By now you’ve heard of CrossFit or at the very least, you’ve seen it on TV.
It’s become increasingly popular and is arguably considered to be one of the most effective fitness regimens out there. If you haven’t noticed already, personal trainers, athletic programs, law enforcement, and military trainers alike are all incorporating it into their training programs. It’s so popular and effective that it’s blossomed into a billion dollar industry with a growing number of gyms sprouting everywhere. Especially within its birth state of California.
CrossFit classes aren’t cheap, however. Membership fees will cost you on upwards of an agonizing $100 per month. If that’s too steep, there’s never a better time than now to setup a home CrossFit gym. You may have to pay a bit up front but you’ll save a tremendous amount of money in the long run. As long as you have the drive and the internet to follow some routines, you’ll be in the best shape of your life in no time. Maybe you can even convince some friends to join you.
Here’s a short list of some CrossFit equipment that you’ll need to get you started. For those who don’t have a lot of up front capital, you can start off with a couple of the following:
- Barbell – If you can, try to make this your first purchase along with the bumper plates. You’re going to find yourself using this a lot. There are different types of barbells including variations in weight, length, and diameter but we won’t get into that here. All you need to worry about is getting a decent bar to get you started. You won’t be doing enough weight to damage the bar so expect to be using it for a few years, if not longer. Prices will vary depending on make, weight capacity, finish, and number of other factors but you shouldn’t have to spend more than $200 for a decent bar. Just remember, though, the objective is to buy once or at least something that will last you a few years. Don’t buy the cheapest one listed or you may find yourself shopping for another one sooner than anticpated. Cap has a good barbell for about $140 that has 1000 lb. weight capacity.
- Rubber Mats – You’re going to want these. Better yet, you’re going to need these. You don’t need to cover the entire floor, just the area where you’ll be dropping the barbell and if you wish, you can cover the area where you’ll be standing. Here’s some advice. Go to a local feed store. They may have horse stall mats that are extremely durable and MUCH cheaper than the floor mats sold elsewhere.
- Bumper Plates – If you intend on doing controlled movements throughout each routine, then iron plates will be fine but if you’re going drop them, then you’re going to need bumber plates. Bumper plates are made from rubber, so they can handle the impact when you drop the weights. You can mix them up provided that the majority of the heavy weights are bumper.
When you’re ready to move up, then you may want to consider adding a bit more to your home CrossFit gym. The following are additional pieces of equipment that are highly recommended to take you to the next level:
- Plyo Box – You can buy Plyo Boxes or if you’re handy with tools, you can build it yourself. Here’s a good video tutorial to follow. Box Jumps carry several benefits including burning fat, increasing your athleticism, and improving your coordination and endurance.
- Power Rack – This is a must have. Although you don’t necessarily need it when you’re starting out, you’ll want it, especially when you progress in your CrossFit journey. Power Racks enable you to perform numerous exercises without the need for a spotter. Here’s a list of the best power racks that are under $500.
- Bench – Get an adjustable bench. You’re going to need it with the next piece of equipment on this list.
- Kettlebells – You won’t need too many of these. Just enough to provide the right amount of weight to effectively do clean, snatches, and swings. If done correctly, Kettlebell exercises will make a tremendous difference.
- Medicine Ball/slam ball – Both make a great addition to any home gym and they both provide similar benefits. The main difference between the two is that slam balls are meant to withstand impacts unlike medicine balls.
WARNING: As with any weightlifting regimen, it is extremely important to practice form with CrossFit. When you start training at higher intensity and volume, you’ll increase your chances of injury so don’t go too hard too fast. Especially, if you have a preexisting condition…that’s a recipe for disaster.
Youtube has both good and bad tutorials for CrossFit. Follow them cautiously. One I highly recommend is Dmitry Klokov’s Youtube channel. Excellent tutorials along with a huge assortment of motivating videos.
Good luck and most importantly, have fun!