The most often used equipment in our gym is what we would recommend for any new CrossFit gym to get first.
1. Squat / Pullup Rig
A pull-up rig is a must for any CrossFit gym. If you start small, some squat racks with pull-up bars might get you by, but you’ll regret not investing in a rig up front. A rig allows you to have multiple athletes doing pull-ups at once, and the squat racks are strong enough to handle any weight.
The other benefit of a rig is that you’ll be able to expand it easily later on if you move into a bigger space or have more clients at your current space.
2. Good Barbells
You’re going to need good quality bars for CrossFit. Second-hand junk from Craigslist isn’t going to get it done because when you drop bumper plates, it puts a ton of strain on the bar and will cause lesser bars to bend.
The other reason you need a good bar is because the sleeve spin needs to be smooth enough to allow your athletes to perform Olympic lifts. A bar that locks up or doesn’t spin smoothly will result in a failed lift, or possibly injury, and the last thing you want is a member having to quit paying you $150/mo because you didn’t want to spend $300 on a bar.
3. Bumper Plates with Low Bounce
Our bumper plates are used every day. We definitely recommend low bounce bumper plates in order to minimize the chance of injury to your clients. Recycled rubber plates bounce high which means you could see plates landing on feet, bars hitting shins, and chasing the bar all over the place.