Push Play

Can you believe that it’s already mid-June? Summer is just around the corner. Seriously, where has the time gone?

If you’re like me you’re probably panicking about fitting into last year’s swimsuit – who am I kidding? Try last week’s jeans! I’ve slacked a bit on my health and fitness game, but hey, nobody’s perfect and it happens. It may be because I can’t get enough kettle cooked salt and vinegar chips, but it happens.

My fiancΓ© and I (yes, fiancΓ© now!) are going away for his 27th birthday this August. We’ll be spending 8 days soaking up the sun in Miami Beach and drinking butterbeer at Universal Studios. So I definitely need to do a little work to get back in shape – so I can look great at the beach and double up on the butter beers, duh…

I wish I could tell you that there was a skinny pill that gave you the perfect body overnight, but I can’t. Although, if you find one, let me know!

One workout program I can really advocate for is Beachbody’s Hammer & Chisel. I’m in week two of eight as I write this. You get real results in record time, but as my coach told me, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

In short, the program runs for 56 days (or 8 weeks, whichever sounds more appealing) wth Thursdays as your rest day (so basically 48 days), and you use containers to portion food for the duration. If you’re familiar with the 21 Day Fix, you’re one step ahead because it follows the same container breakdown.

You use weights, your body weight, and resistance to slim down, tone up, and build muscle. It really works. This is NOT a beginner workout. It’s not easy, but it is enjoyable. At one point I was waking up around 4:30am to get the workouts in (totally not ideal, but you gotta do what you gotta do).

If you get your fitness and nutrition on point, you are bound to be happier with your appearance and your health in just two short months. The time is going to pass anyway – might as well put it to good use.

Cost

  • Program – $89.95 + s&h
  • Program & Shakeology – $180 + s&h
  • Program & Performance Pack – $180 + s&h

Before You Begin

Make sure to track your results! Take your measurements, weigh yourself, and figure out your container breakdown (keep reading for details).

Nutrition 

Start each day off right – with breakfast. This can be a shake or another healthier option like avocado toast or eggs. (For info on Shakeology, check out my honest review.)

Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. The program comes with a recipe booklet with dishes such as almond crusted chicken and berry quinoa parfait. I love the strawberry pb oatmeal from the 21 Day Fix booklet. Anything with pb has my vote.

Use a simple formula to figure out your container breakdown. Here’s mine: 4R (protein), 3G (veggies), 2P (fruits), 2Y (carbs), 1B (healthy fats), 1O (nuts and seeds), 2tsp (oils). This turns out to be PLENTY of food. But, if you are still hungry, and a glass of water doesn’t do the trick, add another green or red.

About that water, make sure you are drinking plenty throughout the day – at least half of your body weight. It will help cut down on hunger and keep you hydrated during intense workouts.

Equipment

  • A set of weights – light, medium, and heavy. You will be increasing weight as the workouts progress.
  • A workout bench or stability ball. FYI the ball is harder. (I’m using a combination of The Step and a ball in place of the bench and it’s working out fine.)
  • Resistance band or a towel.
  • Chin-up bar or bands with door attachment kit.
  • Yoga mat (optional, but good for some of the ground workouts).

Make sure you also have a good pair of sneakers that offer support and comfort. I was able to snag these up at Dick’s Sporting Goods for a great price – talk about motivation. And they have memory foam, so all of my jumps are super cushy!

The Workouts

When do you like working out? I prefer the morning so I can get it done and get on with my day. If I had to wait until I came home from work I just wouldn’t do it. It may suck and it may take a lot of self bribery (if I get up now I’ll buy that $25 lipstick I’ve been wanting from Sephora), but no one’s ever regreted a good workout.

These workouts are INTENSE – it’s worth saying again and I’d be lying if I told you otherwise. But if I can do them, anyone can do them. You’ll work up a good sweat. You might want to quit. Don’t.

Times range from 24 minutes to 45 and once or twice a week there will be an extra 10-minute ab workout on top. You will get stronger every day, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t get through 5 minutes without taking a break. The workouts are HARD. Take breaks when you need to, but finish them.

The Trainers

Sagi Kalev – Body Builder, Master Professional Trainer, and creator of Body Beast

Autumn Calabrese – Celebrity Fitness Trainer and creator of the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME

The Results

You can definitely expect to look and feel more toned. My butt took a good hit with this one, so no complaints on my end. This is the only program that kept me engaged, gave me great results, and made me come back for a second round. I can’t recommend it enough. But, if it doesn’t work for you, Beachbody offers a 30-day money back guarantee (less shipping and handling).

So, don’t wait until the day before you leave for vacation to wish you had started months ago. Push play today!

 

***I know you know, but I have to say it anyway…always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise, fitness, and/or diet program.

 

 

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