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Crossfit Home Gyms: Essential Pieces Of Equipment For Fast Results

Updated on April 5, 2012

If you’re interested in starting with Crossfit workouts, one thing that you should definitely consider is building your own Crossfit home gym. When you have the ease and comfort to work out right in your own home, the chances of you skipping a session will be much less. When you have to drive 30 minutes to get to a commercial gym, you may think twice when your schedule gets busy.

Fortunately, creating your very own Crossfit home gym doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a few simple pieces of equipment, you can easily get into the best shape of your life and lose body fat rapidly while you’re at it.

A garage gym is a popular choice as this will give you a little more space and will allow for more flexibility with your Crossfit equipment choices.

Let’s take a quick look at the top pieces of Crossfit equipment to think about including in your workout program.

Crossfit Trainning Equipment

Gymnastic Rings for Crossfit Trainning
Gymnastic Rings for Crossfit Trainning

Crossfit Home Gym Equipment #1: Gymnastic Rings

Perhaps the single most effective piece of Crossfit home gym equipment that you could purchase as far as upper body and core strength goes is a set of gymnastic rings. Gymnastic rings will target every single muscle fiber in the upper body and will also really call your core into play as well. Since this piece of equipment requires you to sustain fantastic core stability and support, you can rest assured you’ll be on the way to flat abs by including this in your Crossfit sessions.

Kettlebells for Crossfit Trainning
Kettlebells for Crossfit Trainning

Crossfit Home Gym Equipment #2: Kettlebells

The next ideal garage gym piece of equipment to pick up is a set of kettlebells. Aim to get two of the exact same weight, or multiple sets of varying weights. If you have a higher price budget, go for the Russian kettlebells as they are a slightly higher quality and will last longer with ongoing use.

Kettlebells will bring great intensity to your Crossfit sessions and will allow you to easily perform swings, renegade rows, along with numerous other exercises.

Jump Rope for Crossfit Trainning
Jump Rope for Crossfit Trainning

Crossfit Home Gym Equipment #3: A Jump Rope

For cardiovascular purposes, you can’t go wrong adding a jump rope to your Crossfit home gym. Jump ropes are extremely cost effective to purchase and can burn fat just as quickly as running would. Just be sure if you are going to use the jump rope in a garage gym that you also purchase some sort of padding to lay down as this will ensure that you keep your joints protected.

Skipping is quite a high intensity activity so you need to be careful of this. If you’d like to step things up, exercise bikes are also a great option and will work all the lower body muscles incredibly well.

Barbell for Crossfit Trainning
Barbell for Crossfit Trainning

Crossfit Home Gym Equipment #4: Barbell & Bumper Plates

Finally, the last piece of equipment to get in place in your Crossfit home gym is a barbell and a good set of bumper plates. While you can use adjustable dumbbells as well, by having a barbell and bumper plates in your garage gym you’ll be more effectively able to hoist heavy weights when doing movements such as deadlifts or bent over rows. These are key strength building exercises, so ones that you won’t want to pass up.

So as you get your Crossfit home gym in place, keep all four of these pieces of equipment in mind. If you have more money left to spend, also consider picking up some resistance bands, weight benches, push-up bars, exercise balls, and a workout bench.

All of these will help you build a comprehensive Crossfit workout program that gets you fast results.


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      jenp123 5 years ago

      This is a really helpful hub! I've written a few hubs about Crossfit, too, and two of them talk about what to do if you don't have equipment but need to work out from home. This is a useful addition. I think I'll add a link to your hub from mine! Also, I understand jaybird22's perspective above, but I disagree. I think, like you said, sometimes people will be less likely to skip a session if they do it at home. Gyms often only have workouts at certain times, whereas you can make your home workout fit into your schedule. I'd love to have a home Crossfit gym, but it is hard to find the money! That's been my biggest problem. Anyway, nice hub! Voted up!

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      jaybird22 5 years ago from New York

      These are great examples of essential cross-fit equipment! The only thing I disagree with is working out at home. You state: "When you have the ease and comfort to work out right in your own home, the chances of you skipping a session will be much less". Whereas I believe someone will save a lot of money working out at home, I have found, through my years of training, that people that have gyms at their home are less likely to stick to a consistent workout schedule. This is simply because there are too many distractions at home. People get home from work and have intentions of working out. Then they do the dishes and say, I'll work out when I'm done. Then the phone rings, and a friend starts talking to them about their trip to the mall and their rough day at work. Then they make dinner for the family. Before they realize it, the night is gone and they go to bed without working out. People that actually take the extra time to drive to a gym or workout studio are 75% more likely to follow through with working out. I have found that, although having good intentions, people have to be a lot more disciplined to workout on a consistent basis at home. Good hub otherwise ;)