The Master’s Hammer and Chisel: A Review
Friends, it’s time for another workout program review! This time around, I’ve just finished The Master’s Hammer and Chisel from Beachbody. This was a 60 day program unlike any other that I’ve completed before and it was definitely nice to change things up. Let me tell you what it is all about, and then I’ll tell you what I thought.
What is it:
- This is a resistance training video workout program hosted by two different trainers, Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev.
- The purpose of the 2 month program is to build, define, and sculpt muscle.
- There are 14 workouts and each is between 3oish-40 minutes. There are 2 additional ab videos, each 10 minutes long.
- There are 6 workout days and 1 rest day (Thursday) per week
- You will “need” free weights of various sizes, a bench/stability ball, and chin-up bar or bands with door attachment. I’ll touch more on this below.
- The program comes with a nutrition plan (ie the 21 day FIX)
- There’s an option to purchase the “deluxe” kit which includes extra workouts, an alternate calendar, and an 8lb medicine ball
My Impression and Results:
First, a disclaimer: I didn’t follow the nutrition plan. However, I do follow a pretty limited diet most days. I mention this because if you do not follow the recommended diet or a lean, low fat diet, you will be unlikely to see significant results with this program. That whole “abs are made in the kitchen” thing is true. Also, I don’t have a bench, I used a chair and the floor when applicable. And lastly, I don’t have a chin-up bar and skipped all pull-up/chin-up exercises completely because they give me migraines. Now, here’s what I thought:
This program is great for building and sculpting arms, legs, and booty. If I had to give an award to “most improved” it wold go to my butt – I’ve definitely noticed the biggest changes there (and that’s always been the toughest spot for me to get to cooperate). There’s quite a bit of arm work as well so you’ll notice big changes there and in the shoulders and the same goes for hamstrings and quads (upper thighs). There is also some core/ab work so I was pleased with the results I saw in that area as well but I thought there could have been just a little more ab focus.
I began the program using 10lb weights for most things and 8lbs when really light weights were needed. By the end I had been using 15lbs for nearly everything (with some 12lbs mixed in here and there) and wishing I had a set of 20s for some squats/lunges and “kettlebell”swings.
There are really only 2 workouts that have cardio/pylometrics in them and though it was nice to take a break from all the jumping around (really nice) it also meant that I lost quite a bit of endurance and wasn’t loosing as many calories as I typically do while working out. This is why the nutrition plan is so important to follow. I did enjoy this low impact program but ultimately I wish there was a little more sweating involved.
If I had to recommend this program to someone, I would suggest it for the person who has already achieved weight loss and is looking to build up a little muscle and also tone and define it. You can and probably will lose a little weight with this program but ultimately weight loss isn’t the primary goal. In fact, I didn’t even weigh myself before and I wouldn’t be surprised with the added muscle if I weigh the same or a little more.
I had just finished P90X3 a few days prior to starting this and I thought these programs were similar. P90x3 has no weights and more cardio but really helped to build my arms, abs, and legs so I had a pretty strong foundation before starting Hammer and Chisel. I started this just a few days after Christmas so I had the expected bloat from overeating but was otherwise still in ok shape from just finishing that program. I didn’t take before pictures, I’m sorry! I’ll tell you the biggest differences are in my legs, booty, and arms. There are subtle differences in my abs and shoulders too.
What do you think? Have you given this program a try? Did you like it?
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