Matthew Hall analyzes 18 months of main-site WODs and comes to some surprising conclusions about what equipment you should buy and when.
If you’re outfitting your home gym, invest in a bar, squat stand and bumper plates right away. Buy those rings. Get a pull-up bar and an AbMat. Put dumbbells, kettlebells, a Concept2 rower and a GHD machine at the bottom of your priority list.
Surprised? So was I.
To determine the most important pieces of equipment, I went through all the main-site WODs from January 2008 to mid-June 2009. I tallied how many times each particular exercise was performed and then broke each exercise down by the required pieces of equipment. I also looked online at three common CrossFit equipment suppliers and averaged the prices for each product. The suppliers I used were Again Faster, The Garage Gym Store and Rogue Fitness.
I was able to compile a list of the equipment and sort it by how many times each item was used. I then figured how much it would cost per use based on the average price over those 18 months. I also wanted to see how much of the CrossFit program could be accomplished with different purchases, so I made a third table showing how many more exercises could be done with each additional piece of equipment purchased, and how that would affect the total cost of the gym.
The results? For less than $1,500 in equipment purchases, you can perform 80 percent of the WODs on CrossFit.com in your home gym.