What you absolutely need when starting your garage gym is a matter of opinion. That’s why you should find the person with the best opinion!
Josh Bridges has appeared in 6 Crossfit Games, finishing three times in the top 10. He lives this stuff, and you can learn a thing for two from his training tips.
Let’s look at what he mentions in more detail…
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You can’t do much at all without weights.
Josh mentions the Rogue “hand grenade” plates. He’s referring to the HG bumper plates.
The Echo plates are a bit thinner, the advantage being you can fit 585 lbs (6 45lb plates per side!) on an Ohio Bar, with room for collars. The HGs will max out at 405 lbs.
See the HG bumper and bar sets.
A yoke is a less well known piece of equipment. It’s a combination squat rack, sled, or for Zercher carries, plus other normal rack stuff like pull ups and dips (with the attachment).
Yokes haven’t caught on quite like squat racks, but people in the know do buy them, particularly if they’re interested in Zercher carries like Josh does.
Sandbag cleans are kind of like a strongman stone lift, a wide awkward mass, but it’s much better for average folks because you can drop it around and push yourself to failure without damage to your feet or your stuff, and you can adjust the amount of sand as you get stronger.
Plus, you can do carries, holds, deadlifts, lots of movements. It’s nearly as versatile as a barbell, but for
Josh says 150 lbs. Take that with a grain of salt. Josh is a top performing athlete and an absolute monster. 75-100 lbs is more likely what you want.
Also see the Brute Force Sandbags we reviewed. Brute Force’s Strongman model is your best choice at a 50-125 lb range.
The Assault Bike (see our review) is the well-known one, used in the Crossfit Games, and the first bike everyone thinks of. The chain is tried-and-true, but as with road bicycles, you have to lube the chain and keep it tight. This means checking it every couple weeks if you use it regularly.
The Echo Bike uses a belt-drive system, the same as the Schwinn AirDyne Pro (see our review). A belt is quieter and requires less maintenance. If you use it often, you will have to replace the belt after a year or two. That’s it.
Both bikes perform great. Because of the chain maintenance issue, I recommend the Echo Bike, and I assume that’s why Josh recommends it.
Yep, not kettlebells, believe it or not. Just good ol’ dumbbells.
If you have the room and budget for a set, Rep Fitness makes the best rubber coated dumbbells (see our review).
Josh didn’t mention adjustable dumbbells, if if that’s your thing, get the Ironmaster dumbbells. We compared the Ironmaster, PowerBlock and Bowflex dumbbells here.
Quick List: Where to Buy
Here’s what to get, as per Josh’s recommendations: