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Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
I've been a P90X graduate and have dabbled in Insanity, but I'd like to bulk up now. I've been considering getting Body Beast, but looking over some of the equipment I need gave me a pause. I can't really go buy a work out bench, I don't have that much room for it. I notice that the alternative listed for it is a Stability Ball. Would that really be sufficient? Does the program show you how to do the exercise on the Stability ball versus the bench? I'm just trying to make sure I have the right gear going into this.
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 12:10 AM as a reply to DonValle.
They show you how to use the ball. There's someone using one in every workout. You may be able to use a little more weight with a bench as it's stable, but you'll likely get more core activation with a ball b/c you need to use your core to stabilize yourself.

I don't have much room either so I got a Powerline Flat Incline Decline Folding Bench off Amazon. It's nice and I can stick it out the way when not in use.

Body Beast is a lot of fun. I'm sure you'll enjoy it and get great results whichever way you beast up.

HTH, Jeff
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 12:32 AM as a reply to DonValle.
Hey,

I started Body Beast back in September and yes, they show you how to do everything modified (stability ball instead of bench, tension band instead of chin up bar, etc).

I personally bought the bench and haven't tried any of the moves from the ball as I wasn't a fan of the idea of lowering the amount of weight I was lifting to compensate for the extra stabilization I'd need.

If you liked P90X you'll definitely like Body Beast, Sagi is hilarious. I'm not sure if you're looking to pick up the supplements but I definitely recommend the fuel shot - I noticed a huge difference between using it to recover vs not using it.

If you want to add me as a buddy I'm going to be starting it in February again - my first time through got stopped short due to a back injury at work. Really excited to get back at it!
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 12:21 AM as a reply to jet59.
Looks to me like the Powerline can be folded up to fit nicely under a bed. Would you say that this is true?
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 12:38 AM as a reply to InspireFitLiving.
Says it folds down to 6 inches flat so I'd say so.

Be careful to check the max weight capacity though...some only go to 350lbs which can be reached pretty quickly if you're bulking up. I don't see a rating online for the power line but just something to think about.
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 1:03 AM as a reply to DonValle.
DonValle:
Looks to me like the Powerline can be folded up to fit nicely under a bed. Would you say that this is true?


Mine is right at 8 3/4" folded flat. To get it any lower would require taking the pads off, which requires removing some bolts. So possible for long term storage, but that'd be a real pain if you use it a lot.

It's also pretty hefty and stable. I don't know what they rate it at, but not like you'll be benching 250+ lbs during Body Beast. The program is designed for home use so you don't need an insane amount of weight.

Body Solid makes a folding bench with a higher weight rating, and similarly higher cost.
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 1:17 AM as a reply to jet59.
jet59, I agree, it may be unrealistic to think you'll be lifting 250lbs, but it's not unrealistic for someone to weigh 200lbs and be lifting 80lbs in each hand. I know that may just make me sound a little paranoid but I'm not about to risk a bench collapsing under me lol.
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
12/13/12 5:45 AM as a reply to DonValle.
i'm on my 3rd week of my second round of Body Beast and i've been using a stability ball (or a chair or couch where applicable like one armed rows, seated shoulder presses, curls, raises, etc.) and it's definitely doable with the ball and worth it still but i'm looking into getting a bench soon, personally. i'd say start now with a stability ball if you already have one and just get a bench as soon as you can.
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RE: Workout Bench or Premium Stability Ball
1/28/13 12:01 AM as a reply to dirtydon.
I actually went out and bought a bench from Sports Authority. Its a 7 gear position one, that folds down for easy storage under your bed if your bed is high enough. And for just $100 bucks, I highly recommend it to anyone, it's a steal and actually pretty sturdy.
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