Hammer & Chisel Week 1 Review


What a week this has been. Hammer & Chisel (H&C) is NO JOKE. I am sore. I wake up sore. I go to bed sore. SORE. Not the immobilizing “omg I can’t walk” sore, but the “I can tell I did some work” sore. You all know the difference.


Beginners Un-Welcome?

I am a fairly fit person and some of these days were challenging to say the least. The modifications are minimal at that. The modifications that are shown are because you lack equipment NOT modifications because you lack skill – resistance bands because you don’t have a pull-up bar or using a stability ball because you don’t have a bench. You’re expected to be able to do push-ups. You’re expected to do the exercises with  weights (adjust to a lighter set if necessary, but there’s no dropping down to no weight). This isn’t a program to drop a lot of fluff. This is a program is for people who are looking to get chiseled; meaning you have 15 or less pounds to lose and you’ve already made good headway on your journey to health. If you’re looking to start your journey to health and wellness fill out my fitness assessment here.

Why Am I Doing This?!

Because I’m CRAZY!! No really. I need to tone up and get rid of this fluff I’m carrying around. And it’s the triathlon off season so I needed something to keep myself motivated while this weather attempts to figure out what it wants to do. I am also doing this program while working on my running training and swimming 3 days a week. Actually, I think I am crazy.


This First Week!


Monday – Chisel Balance

Started the day with my usual early am swim. Day 1 completed and I fell to the floor! I was wiped out – just from day 1! Pistols! Pistols on Day 1. Who does that?!



Tuesday – Hammer Plyo

This was my first workout with Sagi. He’s hilarious. My favorite line was “If you need to puke, get a bucket, keep going”.  More leg work today but all the bouncing. I then went to Pensacola Fit Club where we also had Plyo work today – aaaaarrrggghhhh!!!!



Wednesday – Iso Strength Chisel

Last 2 a day workout day, early am swim; H&C at night. Back to Autumn, she is brutal in this program. There’s no resting. It’s however long it takes her to explain the next move to us. Then it’s back to work. These workouts – 10 reps, 10 sec isometric hold, 10 reps, 10 sec hold, 10 reps, 10 sec hold, die.

Are we noticing a pattern here? These workouts literally bring me to the floor.

Thursday – OFF

I literally did nothing but go to work.

Friday – Iso Speed Hammer

This was a little different from Autumn’s, instead of a hold it was: 10 reps, 10 super fast reps, repeat. Not terrible, but not a huge break. I’m so glad these workouts are 60 minutes!

Saturday – Chisel Endurance

I attempted this workout Saturday am before we had to hit the road, I only got about halfway through. You’re in each workout for a minute, going HAAAAAAAAMMMM or whatever speed you like. I actually did the entire workout on Sunday, doubling up with Sunday’s workouts.

Sunday – Total Body Hammer & 10 Min Ab Hammer

Started the day with a nice 5 mile run with my bestie in Ocean Springs. Headed home later that afternoon to do a double H&C workout day with Danny in our garage gym. Started Chisel Endurance back at square 1 so I ended up doing 1 1/2 of those workouts. There was sweat dripping everywhere. EVERYWHERE.


Overall Thoughts

I love this program!!! I love the challenge. I love the sweat. I love the feeling after I complete each workout. I also love that Danny is doing this with me. We are sweating along side each other, motivating each other. (From him) He’s enjoying this program, he feels like he’s knocked the dust off and is back in the workout routine. We had previously been going the gym and running, but we fell off that wagon =/


What Next??

Stayed tuned for my weekly wrap-ups, I’ll try to get them done closer to the beginning of the week. This will help me stay motivated and keep me accountable.

If you want to join my next Challenge Group starting in January and you want to do The Master’s Hammer & Chisel, click here. If you want to join the challenge, but would like a different workout, click here to fill out my fitness assessment and I’ll find the right program for you! Challenge groups are AWESOME because you’re automatically connected to ME as your personal Coach AND you get motivation, support, and accountability. Start the new year with a new you!


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