Our Home Crossfit Gym

I'm not sure why I didn't blog about this sooner. Maybe it was because I was in a drug-induced shopping spree when I bought everything.  When I was confined to my bed for 6 weeks after shattering my left tibia, I thought it would be a great idea to get motivated and take my rehabilitation and shot at the 2013 Crossfit Games seriously... so I bought a brand-spanking new home gym from our friends at Rogue Fitness.

Here's a pic of our little box away from home, err, box.  Home box? HBO? Never-mind, you get it. It's not the greatest pic, but as many of you already know, it doesn't take a lot of gear to do some serious work. 

Pic of our home box gear

Pic of our home box gear

Here is a list of the equipment we have at home.  Most of it is from Rogue since their products are extremely well-made (right here in the good ole U.S.A.. They can take a beating and can handle the elements. You could even use their gear outdoors, under most weather conditions.  We did a ton of research and price comparisons both online and locally, beforehand.  We ended up buying everything at once to get a bit of a discount.   At the time this was the best bundle for the buck I could find out there.  Our garage gym was ordered and en route within 24 hours. That's another reason I HIGHLY recommend Rogue, they manufacture most of their gear themselves and have it in stock.  A lot of other online retailers are just 3rd party online storefronts.  A couple of other reputable equipment companies are Maverick & Again Faster. They've been servicing the Crossfit community for a long time. In other words, they didn't jump on the scene to make a buck.

Keep in mind, I was still in a full leg cast when I ordered this stuff. I had complete disregard for how it would arrive and who would deal with it when it did.  In about 4 days, an 18-wheeler pulled up outside our house with TWO pallets full of gear. I thought it was funny... wife, not so much! LOL She was such a sport. She had to put the entire shipment away in a garage we hadn't even cleaned out yet. Yep, good times! 

Equipment:  - I want to say the equipment was really easy to assemble.  That being said, most things came as is, except the rack and the rower, which did not take long to assemble at all. You need a couple special tools to install and secure the rack, but a quick trip to home depot and a $11 drill bit later, I was ready to install!

  • Rogue R-3 Power Rack - This is Rogue's version of the classic West Side Rack that has built world champion powerlifters. Great cage with two sizes of pull-up bars. 
  • The Rogue Bar - quality 20kg bar in black. 
  • The Rogue "Bella" Bar - 15kg ladies bar for the wifey
  • Rogue KG Bumper Plates by Hi-Temp - These take a beating and are also weather-proof.  I have 425# of these plates.  May not seem like much, but it's enough for me. Although my deadlift PR is 425# so I may need a few more pounds.
  • Rogue Fractional Plates - so we can make any weight I want.  I love these little guys.  They are a little expensive though.
  • Rogue HG Collars - they just look cooler than spring collars.
  • Rogue Flat Utility Bench - back when I benched press.  Now this is used as a chair, haha.
  • Rogue Wood Rings - great for ring-dips, but not enough height in the garage for muscle-ups (not that I have those down yet)
  • Ader Competition Kettlebells (8, 16, 20, 24, & 32kg) - you can never really have too many kettlebells I suppose. 
  • Dynamax Medicine Balls (14# & 20#) - we got the standard Rx weights for us
  • Concept2 Rower - this is a MUST-have for everyone! This is definitely my favorite piece of equipment. No matter what mood I'm in, I can get on this and get a sweat on.
  • Rogue "Games" Box - as much as I hate box-jumps, we had to get one of these. Perfect single piece of gear that is three heights, 20", 24" and 30". One for all!
  • Rogue Monster Bands - These too are multi-functional. Great for stretching, power-liftings, agility & speed training and more. Bought a couple in each level of tension.
  • Cyclone Jump Ropes - We bought these direct from Cyclone.  I nailed my double-unders immediately after buying this rope. The rope makes a world of a difference. 

Accessories:

  • Rogue Matador - Dip attachment for the side of the R-3 rack. Pretty ingenious piece.
  • Rogue Plate Storage - Another compact piece of equipment. Attaches to the side of the R-3 rack and can hold a ton of weight to keep it organized & off the floor.
  • Rogue Ab-Mat - Gotta have an ab-mat laying around for those tabata sit-ups! 
  • Clock Gone Bad - Since we are using the gym to continuously improve our game, we had to get a real-deal clock to keep some real times for our WOD's. We got this directly from MuscledriverUSA.com
  • Rubber Flooring - the flooring isn't required but we feel it was worth the investment. No one wants to be dropping down to do burpees onto concrete. Although there are expensive options out there, you can find snap-together tiles at Sports Authority or even Lowes.