Updated 3/28/16: After 3-4 weeks of doing the Master’s Hammer and Chisel – Insanity Max:30 Hybrid I decided to revise it. The original schedule focused primarily on the Chisel workouts in Weeks 1-4 and then Hammer in Weeks 6-9. I prefer to alternate between Chisel and Hammer more frequently so Revision 1 incorporates that change.
Susan and I are finishing up our first round of the Master’s Hammer and Chisel program and can’t wait to do it again. We miss Shaun T, however, so I decided to come up with this Hammer & Chisel / Max:30 Hybrid.
Master’s Hammer and Chisel Review
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel (H&C) is a collaboration between Sagi Kalev (Body Beast) and Autumn Calabrese (21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme). Here is what you get:
H&C Base Kit
- 7 workouts designed and led by Sagi (the “Hammer”) that cover the range from Plyometrics to Strength to Power; also includes Sagi’s 10 minute Ab Hammer routine.
- 8 workouts designed and led by Autumn (the “Chisel”) that cover Agility, Balance, Endurance, Cardio, Power as well as Strength; also includes Autumn’s 10 minute ab routine.
- The Beast Total Body workout from Sagi’s popular Body Beast program.
- The Dirty 30 Extreme workout from Autumn’s popular 21 Day Fix Extreme program.
- The Master’s Cardio bonus disk which is a workout where Sagi and Autumn appear together (available only if you ordered through your Team Beachbody Coach, not included if purchased directly from Beachbody or Amazon).
- Autumn’s revolutionary color coded container portion control eating plan.
- Click Here to get the Hammer & Chisel Base Kit
- 2 additional workouts led by Sagi, “Hammer Build Up” and “15 Minute Leg Hammer”.
- 2 additional workouts led by Autumn, “Power Chisel” and “15 Minute Glute Chisel”.
- an 8 pound medicine ball is available as an option with the Deluxe DVD.
- Click Here to get the Deluxe Upgrade Package
- Click Here to get the Deluxe Workouts only
Other than the special Leg Hammer, Glute Chisel and ab routines all of the workouts are total body workouts which work most if not all of your muscles–there are no specific body part routines like the Arms or Shoulders routines in Body Beast.
The H&C workout schedule is unique among Beachbody programs in that there doesn’t appear to be any structure to it. You will do total body workouts on successive days, you may work abs three days in a row, and the endurance, strength and power workouts are interleaved seemingly at random. For us that took a while to adjust to since we are used to the repeating 7-day cycles of most programs. The program started off with fairly easy workouts but by the 5th day became a lot more challenging.
There’s not much to say about Max:30 other than it offers the most difficult cardio routines available in the Beachbody universe. To read my comparison between Max:30, Focus T25 and the original Insanity, see my P90X3/Max:30 Hybrid post.
Hammer & Chisel / Max:30 Hybrid Schedule
The whole point of putting hybrid schedules together is to be able to assemble a schedule of favorite workouts in a logical fashion while eliminating workouts that I feel just “don’t cut it”. It’s also a way to incorporate more traditional high intensity cardio with our favorite resistance workouts, and that’s what I did with this schedule. Here are some highlights on the schedule:
- The schedule uses a predictable, repeating 7-day cycle similar to P90X and P90X3.
- This is a 10-week schedule with two 5-week phases.
The first phase is the “Chisel Phase” where the resistance workouts all belong to Autumn on Days 1, 3 and 5. The second phase is the “Hammer Phase” featuring Sagi’s best resistance routines on the same days of the week.Revised 3/28/16: Both phases alternate between “Chisel Weeks” and “Hammer Weeks” which employ the best Chisel and Hammer workouts on Days 1, 3, and 5.
- Insanity Max:30 is primarily used for the high intensity cardio 2 or 3 days per week. The Month 1 Max:30 workouts are used in the Phase 1, and the Month 2 workouts are used in Phase 2.
- Week 5 is a Recovery Week between the two phases, and Week 10 is a Victory Week where you taper to the finish.
- 3 of the 4 Deluxe workouts are good enough to be included in the hybrid; where they appear on the schedule there is always an alternate workout from the Base Kit.
- Ab Hammer, Ab Chisel, and Ab Attack 10 are sprinkled into the schedule either 2 or 3 days per week. Since my personal preference has always been to do the ab workouts before the primary workout, I listed them first on their schedule days–feel free to do the ab workouts after the primary workout if that’s what you prefer.
You may be more interested in which workouts I omitted and why. These workouts did not make the cut:
- Iso Speed Hammer: IMO this workout is just too short (22 minutes) and I had a hard time finding the right weight for 10 slow reps immediately followed by 10 fast reps while getting something out of both sets.
- The Master’s Cardio: This bonus workout is about 16 minutes long but just doesn’t fit when you have Shaun T cardio!
- 10 Minute Leg Hammer: Very similar to Tony Horton’s Triometrics from P90X3, with all the other leg work this one is just not necessary.
- Beast Total Body and Dirty 30 Extreme.
That’s about it. To download a printable copy of the hybrid schedule, click on the image below or the link below the image. Make sure you let me know how it goes!
What Are Others Saying About My Hybrid Schedules?
I run private Facebook groups for people who are doing my hybrids and here is what several of them have to say about their schedules:
Love them both but as you know there are some videos I prefer not to do. My fiancé and I have always tried to pick certain videos from each program and put it together in a way it would be most beneficial. But we found you’ve already done it!
I like both the programs on their own, but definitely think putting them together makes a more balanced schedule of cardio & resistance. Thanks for putting the hybrid together, I’m starting today!
Hi John!! I just wanted to check in with you and tell you that I am absolutely loving the hybrid!! I’m in my transition week and haven’t missed a workout yet! I keep up with the FB page and like to read the posts to stay motivated. Everyone in the group seems great.
I like the thought process behind your choices of workouts vs. the other seemingly popular Max30/X3 hybrids online…I’m looking at your hybrid and saying to myself “this is the guy to follow!”
I love love love it. Being a stay home mom and having 4 kids time for myself is limited so X3 is my favorite workout. But after doing that so long I have forgotten how much I loved the crazy Insanity workout. So I’m loving the Insanity Max hybrid.
It’s awesome!! Just the right mix of strength training days and cardio days! Thank you!
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