I made it through my first week of T25! Woo hoo!
As I mentioned in a previous post,Focus T25 is my newest fitness challenge. It’s a structured 10 week program made up of two phases and a number of 25 minute workouts.
What the workouts entail
Cardio – intense workout that focuses a lot on the lower body and lower ab area (lots of squats and jumping movements)
Speed 1.0 – lots of super-fast (hence the name!) cardio/plyometrics and lower body movements with the goal of increasing speed, agility and endurance (probably my favorite!)
Total Body Circuit – planks, pushups, lunges, squats…over and over again (probably the toughest workout in the alpha phase)
Abs Intervals – as the name implies, this workout is all about the abs (with spurts of cardio in between)…reminded me a little of an intense Pilates workout
Lower Focus – this workout left my legs feeling like jello – lots of pulsing squats and pulsing lunges
And for those that are interested, I burned between 215-250 calories per workout. Please note that these numbers are based on my stats. This would obviously vary from person to person.
What week one looked like for me
Monday – Cardio + 2 mile run
Tuesday – Speed 1.0
Wednesday – Total Body Circuit
Thursday – Ab Intervals + 2 mile run
Friday – Cardio + Lower Focus
Saturday – 100% rest
Sunday – Stretch
Week one was tough (duh!) as the workouts are very high intensity. And to be completely honest, I took 1-3 breaks during each workout and modified some of the higher impact moves (there is always one person modifying in the videos which makes it easy to follow). With that being said, I still believe most people can safely complete T25, but I think an established (basic) level of fitness is a must. Without that, I think it would be easy to get discouraged early on in the program and perhaps even risk injury.
As the descriptions above state, the Alpha phase is very lower body and cardio focused, while I hear the Beta phase focuses a lot more on the upper body (it incorporates weights). My thighs and calves were ridiculously sore after the first two days. Luckily, it wasn’t so bad that I had to skip a workout…I was able to give my all every day. And I even made it out for two runs (albeit short ones!). Also, Shaun T. recommends doing two back to back workouts on Friday for maximum results. When I first looked at the calendar, I thought he was crazy. My original plan was to do Cardio on Friday and Lower Focus on Saturday, but after completing one workout on Friday, I just went for the second one. The key is to act first and think later (or not at all)!
Overall, I really am liking the set up of the workouts and Shaun T’s style. He’s encouraging without being annoying. And the people in the videos with him are actually working out and look like they too are going to pass out at the end! I like that. Haha.
I mentioned that my coworker Erin was also doing the program with me. She’s rocking it by the way. In fact, she’s doing week two in Paris! Well, my friend Robin and my cousin Bijal are also doing T25 “with me.” Now I have three people to talk to about all the craziness!
And finally, I decided to track my progress with a few key measurements. This is my first time doing it this way, as I’ve usually gone with the scale or the way my clothes fit in the past. I figured since tightening and toning is my goal, this would be a good way to see if the program delivers for me. We’ll seeee…
What’s your current fitness routine look like?