Crossfit continues to be one of the most popular workout styles in the world of fitness. While it’s a great workout for many, the memberships can be costly and not everyone has the flexibility to take advantage of their class schedule. If this is you, and you want to get CrossFit workouts at home, consider building a CrossFit garage gym.
Here’s our top picks for the equipment you need to build a home CrossFit gym and perform your WODs at home.
Why you need one: A weight bench enables you to perform exercises like the bench press or accessory movements such as the one-armed row. It is an essential piece of equipment for developing upper body strength that is a huge component of CrossFit. Selecting an adjustable bench is ideal, since it allows you to perform exercises like the incline bench press.
Why you need it: For certain types of CrossFit workouts, to perform accessory lifts, and to take up less space in your home gym.
One of the biggest downsides to buying an entire rack of dumbbells is the amount of space it takes up. Since most people don’t have an entire wall they can dedicate to their equipment an adjustable dumbbell set is the perfect solution.
Many CrossFit workouts call for the same 3 to 4 weights in WODs usually with 35lb, 50lb, and 70lb weights. Adjustable dumbbells help you save costs as well and prevent you from needing to buy even a few sets of dumbbells.
Why you need it: A kettlebell is considered a must-have for any CrossFit gym, and as a perk, it’s a highly affordable piece of equipment. Kettlebells are ideal for performing swings, deadlifts, squats, snatches, lunges, and much more. Don’t forget a storage rack to store your dumbbells and kettlebells.
Why you need it: The barbell is one piece of equipment where you want to make sure you’re purchasing a good quality one. Choose from a traditional or Olympic barbell both of which allow you to perform high-velocity movements with heavy weights to complete a perfect snatch.
Why you need it: Weight plates are a necessary item to complement your standard or Olympic barbells. Choose a variety of weights that will challenge you such as this Olympic plate set from Tag Fitness.
Why you need it: A squat rack isn’t considered an essential piece of CrossFit equipment, but we do feel it is a beneficial one if you have the budget and space. Perform workouts like squat clean thrusters, front squats, kippin, and more.
Why you need it: While a rower might seem like a one-note piece of equipment, when it comes to building a CrossFit gym this is actually a great piece of equipment to include for both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.
Why you need it: A plyo box is ideal for performing more explosive jumping workouts and plyometric exercises. We recommend the Body-Solid Tools 3-Way Wood Plyo Box 20in., 24in. and 30in. Heights.
Why you need it: Why it’s beneficial: Battle ropes are ideal for both cross-training and general conditioning work. Battle ropes offer a great full-body workout that will strengthen your arms and shoulders while giving you an excellent cardio workout.
Why you need it: Why it’s beneficial: A medicine ball can be used to perform Wall balls, slam balls, and other core exercises such as Russian twists. Medicine balls are great because they are an affordable piece of equipment that offers a ton of versatile workouts. We stock wall ball sets or sell them individually if you want to select your preferred weights.
Why you need it: Quality gym flooring is a great long-term investment that will protect all your other gear and your workout space. Since it’s common to drop weight equipment when doing CrossFit workouts, we feel gym flooring or floor mats are a worthy investment.