The equipment you need for your workouts.

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Equipment You Need

Even though ButtWK is a do-at-home workout, you still need a little bit of equipment. I’ve made a shortlist of what is needed alongside with free/cheap alternatives.

The links on this page contain affiliate links, meaning I do make a bit of money if you decide to buy something. It’s really up to you as you can also use the free alternatives, but know that I am very thankful if you decide to get an item.

Dumbbells

A good pair of dumbbells is a crucial part of any workout, as the ability to make exercises more difficult over time is key to your success.

If you’d like to spend the least amount of money, then a single paired dumbbells set is your best bet.

What I recommend, though, is that you get a small set of 3 pairs with different weighted dumbbells. That way, when you believe you’ve reached the limit of improvement with the lighter pair, switch to a heavier one.

Dumbbells are unbreakable, and at around $35 it’s not expensive and they’ll be useful forever 🙂

Alternative

At first, you can get water bottles. They’re cheap and durable (and you can drink it to make it lighter!). Once you graduate past the water-bottle stage, milk jugs make a reasonable replacement. Fill the jugs with water, sand, gravel, or even cement. The handles aren’t as ergonomically correct as dumbbell handles, but you should still be able to get a firm enough grip to maneuver your makeshift weights.

Resistance Band

It’s the only equipment that I would consider non-replaceable. There is a multitude of use for an elastic band, and they are THAT great as a training tool. You do not need to get anything that is expensive. They usually go for around $10-$15, which is what I use.

 

Alternative

Nothing unfortunately 🙁

Swiss Ball

The swiss ball, also called an exercise ball, is a must-have tool for your workouts. Countless exercises use it, and you can also use it as a balance ball for sitting at the computer!

The cheapest options are around $10, but while this one is a bit more expensive ($5), it is also sturdier and comes with a pump (and its very own workout program!).

Alternative

A one-step stool is the best option you have. Different exercises use the ball differently, so a regular chair will also be of use. You’ll also want to use a towel to put underneath your arm when it rests against the stool or chair. That way, it is comfortable.

Medicine Ball

A great addition to your workout equipment, a medicine ball will help you with your balance, coordination, as well as improving your inner core. This ball will help you with ground exercises. If you get the dumbbells set, you could get by without a medicine ball.

Again the cheapest option comes from Amazon Basics at around $25 for an 8lbs ball.

Alternative

Your best bet is to use an old basketball if you have one. When it becomes too light, you can make sandbags. To make one, place 3 to 5 pounds of sand in a zippered plastic bag and then seal it with duct tape. Make up a few of these bags and then place them inside a duffel bag. Tie the bag shut, and you have a suitable, adjustable alternative to medicine balls.

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