Working Out January 2016


The month of January is almost over – it seems like this month went by very fast to me.  I have now completed three full weeks of the Hammer and Chisel workout program and started week 4 yesterday.  So far I am really liking the program and seeing good results.

Hammer and Chisel dvd's, booklet and containers

The workouts are classified as Hammer workouts or Chisel workouts.  Basically you alternate one day of a Hammer workout with Sagi and the next day a Chisel workout with Autumn.  I am not sure which workout I like the best so far.  I do know that Total Body Hammer, Hammer Conditioning and Total Body Chisel are probably my top three picks as of now.  Most of the workouts involve heavy weights at some point in the workout but there are a couple that do not require any weights.  I also bought the Deluxe workout dvd’s and this week, week 4, some of those are being incorporated into the workout as an option if you have them.  It is nice to change it up a bit.

Total Body Chisel Workout Week 3 Kimberlees Korner

Hammer Conditioning Workout Week 2 Kimberlees Korner

The workouts are all pretty much an intermediate level form of exercise.  They range in time from 26 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the workout.  Some days you add on one of the 10 minute ab workouts after completing the workout for that day – there is a 10 minute Ab Hammer and a 10 minute Ab Chisel workout on each dvd.

There are some great motivational quotes and sayings throughout all the workouts from Autumn and Sagi.    One of them from Hammer Plyo workout from Sagi is “Pain is Temporary.”  Hammer Plyo is a very intense workout and the quote fits the workout – it is tough but the pain is temporary and the results are worth the effort.  Another one from Sagi and Total Body Hammer is “Never Ever Give Up.”  A quote from Autumn that I really like is “No one ever got chiseled by sitting on their butt.”  This is so true – if you want to get in shape and feel better about yourself you are going to have to put in the effort and time and workout – do something every day to become a healthier person.  She also talks in one of the workouts how you have to choose your “hard.”  Working out every day is hard but so is being overweight and unhappy about your health – you pick your “hard.”

Grapefruit Sharp Juice
Grapefruit Sharp Juice – juice 3 grapefruits, 2 lemons, 2 limes

I have also been trying to use my juicer at least once or twice a week to help me get more fruits and vegetables in my diet.  With Hammer and Chisel there is an eating plan you follow and for my plan, plan B, I need to have 4 vegetables a day and 3 fruits.  The program comes with the containers to measure your food – as seen in the photo above at the beginning of the post.  You really begin to understand portion control and see how much you should be eating per serving whether it is protein, carbs, vegetables, fruits or condiments and dressings.  I think that by using the containers and following the eating plan pretty closely the past month plus using the workouts six days a week I have been able to lose inches around my hips and thighs – so far I have lost one inch from each area (hips and thighs) in just one month.

One of the other benefits of the workouts is how much stronger I am getting and I notice I am starting to be able to go up in my weights for some of the exercises.  I am looking forward to another month of Hammer and Chisel for February and to see my end results.

What workout are you currently doing?  Let me know by leaving a reply.


10 Replies to “Working Out January 2016”

  1. Wow it looks like you are really doing a lot of working out! I just started doing my elliptical machine this week after not doing it for a long time.! Take care.

  2. I started the 21-day fix in the middle of January…I lost 5 pounds the first week and then felt like since I was doing good I could ease up a bit, and have gained it all back. I really need to just stay away from the scale…when I am doing bad I lose motivation, but then when I am winning just a little bit I think I need a reward. Both are bad trains of thought, I know, and I need to change them. I am going to get back to working out and eating right…I have seriously considered getting the Hammer and Chisel workout because I LOVE lifting…it’s the cardio that I really hate, but I know it takes a combination.

    Thanks so much for this post, and thanks for linking up to Fitness Friday on Drops of Learning. Hope to see you back tomorrow.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Miranda. I really like the Hammer & Chisel program. It is mainly lifting weights but a couple of the workouts are more cardio based. I have never done a lifting workout for this long before – usually I alternate a cardio day, then a weight day then a day of yoga – so doing just heavy lifting each day is different for me and seeing good results. I also like the container system – like for 21 day fix – it comes with H & C and it is helping me control portions a lot better. I hope you are able to get back to 21 day fix – I think it takes about 4 weeks to really make it a habit and to see results. Joining facebook groups that are doing the same program helps too.

  3. Looks like a really intense work-out. I haven’t worked out in a while but his is definitely inspiring! thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party.

  4. Staying in shape is one of my resolutions this year. Thanks for sharing your workout tips! I haven’t done weights in a long time, but I’m thinking of buying one soon.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nicole. This workout is a good one so far – sticking with it for the 8 week program is a long time but there is variety in the workouts so it keeps me interested. I don’t like workouts that repeat the same 5 or 6 things week after week. Good luck with your resolution.

  5. I hopped by from Let’s Get Real! Like many others, working out more and better is one of my New Year Resolutions so I was inspired by your Working Out January 2016 post and pictures! I like to work out on the treadmill on an incline or I take various exercise classes including cardio-toning sessions and Zumba. Good luck with your efforts!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Deborah. I love doing cardio and toning as well. I have never done Zumba. My mom is currently doing Zumba for seniors and she loves it.

  6. Wow sounds like great workouts. I walk a lot most days and do my pushups. Then do one day of HIIT. It is just right for me. Love the “pick your hard” comment. It is true, being unhealthy is very hard and time consuming. Keep going, Kimberlee.

    1. Thanks for your comment Karen. I enjoy HIIT workouts, too. Yes, I have 4 more weeks to go with the Hammer and Chisel – plan to keep going and finish the program.

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