As part of the Organizing My Entire Home series, I’m finally moving on to my absolute favorite part of the house. Our Crossfit Garage Gym!
A couple of years ago I had the privilege of working at a Crossfit box (not as a coach mind you, although that was definitely in the back of my mind). I was all in and I loved every single minute of it!
On my one year anniversary at that box, we moved 40 miles away. Since it wasn’t practical for me to haul my two sons across town to work out every day, I would have to find a new Crossfit (and pay the membership fee).
Now, let me tell you, if you have the opportunity to join a Crossfit, DO IT! It’s worth every single penny to to get in shape, be encouraged by the community, have mutual accountability, and have coaches correct your form so you can prevent injury. That last one is the most important reason!
However, at the time of our move, my husband and I decided that we would invest the annual membership fee for both of us into our own equipment. We decided to set up a Crossfit Garage Gym
The downside was that we wouldn’t have coaches watch us to correct our form anymore. But the plus side was we could work out anytime we wanted…and get our kids involved too!
So if you’ve been wanting to figure out how to create a Crossfit garage gym at home (or if you’re just curious to see how someone else did it) keep on reading…
It was important to us that we figure out a set up in our garage that would maximize space because we wanted to be able to park our vehicles in the garage. It definitely took some measuring and researching, but we figured out how to put a full Crossfit gym, two vehicles, and yard equipment in one garage. Granted, the depth of our garage is about 3 feet longer than our longest vehicle so we are super blessed in that regard.
The essential equipment
Okay. If you want to set up Crossfit-style gym in your garage, this is the section for you. I’m breaking it down into two parts: 1. the essentials, and 2. the extras.
Here are the must have pieces of equipment (with links to order) for some of the most essential pieces of equipment needed.
Pendlay squat rack with pull up bar – This particular piece of equipment was the most difficult decision to make. We wanted a pull up bar that wasn’t connected to the wall, we wanted a weight rack that was secure, but we didn’t want a huge piece of equipment that took up half of our garage. We also needed it to be tall enough that my husband’s feet wouldn’t hit the floor but short enough that I could jump up and grab it. After doing way-to-much research, this is the one we landed on. I couldn’t be happier!
Dip Attachment – We got the dip attachment that goes with our squat rack but I just found this one that is smaller, less expensive and still attaches to most squat rack rigs.
7-Foot Olympic Bar – I’m sure you know this, but you need a sturdy bar! You don’t want to be in the middle of a power snatch and have your bar snap. This one has a 1500 pound solid test but there are definitely others to choose from.
Rubber bumper plates – One of the oddest things to get used to when joining Crossfit is the rubber plates. But once you’re used to them, you can’t image working out with metal weights anymore! These are definitely a must when setting up a Crossfit Garage Gym at home.
Lighter plates – Since the lightest bumper plate is 10 pounds, we knew we needed a couple of lighter plates to make the transition to heavy weight seamless. We picked up two each of a 5 pound plate and 2 1/2 pound plate. I’m sure a 1 pounder would come in handy on Max Lift days, but we’ve been okay without them.
3-in-1 box – Since there are two of us working out in our garage (plus several friends) we didn’t want to get a box with only one height option. We also wanted room to grow without buying a new one. So even thought the 3-in-1 is a little bit more expensive, it seemed like the one to get. If you’re the handy type, you can make your own 30/24/20 box.
Adjustable speed rope – Having at least one other cardio option other than running is important for the sake of variety. So if you have an extra $7 to invest in your Crossfit home gym, a speed rope is a must if you want to learn how to do those double unders!
Concept 2 rower – If you’re really motivated, you might want a rower. They are pricy though. We totally lucked out on this because the rower we found was a used, older model. It’s not a slick as the newer models, but they were practically giving it away (!!) and works great. Plus it stores upright in the corner of our garage.
Bands – If you can’t quite get your pull-up, need some assistance with your dip, or just want to make sure you get in enough mobility, Crossfit bands are a must. You can start with one or two, or get a set.
Medicine balls – One of my favorite WOD’s is “Karen,” 150 wall balls for time. But of course there are a dozen other exercises you can use a medicine ball for. If you want to start with a very basic home gym, get a medicine ball, kettelbell and speed rope. It will be fun!
Kettlebells – I didn’t want to feel like I had to have kettelbells in every weight so I was extremely excited to find an adjustable kettlebell. It was the best value pound-per-pound that I could find. I can’t find my exact kettlebell to link to, but this one is an option, although definitely more expensive than the one I have.
I pretty much think those are the essentials when it comes to setting up a Crossfit gym at home. You can create some tough WOD’s with only the above.
Of course, there’s some other equipment you may want to add over time…
Floor mats – you can also get some at Tractor Supply but I was told the smell is super strong and doesn’t ever really go away.
One of the pros to working out at home is that our kids can play outside while we workout…or even do their own mini-WOD.
Some very generous family members gave our boys some toddler WOD toys during their most recent birthday’s and over Christmas. Each piece weighs about a pound so these are definitely toys, not weights. But our kids love feeling part of the workout!
The final result
Although I certainly miss working out at a Crossfit affiliate, I absolutely love our Crossfit Garage Gym. It’s convenient. It’s been fun to get the whole family involved. It’s been fun to have friends come over and workout. And we’re still able to get both of our cars in the garage…with our equipment. How about that?!
So tell me, do you Crossfit? Do you want to Crossfit? Or do you think Crossfiters are crazy? 🙂
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