Fitness really is a passion of mine. It’s absolutely a love-hate relationship. Although there are many days that I struggle to start my workout, I always feel amazing at the end of it. I thought it was time to reignite the topic, since my initial review of Insanity, and also timely considering Shaun T and Beachbody have just released the new Focus T25 workout.
The reason why I discuss exercise on this blog is that I believe it’s critical in having the energy you need to tackle all aspects of your life. I’ve been following the release of the Focus T25 workout program since it was publicly announced.Beachbody describe the program as:
Get Great Results from Your Workout in 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week
Now if you’re living a life like mine at the moment then I can only imagine how precious your free time might be. If you’re blogging and learning something new then you’ll want to make sure you assign as much of the day for it as you can. That’s why the Focus T25 workout is perfect for you and I.
Everybody can find at least 25 minutes a day to exercise and if you’re going to be on top of your game, feeling excited for life you’ll definitely need to complete the schedule as part of your week. Yesterday was my first day and for that reason I’ll only be focusing on the first two routines which were Cardio and Speed 1.0. The program is split up into three schedules called Alpha, Beta and Gamma.
When it comes to exercise it’s important to keep changing things up. When you do you’ll be surprised at how much more fun you have and you’ll try harder. I was excited for Focus T25, and something new, and ended up doing the first two sessions on day one.
To give you an idea for my results I have the following measurements
- 180 cm
- 28 years old
Day 1: Focus T25 Cardio
Equipment Required: None
For the majority of the workout I was very comfortable with the moves that were required. There was a combination of original Insanity moves, with some variations on them, as well as a number of brand new moves that were thrown in. Recently I’ve been doing a number of the Beachbody Les Mills Combat routines which have a large number of lunges and squats and this has certainly conditioned me to some degree for the new Focus T25.
Whenever you’re trying a new exercise program there are always some moves where you may struggle to coordinate your body. It takes a period of time for the body to understand the movement and the rhythm. As it was the first time running through the session I’m sure that I’ll burn more calories on the second run.
Typically in Cardio you’ll learn a set of moves at a quick pace before you move into the Burnout Phase. This is the phase that you really want to ‘crank up the volume’ and started pushing your body to its limits. This phase last for two minutes and by the time you’re finished with the second round of Half Tuck jumps you should find that you’re heart is pumping hard. You’ll conduct a second set of moves before entering a secondary Burnout Phase.
Towards the end of the workout I developed a really bad stitch around the ‘alternate speed knee fast’ moves. This is not something I typically get so it might have been due to my lack of coordination on a few moves or potentially due to some of the jumping moves. Again I definitely think this would have limited my final amount of calories burned. To finish off there is a 2:25 cool-down/stretch which is a nice way to bring yourself back down to earth
So in Summary my results were the following
Max Heart Rate: 175 bpm
Calories Burned: 340
Day 2: Focus T25 Speed 1.0
Equipment Required: Non required
For this workout there were a larger percentage of moves that I hadn’t seen in previous Beachbody workouts. The moves felt somewhat choreographed in Speed 1.0 and on my first attempt I felt a little more uncoordinated with them. If you’re a good dancer you’ll probably find this a little easier but in saying that even if you’re not you’ll pick it up quickly.
The workout however was clever in the way that you would complete a move for a period of time before conducting a stretch. I found this a nice change from the original days of original Insanity. Original insanity you’d have a fairly brutal warm up before a stretch period and I found after many years of doing Insanity the stretch period would become mundane and you’d be keen to get into the workout.
Focus T25 Speed 1.0 is a nice change however in that it gets you moving but stretches you in between moves. It’s great to hear Shaun T yell “I’m Back” as I’m always excited to see something new. Once again you’ll finish with the same cooldown/stretch used in Cardio for another 2:25
Overall I loved the workout but did feel my coordination was off with a number of moves throughout. I’m looking forward to having my second attempt as my body starts to remember and improve now that it knows the moves.
So my results were:
Max Heart Rate: 172bpm
In summary I burnt over 700 calories in 55 minutes which I’m very happy with. For those days where you don’t have a huge amount of time these workouts are perfect for you. If you are going to follow the plan in the Alpha phase however I do recommend that you eat well if you really want results. Either follow the nutrition plan Beachbody provides you or ensure that you have your own personal diet under control.
I found the workouts to be fun and a refreshing change in my weekly routines. I didn’t find the moves to be frustrating and at 25 minutes I really found this a great assistance in the mind games I play with myself. Knowing that you have 60 minutes of Insanity Asylum Gameday can be taxing on your mind but splitting your workout up into two 25 minute sessions somehow makes it easier for me.
Once again my recommendation is to be careful on your form and your knees. You should use a plush yoga mat to help out your knees and I also find that the Mueller straps really assist my knees and removes any pain I might receive from prolonged workout schedules.
Well that’s my first two days and I’ll be sure to update you with my progress as I move through the rest of the program. How did you go on your first few days? Feel free to comment here and ask any questions you have or let others know your results.
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If you’re still not sure if this workout for you I found the following video on YouTube which you might find beneficial to decide whether it might be something you enjoy.