Focus T25: Alpha Cardio Review

I started my day off great with two back to back workouts (Asylum’s X Trainer and Les Mills Combat’s Power HIIT) and felt amazing, not expecting to receive my Focus T25 until later in the week.  I went to check the mail later on in the day and, lo and behold, there was my Focus T25 awaiting.

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If there is one thing that I absolutely love, it’s trying new workouts.  I have been totally amped about this DVD set that I really couldn’t hold back. I tore open the package and started rifling through the contents.

A Brief Breakdown of Focus T25

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the Alpha Cardio workout, I’ll just briefly outline what is involved in the DVD series.  When you order the base set, it comes with two cycles of workouts: Alpha and Beta, which each span a 5 week period of time. Alpha sets the foundation for your journey , while Beta steps it up and focuses on your core with new moves to burn fat and sculpt lean muscle.  Below is a breakdown of the DVDs included in each set (as described on the Teambeachbody website):

ALPHA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Cardio. 25 minutes of calorie-burning, sweat-drenching cardio.
  • Speed 1.0. Ignite your quickness. Burn the fat. Fast-paced for fast results.
  • Total Body Circuit. Focus on strength and resistance – without lifting a single weight.
  • Ab Intervals. Cardio and ab intervals that shred the fat from your midsection.
  • Lower Focus. Focus on your lower-body muscles – the key to burning fat and kicking up your metabolism.

BETA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Core Cardio. Get your sweat on! The progressive cardio-core workout is about you getting shredded fast.
  • Speed 2.0. Rev it up with Shaun’s calorie-scorching, core-focused speed drills.
  • Rip’t Circuit. Cardio … upper body … legs … abs … repeat! This si how you get ripped in 25 minutes.
  • Dynamic Core. You’ll go from vertical to horizontal and back again in this dynamic, crazy core routine.
  • Upper Focus. Shaun will help you develop the upper body of your dreams. All you have to do is FOCUS.

In addition, with the base kit you get the following:

  • Quick-Start Guide.
  • Get It Done Nutrition Guide.
  • ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars.
  • Stretch Workout.
  • 5-Day Fast Track.
  • B-LINES Resistance Band (15 lb).
  • 24/7 Online Support.
  • Core Speed (an extra DVD if your order through your Coach or Team Beachbody).

In addition, I also ordered the T25 Gamma DVDs, which give you a PURE STRENGTH Hybrid Calendar, a PURE GAMMA workout calendar, and the following four workouts:

  • Rip’T Up.  Strengthen and streamline your biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, and chest with Shaun’s 360 degrees upper-body moves.
  • Extreme Circuit. Build lean muscle and burn fat at the same time! In this one, the weights never leave your hands. Not even for the warm-up.
  • The Pyramid. Accelerate your reps as time progresses. This is your 25 minute cardio and strength endurance test.
  • Speed 3.0 Workout. Faster pace. More sweat. Serious results. You won’t want to miss this 25 minute high-speed challenge.

Gamma’s focus is on Strength and provides two different calendar options – one that focuses on getting ripped while building pure strength.

But I seem to be digressing…now on to the review!

 

Alpha Cardio Review

The first workout for Focus T25 is Alpha Cardio. Something that I particularly like about this package is that the workout schedule is also included directly on the DVD case, so if you lose the larger calendar, you can always refer directly to the case. The case is divided into each DVD pocket and on each pocket is the name of the workout (i.e. Cardio), a brief description of what the workout entails, the allotted time, and the equipment needed.  For Alpha Cardio, it states:

Cardio

A progressive cardio workout that’ll have you burning fat and dripping sweat in just 25 minutes.

TRT: 25 minutes

Equipment: Nada

 

As with most Beachbody workouts, the first DVD you pop in is not likely going to be the most intense (don’t want to scare anyone off right away).  I was, however, pleasantly surprised with Alpha Cardio.  It is exactly what it describes – “a progressive cardio workout that’ll have you burning fat and dripping sweat.”  The exercises build onto each other (i.e. you start with an alternating knee lift, then lift on toes while still alternating knee lifts, proceed into a slow and controlled jog, and finish with a faster high knee jog).  By the time you get to the top progression, you’re dying and wishing Shaun T will move on, which he, thankfully, does.  There are a variety of different sets that he progresses through, such as jacks, lunges, heel taps, jumps, squats/hops, sprints, and other moves. I won’t get into the painstaking details of each of the moves, as I’m sure you can find them elsewhere.

Shaun T also includes two “Burnout” sections throughout the DVD (one towards the middle and another towards the end), where he asks you to go as hard as you can through the burnout section, which includes moves you have already done at a more intense rate.

By the end of the 25 minutes, I was literally dripping in sweat and out of breath. I did pretty well throughout the workout, keeping up with the cast and only having to take a few breathers here and there. I’m sure I will get better and will improve my form as I progress throughout the DVD series.  As the timer was counting down, however, I was definitely looking forward to stopping, not because I was bored, but because I was dying for a break.  Overall, I thought it was an amazing workout for it being only 25 minutes long. I am definitely used to longer workouts, but the 25 minutes felt great.  Below you can find some of my pros and cons to this particular DVD.

Pros:

  • Short and sweet – who doesn’t have 25 minutes a day to workout?
  • There is a modifier – Tania is a great option to have to watch if you cannot quite get a move or if you need a lower-impact option.
  • Focus on technique – Shaun T, as per usual, is always providing tips and reminders to use proper form to get the most out of your workouts and to be safe.
  • Fast Paced – Each of the moves is relatively short, so the video goes by too quickly for you to get bored or feel like you have to quit due to pain/exhaustion.  Just when I was on the brink of stopping, Shaun T would change up the exercise and move on to something new and less painful (ahhh…squats…).
  • Fun – I really enjoyed myself throughout the workout.  When I did Insanity, I sometimes dreaded doing some of the videos because of the repetitive nature of them, but I found this one super fun (and brought back fuzzy, warm memories of Asylum, which I LOVED).
  • Shaun T – Shaun T himself is a pro. I love him, as he’s a huge motivator, makes funny comments, and keeps you in the workout.
  • Good quality filming – audio and picture were great (I HATE when I can’t hear the instructor properly)
  • Great workout – As I mentioned, I was dripping in sweat after 25 minutes. Wahoo!
  • Optional cool down stretch – At the end of the DVD, you can choose to follow Shaun T’s cool down stretch, which is just over a couple of minutes long. A nice and important option.

Cons:

  • I’m being a bit nit picky here, but the music wasn’t super stellar. I didn’t dislike the music, but to be honest, when I think back to what music I even heard, I can’t remember!  Maybe that’s because I was focused so much on using proper form with moves and trying to last to the next exercise!

 

Overall, a fantastic workout. I’m imagining that as we progress through the DVDs that the workouts will become more challenging, which I look forward to.  So far, pretty impressed with the quality of the workout and the DVD. Plus I got to add anther dollar to my Workout Tip Jar. Yay!

 

Happy Exercising!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Focus T25: Alpha Cardio Review

  1. Great detailed review of Focus T25. I’d be interested to read more in regards to what your thoughts were on the other workouts. Do you use an HRM and if so what kind of results are you seeing in regards to Insanity. If you’re interested drop by and read my two latest posts which review a number of the workouts. I’ve also tried to provide an indication of the calories I’m burning in comparison to Insanity. I’m really enjoying it so far and its a refreshing change after doing insanity for so long.

    • Hey Byron,

      Unfortunately, I don’t wear a HRM, so I don’t know how it compares to Insanity in that sense, except that I definitely find Insanity to be more challenging in the sense that it’s longer and (so far) more extreme (although I haven’t done the Beta or Gamma phases yet…). Focus T25, to me, however, feels more “doable” and I can definitely see myself sticking with it for multiple rounds. With Insanity, I enjoyed it, but was less inclined to do multiple rounds after I first completed it (it was an awesome workout, but didn’t “hook” me like other workouts). In fact, I haven’t really done a second full round of Insanity, but I have done lots of Insanity/Asylum hybrids and could potentially see a hybrid with T25 that could be fun.

      I will definitely go over to your site to check out your reviews!

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