Any seasoned coach will tell you, investing in specific equipment for a particular workout plan doesn’t make much sense. It’s not only a waste of money, but it also takes up space once the workout is done.
That’s precisely why these 5 fitness tools are so effective—they require minimal upfront investment, yet equip you with everything needed not only for “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” but also for most other fitness programs.
If you’re searching for the key to building the ultimate home gym, it’s all about the versatility of your equipment.
What you truly need are tools that enable a wide range of exercises, allowing you to pursue any fitness goal—whether it’s shedding pounds, building muscle, getting stronger, or improving overall mobility and functionality.
Consider this: by investing in the following equipment, you’re not just completing the 60-day transformation of “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel”—you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of health, fitness, and strength.
Furthermore, if you’re into minimalism, you might not even need all 5—just a stability ball and resistance bands with a door attachment from the list can complete the entire “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” program.
The Top 5 Fitness Tools for “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel”
1. York Flat-to-Incline Bench
Flat benches are cost-effective, but an adjustable incline bench offers a broader variety of exercises. We favor York’s commercial-grade flat-to-incline bench for its enduring durability and a consistently pristine appearance.
Constructed with 11-gauge steel, it’s nearly indestructible, and the high-density foam strikes the right balance between comfort and support. Besides, it adjusts to six positions.
If the initial cost of a bench makes you hesitate, consider modifying incline bench exercises in “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” with BODi Premium Stability Ball.
2. B-Lines Resistance Band Kit
Don’t be fooled: resistance bands aren’t just for beginners or seniors; they benefit anyone aiming to build muscle or trim fat.
Unlike free weights, resistance bands provide tension throughout the entire range of motion, maintaining muscle tension during both the lifting and stretching phases.
The outcome: more strength in less time.
But don’t just take our word for it: a study on elite soccer players revealed those who trained their legs with bands gained 30% more muscle than those who skipped the training.
Our preferred resistance band kit is the B-Lines Standard Kit ($39.95, Beachbody.com). Three bands offer resistance levels equivalent to 15, 20, and 30 pounds.
Seeking a more robust challenge? Go for the B-Lines Super Kit. Priced the same as the standard kit, it includes bands with resistance equivalent to 20, 30, and 40 pounds.
Bonus: If you’re looking to save money, you can modify dumbbell movements in “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” with B-Lines Resistance Bands and the door attachment (provided in the upgrade kit).
3. PowerBlock Dumbbells
If you’re considering dumbbells, you only need a few pairs to kickstart the “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” transformation. However, as you get stronger, you’ll need to invest in more.
Another alternative is “selectable” dumbbells. Our favored brand is PowerBlock. Men should opt for the U90 Stage II model, allowing you to select from 5 to 70 pounds in each hand, offering a cost-effective and space-efficient replacement for an entire dumbbell rack.
Women can select the U90 Stage I model, adjusting in 2.5-pound increments from 5 to 50 pounds.
4. P90X Pull-Up Bar
Coaches consider pull-ups and chin-ups as two of the best exercises you can do, and for good reason.
If your doorframe has a sturdy molding, investing in the P90X Pull-Up Bar is a worthwhile decision. The steel construction with weight specifications can support 300 pounds, and multiple grip positions allow for more exercise variations (targeting more muscles) compared to a basic straight bar.
Additionally, it’s not permanent—installation and removal take only a few minutes. If unassisted pull-ups are too challenging, you can opt for the Chin-Up Max. When securely attached between the bar and your feet, the adjustable rubber tubing provides slight assistance to help you complete more reps.
Another option: skip the bar altogether and use B-Lines Resistance Bands with the door attachment (provided in the upgrade kit). This will allow you to perform easier pull-up alternatives—such as pulldown movements—in the same muscle-targeting fashion.
5. BODi Core Comfort Mat
You don’t necessarily need a fitness mat for “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel” (or any other workout program), but having one can be a joint-saver—especially during plyometric exercises.
The BODi Core Comfort Mat provides 15mm of soft foam between you and the floor, shielding your body from harsh impacts and your floor from sweat and wear.