Focus T25 Gamma Extreme Circuit Review

Today’s workout, Focus T25’s Gamma Extreme Circuit, is another total body workout that is broken down into five 5 minute sets.  You do four different exercises for 1 minute each followed by a burnout of those four exercises repeated for a shorter duration (15 seconds) at a faster pace and with more focus.  Almost all the exercises involve weights (or resistance bands) and some have chin-up bar options.  Again, Shaun T doesn’t tell you what weights to use, so you have to guess based on your own strength.  The cast also uses the same weights for the entire workout and you can see what their weights are throughout the workout (when the camera pans in).

The first set consists of alternating heel taps (while holding your weights), upright rows (my arms were still feeling the pain from yesterday…), dual shoulder presses, and alternating knee crunches (holding the weights at 90 degrees).

Set 2 consists of alternating front kicks while holding the weights at 90 degrees, dual hammer curls, hammer curls with a squat, and 90 degree straight leg holds.

Set 3 consists of weighted burpees, tricep push ups (oi…I suck at these), weighted squats, and plank crunches.

For Set 4, you drop your weights and do elbow mountain climbers and burpees with front kicks, pick them back up for reciprocating bicep curls, and drop them again for a plank walk/spider lunge combo.

Our final Set 5 consists of wide flies and hip thrusts, shoulder press twists, walking ski abs, and dead lifts with a hammer curl.

We wrap up with our cool down stretch.

Overall, I really liked the overall flow of this workout.  I liked that each of the sets were 5 minutes each so if I didn’t enjoy a particular exercise (*cough, cough* tricep push ups…) I knew I only had to do them for that set.  Each set went by rather quickly and the burnouts were fun (and went by in a flash).  There were also lots of challenging moves and quite a bit of variety that kept me motivated and “into” the workout. Plus, I was a sweaty mess by the end, which is always a bonus in my books! Even better, I get to add another dollar to 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 Gamma Rip’T Up Review

Day 2 in the Gamma Cycle is the “Rip’T Up” DVD, which requires either dumbbells or resistance bands, a mat, and a chin up bar (optional). My one pet peeve in these DVDs is that Shaun T never recommends dumbbell weights or refers to what his team members are lifting. When I did Chalean Extreme, Chalene always mentioned what she was lifting for each exercise and often mentioned what her modifier was lifting and her other team members, which helped me ball park my weights better. With this DVD, I just had to guess and hope the fit was good.  This, of course, was partial laziness on my part, because all our dumbbells were in my husband’s workout room and I didn’t feel like hauling them back and forth (ugh, can’t believe I just admitted that….on a fitness post, nonetheless!). It would have been more effective if I had more of my dumbbells lying there so I could switch it up if need be (i.e. if the set was too easy/difficult). In this DVD, you use two different sets of weights (a lighter set and a heavier set), so I just grabbed some 10s and 5s and went at it. I would recommend not being lazy and having other weights to select from in order to get more from your workout (and I will next time…I promise).

The one thing that really stands out to me from this workout was arms.  Um…ow.  You’ll understand why in a moment.  The workout starts off by getting your blood flowing with some cardio moves (that we saw in the beta workouts), including split lunge agility, low switch kicks, double switch kicks, high switch kicks, static upper cuts, and jack uppercuts.  At this point, I’m starting to smell less pleasant and have a nice bead of sweat forming on my body.  Feels good (and you can’t smell me anyway).  At this point, we start on some upper body/arm exercises, with some wide rows (optional chin up bar), single arm rows, straight arm flies (on the ground or on the chin up bar), lat pull downs (on the ground or on the chin up bar), reciprocating hammer curls, tricep kick backs with palms up, tricep kick backs with palms down (did I mention my triceps are horribly, pitifully weak?), reciprocating wide curls, single leg shoulder presses, 4 count push-ups, upright rows, 2 count push ups, 90 degree shimmy ups (at this point, my arms are jello and I have no idea if I can even keep eking these out), 90 degree shoulder shrugs (yes, at this point, my arms are giving out and I’m starting to fail), basic shoulder shrugs (OMG…so glad my arms are down and this gives a temporary arm rest break), standing rocketmans (super fun), and reciprocating lawn mowers. Phew…arms are putty at this point. Shaun T thankfully gives us a minor break from our arms and throws in some deadlift combos. We then jump back into some push press combos (with 90 degree knees, scissor legs, etc.) and then into some down dog/plank/push-up combos.  At this point, I think I’m in love with Tania, because my body is dying and I need to modify some of these moves. Next, Shaun has us jump up and do some high hooks, low hooks with squat hold, low jack uppercuts, and crossdown punch jacks. I found this an energizing break from the lifting/strength exercises (plus, I love kicking/punching exercises). We then get back down and do some superman and rocketman pulses, then right back up for some single leg dual curls and single leg tricep presses. Back down for some arm push-up jacks (and a knee-in combo), which I was again thankful for Tania. Back up for some 4 count curl presses, followed by 2 count curl presses, and then the much anticipated cool down. Oi.

Overall, I thought this was an awesome workout.  My arms definitely took a beating (in a good way) and I felt like a million bucks when it was finally done.  I’ve never really enjoyed strength/resistance workouts (I’m way more into cardio), but I found that this one went by quickly and had enough variety and motivation to keep me focused and into the workout. 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.


Focus T25 Gamma Speed 3.0 Review

Wow….or using one of Shaun T’s signature words, Focus T 25 Gamma Speed 3.0 was amazeballs.  I should have known walking into Gamma that I would be in for yet another slammin’ workout that would of course kick my butt, but, as per usual, I was still in shock as I lay panting on the floor, dripping in sweat, steaming with heat, and red as a tomato after my workout.

With Alpha and Beta under my belt, I was feeling fairly confident (and, yes, a bit scared) popping in my first DVD in the Gamma series.  The neat thing about the Gamma set is that you can choose from two different workout calendars – Pure Gamma or Pure Strength.  Pure Gamma is more focused on “getting ripped” while Pure Strength is, obviously, focused on building strength.  I opted for Pure Gamma as it seemed like a better fit in my current stage of fitness.

The first DVD in the Pure Gamma schedule is, of course, Gamma Speed 3.0.  I was expecting something intense (as was reminiscent of Speed 2.0), but still wasn’t fully prepared for this workout.  It was insane. Awesome. Electrifying.  In a sense, it was Speed 2.0 jacked up.  The layout of the DVD is almost identical to Speed 2.0 in that the workout is broken down into two “Rounds”, where you repeat each round three times (at a faster pace and with more intensity) followed by combining the two rounds together with two levels of intensity. The difference is that Shaun T has basically taken some of the moves from Speed 2.0 and ultimately made them harder (yeah, that’s right…harder, and more advanced/intense).  Not all the moves are the same, of course, but you definitely see some parallels. Oh and there are A LOT of burpees.  A. Lot.

Round 1 starts off with out and out turns (yes, very familiar), quick feet up and back (this time they are 180 degrees), 1-2-3 Ts (Heisman); moving quick jabs; hop hop turns (FAST!), push up/in and out ab combo; jabs with power lunges; squat hops with criss crosses (yes, this is where you feel like you’re getting a break…’nough said…), burpees with a plank walk, and a much needed break with some plie jabs. Wowza. Round 1, Level 1 done and I’m already feeling it – and 5 minutes hasn’t even passed yet!  At this point, I know my butt is getting a good kicking (and probably well deserved).  You repeat this round twice (again each time is much more intense and for a shorter duration of time).

Round 1 done, Round 2 to go.  At this point, I’m kind of hoping my dog will come down to distract me so I can get a breather….but, no luck.  She must be in cahoots with my hubby to make sure I don’t bail out like I was complaining about doing earlier (hey, we all have those days).  I decide to have a little chat with her later, because Shaun T ain’t about to stop.  Round 2, or as I like to think of it, “Burpee Heaven,” begins with “T” Drops with alternating knee raises, followed by burpees with spider lunges, jabs and squat thrusts, burpees and push-up jacks (Um…OW), speed knees and up and overs, burpees and ski abs (good thing I like burpees….), power knees (ahhhh…nice temporary “break” from the burpees), burpees and pike ups (I mean…for real, Shaun T????), power squats with jog backs, and, finally, just because we haven’t done enough, burpees with front kicks.  Yeah. It was insane.  There were definitely points where I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through the workout. But, Shaun T being Shaun T, kept on motivating and the moves flew by so quickly that I really didn’t have much time to contemplate my lack of willpower, so I carried on.

After Round 2’s succession, we get a jog recovery, and I jog all the way to my water bottle, because I am DYING (and I don’t feel so bad, because they stop and give each other high five’s too, so hey, maybe I’m not horribly out of shape at this point, maybe everyone feels this way…or not).  After a quick drink and some more jogging, we go from the top (Round 1 and Round 2 combined) at a Level 1 (yeah, ’cause it’s so darn easy, right….? Insert horrified expression and flash of panic). We then get a quick jog recovery and go from the top again at a level 2 (more intensity, shorter duration). Then Shaun T calls “Time” (THANK goodness!) and although I want to keel over and pass out on the floor, I stick it out for the cool down. My dog somehow realizes I’m done the workout and no longer tempted to quit, so she trots down the stairs and gives me some much needed kudos kisses.

So, all in all, this workout was killer. It, like the other T25 DVDs, goes by in a flash, makes you feel amazing, and tests your willpower and focus. It’s no joke. And, again, I get to put another tip into my Workout Tip Jar. Wahoo!


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.