How much ceiling height do you really need for your CrossFit garage gym?
The ceiling height in your new CrossFit garage gym is very important. Unlike traditional workouts that you might be used to, CrossFit incorporates several exercises that require adequate ceiling clearance. From Barbell thrusters to Muscle ups you’ll run into issues if your ceiling is lacking the height you need. The higher the ceiling the better, but for most of us, were stuck with a less than ideal situation. Below is my simple guide to give you a visual representation of the height you’ll need for pull-ups and rings. I have based my measurements off of a 6’ tall person with a 7’ 3” reach to palms. Please adjust my guide accordingly depending on your measurements.
So your ceiling won’t let you do everything in the CrossFit arsenal, don’t worry. There are many ways to get around these obstacles and I’ll discuss them below.
- Look for outdoor alternatives: In a perfect world we’d all be millionaires and have huge spaces to do what we want, but if your like me that’s just a dream. Sometimes you gotta suck it up and do with what you got. So if you have a patio, a backyard or even the Header over your garage door available you could easily mount your rings or pull-up bar in one of those locations, which could give you a little more height.
- I doubt that anyone has enough height in their garage for a climbing rope, so what do you do? Well you could either attach the rope to a large tree nearby or even go to a playground and hang it from some playground equipment. If you have a patio you could try it there, if not get creative, just make sure the item you attach to is stable and able to hold you.
- Lets say you’re like me and it gets downright cold in the winter and working out in the elements is just not an option. You might have to get really creative and make do with what you have. Mount your rings, pull-up bar and rope as high as you can and improvise. For pull-ups you’ll probably have to kneel on the ground and the same with the rings. Muscle-ups will be out of the question, but crossfit.com has several alternatives to this exercise. As for the rope, you may have to start out by sitting on the floor. Yep it’s inconvenient, but no one said CrossFit was easy, they throw something new at you everyday. If you want easy, your gonna have to go back to the Globo gym.
*These images are meant for reference only, your exact measurements including the measurement of your equipment need to be made for accuracy.
See you in the hills!