How do you choose a Team Beachbody Coach?

Chosing the right beachbody coach

When I started as a coach in 2009 Beachbody coaching was pretty much unheard of.  It was a rarity to be a coach, to take a leap and not know if this business would be legit.  Now I have found that everywhere I go I hear that someone knows someone who is a Team Beachbody Coach.  (Trust me, good problem to have – not like some may think )

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My Coach Announcement Image August 2009

But now its time for you to choose a coach to walk through your own journey of fitness or coaching, how will you choose who is best fit for you?

Here is my explanation on how to choose.

I hope this is helpful!


If you do not have a coach you are working with, please don’t hesitate to email me at and I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Should I add cardio to Hammer and Chisel?

I get this question all the time from my challengers since starting Hammer and Chisel.  Should I add cardio to the program?

should i add more cardio

My personal opinion is NO.  This program is designed to be done from start to finish as PLANNED.  Beachbody uses many experts to design a program that millions of people can use WITH the intention of them getting results they are looking for.  Why would they create a program that would not ensure results?  It would be a waste of everyone’s time and money.

I think the problem lies when we think we know better.  Sure we know our bodies right?  But have we ever developed our own workout program including a meal plan?

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Sure we are used to looking at our Heart Rate Monitors and are used to seeing a certain number which tells us numbers people we are on the right track.  Truth is if you feel you need more you just are not pushing yourself to the max in the program.

Maximum effort required calorie burn that may not be reflective in your Heart Rate monitors.  Just about every workout in this program you are working BIG muscles, such as your Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings.  Those muscles when worked to the max BURN calories.

trust the system hammer and chisel

So my best words of advice are to TRUST the system laid out for you, stay off the scale and see how your clothes fit around week 3.  If you are still not losing inches, my guess is that we need to look at your food intake and not your heart rate monitor.

Beachbody has provided 1000s of people with PROVEN results and that is why they continue to create new ones.  Their goal is YOUR success.

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My goal is YOUR success.  IF you would like to discuss this further, simply send me an email at and I would be glad to work with you one on one!

Hammer and Chisel Day 30 woman’s results

I will start by telling you that I have in 6 years fully completed 4 Beachbody programs from start to finish.  I am not proud of this but I am also human.  In 2009 I completed a full 90 days of P90x and on about day 84 I decided I wanted to be a coach.  I never wanted this “rush” to end.  So for years, every program that came I jumped on with the desire to complete it.

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Out of transparency I fell short on Insanity ( I fractured my knee cap playing hockey at day 54), Body Beast (I broke my ankle playing hockey on around day 54), and the rest of the programs I fell short not because they were not great programs, I do love them all, but because I lacked commitment.


The 4 programs I fully committed to and finished were P90x, 21 Day fix, the Ultimate Reset, and PIYO.  Every single one I finished I got amazing results —-> Go Figure, right??

p90x Before and After


PiYo Results Female Anna Gray


This leads me to this post.  I have no doubt in my mind that I will be finishing the new Masters Hammer and Chisel.  I am on day 31 currently and have not missed a workout and do not intend to miss one.   In fact I believe I will be doing 2 rounds of this program because it is far from repetitive (I think repetition is my nemesis and probably why I didn’t finish some of the other programs).  This program keeps you on your toes and RESULTS are obvious very early on.

Master Hammer and Chisel day 30 results

I have not hopped on a scale because it plays too many mental games on me and I am sure the scale is up.  But my pants are back to being baggy and I am in love with feeling my abs move when I move, something I forgot happens.  It’s so nice to have abs back.

Have I been following the meal plan?  Yes for the first 2 weeks until the holidays hit.  I have given myself two weeks of freedom while the kids are out of school and with one more day left of it, I will be finishing this round off with NO ALCOHOL.  So I will have my last glass of wine tonight (unless I go to an LA Kings game :)).  I will say I am proud of myself and think that my results have everything to do with the fact I have had ZERO BEER… Beer is no bueno on this program… so while I have treated myself during these two weeks it has not been horrible.

I can say that at age 43 I am happy, healthy and ready to shed some more fat.  I trust the system as always and am committed to sharing my 60 day of results here.

Are you considering this program?  Are you concerned with modifications?  Are you concerned with equipment needed?  Simply send me an email at and I will be happy to work with you on the details so that you too can feel on top of the world!


P90x before


Ask Anna : Can I go to the Gym?

One day recently it hit me, like a ton of bricks, I am asked questions everyday of my life now.  My kids, my clients, my coaches all ask questions and those questions are what really fuel my day.  So why wouldn’t I create a series called #askAnna where I can answer YOUR questions as they come in.  My goal everyday is just to share my answers.  I am not an expert but I am a master resource figure-outer.

Here is today’s Ask Anna Episode — Can I go to the Gym if I participate in your Challenge?

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