Workout – Week 4 of Focus T-25 Challenge
August 24, 2013
Week 4 of of Focus T-25 – Nailed It! The alpha phase of these workouts is almost through – only 1 more week to go then we go into the 5 week beta phase. I can tell the workouts are getting easier for me and notice how much more stamina I have getting through them. Especially on Friday – the double workout day.
Here are some highlight photos of the week. I got into making photo collages this week with my pictures. I got the idea from another person in my challenge group.
Also, I made up 2 new smoothie recipes and have those to share:
I also created a new salad recipe. The salad made quite a bit so I had half for lunch and the rest with dinner. Here is the recipe:
I placed all the ingredients except lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and chilled them for about an hour then put the last 2 ingredients on just before eating it for lunch. This was a really good salad – I thought – a change from a normal lettuce based salad. Note: It is strong with the onion and garlic – best to have some gum or breath mints after eating.
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Workout – Week 2 of Focus T-25 Challenge
August 10, 2013
My second week of the ten week Focus T-25 challenge group has been completed. I am feeling very energized and confident at the end of this week. I even did the bonus workout today, Saturday, the Core Speed dvd. That workout is fast paced and has you sweating a lot in 25 minutes.
The workouts this week were: -Cardio, -Total Body Circuit, -Speed 1.0, -Cardio again, and double day on Friday -Lower Focus and -Ab Intervals. I then chose to do the Core Speed bonus dvd today, Saturday.
This is week 2 of my challenge group but actually my 5th completed week of the program. I started over for this challenge group. I am really liking these 25 minute workouts and the results I am seeing from them. I am not trying to lose weight as I was already pretty fit due to my daily workout regimen but I can tell my clothes are getting a little loose and my core is really getting tighter.
The most challenging workout is the alpha round – which you do for the first 5 weeks, then go to 5 weeks of beta – is the Total Body Circuit for me. That one has me sweating a ton. There are quite a few push ups in that particular workout. I am able to get through at least 1/2 to 2/3 of them on my toes but have to do the rest on my knees. It is tough!
Also included in this workout program is an eating plan with recipes. I forgot to mention that in my week 1 post. I am personally not following that part of the program as I feel I already have a pretty healthy diet. Also, with 3 kids it is hard to cook something different every night for yourself. I find it easier to make us one big healthy meal.
One thing I am doing with this program is having a protein shake, or smoothie, every morning for breakfast instead of eating. I have also been trying to add some greens to my smoothies like kale or spinach. This way I figure I am getting at least 1 or 2 fruits and 1 vegetable serving at the start of the day. I also think this helps to influence me to eat better the rest of the day. A new protein smoothie I created this week has a raw beet in it. It it very refreshing and gives you energy. See the recipe in the photo below:
Well, tomorrow is the Stretch dvd day for the program. It is a great 25 minute total body stretch that feels great after all the hard workouts. Monday will start week 3 of the challenge group for me. I’ll update you at the end of next week on how that goes.
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Workout – Focus T-25 Week 1
August 3, 2013
This past Monday was the beginning of the T-25 workout challenge group I joined. I am proud to say I “nailed” week 1 and have completed the first week of the 10 week program.
I have actually had Focus T-25 for 4 weeks and started using it 4 weeks ago. I was on week 4 but started over on week 1 for the challenge group.
This workout is great! I am loving the results I am seeing from it and the fact that it is only 25 minutes long and you work hard the whole time and sweat a lot! At the end of the 25 minutes there is always a 2 to 3 minute cool down stretch segment with Shaun T. The 25 minute workout is perfect for those who don’t have an hour a day to spend working out. There is one day a week on the calendar rotation that is a “double” workout day though and that is Friday. So, that day you workout for 50 minutes or you could do one of the workouts on Friday and do one on Saturday if you can’t fit both on Friday.
This past Friday was my first day doing a “double” Friday. The previous 3 weeks I had followed the schedule but was only doing 1 of the 2 workouts on Friday. I am so glad I pushed myself yesterday and did both. I will say I did not do them back to back. I did the Lower Focus first, took a 45 minute water and 1 cup of coffee break out on my patio, then I came in an pushed play again with the cardio workout. I felt really energized by the end of the cardio workout.
Another great thing about this workout is that you don’t need a bunch of equipment to do them. Most of them require no equipment or just an exercise mat.
This workout is a Beachbody workout. My Beachbody coach is Joanna and here is her facebook page link if you would like to contact her for more info on Focus T-25 and the challenge group. Just click on the highlighted link.
The first 5 weeks of the rotation are called the Alpha cycle and the last 5 weeks are called the Beta cycle. The Alpha workouts for week one were: -Cardio -Speed 1.0 -Total Body Circuit -Ab Intervals -Lower Focus & Cardio for double day and Stretch on Saturday or Sunday. So far the Total Body Circuit workout is the hardest one for me but I am able to get through it – I have never sweat so much before in 25 minutes! Also, while doing this workout I noticed that the girl in the back and I have the same shoes – I noticed this the 2nd time I did the workout. I thought that was funny because how often do you own the same shoes as someone in a workout DVD?
I have been working out regularly for the past 10 years on my own. I do all types of different workouts to stay fit. I would recommend this workout to anyone looking to lose weight or be more fit and energized. There is a person in all the workouts who does a lower impact modification of all the exercises and you can always start with that and progress to the more advanced level. Of course you should always consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.
I am not affiliated with the workout program, Focus T-25, or with Beachbody. I am just a mother of 3 boys, blogger and designer who likes to exercise regularly to stay fit and wanted to share the info on this program.
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