"CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity."
Most people who are into CrossFit or Functional fitness are very familiar with this statement. The functional movements are generally associated with functional, multi use equipment. Think of the barbell. How many movements can you think of when you add a pile of bumpers? Dead lift, squat, presses, cleans, snatches.... the list goes on and on. Same can be said for kettlebells, medicine balls, the pull up bar, and multiple other pieces of equipment found in a typical CrossFit / Functional Fitness gym. Get a few basic pieces of equipment in your garage or basement, and you can do a majority of the benchmark WODs, and follow almost any programing system.
Now, here at Hammerhead Strength Equipment have always had a basic philosophy when outfitting a garage gym or CrossFit Box. Avoid spending your money on anything that can't be used in at least 5 different ways. (see some of our previous blogs, or give us a call to discuss, and you will see we are pretty consistent on this point) Now this is only a recommendation. We know that everyone programs their workouts and trains differently. And the pieces and types of equipment below are great training tools.
We all know that rowing is a great "whole body" workout. Doing sprint intervals, a long steady row, or some combination of the two will give you aerobic benefits, and will help build lower and upper body strength. Incorporating a rowing component into a WOD (see Jackie or Fight Gone Bad), and it can be down right brutal (55 cal row after 55 dead lifts and 55 wall balls, how did your legs feel?).
I will never say that they are not a good fitness investment. The only problem comes when you want to incorporate them into a WOD for a CrossFit Class. How many people do you have in class? Do you have enough rowers? At almost $1000 a pop, you may be limited in the number you have in your gym. Joe Celso of CrossFit Rochester (who's 10 anniversary of CF Rochester is coming up) has taken all of those 10 years to acquire enough rowers to accommodate a full class of athletes. He has used, new, Model D, Model E, PM3, PM4, PM5, and everything in between.
Glute Ham Developer
The GHD is another great tool. Building core strength is a basic philosophy of CrossFit. These are also great for rehab work when an athlete strains their back, or just want a little extra work. I know many trainers use them for their personal training clients.
GHDs have the same basic problems as do rowers. They are a single use piece of equipment, that
takes up valuable floor space when not in use. Again, I would not tell a trainer not to buy one, but think about how you will use it and how often.
There are other pieces of ancillary equipment that we could discuss, but it would be more of the same (monkey bars, peg boards...). Single use training tools can be great additions to a gym, if they align with your training goals. (heading to Ninja Warrior, by all means have a rock wall and peg boards, and a warped wall!).
Think about the value of the equipment. For the same price as one rower, you can outfit a home gym with enough equipment to get great, varied workouts. For the gym owner, think about additional bumpers, barbells and kettle bells. How many people can you train for the same amount of money?
We are always happy to work with anyone who is thinking about equipment purchases. We will never tell you what to buy, or what not to buy. We just want to help you get the most for your hard earned cash.
Feel free to contact us any time.