Month 2 of Hammer and Chisel

Month 2 of Hammer and Chisel

So excited that my new weight rack came in this week. It was a pain in the back to lift up the 40s off the floor. Anyway hitting the second month of Hammer and Chisel this week, and it does et easier.

The squats and the lunges never get that much easier but I have found that I can either increase the weight or my reps. Keeping track of the weight and the reps on my wipe board so I can see the last time I did 20 reps or 30 lbs. I have been able to see dramatic results in these areas of my progress.

As far as working out every day I do not take rest days. I have found that on “Rest” days I replace it with yoga. In my experience doing Yoga on my rest days has given me relief from the tight soreness that my legs see  that I used to have. Especially with this program which is very leg intensive.

Overall the workouts are great, however they do not give sufficient time to stretch. Be sure to stretch a bit longer before heading to the shower. You will not regret the extra 3-4 min .

 

Day 6 Of the Hammer and Chisel

Day 6 Of the Hammer and Chisel

Hammer and ChiselDay 6 was Chisel Endurance.

Trainer: Autumn

  • Equipment:
  • Chin-up bar
  • Weights
  • Mat
  • Bench or ball

Time: 35 min

Toughest move: I would have to say its a tie between the step-ups and the step downs

Level of Difficulty: 7 (1-10)

This program moves you through slow twitch muscle training. You need to use your Energize for the one. Autumn is a great motivator and makes you feel like she is right there guiding you through all the moves and its like she knows when I am falling behind.

BE prepared to step a lot. My legs were on fire after this workout. My butt was in pain too. But if you stick with it and go for the gusto and finish strong you wont be disappointed. autom 1All in all I liked this workout and so far it was one of the tougher ones in this series.

 

 

 

Day 2 3 and 5 Of the Hammer and Chisel.

Day 2 3 and 5 Of the Hammer and Chisel.

Day 2 Hammer Plyometrix!jumping

Time: 30 Min

Trainer : Sagi
Equipment:

  • Bench
  • Resistance Bands
  • Chin up Bar

Difficulty:  5 (1-10)

This workout was one that I will remember for a long time; the Plyo-marry-Kathrine’s were the toughest moves for me. I have a bad knee and any time I’m hitting one legged squats or jumps I need to take care not to injure myself.

I highly recommend using the performance Energy for this work out and say hydrated. Sagi takes you through 2 sets of workouts and the time flies. You will be done before you know it.

Day 3 Iso Strength ChiselIso strength

Time:35 min

Trainer: Autumn

Equipment:

  • Bench
  • Bands
  • Weights 5-20 lbs
  • Mat

Difficult:  6 (1-10)

The premise of this workout is to isolate and hold the muscle under tension. I found this to me tougher than I expected. You will work your glute like never before here. But you will love the results. I have to admit I did some extra stretching after this workout.

Toughest move was the Bulgarian squats, these things wreck my right knee if I try to go all out. So I had to modify where I could.

Man I got a great sweat from this one, and can’t wait to see if I can up my weights for the next time around.

Have fun with it.

Day 5 Iso Speed Hammerpistol squats

Time: 25 min

Trainer: Sagi

Equipment:

  • Bands
  • Bench
  • Weights 5-25
  • Mat

Difficulty 3 (1-10)

What happened to day 4?  It was a rest day so I did P90X2 yoga.

This was so far the easiest of the workouts in this series. This reminded me more of a Beast total body workout rather than a 21 day fix hybrid. Sagi will take you through some great moves 10 slow and then 10 fast. He will help you set the pace for the slow ones and its nice to have him count for you.

As for the most difficult move I would have to say it would be the pistol squats. This is still my knee yelling at me. It will do that when I do pistol squats.

Remember to keep proper form and go as low as you can or up the weights to get more burn. Keep it fun and stay focused on the goal.

 

Hammer and Chisel , day 1

Hammer and Chisel , day 1

Hammer and ChiselThe program is called Chisel Balance

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese

Equipment needed:

  • Bench
  • Weights 5-20lbs
  • Mat or soft surface
  • Towel and water

Time: 40 min

Difficulty : 6 out of 10 (10 being the hardest)

So this one was not what I expected. I was thinking a yoga style workout , with a name like balance you think this would be the case. Well , not so. The toughest move for me was the Bulgarian jump squats. They were brutal.

The rest of the workout worked your quads and butt to the point of failure. To finish off the whole set we did bent over rows on one leg and moved into pistol squats. OUCH!

Great workout and really learned some new combo moves.

Have fun!

Check out the program!

 

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