Yesterday, I was supposed to do Focus T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit, but things came up and I never got a chance to get it done. I started my morning with some Asylum Speed and Agility and Les Mills Combat Plyo HIIT, followed by some never-ending landscaping. We didn’t finish landscaping until late in the evening, so I decided to just double up my T25 workouts today, which I did. I always recommend following the workout calendar and speaking with a doctor if you have any concerns. Below you will find my review of Focus T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit and in a subsequent post a review of Ab Intervals.
Focus T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit Review
I started off my workout this morning with Focus T25’s Alpha Total Body Circuit. Again, you don’t need any equipment and the workout spans 25 minutes. This workout is considered a “cardio based strength workout,” which pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. In a way, I hesitate to compare the difficulty of this workout with the two previous workouts, as they are quite a bit different (and yet also similar in some ways). I wasn’t winded throughout it like I was during Alpha Cardio, but man was it hard. In this particular workout, I was really thankful for Tania as a modifier during many of the strength workouts. I am definitely not the best at doing push-ups and can only do so many on my toes before I have to modify, so I was periodically looking for Tania when my body gave out on these activities (same with some of the plank-based exercises).
As with the first two DVDs, Shaun T provides you with a couple of warm up exercises to get your blood flowing (I really enjoy how he eased me into the workout with some alternating knee lifts and jogs). You also see some previously done exercises, such as the hop, hop turns and hop, hook, squats. So far, so good – doesn’t seem too different from the other workouts. However, then Shaun T throws in some changes. He brings you down to the floor (which hasn’t happened in previous videos) and gets you started on some plank shoulder taps. Wahoo, again, feeling pretty good, got my plank going alright. Then, of course, the move starts to progress (as with the Alpha Cardio DVD, Shaun T has many moves progress in difficulty level) and we move into shoulder tap push-ups. At this point, I had to start referring to Tania for options when my body no longer cooperated. After that, we proceed to some lunges and squats (which I LOVE) and then back to my favorite, jabs. Again with each of these sets, we progress through easy to hard moves. After some fun cardio blasting with jabs, we get back down and do some more planks, this time incorporating plank walk combos (i.e. with squats, in and out abs, etc.). Again, I’m loving Tania at this point – she’s turning into my new best friend. 😉 After this strenuous strength exercise, we go all out with some sprints (ahh…refreshing) and into some sprint combos with squats. Back to floor work with plank work (walking in and out, hopping in and out, up to pike and out, etc.). We then proceed into some squats and squat burpee combinations and then back into some spider-lunges and push-ups. At this point, I’m dripping in sweat, red as a beet, and wondering what I got myself into. Oh yeah, and we haven’t even reached the burnout yet. The burnout begins with just over 5 minutes left in your workout. It’s a combination of the last set in each of the previous progressions where Shaun T asks you to go all out. As the burnout comes to an end, Shaun T finishes the workout with some floor sprints and a body run and with the optional cool down at the end. Oi…I survived. 🙂
Overall, I thought this was a great overall body workout. Shaun T incorporated a lot of variety that helped keep me in the workout. Rather than do all the plank work at once, he alternated them with other exercises (i.e. moving from plank work to lunges, into squats, into sprints, etc.). The variety helped keep me interested and knowing that each exercise was relatively short helped keep me from dropping on the floor in a pile of my own sweat and staying there forever (not that I didn’t consider it at times…). I also really liked the fact that I didn’t need any weights or equipment to strengthen – we were just using our own body weight. My goal is to eventually be able to rely less on Tania’s modifications and more on keeping excellent form and staying with Shaun T’s pace. As with the previous two workouts, we don’t get any water breaks and I ended up having to stop and grab some water throughout this workout. I definitely miss my water breaks…
Loved how the workout made me feel and I look forward to challenging myself to complete it better each time I do it. Yet another tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar.