Walk into any Globo gym (LA Fitness, Ballys, etc.) and there are more machines than athletes… and most of them never get used.
CrossFit by design uses no machines other than a C2 Rower.
Check out this list of the essential gear you will need to open and run a CrossFit gym.
Olympic barbell – this is the foundation of the CrossFit workout as you will be able to build strength and learn barbell movements. Rogue Fitness makes a great bar as well as Pendlay.
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Bumper plates – add a few bumper plates to your barbell and now were talking strength. You can pick up a great set by Rogue Training Bumpers By Hi-temp along with MuscleDriverUSA.com and Christians Fitness Factory.
If your looking to skip picking up single pieces you can jump up a notch and grab a larger Crossfit equipment package from Rogue.
Pull-up bars – no CrossFit garage gym is complete without a pull up bar. The bars are great for of course – doing pull ups – but you can do toe to bars and hang rings for other workouts. The Stud bar pull up bar is a standard in the garage gym along with several configurations from Rogue Fitness.
Dips bars – easy to set up and workout to build upper body strength. You can add a stretch band across the bars if your just starting out.
Gymnastics rings and parallettes – If you want to build upper body strength and body balance – you will need to step up to the rings. MuscleDriver makes a great set of wooden gym rings. You can try to make your own but you will spend 2 hours and they will look funky. You can buy a good pair of wooden rings for $60. Want to give your core a full workout – then try the parallettes.
Plyometrics boxes – also called jump boxes. This is where you build speed and power in your legs — and get the full cardio sweat. Easy to build and put them in your gym.
Dynamax medicine ball – is a great piece of equipment for warming up and a full body workout with wall ball throws. The Rage Fitness medicine ball is another great alternative that is good value for the money.
Dumbbells – versatile as you can use them for warm ups, kettle bell swings and farmers walks. York Dumbbells are a standard around many gyms across the country.
Kettlebells – introduced to the US only a few years ago from Russia – the kettle bell offers a full body workout in a small package. Dragon Door kettle bells were the first to enter the US.
Climbing rope – every CrossFit gym needs a climbing rope as it is low cost and takes up little room. A full body workout just waiting to happen.
Concept 2 Rower
– expensive (compared to other items) but a must have for cardio workouts.
Glute-ham developer – another expensive piece of equipment but no CrossFit gym is complete without one GHD machine. The York Barbell Glute Ham Developer
gets great reviews and is a workhorse in the gym.
This will equip your garage with more than enough to follow the workout of the day (WOD) very closely).
Extra CrossFit Gear Stuff:
It will be good to get a few sets of jump ropes. Yoga Mats are great for doing sit-ups and mobility work. A good foam roller is key to keeping your body rehabbed and tuned up.
Question: Where can I find a good feet of used crossfit parallete bars for sell? Check out the big sale on used gear after the CrossFit Games or Regionals.
Question: What is your favorite barbell to use for all around lifting? We like the OneFit Wonder bomba barbell from FringeSport.
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