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ChaLEAN Extreme! I get the questioned a lot about what program might be best for a wife or girlfriend. Many the ladies in our lives just don’t want to do the same program we are doing. P90X just isn’t their thing. So what do I recommend ChaLEAN Extreme … it’s not a brand new workout program, so it isn’t as hyped or popular as Turbo Fire, P90X, Insanity, and Les Mills Pump. But it is an awesome program!

How we got ChaLEAN Extreme

For me, it went something like this. Anita had done P90X and Insanity with me, and she can hang! But honestly she just doesn’t have a life-long desire to keep pushing herself that hard. She doesn’t want to workout an hour a day, 6 days a week.  And that is perfectly okay. No one can fault her for that at all.  I on the other hand can’t get enough of the intensity! As I studied the options that might appeal to her, I came across Chalean Extreme. The workouts are shorter (in the half hour to 45 minute range vs. the full hour of P90X). Plus, it has both resistance and cardio, like P90X, which I feel make a great long-term fitness option. I think too many women gravitate to cardio-only programs, and that undermines their fitness efforts because they need to sculpt and tone muscles to get the results they want — not just burn calories.  So I figured I’d get it for her and see how she liked it.

I have to say I am very impressed with the program. From the moment I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised. The packaging shows how much went into developing this workout program. It’s not just some DVD’s in a sleeve. It’s a complete, well engineered holder for the DVD’s, a complete nutrition guide, and a workout guide that not only has the blanks for filling out reps/weight, but actually has pictures of each exercise showing the correct form to use. And it has a workout calendar, body fat calipers, and a resistance band. Again, it’s got it all and it’s very well put together. What’s more, on the intro DVD Chalene actually takes you through her kitchen showing you food prep, and she has her husband demo all kinds of the exercises with correct form and discusses the most common mistakes in form. Very educational.

Even after owning C.E. for about 2 years now, Anita still loves it. It’s like a shorter, slightly less intense version of P90X. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty intense. You’ll be sweating and breathing hard, even if you are a seasoned P90X and Insanity guy/gal! It’s just a little less intense, and shorter. In fact of all the women I know that have used ChaLEAN Extreme, LOVE IT and have got great results. I’ve never heard a complaint.

It uses weights 3 days per week like P90X, but the moves are more compound, with lighter weights (usually 5′s, 10′s, and 15′s). There are even TEMPO lifts where you control the concentric and eccentric parts of the lift over a specific second count (go heavy and these are BRUTAL!). There are no pullups (praise the LORD according to Anita LOL!). And there are also 2 cardio days and 2 ab routines that you rotate. So in all you are working out 5 times per week (3 lift days, 2 cardio days with abs afterward, 2 rest days), for about 30-40 minutes each time. This is right up Anita’s alley. She could see herself doing a program like this long term.  She’s done nearly every workout program in the Beachbody lineup, but she keeps going back to her favorite — Chalean Extreme.  So don’t overlook this program for the ladies in your life.

ChaLEAN Extreme Bullet Review

  • Cardio and Strength Training – best of both worlds
  • Shorter workouts (compared to P90X) – roughly 30-45 minutes
  • Tons of compound moves to really get your HR up, build muscle, and burn fat
  • Chalene Johnson is a great trainer. Super motivating and encouraging
  • Full nutrition guide and plan with meal ideas
  • Toning band, resistance band, and BF calipers
  • The entire program is only $89.85!

I’m going to keep pushing myself with P90X, X2, Insanity, the Asylum, Body Beast, and whatever they throw at me! But some people may prefer something less intense or less intimidating. This might be what they are looking for. Or maybe you are a guy who is loving your P90X and wanting to get your wife going with a workout too, and she won’t jump into P90X for fear that it’s more than she can handle.

What Turbo Fire is to Insanity, ChaLEAN Extreme is to P90X. It is really my favorite recommendation for women that don’t want to go with P90X. You can check ChaLEAN Extreme out even more under the PROGRAMS tab in the top menu.

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