Posted by Coach Wayne
on Jul 1, 2013 in Workouts
In case you somehow missed it, FOCUS T25 was one of the HUGE announcements at Summit 2013, along with the secret Vanilla Shakeology.
Just a recap, my goal is to give you an overview of what to expect from T25. I have spent the very first part of last week going through (and reviewing for you) the Alpha Phase. I even doubled up workouts to make sure to get them in because I wanted y’all to get my review as soon as possible. You got my T25 Alpha Phase review last Wednesday, and today you will get my T25 Beta Phase review. Later this week, I will give you a complete picture of the program and guides. You guys are the best, so you deserve the best (and my best LOL)!
T25: Beta Phase
Like the Alpha Phase, all of the T25 Beta Phase workouts are only 25 minutes. There are still short cool downs after the workout that can add 2-3 more minutes. Unlike the Alpha Phase, the Beta Phase introduces a few piece of gear (a couple dumbbells or resistance bands). Just like Alpha, each move is shown with a modified option. I can’t stress this enough, so I will repeat it from my Alpha post. No matter who you are or where you are are in your fitness journey, YOU can do T25. That’s what I really love about this program! Everyone has time for 25 minutes and everyone has a place to start.
Core Cardio (No equipment) – This is the first workout in the T25 Beta Phase. Fast paced cardio and agility moves that cause you to focus on engaging your core. About the first 7 minutes are all go and at a really good pace. If you’ve missed it from Vol 1 of the Asylum… pulses are back. Both squat and lunge pulses! Various plyo moves are included as well. Near the end of the workout you get focused core work with a tough plank sequence. Finally this workout comes to an end with another Burn Out. Burpees, planks, run lunges, sprints… oh yea! All in 25 minutes. You will be sweating after this one.
Speed 2.0 (No equipment) – Get ready to go fast! You can tell right off the bat that this workout will have more of a rhythm and coordination aspect. I think Shaun T’s cues were even in sync with the rhythm of the music for all of this workout! Just find your rhythm and go. It really comes down to focus. It may take a workout or two to really nail this one, but if you are focused and dialed in there is nothing that should be too hard. Impressive modifications again, even with the driving pace of this workout. If you haven’t believed me yet, this program will push you to all out work for 25 minutes. By the Beta phase you will be ready. There is NO way to avoid some serious sweat from Speed 2.0.
Rip’t Circuit (Dumbbells or bands) – Anita helped me out with this one! This circuit follows the pattern cardio, upper body, lower body, abs, and repeat! This is definitely a workout where you could really ROCK IT once you do it a few times and learn how much resistance you can handle with the dumbbells. The cast does not change weights, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Have your weights ready and switch on the fly. That way you can really maximize each set. By half way in, you will know you’ve been working. Anita really commented on how much of a great core/abs workout it turned into. She was also surprised at how TOUGH it was for only being 25 minutes long. She really enjoyed it and it was great having her help me out! :-)
Dynamic Core (yoga mat or miniMAT) – A core routine to hit your core from every angle. All of your focus is kept on your core for this workout. There is again a great mix of higher energy cardio and agility moves to produce a good burn. You will work the core from your feet and from the floor. This workout definitely has slower elements than most of the other Beta workouts. But if you are focusing your core will be screaming and you will work for these 25 minutes. Just like with any workout, you have to bring your focus and intensity. If you are going through the motions, that won’t cut it. Don’t let the slower pace fool you. Stay in it and control every movement.
Upper Focus (Dumbbells or bands)- You are in the right place to get a great, 25 minute, upper body workout. You start with a good section of cardio to raise your HR a bit before getting into some planks and push ups. The “Starter Drill” is pretty cool. It’s really a burpee with a push up but at Shaun’s pace and cue. Just like the Rip’d Circuit, you need to pick the right weights. You can stay with the same weight or I found keeping a small selection close by allowed me to pick the right weight (and push the most weight I could for each set). Just change your weights quickly! A few of the moves were similar to the Rip’t Circuit. It will definitely be nice having two workouts with some lifting in the T25 Beta Phase.
T25 Beta Phase Recap
It was definitely a step up from Alpha. But after you have done Alpha for 5 weeks, I know you will be ready. Still extremely minimal equipment. If you got your copy of T25 through me and TBB, you received a resistance band with the program. That is really all you need. Create loops in your band to adjust its resistance and work hard. T25 is going to be great for so many people. Little to no gear, 25 minutes a day, and a place to start for each and every person. If you think you are above T25, I would encourage you to give it try. Go all out and see how you feel after 25 minutes of the T25 Beta Phase!
Oh, and did I tell you that once you’ve gone through the whole T25 program, both Alpha and Beta ….. THERE’S MORE!! Yep, that’s right. Enter the GAMMA PHASE! It’s a deluxe option that you can order if you want to keep going higher and harder. My copy of the Gamma Phase has landed just this weekend! I will still be reviewing the program and nutrition plan later this week. I will be reviewing the Gamma phase as soon as possible. So keep checking in on teamRIPPED!