This is your At Home CrossFit Gym Buyers Guide. AKA the holy bible of At Home CrossFit Gym Buyers Guide’s. If you disagree… bring it!
This is all based on my knowledge of running StoneWay CrossFit, helping friends build home gyms, and building a gym out of our Sprinter van, which we are rocking today (and have been for 2+ years so far).
In this post you’ll learn what I think are the 3 phases that you should buy your equipment based on getting the most bang for your buck.
This will be really helpful if you’re on a budget or if you want to blow it out and put together the at home CrossFit gym of your dreams right now!
At Home CrossFit Gym Phase 1
Cost $297 – $572+ (not including tax or shipping)
You can get high end rubber hex dumbbells at amazon.com with free Prime shipping. This is what we have, and we haven’t noticed that they are any better or worse than Rogue Fitness rubber dumbbells.
If you can’t find dumbbells on Amazon… we definitely aren’t opposed to getting the Rogue dumbbells, but you might have to pay for shipping. If you could find a promo to get free shipping at Rogue.., you could bundle the Rogue dumbbells with your order.
When picking your dumbbell weights, you’ll want to go with whatever you’ll use most in fast moving metcons. Think about what weights would you use for a dumbbell version of Fran or any of the CrossFit Open workouts.
So far, all of the RX CrossFit Open workouts have used dumbbell weights of 35 pounds for women, and 50 pounds for men. If you’ve been doing those workouts RX, that’s what you should go with.
We’ve been using the same Rogue kettlebells for 4-5 years, and they’ve been great! If you’re used to training with a specific kettlebell weight, then you can probably be ok with just one kettlebell.
Just like with the dumbbells, you’ll want to pick the weight that you’ll use most in a fast moving metcon.
Right now, Emily and I each only have one kettlebell. A 53 (for her) and a 70 (for me), and we are very comfortable with those weights for most kettlebell movements. Meaning we can do 30+ swings unbroken when fresh.
But, if you aren’t as sure about weight… you might want to get two different weights (per person). Further down the road you’ll want at least two kettlebells at each size for movements that require a kettlebell for each hand. Such as kettlebell thrusters or deadlifts.
Although there are a lot of different kettlebell brands we like the Rogue because they are the most likely to be used in competitions or at other gyms. You could go with another brand, but I’d recommend getting kettlebells with the same handle dimensions as the Rogue kettlebells.
Rogue Kettlebells $40-90 (each)
We love RPM jump ropes! And having tried a number of other ropes, the RPM spins the best, and causes the least amount of forearm pump. Which equals more double unders, faster!
However, there is a downside to the RPM ropes. The cables will break from time to time. It’s just the nature of their ropes, and because of this, you should buy a few extra cables (they are only a few bucks).
Having tried a number of different brands of rings, I would recommend going with the Rogue Wood Rings. They are the rings that you’re the most likely to see at other gyms (or competitions), and they are very durable and have never needed to be replaced. You might think the metal or plastic rings would be better, but (trust me) they are not!
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The cool thing about having some rings is, they aren’t very expensive, you can hang them all over the place (trees, playgrounds, etc.), and you can do ring rows, pull-ups, muscle ups, and more with them.
Rogue Wood Rings $72
Always pay more for a high quality wall ball! Trust me! I’ve seen so many discount wall balls that are lopsided or fall apart quickly. And there is nothing more frustrating than using a lopsided wall ball during a tough workout.
I would stick with Rogue or Dynamax wall balls, and have had great experience with both of these balls ;-).
And just like the dumbbells, you’ll want to get the weight that you’ll use in most of your fast moving metcons. You can get heavier walls balls later.
At Home CrossFit Gym Phase 2
Cost $930 – $1500+ (not including tax or shipping)
These are one of our favorite tools, and in some cases could be pushed up into Phase 1. Picking up a heavy, odd object is so functional that it’s silly to not use these regularly.
We love using sandbags (or D-Balls) for cleans, front squats, carries, holds, deadlifts, and more. And would buy them before barbells because they are less expensive and take up less space.
NOTE: When you buy sandbags from Rogue the filler/sand is NOT INCLUDED. Buyer beware! But you can get play sand from Home Depot for $5 x 50 pounds.
Rogue Strongman Sandbags $85 (100lbs) – $90 (150lbs) NOT including filler
These are very similar to the Sandbags, and you probably only need one or the other. I would pick a sandbag over a D-Ball, but you might have another opinion that makes more sense for you.
Rogue MK D-Ball $180 (70lbs) – $400 (150lbs)
Go find yourself a nice Rogue barbell that you’ll have for life.
If you’re not sure which to pick… get yourself an Ohio Bar (men) or Bella Bar (women). They are great bars that will last you forever, and reasonably priced.
Later on, if you get into some high level Olympic lifting… you can get yourself one of the higher priced lifting bars.
With bumper plates you have a couple things to consider… do you want to go with the lowest price (which will be a very good product), or go with something a little fancier.
If you’re VERY strong, the fancier option (below) will be thinner, and allow you to load more on the bar for a deadlift or back squat (500lbs +). Where you might run out of space with the Hi-Temp’s. #StrongPersonProblems
We have been abusing the heck out of the Training 2.0 plates for over a year, and they’ve held up great! We went with these to save on space.
Just save your money and frustration by buying OSO Barbell Collars. They are a little more money, but they work really, really well! And in many years, I’ve only had to replace one of them (that bent by dropping a weight on it).
And they come in lots of fun colors!
At Home CrossFit Gym Phase 3
Cost $2800 – and possibly much, much more depending on rig/rack size (not including tax or shipping)
Best At-Home Rig/rack
When you’re ready to step it up, get yourself a nice freestanding (or wall mounted) Rogue system.
My FAVORITE at-home rig is by far the V2 Castro Rig with 1 Speal pull-up bar, a Rogue Socket Monster Lite bar, ring station, rope station, and 2 wall ball targets (see below for example). Speal Pull-up 2.0 bars are the best that I’ve used for pull-ups and muscle ups.
The rig/rack system you’ll have to setup based on your gym size and setup you’re looking for, but if you need any advice, just hit me up. This is fun stuff!
Also, any of the Rogue systems will be great if you decide on one of their other rigs/racks.
A rig/rack system will allow you to do pull-ups, bar muscle ups, squats (from a rack), and any other thing that could benefit from a barbell rack. Not to mention all of the accessories that Rogue offers (dips, ring muscle ups, wall ball targets, etc.).
This is probably the most effective cardio tool that you can buy. But you want to get either a Rogue Echo Bike or an Assault Airbike. The other brands will not do you justice.
If I had to buy one of these bikes right now… I would buy the Rogue Echo Bike. I actually like the Assault Airbike better, but I think that CrossFit competitions might be leaning toward using the Rogue Echo Bike more. And, the Echo bike is harder and feels like it’s built better. Oh, and it’s less money.
By the time you have a rower and air bike, you have a super legit gym setup. Good work! We will only buy newer Concept 2 rowers. These are fantastic machines that will be great for many years.
If you can find a deal on one of these lightly used after a CrossFit competition… you are a rock star! If this deal comes available, don’t wait, buy! They will sell out soon!
Concept 2 Rower $900
If you have 12-20 feet for a climbing rope… get one! This is some serious functional fitness right here, and fun for all ages!
Climbing rope $77-132
These seem to be really popular right now, and although they are cool, I think that unless you’re a competitor… they are probably a waste of space and you’re fine with a rower and/or air bike.
Concept 2 SkiErg $950
I find that I very rarely use an abmat, but if you run into doing a workout with 100+ sit-ups or v-ups… this will help (not prevent) you from getting a raspberry on your bum.
Personally, I would just rather do a workout without these movements and avoid stinging showers and looking weird naked.
But, you might want to use one for your knees during stretching or something…
A GHD is a great piece of equipment, but you need some training to use it correctly, and it takes up a large amount of space. So, I would only recommend getting a GHD if you are an advanced athlete with a lot of gym space.
Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 $695
Buy Extras of everything!!!! – at this point you will have everything you need for almost any workout that a good program could throw at you. But you might want to workout with friends, or have a few extra weights for getting really strong. 🙂
Conclusion (you now have an awesome home gym!)
This is a template to get your started (and finished) on your journey of having an AWESOME home gym!
Everyone’s needs are going to be a little different… you might be super strong and need more weights, or you might be buying for two people that want to workout at the same time…
And with enough money you can make all of your home gym dreams come true!
Also, I’m here for any and all questions. Just let me know what you need.