Hammer and Chisel Week 1 Review

by Jen on December 17, 2015

Don’t you just love when Christmas comes early in your house??! It did for me as I received my new workout from Beachbody, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel!! I’ve never been so excited for a new program to get released!!

This is a weight training based program that was designed by two of my favourite trainers, Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev. You might know Autumn from the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme, two of the most popular programs! And Sagi is the creator of Body Beast, which is an amazing muscle building program that I’ve done a few times.

After just DAY 1 of this program, I was sore all over!! I was using muscles I never thought I had. I can already tell this program is going to get us chiseled and sculpted!

Day 1 Hammer and Chisel

Hammer and Chisel Program Review

Day ONE: Chisel Balance. Oh my gosh, was it ever intense!! Autumn had us doing compound movements (using two or more body parts at once) for maximum results. Plus, the balance component of it took this workout to a whole new level. In just 40 minutes, I was sweating and my muscles were done! I knew right away this workout was going to work.

Day TWO: Hammer Plyometrics. Again, I loved this workout! It was short but super intense, which is exactly what I prefer when I workout. I’ve done all of the extreme workouts before, like 21 Day Fix Extreme and Insanity Max 30, so I was ready for the challenge. I know that if I want to get great results, I’m going to have to push myself!

Day THREE: ISO Strength Chisel. This workout was really tough – I had to stop and regroup a few times before carrying on. The 10 second hold for each move is no joke!! I’ll be feeling this one tomorrow.

Day FOUR: Rest day!! Woo Hoo, my body is going to need it! Then I’ll be ready to go again tomorrow with ISO Speed Hammer.

Hammer and Chisel Nutrition Plan

When I first opened the nutrition guide and did the calculation, I wasn’t quite sure which plan I would fall under. My goal is not to lose weight with this program. I’m looking to gain muscle! Getting fitter and stronger is my main goal. What I love about this plan is you can customize it to meet your own needs.

After doing my calculation, I figured out I was somewhere between PLAN C and PLAN D. I say “between”┬ábecause I might need to bump it up to PLAN D, I don’t think PLAN C is enough calories for me. If I find I’m really hungry and not gaining proper muscle strength, I will increase my calories.

It’s so important to listen to your body! Just because you may calculate PLAN A for yourself doesn’t mean you are always going to stay there. With this program, you are doing heavy lifting and plyometrics, so your body needs fuel!! My suggestion for women is to bump up one level if you calculated plan A. My guess is, you are going to need those extra calories. But like I mentioned, start with what the plan says and then listen to your body. If you get stuck in a plateau, chances are you need to eat more!!

Below you can see my meal plan for the week. I like to keep it simple by rotating my lunches and snacks. **Please note that I also follow Intermittent Fasting, so my first meal of the day is at noon, and my last meal of the day is at 8:00 PM.**

Hammer and Chisel Week 1 Meal Plan

So far, I am LOVING this program!! And I know it’s going to give me and my Hammer and Chisel Test Group Participants amazing results. I will be posting about my progress so you can get updates about the program and my nutrition.

I will be hosting another Drop a Dress Size challenge group starting on January 11th! If you would like to use The Master’s Hammer and Chisel for that challenge, please fill out the application below and we can see if it’s the right fit for you!! Let’s get chiselled together in the NEW YEAR!!


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1 Jackie December 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

Hello. I recently started Intermittent Fasting and also plan to start H&C in January. I am planning on getting my workouts done in the morning (5 am) and my current IF schedule is to fast from 7 pm to 11 am/eat 11 am to 7 pm. My question is, what time do you generally do your workout? I am hoping that my IF schedule will continue to work for me…


2 Jen December 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

Yes, for sure that will work! I currently fast from 8pm until noon and I workout at 5:30 am. You may want to look into getting some Branch Chain Amino Acids to help you with your workouts and recovery! Look for ones that are 0 – 5 calories.


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