The CrossFit has helped a lot of people get into better shape and improve their health. And anyone who attends sessions at a CrossFit gym knows that you need to have some essential equipment in your home gym to supplement your days in session. Or maybe you aren’t able to or don’t want to attend a gym session. Either way, here are the top 5 pieces of equipment you need to continue your CrossFit sessions at home.
EQUIPMENT #1 – Olympic Barbell
It’s really not CrossFit without a weightlifting barbell. This is a major priority for every gym, actually, and it is pretty obvious why this is so. An Olympic barbell is, perhaps, the most important piece of equipment because, of course, it allows you to not only perform a variety of exercises/lifts, but you can also adjust the weight as you get stronger.
A standard Olympic barbell weighs 20 kg for men and 15 kg for women. Women’s barbells are also designed to facilitate smaller hands. You also want to avoid a bar with knurling but have a tensile strength of 150,000 PSI.
Of course, you will also want to get bumper plates for your barbell, of varying weight. Bumper plates are better for CrossFit than classic iron plates and because CrossFit is so popular today, competition has increased, which brings price down. At the same time, though, make sure you always use a reputable brand.
EQUIPMENT #3 – Pull-Up Bar / Power Rack
There are a couple different ways you can set up a pull-up bar. You can always buy (or build) a wall-mounted or a ceiling-mounted bar but you can also opt for certain squat stands that offer a pull-up bar extension. You can also buy a Platinum Rig power rack. The power rack, of course, will cost the most, but it is the best value as it offers a variety of workout configurations under the safest conditions.
EQUIPMENT #4 – Plyometric Box / Squat Box
The plyometric/squat box is, much like the power rack, a versatile piece of equipment. Unlike the power rack, though, these pieces are quite inexpensive. In some cases, you can even build them yourself, if you have the skills. These vary in height from 12” to 24” and they are good for box jumps, step ups, and box squats. Of course, you can always add weight to increase the workout.
EQUIPMENT #5 – Medicine Ball / Slam Ball
And if you want to increase weight for a box jump or step up, for example, you can always use a medicine ball. There are also many other strength and stamina exercises you can do with a medicine ball—especially if you have a workout partner—making this another inexpensive, but valuable, investment.
Medicine balls have many uses, but mostly they are used for wall balls. They can also be used for cleans, push-ups, weighted core exercises like the plank, or tossing to a friend.