Do You Need to Use Ankle Weights with the Brazil Butt Lift Program?

I am often asked whether or not you should use ankle weights with the Brazil Butt Lift workout program. My answer is simple: you must use ankle weights with the Brazil Butt Lift workout program if you want to maximize your results and get the booty of your dreams. Whether you’re looking to downsize your tush or create some curves, it will not happen unless you build some solid, lean muscle. Using ankle weights will help you reach your muscle building potential much easier than using just your leg.

My BBL Results – Not Just a Flukeankleweight

My Brazil Butt Lift results are not just about me getting lucky or possessing an insane ability to burn fat fast. The results I got were the product of hard work and effort, as well as pushing my body each and every workout by upping the weight and intensity.

The first week of BBL I didn’t use weights for any of the workouts, but as my body grew more accustomed to the exercise, I began to use weight, including ankle weights, and worked my way up from nearly no weight to the heaviest recommended possible weight. I can honestly say I would not have gotten the results I did if I did not use ankle weights. The ones pictured right are similar to what I used, sans the dog and cat hair that accumulated during the weeks.

But They’re Only for One Workout…

This is the most common reason people don’t want to purchase the ankle weights – they think it’s not worth the extra $10-$40 for the approximately twenty minutes you’ll be using them. I understand money can be tight, but I strongly suggest purchasing inexpensive ankle weights from Amazon, or from TeamBeachbody, as part of the BBL Deluxe or Premium packages. It will be well worth your money. Plus, you can use them in the future.

Yes, I realize the only workout you’re going to use ankle weights for High & Tight, and too many think you can just ignore the recommendation of ankle weights. Please don’t! If you choose not to buy the ankle weights, you will never know how much better your results could’ve been if you’d used them. Plus, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough if you don’t at least try it.

What Kind of Ankle Weights Should You Use?

So now that you’ve made the decision to use ankle weights, you’re probably wondering what type of ankle weights to use. I suggest adjustable weights that you can reduce to less than a pound up to five pounds on each leg by simply removing the weight . Which leads to the next question:

How Much Weight Should You Use?

How much weight you buy will depend on your fitness level and will rely on what you can handle without injuring yourself. I suggest buying a pair of adjustable ankle weights in order to be able to up the weight as you get stronger and opted for a pair that went up to five pounds on each one. Please be careful when purchasing ankle weights for some that say five pounds are actually two 2.5lb ankle weights. Opt for a pair that go up to at least 5lbs on each ankle weight. While this may seem like a lot, it’s really not that much. Anything less will not be enough weight by the end.

I bought ankle weights separately during my first week of BBL that I could easily adjust from less than one pound to five, which was perfect. Now, I wish I had bought ten pound adjustable weights, since I still like to do the workouts and would like more weight, but I’m happy I bought fives for the BBL journey. Initially, I planned to not buy them because of the extra cost, but after a  couple workouts, I really wanted to see just how much of a difference the weights would make.

Ankle Weights Enhance Any Butt Type

Brazilian Butt Lift Results

Brazilian Butt Lift Results

By using ankle weights, you will build more lean muscle mass than you would without them, which is going to get you the nice lean curves you’re looking for – no matter what shaped butt you have.

  • If you have a boyish, straight shape and want to get curvy, then there is no other option – you must use as heavy an ankle weight as you can handle.This is what will build up your glutes, giving you the sexy curves you’re looking for.
  • The same holds true for if you’re too large and looking to get a smaller, sexier backside – whether you’re pear-shaped or just too big. By building lean muscle, you are going to get that lifted, toned tush you’re looking for. It will also reduce the appearance of cellulite when combined with the healthy diet.

Will Your Results be as Good if You Don’t Use Ankle Weights?

Does this mean you won’t get good results without using ankle weights? Absolutely not. You will still get great results from following the BBL program if you don’t use ankle weights – you just won’t sculpt your butt muscles to their full potential, which may or may not have you wondering how much better your results could have been if you’d chosen to use the weights.

The first time I did High & Tight, I couldn’t even imagine how anyone (including the women in the video) could use weights with the already butt-burning repetitions Leandro has you doing. But wow, when I finally put the ankle weights on – even at the less than one pound, I could feel and see the difference after just one week. Each time I did the workout, I upped my weight if I felt ready until finally, I was using five pounds on each leg – it hurt…in a good way :)

Long story short…don’t second guess yourself. If you’ve already made the right decision to get the body of dreams, then why not take the extra step and make sure you get the best Brazil Butt Lift results ever?


  1. Farah says

    hi just read that awesome post ! what are ur thoughts about the resistance band is it also a must ?! and the weights in the sculpt what if i use a bottle of water or simply nothing with my own body resistance ! its not a money issue i actually have all these equipments lying around in my house just i dont want to bulk up

    if ur familiar with kim k’s fit in ur jeans by friday collection i used to do the lower and upper body cds 3 times A week for avery long time like almost 2 years and at the end of those i kind of noticed a bit of a bicep forming which i did not like at all i see ur arms look great they’re toned yet no bulky or anything very feminine and nice

    so do u think i’ll get good results if i do the bbl classic programme without any equipment what so ever like no ankle weights no hand weights and no band ! i thought id do the first 4 weeks without them then asses what i got and decide wether to carry on the second 4 weeks with them what do u think ?

    • Bethany says

      Hi Farah :) The resistance band is a must if you really want to slender down and tone up. While I would do every workout without weights for at least a week until your body gets used to the moves, you have to use the resistance bands in H&T. And do use regular weights as well for Sculpt, plus ankle weights for High & Tight. If you want to start off with water bottles during Sculpt, that’s fine, but you will need heavier weights. I was using 15lb weights by the end of the workout, and you see my arms – they’re not bulky :) While I do have impressive biceps when I flex (I always shock people when I throw my hair up in a bun!), and I can see the triceps a bit when my arms are by my side, my arms are still slender.

      I think you really can get good results without weights, but you will maximize your results if you use weights. I know you think you’ll get big, but it’s impossible with the way the workout is designed. It’s supposed to get you a supermodel looking body – longer and leaner with a nicely raised bum. I would definitely not go four full weeks without weights – that’s too long. I would go one week, and then work your way up. Hope this helps :)

  2. Farah says

    GREAAAT that really helps thank u thank u thank u

    okay so what about this i constantly have this routine ive made up for my own which takes about 15-20 min

    i always so this after any workout i stick to no matter what so like right now im doing jullian hough’s cds 3 times a week after im done with the cds i go straight into those last 20 min moves of my own to finish up

    so it goes like this i do many many setups in different position all are right ones i picked up through the years from different cds and its 6 different position with a 100 times each so 600 setups and then the last two things i do are standing in place jumping while moving my hips to the side for 2 sets of 50 which is a 100 then i rise my rips up to the side so that my knee would touch the palm of my hand for 2 sets of 50

    i read an answer of yours saying that overdoing bbl can affect the results negatively although written it sound a big then i actually take 15-20 min to finish that and with not much pain as im used to them

    do u recommend me not doing them while doing bbl or are they fine and not considered an over do

    • Bethany says

      Hi Farah, it’s never bad to entirely change your routine, so I would just do BBL. Doing the same moves for as long as you’ve been doing them can put you in a rut and plateau your results. By switching to BBL, you’ll challenge your body, which is what is going to change the shape of your body and get you the results you want. Hope this helps :)

  3. Kelly says

    Hi! I have been doing Brazilian Butt Lift for a while and now am sort of just doing different CDs when I have the time. But sculpt is always super hard for me. I want toner arms but I struggled with the 5 pound weights even when I was doing BBL everyday. I never tried the long resistance tubes and I of course don’t want to be bulky, but toned. So do you know if the resistance tubes work just as well as the weights or maybe better? I don’t want to buy them and not feel a good workout!

    • Bethany says

      Hi Kelly – honestly, I am an advocate for using dumbbells – not resistance bands (except for booty bands, of course!) Resistance bands will not get you better results than dumbbells. Dumbbells provide better resistance and really get you to concentrate on your movements, while at the same time using your core to keep everything in line. If you’re having trouble with some of the moves using the 5 pound weights, I would suggest purchasing 3lb weights at your local Walmart and using those until you feel like they’ve become too easy. I couldn’t use the 5lb weights for the rear delt exercises in Sculpt, so I would use my ankle weights at lighter, varying weights until I could lift the 5lbs with no problems. You will get stronger with time, but you need to challenge your muscles. Challenging your muscles is what will get them looking sexy and sculpted the way you want. And you will never get bulky with 5lb weights no matter how many sets/reps you do – it’s just not enough weight, so don’t worry :) Hope this helps!

  4. Naomi says

    Thanks for all the info! I’ve been reading your site all day! I do have a question for you, though. Is the resistance band really helpful? I’m planning on going through BBL with my roommate and one of us is going to have to go out and buy one. A quick browse online left me confused… looks like they come in different increments and I’m not sure how to figure out which one I’ll need. I’m fairly fit and adapt quickly to new routines, but I also just had a baby and will probably be weaker than usual to start.

    • Bethany says

      Hi Naomi, I would advise getting a set of three bands in increasing difficulties. This way when you need to increase the difficulty you’ll have the bands on hand. I found this set on that has good reviews. And congrats on the baby! -Bethany

  5. Heather says

    Hi Bethany, I’m considering purchasing BBL . How much dance is involved in the workouts. I don’t have much rhythm. Would I be able to keep up with the steps. I’m able to do all the T25 workouts and also Instanity. Thank You:)

    • Bethany says

      Hi Heather – the only workout you may have trouble with in the beginning is Cardio Axe and that just takes time…you will get used to it before you know it. Otherwise, you do not have to have rhythm to do the program – it’s very easy to follow, and most importantly, fun. Plus, it works really well :) Good luck!

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