Hammer and Chisel: Before you get started

Hello friends!

We just finished the first week of Hammer and Chisel (HC)! Personally, I love it so far. A few friends have asked me what I think of the workout, so I want to break it down in a few posts.

A few things before you commit to this workout; you need weights, they don’t call it hammer and chisel for nothing. Erik and I have accumulated weights over time so we didn’t have to drop a huge lump of cash on getting a bunch of weights. We have 5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 35 and 45 lb weights. By the end of the first month I feel like we are going to need to get some 55 lb weights so Erik can push his limits! Weights are expensive, I know, but if you want the results you need the right weights. If you are trying to save a little cash, you can get the adjustable weights, which will run you anywhere from $80-$350.  The only problem with these weights; if you are working out with a partner who also needs the weights at the same time, you have to buy two sets. Alternatively, if you are a member of a gym, you can take your laptop or tablet (if you get beach body on demand) and do the workouts at the gym.

Another thing you might need is a bench. We have been using an ab ball and out flat ottoman (not recommended by beachbody), but I think we are going to be investing in a bench in the next few days. Again if you are trying to save a little money, the ab ball works really well, and they show modifications using the ab ball (I will continue to use the ab ball while Erik uses the bench).

I have also been thinking about getting my weight lifting gloves back out. It might seem silly but the grip might help me lift heavier weights. Probably not, but at least I will look like a bad a$$.

In general, when I look at the 60 day calendar it’s not designed like the P90x series, which is what drew me to the workouts in the first place. What I mean by that is, Monday’s aren’t always the same workout for four weeks, then you change to something else. Take a look for yourself.


This is awesome for a few reasons; the main one being that if I don’t particularly like a certain workout (hello P90x3 agility) I don’t dread a certain day of the week for four weeks. *disclaimer, I still love the P90 series, and I am not putting it down; just giving you my honest opinion.* Another reason I love HC is the varying workout lengths. Maybe for me it’s just a mental thing (probably), but it gives the workout series a bit of variety. I also love the rest day. One thing about the rest day, it is on day 4, so currently our rest day is on Thursdays, which isn’t too bad, but I wish I would have thought it through a little more and started on a Wednesday or Thursday, so the rest days falls on a weekend. For now, it works for us. I think if we decide to redo the 60 days after we complete it this time around, we will change the start date.


Alright I think that is all the “Before you get started” information I wanted to share with you all today.  Check back tomorrow when I break down each of the workouts.

PS: It’s not too late to join my Fit-uary challenge group. Shoot me an email at myrunningthoughts(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.


I hope you all have a great day!



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