ChaLEAN Extreme was the first program I ever did and boy, was it the right one for me! It challenged me, just enough, to the point where I had to work hard, but didn’t struggle. From the product description, ChaLEAN Extreme is described as a fat-burning workout that will boost metabolism and help you get lean. The description states the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn and claims that you can lose up to 60% of your body fat in 90 days. The program comes with a guidebook, a calendar that schedules workouts, a thigh toner, a body fat tester and 4 free gifts: a food guide, a motivation audio CD, a DVD showing you healthy food and how to makeover your kitchen and a pro-grade resistance band. I was sold!
The trainer, Chalene Johnson, structured the program into 3 phases – Burn Phase, Push Phase and Lean Phase. During these phases, there is a mix of cardio exercises and resistance training. Before you even start, I recommend watching Burn Basics and Band Basics, especially if you are new to working out. Chalene teaches you proper form and technique for the resistance moves you’ll be doing throughout the program.
During the Burn Phase, you start resistance training and go at your own pace. The workouts involve both upper and lower body muscle training, in addition to some intense cardio. During the Push Phase, you are going to leave your comfort zone…trust me! This is when you really start to feel your muscles changing. You should start to increase the amount of weight or the resistance band you are using because you want to challenge yourself. The last phase is the Lean Phase and this is when you really start to see the fat and inches coming off. This phase involves more dynamic moves and you will be doing more reps so you should decrease the amount of weight or the resistance band you are using or remain the same. The choice is yours.
One thing Chalene repeats throughout the program is “Track your progress!” You will want to do this so you can see your improvements from week to week and modify the weight or resistance band you are using to get the greatest benefit. This program was very easy to follow, definitely challenging, but most importantly, fun! I loved Chalene because she keeps you motivated and always reminds you to watch your form.
Although I only lost approximately 5lbs, this program helped me decrease my body fat by approximately 50%! What it showed me is that the number on the scale doesn’t really matter much. What really matters is how you feel! I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to get lean, have a great workout everyday and start feeling better about themselves.