For those of us with busy daily schedules, regularly making time for the gym can be very daunting. Making time for a CrossFit workout, in particular, requires a lot of self-discipline, dedication and determination. This workout regime has a vast range of activities and demands a lot out of you. If the thought of losing time travelling to and from the gym after a long day’s work stresses you, then it’s about time you consider building a home CrossFit gym.
Having a home CrossFit gym makes your schedule a tad bit convenient as it eliminates the need to worry about queues, driving (travelling), crowds and of course, monthly gym membership fees!
A home CrossFit gym gives you the ability to customize the gym environment to your specific needs. Building a home gym can be fun but you need to know which versatile and durable equipments to purchase.
Before shopping for equipments, you need to consider the space you have available and the layout of the gym you are building. Layout is very important since a room with restricted space can usually be converted into a home gym if equipment layout is done properly. You must ensure there is ample space in the middle of the room for floor exercises.
Let’s now take a look at the essential equipments you need…..
Pull-up is the finest upper-body bodyweight exercise out there. As such, a good pull-up bar is a must-have and one of the best home gym equipments you can lay your hands on. Pull-ups strengthen your core and build muscles in your arms, shoulders and back.
If you can afford a power rack, then definitely go for it! With power racks, you can choose to go heavy on the bench press as well as back squats. All lifts can be safely performed in your home gym when you have a power rack.
Bumper Plates are a definite must-have for a CrossFit gym. In order to protect your floor, go for bumper plates rather than classic iron plates. The larger size of bumper plates and rubber coating protect your floors when they are dropped. Bumper plates allow you to learn olympic lifts and build strength without fear of ruining your floor.
This equipment is an obvious component of any gym. An olympic barbell is an absolute essential to any CrossFit gym. It can be used to train any muscle or CrossFit movement.
Dumbbells are as essential as a barbell to your home CrossFit gym. There are 2 variations of dumbbells, ‘loadable dumbbells’ and fixed dumbbell sets. ‘Loadable dumbbells’ gives you added customization, meaning, you can load them with plates like a barbell. Dumbbells provides a bit more versatility to your workout.
Besides rope climbing being a necessary move for CrossFit, the climbing ropes can be used as battling ropes. Using battling ropes is a very effective cardio workout.
The kettlebell is a vital equipment for developing strength, muscle and power. If you are looking at saving space, then the kettlebell can be used as an alternative to the dumbbell.
A medicine ball is a very versatile piece of equipment in any gym. Besides the versatility, they can be thrown….sounds fun, doesn’t it? Medicine Balls can be used to develop both lower and upper body strength and power.
A pair of gymnastic rings is an inexpensive piece of CrossFit equipment…..you’ll be doing yourself a massive disfavour if it is not part of your gym equipments. Gymnastic rings are perfect for ring dips, ring push-ups, ring rows, pull ups, front levers and back levers, just to mention a few. Incorporating gymnastic rings into your workouts is an ideal way to find balance between focus, strength and power.
A Jump Rope
A jump rope is a great but low cost addition to your gym. It is a powerful addition to your gym as it offers an effective cardio workout. It also offers an effective means of warming up.
Need to build lower body power?……Get yourself a plyometric box! The inclusion of box jumps into lower body workout routines is increasing by the day. You can even DIY a plyo box if your budget is tight. Plyo boxes come in different varieties, namely, wood, metal, foam, angled, adjustable, etc.
An Adjustable Utility/Weight Bench
It is a great tip to get yourself a utility/weight bench if you own a power rack. The bench is an important piece of equipment for most upper body and some lower body workouts. An adjustable bench that can incline or decline is preferable as it offers more versatility. Ab workouts, dumbbell rows, pull overs and seated shoulder press can also be performed with the help of the bench.
Rubber Floor Mats
Some might not see this as essential, but to protect your floor from markings and cushion it from impact, it is recommended you get rubber floor mats. Yes, you use bumber plates instead of classic iron plates, your floor still risks getting damaged.
Just like rubber floor mats, most might write this equipment off as essential equipment. During a workout session, however, mirrors are the only means to check if your technique and posture is right. This goes a long way to prevent injuries. A mirror is an important addition to your home CrossFit gym.
Let’s Get To Work….
There you have it!…The equipments you need to build your home CrossFit gym is easier to acquire than you think. The benefits of CrossFit are countless……all we need to do is start now, there is no time to waste! Don’t forget to have an interval timer as well as a speaker for your music. A speaker is a key item for those who like music with their workouts. The music makes the workout session feel quicker.
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