board shorts though, if they fit in the waist I'm practically immobile, forget about swimming. If they are loose on my legs then waist is huge.

Allen Yeh
05-14-2008, 07:51 AM
Do they have good foam rollers at S.A.?

Leo Soubbotine
05-14-2008, 08:13 AM
Yeah. It just takes a tad longer to look through them. I have about 5 pairs now and only one is really tight (I set all my pr's in them - the white and blue ones). The rest fit great, are not tight at all and I can squat clean and squat snatch in them no problem.

The rest fit fine but I did spend a bunch of time trying them on.
I shop @ Ross for those shorts though.
No shorts in the world are worth 50 bucks.
For 20 bucks - that's kind of okay.

I do have a few Reaboks and Russel Athletics ones that I bought for 5-10 bucks and that's what I usually workout in.

Gant Grimes
05-14-2008, 08:20 AM
Am I the only person that thinks it's mildly disturbing that you thought about Leo while trying on shorts?


No. That's the part I mentioned was upsetting.

Thanks for the tip, Leo. I don't like stores, dressing rooms, or the people who use these things. I feel a little weird talking about this.

Sorry for the hijack, Yael. The last thing I bought at SA was an oar for my canoe. But yes, they do have foam rollers last time I looked. An extra pair of bag gloves never hurts, either.

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 08:29 AM
No shorts in the world are worth 50 bucks.

I beg to differ. These girl board shorts are definitely worth the $50.
http://www.fightergirls.com/item.asp?ID=64

I only have one pair though.

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 08:31 AM
Sorry for the hijack, Yael. The last thing I bought at SA was an oar for my canoe. But yes, they do have foam rollers last time I looked. An extra pair of bag gloves never hurts, either.

They have foam rollers? I didn't see any...

Why are the Timex Ironman watches special and sell for $48?

They did have kettlebells, too.

Allen Yeh
05-14-2008, 08:36 AM
I love my Timex Ironman, I think mine was $65 on base. Well worth it though, I love the interval timer option.

Gant Grimes
05-14-2008, 09:17 AM
I beg to differ. These girl board shorts are definitely worth the $50.
http://www.fightergirls.com/item.asp?ID=64

I only have one pair though.

I only fight in these.

http://www.fightergirls.com/_images/products/31_lg.jpg

David Osorio
05-14-2008, 09:56 AM
I had a similar "problem" when one of my relatives bought me a gift card to Sports Authority. I got:

Athletic tape
A backup stopwatch (i've broken too many mid-workout to not have backups)
"The Stick" for soft tissue work
An aluminum water bottle
Knee socks

You could also consider:
Reusable cold packs for injuries and inflammation
Small dumbbells or bands for shoulder pre/rehab
A hard medicine ball for rolling out. I prefer them to the foam rollers when it comes to my calves, glutes and chest
A jump Rope
Cones to mark distances
A backpack

uhmm. that's all i can think of now

Derek Simonds
05-14-2008, 10:25 AM
My new favorite board / fight shorts. They have a split side for you quadzilla mofo's. Plus they have a drawstring waist with like a double / triple velcro closure.

http://onthemat.com/xcart/product.php?productid=693&cat=62&page=1

Eva Claire Synkowski
05-14-2008, 05:22 PM
Let me know if you have ideas before I spend all my money on pink Under Armour shirts.

do it.

Yael Grauer
05-14-2008, 07:40 PM
do it.

LOL! Well, I found purple ones on sale for $12. So I bought the last two they had in small. I also tried on the long-sleeve ones but they don't work. I try to get them in the smallest size possible so they'll stay super snug and then just throw a t-shirt on over them, but when you start doing longsleeves they restrict range of motion.

Anyway, so I got the two purple Under Armour heat protection shirts, the pullup bar (unpadded for $15), and a stopwatch. I went to the store on Oracle so no chalk, unfortunately. Anyway, I spent about $6 over, which is okay with me. Good times!! I was looking at the mats too but I think I can do better than $25.

Then I went to the bookstore next door and found the Gleason's Gym Total Boxing Workout for Women on sale for six bucks! With a foreword by Hilary Swank. Good times.

Leo Soubbotine
05-15-2008, 04:56 AM
Those fight shorts for ladies are cool. We might get a pair for Monique to try i out.