Must-Have Pieces of Equipment for CrossFit Workouts
CrossFit is hot, and it is one of the most rapidly growing trends in fitness today and for a good reason. In a relatively short amount of time, you can pack a hell of a workout and sweat like crazy. Using high-intensity routines coupled with low intensity, mixing aerobic exercise with strength training helps you check every box on the fitness to-do list in a matter of minutes.
The first piece of equipment you will need, an often overlooked one, is the right type of surface. That’s right, CrossFit flooring is essential to ensure an excellent workout and to get the blood pumping without being injured. Rubber floors are a great option. They offer protection for both your floor as well as your joints, they provide extra cushion to keep you going longer, and on top of that, they look great.
CrossFit equipment often consists of weights, CrossFit ropes, a CrossFit mat to be able to drop those weights when you have to. Heavy medicine balls are also a great addition to a CrossFit studio as they offer countless exercises you can perform with them. A climbing rope can be an awesome addition if you have the strength to climb it, same with pull up bars to go from sprinting back and forth to strength training in a second.
Tractor wheels are a popular item, and there is something immensely satisfying about pushing a cumbersome wheel across any given space and then taking a few seconds to admire what you just achieved. Most exercise sets consist of repeating something over and over, you get a dumbbell and you lift it twenty times, sure when you are done you are tired but you can’t “see” the progress when you move one of these massive wheels you certainly can and it never fails to put a smile on your face.
Having a couple of machines in your studio will also help you add variety to your workout. There are many different types to choose from, and you will need to take your time to evaluate what will add the most value to your workout. I find that a cycling machine is a great way to get the blood pumping, elevate the heartbeat, and kicking me into gear. These are also great to slow down after a very intense strength training set. A vertical climbing machine could also be a good option.
Whether you end up deciding on an elliptical or a rowing machine, you should make sure your floor is protected with a top-notch CrossFit mat or just rubber flooring across your space.
Remember, when doing CrossFit, you will want to combine high-intensity cardio with strength training, find the equipment that will make your routine the most fun, and you will keep coming back to your studio day after day and getting a great workout.