16 Best CrossFit Equipment For a Home Gym (2024 Review)

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: June 19, 2024
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I’m a big fan of strength and endurance workouts, and I also know how many of my friends and family struggle to get motivated to go to the gym.

For my clients with limited time, I always recommend a CrossFit workout program, but the class times can be inconvenient, and they’re not cheap. If this sounds familiar to you, then you may be surprised at how quickly and cost-effectively you can set up your own home CrossFit gym.

I spent hours studying the best CrossFit equipment, consulted other fitness trainers, and talked with my clients who used this equipment to get their opinions.

Here's how to set up your own CrossFit home gym.

Quick Summary

  • To set up a CrossFit home gym, essential equipment like barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, jump ropes, and a weight bench is necessary.
  • Key equipment such as barbells and kettlebells enable a wide range of exercises, from strength training to cardiovascular workouts.
  • According to BoxLIfe magazine, most CrossFit workouts take 15 minutes to complete.
  • In my experience, having a well-equipped home gym has been a game-changer for maintaining consistency and motivation in my, and my clients' fitness journey.

What Do You Need To Do CrossFit Workouts At Home?

​To do CrossFit gym workouts in your home gym, you will need to invest in a few pieces of equipment. To name the most important ones, they include:

  • Barbell with bumper plates
  • Kettlebells
  • Dumbbells
  • Jumping rope
  • Medicine ball
  • Weight bench
  • Pull-up bar
  • ​Plyo box

But before you go out and just randomly choose some pieces of equipment at a discount store, make sure you go through the following items to make sure that your home gym won’t become a safety hazard while doing pull-ups and other CrossFit workouts.

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Pro-Tip: Pair all your different workouts with a crossfit fitness tracker to make sure you're hitting your fitness goals.

1. Weight Lifting Barbell

Close up shot of a weight lifting barbell

I've always found the barbell to be the cornerstone of my CrossFit workouts. From front squats to shoulder presses and deadlifts, its versatility is unmatched.

Make measuring your progress with weights easy with the help of a weightlifting fitness tracker

But to do these right, you have to consider looking at Olympic or CrossFit barbells, and the one I see in many gyms these days is the 20kg Rogue Olympic WL Bar.

One of the most critical items for your CrossFit home gym is a barbell, which is used in so many of my favorite workouts.

At 7 feet long and available with and without a center knurl, it’s very suitable even for professional use. Starting with a good bar and good weightlifting shoes will make all the difference in your success.


2. Set Of Bumper Plates And Collars

Close up shot of bumper plates and collars

As your fitness and strength improve, you’ll quickly need to add some weights, especially for moves like squats and deadlifts.

I would recommend that you invest in sets of bumper plates and plate storage, and don’t underestimate the sizes you’ll need.

The good news is that the above barbell can be ordered with matching bumper plates that range from 5 to 45 lbs.

The bumper plates are also available in just bare metal or painted in different colors to make it easier to pick the right ones. And don’t forget to add some collars to the bumper plates as well. Safety always comes first.


3. Power Rack

One thing I always recommend is that you leave enough free space in your home gym to have a power rack installed.

As you get stronger, you’ll be able to pile on quite a bit of weight, and many squat movements will become difficult, even impossible, to do without having the ability to rest the barbell safely.

You don’t have to invest thousands of dollars, but for a few hundred bucks, you can have a wall-mounted power rack that can double as a pull-up bar. Check out these budget power rack options.

Alternatively, you can also opt for a smith machine if you need more home gym assistance in doing pull-ups or muscle-ups.

Rogue Fitness has one of the largest selections available, so make sure you check out the ones in your budget range.

If you've got a pull up bar at home, you've got everything you need for an epic workout! With just the bar and your bodyweight, you can work every single muscle in your body by doing pull ups.

- Andrew Peloquin, Professional Trainer


4. Kettlebells

Close up shot of kettlebells

I’m a huge fan of high-quality kettlebells, and I always include them in CrossFit home exercise plans for clients.

According to a study in the National Library of Medicine, your body works harder in a shorter space of time, and by targeting multiple muscle groups, you will also maximize growth hormone production [1].

You get stronger and look a lot more ripped, all using the same amount of time and just a different piece of equipment in your home gym.

One of the best selections of home gym kettlebells is offered by Rogue, where you can get everything from 9 lb to 203 lb (yes, that is more than the average person weighs).

From customer reviews and my own use of them, I can tell you that they will take quite a beating without getting damaged.

We also reviewed ONNIT's Primal kettlebells and the best adjustable kettlebells on the market.


5. Abmat

Close up shot of abmats

If you’ve ever had problems with your back, then you know how difficult it can be to do many of the ab exercises.

The problem is that doing CrossFit without doing much ab work will not give you the full effect.

Before you think, “I don’t have back problems, so I’ll just skip over this one,” I would strongly advise spending a few dollars to help you prevent lower back strain.

You can also use an ab roller for core exercises at your home gym.

The product I generally recommend is the Athlos Fitness Ab Mat, mainly because it is durable and offers some padding for your buttocks as well. And looking at all the positive reviews online, it really is one of the top rated ones.


6. Jump Rope

Close up shot of jump ropes

According to another study in the National Library of Medicine, using a rope is excellent for warm-up and cardio routines, and it’s a load of fun. It also improves your overall health [2].

It might take a few tries to get into the rhythm, but once you get the hang of it, you can easily increase the speed for more intense training sections.

The jump rope I hand out at my classes is the Fitness Factor Adjustable Jump Rope. It’s very affordable and durable, and you can easily adjust it to your height.

If you’re above or below the average height, then that will be worth a lot for your CrossFit games. If you have the budget, then get yourself a high-quality pair of Rogue Speed Ropes, as they will last you years.

You may also want to check out the Fitness Factor Adjustable Jump Rope (on a budget).


7. Medicine Ball Or Slam Ball

Close up shot of medicine balls on the ground

Like kettlebells, you can create some amazing moves that target your legs, core, arms, and back on a medicine ball for a routine that will have you out of breath in a matter of seconds.

If you really enjoy pounding one of these into a wall or the floor, then I would suggest the TRX Training Slam Ball.

I’ve seen this brand of medicine balls in loads of gyms; the online reviews are pretty good, and you’ll struggle to make any dent in it.

In my experience, medicine balls are one of the more underrated and underutilized tools available, although they are becoming more popular in CrossFit classes.


8. Weight Bench

Close up shot of a weight bench

A well-designed weight bench for garage gym equipment will be padded and adjustable to your height so that you can easily perform your moves while giving you full support and comfort.

For a lot of the dumbbell exercises, I love to use one of these benches, and you’ll be surprised at how easily they can be adapted for dozens of different moves.

The one I have been using and recommending most is the Rogue Flat Utility Bench. It’s more stable than any others that I’ve had at home and at the gym, and it comes with a convenient storage hanger.


9. Dumbbells

Close up shot of dumbbells

Dumbbells are probably as important as a barbell, and even though they don’t give you as much flexibility in the moves as kettlebells, for really targeted muscle work, they just can’t be beaten.

Home gyms won't be complete without these staples.

You’ll find that dozens of different CrossFit routines will use them, and having a good selection of them will be important.

I would recommend that you don’t go for an adjustable set, as it can take too long to switch them around.

You can also check out these CrossFit gloves to keep your palms safe.

The ones I like the most are the Rogue dumbbells. Not just because they are very solid and hard-wearing, but because the hexagonal shape means they won’t roll around and can even be used as push-up bars.


10. Plyometric Box

Close up shot of plyometric boxes

You won’t get far in CrossFit without a plyometric box, and under no circumstances should you try and DIY something out of stuff you have at home. I did this once, and it almost ended in disaster.

Plyo boxes are designed to accommodate explosive movements, so make sure you pick a high-quality one.

I was lucky to just have a few scratches as the storage box I was using collapsed as I did simple CrossFit box jumps; the damage to my ego was a lot bigger though, and thank god there were no cameras around.

Jump training is a lot of fun, and a plyo box will help you create some tougher moves that will drain you a lot quicker.

If you look up some YouTube videos of the CrossFit games, then you might be able to spot some of the Rogue boxes, which are available in quite a few sizes. They are sturdy and angled perfectly to avoid toppling over.


11. Glute Ham Developer

Close up shot of glute ham developers

This is not your typical CrossFit home gym equipment, but if you want to have the widest range of routines in a typical CrossFit program, then it’s something you should seriously consider.

The moves you do are also a lot easier on your shoulders and back compared to squats and deadlifts, which target the same areas.

So, if you have had trouble with these areas, then try out a GHD.

The one that has received the largest number of positive reviews is the Rogue Abram GHD 2.0. What most people point out as it’s best feature is how quickly you can adjust it for different exercises, meaning no waiting around while you should be working out.

Hamstring raises on the glute-ham developer (GHD) might be one of the best exercises you are not doing. They build powerful hamstrings that might improve sprinting speed and jumping ability. And they provide a great way to focus on the posterior chain without loading the back as in good mornings and deadlifts.

- Craig Marker, Fitness Coach


12. Rope Climbing Kit

Close up shot of rope climbing kit

This can be a tough one for a home gym, as you will need a bit of height in your garage to make it worth your while. It’s not one of my favorite exercises because I’m not the biggest fan of heights.

But, as far as effectiveness goes, it’s up there with using a pull-up bar, as it targets a load of different muscle groups at the same time.

When it comes to these kits, you definitely don’t want to scrimp and buy the cheapest thing you can find.

Again, the company Rogue has a great option that is available in different lengths, and I would generally suggest only getting one if you have a 10’ high ceiling.


13. Battle Rope

Close up shot of battle ropes

Battle ropes have quickly become a very popular tool for CrossFit classes, and if you have tried them out, then you know how quickly they will bring you to the burn.

The concept is really simple in that you attach a heavy rope to a wall, and you have to create some waves by lifting the ends.

It absolutely kills your arms and shoulders, and it’s very easy to engage your core as well. It also improves overall performance in sports or any type of workout [3].

You will find that even the cheaper ones available are pretty good and perfectly suitable for home use.

The price generally goes up depending on weight and length.

However, a good one to start with is the Titan Poly Battle Rope, which I’ve had at home for a few years now.


14. Gymnastic Rings

Close up shot of gymnastic rings

Similar to a climbing rope, these rings only make sense if you have a good bit of ground clearance in your home gym.

Basically, the sets usually include two rings that attach to the end of a nylon strap or rope.

They need to be securely attached to a ceiling point, and you can use them for a load of different suspension moves.

It’ll be a while before you look anything like an Olympian, and if you’ve never used them before, then they are probably not the highest priority.

They are not really for beginners, though. What we recommend for beginners is suspension training equipment.

If you do decide to buy them, then make sure you get ones with a good grip, and I would suggest considering the REEHUT Gymnastic Rings with Adjustable Straps.

We’ve used these at my gym for quite a while, and the online reviews match my experience with them.


15. Rowing Machine or Air Bike

Close up shot of a rowing machine

When it comes to these, I generally say that you don’t need both a rowing machine and an air bike, but one of them should be in your CrossFit garage gym.

You can check out our list of budget rowing machines.

We suggest measuring those high-intensity and heart-pumping air bike workouts with a cycling fitness tracker.

I generally find they both work very well, just in slightly different ways.

For a rower, you simply cannot go wrong with the Concept 2 Rower. It’s heavy-duty and comes with easy-to-set adjustments to switch intensity. Just make sure you also get one of the mats to stop it from slipping.

The Concept 2 Echo Bike is one of my personal favorites, and it’s very likely you’ve spotted one of these at your local gym. Given its size and how sturdy it is, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to move around.


16. Deep Tissue Massage Gun

Close up shot of a deep tissue massage gun

A good massage gun aids in quicker recovery as it targets the tightness and tension in your muscles.

I found it promotes better blood flow and washes away the lactic acid buildup on your muscles, minimizing cramps and promoting relaxation.

If you’re on the lookout for one, consider the force range of the gun.

At least 20 lbs should be enough, but 30-35 lbs would be ideal.

Another thing to consider would be the gun’s size and weight; the last thing you want to have is a sore arm from carrying an overly heavy massage tool.

It’s a must in my book, and one of my personal favorites is the one from Addsfit. It's powerful, gentle on the skin, and very handy.

Bonus Tip: CrossFit Starter Package

Close up shot of crossfit equipments

At this stage, you’re probably wondering how much all this will end up costing you.

I’ll cover this in a bit more detail below, but there is one excellent option that will help you save a ton of money.

Rogue Fitness offers a CrossFit Box Starter Kit, which is ideal for a home or garage gym setup.

It contains the majority of the must-have items, including:

  • Concept 2 Rower
  • Barbell
  • Decent selection of bumper plates
  • Kettlebells
  • Medicine ball
  • Climbing Rope
  • Abmat
  • Speed Rope

The only thing you would really need to consider getting is a weight bench, a pull-up bar, and possibly some extra bumper plates. I know quite a few people who have bought this, and they are very happy with it.

The Best Crossfit Equipment for Kids

When choosing CrossFit equipment for kids, it's important to select items that are not only safe and appropriately sized but also engaging and effective for their fitness needs.

To help you get started, here are some specific product recommendations that are well-regarded in the fitness community.

KS-1 kids squat stand from Rogue is built with the same heavy-duty steel and precision technology as the senior model.

Standing 28 inches tall, this equipment is uniquely compatible with most kid barbells. This squat stand gives your child a “leg up” when working on the most important muscle group.

Rogue’s T-2.5KG technique bar is another good option.

Our tests show that the needle bearings provide the kind of consistency needed to develop perfect form, and the 3 sets of knurl marks are designed to help beginners learn to do the exercises right before they learn bad habits.

The most popular feature was its 41.2 inches of hand space.

Space Optimization Tips

Whether you're working with a small room, a garage, or even just a corner of your living area, optimizing your space is crucial.

Here are some practical tips to help you make the most out of your CrossFit home gym setup.

Embrace Multi-functional Equipment

When space is at a premium, choosing equipment that serves multiple purposes is key. For instance, adjustable dumbbells can replace a whole rack of weights, and a kettlebell can be used for a variety of strength and conditioning exercises.

Also, consider equipment that can be mounted on the wall or folded away when not in use, like wall-mounted pull-up bars or foldable squat racks. These options are perfect for maximizing floor space while still allowing a full range of CrossFit activities.

Smart Storage Solutions

Effective storage can drastically improve the functionality of your home gym. Utilizing vertical space with shelving units or racks can keep your floor clear for workouts.

Wall racks are particularly useful for organizing and storing barbells and weight plates, keeping them off the ground but within easy reach.

Designate Specific Workout Zones

Organizing your space into designated areas for different types of workouts can greatly enhance your training efficiency. You might have a corner dedicated to yoga and stretching, another for weightlifting, and a separate area for cardio equipment like jump ropes or rowing machines.

If space allows, movable dividers can offer the flexibility to reconfigure your gym based on the day's workout.

Compact Cardio Equipment

In smaller spaces, bulky cardio machines are not always feasible. Opt for more compact options like jump ropes, mini trampolines, or foldable rowing machines.

These items can provide excellent cardiovascular workouts without taking up too much space. Additionally, consider taking some cardio workouts outdoors, such as running or cycling, to free up indoor space.

Maintenance and Safety Tips

Proper maintenance not only extends the life of your equipment but also ensures a safe and effective workout environment.

Here are some essential tips to help you maintain and safely use your CrossFit home gym:

  • Regular equipment checks: Check for any signs of wear and tear, especially on items that bear weight or endure high impact, like barbells, plates, and resistance bands. Ensure that nuts and bolts on equipment like squat racks and pull-up bars are tightened and secured.
  • Clean and organize your space: A clean gym is a safe gym. Regularly clean your equipment to prevent the buildup of sweat, dust, and grime, which can cause deterioration. Use appropriate cleaners for different materials to avoid damage.
  • Emergency preparedness: Have a basic first aid kit accessible in your gym area. This should include items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and bandages. It's also a good idea to have your phone nearby in case of an emergency, especially if you often work out alone.

Why Should You Set Up CrossFit Equipment At Home?

Close up shot of crossfit equipment

The main reasons why you should set up the best CrossFit equipment at home are that it can provide significant cost savings, give you more flexibility around when you can exercise, and tailor your CrossFit training routines around what you enjoy the most.

Let’s look at these in a bit more detail.

1. Serious Long-Term Savings

While I do have to say that CrossFit gyms offer very good services, they come at quite a steep price.

$150 per month would be quite normal, and if you consider that’s $1,800 per year, you’ll have the majority of the above equipment paid for within just 2 years

2. Exercise When It Suits You

By having a garage gym with the right equipment, you can do all your training when the time suits you best.

You don’t have to figure out when it’s not as busy at the gym, and if you have family or a hectic job, then having the gym at home will mean the difference between going or becoming lazy on the couch.

The last thing you want after a long commute home is to face another commute to your nearest CrossFit gym.

3. Focus On The Exercises You Enjoy

When you join CrossFit classes, it can be difficult to skip over certain exercises, and you can end up waiting around for equipment to free up.

With your own personal setup, you can focus on getting everything you need for your favorite routines.

And there will be absolutely no waiting around, either.

With constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit is a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in a hardcore yet accepting and encouraging environment.

- Steve Kamb, Fitness Blogger

FAQs

1. Can I do CrossFit at home?

Yes, you can do CrossFit at home as long as you have the right equipment in your garage gym. As long as you know how to do all the different moves and exercises, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get set up at home.

2. How much does it cost to build a home CrossFit gym?

It costs about $2,500 to $3,000 to build a home CrossFit gym with the minimum amount of equipment. Once you are set up with the basics, you can then gradually add more gear to allow you to vary the routines.

3. How much does CrossFit membership cost?

CrossFit membership costs on average $150 per month dependent on the city you live in and the size of the gym. This is why so many people are creating their own home gyms.

4. Is CrossFit worth the money?

Yes, CrossFit is worth the money, whether you pay for membership or you set up your own gym at home. The style of training and mix of varying intensity levels provides amazing results for weight loss and muscle building.

5. Can ​Children Do CrossFit?

Yes, ​children can do CrossFit. It's a great way for them to get fit and healthy when they're young. Check out our guide on the recommended CrossFit equipment for kids' gear.


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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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  1. These CrossFit items starter pack has helped me a lot in building my setup at home. So, thank you!

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