If you follow me on Instagram or my coaching “Like” page then you know that last week was my first week of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel, which is a 60-day workout program that focuses on building strength, endurance, agility, and power. The program has TWO trainers: Autumn Calabrese (best known from the 21 Day Fix) and Sagi Kalev (from Body Beast). All the workouts with “Chisel” in the name are with Autumn, and all the ones with “Hammer” in the name are with Sagi.
I knew I wanted to try out this program back in July when I first learned about it at Beachbody’s Summit, and I decided to save it for January and February so I could go all in, nutrition-wise. Since each week of the calendar is completely different, I’ve decided to review each week on its own. Plus gives me accountability because I’d rather not say I skipped a workout!
Week One of Hammer & Chisel
Monday- Chisel Balance: A total-body scorcher that taps into your strength and endurance with killer stability and core training.
Oh. My. Gosh. What an intro to the program. This one had me SO SORE and I loved all the balance moves.
Tuesday- Hammer Plyometrics: Fire up your fast-twitch muscles to develop force, speed, and power with total-body jump training.
I hate plyometrics. The jumping. BAH. It’s hard. But I was shocked I was able to do most of these moves with them. It was tough but I’m glad I did it!
Wednesday- Iso-Strength Chisel: Full range-of-motion moves and isometric holds build strength and chisel fat for your leanest physique.
AHHHHHH. This one got sooo tough near the end. Holding a position for just 10 seconds seemed like forever! I liked this one!
Thursday- Rest Day
Friday- Iso Speed Hammer: A tempo-style workout that focuses on eccentric lifts help you shape lean muscle and build unprecedented strength.
Not gonna lie, this wasn’t my favorite workout. They were going too quickly for me to keep up. The next time it comes up in the schedule I think I’ll just pause and do the moves at my own pace – which they suggest if you feel their pace is unsafe for you!
Saturday- Chisel Endurance: Improve endurance by sustaining tension with moves that target your slow-twitch muscle fibers.
Ouch. Haha, another tough one! I think I like the Autumn workouts the best, so far. We did two rounds of the same moves and my quads were on FIRE! Luckily she kept the breaks short so you didn’t have time to think about stopping!
Sunday- Total Body Hammer: Power through pyramid-style sets to rev up metabolic burn long after your last rep.
Ahhh this was tough! This workout was much more like Sagi’s Body Beast program and I used heavier weights to challenge myself. But I LOVE weight lifting! I feel so good afterwards.
Hammer & Chisel Nutrition Plan
Remember how I said I pushed off starting this program until January so I could go all in? That’s because if you want to take the nutrition 100% seriously, that means no sugar and no alcohol. It’s important to remember that you don’t HAVE to follow the plan exactly and if you need to build in treats, then do it! Especially if you struggle with any kind of eating disorder or may be triggered by the “all or nothing” mindset.
Personally, I struggle following nutrition plans in the name of balance and mental health, but really it ends up being an excuse to use food as an emotional crutch. This program is a test for me and that’s why I’ve chosen to go all in. And yes, it’s hard. But if you want to give it your all, that means it WILL be hard.
So back to the plan.
What I love about this plan is that you can change it based on your goals. You answer a series of questions including your gender, weight, and general daily activity, and then you choose whether you want to focus on leaning out or whether you want to focus on building muscle.
From there, it ends up being very similar to the 21 Day Fix since it is a container system, rather than calorie counting. Each food group is color coded and you’re given a list of appropriate foods (for example, yellow = carbs and blue = healthy fats). You’re then given the number of each colored container you should eat in a day.
When you first receive the containers they seem shockingly small. I actually laughed out loud. But you’d be surprised when you fill them up and then dump them out just how much food it is on your plate. They offer tons of recipes in the plan, but you can also go to Pinterest and find thousands more.
So far so good – I have stuck to the plan! I have definitely had some weak moments where all I wanted were some M&Ms or Cheerios, but I’m hoping as time goes on those cravings will become fewer and far between!
Have you ever followed a workout plan? What was your favorite?
What were your workouts last week?