Shaun T's latest offering to the Beachbody library of at home exercise programs is Focus T25. The premise of this program is that you can get in shape in just 25 minutes a day, but does it really work? Well, here's my review from three weeks into the Alpha phase.
I started my fitness journey with INSANITY. It was hard. Really hard. But I got through it, and completely changed the shape of my body. At the time that I did INSANITY I was not working. I had just moved across the country for my husband's job, so he was working a lot, and I was in a new place with no job, no friends, and NO excuse to not get in the 30-50 minutes a day. I can tell you for sure that if I had been working, or had any other responsibilities, I would not have made it through. That program is NO JOKE. You are literally exhausted all the time and it is hard on your body. It's 100% worth it, but there is nothing easy about it. What I like about T25 is that it gives you a similar type of work out, but it's sort of scaled down a bit, AND gives you a modifier, who helps you if you either can't have impact due to injuries, or just can't keep up with the rest of the group's intensity. I have some minor knee issues, so there are some moves that I will NEVER feel comfortable doing. On those moves, I follow Tanya, and once the next move hits the timer, I'm right back "in it" as Shaun T would say, and by the time I'm really getting tired, there's only a few minutes left. Don't let the time of these work outs fool you. You will work HARD for the full 25 minutes, especially in the Total Body Circuit, which I find the most challenging and the most "INSANITY-like" of all the workouts. You will be soaked, you will be tired, and you will be sore the next day.
I don't have many complaints about this program, but if this is going to be an honest review, I do have two points that I feel I should to make. It's not truly 25 minutes a day. It's 25 minutes (not including stretching) Monday-Thursday, and TWO 25 minute work outs on Friday, although if you wanted I assume you could skip one and just do 25 minutes each day, as the double day is usually a repeat of one of the dvd's you have already done throughout the week. That being said, you are still getting a great workout in a VERY short amount of time. Most people spend longer than 50 minutes in the gym every day, and you only have to do that once a week. The other thing that I will say is that I would NOT recommend this program for anyone already in great shape, who really wants to push themselves. Regardless of how great the workouts are, you are still only exercising for 25 minutes a day. If you are used to really pushing yourself, you may not find this program challenging enough. I have found that I have integrated running and weight training in with this program in order to see better results. I have NO DOUBT that I am getting stronger and fitter thanks to T25 and I truly do enjoy the workouts, but when it comes down to it, even if you push yourself during each and every workout, there is only a certain amount of energy (and calories) that can be burned in 25 minutes, and I'm one that likes to really push myself and truly enjoys a long, exhausting workout. I'm looking forward to Beta phase to see how much further Shaun T. will push me!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.