We started our CrossFit gym at a local track with no gear and slowly built our way up to our garage and then a small retail space. Here are a few tips along the way.
Question: Do you have an equipment purchase list and prices for a CrossFit garage gym or box? Yes; check out this list.
What are the best bumpers + barbells for a CrossFit gym?
Check out OFW Bumper Plates + Barbells @ FringeSport.com
• Pull-up bar $40 + up (DIY cheaper)
• Olympic barbell – $200 and up
• Barbell collars or straps – $9 and up
• Spring collars $5 and up (can buy used cheaper)
• Rubber bumper plates $100 to start – add more later
• Small metal plates $25 and up (buy cheaper used)
• Wood gym rings – $60
• Medicine ball $90
• PVC pipe or wooden dowels for mobility warmup $5
• Speed Jump Rope $20 and up
Total = $546
If you buy used it can be much cheaper and if you shop around and get coupon codes you can keep the price low.
Question: If you had one item to start a CrossFit garage gym what would that be?
I think it would have to be a good Olympic barbell and build the gym around that item.
If you have a good barbell there are so many other things that you can do to build your skills.
Video How To Build A CrossFit Garage and Home Gym
Check out the V2 Bomba Olympic barbell @ FringeSport.com
Instead of getting a plyo box hold off for now and do lunges and squat jumps in your workouts.
Next on your list you want to add these items:
• Adjustable squat stands $250 and up. You can spend $400 plus on a really nice squat stand
• Glute-ham developer GHD $300 to $900 plus
• Light training barbells (10, 15, 22, or 25 pounds)
• Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike (Black) or assault bike
Where is a good deal to buy a wood plyo box?
We like the CFF Wood Plyo Box as it is sturdy and last through abusive CrossFit workouts.
Video – Zach Even-Esh on How to Build a Kick @SS home gym
CFF 20 Lb Wall Ball – Best Priced Medicine Ball $45
• Plyo boxes $80 to $135 (CFF Box $85)
• Flat benches $50 to $150
• Kettle bells $50 and up
• Parallettes $25 DIY to $50
• Climbing rope $35
• Rubber flooring $20 a mat
• Rubber stretch bands for assisting bodyweight exercises and mobility wods $5 and up
Video – Setting up a Rogue Fitness Garage Gym
CFF 53 lb Russian Kettlebell – Check out the Low Price $69
Here are the last items you will need to round out your gym.
• Power cages or half racks $300 and up.
• Platforms $50 DIY and up
• Punching bags $150
• Parallel bars
• Stall bars
• Airdyne Exercise Bike (stationary or not) $150 used up to $700 plus
Throw in a few extras and your ready to go:
Ader Gym Chalk to keep your hands dry during barbell workouts and muscle ups.
Wrist wraps to provide extra support to your wrist when doing barbell work and kettlebell swings.
What is a good barbell for under $300? A good sub $300 barbell – check out the video below.
Questions from our athletes and readers online.
Question: Coach; I am on a shoe-string budget – what are the minimum gear I need for a garage gym? Get an olympic barbell, bumpers, spring collar, pull up bar, and jump rope to start.
Question: Coach, I am short on funds, can I just use horse stall mats for my garage gym? Yes; those work well – we have those in our gym.
Question: Coach, my speed rope just broke. Where can I get a replacement rope for my jump rope? Check out Jump Rope Replacement Cable HERE
Question: What kind of bumpers do you use in your gym? We use OFW bumpers and Hi-Temp bumpers.
Question: Is it ok to use a olympic barbell that has a pin? It is ok to start with but eventually you will wear out the bolt pin from dropping it and the threads will strip. You can then upgrade to a bearing bar.
Question: I am on a budget, where can I buy cheap cross fit equipment? We bought some of our first CrossFit equipment at a local sports store and off Craigslist. We also found a slightly used rower (floor model) at a local gear distributor.
Question: What is your opinion of Rogue vs Fringesport? Rogue is good but Fringesport has lower prices and just as much value.
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