Archive for January, 2016

I bought the 30#s

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2016 by mistransformation

 

I had been sitting on 25#s for a long time and decided it was time to move up.

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

Posted in Health/Fitness, Review, Review of Product, Workout review with tags , , on January 16, 2016 by mistransformation

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I have a few friends on my Facebook page that are engaged in the Master’s Hammer & Chisel program. I don’t have the program but do get to experience the workouts through my Beachbody OnDemand subscription.  One workout from the H&C program that sticks out in my mind is Chisel Balance with Autumn because most of the time when I see that it is on others’ rotation for the day it is met with a bunch of cyber grunts and groans.  I was really excited when I woke up this morning to find that it was today’s Challenge du Jour OnDemand.

Required equipment:  Dumbbells and Bench or Stability ball.  Modifications are shown if you don’t have the bench or stability ball.   Follow Mike.

WORKOUT DESCRIPTION from OnDemand:   A total-body scorcher that taps into your strength and endurance with killer stability and core training.

Chisel Balance is 9 different movements with 15 repetitions each done for 2 sets.  Because this is balance, most are done on one leg or with one arm at a time so you would do the move Right to Left and then repeat.  The workout is approximately 40 minutes long.

The moves are:

Squat bench sit with one leg raised while holding a dumbbell.  If you can’t sit down with one leg raised, there is a modification shown.

Lat pullover with 1 leg raised (R/L).  You don’t repeat this on each leg because this is really a lat focused move and both arms are used at once so this move is done twice total.

Single leg squat deadlift. (R/L)

Up down bench climb on hands.  This move is done in a plank with your bench in front of you.  You climb the bench with your hands.  Each hand is a lead hand (meaning you don’t alternate per set).  I’m sorry but I can’t remember if this was done 4x total or 2x total. I do remember it being tough as I went on however.  In the back of my mind I feel like I only did it 2x total.  I will check on this.

Bulgarian split squat jump.  This isn’t as bad as it sounds.  This is more like a rocking horse movement where you lift your front leg off the ground towards your stomach rather than do a jump with both feet off the ground (which I have done in other workouts).

One arm renegade row with opposite leg lift. (R/L)

One arm chest press in bridge formation while lifting a leg and your upper back on the bench.  (R/L)

Balance row to pistol squat.  (The most challenging of all the movements as far as balance goes – at least for me).

As you can see, on a lot of the moves you are working more than just the targeted area, i.e., in the bridge movements you definitely feel it in your butt.

In this workout, I feel that you have to go a little lighter in your weights:  1. Because you are doing 15 reps/2 sets back-to-back; and 2. Because you have to concentrate on the balance element of the movement.

I feel like I got a solid workout and one thing I liked about the cool down in this workout was that it was different than the other ones I have tried from this program.  Autumn had been doing the same for most of them.  I feel it was targeted to this particular workout.

4 1/2 stars out of 5 because it was tough and that’s the way I like it!

 

 

CIZE – The Next Level – Work Your Body w/ Shaun T Workout Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review, Review of Product, Workout review with tags , , , , on January 12, 2016 by mistransformation

 

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Cize is a Beachbody dance workout program with Shaun T of Hip Hop Abs and Insanity fame.  I do not have the program but am a member of Beachbody OnDemand and I have been able to do a couple of the routines from the Cize program.  Crazy 8s is offered as a sneak peak and there was another routine recently offered as a Challenge du Jour (I forget which one sorry).

Big news on the Facebook Cize front for about a week was that a new routine was going to drop OnDemand and that Chilli of TLC fame (90s girl group) was going to be a part of it.  The strange thing is that I had already been doing it since about mid-December on my Roku.  The even stranger thing is that I could not find the routine on my PC or my tablet at least not until today.

Work Your Body was offered today as the Challenge du Jour.  The featured song is a song that Chilli did specifically for the program.  She is also a background dancer in this routine.

The routine consists of 8 moves:  Hook Groove; Skate; Point Cha-Cha; Cross Cha-Cha; Booty Back Whip; Step Ball Change; African Chug; and Man Up.  I know Shaun has some other names for these but this is what I know them as in my own head.  Shaun breaks down each move and then you repeat it a few times until you really get to know it.  Then you move on to a new move, learn it and repeat from the top.  You do this throughout all 8 movements (starting from the top format).  After learning all the moves and repeating them a few times, you then move on to the Cize It Up portion where the featured song is played and you do the routine to that.  Again, the featured song is Chilli’s Work Your Body.

Since I had access to this program since mid-December, this was my fourth time completing the routine.  I have to tell you, the more you do them, the more you can really dig into the moves, add your own flavor and really go all out so that you get a good workout.   The workout is about 30 minutes long and it really goes by fast.

Even though Shaun T says let’s cool down at the end, this routine had no cool down included so you are on your own with that.

I wouldn’t call this Insanity intensity because you do have to stop to watch Shaun explain the next move but if you really get into it, you can definitely feel your heart rate go up (but still not to Insanity level).  I really love to watch Shaun T dance (he is a professional dancer after all).  The broken down format makes the routine easy to learn and I really felt like I may have just been a dancer in another life.

Definitely 4 out of 5 stars on this one.  Fun factor galore.

 

Visitors, please comment!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2016 by mistransformation

Due to the popularity of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel program my blog is very popular right now but no one is leaving comments.

I would love to hear from you.  Where you are from, how you like the program, what other programs you have done, plan to do, etc.

I hope you enjoy my reviews. I make no money off of this nor have I ever.  I am not a coach or trainer. I’m just a regular consumer that does these workouts and then lets other consumers know how I liked it.

Namaste.

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

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review, Review of Product, Workout review with tags , , on January 3, 2016 by mistransformation

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Beachbody OnDemand gave us a little New Year’s Day treat when they made Chisel Endurance the Challenge du Jour starting off 2016 right.

Equipment needed:  Bench Or Stability Ball and Weights and Chin-Up Bar Or Bands With Door Attachment Kit.

Workout Description from Beachbody OnDemand:  Improve endurance by sustaining tension with moves that target your slow-twitch muscle fibers.

This was another workout from Autumn that kind of sneaks up on you. In the beginning I was like, “Not another easy one from Autumn.”  By the end I was like, “Okay, I’m done now.”  It’s not terribly difficult but you are definitely going to feel it.

This follows a common set up by Autumn – 10 moves (left/right if applicable counts for each side) done for 60 seconds each and then repeat.

Round One

Bench run up (or surrenders if you don’t have a bench). This is simply as it sounds you run up on the bench with the same lead food for 60 seconds and then you switch leads.

Negative pull-ups or band pulls- In this movement you pull yourself up to a count of one and lower to the count of three.  Same cadence with the band.

Bench step up crossover lunges – This is my favorite move in the routine.  Using the same lead leg you step up on the bench (never moving your foot on the step) and you cross back, push yourself up on the step while keeping the opposite leg off the step and you set that opposite leg on the floor to the side (it’s hard to explain, sorry).   Switch leads after 60 seconds.

Decline push-ups.  These are done with your feet elevated either on the bench or on the ball.  If you can’t do either, simply do them on the floor.  That would be better than nothing.

One arm row w/ opposite leg extended – This is exactly what you would expect except you do the row while keeping the opposite leg extended.  Switch sides after 60 seconds.

Incline chest press on bench or ball.  This is a very familiar move to all I am sure.  No bells or whistles here.

Plank hold with knee taps.  This is a simple move where you hold the forearm plank and then drop each knee to the floor but it becomes challenging after about 30 seconds.  Especially when you are doing it barefoot and you have cuts on your toes – ouchie!

After Round One you get a 60 second break and then you complete the same moves for round two.

As per usual, the cool down/stretch wasn’t even three minutes long.  I really wish Autumn would do a thorough stretch.  Cathe Friedrich is one who gives a great cool down/stretch segment after her workouts.

I hope that my Hammer & Chisel reviews are helping you decide on this program.  Right now Autumn and Sagi are orchestrating their own little beginning of the year challenge group with the program so if you are doing the program, please drop me a comment and let me know how you are doing.  Thanks.

Happy New Year!

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