Several Affiliates share what they have “rigged” in their Boxes.
One of CrossFit Anywhere’s locations in Folsom, California, has a rig attached to the ceiling. While the Affiliate, Blair Morrison, admits there is a cool factor, he shared some pros and cons to the customized rig:
Pros: Does not shake or swing. More floor space. Centrally located in the Box’s space. Everyone that comes into the gym mentions the rig. Unique factor.
Cons: Takes time to assemble – CrossFit Anywhere’s rig took about a month to put together. No squat station on the
rig, because it does not have legs. More expensive.
How: The gym utilizing the space before Morrison had metal posts on the ceiling for TRX straps. He ordered powder-coated pull-up bars from Rogue and retrofitted the central portion of the rig to monkey bars and the former supports. To ensure it was safe, Morrison brought in engineers to inspect the rig.
In 2010, Sean Dickson got out of the army on a Friday. Forty-eight hours later, he started building a CrossFit gym in Birmingham, Alabama.
He did not take out a loan to start his business. Instead, he let his membership base determine the type and amount of equipment, which is why he didn’t have a rig in his Box for four years. But when he finally decided to install one, he realized he had enough space for a 100-foot rig from Wright Equipment. Now, CrossFit Riverchase is ready to add another 10 feet to the rig.
The rig is not barred against a wall, making it two-sided. Dickson explained you could walk straight down the middle of the rig, something he and his staff do during classes. It’s an avenue he calls “Coaches Row.”
Who: Co-owners of CrossFit Praus, Amanda and Shane Burge, and Coach Adam Haggard.
What: The Dane Strength Equipment PrausLift performs the function of a mono-lift. It attaches to the rig, allowing the user to squat and stand up. Using a handle, a partner moves the J-clips.
Why: To change the public’s perception that CrossFit causes injuries, said Haggard.
Other Attachments to Consider: J-clips for safe squatting. Wall ball targets for efficient wall ball practice and to use in competitions held at the gym. Kid’s pull-up bars for kids/teen programs or for another method of scaling the pull-up for adults. Dip stations for tricep work. Monkey bars for fun.
Despite Missouri’s temperamental climate, Tyler Lasley of CrossFit Fringe wanted to include an outdoor rig. He shared elements to consider before setting up a rig outside:
Q&A with Jeff Barnett, the co-Affiliate of CrossFit Impulse:
BP: Why did you build your own rig?
JB: We were trying to start an Affiliate on a shoestring budget.
BP: Is this rig still in your Box?
JB: Absolutely … Our athletes actually prefer it to most other rigs … They love the bare steel finish. We did not put any type of paint or powder coating for gripping on the actual pull-up bar.
BP: Would you build your rig again?
JB: [No]. There are so many quality options available now. And, the versatility you get from modern rigs that have the cross-drill holes … the opportunities are endless now.