Saturday, July 27, 2013

Focust T25 - Alpha - Cardio - The Review

As promised, here is my take on Cardio from Focus T25, the newest production from Beachbody, with trainer, Shaun T (Insanity, Asylum, Hip Hop Abs).
First I would like to explain, that the basic kit comes with 10 workouts, that are spread out in 2 phases, Alpha and Beta. Alpha is the initial phase and has 5 workouts that you rotate according to the schedule.   The first one you come across is Cardio, as you may imagine is 25 minutes of Heart pumping moves, no breaks, no even for water ( of course  you should always be conscious of your body and take breaks as needed even if the video keeps going), some people like to pause to squeeze in all the moves, I personally feel that it defeats the purpose,  you want to see exactly where you stand in your fitness levels and that can be gaged by seeing how far are you able to keep up with the trainers and the guys in the video.

Anyway, back to video, there is no warm up, Shaun T uses a series of moves that progress in difficulty, classics like running, jumping jacks, squats and lunges, each move lasts about 1 minute before your move on to the next. It's really fun and by the time your brain figures out what your are doing, you got 5 minutes to go. It goes by quickly and the best part is that  THERE IS A  MODIFIER, that means, Everybody and ANYBODY can do this workout, if you can't quite keep up with  Shaun T you have the option of following the modifier. I am focusing in my nutrition, as of right now I am too heavy to even think of Shaun T, so I modify everything, I was still, very sore on week one, and  feel like I'm getting a proper workout. The workout ends at exactly 25 minutes. There is however, a 3 minute cool down that starts right after, but this one has no cast, so it's just Shaun T. I don't always have time to do that, but it's recommended.

Overall I find this one to be on the "easier side" compared to others in the series, and  anyway, nothing is so bad that you can't do for 25 mins, right?

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Back Again!

Well after being MIA for awhile, I am BACK.  Other than a few months, due to major injuries, I've still been working out hard, just not posting.  I've done Les Mills Pump and Les Mills Combat, both of which I'll post a review of later.  Now Thrilledmomof2 and I are back together as workout buddies and we are working on Shaun T's latest, Focus T 25.  We are loving it and look forward to seeing the results.  What I've learned over this last year or so is that even though I work out hard, without good nutrition, I'm not going to see the results that I am hoping for.  Don't get me wrong, I love the workouts, I love the energy they bring, and the feelings of strength and health.  However good nutrition has always been a struggle for me.  I'm a picky eater and will be the first to admit that I eat like a kid.  Veggies are not my thing.  So along with a new workout, I am also focusing on better eating habits.  I started a new carb cycling plan.  I don't want to say diet, because I don't plan on it being something temporary and diets fail more often than not. Plus there really isn't too much deprivation with this. This way of eating, when I mess up, it's ok because I can get right back on track.  So throughout the next several weeks, I'm focusing only 25 min a day on workouts, and moving more focus onto my nutrition habits.  Looking forward to see the changes that are coming!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fall Down 7 times, get up 8

Well, Well, Well.... look what the cat dragged in! I know, it's been 2 years since we updated this blog. I have a whole lot of excuses for it, good excuses at that, but still excuses. But we all know that when something is important  enough for you to do, you will find the time, if not, you will find... excuses!
So I've fallen of the wagon, been exercising  on and off over the past 2 years, and have lost nothing but confidence in myself and a little self respect. 
But this post it's not about a pity party, or to give a plethora of arguments, is to tell you, just like the prodigal son, I am back,  I'm extremely excited to re start my fitness and weight loss journey and to share it with you guys. This is a fight I've been fighting since I can remember, and for every failure, there has been a lesson, and so I come back stronger, wiser.
This time my program of choice is the brand new program for Shaun T ( creator of Insanity and Hip Hop Abs)  called  Focus T25, it's a 10 week program, but the workouts are only 25 minutes a day. It's designed for people whose excuse for not exercising  is the lack of time (like me), and take that out of the equation .
As I mention before, I've learned a lot from my past failure and one of those lessons is that the focus for weight loss is definitely nutrition, so I'm paying close attention to it.
Over the next several days, I will post a review of each of the new Focus T25 workout.

Wish me luck and a happy journey!

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