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In this episode you’ll learn about my At Home Gym Essentials
- What you should buy first.
- What you don’t need right away.
- Where to get the best products.
- How to do this on a budget.
- And much, much more.
Home Gym Phase 1
Cost $297 – $572+
Dumbbells – you can get great rubber hex dumbbells at amazon.com with free Prime shipping, and we haven’t noticed that they are any better or worse than Rogue rubber dumbbells.
When picking your dumbbell weights, you’ll want to go with whatever you’ll use most in fast moving metcons. Think what weights would you use for a dumbbell version of Fran.
AmazonBasics Rubber Encased Hex Dumbbells $40-120 (for 2)
Kettlebells – we went with Rogue kettlebells, 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.
Right now, Emily and I each only have one kettlebell. A 53 and a 70, and we are very comfortable with those weights for most kettlebell exercises.
But, if you aren’t as sure about weight… you might want to get two different weights (per person). Then, further down the road you’ll want at lease two kettlebells at each size for movements that require a kettlebell for each hand.
Rogue Kettlebells $40-90 (each)
Just like with the dumbbells, you’ll want to pick the weight that you’ll use most in a fast moving metcon.
Jump rope – we love RPM jump ropes!
Gymnastics Rings – we’ve tried a number of different brand of rings, and would recommend going with the Rogue Wood Rings.
The cool thing about having some rings is, they aren’t very expensive, you can hang them all over the place, and you can do ring rows, pull-ups, and muscle ups with them.
Rogue Wood Rings $72
Wall ball(s) – always pay more for a high quality wall ball. I’ve seen so many discount wall balls that are lopsided or fall apart quickly.
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.
Home Gym Phase 2
Cost $930 – $1500+
Barbells – 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). It’s a great bar that will last you forever. If you get into some high level Olympic lifting later on… you can get yourself one of the higher priced lifting bars.
Plates – you have a couple things to consider with bumper plates… 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 will be thinner, and allow you to load more on the bar for a deadlift or back squat. Where you might run out of space with the Hi-Temp’s. #StrongPersonProblems
Collars – just save your money and frustration and buy OSO Barbell Collars. They are a little more money, but they work really, really well!
Sandbags – 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 these for cleans, front squats, carries, holds, and deadlifts.
NOTE: when you buy sandbags from Rogue the filler is NOT INCLUDED. Buyer beware!
Rogue Strongman Sandbags $160 (100lbs) – $203 (150lbs) including filler
D-Ball – 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)
Home Gym Phase 3
Cost $2800 – much, much more depending on rig/rack size
Rig/rack – when you’re ready to step it up, get yourself a nice wall mounted or freestanding Rogue system. I like the Infinity Wallmounts with 1-2 Speal bars. Speal 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!
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 attachments that Rogue offers (dips, ring muscle ups, wall ball targets, etc.). https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-rigs-racks/accessories?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Air Bike – 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.
Rower – 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 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
Climbing rope – 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
SkiErg – 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 air bike.
Concept 2 SkiErg $950
Abmat – 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…
GHD – 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
This is really just a template to get your started 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.
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