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Focus T25 Gamma Phase Review

Oh. My. DAYS!!! I didn’t think anything could be better than Beta, but Gamma is the shiz! It’s tough, in fact tough is the understatement of the century it’s verging on insanity but I love it!

So let’s start at the beginning and I will take you through my Focus T25 Gamma phase review.

Focus T25 Gamma Phase

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Focus T25 Beta Phase Review Update

So I’ve realised I’ve not really updated or given my review on the next phase (Beta) of Focus T25. I am absolutely LOVING IT! Before I started Beta phase I was panicking and worrying that Shaun T was going to sneakily turn Beta phase into an Insanity workout, thankfully I was wrong! On most days I really look forward to doing this exercise and get really cranky and miserable on the days that I can’t do it. It is only a 25 minute workout but sometimes I have a work commitment or have to do things after work and by the time I get home at 8.30 / 9 pm and sorted myself out it isn’t really fair on my neighbours (I live in an apartment) for me to start leaping around and making tons of noise so I will try and do a mini squats and lunges workout instead. Working those legs still makes you get a good sweat on, and if it doesn’t you’re doing it wrong!!!

Anyway, back to Focus T25 Beta Phase. I honestly cannot believe the difference that this workout has made to my life. I am actually going to be really brave and show you some pictures of how I looked before I started and how I look now. I am absolutely stoked with the results and even more proud that I have done it in a healthy way and over 6 months. T25 has definitely helped with that!

What I love about Beta phase is the introduction of weights or resistance bands. I tried using the bands but I got myself a bit muddled up so definitely found it easier to use the dumbbells. The introduction of weights was important to me, because since losing the bulk of my weight (there’s still more to go) the weights just give that extra bit to start help shredding those sticky lbs that are clinging on for dear life and is helping to add definition to the muscles that are hiding below that last layer of fat. When I say fat here, I want to point out that I am by no means implying that I am overweight, but there is fat on my body that I still want to shift so I can see those muscles that I’ve been working so hard on building!!

I am just about to go into my final week of Beta phase and whilst it most certainly doesn’t get any easier I can see that I am getting better, and as long as I keep pushing myself to my limits then it will always be hard, but that level keeps changing as I get better. I can see my own strengths and weaknesses; my core is really strong, so the core workouts are where I can excel and push myself even harder. My speed is shockingly bad! I still find myself going slower so I can get my form perfect, there’s zero point in keeping up with the DVD if I’m not working the right areas. And finally my shoulders are weak, so whilst I can see improvement week on week I am still not smashing it but it will take time and focus to get to the level I want.

Without wanting to sound corny but Focus T25 has changed my life; it’s given me an awareness of my body and what it can do, how I can push myself, and more importantly that it’s given me the results that are pushing me forward. As soon as you see those results that’s when you keep going. I’m now going to put a picture of myself on the fridge as my “fitspiration”, if I can achieve these results in 6 months, imagine why I can’t change and maintain over the next 6 months! So as promised (very scared now, so please be nice!) here is a photo of my results, photo 1 is so embarrassing for me but it shows how far I’ve come in such a short period of time, and photo 2 is how I look right now. The difference is astounding and has been done by following a clean diet and daily exercise, no bells and whistles folks just hard work!

Weight Loss over 6 months

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Alpha Phase Almost Complete!!

Holy moly! The time has come where I am doing my last ever Alpha Phase workouts this weekend and then next week I am moving on to the Beta Phase!!! I am actually bricking it!! Alpha was tough which means Beta is going to whoop my butt! I am scared because there are some areas that I still don’t feel strong enough on but am soooooo excited to get started!

It’s been so much easier to stick with Focus T25 than any other exercise because I do enjoy it and it is maintainable. It’s given my weightloss and fitness goal a real kick start and it’s been so encouraging to start seeing the results I wanted, and I’m not going to lie it’s been awesome to have people comment on how much fitter and healthier I’m looking!! And it’s great to know that I am finally looking after my body. And my fitness pal has definitely helped me along the way too! It makes all the sweat and tears worth it 🙂

Look out Beta Phase here I come! I will post my workout updates and some photos of my progress (when I’ve had time to get a spray tan, I don’t want to burn your retinas from my pale English skin!!)

See you all on the other side!!

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Days 12 – 14

Against my better judgement I stupidly decided that I should attempt the 2 exercises in one day straight after one another. That was a huuuuuuuge mistake! If I’d had a leisurely day at home I might have been able to manage it. However, after an early start and a full day at work this was just absurd!

Day 12’s double workout consisted of lower focus and ab intervals. It’s great that it’s working on 2 separate areas but your core is still engaged for the lower focus so it’s hard going. I find that the only way to survive both is to not go nuts with it and to really pace myself. Otherwise I’ve burned myself out and don’t have the energy to continue into the second set of exercises.

I bet I will be begging for these double workouts when I get to the Beta Phase!

The other update is my stats for Day 13, so here goes:

Weight: 9st 3.6lb

Chest: 31.5″

Waist: 27″

Arms: 10 3/4″

Thigh: 22″

The fact that I’m heading in the right direction definitely makes it worth it.

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Days 10 & 11

Day 10 – Speed – I am absolutely stoked about how I nailed this one! Compared to last week where I barely made it, I felt like I rocked this one! I was keeping up with the T25 team (I may not have looked as great as they did but I was definitely in time) As I had mentioned before my body is made for comfort and not for speed so I approached this workout with determination to prove that theory wrong and I have! It’s mind over matter! Woo!! Go Roo!

Day 11 – Cardio – The difficulty of doing an exercise program which requires you to do a workout every night is making a decision of whether or not to break other commitments and trying to live a life outside of the program. After my friend had a baby I promised I would be her running buddy to help her lose her baby weight. We started doing this a few nights a week and I really enjoy it, it’s fun to train with someone, I enjoy being the support for someone else, and I wouldn’t feel safe running on my own in the evening and wouldn’t want my friend to have to do that either. So there are a few reasons why I am not willing to give up running but the difficulty is the energy spent doing this depletes the energy that I can throw in to Focus T25, and then trying to fit this in alongside the 25 minute workout (50 minutes on Friday!) So I have cut down on the number of times I run during the week whilst I complete this program but when I do run and do Focus T25 afterwards I am mainly sticking to the modifier workout. Otherwise I find my body is too tired and I get the muscle shakes (picture Elvis’ leg uh-huh and that’s what mine look like about 5 minutes in!) and I can’t keep that focus and control. Hopefully as the weeks go on my fitness will improve to a level where I can throw myself into the full workout after a run and still be breathing at the end of it!!

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Days 8 & 9

Day 8 – Cardio – This was a good workout to start the week by getting my heart racing and the blood pumping through my body. It definitely feels like it’s set my motivation and determination levels high. As per usual it is not easy but it’s definitely becoming less of a struggle.

Day 9 – Total Body Circuit (barely made it) – It’s becoming really apparent that my arms are not as strong as I need them to be to be able to do well at this workout. When it comes down to doing the floor / plank work the only place that I am really aching is in my shoulders and struggling with holding my body weight with my weedy little arms. This is disappointing as I am not getting the best core workout because of this. If I’m honest I am really scared about this one and being able to develop my arms enough in time for the BETA phase. I’ve read that the ALPHA phase is just a warm up compared to the BETA phase! I need to seriously step up my game if I want to survive BETA!

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Days Six & Seven – Stats and Stretch

I did my first set of stats today and I’m going to be brave and share that with you, here’s how that went:

Weight: 9st 5.2lbs

Chest: 32″

Waist: 27″

Arm: 10.5″

Thigh: 22.6″

Really interested to see if there is a change next week!

The stretches on day 7 were amazing. It’s still a workout and you’re working really hard but you’re building some strength and flexibility to enable you to smash all of your Focus T25 workouts!

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Day Five – Cardio & Lower Focus

FT25 Day 52 exercises in 1 day?! What a sham! This was sold as a 25 minute a day workout so imagine my shock and HORROR at being told to do 2 workouts in one day. Ok, so there’s 2 ways to look at this; 1 frustrating as it now means that I have to find 1 hour in my already busy schedule to exercise, or on the other hand, it means I get that an extra half hour tomorrow because I get a day off!!! Swings and roundabouts 🙂

I managed to do the 2 workouts this week but that’s because it fell on a bank holiday so I had a lot more time, so I did Cardio in the morning and then Lower Focus in the evening. I am not sure how I would manage this in a normal working week but I will certainly give it a go. Otherwise the alternative is that you do the 2nd workout on the following day and don’t take a rest day.

Cardio workout – This went well! On day one I did the cardio workout and my calfs could barely take it. They knew what was coming this time around and whilst it hurt it was no where near as intense as day one – Success!!

Lower Focus workout – I love pushing through the ache and powering through, but I am still struggling with putting speed into my workouts as I can’t seem to maintain the control of the movement when I add the speed.

I’m still also finding myself in the middle of the grading, whilst I am not Nailing It I’m also not falling into the Barely Made It category either. Aiming for Nailing It though!!

If you’ve done Focus T25 before, how long did it take you to nail it?

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Day Four – Ab Intervals

Day four of Focus T25 Alpha Phase was the one I was most looking forward to! Ab Intervals!!! I looooooove working my abdominals.

So what did I enjoy about this workout? Well, without wanting to sound smug but what I was thrilled about was that I surprised myself with my own capability and stamina. Now I always think the attitude with which you approach an exercise will determine how successful you are with it, and because I was looking forward to this I think I did more than I thought I was capable of. But then do I enjoy it more because I am better at this type of exercise? I’m not sure, it’s kind of like the chicken and the egg question! Anyway, it is a lesson learned and I will definitely approach all the workouts with that enthusiasm and hopefully I will get the same satisfaction! You should try it too 🙂

I need to really work on my flexibility for certain exercises like the V-holds. And this is what I will be hoping to improve on over the coming weeks.

I also really like that Shaun T focused on the front and the back of your core muscles. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up on working the front because everyone wants those shredded and toned abs but it’s equally as important to work on the back of your core so you can build strength and stability and in turn work harder to achieve what you want!

Because I approached this with so much vigour I found towards the end I was a bit tired and wobbly and that made it harder to keep my balance, but again this is something I can remember for next time and hopefully it will get easier!

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Review – Day Three – Total Body Circuit

FT25 Day 3Today I have done the Day 3 Focus T25 workout, which is Total Body Circuit.

With this one there were a lot of progressional moves which Shaun T seems to love, and I can see why. It shows you where you begin to struggle and will help you to see where you’re improving over the weeks.

What I also found good is that because it was circuits it was changing the muscle group focus so just when I thought my poor thighs could take no more lunges and squats you would then do some jabs and focus on your core and I would forget how hard my quads were working. I think it’s great to have a distraction and lots of variation otherwise I end up concentrating on the ache and watching the timer!

However I often found that I couldn’t keep up with the speed at which they were all going and being able to maintain control over my movements. It’s really important to make sure you’ve got the moves perfected before you try and keep up, so at points of this workout I did slow it down or follow the modified routines so I could teach my muscles how to maintain that control. Sometimes I find that disheartening that I’m not keeping up, but then I just have to remind myself that by week 5 I should be at a level where I can keep up and I will see the improvement with ever time I do the workout!

 

Love Roo xx

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