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.
Looking to buy some new bumper plates for your garage gym? Whether you’re buying bumpers for the first time, looking for an upgrade, or just ready to slap more weight on the bar, I can help. I have looked far and wide for the best set prices on standard black bumper plates and training bumper plates from reputable vendors. I have considered bumper plates sets from all the major manufacturers readily available in the USA and found what I believe to be the best prices on bumper plate sets.
As some of you may know, every once in a while I like to make a post just highlighting some of the exercise equipment, fitness gear, and accessories that are new to the market. Some stuff I show just for fun, but most of the products I talk about are serious pieces of equipment that can potentially improve your workout or enhance your garage gym experience.
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.
Original Post, November 2013 - Updated May 2014
Often times when I review exercise equipment, a lot of the gear I review falls more on the expensive side. My goal has never been to suggest that you have to spend a fortune or have the absolute best exercise equipment on the market to get a solid workout at home. No, I choose to review the equipment that I do because I think that quality is important, and quality typically costs more money.
When you first make the transition from working out at a commercial gym to working out in your own garage gym, you may experience what I like to call machine withdrawal. Machine withdrawal is when you are used to utilizing a machine for a particular exercise rather than using free-weights, and now you find yourself missing that machine, and maybe even at a loss as to what to do for an alternative exercise. Oh and yes, I did in fact just make that term up.
I’ve been working out in my own private garage gym for about two years now. Prior to that, I had always been a member of one commercial mega gym or another, dishing out monthly dues to basically borrow someone else’s equipment. Even though my most recent gym contract was at a nicer gym than most, I was still more bummed out about going to work out than I was excited about it. Nice place or not, I simply found myself annoyed at the gym more often than I felt was healthy.
Every once in a while I like to make a post just showing some of the random exercise equipment, new fitness gear, and accessories I find while trolling the web. Some stuff is just for fun, but some of it can potentially be helpful to your fitness program. Overall, I make posts like this for the fun of it. Most of the time they doesn’t include any garage gym necessities (bumpers, racks, bars, etc), so don’t take it too seriously.
Are you happy with your current workout program? Are you seeing the gains you were promised? Is your current workout challenging, or do you find it boring? Have you hit a plateau you cannot seem to overcome? Have your goals changed so much that your program is no longer even appropriate for you? These are all things you should ask yourself periodically.
Rogue Fitness is pretty well known for their large assortment of barbells. From bars for Crossfit to bars for powerlifting; from their own brand to the premium imports; they have one of the most extensive collections of high quality barbells out there. Just when you think they had it all, they went and added yet another bar to the line-up; the new Rogue Olympic WL Barbell.
Having a high protein breakfast is sometimes easier said than done. Thanks to biscuits, waffles, pancakes, and potatoes (to name just a few), breakfast in America tends to be a very carbohydrate dense meal. As delicious as all these carb heavy dishes may be, not everyone wants to start their day with so much sugar and processed flour, and so little protein.
Where can I buy gym mirrors? I’ve been asked this question more than a couple times now, so I figured it was time to throw up a little post with some suggestions. I’ll give you a handful options ranging from potentially free to moderately expensive. Obviously your budget and your willingness to spend time shopping around will dictate which option is best for you.
You may have wondered to yourself why Crossfit utilizes the rower rather than a climber, treadmill, spin bike, or really any other piece of cardio equipment out there. I mean, when you go to a commercial gym you see almost everything but rowers. Maybe the gym has a couple off in the corner, but they definitely do not dominate the gym’s cardio space. So why did Crossfit decide to go with the rower when so few others have?
When I first got started setting up my garage gym, I didn’t include bumper plate storage in my budget. Matter of fact, it never even occurred to me when I was planning. I was just excited to get my power rack, plates, and the rest of my gear. Needless to say, it didn’t take very long before I was ready to get all my plates off the ground.
If you’ve read any of my other articles or shopping guides regarding bumper plates, you’ve seen that one of the brands that I’m a big fan of is the OFW bumper plates by Fringesport. I really do like these bumpers. I like them because they are offered at an extremely good price, and I like them because for the same or less money you’d spend somewhere else, you’re getting a more innovative, much more durable bumper plate.
Do you know what a farmers walk is? If you do, are you incorporating them into your workouts? You should be.
For those who don’t know, the farmers walk (or a farmer’s carry) is a compound movement that involves the simple act of picking something heavy up in each hand and walking with it for as long as you can. Sounds pretty simple, I know. Well don’t let the lack of complicated movements or long explanations of proper form trick you. The farmers walk is a very strenuous, beneficial, and completely under-utilized exercise.