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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

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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.

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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.

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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 http://club.teambeachbody.com/ 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 Total Body Chisel with Autumn Calabrese Workout Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review, Review of Product, Workout review with tags , , , on October 25, 2015 by mistransformation

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As I’m sure you Beachbody aficionados know, the program The Master’s Hammer & Chisel with Autumn Calabrese (21 Day Fix) and Sagi Kalev (Body Beast) will be released in December.  Beachbody OnDemand has sneak peaks of two workouts from this system.  I have tried them both and today I am reviewing the Total Body Chisel workout.

For this workout you will need some moderate to heavy dumbbells depending on your ability.  You will also need a bench if you have one available.  If you don’t have a bench you can use an exercise ball and a high step (or do the modifications shown in the workout).

This workout is roughly 36 minutes in length. The setup is 3 circuits of 3 moves with 10 repetitions completed for 3 rounds. Rest is between circuits.

There is a very short warm up of dynamic stretching.

Circuit one consists of a squat, a chest press (w/ bench or ball or floor) and reverse grip row.

Circuit two consists of a back lunge (Right/Left), chest fly and dumbbell pullovers.

Circuit three consists of bench step up to crossover lunge (Right/Left – modification shown in workout), angled biceps curls and triceps bench dips (or floor).

After all of the circuits there is a short cool down/stretch.  A little too short for my taste but I always take some extra time to stretch on my own.

As you can see, the workout isn’t rocket science.  Pretty basic moves that you see in most other lifting workouts.  What you do get with this workout is Autumn’s motivation and technique guidance.  If it weren’t for that, I probably wouldn’t keep doing the workout but I do keep going back to it and increasing my weights as Autumn instructs.

I really hope that the rest of Hammer & Chisel aren’t as basic as this. I’m hoping there is some excitement that they just aren’t showing us yet.

I would give this 3 1/2 out of 5 stars because of the short warm up and cool down and because I just need a little extra oomph for my workouts. Something to make it different and stand out from the others.

And the Winner Is! Best of 2014! Inferno HR from DailyBurn

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 30, 2014 by mistransformation

Inferno HR

At the end of every year I name what I think was the best workout system or workout DVD that I reviewed that year.  This year I have to go with DailyBurn’s Inferno HR workout program led by Anja Garcia. 

Right before I engaged in this program my workouts had become stale.  They felt like a chore and I was just uninspired.  DailyBurn Inferno HR brought back the excitement and endorphins that I had enjoyed previously.

See my review from June 29, 2014:

DailyBurn’s Inferno HR is one of their latest program offerings. I reviewed DailyBurn previously on my blog (see here:  https://mistransformation.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/review-of-dailyburn-personalized-fitness-websiteservice/ ) and mentioned the classic Inferno program and how much I liked it.  I like that the women in the workouts aren’t merely there for T&A.  Women are the leaders and the trainers.  It’s nice to watch the boys struggle with this one.

In this latest program, Inferno HR turns up the heat and then some.  Once I completed the first HR workout the endorphins kicked in big time.  It was a rush I had been missing.  Boy am I glad to be back at DailyBurn!

Inferno HR is led by Anja Garcia.  Who else but Anja could bring us something this intense?  Inferno HR is designed to be used with a HeartRate monitor that you can purchase through DB and link it to an app that monitors you while working out. You use your computer/roku, etc. to do your workout and then you are monitored on another device such as your tablet or smart phone.  It looks like a really cool feature and the market isn’t exactly flooded with programs such as this.  I did not use the HeartRate monitor feature myself, but sort of judged how I felt on my own and even took my heart rate manually when possible.  I know this wasn’t as accurate but I wanted to see how I liked the program before I invested in it.  If I do another round, I may buy the monitor.

In Inferno HR there are 4 separate workouts and they are all structured differently.  That is why I liked this program so much.  You were getting something different with each workout.  It wasn’t the same mundane thing all the time.

The zones described below are where your heart rate is.  Zones 0/1 being the lowest and zones 4/5 being the highest.  Zone 5 is the max.

Body Blast  – Two exercises 30 seconds of work/30 seconds of rest each maintaining zone 4 – then combining the moves for 1 minute doing 4 reps each move working to zone 5.   (41:45 total time

  Metcon Challenge Three blocks of exercises maintaining zone 4 then 1 minute of Core work in zone 3 and a 1 minute zone 5 cardio challenge.  (52:32 total time)

Tabata POC – Tabata round is one exercise 8 times through with 20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest working to zone 5 – –  5 exercises 50 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest times through maintaining zone 4– repeating protocol with new exercises.   (51:21 total time)

Build & Burn – Four blocks of  3 rounds of exercises maintaining zone 4 the whole time. (54:06 total time)

You get three active rest days per week total including mobility, yoga and foam rolling.

Anja is a great trainer and likens the workouts to being like your own video game when you can view your heart rate while you are working out to stay in your zone.

After completing the first round of HR I was able to fit back into a pair of my jeans after gaining a bit of winter weight.  I am following this with a round of Classic Inferno and am continuing to get a bit leaner and feeling strong.  I cannot wait to get back to another round of HR.    If these Inferno workouts do not sound like your cup of tea, DailyBurn offers many more programs from True Beginner to Kettlebells, to Tactical Training, Dance and Yoga.  At $10 a month, DailyBurn is a bargain.