It’s that time again– Monday morning means we’ve kicked off yet another week of Hammer and Chisel. We’re on our official last full week of the program, but will be doing another round because we like it so much, with the deluxe add-ons that we didn’t get the first time around (some new workouts and some medicine ball workouts), so it will be fun to see continued change.
Ben especially is starting to see major changes in his muscle gains now that we’re seven weeks in– although his weight hasn’t really changed. Like I mentioned last week, he’s on the “Maintain” plan, so even though he is definitely building muscle, his nutrition has matched it. One of the things that I love the most about Beachbody programs is the level of expertise that they put into developing them– not only on the workout side, but also nutrition. Meal planning and following the nutrition guide can definitely be the hardest for people, but if you stick with it, you will see the results you’re looking for.
A couple essentials for us through this program have been Shakeology– it’s a quick healthy meal that counts as a protein and we throw veggies in it too– easy peasy and so good! Also, the Performance Line that I’ve mentioned before. I personally love taking Energize right before my early morning workouts because it wakes me up and helps me push harder, and the caffeine in it is from green tea, so it’s not loaded with weird chemicals that make me shaky. The Recovery formula (that we’re drinking in the top photo), we take after our heavy lifting days and it tastes like chocolate milk 🙂 It helps you not be sore and allows your body to recover more quickly– I know there are SO many days that I should have been so sore and I have barely felt it. Finally, lifting gloves! You do so much with weights that unless you’ve got nice beefy callouses built up on your hands, I would do yourself a favor and use these– especially for the Hammer portions of the program!
This video is from one of my favorite workouts– Max Hammer Strength. You do 60 seconds of a move un-weighted, and then do the same move with 8 reps of heavy weights. It sounds easier than it is! I love how there is so much variety in this program. You can see our meal plan for the week below (click to enlarge). This week is exceptionally busy for me at work, and so I’ve kept it pretty simple and with a lot of repeats from previous weeks.
I’ll be kicking off my next challenge group for this program soon, and it’s ONLY on sale for a week more. If you’ve been tossing around the idea of trying it out, you definitely need to! Fill out the application below for more information: