CrossFit Home Gym Essentials

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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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The majority of the equipment featured in this post was supplied by Again Faster Equipment. As always, the opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

Last Friday, Mal and I received a very special delivery to our house: a CrossFit home gym from Again Faster! It was nearly 700 pounds worth of equipment!

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Unpacking all of the different equipment was like Christmas morning, and Mal and I were geeking-out hardcore.

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And, of course, we had to “play” with all of the equipment as we unwrapped it!


The 30-pound slam ball is almost the exact same size and weight as my baby bump!

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Driveway WOD? Dumbbell Thrusters!


Kettlebell swings! Yep, Mal and I definitely had a fun time trying out the new equipment!

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Eventually, we got serious and moved everything downstairs into our basement where our home gym will be.

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Introducing our home gym!

Again Faster CrossFit home gym

A couple of details about the space:

  • It’s small. The space measures just 12′ X 12′, which is actually more like 12′ x 9′ because there’s a huge vent attached to the ceiling that makes about 3 of those feet unusable for working out. We can store equipment in that space, but you can’t stand up and work out there. For this reason, only one person can exercise at a time in our home gym. Maybe, depending on the workout, Mal and I could both use the gym at the same time, but for the most part, it’s a one-person-at-a-time home gym.
  • The ceilings are low. Our basement ceiling measures 6.5 feet, so we can’t do any overhead movements, which is somewhat limiting, but we picked some really awesome equipment from Again Faster, and I know we’ll still be able to get in some great workouts!


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(Of course, I ran out to buy a whiteboard as soon as we got our home gym set up! It’s a CrossFit necessity!)


With the help and recommendations of Again Faster, here’s what we picked for our home gym (not including the BOSU and 10-pound dumbbells):

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Some notes about what we picked:

  • Kettlebells: Mal and I both went up in weight on the kettlebells we selected, compared to what we usually use at CrossFit. Since we can’t do regular (overhead) swings, we figured the heavier weight would be better for movements like Russian Kettlebell Swings, Kettlebell Deadlifts, Sumo Deadlift High Pulls, etc. He went with a 32-kg (70.5 pounds) kettlebell, and I went with a 20-kg (44 pounds) kettlebell, but I’m sure we’ll end up using both sizes for various workouts.
  • Dumbbells: The 25-pound dumbbells were a suggestion from Again Faster, and they’ve already gotten a ton of use. They’re so versatile! Just some of the movements we’ve used them for so far: Thrusters, Shoulder Press, Chest Press, Lunges, and “Man Makers.”
  • Slam Balls: These were another recommendation from Again Faster and, honestly, they’re probably the piece of equipment that I am most excited about because I wasn’t even sure if I even wanted them at first. Now, I realize how awesome these things are for getting your heart rate up. We don’t have a lot of room in our basement to do a lot of cardio, but slam balls get you huffing and puffing in a matter of minutes. A set of ball slams instantly turns a regular workout into a really tough workout! I highly recommend at least one for a home gym. We have two slam balls (30 pounds and 15 pounds). I use the 15-pounder for straight-up cardio and then the 30-pounder for more strength-based moves like Cleans.
  • Barbell: Again Faster has three options for their barbells: 20 kg (44 pounds), 15 kg (33 pounds), and training (15 pounds). Mal and I went with the 20 kg because it’s the bar we use most often at CrossFit and we get a little extra weight with it!
  • Rubber Bumper Plate Set (260-lb): We picked Rubber Bumper Plates over cast iron plates, so we could drop the bar in our basement and do CrossFit-style workouts. We figured 260 pounds was probably enough weight for us to start. I don’t see us doing any 1 rep maxes or anything like that in our basement (we’ll save those for 781). The purpose of our home gym is more to fit in a workout when we’re short on time or can’t get to a CrossFit class.

So, that’s a summary of our new home gym and, in the coming weeks and months, you’ll probably see a lot more of it on CNC. I have all sorts of fun stuff planned, including workouts, product reviews, and giveaways from Again Faster. And, of course, our home gym will be part of my post-baby shape-up, so I hope it’ll give you guys, especially the moms, some great ideas for working out at home!

Questions of the Day

Do you have a gym at home? If so, what do you consider your essential pieces of equipment? If not, what equipment would you absolutely love to have in your dream home gym? 

CrossFit peeps: What would the essential equipment be in your home gym? 



  1. I don’t have a true at home gym, just DVDs and weights. It’s enough to get in a good at home workout. I’d love to add a kettle bell!

  2. So cool! I’m in the process of making a crossfit gym at home to! So far I bought : a box( box jumps are my fave!) Rx skipping rope, kettlebell (30#,45#) rower , treadmill( I’m still a cardio junkie) ab mat,pull up bar. I need to get a slam ball,and a bar!

  3. I’ve been working out at home for a couple years now, and kettlebells have definitly helped, especially with post baby working out. Swing/burpee ladders seem to do the trick, especially when the little one gets fussy. Though babies make great weights when they’re bigger, our little man is rockin’ 20 lbs now, so tossing him up is a great workout. Just walking around with him is good. I’ve got some nice guns goin on now..

  4. Wow great gear you got! You dont even look pregnant in that picture holding the plate!
    Hmm, you could totally do home based Personal Training with your new gym…..I will be your first client!! Seriously, have you thought about it?

  5. Oh I am so excited for these posts!!! Eeeeek!!! Can you include some videos for us newbies? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. well essentials for me was a power cage for safe back squatting and it doubles well for bench press and similar moves, it also adds a pretty sturdy pull up bar, much better than door mounted ones, especially when kipping.
    Similar issue with 7ft ceiling and limited place, I have a good selection of dumbbells and elastic bands.
    Had I known earlier I would probably have gone the selectable dumbell(powrblocks or something like that) way.

    So essentials: power rack/cage with bench and plates, elastic bands or dumbbells, something to work on balance. Everything else is fairly optional.

  7. my husband reallllly wants to make a home gym in our new house, but i’m so-so about the idea. i need people and an instructor to motivate me, so i doubt i’d give myself very good workouts at home! yours looks awesome though!

  8. I strictly do home workouts – my essentials are kettlebells, dumbells, jump rope, yoga mat and a weighted medicine ball. One thing I’d really like to add to my home gym is a Bosu … one of these days I’ll get around to buying one.

    Your home gym is amazing! I’m sure with a little one at home you’ll be getting a lot of use out of it.

  9. Looks cool. I wonder how much fun crossfit is without the whole group dynamic, or even doing it alone…. it seems essential to run around with other fanatics and beat the clock.

    Also stay safe and don’t let any of those kettlebells fall on your foot!

  10. Wow! Awesome!! I bet you guys definitely got your workout in MOVING all of that stuff to the basement. And at least you can grab a Kettlebell/DB/whatever and head outside in the warmer months, get your workout in outside and have the ability to do more movements. 🙂

  11. I don’t have a gym at home – I live on the second floor of our building, so it’s kinda of hard to get my workout on without someone coming upstairs and telling us to shut up! I also feel like I slack off at home, so I like to go somewhere and go to a class, or go out for a run – I feel like I push myself a little bit more that way 🙂

  12. Fun! I would love to have a home gym some day, or at least some basic equipment to do a workout. Right now I have a large exercise ball, a kettleball, and dumbbells at home.

  13. I can’t even tell you how jealous I was when I read that the equipment was provided by Again Faster! How awesome 🙂

    We just recently got the 15kg Bella bars at our Box, and I have to tell you, I am in love. I struggled with the full size bar because I have such small hands, so the smaller diameter has helped me with my snatch and clean so much!

    The other piece of equipment I would love to have at home is a pull-up bar, that is one of my weaknesses, although I recently moved from ring rows to doing pull-ups with a black band… every little improvement is still an improvement, right? 🙂

  14. That is awesome! Would love a home gym like that. Both my husband and I do crossfit along with our two little girls who have done Crossfit kids as well. We are slowly starting a home gym but have some of those essentials that we still need to add. I can’t wait to do a workout with the hubs at home this summer when it warms up a bit. So jealous! Definitely missing a few things for our home gym.

  15. Totally awesome Tina! This will be so great once the baby comes especially.

    I have a home gym. It’s the floor space in front of my bed hahahahaha. I have a few sets of dumbbells and usually do a combo of body weight muscle confusion exercises and classic strength training exercises. I look forward to the day we are in a normal house with a basement so we can have a real home gym.

  16. I’m also limited to home CrossFit workouts due to kids and full-time job limitations. (I hit my local gym on weekends to do barbell work.) My equipment essentials are a pull-up bar with a set of bands, a jump rope, kettlebells (20# and 35#), dumbbells (15#, 20#, and 25# pairs), a 12# hard medicine ball, a 15# soft med ball (for wall balls, though the ceiling height in our basement makes those interesting), a treadmill, a yoga mat, and a yoga block. Additionally, I have a fan, a BlueTooth speaker for music, a white board, and different timer apps on my phone. 🙂 I use a lot of your workout ideas, so I hope to see lots more of them as you use your home gym!

  17. The gym looks great!

    We don’t have a specific space set up for a home gym but we do work out in the basement at times. We have dumbbells, pull up bar, and a yoga mat since we’d mostly do body weight exercises. Until I started a CrossFit-like class last fall (it’s at a box from 8 – 9 at night and we basically don’t do any of the Olympic lifting), I was a little bit wimpy on the weights. So now I’d love to add rubber plates, kettlebells, and a box for box jumps.

  18. Don’t forget that you can use your equipment outside in your yard all summer so you can have overhead space!

  19. I workout at home during cold/rainy weather, otherwise I’m outside running, at yoga or at a group fitness class. At home I have a treadmill, spin bike, small hand weights, kettle bell, jump rope and resistance bands. The treadmill gets the most use and most of the time I will do workout dvd’s that sometimes use the weights and bands. I’d love a good kettle bell workout!

  20. That home gym looks awesome, Tina. I have a 20 pound and 35 pound kettlebell at home, a TRX, and a pull up bar and resistance bands. I would love to have heavy DBs and slam balls as well. I’m pretty much obsessed with slam balls. Best cardio tool ever!!

  21. I wouldn’t call what i have a “home gym” but my essentials are a couple dumbbells, kettle bells, a bosu ball, physio ball and some resistance bands. Wish i had a squat rack! Your gym looks great!

  22. That looks like an awesome home gym. I have a couple pieces of equipment that make it possible for me to get in a good workout at home but I’d really love to have a full home gym someday!

  23. So exciting!! This is awesome and I’m incredibly jealous. Obviously, you should do WODs that incorporate driveway and basement (ie 5 min AMRAP in the basement, spring to the driveway and do a different 5 min AMRAP, etc) – enjoy! 🙂 I live in NYC and don’t have a home gym (nor would I want one since I LOVE my box and the community!)

  24. That’s so awesome that you have a CrossFit home gym! I live in a tiny apartment so having a gym at home is definitely not doable at the moment but I think it would be amazing to have a home gym when I become a homeowner!

  25. Next winter, I am looking to build up our home gym. Currently we have DVD’s, bike trainer, resistance bands, and other little odds and ends. A treadmill is a must for me as well as the squat rack and bench with weights. I have started researching, so I am looking forward to checking out Again Faster’s website!

  26. Ahh, this is so cool! I’d totally geek out just as much as you two did! I’m really hoping for a home gym soon. How did you go about choosing Again Faster and what did the consultation process look like to choose your equipment? I’m super-interested! I do a lot of CF-style workouts (don’t belong to a box), so my home gym would have KBs, a barbell and squat rack, pull-up bar, giant tire, some DBs, and bands. I’m dreaming now 😉

  27. I wish I had a personal home gym, but my little city apartment does not allow for that. I’d love to have mirrors, a ballet bar for stretching, plenty of weights, resistance tubes, a step and of course a foam roller. It would be nice to have a hard-wood floor and a carpeted area for diversity.

    I like how you’ve utilized your space. How is the air-flow down there? Any room for a water cooler?

  28. This is fabulous!! And I love the picture of you pregnant and carrying the plate above you. Way to stay strong! Your body and baby will thank you in a couple of weeks 😉 Coolest home gym ever!!

  29. Awesome! Can’t wait to see the workouts you end up using it for!
    I have a bunch of equipment in our living room that gets put away in a basket. Most of it looks like it comes from a physical therapy office as opposed to a gym (therabands, The Stick, foam roller, lacrosse ball, Foot Rubz). We have some dumbbells, a convertible kettlebell, barre3 ball, bosu, medicine ball, yoga mat, resistance bands. We have a used elliptical in our basement that rarely gets used. I would love a treadmill and to make part of the basement a devoted gym. We don’t have drywall on our walls (only the original stone), but if we got some good lighting, we could make it work.

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