2 Week Hammer & Chisel Review

I’ve done both Body Beast and the 21 Day Fix, so I have good experience with both Sagi and Autumn as trainers, so when I heard that they were releasing a program together, I was super excited! I was probably like many guys who thought the 21 Day Fix wasn’t that hard and was just for women, and then I tried it and Autumn whooped my butt! Talk about getting humbled. So I figured she and Sagi would be a great fit. They’re both intense and their workouts get real results.

Hammer & Chisel Review – The Workouts

For the workouts that come in the base kit, they are either led by Sagi or Autumn. I think some of the bonus workouts have both of them, but every workout I’ve done so far is either led by Sagi or by Autumn, and for the most part you alternate the trainer. I like that aspect because it gives you variety which helps keep things interesting.

The workouts vary in length quite a bit. A few are under 30 minutes, while the longer ones are pushing 45 minutes. Plus it can take longer if you need to press the pause button every once in a while 🙂 I actually like not being constrained to exactly 25 or 30 minutes. That way you’re not trying to squeeze things in to make it hit a time limit an the workouts can take their natural progression.

For the most part, I feel like the pace of each workout is fairly quick. Your first time through, you’re going to need to hit the pause button most likely as you figure out what weights are appropriate to use. Every workout incorporates resistance training of some sort. You’re using dumbbells, doing pull-ups or doing push-ups. Even the cardio days incorporate weights. That’s probably the aspect I enjoy most. Resistance training is right up my alley. I love using weights, even if they’re lighter weights at higher reps. For the most part, I’m in the 15-40 lbs range, with rare circumstances that I use 60-80 lbs. So a basic set of PowerBlocks or Bowflex SelectTech will do the job no problem. Other equipment that’s helpful to have is a bench or stability ball (not needed) and a pull-up bar (or door attachment with bands) and a yoga or jump mat.

One big thing that most the people in our Challenge Group have noted is that you really hit your legs hard with this program. It seems like every workout is at least partially a leg day. You’re doing squats, pistol squats, step up lunges, bulgarian lunges, etc very frequently. I think it’s mostly used to get your heart rate up and really let you torch calories in each workout. They are more total body focused, rather than just hitting one body part. I actually really enjoy that. Sure, I like a good chest or arms day from Body Beast, but when you’re trying to lose weight and shed fat, these types of workouts are very effective.

Hammer & Chisel Review – The Nutrition

The Hammer & Chisel nutrition plan is basically the same plan from the 21 Day Fix. They have a formula you fill out which puts you on a specific plan. It’s based off of your current weight, your gender, how active you are during the day and your goal with the program. For me, this comes out to between 2400-2600 calories a day. The plan uses the color coded containers from the 21 Day Fix to help you figure out the proper portions.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of portion control plans. I typically find that tracking what you eat in an app like myfitnesspal is the best way to go. But this is actually a little different. I find the portion system to be extremely easy and actually makes tracking easier as well. I’ve logged my nutrition in myfitnesspal just to see how it lines up with the estimates in the nutrition guide. So far it lines up really well! It might be the fact that I’m a visual learner, but for some reason the container system just clicks with me. It gives me a good idea of the correct portions to eat and makes planning a breeze. Using the containers, I’ve found that I end up eating about 2400 calories a day with 40% carbs, 35% protein and 25% fat, so it’s pretty balanced.

Hammer & Chisel Review – Final Thoughts

hammer and chisel reviewI’m only two weeks in, so this Hammer & Chisel review will need to be updated. But so far, I LOVE the variety of workouts, the fact that I burn a ton of calories each workout and how easy the nutrition plan has been to follow. I’m down about 8 lbs in 2 weeks, and my clothes are fitting much better. Plus, Rochelle says I’ve stopped snoring which is another bonus! Sometimes you just need something new to keep things fresh and exciting and this has been EXACTLY that for me. If you’re on the fence, shoot me a message or leave a comment or just hop on board and join my Hammer & Chisel Challenge.

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