Building a Crossfit Home Gym: What You Need to Know
To say times are different right now is an understatement with all the gyms, restaurants, bars closed all at once during this quarantine. A home gym couldn't be more important than it is right now to keep a clear mental state, staying in shape and to try to keep a bit of normalcy in your daily routine during these weird times.
It really doesn't take much to start your home gym with a few pieces of equipment and build up from there. We started our home gym when we were RVing full time from 2017-2019 with a few kettlebells, mats, weight vest, jump ropes and some mini bands. This got the job done and made us more creative in our WOD programming with limited equipment. A year later we added an olympic weight lifting set and pull up bar.
Fast forward to August 2019, we bought a house and converted the two car garage into a home gym. We already had 230lbs. of plates, a 45lb. barbell, 4 Kettlebells and a few other pieces of equipment. In the following 8 months we added a Rogue Monster Lite Squat Stand with pull up bar, Plyo Box (20, 24, 30), 55lb. Kettlebell, some 5lb. plates and 2.5lb. plates, foam roller, AbMats, gymnastic rings, horse stall mats and an Assault Bike Classic. For timers we use our phones using the app SmartWod Timer, it has many features such as EMOM, For Time, Tabata, FGB and AMRAP, all are fully customizable. Most of this equipment we got on Ebay or Amazon either used or brand new priced less and same quality as Rogue. A little bit at a time and it's not overwhelming on the wallet and on the build. Other sources to buy used equipment are Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and local boxes in your area.
Equipment add update. We just bought the Rogue Home Gym Timer and some 15lb. plates so dropping at 75lb. is now an option. But it looks like these will be delayed in shipping for a little while.
One caveat is that we do belong to our local box that we go to 2 times per week to get the community aspect and you can never mimic working out with other people, it's just more motivating. A few things we cannot do at our box at home are wall balls and muscle-ups and adding a rower is in the future.
Any room, no matter where can be converted into a home gym, the only limitations you will run into is the height of your space and the construction of the floors that will determine if you can drop bumper plates in your space.
It's definitely nice to have the option to do your own WOD at home if you don't like your Boxes WOD that day or you are strapped for time and need to burn a workout in a short period of time, it's a great option.
If you are looking for WOD sources, Wodwell is a great library of a ton of WODs like heroes, girls, games, etc. Comptrain (Crossfit New England) is what our gym uses and we use as well as our own programming you can access here on our site, CarveEngine WODS.
In the end a home gym is a tool that will become invaluable in your workout routine and make you even more motivated to get after it as well as broaden your knowledge of Crossfit and your own body.