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Master’s Hammer and Chisel: What Equipment Do I Need?
Buying equipment only for a specific program just doesn’t make sense. Not only is it a waste of money, but it also becomes a waste of space when you’re done. That’s why these 5 fitness tools so effective — for a minimal upfront investment, you’ll have everything you need to tackle not only The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, but most other fitness programs as well, such as Body Beast and P90x.
The secret to setting up the ultimate home gym is equipment versatility. You want gear that allows you to perform the broadest array of exercises possible, so you can pursue any fitness goal imaginable — whether it’s slimming down, bulking up, getting ripped, or becoming more athletic and functionally fit. Think of it this way: By purchasing the following gear, you’re not only enabling a 60-day transformation with The Master’s Hammer and Chisel — you’re also giving yourself the tools you need to stay fit, lean, and strong for life. And if you want to take the minimalist approach, you don’t even need all 5 — you can complete the entire The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program with just a stability ball and resistance bands with a door attachment.
PowerBlock® Pro Adjustable Bench
Perform upper-body exercises at the top of your ability with this sturdy 5-way PowerBlock Pro adjustable weight bench. Made of 2″ by 3″ 14-gauge tubing, it features tapered upholstered pads and a seat that slopes down to prevent you from slipping when in the incline position. Comes mostly assembled with minimal additional assembly required and zero removable parts to misplace. Dimensions (when flat): 16″ tall, 50″ long, and 21″ wide.
If the upfront cost of a bench makes you cringe, you can modify the bench exercises in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel with the Beachbody Premium Stability Ball ($29.95).
B-Lines Resistance Bands
Just as effective as free weights, resistance bands are much more portable and convenient, so you can work out anytime, anywhere. My favorite resistance band package is the B-Lines Standard Kit ($29.95). Three sets of bands provide three levels of resistance equivalent to 15, 20, and 30-pound weights. Need more of a challenge? Purchase the B-Lines Complete Kit. It costs $89.95, but includes bands from 5-50 lbs weights. Added bonus: If you want to save money, all of the dumbbell moves in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel can be modified with resistance bands.
If you want to use dumbbells, you only need a couple of pairs to start your transformation with The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. But to optimize your results, you’ll need to buy more as you become stronger. The best bang for your buck is to buy a pair of adjustable dumbbells such as Bowflex’s SelectTechs ($299.95) that have a weight range of 5-52.5 lbs. Overall they are cheaper than purchasing individual sets of dumbbells and they take up less space!
Chin-Up Bar: P90X Chin-Up Bar
There’s a reason why trainers consider chin-ups and pull-ups two of the best exercises you can do: When done right, they hit just about every muscle in your body. If you have a door frame with sturdy trim, invest in the P90X Chin-Up Bar ($59.85). Its heavy gauge steel construction can support up to 300 pounds, and its multiple grip positions allow you to perform more exercise variations (and target more muscles) than a basic straight bar. Plus, it’s not permanent — installation and removal take just a few minutes. If you find unassisted chin-ups too difficult, pick up the Chin-Up Max ($39.90). When secured between the bar and your foot, the adjustable rubber tubing will provide a gentle lift to help you bang out more reps. Another option: Skip the bar entirely and use your B-Lines resistance bands with a door attachment kit. That will allow you to perform easier chin-up alternatives — like the lat pull-down — that target the same muscles.
Beachbody Jump Mat
You don’t need a fitness mat to tackle The Master’s Hammer and Chisel (or any other workout program for that matter), but if you use one, your joints will thank you — especially if you do plyometric exercises. The Beachbody Jump Mat ($59.85) puts 1/4″ of high-density foam between you and the ground, shielding your body from jarring impacts, and your floor from sweat and scuffs.
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