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ChaLean Extreme Exercise Program Review

9.57/10

ChaLean Extreme Exercise Program Review

9.57/10

Quick Overview
  • Difficulty
    Advanced
  • Cost
    High
  • Trial Period
    90 Days

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is a collaboration between Chalene Johnson and Beachbody. Chalene Johnson started her own group exercise classes in the early 1990s and combines dance, aerobics, kickboxing and resistance training into a single workout.

Chalene Johnson initially worked with Beachbody to create the Turbo Jam fitness program in 1998, the year that Beachbody was founded. Since then, Beachbody has become a major player in the fitness program industry, producing various hit exercise programs such as P90X, Turbo Jam, Slim in 6, Hip Hop Abs, and Yoga Booty Ballet.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program has been clinically proven to promote safe and effective weight loss through a combination of cardiovascular and resistance training techniques. In fact, some individuals have lost up to 60% of their total percentage of body fat with the first 90 days. The ChaLean Extreme fitness program utilizes a technique called "Lean Phasing," and is designed to shift the weight loss focus from cardiovascular to resistance training.

The resistance training is phased in 3 steps and is intended to increase your lean muscle tissue and metabolism. By doing so, you will create a greater caloric deficit, and hence, increase the rate at which you lose excess body weight.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is a fairly aggressive workout program designed to promote a total body transformation in 90 days. The results have been well documented and include improvements in cardiovascular endurance, a reduction in body fat, and an increase in lean muscle tissue and overall body strength.

Pros

  • Includes 15 Exercise Programs
  • Well-Designed Fitness Program
  • Includes Resistance Bands
  • Reasonably Priced

Cons

  • Moderately Aggressive Fitness Program

Intent of Fitness Program

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is intended as an advanced total body transformation and fitness improvement program. Similar to most advanced workout programs, it includes a beginners level to introduce you to the proper form.

However, unlike many other standard exercise programs, the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is designed for you to build on this knowledge and progress in a rapid and highly intense manner to create an environment in which you achieve your personal fitness goals within the shortest time possible.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program combines cardiovascular exercises, strength circuit training, and a few specific workouts for your core area. The intent is to bring forth a comprehensive exercise program to promote weight loss while improving your core strength and overall lean muscle mass.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program includes the following:

  • Burn & Resistance Band Basics Workout
  • Burn Circuit 1, 2 & 3 Workouts
  • Push Circuit 1, 2 & 3 Workouts
  • Lean Circuit 1, 2 & 3 Workouts
  • Extreme Cardio Burn Intervals Workout
  • Extreme Cardio Burn It Off Workout
  • Extreme Cardio Recharge Workout
  • Ab Burner Workout
  • Ab Burner Workout
  • Fat Burning Food Guide
  • Pro-Grade Resistance Band
  • Thigh Toner Band
  • Muscle Burns Fat Guidebook
  • Body Fat Measurement Tool

Primary Areas Worked

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program operates under a technique called "Lean Phasing." Simply put, "Lean Phasing" involves a fundamental understanding that, as neuromuscular activity and muscle size and density increase due to breaking down and rebuilding muscle tissue from strength training, the muscle requires more energy to sustain itself, and the body therefore burns more calories on a daily basis.

This is the principle behind why bodybuilders, who have a large amount of lean muscle mass, require more energy to maintain their muscle. Simply put, the greater amount of lean muscle mass you have, the more carbohydrates, fats and proteins it requires to sustain.

By increasing your neuromuscular activity, you are increasing your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). The BMR of an individual represents the total number of calories that their body burns in order to perform all bodily functions over a 24-hour period. Performing the exercise routines forces the body to burn additional calories, and increasing your lean muscle mass forces the body to burn even more calories to support the muscle tissue. By combining these two principles, rapid and effective weight loss can be achieved.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program focuses on this principle by providing you with high intensity cardiovascular routines designed to create a high caloric expenditure to promote weight loss, and resistance training sequences intended to increase your neuromuscular activity and overall muscle strength and mass.

The cardiovascular portion of the fitness program involves a variety of kickboxing routines and sequential side steps and lunges to force your heart rate to elevate, causing your body to burn calories. The strength workouts condition your body through the use of resistance bands and dumbbells. Several of the strength training exercises include standing biceps curls, triceps extensions, squats, weighted rows, lunges with core rotation, sumo squat with hip lift, push ups with leg lift, chest flies with hip lift, and several other exercises designed to promote lean muscle mass development and strength.

Program Length/Frequency

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is intended to be performed for 90 days. The beginner workouts are designed to teach you how to perform the various exercises and movements with the proper technique and form, and are approximately 20 minutes in duration.

However, most other workouts are 40 to 50 minutes long. The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program includes a fitness guideline outlining what workouts you should perform and on which day. As you progress through the program you will work up to performing 40- to 60-minute sessions each day, with 5 to 6 sessions per week. The workouts are at-home DVD/VHS-based, so you can perform them whenever you have time.

Effectiveness/Results of the Program

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is marketed with success stories that range from 13 to 53 pounds of weight lost. The program also includes instructions on how to measure your body fat percentage, with success stories of decreases in body fat percentages ranging from 35% to 53%.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is extremely well received by the fitness community and provides outstanding health and fitness results for individuals that follow the program, perform the exercise routines as scheduled, and stick with the workouts for 90 days.

You can expect to lose excess body weight, increase your lean muscle mass and strength, improve your cardiovascular endurance, and achieve a slimmer, more sculpted physique.

Equipment/Space Requirements

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program includes Pro-Grade resistance bands and a thigh toner band. While the fitness program offers a variety of exercises for you to perform, some of the more critical strength resistance routines involve dumbbells. If you do not have a set of dumbbells or an exercise mat you will need to purchase them prior to beginning the exercise program.

A reasonable amount of space is required to perform the various exercise routines. In addition, an exercise mat is recommended for performing several of the standing exercises, while a bench or chair is necessary for certain dumbbell exercises.

Physical Requirements

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program includes two workouts that introduce you to several of the key exercise moves and techniques, and the form that is required to perform them correctly. No special physical requirements are imposed, though the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is best suited to those who do not have any current chronic pain issues (such as joint problems) that may make it difficult to perform the resistance workouts.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is designed to be performed over a 90-day period, and is progressive in that it becomes more difficult as you move through the 90 days. Hence, a moderate level of determination, focus, discipline and adherence to the workout guidelines are required. However, if you are able to perform the exercise routines with moderate intensity and regularity over the 90 days, you will most likely meet and/or exceed all of your personal fitness goals.

Support

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is part of the Beachbody product line and has the following customer service support:

  • 24/7 customer support telephone line
  • Email customer service
  • Online FAQ database
  • Live chat support
  • Online message board

Cost

The cost of the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program includes 3 payments of $ 29.95 plus $ 19.95 for shipping and handling. For this price you will receive 15 exercise workouts, resistance bands, the Muscle Burns Fat guidebook, a fat burning food guide, and all of the necessary information to perform the exercise program properly. While the nearly $ 110.00 overall price may seem rather steep, it is well within the price range for most comprehensive and advanced fitness programs.

In addition, it is important to remember that if you do not own an exercise mat or dumbbells you will need to purchase them in order to perform the exercises required within the latter stages of the fitness program. It is also important to remember that if you purchased a fitness center membership, you would pay between $ 25.00 and $ 50.00 per month. Viewed from this perspective, the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program offers an excellent value in that the overall program is well designed, comprehensive, results-oriented, and focuses on all aspects of good physical health and wellness.

Summary

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is a well designed and comprehensive exercise program that is intended to promote weight loss, increase lean muscle mass and density, improve overall body strength, increase cardiovascular endurance, and improve coordination, balance and flexibility.

The ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is intended to be performed over 90 days and progressively increases in difficultly as you move through the program. Most fitness programs typically span a timeframe of only 30 to 60 days and then leave you to decide what to perform next.

All in all, the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is a solid choice for individuals who are seeking to get into excellent physical shape through a wide variety of fitness exercises, movements and disciplines. The health and fitness results produced by individuals who have performed the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program for a period of 90 days are outstanding, and only further support the effectiveness of the program. If you are motivated to modify your lifestyle in a healthy way, the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program is definitely one to consider as you begin your journey towards obtaining your personal fitness goals.