Week one of Focus T25 is officially in the bag. And I’m feeling pretty good about this program.
I’ve been reading a lot of reviews on Facebook and blogs in which people are comparing this program to Shaun T.’s Insanity. Well, Shaun T says you shouldn’t. Even though these programs have the same creator and similar moves, they have different objectives. In Shaun T’s words:
Insanity: is for people who want a challenge. People who say, “I want to die.” It’s for fit people who need something to push them beyond their fitness level.
Focused T25: is a focused 25 minutes of exercise when you “don’t have time.” It’s for people who want to get that fitness in every day without stress.
And, after doing each program, I can attest to these definitions. And though I’m not sure which is my favorite, I’m certainly digging a lot that T25 has to offer thus far.
Week 1 Review | Alpha Cycle
I ended this week feeling sorer than expected. Admittedly, I’d been comparing T25 to Insanity and thinking, “It’s not nearly as hard.” So imagine my surprise when my legs were aching by Saturday. That said, there was a lot to love about T25 and soon I stopped comparing it to my beloved Insanity.
What I liked about Week 1:
- I never felt overwhelmed. It didn’t stress me out. I knew I could get in those 25 minutes every day.
- I could do it on busy days or on-the-go. I completed two of the workouts at 6 a.m. before a busy day. I completed three of the workouts while traveling.
- I could add workouts on top of T25. I pushed play on Wednesday morning and, later that night, I played a softball game. Without wanting to die.
What I didn’t like about Week 1:
- When you buy the program, you receive a calendar to record whether you “nailed” the workout or “barely made it.” I hate having to choose between these two extremes. There should really be a middle option, though I’m able to compromise here. For now, I’m using “nailed it” as me completing the workout perfectly. And, of course, I haven’t really done that yet. So I always have something to strive toward.
- Foot pain. Lots of folks in my challenge group are complaining about it. But this workout comes with some serious foot burn related to all the ballistic movements. Mine isn’t too bad, but once in a while it forces me to stop – and that’s annoying. I guess that means it’s working?
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with Week 1 of the program. I can tell it’s something I’ll stick with because it’s convenient and fits well into my life. It’s even helping me become a bit of a morning exerciser… and that’s a feat in and of itself.
I recorded my stats on Saturday and will be sharing those results midway through the program and toward the end. Stay tuned!