If you are thinking about doing the Body Beast workout, you are probably wondering what equipment you will need. After all, it would suck to decide to start Body Beast, only to find out you can’t really do it it because you don’t have the equipment.
In this post I’m going to give you a list of the equipment you need to do the Body Beast workout to insure that you get the best results possible.
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Equipment Needed For Body Beast
One of the things you’ll need to do the Body Beast workout that you might not already have is a workout bench. There are certain moves, like the dumbbell chest press, close grip press, and partial chest fly, just to name a few, that require you to lie down on your back on a workout bench. Using a chair, or even the floor for these moves will not work. Also, there are moves that will require you to incline the bench, so be sure to purchase one that inclines.
If a workout bench is not in your budget, don’t worry, there is a cheaper alternative. Instead of a bench it is possible to use a stability ball for your Body Beast workouts. In each workout video, there is one person using a stability ball and you will get instructions and be able to see how to properly use the stability ball for each move, instead of a workout bench.
You’ll be able to get the workouts done with a ball, but I recommend using a bench. Having a workout bench makes things easier and you’ll be able to move heavier weight (which will improve your overall results).
Dumbbells – Required Equipment For Body Beast
Dumbbells are needed for the Body Beast workout. And the bad news is that dumbbells are not cheap.
The good news is they should last forever, which means you will get a lifetime of use out of them.
I am a big fan of working out at home instead of going to the gym, mostly because it just saves a lot of time, and I value my time highly, so any way I can save time, I’m all for it.
The actual dumbbell weight and pounds you will need will differ from person to person depending on your strength level. Currently I own 5lb-45lb dumbbells, going up in 5 pound increments, and I use each one at least once in one of the workouts. I actually need to look for some heavier than 45lbs, because with some moves, 45lbs is not heavy enough. So I will be purchasing 50, 55, and probably 60 pound dumbbells sometime in the near future.
Here’s a picture of the the dumbbells I own. They aren’t cheap, but I use them often and have had them for almost 20 years. Weights and dumbbells are one of things that you only have to buy once in your lifetime. The last forever.
Instead of purchasing an entire steel dumbbell set, a great alternative is Bowflex’s Select Tech Dumbbells. They save a ton of space, and adjust from 5 lbs, all the way to 52.5 pounds. Ultimately these will be cheaper than buying a brand new steel dumbbell set.
Also, a great way to save money on equipment needed for Body Beast is to look for used items. The facebook marketplace is a good place to look. By picking them up from someone local you will save money on shipping costs. It’s not cheap to have 400 lbs of weights shipped to you.
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Curl Bar – Recommended But Not Required
More equipment you will need to do your Body Beast workout is EZ Curl Barbell and weights set. This is used a few times during a few of the workouts. If you don’t have this you will be able to still do the moves with the dumbbells.
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Pull Up Bar
Another piece of equipment needed for the Body Beast workout is a pull up bar, or have somewhere to do pull ups. If you’ve already done P90x, chances are that you already have a pull up bar set up somewhere. During the Body Beast workout, there are times when you will be doing pull ups, so you will want to make sure you have a good setup. Recommended Pull Up Bar
There is a way to do modified pull up with with resistance bands if you need to. Maybe you don’t have the space for a pull up bar, or maybe the thought of even doing one pull up scares the crap out you. You could always use resistance bands to mimic the pulling motions. Don’t let pullups be your excuse to not do the Body Beast program.
Also, a great addition and something I highly recommend is Beachbody’s Chin-Up Max. This is a tool that can assist you with your pull ups and chin ups. Pull ups are a tough move and when starting out most people can do only do a few of them (it’s OK if you can even do 1 yet, it’s all about progress).
The Chin Up Max band attached to the pull up bar, you slip your foot into it, and it assists you to help pull yourself up. It reduces the amount of body weight your need to pull up. And it can be adjusted in strength so as you get stronger, you can lower the amount of help it provide.
Body Beast Equipment Checklist
Here is a quick summary of the equipment you will need to do the Body Beast workout:
- Workout Bench (w/incline), or Stability Ball
- Dumbbells (2.5 pounds-50 pounds)
- EZ Curl Bar & Weight Set
- Pull Up Bar
- Chin Up Max
- Resistance Bands (maybe)
The good news is that these are all great additions to your home gyms that you will continue to use through your fitness journey, even after you’ve completed the Body Beast workout. Don’t be afraid to invest in your health and fitness!
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