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.

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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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My 30 Day Affirmation Challenge Journey

Day #1 Affirmation Challenge

Day #1 affirmation challenge (feel free to join in):Today “I love Myself”.”Today I unapologetically love myself, who…

Posted by Anna Bazzel Gray on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Day #2 Affirmation Challenge

Day #2 Daily Affirmation – “I can do do anything I put my mind to”.I have a set my mind to accomplish something that I…

Posted by Anna Bazzel Gray on Friday, October 30, 2015

Day #3 Affirmation Challenge

Day #3 Affirmation Challenge “I am getting Better Everyday” .I learn to be a better wife, a better mom, a better…

Posted by Anna Bazzel Gray on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Day #4 Affirmation Challenge

Day #4 Affirmation challenge (feel free to join in):.”I am Important”.Bringing up two daughters to be respectful,…

Posted by Anna Bazzel Gray on Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day #5 Affirmation Challenge

Good morning — Coming to you from my 5am Wakeup call! Enough about that later in this post..Day #5 Affirmation…

Posted by Anna Bazzel Gray on Monday, November 2, 2015

Why I will never buy another planner again | Bullet Journal

bullet journal category If you take a look at my home office cabinet you’ll see about 100 personal development books and probably 30 journals and 20 planners. All different. See, I have been running my health and fitness business for over six years and have always been seeking the perfect system. I am sure I am not alone.

There are great planners out there that start great and then turn into big empty pages because either I can’t fit anything in the boxes or the boxes I need are not even there. The planners that have been close contenders have been planner pad or passion planner. It’s like Goldilocks and the three bears. This one is too big, this one too small, but none have been just right!
Since they have been close, not perfect, I always tended to forget to take it with me as well. There’s no doubt planning is 100% worth it, no one can argue that. So, let’s assume that these planners are 100% perfect, you can fill in every bubble and every bubble matches your life, AWESOME!
Now what about all those Post-it notes around your desk, your car, your kitchen? What if I told you, you could plan your life with all your matching bubbles or boxes, have a place where all your notes and journaling are in one place, and you are excited to take it everywhere you go?
I have finally found it! I stumbled upon a term called “bullet journaling”. I will be honest I thought it was a journal you could buy on Amazon.  Yep another “almost perfect journal”. Then I started digging into Pinterest and Facebook and found this whole community of bullet journalers. What? It’s a movement? Not a book.
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OK, let’s see what the hype is all about. So, I asked the question “how do I get started?” And then my world was now opened. Their advice was practice in an existing journal and see if you like it, and what kind of information you want to put in it. So, I practice for two weeks, creating pages I thought I would use and not caring about how it looked.
What this journal did was allow me to have the freedom of how my mind works, have everything in one place, forced me to slow down, and bring back some creativity I lost in my adulthood.
Here are my tips on how to get started with bullet journaling:
  1. Take an old journal that still has about 10 to 20 pages left before you go out and buy one. You will want to know if using a lined notebook versus a graph paper notebook is for you.
  2. Some people choose to drawl on their’s. I like to doodle and draw so I chose to do such a thing on mine. There is nothing wrong with not drying on your bullet journal. You can follow the originators system by going to and simply following along that way.
  3. Test out a couple pens. My favorite so far are the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen and the Staedtler Color Pens
  4. Create an index page. Create a month page.
  5. Play with how you want your daily pages to look like, this is where it is personal. It does not have to look a certain way or take out a certain amount of space. You can literally put whatever you want on your days. I choose to keep a whole page to myself because I like to add my thoughts, what would be on Post-it notes, and my to do list.

Here is a practice page I did:

iPhone image on 2015-11-05 at 13-35-51 6.  Play with categories in your practice journal. Originally, I thought I would keep a tally of certain things, so I created a category page for that thing. Turns out I won’t regularly use that, so I made a note to myself that I would not be creating category pages for that topic in my new fresh notebook.

Another Practice Page

iPhone image on 2015-11-05 at 13-35-58 7. Don’t worry about making mistakes you can always use white out or what I do is cross things out and turn it into a doodle.

8. You will find that you will have all of your ideas in one location, and be able to track your life in one spot so that you can always refer back to it in the future.

Comment below if you have used a bullet journal before and how you use it?  What have some of your planning struggles been in the past. I’m sure you’re not alone?

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Your Journey is not their journey

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6 year of following my passion has brought me income, friends, recognition, health, and piece of mind.  My Story

What it has also brought me is a lot of soul searching, doubt in my abilitites, questions about what if I don’t reach my goals.

When you are someone that wants to be great at everything because you were average in your youth, you just can’t help but think these things.

Sometimes I think I am actually different and think ……. am I the only crazy one that thinks this way????

Of course I am not, that is why there are so many self help books out there…. right??!! and trust me I have read them all!

It is just human nature and typically our subconscious that plays games with our mind.

So, I am writing this to say that I know better than to think I need to be like someone else. I need to look like someone else. I need to have the same success as someone else.

Comparison is the ENEMY of good! But mainly I am writing this to remind you that YOU are IN CHARGE of your thoughts! Only you. You write your daily happiness ticket.

You can choose to be in that mind-space that says you are not good enough or you can choose to say “hell this is my own dang journey I will be living in the MOMENT today and will be LIVING IN THE MOMENT tomorrow and so on”

If you need a reminder… simply put in your Phone Calendar at 7am “This is my Journey” so that you start the day ALREADY WINNING!

Your journey is only your journey and no one can take that way from you!