Let’s Get Chiseled: Beachbody’s Hammer and Chisel – Week Two Day 8 Chisel Cardio
Woo hoo!! I started the day today with a weigh-in and found I am down 3 pounds this week. That is a great way to start into week two of the Master’s Hammer and Chisel workout. I haven’t taken my measurements other than weight, but I am on a good road I can feel it. It’s meant turning down some treats here and there, which is frustrating, but I can’t have it both ways.
This workout is done by Autumn Calabrese, The Chisel. She has designed a 40-minute workout to include both cardio and weights. When I saw cardio on the line-up, I was at first a little bummed. I wasn’t in the mood for an intense jumping around cardio session.
Most of the moves today included weights, which I’m happy about. Muscles, it seems, are necessary to kick-start the metabolism. I’m very interested in both losing weight and gaining some muscle definition, so this is a good way to go about it. Plus, the cardio moves with the weights meant I wasn’t primarily jumping around (yay!)
Like most of the workouts in this Hammer and Chisel program so far, there is a heavy reliance on equipment. I am slowly growing accustomed to the equipment usage, but I do miss the ability to just hit play and get going. But, without the weights and such, I wouldn’t be able to increase the muscle mass as well. I still have not gone out to buy a bench, stability ball, or something I’d really like to get: the pull-up assistance band. I’m just not very good at pull-ups yet! Anyway, the equipment usage means I need to spend a bit more time setting up and tearing down to accommodate the workout. It still is WAY faster than driving to the gym, but it definitely has put me on a slightly tighter schedule. It’s making it hard to keep up writing about my workouts daily!
There are two rounds with 8 moves in each. One minute for each move and they are in quick succession. Obviously, we began with the warm-up.
Over-the-top is a weighted move that has you stepping up onto a bench and back down. Since I don’t have a bench, I have been following the modifier.
Pull-ups: Sixty seconds of pull-ups is tough for me! I definitely hope all this practice with them will make me better towards the end of these 8 weeks!
Dumbbell Swing: This is a modified kettle ball swing. Basically the same idea. At this point, I began to have an increased heart rate.
Figure-8: This is a neat move that starts as a C-position sit. Add a weight and work your obliques with a figure-8 pattern.
Burpee: Yep. Burpees. One minute each round. Get it!
Sword Pull Left and Right: This one was tough. It’s a side lunge combined with a “sword pull” using a weight of your choice. I was using 10 pounds and it was definitely tough towards the end. My arms were jelly afterward!
Forearm Plank Kick: Get down on your forearms into a plank position and bring each leg up to work your obliques. Usually, I am pretty good at this move, but at the end of this workout, I had to take some breaks!
Side Step Up Kick Left and Right: Using the bench, you keep on foot on the bench and squat and the other comes up and does a fancy kick. Again, this can be done without the bench. I basically did a one legged squat and then kicked with the opposite leg. A leg burner for sure.