Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hammer and Chisel - Week 1 Review and Meal Plan

The Master's Hammer and Chisel week 1 is complete!!  Wahoo!!  Last Monday I started the much anticipated Hammer and Chisel.  Honestly I was really excited for this particular workout.  I have been looking for a new workout that wasn't 100% cardio.  Cardio has been my go-to for a long time, and I absolutely LOVE a good hard cardio workout.  However, over the last year I've been dealing with hypothyroidism and researching the heck out of it.  Come to find out...cardio is NOT my best friend when it comes to hypothyroidism...SO...the search was on, and luckily, Hammer and Chisel was released!!

I will say I was a bit nervous about this workout, simply because I didn't know what to expect.  I was familiar with Autumn and her style of the 21 Day Fix, but I wasn't familiar at all with Sagi!  I was pleasantly surprised!  Personally, Autumn's style in the Hammer and Chisel is more my jam than it was in the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, I don't know what it is, but it just fit me more.  I think it has to do with the workouts all being very different in style that I really like!  Sagi...didn't know what to expect.  However, I could definitely hang with his workouts and actually really liked them and definitely got a great workout in with him too!

Hammer and Chisel Meal Plan, Women's review, www.HealthyFitFocused.com, Julie Little Fitness

Schedule for Week 1:
Monday:  Chisel Balance
OMG...My balance was OFF!!  This one majorly challenged me and my balance basically sucks, I learned!  This just started off my week being really sore!  LOL

Tuesday: Hammer Plyometrics
Plyometrics is not my typical "love" of a workout.  I was pleasantly surprised at this workout because the moves were split up into 30 second increments and definitely doable.  Tough, but doable!

Wednesday:  ISO Strength Chisel
Another great workout.  I have learned by this point that I really need to start increasing my weights.  I got through this workout thinking, I need to challenge myself more than what I have!

Thursday: REST DAY!  P.A.R.T.Y!!!  Yes...the rest day could not have come at a better time!  I needed this!

Friday:  ISO Speed Hammer Ah..yea...this one was hard!  It was 10 reps of a move at regular speed and 10 fast reps right after!  This was tough!!

Saturday:  Chisel Endurance  I am learning that this endurance training is much needed for me because I'm not so strong in this area.  2 rounds, each move last 60 seconds with not much break in between and I was breathing hard for sure!!

Sunday:  Total Body Hammer and 10 Min Ab Hammer  This was kind of your typical "pyramid" workout.  In fact, my hubby had to take a couple days off and is now behind me and saw me doing this workout and said "Oh, that looks like a great workout!"  Which, that's what he is more used to doing in the gym.  But even a girl like me, who was not a "gym rat", did enjoy the workout.  It wasn't my favorite of the week...but definitely doable!  :)

So that's a snap shot of what I did all week with the workouts!  I'm LOVING this program and realize while it's hard, it's doable.  There were things that I had to modify, but that's ok.  I also realized that on many of the moves, I really needed to push myself harder and increase my weights!  I had been so used to using only 10 lb weights for everything because that was all I had, but now that I have heavier weights I have to get used to USING the heavier weights!

On the nutrition side of things...well, I have not followed my plan exactly, so this week, I'm going to be more focused on my nutrition and making sure I get the appropriate containers I need.  I'll share my meal plan below, but I want to let you know that it will look different than my typical past meal plans.  I am in the process of trying to heal my hypothyroidism and really am seeking thyroid supporting foods.  So, you'll see these coming through a lot in my meal plans.  I use potatoes and sweet potatoes for most of my yellow containers and I'm using carrots a lot more than I used to.  The carrots help balance hormones in your body!!  Plus, I'm trying to do less chicken and ground turkey and replace that with more shellfish and white fish.  These are all things that I've researched on my own that have supported thyroid health and so I'm trying to implement those into the containers as much as possible!  So, if you need to make adjustments based on your liking, please see my RECIPES section of my blog for more ideas!

Hammer and Chisel Meal Plan, Women's review, www.HealthyFitFocused.com, Julie Little Fitness

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Hammer and Chisel Week 1 Review and Meal Plan, www.HealthyFitFocused.com, Julie Little Fitness

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