Being part of a CrossFit affiliate is awesome, as you can enjoy being with a community of people who identify with one another through suffering and that in turn, fosters camaraderie. However, as awesome as it is…it’s not for everyone. Some athletes would prefer working out at home for various reasons, the main one being that doing a workout from home enables those with limited resources to save a significant amount of time and money.
Now, setting up a home gym is easier said than done. So we’ve put together a short guide on how to get started, taking into consideration both your physical and financial capacity.
Some athletes will outfit their home gyms with airbikes and rowers, resulting in the construction of a mini CrossFit box in your home. There's nothing wrong with that. However, if your goal is to save money, going by the popular recommendation defeats the purpose.
We’ll keep it simple for you. Our goal is to help you stay fit whatever limitations you might be experiencing at the moment. So, here we go!
- A space that's open, clean, well lit and ventilated.
Well, you have to start with an actual space, right? For most, it’s the garage. While for some, it’s their basement. What’s important is that it allows you to do the WOD from anywhere, just be sure that you do it in a comfortable and safe environment. It would also be helpful if you have a portable heater in your garage during the winter months.
You can use your phone for a timer, put on some music and log your WOD and progress in a notebook.
- A Yoga Mat, Your Mobility Toys and a Jump Rope
Mobility gains are equally as important as strength and endurance gains. Stretch regularly and work on your mobility before and after your workout to maximize strength and prevent injuries.
In addition, single-unders and double-unders are key to increasing your fitness capacity and stamina, so make sure you work on these with a good pair of speed ropes.
- A Box and a Medicine Ball
Explosiveness is a key component in functional fitness. A lot of CrossFit workouts incorporate a form of jumping over a box and a medicine ball movement as well, thus the need for these bad boys.
- A pair of Dumbbells and a Kettlebell
Adding weights to your workouts significantly increases your strength and capacity. The beauty of using dumbbells is that you can substitute them for barbell movements and even Olympic lifting movements. Kettlebells, on the other hand, are a staple in CrossFit workouts, so you can’t leave out a good 20 or 24kg Kettlebell on hand.
- A Squat rack with a Pull-up Bar
If there’s something you really need to invest in, it has to be the rack. With this equipment, you can do a lot of things like squatting and even overhead movements. It would be ideal if the squat rack had a pull-up bar, so you can do your pull-ups and toes-to-bars there as well.
Remember, if your goal is to save money, start simple. If you can’t afford a rack, then start with the first four options. Be creative as well. If you have some carpentry skills, you can actually do a makeshift plyo box or even a rack. As long as it’s safe and you can still get your fitness on, you’re good to go.