Chalene Extreme Review
I’m a big fan of Chalene Johnson’s workouts. I loved, loved loved Turbo Jam. They were such fun workouts. So as soon as I heard Chalene was coming out with a new extreme workout I could not wait to get my hands on it. I got myself on the email list and waited and waited. Finally the workout came out. Woohoo!
So I got the workout. Right now I am in the last phase of the workout, the Lean Phase. I just have to say Turbo Jammers – this aint your old Turbo Jam. This workout is for people that really want to push to their bodies much further than Turbo Jam can. Chalene Extreme incorporates weight training circuits and cardio interval days. Originally I started documenting the workouts, but sorry I stopped doing that – I just got too busy. So this is my run down of the workout. Now first I have to disclose, if you didn’t already know, I am a beachbody coach. I started the Beachbody Coach home business right around the same time as I got Chalene Extreme. I am sort of biased to Beachbody workouts, but in all honesty I don’t love them all and I do enjoy other peoples workouts as well. So hopefully, with that being said I can just tell you what I think of the workout.
Ok, so you have 3 phases, Burn, Push and Lean – each are 30 days. You will need weights or resistance bands. My personal preference is weights. I had quite a bit of weights at home so that is what I used. Chalene uses Select Techs by Bowflex, which are extremely expensive, but I really wished I had purchased them because you really will end up using a variety of weight based on your own strength and Select Tech’s increase in 2 1/2 pound increments, which would have been handy – as well as the fact that I have tons of weights lined up near my tv vs one set of weights. But that is neither here nor there – my weights did the job. I have had tons of people ask this question, How heavy of weights does a woman need. So far I have not needed anything heavier and 30 pounds. Most exercises, depending on the body part, I end up using 8 to 20 pounds. Depending on your strength, I think if you have up to at least 20 pounds you will be good, if you had up to 30 pound weights even better. Men, sorry I am not sure on the weights for you, maybe up to 50 particularly during the Push phase.
The burn phase and the lean phase use combo moves and 10 to 12 reps. An example of combo moves would be lunging while doing a lateral raise. So in keeping with the honesty, non biased portion of the review. I am not a fan of combo moves. I am more a fan of supersetting the moves. For those that don’t know what a super set is – instead of the combo lunge and lateral raise at the same time, you would do a set of lunges and then a set of lateral raises. The reason I prefer super sets is because I can do much heavier weight on leg movements than shoulder exercises. But if I combo them my legs will suffer somewhat as I will have to pick a weight that I can do proper form for the shoulders. Also I find combo moves a bit awkward. That being said, I still did them and some were good and some annoyed me but I did find most effective. I guess if Chalene were to come to me and say hey Julie how would you improve my workouts (as if she would ever do that – considering we don’t know each other) Super Sets would be my answer.
So that was Burn and Lean – by the way the moves although combo for both phases, are completely different – so that is fantastic. The exercises are quite interesting as well. One really good combo move that was very challenging was a plank with a tricep kickback. Combo moves like that were very cool.
In between the Burn and Lean phase was the push phase. This was the phase where you use much heavier weight – only 6 to 8 reps. I loved this phase. I felt like this phase really pushed the results and on top of that…No combo moves. I could really concentrate on form which is so important all the time but especially when you are lifting heavy.
The Cardio Portion of Chalene Extreme
Finally there is the cardio days – Burn Intervals and Burn it off. Both are interval type of cardio workouts which I really prefer. I am not a fan of cardio so I prefer to get bang for my buck and find intervals to be the most effective cardio you can do. Even if you love Chalene and Turbo Jam – these interval workouts are killer. The first week I did them I couldn’t do them without stopping and walking, I think I even had to sit down once (that was hard to admit), but that was only in the first week. Now I do them like a champ and they are still very challenging for me but they are good! Real quick – Burn intevals you will do a hard anaerobic drill followed by a recovery drill (but the recovery drill is a light weight based “active recovery” exercise). Burn It Off is 5 hard anerobic drills then a 1 minute rest and then 6 more hard anaerobic drills – I did this one today – darn if it isn’t still a killer.
Ok so there you have it. I hope you found this helpful, particulaly if you were trying to decide to purchase the program. If you have any other questions regarding this workout please feel free to contact me anytime.