I recently finished Autumn Calabrese & Sagi Kalev’s newest Beachbody workout program, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and was VERY happy with my results.
I followed the Hammer and Chisel workout program for 8 weeks and below are my before and after pictures (click on images to enlarge).
The difference is not so much in how I look, but how I feel. After just a few days of sticking to the Hammer and Chisel meal plan and eating the right portions of the right foods, my energy levels skyrocketed!
I was very happy with the results I achieved in only 60 days. It’s important to note that prior to starting the Hammer and Chisel workout program, I was already working out 5 – 6 days a week, and drinking Shakeology daily. For anyone that doesn’t exercise at all, I assume they would see even greater changes.
My Hammer and Chisel Review
First I’ll start by explaining what the Hammer and Chisel workout program is.
The Hammer and Chisel is a 60 day (actually 8 weeks, or 56 days) workout out program that is designed to get you sculpted, ripped, and shredded in the least amount of time possible.
The workout program takes out all of the guesswork. It tells you exactly what exercises to do and when to do them, and it also provides a meal plan that tells you exactly what to eat, and how much to eat. If you follow the program, I’m 100% certain you’ll see amazing results.
Hammer and Chisel is based on 2 things, working out and eating right. I know, groundbreaking stuff here right? But it really is.
The secret to getting extraordinary results isn’t time and intensity, it’s about the approach. Ans the Master’s Hammer and Chisel approach incorporates all three phases of body transformation, known as SSP Training – which is short for Stabilization, Strength, and Power. And professionally proven techniques within each phase will rapidly build, sculpt, and refine the physique over the course of 60 days.
Additionally, the easy to follow the meal plan is what fuels fast and drastic results.
Hammer and Chisel Review – The Workouts
Hammer and Chisel has great variety with 13 different workouts. I loved how I didn’t repeat a workout until I was on day 13 of the program. All of the workouts are “total body”, and weights are used with the majority of them.
In these workouts you are working your legs, chest, back, shoulders, core, everything…in EVERY workout. This is a very different approach than spending an entire day on one body part. For example, you’re not spending 30 minutes blasting just your arms, and then not working your arms again for 5 days. This total body approach is key and is what sculpts your body.
While it seems logical that the best way to build and sculpt your arms is with isolated arm movements, that’s not the truth. Sean Nalewanyj in his “How To Build Big Arms” article writes;
“While I definitely do recommend that you include some isolated arm training in your routine, there’s one simple truth that most lifters tend to overlook:
The majority of your arm growth will NOT come as a result of your direct bicep curl and tricep extension exercises, but will instead be achieved through your compound chest, shoulder and back training.
In other words, if you really want to build bigger arms as efficiently as possible, your primary focus should revolve around increasing your strength on your big upper body compound lifts such as chest presses, shoulder presses, chin ups, pulldowns and rows.
As you consistently add more and more weight to these movements and pack overall size onto your chest, shoulders and back, your biceps and triceps will automatically grow along with them.
All of those heavy pressing exercises will add considerable mass to your triceps, while your compound pulling exercises will pack plenty of size onto your biceps.”
This is the jist of the Hammer and Chisel workout program. Working the entire body to tone and sculpt it using exercises and a schedule created by Sagi Kavel and Autumn Calabrese, 2 people that have experience and vast knowledge of the subject of “getting results”.
For a detailed list of the different Hammer and Chisel workouts and to see the actual schedule view the post here, Hammer and Chisel workout schedule.
The Hammer and Chisel workouts can be done by anyone at any fitness level. With moves using weights, the difficulty level is based on the amount of weight you are using. If a move is too hard, simply lower the amount of weight you are using. And when weights aren’t being used, there are ways to modify all moves to make them slightly easier if you need to.
The workouts are challenging. At the end you should be tired and sweaty. Duh, it’s exercise. If you are looking for “easy”, you’re going to be looking for a long time (and end up wasting a lot of money). “Easy” and “results” used in the same sentence should put up an immediate red flag for you.
Changing you body won’t be an easy journey, but if you’re willing to put in the work and follow the Hammer and Chisel program, you can do it!
Hammer And Chisel Review – The Meal Plan
The Hammer and Chisel meal plan is simple and easy to follow. It tells you exactly what to eat and how much to eat using the container system.
My eating was pretty good, but it wasn’t perfect. During these 60 days my nutrition was around 85%.
There were a few cheat meals in there, birthdays, cake, pizza, a weekend in Colorado of eating burgers, more pizza, and drinking beer. (I justified that with snowboarding all day and figured the 2 canceled each other out.) And a few small treats here and there.
It’s all about balance, life’s no fun if I can’t eat a cupcake every once in awhile. 🙂
I’m not training to be a professional bodybuilder. I just want to be in good shape and continue to improve my health and fitness levels so I can enjoy life to the fullest.
Overall (with HUGE help from my beautiful bride, who also did the program and got AMAZING results) I stuck to the meal plan the majority of the time. I feel great, and my energy levels skyrocketed after just a few days of sticking to the meal plan.
I learned how big of a difference eating the right portions of the right foods can make.
I also learned that I wan’t getting anywhere close to the amount of vegetables every day as I should be.
The meal plan isn’t a temporary “diet”. It educates you on what you should and shouldn’t be eating. The goal is to make lasting changes. Even just one or two small changes to your diet can make a huge difference over time.
To see exactly what I ate over the course of one day on the Hammer and Chisel meal plan, click here.
Overall Hammer and Chisel is a WINNER!
Make a decision to follow the program, stick to it, and you’ll get great results!