Focus T25: Alpha Speed 1.0 Review

Day 2 of Focus T25’s workouts was called Speed 1.0.  It, of course, spans 25 minutes and also requires no equipment, which is nice. The DVD pocket reads, “This fast-paced cardio workout improves speed and focuses on stretching, stability, and sweat. It’s your foundation for all the Speed workouts.”

I really enjoyed this particular DVD as it was a combination of cardio and stretch/stability exercises.  Because every other exercise for the first 15 minutes or so alternated fast paced cardio with stretch/stability, I felt like it was a bit “easier” than yesterday’s cardio workout. You go all out for the cardio exercise (such as hops and hooks, burpees, cross jacks, and zigzag hops) and then center yourself for your stability and stretch exercises (such as a hip flexor hold, leg crossover stretch, and a side lunge stretch), which ends up giving you that much needed breather so that you can go all out again for the next cardio move.  Even though I stated that it felt a bit easier, it was definitely not easy.  I was dripping sweat and very thankful for the stretch/stability exercises. I’m not a huge fan of long stretching videos (I get bored easily and much prefer constantly moving), but really enjoyed how it was incorporated into this DVD.

With just over 9 minutes left, Shaun T introduces the Burnout, which is basically 8 minutes of the non-stop cardio moves you had just done throughout the video. I liked that I already knew the moves, so when the burnout came, I didn’t have to think about what I had to do, I just did it when Shaun T gave the direction.  The Burnout is brutal (in an “awesome, I’m about to die, but I’m loving this” type of way…).  It’s super hardcore, you’re going all out, and it’s non-stop.  By the time you’re done your burnout, you are thanking that the workout is only 25 minutes long!  The last minute or so is a stretch/stability cool down, which felt oh-so-good after the crazy burnout. As with the Cardio DVD, there is the optional cool down stretch at the end.

Overall, I think I actually liked this DVD better than yesterday’s Cardio. It was super fun, flew by in a flash, and incorporated lots of fun cardio/stretch moves. I love workouts that incorporate kicking and punching (I think it comes from my obsession with Tae Bo when I was in high school), and this DVD has several moves that did that.  As with the last DVD, it has Tania who modifies the moves for those who need to follow along with lower impact options. Another thing that both this video and Cardio have, which I forgot to mention in my previous post is that it has a timer that counts backwards from 25 minutes, so you know how much longer you have to go. In addition, above the timer is the name of the  move you are doing with a timing bar that increases as your going through the exercise (so you can tell if you’re almost done that particular move, which I find very motivating!).

Again, Shaun T is super motivating, provides lots of tips to focus you on proper form, and keeps you motivated and “in” the workout.  I felt awesome when I was finished and am already looking forward to tomorrow’s video.  I imagine that if people follow the nutrition guide and the workout calendar, that results should definitely follow.  After my journey with Focus T25, I’ll definitely share with you my results (which will hopefully be amazing!).

Another well-earned tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar.

 

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.

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