Are you interested in joining the Crossfit revolution, but you have no equipment? I can give you some guidance on what gear you need to get started. Or are you already into Crossfit but you want to do your WOD’s at home rather than at the box, and you want to know the best places to buy the gear? I can help you with that too.
If you’re serious about working out at home, then you’re going to want some form of power rack or squat rack in your gym in order to get the most out of those workouts. You’ll want somewhere to rack the bar for the shoulder press and heavy squats, and you’ll also want something with spotter arms for your bench press and back squat so you can safely go heavy when alone. You definitely need a pull-up bar, and that’s already built into a power rack. So, call it a power rack, power cage, or squat rack; call it whatever you want just so long as you own one.
So far I feel that I have bars, bumpers, and racks pretty well covered on this site. I’m certain you can find something useful here if you’re shopping for one of these core home gym pieces. What I haven’t covered very well to date are change plates. Since it’s likely that just about every lifter will ultimately find themselves in the market for change plates in some form, I felt that it was about time to give them a little attention.
I think that we can all agree that Eleiko makes some pretty awesome gear. They are actually one of he most desired brands of weightlifting equipment out there; which makes sense considering they are also one of the best. Unfortunately, most of their wares aren’t exactly easy on the wallet, meaning it’s not what people are generally buying for their garage gyms.
Well, not everything that Eleiko sells will set you back three mortgage payments. There are a couple of product lines that still offer everything that you expect from Eleiko in terms of quality and performance, but at prices a normal budget will allow. The bumper plates I’m going to review in this article are from one of those very lines; the XF line.
Here are a few of the reviews and articles that I currently have in the works. These are not listed in the order that they’ll be published, and some of them are still a good while out, but they are coming, and I’m very excited about all of these.
I’ve never had my own pulling blocks here at the house. If I wanted to do anything with blocks, I either needed to go to the WL gym, or stack up some bumper plates and use those stacks as makeshift blocks. Stacking bumpers is alright in that at does allow for easy height adjustments, but the bar doesn’t really like to stay still when sitting on a bunch of plates. It’s not ideal.
Are you still forking out cash every month to train at a global-gym or CrossFit box? Would you rather be training at home? If the cost of owning your own quality equipment seems too high and way out of reach, and that reason alone prevents you from starting your own garage gym, I have good news: it is completely possible to build a functional, quality garage gym on a budget, and I’m going to show you how with as little as $500.
The Vulcan Elite is a true 28 mm bushing bar designed specifically for Olympic weightlifting. It is the more affordable “training” version of the $600 Vulcan Professional Bearing Bar, with the biggest differences being the use of bushings instead of bearings, and the price.
This is a review for the newest adaptation of the Again Faster Team Bar, the 2.0. Just a heads up, I have no hands-on experience with the previous Team Bars, so there won’t be any comparisons between the original bar or version 1.2. Consider this a stand alone review for the 2.0.
We’re only three full months into 2015, but there has already been a lot of really cool new releases in the strength training, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit world; especially in terms of bumpers and weights. Whenever a good 6-10 cool new pieces of equipment pile up, I like to do a quick post that highlights them just in case anyone missed their release. Most of this stuff is serious equipment, but I tend to add fun things too.
If you’re looking to add a GHD to your garage gym, that’s awesome – the GHD is an amazing piece of equipment to have in your arsenal. Having one opens the door to many important exercises that are difficult to replicate without one.