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Old 01-07-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
Jesse Edmunds
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Lightbulb How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

Hey guys, long-time lurker, first-time poster .

I was wondering, what would be an average cost to outfit a CrossFit gym for just 1 person? I.e. get all of the equipment needed for any WODs for just 1 guy.

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

About $2k without a rower, and without a power rack.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

depends on if you can manage DIY projects. Makes things WAAAAY cheaper
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
Danny Noonan
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

Depends on quality and quantity. I'd say way less than $2k if you use craigslist and don't get bumper plates (I've found I rarely need to drop weights doing the WOD since it's usually not super heavy). Here's what I have:

Squat Rack: $129.99 new from some EBay store
Weight Set: $100.00 off of craigslist. It's iron with that plastic coating crap.
2 30lb dumbells: $25 off of craigslist. They're cheap and totally fine at Walmart too
1.5 pood kettlebell: Like $90 at a sporting good store
Jump rope: $3 at a sporting good store
door fram pull-up bar: $25 at a sporting good store
Rings: Got as a gift. I think they were like $50 though

I can basically do every workout. I'd like to get a box for box jumps but my ceiling is too low anyway. That's almost all you need for like $350. Obviously I could do better, but it works for my home gym and I do most of my workouts at an affiliate. There I can lift heavier (because of bumpers) and do kipping pull-ups (because of a better bar). I actually like those differences though.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

These are estimates:

Bar & Bumpers - $600
Weight Rack - $75
Horse Stall Mats - $120
Pull-up Bar - $40
Rings - $75
Bench - $75
Dynamax Ball - $100
Abmat - $30
Plyo Box - $100
Jump Rope - $10-40
Cage/Racks/Safety Bars - $250-1k
Rower - $600-1k
Dumbells and/or KB's - $100-400
Iron Woody Bands - $75

This would get you a pretty darn well-equiped home gym. You could do it for less than $2k if you found some good deals on craigslist. If you bought new and/or went for higher end stuff like Iron Mind, you're probably looking at $3500 or so. The incremental cost for addition people is fairly low though. You could probably use this same setup for at least 2 people by alternating exercises.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

Definately less than $2k. I just outfitted my basement for myself for no more than $1k. The majority of that was the bar & bumpers coming in at a little over $600. the rest of it was DIY equipment. In the realm of "expensive equipment", I do not have a GHD machine or rower. Inexpensive equipment I still haven't aquired is dumbells (Craigslist) and DIY kettlebells. I need to post pictures of my basement once I polish it up this weekend. If you want to know more detail, just PM me.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

Note that very few people actually get everything all at once. If you are creative you can do something like all the WODs at no cost. Lifting rocks is different from a bar, but it gets the job done. Most people buy equipment as they realize their creativity is holding them back and their budget allows.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:30 PM   #8
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

It looks like I have spent about $1600 on mine, not counting shoes. If I had everything on the list (I do not have a rower nor a 1.5 pood kb), I would be about $2k into the garage gym. Check out my inventory: WFS, line items in red are not yet purchased.

I bought the above over a 4 year period.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:08 PM   #9
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

We have 3500 in ours and the only thing I can think of that we sub for is dumbells...thats next on the list. Haven't had much luck/patience on craigslist, so it's pretty much all new. It has taken about 2 years and I think we are almost done assembling equipment.
extra iron
CrossFit bar
climbing rope
35, 53, 70 # kb
pull up bar
stall mats
lifting platform
plyo boxes
weight vests
olympic lifting shoes
power cage/rack
jump ropes

I started with a couple stall mats and a crappy oly set from the local sporting goods store. Slowly add pieces until it comes together. Now we pretty much have everything all the affiliates I have been to have, but not as many of each thing. 2 of my buddies got into it and they started buying crap too, so now we have a full set up at our office and pretty much a full setup in my garage. If I had to start over again, I would get rings then bumpers and a decent bar first. You can hang the rings on anything and use them for the pull ups/dips in any workout. Bumpers make a huge difference...I have heard of more than a few people tweaking muscles trying to set iron down gently/quietly.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:52 PM   #10
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Re: How Much Would It Cost to Outfit a 1-person Gym?

If you're willing to buy used equipment you can do it for under 2k:

1,1.5,2 pood kbs - craigslist - 175
power cage - craigslist - 300
oly weights - craigslist - 100
good bar - craigslist - 60
stall mats - new - 90
rings - new - 60
rubber dumbells - new - 90
dynamax balls - new - 200
concept 2 model b rower - craigslist - 350
abmat - new - 30
jumpropes - a bunch of 'em from speed rope to 6 lbs - 150
bumpers - new - 579
20" box - made it - 20
sand buckets - made 'em - 20
assorted grip stuff - made 'em - 15

Have accumulated this stuff over the past year and half - will get another good bar - right now I have one good bar and 2 crappy bars.

Also need to make another box - 24".

Will also accumulate a couple more stall mats and and plywood to make a platform.

Guess that's getting close to 2k - but, it is well worth if your wife supports it (if even in principle).

I've loved every minute of it.

Anyway, good luck with it...
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