Oct 072013

Hey, Half Meal Habit friends and followers!  I have some INCREDIBLE NEWS!  It turns out, the world famous Beach Body workout coach, Shaun T, just released a new workout program.  GUESS WHICH EATING PLAN THEY RECOMMEND!!!  It’s the EXACT same eating schedule we use when we follow the Half Meal Habit!  Check it out:

Focus T25,Shaun T, Focus T25 Diet

Of course, their calorie recommendations are a lot lower than mine, but it’s the EXACT SAME PLAN!  Almost.  The HMH is much better, of course!  Seriously, the Half Meal Habit follows the above eating times, but the “plan” is much more detailed and teaches you how simple it is to eat on the above plan.  No choice restrictions or changes to what you’re eating…only “how much and when” you’re eating.  But, I digress…

So, What Is Focus T25?

It’s a 15 week workout plan with a bunch of 25 minute intense workouts.  These are done 5 days a week, although Fridays look like a “double day” where you perform two workouts (50 minutes).  Saturday is a rest day and Sunday is a stretch day.  

I find this program very appealing, especially when it comes to using in within the context of the HMH plan.  If you’ve got a copy of my book, you know that I advocate shorter, high intensity workouts called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training.  I recommend 12 to 16 minutes of HIIT 4 or 5 days a week versus an hour workout 2 times a week.  The main reason is, working out will not get you to lose weight.  Let me repeat that: working out will not get you to lose weight.  How you eat is what makes all the difference in the world when it comes to losing weight! 

Here’s why I like Focus T25:  It’s short.  It’s intense.  It’s basically an extended HIIT workout!  So, going through this workout program would fit right in with following the Half Meal Habit eating and workout plan.  It’s always a good idea to mix up your workouts and the moves you do within those workouts, so switching it up by adding this program to your regimen would be a good thing.

Wait, isn’t this the same thing as that insanity workout?

The difference with the t25 workout is it’s length.  So far, I see that they have used many of the same moves, and why not?  The Insanity program is intense and definitely works. So does P90X.  So does just about any workout DVD.  The only difference that matters to me is it’s length!  

I get burned out when I have to workout for 60 minutes, 75 minutes, 90 minutes, etc.  I might stick with it for 3 workouts in a week, but never 5 or 6!  I’m just too beat up and tired to workout for that long, that often. I’ll just give up and quit.  But 25 minutes?  I can do HIIT workouts 6 days a week at 16 minutes a piece.  25 minutes isn’t that much more of a stretch.  

Right now, I’m doing my own workout program until December 25th.    My plan is to start Focus T25 on Monday January 6th, 2014.  I plan on reporting back to you, my Half Meal Habiteers, on the quality and cohesiveness of this workout DVD system.  Until then, keep eating half!

Okay, I’ve adjusted my calendar and I am going to start Focus T25 today!  Let’s see how this workout plan works with the Half Meal Habit!

Focus T25

1. Cardio DVD

Okay, so you don’t have to watch the video if you don’t want to, I just completed the first workout and it’s great.  Easy to do, there’s a person doing modified versions if you get tired, and it’s (my favorite) SHORT.  The cool down is a little too short for me so I spent some extra time stretching at the end.

If you’re starting this workout series and haven’t done others, you might find this really hard and discouraging.  DON’T DO THAT!!!  Do your best to follow the hard moves by those fit freaks of nature, then when it gets too difficult, switch to the modified version by  the brunette girl from the Insanity videos.  And if THAT’S STILL too hard (which it actually was for me once or twice!), just lightly jog or march in place for a while.  

Either way, JUST KEEP MOVING FOR THE 25 MINUTES!  That’s the main thing.

MAIN ISSUE WITH THE WORKOUT:  For me, anyway, it was how hard the moves hit my calves.  OUCH.  I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow as I want to do the second DVD workout.  Until then, eat less, move more, and hydrate!

2.  Speed 1.0 DVD

Yup, my calves were sore and a little crampy.  Still, I am going to be a trooper and do the workout anyway.

Kinda weird workout with segments of quick cardio moves, then shifting to stretching and balance.  I guess the variety of moving fast then stopping gives you that interval feel, but it will take a little while for me to get used to it.  

Once again, my calves were on fire half way through, so I did a quick jog in place on some of the fast–VERY FAST–criss-cross feet moves.  I’M SLOWING DOWN IN MY OLD AGE, THAT’S FOR SURE!!!  🙂


MAIN ISSUE WITH THE WORKOUT:  The super-fast criss-cross feet-moves!  SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE “H”?!?!  Who do they think I am, Gregory Hines?   um, he’s a tap dancer for those who don’t know.  We will see if my speed increases.

3.  Total Body Circuit DVD

Hardest workout so far–although I’m only on the third one.  What’s tough about this one is it takes you from resistance training (adding lean muscle mass on yer skel-skel) to cardio.  When a workout does that, it’s very exhausting!!!  I found myself pushing hard for the first 20 seconds or so of each segment THEN resting for a few seconds, THEN pushing out another rep or two before Shaun T changes it up.  

Don’t beat yourself up if you couldn’t keep up with this one.  I’ve been doing these DVD workouts for a few years now and I had a hard time.  

MAIN ISSUE WITH THE WORKOUT:  It hit my core pretty hard, so I know I’ll be sore tomorrow for the Ab Intervals DVD…Might be an issue.  If not, then there’s really no issue with this workout.  I likey!

4.  Ab Intervals DVD

Yes, this certainly does focus on the abs!  All I have to say is, THANK GOD this is an alpha foundation phase.  I had a hard time with a few of the moves, but I did manage to do several reps in each little segment before lending myself a helping hand.  

I will say that the Total Body Circuit DVD hit my core pretty hard and I had a little stiffness (a GOOD muscle tightness, nothing too ridiculous like with P90X) so I thought I might struggle greatly doing abs today.  This DVD moves quickly through moves and pushes you right to the brink without tearing up your midsection too much.  

Also, there’s a lower and upper back segment that was GREAT.  You rarely see this area focused on with the abs DVD’s out there, so it was refreshing and seriously needed by me!  Lower back strength is a weakness of mine and this will be helping me immensely!

One more workout DVD for this week and for the Alpha phase!  I will be linking to a new article for the next phase of the Focus T25 DVD workouts, BETA!

5.  Lower Body Focus DVD


(Coming Soon) Click Here To Watch And Read My Reviews Of The Focus T25 Beta DVD’s!





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  2 Responses to “Focus T25 Workout by Insanity Guru Shaun T”

  1. This is awesome.. Thanks for posting this!! I’m hoping to start Focus T25 this week and I was looking for a beginner’s review/advice and this hit the spot! Are you going to finish posting about the first week? You have 1 more+STATs+Stretch to post about… Heh’ 😉 thanks!!!

    • Hi there! Unfortunately, I stepped away from this workout to go straight to P90X3. I really like the variety in X3 vs. Focus T25. Good luck with your fitness goals!

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