Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev have teamed up to create a new, advanced workout routine. The new at-home strength building Hammer and Chisel workout program blends agility, endurance, and killer strength training for max results.
What I liked (and disliked): My Hammer & Chisel Review
I completed this program after completing the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I definitely think it’s more advanced than the 21 Day Fix or Body Beast. It’s a similar level as the 21 Day Fix Extreme, but it is heavier in the strength aspect.
The variety of workouts in this program is amazing. There are 18 workouts in the Deluxe Kit! I never felt bored, and I was more sore with this workout program than I had been in years. I completed the original program, and then the Chisel Calendar.
Each workout challenged me in a new way. The Master Chisel (Autumn) workouts were the hardest for me. Each master hammer workout (Sagi’s) is still a challenge, but it’s because you’re lifting so heavy. Autumn’s challenged me cardiovascularly and on my balance – which are weaknesses of mine anyways.
After completing one round, I decided to follow the “Chisel Calendar.” The program is broken down to do 1 round of Hammer & Chisel, then depending on your goals, you can choose to do a 30-day calendar of just Hammer workouts for max strength or Chisel for a more toned look. I personally did the Chisel Body Calendar just to improve my cardio while still getting strength in.
I did notice when I was in my 3rd month just doing Chisel workouts I was lifting the same weights at Autumn or even a little heavier!
The Master Cardio workout was awesome on busy days. It’s about 18 minutes, but it will have you huffing, puffing, and burning! It’s a GREAT go-to workout! You can tell Master Hammer isn’t used to working out at the high level of cardio Autumn does. :P
I also like that the meal plan works with the 21 Day Fix. I started the 21 Day Fix in 2014, and I have been stuck on that meal plan. It’s so easy! The Hammer & Chisel meal plan is about the same.
Things I Didn’t Like
I didn’t care for the Hammer Power workout. It includes powerlifting which I liked, but I do think the form is hard to master at home without supervision. I had to go with really light weights for proper form, and I worry someone will hurt themselves. I started swapping it out for a Deluxe workout instead.
Watch your bench. I ordered the exact bench they use, and sometimes mine felt a little wobbly. If you feel ever out of control, modify.
I needed more arm workouts. Now some may say, you’re doing push-ups, pull-ups, and other upper body moves. In these moves, your shoulders, triceps, and biceps are assisting (aka working), but I really do think it is more of a lower-body focused program. With that said, you still work those smaller upper body workouts, and it wouldn’t stop me from doing this program again.
Streaming Hammer and Chisel on Beachbody on Demand
Beachbody just released a new Beachbody on Demand All Access Pass where you can stream every Beachbody workout with a yearly membership. It’s super simple to stream any workout, including Hammer & Chisel, and it allows you to try new workouts throughout the year. It’s actually cheaper than buying some of the DVD-based kits as well.
You can check out more about Beachbody on Demand here with my full review.
The Hammer and Chisel Workout FAQ
The Hammer & Chisel workout is designed to “build powerful muscle, shed body fat, and build a ripped, statue-perfect physique” just like a fitness competitor would do.
Will there be a modifier in each Hammer and Chisel workout?
Yes! There will also be a modifier to help you get started with the program. The modifier also shows you what to do or use if you don’t have all of the equipment (barbell, dumbbells, and a step).
How long is the program?
It’s a 60-Day Program. There is only 1 calendar for the program, but once you’ve completed one round you can choose to do an additional 30 Day “Chisel” or 30 Day “Hammer” schedule to maximize your results. The Hammer schedule will focus on building more muscle. In contrast, the Chisel schedule will help define your muscles.
Each schedule has you working out 6 days a week. This is the 60-Day Hammer and Chisel Calendar:
You can also do a 30 Day Chisel Calendar or 30 Day Hammer Calendar. I’m starting the Chisel one now! Get my meal plan for it here.
How long are the Hammer and Chisel workouts?
Hammer & Chisel includes 14 workouts on 6 DVDs, and each workout is about 40 minutes. You can also choose the Deluxe Kit for an additional 4 workouts. The workouts are high intensity so we’ll be burning a lot of calories and lifting very heavy for a short workout.
|14 Chisel and Hammer Workouts||Length of Time|
|Iso Strength Chisel||36:39|
|Total Body Chisel||36:04|
|Iso Speed Hammer||24:11|
|Total Body Hammer||43:48|
|Max Hammer Strength||36:53|
|10 Min Ab Chisel||10:56|
|10 Min Ab Hammer||12:29|
|BONUS Workout From a Coach Like Us!|
|The Master’s Cardio||17:38|
|Hammer Build Up||32:59|
|15 Min Leg Hammer||18:41|
|15 Min Glute Chisel||17:53|
What do I need for a Chisel and Hammer workout?
You’ll need, dumbbells, a pull-up bar (or a door attachment with exercise band), and either a weight bench or stability ball.
Sagi highly suggests investing in a weight bench and says that is a “mandatory item,” but using a stability ball can also help core stability and strength.
You’ll also want to use your printable workout sheets (included with the program) so you can track your progress.
Can you use Fixate and the 21 Day Fix container system? What does the meal plan look like?
Yes, you’ll be able to use both! The Hammer & Chisel workout program will incorporate the containers, and it will also have a path for building muscle mass and one focused on getting shredded. Here’s our review of Fixate if you haven’t heard about Autumn’s cookbook.
Here is a sampling of the foods included in each container:
- Green is for veggies.
- Purple is your fruit.
- Red is for protein.
- Yellow is your starches.
- Blue and Oranges are healthy fats.
Is there a sample meal plan?
Yes, it is included within the nutritional guide. If you choose to order Hammer & Chisel from us on this page, you’ll also receive our sample plan in our challenge group! Once you’ve ordered, just email email@example.com for your sample meal plan.
How many calories are you eating?
When you order Chisel and Hammer, the Quick Start guide has a breakdown to decide your caloric intake based on your gender, activity level, and current weight. I’m eating 1200-1,499 calories as a sedentary woman at 117lbs wanting to maintain my weight. The plan is broken down into containers though for ease and max results….it’s best to do the containers so you know you are hitting all of your macronutrients!
What will you gain with the program?
You’ll look good, and also able to perform and be an athlete. You’ll gain endurance, balance, agility, flexibility, and power lifting for your strength.
I’m so excited for this pair to really kick up my results. Both are so focused on intensity and proper form, but they also keep it fun and motivating.
How much does Hammer and Chisel cost?
2. Deluxe Kit includes everything above plus a medicine ball and advanced workouts for $179.70.
3. Hammer & Chisel Shakeology Challenge Pack You can get either the base kit plus Shakeology and a 30 day club membership with Beachbody on Demand here.
Who are the trainers?
Besides creating 2 of the most popular workout programs separately, Autumn and Sagi have won fitness competitions for years. Sagi has named Mr. Israel twice and appeared on Muscle & Fitness over 10 times. Autumn is a national-level bikini competitor and also a sought-after celebrity trainer.
Hammer is the Beast’s part of the program (weights) and Chisel is Autumn’s. It’s 2 different programs in one for max results. They worked out together and built the program together.
Along with a 60 Day money back guarantee, you’ll also have access to our Challenge Group with support, meal plan options, recipes, tips, and even prizes!
Just use the link below and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your private invite!
- Hammer & Chisel Challenge Pack (Base kit + Shakeology) $20 off!
- Performance Hammer & Chisel Challenge Pack
- Base Kit
- Deluxe Kit
- Check out Beachbody on Demand Review for Streaming Options
- Challenge Pack + Sign up to Coach for Free!
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