About The Master's Hammer and Chisel
Hosted by Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev, The Master's Hammer and Chisel fitness system can give you the strength, definition, and power you need to sculpt a lean, defined body. Or, as the company claims, a “visually dramatic physique.”
Using SSP (Stabilization, Strength, and Power) Training, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program can transform your body in as little as 60 days, using six different workouts that can be completed in 30-40 minutes (we’ll come back around to this soon).
But will The Master’s Hammer and Chisel system really help “create your own masterpiece,” or will it just create frustration due to a lack of results?
To help you make a more informed decision, we’ll begin with the System’s pricing.
Master’s Hammer & Chisel Availability & Pricing
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program is priced at 3 installments of $29.95, or one single payment of $89.85. Either way, your order will include free S&H.
For this, you’ll receive:
- 12 “hardcore” resistance training workouts (6 from Sagi and another 6 from Autumn)
- Program & Nutrition Guide – According to the website, this includes “your straightforward eating plan, easy-to-make recipes, and expert tips from Sagi and Autumn on how to get the most out of your workouts.”
- Quick Start Guide
- 7 color-coded portion control containers
- 24/7 online support, including nutrition tips and personalized fitness advice from real experts.
All Beachbody products come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call customer service at (800) 207-0420.
Speaking of the company, we’ve reviewed many of the most popular Beachbody programs here at HighYa, and generally, know the right questions to ask so that you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.
First up, the experts behind The Master’s Hammer and Chisel system.
Who Are Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev?
Autumn Calabrese is a fitness professional, celebrity trainer, and national-level bikini competitor. She’s been with Beachbody (more about them shortly) for a fair amount of time, and boasts her own programs such as 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme.
Sagi Kalev is another fitness professional (both a trainer and a model) who’s been pursuing bodybuilding in the US since 1993, and is even a former two-time Mr. Israel. Kali is host of Beachbody’s Body Beast program.
Regardless of these two professionals’ backgrounds, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel claims to work using something called SSP (Stabilization, Strength, and Power) Training. Will it help you achieve the results you want?
What Is Stabilization, Strength, and Power Training?
Unlike the muscle activation used in Autumn’s videos, or the Dynamic Set Training featured in Sagi’s, Stabilization, Strength, and Power (SSP) training doesn’t appear to be an actual “thing” outside of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program.
With this said, here’s a brief overview of what you’ll find in each of the program’s workouts. First, Sagi will help you increase muscle mass:
- Hammer Conditioning – Compound movement-based exercises that “improve stability, coordination, and strength.”
- Hammer Power – “Increase speed, reactive strength, and power” using intense powerlifting exercises.
- Max Hammer Strength – Here, you’ll “increase strength, power, and muscular development” by pre-fatiguing your muscle and then maximizing your lift.
- Hammer Plyometrics – Use your entire body to “create force, speed, and power.”
- Total Body Hammer – Sagi will help you maximize strength and muscle growth using hypertrophy and pyramid-style sets.
- ISO Speed Hammer – Using isometrics, you’ll undergo tempo training to “create strength and grow muscle.”
Then, Autumn well help sculpt your new muscles and make them “pop”:
- Chisel Balance – This workout will focus on improving your stabilization, muscular endurance, and core strength by exercising your entire body.
- ISO Strength Chisel – Increases flexibility and strength by utilizing resistance and isometric holds.
- Chisel Endurance – Using time-under-tension, you’ll be able to increase muscular endurance and strength.
- Chisel Cardio – “Increase heart rate, circulation, and burn an intense amount of calories” using cardiovascular resistance.
- Chisel Agility – Another cardio workout that will improve your quickness, coordination, and stabilization. This one’s challenging!
- Total Body Chisel – Create strength and lean muscle will this full-body resistance workout.
Along with your order, you’ll also receive 2 bonus workouts:
- 10 Minute Ab Hammer – Adds definition and strengthens your core.
- 10 Minute Ab Chisel – Floor-based “core crusher” exercises that will “transform your midsection.”
Whew! That’s a whole lot of fitness-speak! But what in the world does it all mean? So that you can fully understand exactly what you’re getting with The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, let’s briefly explore some of these terms in greater detail.
Your Master’s Hammer & Chisel Glossary
Although it might sound complex, cardiovascular exercises are simply ones that increase your heart rate. Specifically, “Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level.”
Remember this heart rate point, because we’ll come back around to it at the end.
Although there doesn’t appear to be any exercises formally labeled as “cardio resistance,” it’s likely that this workout involves a mix of cardiovascular exercises with weight resistance (whether using separate weights or your own bodyweight).
As the name implies, full-body resistance (also known as total-body resistance) aims to strengthen every muscle in your body in a single workout. This not only works your muscles, but also strengthens your cardiovascular system.
Isometric exercises are performed “in one position without movement,” and work by contracting “a particular muscle or group of muscles.”
Despite their usefulness in rehabilitation settings, since they can help maintain muscle strength, isometric exercises generally aren’t considered ideal for building strength.
Tempo training is all about timing. Generally, you’ll speed up the lifting portion of a rep, while slowing down the lowering portion. The goal? To “engage the greatest number of muscle fibers and build strength, speed and size.”
Have you ever heard the term atrophy before? In this context, it basically means shrinking muscle.
Well, hypertrophy is the exact opposite, and is typically achieved through a combination of strength training and aerobic training.
A pyramid’s shape can be used to describe everything from illegal scams to the government’s food guidelines.
But in this instance, pyramid sets involve an inverse relationship between the weight you’re using and the number of reps you’re performing. In other words, you’ll start with a lower weight and perform a certain number of reps. Then, as you increase your weight, you’ll do less reps.
Time under tension (TUT) references the amount of time your muscles are being worked during a given exercise. And by straining your muscles for longer periods of time, “you can cause extensive muscle breakdown leading to sleeve-busting muscles.”
Pre-fatigue, or pre-exhaustion, training involves performing isometric exercises (which we already discussed) before getting to your “real” lifting. This way, the muscles you’re trying to build will be “overloaded” (i.e. already exhausted).
As a result, you’ll make sure you’re working the exact muscle group you need, without worrying about other muscles becoming overloaded too early and reducing the effectiveness of your workout.
At its most basic, powerlifting is “a sport in which the objective is simply to lift as much weight as possible.”
As relates to The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, this likely means that you’ll try to lift as much weight as you can in different exercises. Usually, this might involve a combination of squats, dead lifts, and bench press.
The opposite of isometric (read: isolation) exercises, compound movements are defined as, “Any exercise that engages two or more different joints to fully stimulate entire muscle groups and … multiple muscles.” The benefit is that “the whole body is forced to work systemically, thus producing a system-wide, or total-body, effect.”
With all of this out of the way, are customers raving over The Master’s Hammer and Chisel—or just stark raving mad over their lack of results?
Customer Feedback for Autumn & Sagi’s Other Programs
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel was just released December 2015. And considering that it’s a 60-day program, there hadn’t been enough time for online customer reviews to appear at the time of our research. For now though, what’s the feedback for these trainers’ other programs?
On HighYa, 21 Day Fix had an average rating of 2 stars at the time of our research. However, nearly all of these referenced Beachbody’s billing practices (recurring charges, difficulty stopping autoship programs, processing orders without the customer’s consent), while only a handful referenced the program itself.
Of these, some complaints included failure to experience results and that it wasn’t vegetarian-friendly.
Sagi’s Body Beast program fared better with an average rating of 3.3 stars, although there were only three customer reviews. Here, the most common compliment cited positive results, although one customer claimed they experienced billing problems.
From a company perspective, Beachbody LLC based out of Santa Monica, CA, had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau despite more than 500 closed complaints (as of 12/18/15).
As with Autumn and Sagi’s programs, most BBB complaints seemed to reference billing problems, whether related to overcharges, receiving add-ons they didn’t request, or difficulty obtaining refunds.
Given all this, should you eagerly await The Master’s Hammer and Chisel release date, or should you choose something else and get started now?
Is The Master’s Hammer & Chisel the Right Program for You?
In many of the other Beachbody programs we’ve reviewed, three of the most common pieces of customer feedback include:
- To achieve maximum results, they often take more time (whether daily or the number of workouts you’ll need to complete per week) than advertised,
- That like any other fitness programs, what you eat generally has a greater impact on what you achieve than the exercises you do, and
- That you should probably be fairly fit before beginning.
Regarding these last two points, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel does come with portion control containers to help you eat the right amount of food. It’s also claimed to include a customizable nutrition system that gives “the precise science of how to eat for results.”
But exactly how customizable is the nutrition system? How well does it show you what to eat (instead of just how much to eat)? Until more customer reviews flow in, there’s no way to know. But keep this in mind:
Achieving your fitness goals isn’t just about portion control; it’s about eating the right foods at the right time, whether you’re looking to bulk up or slim down. After all, you could fill your portion control containers with nothing but donuts, and although you’re eating the right portions, this definitely wouldn’t give you the results you’re after.
Referencing your current level of fitness: Most of Beachbody’s programs are well known for their intensity, so if you haven’t exercised in a long while or have movement problems (e.g. joint or back pain), you’ll definitely want to speak with your doctor before beginning.
Finally, what extra equipment will you need to get the most out of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program? There isn’t any mention on the program’s website, but it appears you’ll need at least a few different dumbbells. And because maintaining heart rate is so important during cardio exercises, you might want to invest in a quality heart rate monitor as well (you can find inexpensive options for less than $30 at just about any sporting goods store).
Did you give The Master’s Hammer and Chisel a go? What are your thoughts? Did you achieve any results? Did it meet your expectations? Whatever it is, tell us about it by writing a review below!
11 out 17 people found this review helpful
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So I have been using Beach Body products for about 5 years now. I started with Shawn T and Insanity and loved it. It was intense and I finished every workout exhausted and motivated at the same time. I progressed to Insanity the Asylum both Volumes 1 and 2 and was equally impressed with the results both physically and psychologically. They were different than Insanity but provided the same feelings of accomplishment.
As I slimmed down I missed the muscles I once had from being a regular weight lifter. I tried Body Beast. It provided what I wanted in terms of muscular physique, but basically threw cardio out the window.
Now onto M H&C. I was really looking forward to this product as I hoped it would finally combine the two things I loved about Body Beast and Insanity; the pump from lifting and the cardio blast from Shawn T.
Granted, I am only one week into the program, it is falling a bit flat. The routines are almost too manageable at 30-40 minutes a piece. I am probably going to try and squeeze 2 workouts in each 1 hour session I have available to workout.
I wish this program would have been the challenge I was looking for. That being said, Beach Body needs to appeal to its long time customers more. Most of what they produce is geared toward people looking to start a fitness program and not to advance one.
For those of us who are accustomed to using Beach Body programs, or who are generally pretty fit, it would be great to have available a more advanced program or have options spelled out by the pro trainers as to how to make their programs more advanced.
It may just be me, but nothing feels better then wanting to collapse at the end of a workout and feeling like I did some real work. Master's Hammer and Chisel could provide this if they made the program more difficult. Plus, results would come in no time.
I would recommend this product with one caveat. Be prepared to make some modifications to the schedule to make it more challenging. Other wise it feels like you are just going through the motions.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend