Before I talk about my next fitness challenge, I just want to say THANK YOU for all the congratulatory messages over the past week. Everyone, including my family, friends, and blends (blogger friends), has been so excited about my Tough Mudder experience. I just can’t thank y’all enough for all the support and love!
With that being said, I am really excited about my next personal challenge – Focus T25. I haven’t been able to work out since the Tough Mudder because of the soreness and pain from the cuts and bruises. And I’m not going to engage in intentional exercise until Monday because I want to be fresh for T25! This program is no joke.
What is Focus T25
It is a Beachbody program created by Shaun T who is known for the Insanity program. From what I’ve read, T25 is kind of like Insanity but shorter and not as difficult. Each workout is only 25 minutes (~28 if you include the stretching). And this program is broken down into two five week phases. So you start with five weeks of Alpha and then move on to five weeks of Beta. There are calendars that tell you when to do each workout. And there is something to do every day, except on Sunday (rest day).
The workouts themselves are high-intensity and go go go the entire time (i.e. no built in rest breaks). I’ve actually done a few of the Alpha workouts here and there, and I can attest to the fact that they are challenging. Not impossible, just challenging. The first time I did the Cardio workout I had to take a break after the warm up. Haha. I was dripping sweat and pushing my limits the entire time.
Why I am doing this
I love structure when it comes to my workouts. Best Body Bootcamp was perfect for me because everything was spelled out and ready to go. But now that Tina is no longer continuing with BBB, that structure is missing for me. Enter T25! As I mentioned, there is a calendar that tells you when to do what…just what I need/want! Also, these are workouts that require zero to very minimal equipment AND can be done in the comfort of your own home or hotel if you are traveling.
Another reason I am doing this is because I want to challenge my body in a different way. I’m going to continue with a few short runs every week, but other than that, I am going to let T25 take center stage in my life for 10 weeks!
This isn’t about weight loss for me. I would be happy with the scale staying exactly where it is. What I do hope to gain is some more muscle definition and an overall toned look. Regardless of whether that happens or not, I know that I am doing something good for my body and that is benefit enough.
(No) Dietary changes
The program comes with a suggested dietary plan, but I’m not going to follow it. Personally, I think my diet is pretty balanced and supports my lifestyle so there is no need to overhaul it at all. So that’s that!
I consider myself to be a self-motivated and goal oriented person. If I say I’m going to do something, it will eventually happen. Basically, I don’t need anyone else to push me. However, to ensure that I go through with all 10 weeks of T25, I have enlisted a partner in crime…my coworker Erin!
When Erin was in Miami a few weeks ago, I talked about T25 being my next challenge. Erin, who travels about 60% of the time for her role, wanted to try something new that she could fit into her crazy schedule. Of course, as soon as she sounded remotely interested, I got really excited and talked about how we could be each other’s accountability partners, how fun it would be, blah, blah, blah. Erin was hooked! And now we both have someone to talk to about the program, progress, challenges, etc. Woo hoo!
Updates and progress
I did a horrible job blogging about my Tough Mudder training. Horrible meaning it was nonexistent. I want this to be different, but I am making no promises. I will definitely blog about my experience with T25…just not sure how frequently. With that being said, I have an open email policy so feel free to contact me at any time!
I also haven’t quite decided about how I’m going to measure my progress. I’ll fill y’all in when I get it together! The one thing I do know is that I’m not using the scale.
Well, that’s about it. I hope T25 kicks my (and Erin’s) butt…in a good way of course! Here’s to a successful 10 weeks.
Have you tried Focus T25 or any other Beachbody workout program?