As I mentioned in my introduction post, I was nervous to start the T25 Focus challenge. I am happy to report that I got through Week One relatively unscathed, which is great because I wasn’t sure that I would get through it at all.
Disclaimer: This post is long because it is the first one for the alpha phase. I promise that the rest of this phase will have shorter posts because these same five videos repeat throughout (read: I will have less to say).
High Level Summary
For my current fitness level, which can be best described as “not very fit” on a good day, T25 was a really tough program. I’m glad that I started with it instead of the “real” insanity or one of the more challenging Beachbody programs (which I am currently deal hunting online).
I assumed I’d need to use modifications the entire time or just, you know, sit down for awhile. But that didn’t happen. I was really proud of myself because while every workout left me drenched in sweat and feeling challenged, I stuck with it for the entire 25 minutes (that may not sound like long, but trust me – it can feel like forever when you’re working hard).
- Shaun T is an awesome, inspiring, and motivating trainer
- The timer on the bottom of the screen counts down how much time is left and tells you what move is coming next
- There are beginner modifications for almost every move and a cool down is included after each workout
- A meal plan (with recipes) is included with the program. I am not following the meal plan, but I am eating clean (for the most part). I will definitely try out (and post) some of the recipes though!
- I could have done without the Beachbody product pushes. I don’t think advertisements should be included with products that I paid for
- The program could have fit on one disc but instead it is on 10. Talk about annoying to travel with!
- The “case” the DVDs come with is just a cardboard box. The DVDs are wrapped in plastic, but wrapping them up and putting them back into cardboard slots gets old fast. You’d think for the cost, proper cases would be included
- Many of the moves in the videos are repeated, which can get a bit boring
Overall Pro Tips
- There is a lot of jumping involved in these routines. Make sure that you take the time to stretch out your calves and hip flexors at the very least
- The workouts are tough, but try to do at least some of the advanced modifications even if you have to go back to the beginner versions. You’ll be proud of yourself that you did!
For a more detailed review of each day of the program, read below. Let me know in the comments if you would consider trying the T25 Focus program!
Each day, you are asked to select whether you nailed it or barely made it. This is for comparison sake later in the program or if you ever decide to do the program again (HAHA!). I think a third option, almost died, should be included as well (let’s keep it real).
Unfortunately I can’t provide the links to the videos, but I can suggest that you check out sites like Kijiji and Craig’s List to try and find gently used copies (read: people who got through half of one workout and gave up). I can also provide you with links to the T25 Focus workout schedules, give you my personal daily score, and provide a brief review for each workout so that you can decide if investing in the program is worth it for you.
Day 1: Cardio
This workout was comprised of simple moves in challenging sequences. It is very possible to get through it though and I really pushed myself to do the advanced versions of the moves (though I confess to modifying at least a few repetitions of almost every move).
I rate myself with barely made it because I was not able to do the advanced modifications the whole time (and I was completely exhausted! I got through it but it was not easy for me).
Day 2: Speed 1.0
This workout was more intense than yesterday’s routine. However, while the program advertises “no breaks,” that’s not really true; a lot of moves are designed to give you a breather, including stretches built right into the workout.
I rate myself with barely made it again since I had to modify more often today than I did yesterday.
Day 3: Total Body Circuit
This was the hardest cardiovasuar workout of the week. The folks in this video are jacked and there were puddles of sweat on the floor. Imagine how I, a self-described non-jacked person, fared. Hint: it was not pretty and JP actually asked if I was dying. I yelled at Shaun T, but I’m happy he made me work so hard.
I rate myself with barely made it. Are you noticing a pattern? On the bright side, I did make it. Barely still qualifies, right?
Day 4: Ab Intervals
My regular readers know that I have an extremely weak core due to back surgery. The moves in the workout today were the most challenging of the week in terms of form and actually being able to get through them. I modified pretty much throughout and I hope that as I continue with the program, I will notice a difference in my core strength and stability.
You will (not) be surprised to learn that I barely made it again.
Day 5: Cardio and Lower Focus
This program advertises 25 minute workouts per day. However, on the fifth day of the week, you are asked to do two videos consecutively (you can choose to do one on your rest day but I wanted a day off). On the bright side, one of the videos was a repeat from Day One, so I knew what to expect.
Fifty minutes of crazy intense workouts? Yup, you guessed it: barely made it.
Day 6: Rest
Today was a day of rest, which I happily took. I totally nailed the rest day!
Day 7: Stretch
There is a stretching video, which I unfortunately didn’t complete. I was battling a migraine for most of the week and it really got the better of me over the weekend. I know how important stretching is, so I am going to make a point to do the stretching video next week no matter what!
My Week Two update will be next Monday! Stay tuned.