CrossFit Equipment For Home
I don’t know about you, but I think a $100+/mo is a bit much for a gym membership. I’ve got plenty of other things I could spend my money on. Thats why I complete most of my CrossFit workouts from the comfort, or should I say convenience, of my own garage and driveway.
With a little creativity and ingenuity you can create quite a garage gym. But, even if you’re not Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (probably dating myself with that reference) you can still pick up some great, affordable gear that will allow you to generally follow most WODs.
The table below outlines how I would spend my money if I was building a garage gym starting from scratch…
Why This Equipment?
Skeptical? Good. You should be. First, let me say that the items I highlighted in the table aren’t the be-all end-all. I tried to find options with good ratings that I would personally take a strong look at.
But, you should look at them as a starting point. If you think you can find better, go ahead and do it. But, this equipment represents a great start to any home gym.
|Apollo Athletics Steel Cross-Training Sledge Hammer - 20 lb.|
|ZFOsports - 40# Adjustable Weight Vest|
|Power Systems The Ultimate Sandbag - Power Package Elite|
|20# Dynamax Medicine Ball|
|1 Pood RKC Russian Kettlebell (Dragon Door)|
|Stud Bar Pull Up Bar|
|TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor|
|Plyometric Platform Box Set- 12", 18", 24" Black|
|Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand|
|Rubber Bumper Plate Set|
|Olympic Weight Bar|
|XMark Fitness XMat Ultra Thick Gym Flooring|
Cheap. Portable. Highly efficient and effective. Every garage gym should have several. If you’re serious about CrossFit, you better start jump roping now, cause it take a while to perfect those double-unders (DUs).
Rings are highly versatile. Ultimately, you’ll be doing muscle-ups. But, until you work up to that crazy exercise you can use them for dips and a variety of other exercises (e.g., rows, push ups, and more).
Tire & Sledge Hammer
You know CrossFitters like to jump on and flip big ol’ tractor tires. Well, they also like to bash them, with massive sledge hammers. It’s an insane workout that can be used to develop explosive strength or, at a slower pace, provide a nice, low impact, full-body cardio workout.
Again, another indispensable CrossFit stable. From “wall-balls” and slams, a 20lb medicine ball is highly versatile, will get your heard pumping like a big-block v8, and will help you develop core strength and explosive power.
CrossFit really helped bring this obscure Russian tool to the limelight. It’s like one end of an dumbbell with a hoop handle. Workouts can use either one or two at a time. Men can probably start with a 1 pood (16kg). Women should look at starting with something a little lighter.
I hope you like pull-ups. Cause’ CrossFit sure does. You’ll be doing kipping pull-ups and butterfly pull ups and maybe boring old strict pull ups. They provide a great way to work out a huge portion of your upper body. A good bar, like the one I’ve identified, will give you plenty of room between the part and your ceiling, but will still be really sturdy. You’re going to be putting a lot of shearing force on the bar and it needs to be able to handle it.
So, your workout are just getting too easy. Up the ante and start using a weighted vest. You used to be able to do 20 pull ups!
All of this stuff is great. But don’t forget one of the most basic and important pieces of equipment – shoes. Check out my guide HERE.
The Best CrossFit Equipment For Home – Part II