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Old 04-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
Edmond Fenton
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Outfitting Firehouse

Hey All

So I am in the process of getting funding for some equipment for our station with the plan of starting to do Wods and introduce the guys and gals to CrossFit.

Like many firehouses the only problem is funding. As of right now we have a group of 4 guys who already CrossFit but the rest are not very aware about what it is so the funding is going to be limited until it becomes a consistent thing with a good amount of participation.

Looking at about $800. My thought is to buy enough equipment to run 2-4 guys through various met cons. I was thinking

2 Wall Balls
2-3 Kettle Bells (35lb , 2x 53 lb)
rouge R4 pull up bar to fit two people at once
2x speed ropes (other guys have their own ropes)
2x ab mats
1-2 bands for stretching and pull ups, ext
*maybe set of rings if money permits


I figure with this set up + making boxes and using equipment at the firehouse we can do a fair amount of Wods, build interest, and ultimately hope to get funding down the line of some bars, bumpers, and a squat rack.

I've been looking on Craigslist for some things but would prefer to go with rogue on everything minus maybe the kettle bells (i can pick those up pretty easily locally), (by the way i am in the Philadelphia Area)


Any thoughts. Has anyone had any similar experience? Would you rather make it a priority to get bars right of the bat (working with ~$800) or alter the amount/ weight selection I am looking at?

I should be all set to put an order in within a few weeks.

Thanks for any suggestions
Ed
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

You might check locally to get a pullup rig fabricated locally. Either through the department or find a local welder to give you a good deal. That'll probably save you some money.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

if it was me, i would pick up a bar and bumpers. kettlebells, ropes, make a pull up bar from home depot piping, skip the wall balls and ab mats, get bands and rings from amazon. use the fire hose for battling rope. and whatever is left, put it towards a squat rack. almost all those you can get used for a lot cheaper. rings and bands are cheaper on amazon so used is not worth it. im sure a lot of firemen gear can be used to work out in too. ex: something like weight vest.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

I'm in the same boat you're in. Don't be afraid to make/build equipment so that you can use that money to buy things you can't make. I have built jerk blocks, squat stands, plyo boxes, med balls, parallettes, sandbags and a platform. One guy donated an Eleiko bar and 300 lbs of bumpers and I have bought a Beater bar and 160lbs of bumpers, rings and a kettlebell. We have one of those old school power racks with a pull up bar and a 500lb tire..
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:54 AM   #5
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

I second building your own pull-up station, but IMO a squat rack, bar and bumpers are a must in Crossfit and will build upon your Crossfit Foundation more so.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

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Here's a little bit of what I was talking about.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:47 AM   #7
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

If you get bars I would just get a cheap craigs list bar I used one for a few years and didn't have any problem. You also don't need bumpers you can drop wieghts if you have to on roles of hose just be careful of the couplings. you can even put roles of hose on the bar as plates. the tail boards and bumpers are box jumps. haveing a pull up bar is great we just got them for all of our stations and everyone is using it now. rings can be made from pvc there is a article on the journal and med balls made from old basketballs that will only cost you a few dollars of sand. Having fancy equipment doesn't make it better.

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:44 AM   #8
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

Thank for the replies guys. I will be looking up a few things to build such as the plyo boxes, pull up rig, and squat stand. It seems like the consensus is to invest in a bar and plates and work around that. Again very appreciated.. now its time to get to work!
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #9
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

Get a hold of Mike at Get Rxd and ask about equipment packages. The 8' Guillatine is a beast and they have really reasonable bars and bumpers. I am a firefighter in CO and have bought the Linear Bearing GHD from them. I like those guys alot.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #10
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Re: Outfitting Firehouse

Thanks Tim I'm actually in the process of putting an order in with GetRxd. They really do have great prices, I'm going to be able to get quite a bit of stuff and meet my budget. The only things I will be missing is a squat rack and some plyo boxes (which we will build).

Unfortunately our firehouse is fairly tight and the guillotine will not be able to fit... im thinking some stand alone squat racks for easy storage that way i can at least get guys learning the squat and press without having to clean the weight up.

I know guys have said build it, I'm thinking about looking into this or hitting up craigslist for a local deal. Any thoughts?
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