As some of you may already know, several months ago I decided to buy and try the Focus T25 workout from BeachBody (the same people who brought us P90x and Insanity). I thought that this program would be perfect for me since it’s only 25 minutes per day for five weeks and requires absolutely no equipment (alpha program, there is a beta program that we’ll get to that), no weights, no mats, nada. I mean, 25 minutes PER DAY! It takes me that long to get to the nearest gym, I should be able to do this right?
Well, yeah. I suck. Twice I’ve started this thing and twice I’ve stopped in the first few days. Is it the programs fault? Absolutely not. It’s more than likely the week in which I started. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have started a workout program as intense as this on day 1 of Aunt Flo. TMI? Probably, but it’s true. If you’re like me, Flo takes a lot out of you and the 25 minutes of this program is pretty intense and I just couldn’t do it without feeling light headed and dizzy. I didn’t plan to start on these specific weeks, it just worked out that way… beginning of the month and all. But moving on…
As of yesterday I’ve restarted and feel pretty energized. Let’s hope this third time is a charm!
As for the program itself, it really is pretty great. Within 5-10 minutes I’m sweating buckets and while I do have to do the “modifier” workout every now and then because I can’t keep up with the hardcore workout, I don’t want to stop completely. Hopefully towards the end of the cycle I’ll be able to keep up. With the program you also get a little recipe book of things you can make to assist with your weight-loss/workout regime and I’ve made several of the recipes and have been satisfied. I don’t think I can completely stick to it because, hey, baby steps. I’m not overweight so I don’t need to lose weight, but I could definitely tone up some and I do need to bring my cholesterol down so exercise and a diet modification is in order.
With all the changes that happen when you get older, the days of my high metabolism and eating whatever I want, when I want are over. Food is starting to stick around on my hips and thighs and I really don’t want my cholesterol to become such a problem that I either have problems from it, need medication for it, OR have to permanently not eat certain foods. Considering I LOVE food that would be very bad.
So yeah, run down. 25 minutes per day, five days a week, five weeks.
There is a beta program that follow this alpha program and it just amps up the workout and also includes the use of weights or resistance bands. Still not bad!
If I don’t finish five weeks from now, please feel free to give me a hard time.