This article is part of a multipart series. Part 1 is here.
If you’re moving beyond the basic the basic strength building of the RMSR strength training program and into metcons and broader functional fitness, you’ll need to add some items to your home gym.
Gymnastic Rings: Any will do, but wood rings feel significantly better in the hand than plastic or metal.
Dip Belt: Rogue’s dip belt is second to none. It’s completely bombproof. The only downside is that the sharp nylon edge can cut into your oblique areas if training with serious weights and no shirt. This is solved by just flipping the belt over so it’s “inside out” — a change that alters nothing about its functionality.
Paralletes: Like everything else from Rogue, their paralettes are bombproof. That said, the Gibson paralettes are a much better looking product, feel better in the hand, and seem just as durable for all functional purposes.
Kettlebells: Unless you’re doing something specialized, I’d just buy a single 35 lb, 53 lb, or 70 lb kettlebell, depending on your strength level, for kettlebell swings. A full set of incrementally weighted kettlebell pairs will make you broke and has limited use if you’ve already got a barbell. The same is true for dumbbells.
Ab Wheel: These end up at thrift stores and flea markets all the time. The commercial ones do eventually break, but they’re super cheap so it’s hard to care. We’re talking single-digit dollars here. If you want a higher quality item, Ross Enamait again has an answer that rivals or beats commercial alternatives.
Sandbags: Rogue makes great sandbags that’re reasonably affordable, at least until you remember that they’re just bags. Check out Ross Enamait at RossTraining.com for ways to make this stuff yourself. Ideally you’d get sandbags around 45 lbs, 90 lbs, and 120 lbs, depending on your strength level.
Plyo Box: 20x24x30″ plyo box. Building your own is extremely easy.
Medicine Ball: A 20# medicine ball is a great addition if you have a high wall target to do wall balls against. You can also make one of of an old basketball on the cheap.
Mobility: A foam roller and three lacrosse balls is most of what you need. A set of rubber bands and some Voodoo floss rounds out the basic package.
Accessories: A situp mat is useful both for sit-ups and for padding your head when doing deficit HSPUs. Some kind of timer is very useful: the GymBoss is very easy to use, durable, and affordable. (There’re also websites and phone apps that fulfill the same function for free.) A 52″ long piece of PVC pipe or dowel/broomstick is useful for shoulder pass-thrus, stretching, and warm-ups. We find wood preferable, as it won’t bend like even moderately thick PVC will. A jump rope. Somewhere to store chalk that won’t make a huge mess.
If you have money to spare: a GHD, Concept2 rower, Atlas Stones, Farmer’s Walk handles, a sled or dragging tire, a climbing rope if you’ve got 15 feet or more of vertical height, a platform to protect your bar/bumpers and your floor, a Vulcan gripper.