Archive for December, 2015

Choice For Best of 2015! Beachbody OnDemand!

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Review of Product, Workout review with tags , , , on December 31, 2015 by mistransformation


I know I didn’t specifically review Beachbody OnDemand’s website but all of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel reviews I have done so far are courtesy of my Beachbody OnDemand subscription.

I feel bad because we had a few good offering in 2015 like Daily Burn’s Black Fire, Cathe Ripped w/ HiiT workouts and the Anarchy workout DVDs but Beachbody OnDemand was really a no-brainer for me.   I have had a subscription since August.  Your first month is free and then you are billed in quarterly installments of  $38.87. You can cancel anytime.

Beachbody OnDemand was launched in the spring of 2015.  There are so many offerings with Beachbody OnDemand that I don’t even know where to begin.  You can do the original P90X or go way back to the classic Power 90 program.  Maybe you want to do P90X 2 or 3 or One on One with Tony Horton.  Maybe that’s not your thing.  Maybe you want Turbo Jam or Turbo Fire or how about Chalean Extreme?  How about the Insanity workouts.  Not enough for you?  Do the Asylum 1 or 2.   Do you feel like dancing?  Do Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T.   Maybe you want to go way back to Slim in 6 with Debbie Siebers.  I really could go on and on.


I’m not done though.  While some of the newer offerings are not completely uploaded on the website you do get sneak peaks of those systems.  These systems being:  21 Day Fix; 21 Day Fix Extreme; CIZE; Body Beast; P90; T25; Insanity Max 30 and The Master’s Hammer & Chisel.

I bet you are already signing up for your 30 day free trial at this point but I’m not done!

There is also something called the Challenge du Jour and you may just get an additional sneak peak from one of the programs not yet offered on the website.  You definitely want to check out what your #CDJ is every day so you don’t miss anything.  I actually purchased the PiYo program because I couldn’t get enough of it.

Another added bonus are the Master’s Trainers workouts.  These are express “live” workouts like you would find in your local fitness facilities.  These include Turbo Kick; PiYo; Insanity Live and P90x Live.  I really like this added feature with the non-celebrity workout leaders.


You have the convenience of streaming to your computer, your tablet, your phone, a Roku, Chromecast, etc.  This is so easy, you can workout anywhere!  I like it because I can do the workouts when I stay with my parents for the weekend.

I encourage you to check out and see what there is to offer.   There is so much more than I have mentioned in this post (Yoga Booty Ballet; Active Maternity; Rev Abs; Brazil Butt Lift – I could go on and on.)

I think you see now why this was my pick for 2015.

Here’s to a great 2016!  Let’s do this!

The Master’s Hammer & Chisel – Chisel Agility w/ Autumn Calabrese

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Workout review with tags , , on December 28, 2015 by mistransformation



Beachbody continues to be generous with their offerings of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel workouts on their Challenge du Jour option OnDemand.

This workout requires no equipment and is not a strength workout but rather a more dynamic workout that gets your heart rate up.

Description from Beachbody OnDemand:  Develop elite speed, coordination, and power with moves inspired by athletic training.

This workout consists of two rounds of 1o movements done for 60 seconds each with no set break between movements except when Autumn is explaining the next move or she needs a water break herself.  There is a 60 second break between rounds.

The moves:

Hi knees up/tire knees back

Plank X taps where Autumn calls out which hand and foot to move as if it were a game.  She does get a bit tricky at times so beware!

Grapevine/shuffle.  Just like it sounds, it’s an old school grapevine to one side and a side shuffle back.  You switch leads at the 30 second mark.

Lateral squat jump – another move where Autumn calls out whether you will be jumping left or right.  Sometimes you may jump right (or left) two or three times.

Multi directional lunges – these are the typical front/side/back lunges switching to the opposite leg after 30 seconds

Rotating squat jumps – the are jumps at 180 degrees and back.  You’ve seen these before.

Skater triangle – I’m not really going to try to explain this except it’s the typical skater move done in a triangle with the main point in the front.

Diagonal jump lunge – I remember these from a 21 day fix workout (maybe it was Extreme idk) they are like lunge jump switches except done on the diagonal.  A modification is given if you worry about your knees.

Circle in and out – this is a fast feet drill where your right font leads around the circle and after 30 seconds the left foot leads and you change direction.

Directional squat jumps – these are similar to the lateral squat jumps only front and back are added to the mix with Autumn calling out once again.

After a 60 second break, these same moves are repeated.

There is a very short cool down which I’m not really happy about.  It’s less than two minutes.  I would have liked to have seen at least three minutes.

I will give this workout 4 1/2 stars out of 5.  I loved how Autumn tried to bring some fun in this workout with the moves that she calls out directions on.  With most of the strength workouts being on the more serious side, it was nice to see a change to the fun side.


The Master’s Hammer & Chisel – Hammer Power w/ Sagi Kalev Workout Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Workout review with tags , , on December 27, 2015 by mistransformation


I was really excited to see yet another offering from The Master’s Hammer & Chisel on Beachbody OnDemand Challenge de Jour (#BOD #CDJ) and I was even more excited that it was a powerlifting-inspired workout.

The description from Beachbody OnDemand:  Become more explosive with ruthless powerlifting-inspired moves to take your body to its peak level of fitness.

What you will need:  Various weights (light, medium and heavy), resistance band or towel (for the warm up).

Round one is a combination of various movements that will prepare you for the more powerlifting-like moves at the end of round one and in round two.  Each move is done with light weights for 10 reps and then with medium weights for 10 reps.  For some of the latter movements in round one Sagi builds from the light weights to the medium weights showing a foundation movement and then adding the power move.

Overhead Press


Thrusters (squat/press in one movement)

Jerk press

Dead lift

Shrugs w/ light weights/Shrug w/ extension w/ medium weights

Upright row w/ light weights/full movement with medium weights (deadlift to upright row)

Clean with light weights/full movement w/ medium (deadlift to clean)

In round two Sagi’s format changes and more of the powerlifting type moves are used.  Once again he lays the foundation with the light weights so you get the technique down completing 10 reps but  then he ups the ante using heavy weights for 5 reps.

Clean to press

Clean squat press

Clean squat split jerk (5 reps each leg w/ the light weights/5 w/ dominant leg w/ the heavy weights)

One arm clean squat jerk (10 reps each side light/5 reps each side heavy)

****One thing I am concerned about for people who are not familiar with these movements is when completing any of the moves that use a squat to split jerk.  Sagi will clearly say to pause before jerking after you come up from the squat but some of the display people do not do this and it may become confusing.  The display people seem to be completing it all in one movement. For experienced folks the pause may not be necessary but I do worry about someone hurting themselves if they do not pause and try to do the move all at once.  Please keep this in mind so you don’t hurt your back.

I was pretty familiar with a lot of these moves from previous workouts I have done including kettlebell workouts and Kelley Coffey-Meyer’s L.I.F.T. workout (w/ a barbell).  This type of workout always makes me feel empowered more so than any other type of lifting workout.

I would love to give this workout 5 stars but because of my concern that someone unfamiliar with this type of workout may have some form issues, I will give this workout 4 1/2 stars.





The Master’s Hammer & Chisel – Max Hammer Strength w/ Sagi Kalev Workout Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Workout review with tags , on December 19, 2015 by mistransformation


“I’m a hammer and I’m going to kick it!”  – Sagi Kalev

It felt like an early Christmas present when I logged into my Beachbody OnDemand account to see what the Challenge de Jour workout would be and saw that it was another workout from The Master’s Hammer & Chisel program that was just released in the beginning of December.  I have done 3 previous reviews from this latest Beachbody offering and you may find them right here on this blog by going to the home page.

The workout description from the website:  Pre-fatigue major muscle groups and follow it up with a maximum weighted lift to carve incredible definition and get you strong.  (from Beachbody OnDemand) 

Equipment needed:  Bench Or Stability Ball, variety of heavy dumbbells, Resistance Band and Chin-Up Bar Or Bands With Door Attachment Kit.

This workout is almost 40 minutes in length and includes your warm-up and cool-down.   Modifications are provided.

The setup of this workout is this.  One body-weight movement is done for 60 seconds and then you do a similar weighted move that targets the same muscle group for 8 reps.  You are supposed to go very heavy for the weighted move because the reps are lower. If a move is done where both left side and right side are needed you will do the complete set on each side first and then switch to the other side and do the complete set (remember you are fatiguing the muscle).

The moves are as follows:   (body-weight – 60 secs/weighted – 8 reps)

Reverse Lunge/Weighted Reverse Lunge (left then right)

Push-ups/Chest Press (on ball or bench or floor even)

Body-weight squats/shoulder squats (dumbbells on shoulders)

Pull-up/Lat pullover (one dumbbell)

Good mornings/dead-lifts 

Chin-ups/1 arm row (Right/Left)

Low sumo squat/weighted sumo (1 dumbbell)

Band military press/seated military press 

Bulgarian split squat/single leg step up  (Right then Left after completing both moves)

Ledge calf raises on edge of bench or step/seated calf raise (with dumbbells on thighs)

I loved this workout and combining the 60 seconds of body-weight work moving into the heavy weighted reps!  I loved that I could go super heavy because the reps were lower and you were only doing one set with the dumbbells even though you were fatiguing them first.

Again, I feel like the cool downs could be a bit longer but I just stretch a bit more at the end on my own.

Sagi is funny and offers his usual strong motivation and great sense of humor.  In addition, he gives form pointers and technique suggestions.





The Master’s Hammer & Chisel – Chisel Cardio w/ Autumn Calabrese Workout Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Workout review with tags , , on December 12, 2015 by mistransformation


If you follow the MisTransformation blog you may have noticed that my last two posts were sneak peaks of workouts from The Master’s Hammer & Chisel workout program that was set to release with Beachbody. Well, it released in the beginning of December and is already running so rampant that Beachbody is having some shipping issues that Carl Daikeler, the CEO of Beachbody had to address in a live Facebook video earlier today.

That being said, I was very happy to see that today Chisel Cardio was the Challenge du Jour offering on Beachbody On Demand of which I am a subscriber.   Due to the popularity of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel I thought it would be a great idea to review it right here on my MisTransformation blog.

Chisel Cardio is two rounds of ten moves (counting for left and right side) most of which are weighted.  Each move is completed for a minute each.  You rest when Autumn talks.  You will need at least two sets of dumbbells, a pullup bar and a bench.  A modifier is offered if you do not have some of these items.

The ten moves are:

Up & over the bench (weighted)

Pullup (or band pull)

Dumbbell swing

Figure 8 (weighted ab move on the floor)


Side lunge with sword pull (left/right – weighted)

Forearm plank with side kick

Side bench step up with a kick (weighted – left/right)

Okay by now you’re like but Missy that is only 8 moves.  Again, remember I’m accounting for the left and right side of the side lunge and the step up kick.

Each round is approx. 13 minutes and 40 seconds long.

I am so glad Autumn provided this workout.  I love, love, love weighted cardio workouts.  I hate jumping anymore and love working hard to get my heart rate up and having the added benefit of weighted moves.

While completing the first round  of this workout I was like, “is that all you got?”  It seemed a bit too easy BUT by the second round I was eating my words and by the end of the workout I was a red hot sweaty mess and I felt like I got a great workout in.

I like this offering from Autumn a lot better than the Total Body Chisel workout.  My only pet peeve is that during the cool down stretch I felt like she went faster on the second side than she did on the first side.  I find that a lot of trainers do that in workout videos and I really wish they would be more mindful of this.

I would give Chisel Cardio 4 out of 5 stars.