Focus T25 Beta Rip’T Circuit Review

The third workout in Focus T25’s Beta phase is called the Rip’t Circuit and is described as “Cardio, upper body, legs, abs. Repeat. That’s how Shaun T gets you ripped in 25 minutes.” To be honest, that’s a pretty accurate description of the workout. You do a cardio move, followed by an upper body exercise, a leg exercise, an ab exercise and then repeat with a different exercise targeting each area. In comparison to the Total Body Circuit DVD, I actually thought this one was a bit easier. Definitely not “easy,” but easier than it’s Alpha counterpart. However, that’s just my opinion and your viewpoint may be completely different.

I actually did this workout after doing Speed 2.0 so I was a little nervous going into it (Speed 2.0 had kicked my butt), but actually quite enjoyed the DVD (perhaps because it felt easy compared to Speed 2.0).  The one thing that really stood out to me in this workout series was that we strayed away from the typical 30 second intervals we had been doing in other DVDs. In this workout, each exercise is basically a full minute long. Furthermore, this DVD actually requires some dumbbells or resistance bands, which we haven’t had to use prior to this. The one aspect that kind of disappointed me here was that Shaun T doesn’t recommend any weights or tell you how heavy the people are lifting (although we do see some of their weights when they pan in). It would have been nice to know where about to start.

The DVD starts off with some slow control jogs (cardio), followed by squat push-ups (upper body), palm down squat thrusts (legs), and alternating straight leg kicks (abs). The next set is speed and agility (cardio), followed by reciprocating bicep curls (upper body), deep lunge pulses (legs), and alternating straight leg lifts on the floor (abs). You can see the trend, eh?  The remaining exercises include fast alternating speed knees, arnold presses, weighted squat pulses, dual heel taps, high switch kicks, single leg lawnmowers, air plank and one leg burpees (so fun!), hip up “v” holds, high jump and twisting abs, single leg tricep presses, deadlifts and curl squats, knees in and out tap downs, half tuck jumps, 4 count wide push-ups, weighted moving squats, 4 count dual leg lifts, finishing with 5 count power abs. And of course, we have the optional and much appreciated cool down to wrap things up.

Overall, I enjoyed this workout. Not as strenuous as some of the others but still fun and quite intense at times. A good total body workout, but it won’t leave you wondering how you survived it at the end – you just do. Another tip for 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.

 

Focus T25 Beta Speed 2.0 Review

Um…wow.  That’s how I’m going to describe Focus T25’s Beta Speed 2.0 workout.  When I popped in the DVD, I was fully expecting something similar to Alpha Speed 1.0, which involved a combination of speed and stability/stretch exercises. In essence, it was the “easy” workout in the Alpha series. Speed 2.0 is definitely not easy.

According to the package, Speed 2.0 “picks up the pace and throws in some new Speed moves.” Um…yeah, that’s for sure. As soon as you pop in the DVD, you know something is going to be different. The music is fast paced and Shaun T skydives you into the exercises. The format of this DVD is a bit different than the previous ones, in that you start off with “Round 1/Level 1”, which obviously means that there will be more rounds and more levels. Round 1 consists of a series of super fast-paced speed exercises, including out and out turns, quick feet up and back, alternating speed knees slow, slow mountain climbers, jab outs, low switch kicks, speed and agility, and up and overs. Each exercise in the first level is about 30 seconds long and literally flies by. You feel this workout the second it starts (which is actually totally awesome). Now on to Level 2. Level 2 consists of the exact same exercises but at about 20 seconds each and a harder/faster intensity. Level 3 cuts the time down to 10 seconds a piece and ups the intensity even more. And yes, at this point, I am dying and wondering what in the world I just stepped into. On the plus side, the pace is going so quickly, I already know the moves, and I’m pushing myself so hard that the time is literally flying by. After the first round, Shaun T gives you a “break” with a jog recovery (oh how I have never loved jogging so much in my life..).

Next, we move onto Round 2, which consists of low crossjacks, hops up and back, hop hop squats, squat hops up and back, single leg speed knees, jack uppercuts, zigzag hops, and “x” lunges. Again, you repeat these exercises for Level 2 and Level 3 and then get that glorious jog recovery at the end where you are thankful your heart hasn’t literally popped out of your chest (in an awesome way of course).

We then move onto doing all the exercises from the top (so both rounds back to back). We repeat this again but a bit faster, get a luxurious jog recovery, and then whip out the moves from the top one last time and for one move each. We finish the last few seconds off with one last glorious jog.

Wow. Hot shizam. What the expletive did I just do???!  That DVD started and finished before I knew what happened to me and I loved every second of it. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment but I love workouts that push me to my extremes and Speed 2.0 definitely did that. It was fun, fast-paced, and a kick-butt workout. I was sweating buckets by the end and my heart was pounding. And…to my sick amazement, I totally could have done that all over again (perhaps after a brief break and a gallon of water).

This may actually be my favorite workout so far. It was definitely cardio-based and used a lot of the exercises that we had learned throughout the Alpha phase (including some new additions) which helped keep me on track. Another well-earned tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar.

Shaun T…I love you, man.

 

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.

 

Focus T25 Core Cardio Review (Beta Phase)

Now that I have officially started on week 6 of Focus T25, I have now entered the “Beta” Phase of the workouts. The Alpha phase flew by in a flash and I had a lot of fun throughout the first 5 weeks.  The workouts were super easy to stick with (since they were only 25 minutes, I really couldn’t justify missing them and if I did, I just doubled up the next day). It’s probably the easiest program to stick with that I’ve done thus far.  I look forward to each workout, get my but kicked for 25 minutes, feel great, and then move on with my day.

After the first phase, I’m down 6 lbs and about 1/2 to 1 inch all over. It’s summer and there have been a lot of birthdays, so my food hasn’t been as on par as I would have originally liked, which probably interfered a bit with my overall results.  However, I’m really happy with my progress so far (hey an inch on the hips is an inch on the hips, right???) and am looking forward to the next 5 weeks (and buckling down on my eating  a bit more sternly).

The first workout in the Beta Phase was called “Core Cardio” and is described as a “progressive cardio workout focusing on the core.”  Right off the bat, I noticed a bit of a change from the Alpha phase to the Beta phase. No longer is the warm up somewhat lackadaisical – with the beta phase, we jumped right into switch lunge agility and switch kicks. After 5 weeks of doing a similar warm up in the Alpha phase, I welcomed the fast paced change. Plus, since we had already built our foundation with Alpha, I was a lot more ready for the faster paced Beta phase. After the switch kicks, we jumped into some alternating speed knees (slow then fast), then slowed down a bit for some progressive twisting x lunges (getting progressively more difficult). Although the lunges were slower paced, boy did they kill by the end. I really wanted to focus on proper form and these killed me (in a good way of course).  Felt the burn alright!  At first I was thankful for the slower pace, but not sure if the trade off was actually better! 😉  After the killer lunge progression, we went into a squat progression, which felt like a bit of a reprieve. Still felt the burn, but also kind of gave my heart a bit of a rest from the previous exercises. Next was the first Burnout, which I have grown to love. Nothing feels better than going all out during the Burnout and seeing how well you can kick your own booty while maintaining proper form. I always like to compare my first (probably sad and pathetic) attempt to the final attempt in week 10.

After the first burnout, we went into some jumping progressions (high jump in place, side to side, hop rotations), hammer kicks, shuffles (loved the final shuffle progression which incorporated a burpee), and ending with some plank tap progressions. By the time I got to the plank progressions, I was definitely looking like a sweaty lump of jello. It wasn’t pretty, but it felt good (in that horrible, when will it end, do I have enough will power sort of way…).  Just when you’ve felt like you’ve used up all your energy and strength, it’s time for the final burnout. Thank goodness for Shaun T’s inspirational ways. The DVD then ends with some floor sprints (because my core and shoulders were not feeling it enough already) and ends with some body sprints and body runs (ahh…glorious).

As per usual, Shaun T provides the extra cool down at the end, where I shortly thereafter collapsed into my own pool of sweat on the floor. Hello, Beta, my new friend.

I think this workout came at the most perfect timing. After 5 weeks of the Alpha phase, I was starting to get pretty good at the workouts. My endurance and strength had all been improving and I was giving myself a lot of props (hello inflated ego). Enter Beta phase where I get my egotistical butt handed back to me in a nicely gift-wrapped package of humility (yeah…I’ve got a lot of work to do). It was nice having a new challenge. It’s not so much that this workout was light-years in intensity away from the Alpha videos, but it was a change in pace (a bit faster, less baby steps) and simply different. Overall, very pleased with this workout and am looking forward to seeing Beta’s results (and for trying tomorrow’s workout!). Plus, another tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar.  Yay!

 

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.