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Ever for dedicated CrossFitters, sometimes making it to the gym 5 times a week just isn’t possible.

But staying active for even 7 minutes with body weight exercises can make all the difference in keeping up the lifestyle of staying active.

Keeping things fresh by having affordable and readily accessible equipment at home can make up for a conditioning WOD at the gym, and destroy any excuses you might have your disposal to not follow through on the lifestyle of lifelong fitness.

Assuming you already have the baseline workout gear – shorts, tshirt and cross trainers (or Reebok Nanos), you’re going to want to read this list of…

10 at home equipment essentials CrossFitters should have handy

jump rope - an essential for all CrossFittersJump rope – a conditioning staple in the gym, it doesn’t cost a whole lot to have this handy and space efficient piece of equipment to throw into the mix of a Home WOD. Depending on what kind of jump rope you want to get, from a basic all the way to a speed rope, it can set you back anywhere between $10 to $40 depending on how fancy you like yours and how advanced you are.

kettlebells for crossfit - a valuable piece of equipmentKettlebells – highly space efficient, they only take a corner of your place, they’re great for conditioning and giving you some variety to be able to add some weight into a circuit workout. From muscle snatches, kettlebell swings, goblet squats, sumo deadlift high pulls, there’s lots you can do to make your home WODs just as challenging or even more so at the gym.

lululemon yoga matYoga Mat – while not completely necessary, it’s a nice addition to have at home for stretching, mobility or doing body weight movements like sit-ups or pushups. It’ll make you that much more comfortable than doing your workouts on a hardwood/cold concrete floor in your basement or condo gym floor.

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gym boss for crossfitGym boss Timer – while it is possible to buy the same gym countdown timer for your home, it may not be so practical or portable for that matter. That’s where have the Gym Boss Timer comes into play. A staple for those who want to do interval or circuit training, the audible beeps and boops that this handy little device will let you know when to move onto your next round. If having a dedicated timer, isn’t your thing, you might want to check out some of the apps detailed in our iPhone and Android app roundups as well.

abmat at homeAb Mat – while obviously great for doing sit-ups and taking the strain off of your back when you’re doing higher volumes of sit-ups or crunches, it can double as a knee rest as well for your mobility.

bands for pull ups and mobilityBands – one of the unsung heroes in terms of equipment. They’re relatively cheap, affordable and are great for assistance work for pushing, pulling movements and mobility if you can fix it or hang it off of something like a beam or a pole. Bands of all shapes and sizes should be part of your arsenal to increase or decrease the intensity and help you recuperate with proper mobility as well!

lacrosse ball for mobilityLacrosse Ball – outside of playing lacrosse, most folks in the CrossFit, and strength and conditioning world are touted for their efficacy on the athletic community outside of the lacrosse world for helping work out the kinks and knots in our muscles after a hard workout. Usually under $5, you can develop your love/hate relationship with this ball before and after your workouts for the price less than a latte at Starbucks!

foam roller for mobility

Foam roller – a staple before and after a workout, foam rollers are an essential for self myo-fascial release as part of teasing apart our muscles after a hard workout over a large surface area such as our quads, glutes, calves, traps, back and more.

mobilitywod supernovaMobilityWOD Supernova – I had the privilege of trying mobilization at a friend’s gym, and I must say it got to spots that I never got to with the combination of foam rollers and lacrosse balls. If you have $50 to spare, this not only is portable (at the size of a decent sized cantalouope), it was designed by the MobilityWOD project and author of How To Become a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett. It got to places I didn’t think I could normally get to without looking really awkward gyrating back and forth on a lacrosse ball or foam roller. If you’re serious about your mobilization and in less time, you should buy this immediately.

olympic rings for crossfit and bodyweight workouts

Olympic Rings – if you have the space or the ability to hang olympic rings from some ceiling beams or install them in your home, they’re a great addition to any body weight workout by forcing you to not work with your body weight, but to be able to stabilize yourself as well. Here are some great ring based exercises to check out.

What are some of your at home equipment or on the road go to’s if you can’t make to the gym?

Let the rest of us CrossFitters know in the comments below!

Will Lam

I'm currently training in Olympic Weightlifting under Coach Chris Smith at CrossFit Toronto.

I'm a Product Manager at Postmedia Labs, Curator of the Toronto Startup Digest and love all things startups.

You can find my latest musings on my personal blog over at Quantifire.net

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