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The Ultimate Garage Gym/ Strength and Conditioning Facility Shopping List

To get started with a CrossFit Home Gym all you really need is an Olympic bar, a set of plates, and a set of rings. With these items you can perform more than 50% of the CrossFit workouts as written and substitute for most of the rest.

You can get the $150 Three Hundred Pound weight set at the local sporting good store and outgrow it in a few months, or for just a little bit more, you can buy a nice bar, solid rubber bumpers and rings that you will never outgrow. After that you can add items as your interest or fitness level grows. With the items below you can build a World-Class Strength and Conditioning Facility right in your garage.

My wife and I built a garage gym that eventually grew into a successful CrossFit Affiliate in a dedicated facility, as well as an equipment sales business catering to individual CrossFitters as well as CrossFit Affiliates, Military, Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. During this time, we gained a lot of knowledge about equipment that I felt would be helpful to new and experienced CrossFitters in their homes as well as people putting together commercial gyms. The information below includes links to just about everything you could possibly want for an effective strength and conditioning facility so that you can compare products and prices. It also includes some opinions from message boards as well as my own opinion about several products.

Table of Contents:

Equipment Packages
Bars

Bumper Plates
Steel Weights and Change Plates

Collars
Rings
Medicine Balls
Kettlebells
Squat Stands, Racks and Systems
Glute Ham Developers, and Revers Hyperextension Machines
Safety Stands
Pull-up Bars
Plyo Boxes
Lifting Platforms
Flooring
Mats
Bumper Racks and Bar Racks
Benches
Dumbbells
Rowers
Weightlifting Shoes
Jump Ropes
Climbing Ropes
Assisted Pull-up Bands
Strongman Equipment
MMA Equipment
Reading Material
Videos
Miscellaneous items

 

Equipment Packages:
I will start the list with equipment packages. These packages offer everything you need to get started either in a home gym or an affiliate.

 

Rogue Crossfit Equipment Packages
Everything you need for a home gym

Economy Equipment Packages
Save money when you buy bars and plates together

Affiliate Packages
Outfit a whole affiliate with a single order

Military Packages
Packages designed specifically for military units

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Bars:

B&R Bar by York Barbell
Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe have teamed up with industry leader York Barbell to provide the ultimate Olympic weightlifting/powerlifting bar that is perfect for CrossFit workouts.
The B&R Bar by York Barbell is produced to their precise specifications. It has a 29 mm shaft with a 200,000 lb. yield strength, marked for both powerlifting and weightlifting movements. It is made from elevated temperature drawn high tensile steel for maximum strength and flexibility. It features the perfect light weightlifting knurl that has made York Barbell famous, with a center knurl for squats and an extra half-inch of smooth steel between the knurls to protect your shins during deadlifts, cleans, and snatches. Manufactured with sintered bushings in the sleeves for reliable spin and low maintenance, and with sleeves attached with the same bulletproof end caps used on York competition weightlifting bars, the B&R is designed for heavy commercial gym use in a wide variety of training environments.

Most barbell manufacturers add chrome or other plating material to their bars to prevent discoloration from rust -- it is not there to improve performance. The B&R Bar by York Barbell bar is made for serious lifting, not for looking shiny on the rack. No coating can ever match the look and feel of natural steel, and this quality old-school bar will age to a natural oxidized finish that matures along with your training and experience. This is the last bar you will ever have to buy. It will join the many tens of thousands of bars made by York Barbell since the 1950's that are still going strong. This bar is also available in a 25 mm 15 kg women's version that is identical to the York women's olympic training bar with the additon of the second knurling mark and same plain steel finish of the men's bar.

Rogue Bar
The Rogue Bar is a 28.5 mm (men's ) and 25 mm (women's) bar with no center knurling and both powerlifting and Olympic lifting knurling marks. This bar has the famous Rogue knurling. It features high quality brass bushings for reliable spin, and will whip enough for use in Olympic Weightlifting. The shaft is coated with black zinc and the sleeves chrome plated. GUARANTEED FOR LIFE AGAINST BENDING AND/OR COLLARS FALLING OFF BY MANUFACTURER

Rogue Castro Bar
The Rogue Bar is a 28.5 mm bar with no center knurling and both powerlifting and Olympic lifting knurling marks. This bar has the same great Rogue knurling. It features high quality brass bushings for reliable spin, and will whip enough for use in Olympic Weightlifting. The shaft is bare steel for the ultimate grip without being sharp. This bar is bare steel and just like any fine piece of machined steel this will require some upkeep. Occasionally brushing the bar down with 3 in 1 oil or WD-40 will create a beautiful patina look. This is how bars were made for decades and this creates an unmatched feel. GUARANTEED FOR LIFE AGAINST BENDING AND/OR COLLARS FALLING OFF BY MANUFACTURER. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this bar go to the families of two fallen Navy SEALs.

Rogue Burner Bar
The Rogue Burner Bar is a 28.5MM 20KG Men's training bar that does not have any coating on the bar. This bar is made with High Tensile Strength steel and is a work of art. The knurl is perfect, there is something special about a bar right out of the lathe! This bar can be used for heavy Olympic or Power Lifting movements. The sleeve has the classic bronze bushing and snap ring design.

Rogue Training Bars
IWF Spec. Olympic weightlifting bars guaranteed for life by the manufacturer. MADE IN THE USA out of the best materials available. The line includes a 28 mm men's weightlifting bar with bushings and the Elite bearing bar with 5 needle bearings per sleeve. All are zinc coated for the best feel around with perfect knurling. These bars are also available in 25 mm 15 kg women's versions and the more economical 28.5 mm men's version (guaranteed for one year). You can not find a better weightlifting bar at any price.

Rogue Beater Bar
The Beater bar is a 31 MM bar with no center knurling and has powerlifting marks. The shaft is black zinc and the sleeves are bright zinc coated.

This bar is not made for competitive olifts, it is meant to be the bar that takes a high rep beating where the diameter of the shaft is not essential.

The sleeve is assembled with a pin design.

York Competition/Training Barbells
York Olympic bars with Satin Chrome finish are made from elevated temperature drawn high tensile steel for maximum strength and flexibility.Sintered bushings, impregnated with oil, facilitate free and constant rotation of the bar without allowing for counter-rotation of the weights. Sleeves are machine-finished to a precise 1.975-inch diameter. They are available in 3 Styles.

Men's 20 kg. USA Olympic Training Bar
(2200 mm, 28 mm) TBK-20 (32002) Designed for Olympic-style lifting movements.

Women's 15 kg USA Olympic Training Bar
(2010 mm, 25mm) TBK-15 (32003) Designed for Olympic-style lifting movements.

7' USA Power Bar
(1500# test, 29 mm, Satin Chrome) DPB-1500 (32004) Designed for static lifting movements, i.e., Squat, Bench Press, Dead Lift.

York Hard Chrome North American Bars w/Split Sleeves
Years of precision engineering and tooling earned York Barbell a reputation for building some of the finest Olympic Competition and Power Bars in the industry. York applied its vast knowledge in bar design and produced perhaps the highest quality, most functional and attractive imported Olympic Bars today. York applied its signature "split sleeve" to each bar and designed a precision internal dual roll pin sleeve assembly. The replacement of the outmoded bolt sleeve assembly means the bar will not loosen or detach. Each bar is heat tempered. The hard chrome finish is more durable and decreases the liability associated with the chipping, cracking or peeling common with the use of bright chrome.
These bars are perfect for everyday uses around the garage, basement, or even a full-fledged training facility.
York's Hard Chrome International Bars are also available in a needle-bearing bar and is an excellent choice for Olympic-style movements. The needle bearings ensure smooth, consistent rotation of the sleeves. The Men's Bar is 7 feet long, 28 mm, and heat-tempered. Also available is a Women's Bar that is 6.5 feet long, 25 mm, and heat- treated.
The needle-bearing bars are perfect for training the Olympic movements with lighter weights or for any CrossFit workout. They spin freely and the hard chrome coating is extremely durable and easy to clean. The knurling is a bit deeper than the Pendlay bars, but makes up for the slicker coating. We have been using ours at Rogue for over 2 years and is a staple for moderate weight O-lift work and WODs. The black-oxide/hard chrome bars are a welcome addition to our inventory. These bars fill the gap left by more expensive weightlifting and power bars. They are suitable for any of the power (slow) lifts or for light weight WODs. Perfect for leaving in a power rack, backup for more expensive bars, or for a beginning garage gym. And, they come in choice of finish and size! What more could you want? The "Ultra-Lite" bar is an aluminum technique bar that is the perfect starter bar for teaching beginners the technique of the Olympic lifts. It can also be used as a scaled-weight bar for CrossFit workouts.

7 foot International Hard Chrome Bar
(32 mm, 1500# test bar) IB-1500 (32012)

7 foot International Hard Chrome Bar
(30 mm, 1000# test bar) IB-1000 (32013)

6 foot International Hard Chrome Bar
(30 mm) IB-72 (32014)

5 foot International Hard Chrome Bar
(30 mm) IB-60 (32015)

North American Men's Needle-bearing Olympic Training Bar
(28 mm) IB-NB-M (32010)

North American Women's Needle-bearing Olympic Training Bar
(25 mm) IB-NB-W (32011)

York "Ultra-Lite" 6' Aluminum Bar
(28 mm) 150 lb Test

Pendlay Nexgen Bushing Class Bars Bars
Lifetime guaranteed weightlifting training bars. Shaft diameter of 28.4mm Mens, 25MM Women's & 10KG Made from the strongest steel available. Very rigid, will not allow much flex. Dual bushing design inside each collar. Dual snap ring design inside each collar. Bright zinc coating throughout the bar. Bright zinc absorbs into the steel reducing the risk of chipping. Single piece collar contruction - only barbell company in the world to use this method. Perfectly weighted, extremely strict weight and dimension tolerances. Made by weightlifters, for weightlifters.

Pendlay Nexgen Bearing Class Bars
Next Generation Pendlay Bar. Shaft diameter of 25mm or 28mm. Made from high nickel content, super strong steel. Allowing maximum flexibility without bending. Only company in the US to produce barbells from this material. Five top quality, made in Germany, high speed bearings in each collar. Dual snap ring design inside each collar. Bright zinc coating throughout the bar. Bright zinc absorbs into the steel reducing the risk of chipping. single piece collar contruction - only barbell company in the world to use this method. high performance gel lubricant inside each collar. No more leaking hydraulic fluid. Perfect knurling with distinct entry and exit point. No cheese graters here! No fade in and out. Knurl points set for Olympic Weightlifting. Perfectly weighted, extremely strict weight and dimension tolerances.

Static Test - We take each bar and support it on the ends in v-blocks. We apply 2500 lbs of pressure in the center of the bar and deflect it 6 inches. They consistently return to true center within .000/.006 inches.

Dynamic Testing - It is very hard to dynamic test a barbell in a way that mimics the actual use. The only true way a bar is dynamically tested is by the bar being used for its purpose, Olympic weightlifting. To date we have tried to bend the bar and have not been able to do so. We have yet to have any bars returned because of bending. And best of all backed with the Lifetime Performance Guarantee! Made by weightlifters, for weightlifters.

Werksan
The official Bar of USA Weightlifting. These are often favorably compared to Eleiko Weightlifting Bars. They come with a lifetime guarantee. They are available in both IWF certified versions and a training version. Unlike many training versions, the non-certified bar is nearly identical to the certified version.

Eleiko
Eleiko Olympic Bars are very highly thought of and used extensively in competition. These are often used as the gold standard that other bars are measured against. The Olympic Training Bar is available in Men's and Women's Versions. They also make competition bars and youth training bars.

Ivanko
Quality bars that are well respected for their strength. Simply the toughest Olympic bars made. They make a variety of bars at a range of quality levels.

Sorinex Power/Weightlifting Bars
Innovative and indestructible bars from the heaviest name in fitness

Below are some reviews and recommendations to help you decide
New- Burgener/ Rippetoe Bar from York
Burgener/ Rippetoe Bar vs Pendlay Economy/CF Bar
Women's O'lifting Bar
Olympic style
Differences between Oly Training & Weightlifting/Powerbars
Walmart/Champion Olympic Weight Set
Anything wrong w/ non-Olympic barbells
Olympic bars and bumper plates in Australia
Olympic Lifts - does the bar make a difference
York, Pendlay vs DHS Olympic Bar
Good Olympic bar
$400 to spend on olympic bar and weights
Pendlay Bar
This includes a review of several brands of weightlifting bars by Glenn Pendlay
Pendlay Elite Bars
Women's Oly bar
Aluminum Oly Bars for beginners
Olympic Bar
Pendlay bar and bumpers--initial review
Oly bar characteristics
Pendlay training bar
Pendlay "Crossfit Bar"
Eleiko Olympic Bar and Rubber Plates

Olympic Bar Care Discussion

 

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Bumpers and Technique Plates:

Rogue Training Bumpers By Hi-temp
Probably the most durable training bumpers on the market. They are made from recycled rubber with solid steel inserts. They are soft and provide the maximum protection possible for your flooring and bars. Now all weights including 10 and 15 lbs are full size.

Rogue Competition Plates
Built to last like Eleiko plates. Available in pounds, black rubber with steel center plates.

York Barbell
Virgin rubber training bumpers with Brass Inserts and Non-certified Competition Bumpers. The training bumpers are available in pounds and kilograms. The Competition bumpers are available only in kilograms.

Kraiburg
Virgin rubber with Brass Inserts. Available in pounds and kilograms. Available as all black or colored.

Bigger Faster Stronger
Bigger Faster Stronger sells their own line of bumpers available in 10-45 lbs, in colored and black versions. Virgin rubber with brass inserts.

Hitechplates
Technique plates that can actually be dropped and are solid on the ground. They were recommended by Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe also gave them a positive review.

Werksan
Certified competition bumpers and non-certified training bumpers.

Eleiko
Certified Competition and training bumpers.

Mavrik
These come highly recommended as very durable plates.

Below are some reviews and recommendations to help you decide
My Garage gym
A post by Josh Everett
Bumper plate questions from a bumper plate noob
Bumper Confusion
yet another bumper plate question
Bumper Plates
Olympic bars and bumper plates in Australia
Oly Bar and Bumper Plate Question
Mixing bumper brands
Which bumpers?
Most affordable rubber bumper plate set
Difference between bumpers
CAP bumpers?
Comprehensive Bumper Comparison

 

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Steel Plates and Change (Additional Weight):

York Brand Iron Pound Weight
The original cast iron plates.

Rogue Fractional Plates
0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1 lb plates. These are especially helpful for going up in small increments when you are stuck at a weight.

York Kilogram change
Non certified kilogram change, reasonably priced.

Werksan Kilogram change
Certified and non-certified kilogram change

Iron Woody Fractional Plates
0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1 lb plates. These are especially helpful for going up in small increments when you are stuck at a weight. These are also available in 0.5 kg, 0.75 kg and 1.0 kg weights. Manufactured by Iron Woody.

 

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Collars:

ROGUE HG Collars
Keep your plates in place under the most extreme conditions! This will save you the time of putting your plates back on during CrossFit Workouts like Fran and Elizabeth. We just bought some of these and love them for most CrossFit workouts you never have to readjust the plates. These are the collars that were used at the 2010 Crossfit Games.

Muscle Clamps
Excellent clamps with a firm grip that are very easy to take on and off the bar. We have been using them for years.

Spring Collars
Economical clamps that work well. These require more strength to get on an off the bars.

 

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Rings:

Rogue Rings
Available in FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics) size wood, 1.5' wood and 1.5' solid steel powder coated versions. The FIG rings are virtually identical to the Norberts wooden rings. They have the easiest buckles to attach, remove and adjust. These rings include nice wide straps that are easier on your arms when doing ring dips and muscle ups.

EXF Rings
Plastic rings with adjustable nylon straps. Tyler Hass made the first rings that were targeted to the fitness market rather than the gymnastics market.

Norbert's Wooden Gymnastics Rings
Old school rings with thick nylon straps that provide an excellent texture for even advanced gymnastic movements.

 

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Medicine Balls:

Dynamax Medicine Balls
The absolute best medicine balls on the planet. There is no other ball out there that is as durable, or as safe for CrossFit exercises.

Homemade Medicine Balls.
Plans from from Pierre Auge

D-Balls
The only balls suitable for ball slams.

 

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Kettlebells:

There are many options, and many levels of quality. For CrossFit exercises, the most important things are to make sure that there are no ridges on the handles that will cause blisters with repetitive motions. For more traditional exercises such as snatches, and jerks, balance of the kettlebell and the shape of the handles become more important. In the last few years, their popularity has grown and there are several new inexpensive options available.

Ader Kettlebells
High quality enamel coated kettlebells. They have smooth handles and are excellent for CrossFit workouts.

Rogue "KILO" Bells - American Made
These are made in a joint ventur between AOS and Rogue so they bear both brands. They are made in New England. They are painted with a matte black finish so they will hold chalk! Following are the Rouge KILO Bell Specifications:
1.0 Handle and Bell ratios are built to Rouge Specs
2.0 Finish: Matte Black - The paint is not thick like many other brands or filled with bondo. These are meant to be as close to naked as possible.

Iron Woody Kettle Grips
Grips that allow you to use your own plates to make adjustable kettlebells.

Kettlebell Country Kettlebells
Smooth enamel coated kettlbells.

Dragon Door Kettlbells
The company responsible for the current kettlebell popularity in the United States. These have slightly smaller diameter handles that many prefer when doing snatches and jerks.

Play It Again Sports
This sporting goods chain has kettlebells available. They are Apollo brand. They have rubber bases. They cost between $1 and $1.50 a pound depending on the store. Some stores have them in stock, others have to special order them.

Busy Body
This chain also sometimes carries Apollo Kettlebells.

Below are some reviews and recommendations to help you decide
Buying a kettlebell
Humbled by the kettlebell
Kettlebell v. Dumbell
Barbell vs. dumbbell vs. kettlebell
Kettlebell
Kettlebell Question for the Experts
Kettlebell purchase
Kettlebell Sale
Review of Kettlebell Concepts Bell
Kettlebell question
Kettlebell purchase question, please respond ASAP!
Kettlebell Distributor in the U.K

 

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Squat Stands, Racks and Systems:

Rogue S-1 Squat Stands
Built for everything from clean pulls, floor press, squats, overhead press and much much more! No moving parts or trinkets that will wear out.

"This is the best squat stand on the market, I would have one of these on every platform." Coach Mike Burgener

Rogue R-3 Racks
This is a Rogue version of the classic West Side Rack that has built world champion powerlifters. Designed with the help of Louie Simmons.

Rogue Infinity Rack System
The rack used at the 2010 Crossfit Games and many of the qualifying events. These provide pull-up space and West Side Squat racks in one convenient package for the price you would pay for just the squat racks from another vendor. The pull-up height is variable and numerous additional attachments, such as wall ball targets are available. This is also available in a wall mount version.

York Press Squat Stands FTS-PSS (48052)
Very stable stands that work well for bench press and squats. It is hard to believe that they cost as little as they do. They include high uprights above the cradles allowing for proper re-racking technique and a separate set of cradles for bench press. 

TDS
The most inexpensive squat stands around. They do the job for a reasonable price. They do not have very high uprights above the cradles and the holes for adjustment are much farther apart than on the other listed stands. These go low enough to use for bench press.

Promaxima Adjustable Squat Stands
These include a plastic insert in the bar cradles to protect your bar's knurling. They are very stable. However, they do not go low enough to use for bench press and the metal feet can damage your platform if, like at my gym, some clients drag them rather than carry them.

Vulcan Rack II+
Well constructed easily portable squat stands with attachable options that you can use for bar dips or pull-ups. These are not the most stable feeling stands due to their ease assembly and disassembly. However, they will hold the weight. There an adequate number of height options to accommodate people of various heights. They go low enough to bench, but do not include plastic inserts to protect your bars. The uprights above the cradles are not as high as the ones on the Promaxima or York stands.

Homemade Squat Stands
The best home made squat stands I have seen.

Below are some reviews and recommendations to help you decide
$135 Squat Stands
Squat racks
Squat Stands
New Squat Rack
My Garage gym
Which squat rack
Squat rack
Squat stands vs. squat rack
Squat Rack recommendations?
Squat Stands

 

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Glute/ham developers:

Sorinex FN-GHD M2
The GHD used at the Crossfit Games. Despite the small size and low shipping coast, this is an extremely stable GHD that has to be tried out to be believed.

York Glute Ham Bench STS-GHB (54034)
A sturdy glute ham developer with split hip pads (rollers). The camps are split on the rollers. Some people like them, some find them uncomfortable. Many people think they should be slightly closer together. I like the rollers. It feel that the fact that they rotate it makes it easier to do things like GHD sit-ups. When you are using many of the fixed pad GHD�s your pants start to slide down during high rep sets. The holes for adjustment are very close together which allows you to customize the distance settings. It is made to tight tolerances and can be a little difficult to adjust. It is wide and will accommodate large clients. It is priced at the lower end of models suitable for commercial use.

ProMaxima
This GHD has been favorably reviewed. It is high quality for a reasonable price. It ships already assembled so the shipping price is higher than many other brands.

Yukon
* Make sure to read the information from the message boards below before buying this one. It may be ok for a home, but is not sturdy enough for commercial use.

TDS
Consumer level GHD. Some have complained about it not being completely level. If you own an gym, you probably want something a little nicer, but it may be a good choice for a garage gym.

Legend Fitness Glute/Hamstring Station
Really nice GHD, available with a one piece or split pad. It is almost all one piece and is extremely well made. It is very easy to adjust which is very helpful in a busy gym. It is priced halfway between the home models and the Elite Fitness and Sorinex GHD's and seems to be made to the same high quality standards of those brands. You can select custom colors. The only drawback is that I do not know anyone who stocks them. They are made to order and take 6 weeks to get there and shipping is fairly expensive, since they arrive in one piece.

Legend Fitness Pro Series Glute/Hamstring Station
More robust version of the above GHD with larger foot-plate and the addition of knee-pads.

Legend Fitness Econ Glute/Hamstring Station
An economy version of the above GHD suitable for home use.

Elite Fitness Deluxe Glute Ham Raise
Very nice, full featured, sturdy GHD.

Elite Fitness Collegiate Glute Ham Raise
Professional style GHD.

Elite Fitness Pro Glute Ham Raise
Extremely nice (and expensive) GHD. This may be overkill for most CrossFit gyms.

Sorinex Glute Ham Bench:
This has long been the standard against which all other GHD's are measured.

Below are some reviews and recommendations to help you decide
GHD Comparisons
Glute Ham machine
Which glute-ham developer to buy?
Which Entry Glute Hamstring Machine do you have?
*GHD Opinions
Some information about Yukon

 

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Safety stands:

TDS
Adequate stands that will keep you safe. It would be nice if there was a little larger area to catch the bar. They are very reasonably priced.

Pillars of Power
Nicer than the TDS ones with a larger target to aim for when you miss a squat, but quite a bit more expensive.

 

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Pull-up Bar:

Rogue Pull Up Systems
Multiple options for outfitting your garage or your affiliate

Rogue Infinity Racks
The racks used at the 2010 Crossfit Games and many of the qualifying events. These provide pull-up space and West Side Squat Racks in one convenient package for the price you would pay for just squat racks from another vendor. The pull up height is variable and numerous additonal attachements such as wall ball targets are available. There is also a wall mount version available.

Speed-Rail
You can make almost anything you can dream up with these slip on fittings.
Here is a post about how we used them to make a set of monkey bars.
A different way to have fun with pipe

Rogue Pull Up Bar
Well made portable bar with straps that are interchangeable with the Rogue rings.

Ideas for Homemade Pull-up Bars
You can make a decent pull-up bar in your garage with plumbing pipe and fittings.

Tactical Athlete Pull-Up System
Portable pull-up system. Like any portable pull-up bar it will not stand up to heavy kipping without someone holding it.

Iron Mind Pull-up Bar
Portable pull-up system. Like any portable pull-up bar it will not stand up to heavy kipping without someone holding it. This has the benefit of being an attachment for their squat stands. Bar dip attachments are also available.

Power Max Wall Mounted Chinning Bar #WE179
Good quality wall mounted pull-up bar. It is a little too close to the wall unless you mount it over a door way so you can swing through.

StudBar
Quality wall or ceiling mount pull-up bar that is made by a CrossFit Affiliate.

Sorinex Base Fit
Modular rack that combines pull-up bars and squat racks.

 

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Plyo Boxes:

Wood Plyo Boxes
These are made by a CrossFitter out of Ohio. They are reasonably priced and well made. They take about 10 min to put together after being shipped unassembled to save on shipping cost.

DIY
If you have the tools you can make a very nice plyo box for around $50. The post above shows how.

BFS
Well made wood plyo boxes with rubber tops.

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Lifting Platforms:

$120-210 from a lumber yard and your local feed store

For a 3 layer 8x8 platform you need: two Horse Stall Mats, $90-100, and for 4 sheets of CDX Plywood, $120, and $20-40 for Plywood, Particle Board or MDF from Home Depot for the Center. You will also need 1 box of 1.25 inch drywall screws and 1 box of 2 inch drywall screws.

Plans

Here is a picture from Witchita Falls Weightlifting Club that shows a way to make an 8x8 platform using only one 4x6 horse stall mat.

For a 3 layer 4x6 platform: $45 for 1 Horse Stall Mat and and $120 for 4 sheets of CDX Plywood and $20-40 for Plywood, Particle Board or MDF from Home Depot for the Center for an 6x8 foot platform. Cut two feet off of 2 of the sheets of CDX Plywood and your center piece. Cut another of the CDX Plywood pieces in half lengthwise, leave the last on intact. You will also need 1 box of 1.25 inch drywall screws and 1 box of 2 inch drywall screws.

Here is a single layer version. You need to have either the whole floor matted or something to keep it in place.

Plans and Directions from Mike's Gym

 

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Flooring:

Rogue Gym Mats
Indestructable rubber flooring

The Rubberman
Mail order horse stall mats.
Horse stall mats are also available from Local Feed Stores to help you save on shipping. Do a search on the internet for stores in your area.

 

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Mats:

Folding Panel Mats
Excellent for working on gymnastics moves like handstands and handwalking.

Practice Mats
Essential if you use climbing ropes or do any harder gymnastics moves. Ours has definitely saved us on a couple of occasions.

Zebra Mats
High quality martial arts mats that are textured, so they don't get slippery even when people are sweating.

Gymnastic Mats, Wrestling Mats and Martial Arts Mats
Online retailer that sells all types of mats in one place.

 

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Bumper Racks and Bar Racks:

Rogue 9 Bar Rack
Space efficient storage for bars

Rogue Horizontal Plate Rack
Horizontal plate storageon wheels for easy portability

Home made bumper rack
$20 with parts you can get at any lumber store. All you need is a saw and a drill.

York Mobile Horizontal Plate Rack
A good option for commercial gyms. They are reasonably priced and allow you to move the bumpers to the lifter in a group rather than spending your time walking back and forth moving a couple of plates at a time.

York Single Sided Bumper Plate Tree
A really nice option for both home gyms and commercial facilities. It will hold you bars, bumper, change and collars all in a small footprint.

York Olympic A-Frame Plate Tree
A reasonable storage option for a commercial gym.

Power Max Bar Holder #WE515
We have a few of these. They are a very space efficient way to store your bars.

York Dumbbell Racks

 

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Benches:

Rogue Bench
Probably one of the best made flat benches available

York Flat Bench STS-FB (54026)
Professional quality flat bench

TDS Bench with Dumbell Rack
Very affordable option, that includes a dumbbell rack, this sounds good unless you will be moving it around a lot.

Iron Mind Five Star Bench
Over-engineered flat bench that doubles as a plyo box.

Power Max Flat Utility Bench #WE100
Affordable flat bench.

 

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Dumbbells:

Dumbbells come several styles such as colored rubber coated, rubber coated, and enamel coated cast iron. For a CrossFit gym the rubber coated ones work best. A couple of the popular brands are below. If you are just working out in your garage, you may be able to get by with the enamel coated cast iron which can usually be found in your local sporting goods store.

York Dumbbells

Power Max Rubber Coated Dumbells

 

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Rowers:

Concept 2 Rower
The only rower out there that is worth the money.

Model D

Model E

There is also an active used market. Check out craigslist and ebay. Model B's can be found as low as $100 to $200. If you search you can find a Model C for less than $400. You can even occasionally find a Model D or E for sale.

 

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Weightlifting Shoes:

Nike Romaleos Weightlifting Shoes
They are not just good looking shoes with a well known name. These were designed for Olympians and were extremely popular at the 2008 Olympic Games. They are comfortable, stable and durable. I got a pair for my birthday. They have more lateral stability than any other lifting shoes I have used. You won't be able to go back to your old shoes after using these.

Rogue Dowin Weightlifting Shoes
The best looking shoes out there. They also have what seems to be the optimum heel height for effective lifting. These have hard wood mid-soles.

Rogue Rip Shoes
Designed by Mark Rippetoe with 1/2' soles specifically for powerlifting.

VS Athletics Shoes
Reasonably priced lifting shoes with wood mid-soles.

Werksan
High quality lifting shoes with wood mid-soles.

Adidas
Nice, expensive lifting shoes. Wood mid-soles.

 

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Jump Ropes:

Rx Jump Ropes
The best jump ropes made. Designed and made by a Crossfitter in San Diego. This rope is used by many top Crossfit Games Competitors.

Power Max Jump Ropes
Standard jump ropes, such as rubber and leather versions.

Super Rope Jump Ropes
Called the worlds fastest jump rope. Greased bearings, and a steel cable inside a plastic shell. In addition to being fast they are very durable.

Buddy Lee Jump Ropes
These are very fast ropes, but are not very durable. It is my opinion, that while these are good ropes for people using them at home, they are not the best choice for a gym as clients do not use the same care with equipment as individual users.

 

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Climbing Ropes and Power Ropes:

Climbing ropes are available in natural (manila) and synthetic varieties. For the most part the natural ropes have a better texture for climbing, but the synthetic ropes are much stronger and more durable. The natural ropes tend to shed when used, which is a concern for some people. The synthetic ropes are generally more expensive. There are many synthetic ropes that claim to feel like natural ropes, which may be true as I have not tried every type yet.

Rogue Climbing Ropes
An excellent option for a home gym or affiliate. These are have spliced eyelets so all you have to do is throw the rope over a beam and pull it through the eyelet. You can also attach them to an eyebolt using a carabiner.

Battling Ropes
These are used for workouts where you send waves down the ropes. They are very good for grip and arm strength.

American Gymnast
Manilla ropes with a steel rope clamp for attachment.

Draper
Draper and Jammar seem to carry the same high quality natural and synthetic ropes with steel rope clamps.

Jammar
Draper and Jammar seem to carry the same high quality natural and synthetic ropes with steel rope clamps.

Norberts
Synthetic ropes designed for gymnastics gyms.

Functional Hand Strength
Manila ropes with steel rope clamps

Accessories
Accessories including I-beam and wood beam clamps for hanging your ropes.

 

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Assisted Pull-up Bands

Iron Woody Bands
These are excellent for assisting movements, such as pull-ups, dips, and muscle ups. They are available in a variety of resistance levels.

Strongman Equipment

Logs

Slaters Atlas Stone Molds

Yoke of Goergen

Sand Bags

Used at the 2010 Crossfit Games, these bags took an incredible beating without breaking. Available in 3 sizes.

Rogue Sleds

 

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MMA Equipment:

MMA Octagons

MMA Dummy Bags

MMA Gloves

 

Reading Material:

CrossFit Journal

CrossFit Kids Magazine

Starting Strength
by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore

Starting Strength 2nd Edition
by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore

Practical Programming
Progressive and Periodized Weight Training Methods for Coaches, Trainers, and Athletes by Lon Kilgore, Mark Rippetoe and Glenn Pendlay

 

Videos:

Parkour Tutorial DVD Vol. 1
from American Parkour

Rutman's Dumbell DVD

H2H Kettlebell Video

Miscellaneous Items:

Abmat
The only product that allows you to use your abdominal muscles safely and effectively while doing sit-ups on the ground.

Parallettes
$25 from Home Depot

Plans from Drills and Skills

Plans from Westside Acadamy

Rogue Parallettes
Indestructable metal parallettes used in the 2010 Crossfit Games and various Crossfit qualifiers.

PVC for Olympic Lift Training and CrossFit Warmup
$2-3 for 10 foot piece of 3/4" or 1" schedule 40 PVC from your local hardware store that you can cut in half.

White board
$12 for 4x12 foot sheet from you local hardware store.

Timers

TITLE Platinum Professional Fight & Gym Timer
This timer or something like it is absolutely essential for a CrossFit affiliate. It is one of the best investments we made for the gym. It has the ability to time workouts, and time intervals like Tabata or timing Fight Gone Bad. It has a variable volume beep that can be heard throughout the gym even with music playing.

Gymboss
An excellent timer for a individual CrossFitter. This is one of the best ways to time yourself for Tabata workouts.

Chalk

Airdyne Bike

Weight Vests

Hopper Deck

Crossfit Equipment GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

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