Focus T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit Review

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.

 

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.

4 thoughts on “Focus T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit Review

  1. I just started T25 on Monday and I love it. I did a few rounds of insanity in the past and eventually got burnt out on it so I took some time off…that turned into too much time off so I was looking for a shorter work out to ease back into it. OH MAN even though it was only 25 min it was a GREAT workout and a little harder than I thought it would be since I took way too much time off but I’m happy to be back and I’m looking foward to Total Body Circuit tonight. Great review !

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far, Maria! I love it, too, and am still doing it! I’m on a second round, this time doing it with my hubby, which makes it even more fun. It’s definitely different from Insanity (I find that it keeps me interested a bit more than Insanity did, probably because it’s short and sweet!). Enjoy Total Body Circuit tonight!

  2. Thanks for the great review. I completed this workout this morning and it was BRUTAl, but I loved it. I’m trying to track my calories burned on myfitnesspal.com and don’t know how to categorize this workout. My options are Cardio or Strength Training, no combo. How would I figure how many calories I burned for this workout?

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the workout! It’s definitely one of my favorites (I actually really love T25 in general!). The best way to track calories would likely be through technology such as a bodybugg or bodymediafit or some sort of heart rate monitor device that tracks calories based off of your height/weight, etc. A couple of years back, I used the BodyMediaFit band daily for months, so I got used to knowing approximately how many calories I was burning based off of different exercises/routines. But, obviously that involves dropping extra money, which isn’t always an option.

      Since I also use myfitnesspal.com, I’d probably recommend selecting the “Circuit Training” option as opposed to just Aerobic or Strength, as Total Body Circuit involves a combination of cardio and strength, but remember it’s an approximate! I hope that helps! 🙂

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