Bring them with

by carney on June 5, 2014


Sara rips another single arm dumbbell snatch from the ground to overhead.

We get asked all the time, “what equipment should I get for my home gym?” The minimum equipment every home should have on hand is a quality barbell set (bar, bumpers, change plates, collars, and stand), a pull-up bar, and rings. This entire set-up can be acquired for less than $1,000. And with this equipment alone, you can build and impressive amount of strength and high level of conditioning.

Here is just a sampling of the exercises available to you with the equipment above:

  • pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and hanging L-sits
  • ring push-ups, dips, and muscle-ups
  • deadlifts, squats, and presses
  • snatches, clean & jerks, and Turkish get-ups

And of course:

  • running, jumping, and burpees
  • push-ups, handstands, and planks

With these exercises and their variations, you have infinite workout possibilities. And with the spread of CrossFit around the globe, it is easier than ever to find quality equipment. In fact, just the other day I was in our local Play it Again Sports and they had a full bumper set (25, 35, 45, and 55 lb), and a pretty decent barbell for sale.

The only other must-haves for your home gym are motivation and effort. However, those two things you can not purchase, you have to bring them with you.

Workout of the Day

Complete as many rounds as possible in 3 minutes. Recover 1 minute. Repeat for 5 total intervals.
4 power snatches, 45 kg
8 push-ups
12 squats

Score each interval separately. Begin each new interval with snatches.

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