At-Home and Budget-Friendly CrossFit Ideas

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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In the past several weeks, I’ve received a ton of questions from you guys asking for cheaper and at-home ideas for CrossFit. It seems that quite a few of you want to try it, but don’t live near a CrossFit location and/or don’t have the funds to afford a membership. With that said, here are a bunch of at-home and budget-friendly ways to get your CrossFit on!

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  • CrossFit posts the WOD on their website everyday so you can do them on your own without belonging to a CF box. You’ll need equipment for most of them, but if you already belong to a gym/health club, you’ll likely have access to what you need. If you have questions about the lingo, exercises, or substitutions for exercises, you can find answers here as well as on the “Getting Started” page.
  • Travel WODs: These WODs need minimal or no equipment, and you can do them just about anywhere as long as you have space to do so.
  • Download 16-Days of Beginner CrossFit Workouts: These beginner workouts can be done at home or the gym. They’re designed to take between 5-15 minutes and require nothing but your body and a little room to move.
  • Create your own gym at home: A reader left a link to this video on my blog a few weeks ago: Interview with Jon Gilson of Again Faster Equipment. Around the 2:50 mark, Jon Gilson describes how to start an at-home gym for $300. It tells you exactly what to buy. It’s pretty sweet!
  • Tabata Coach: I blogged about this the other day, but just in case you missed it, it reminds me a lot of my CrossFit workouts and can be done at home or the gym.
  • CrossFit781: CrossFit781 is where I take classes. Our coaches post the WOD the night before the actual workout, so you can follow along and do them on your own just like on, but if you have specific questions about the workout, I’d be happy to help answer them for you!

Additionally, a bunch of people have asked me what a “normal” price is for a CrossFit membership, and it really depends on the box you join. Every CrossFit is different, so the rate depends on a number of factors, including the location (city versus suburbs), how often you go (unlimited, 3 x week, 2 x week), number of members and coaches, how long the box has been open, etc.

Mal and I joined CrossFit 781 as a couple, so we pay $300 ($150 each) for an unlimited monthly membership. (We can attend as many classes as we’d like during the month.) The regular (non-couple) unlimited membership rate is $175/month, and there are other membership options that cost less as well as discounts for students and those who are members of the military and law enforcement. Similar pricing options exist at other CrossFit locations.

From what I’ve heard from other CrossFit-ers, our monthly rate falls somewhere in the middle of the pricing spectrum. I’ve heard of people paying as little as $60/month as well as more than $200/month for an unlimited membership. Every CrossFit is independent of each other, so prices vary quite a bit, which means you’ll need to contact your local box to see what the going rate is.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you guys have any other questions!


There was hardly any food in our house last night, so Mal and I opted for a lazy (and more expensive) dinner: take-out from Lime Leaf. The portion was huge, so I ate the leftovers for lunch today.

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I finished off lunch with a Coconut Cream Larabar.

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I’m planning to eat a banana with peanut butter before CrossFit to give me some energy for the workout. I haven’t eaten it yet, but you’ve seen it before, right? It looks like this.

I’m off to walk the pug and then get my CrossFit on. I haven’t been since last Wednesday, so I’m really looking forward to tonight’s class!

P.S. Are you taking part in Super Bowl activities this weekend? Check out my new post over on the Pretzel Crisps blog: Game Plan: A Healthy Approach to Football Party Food!



  1. One thing you may want to mention to your readers is that if they’re going to do crossfit, they may want to go to some classes to learn the proper form. I mean, like, people know how to do a squat, push up, etc. But if they want to follow the main site – they need to learn proper form for the olympic/power lifts because they can get hurt otherwise 🙂

  2. I have been following you for a while now. Back in September I started running. I’m up to 8 miles for my big run each week. My problem is, I got the flew this week and it’s kicking my butt. Getting out of bed today to take care of my 3 kids was a triumph in itself. I feel very guilty for not working out but I think taking it easy will get me through this faster.
    What is your attitude when you get sick? Do you still push to get a run in? Do you hole up with tea? Do you bounce back quick?
    Love checking in with you each day.
    Greetings from Canada.

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  6. I’ve started working out just recently and been looking for more at-home workout tips. I’m glad I get to browse you crossfit ideas in here. I’ve read your blog about how crossfit had changed your body and I am amazed and definitely inspired by your story. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  7. Hi Tina, I just found your blog & am loving it!! Keeps me motivated, & encourages me to try new things..One question. I was looking into some of the traveling Crossfit WOD, & it says “for time ” in some of them, but does not give a time… I can’t quite figure out what they mean. ex 10 rounds for time.. then lists 3 exercises, but it gives no time..

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