Shaun T's FOCUS T25 Deluxe Kit - DVD Workout
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- Get better, faster results with the FOCUS T25 Deluxe package
- Includes ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA phase workouts (15 total 25-minute workouts)
- Helpful tools include 3 B-LINES Resistance Bands (15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs), Beachbody miniMAT (24" x 40"), Quick-Start Guide, Nutrition Plan, Workout Calendars, and 5-Day Fast Track Guide
- With FOCUS T25 Deluxe, 25 minutes a day is all you need to get into the best shape of your life
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Get an hour's results in just 25 minutes a day. The only thing standing between you and the results you want is time. That's why trainer Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you'd expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. The result is FOCUS T25—and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you will get results.
The FOCUS T25 Deluxe package includes ALPHA, BETA, AND GAMMA cycle workouts (15 total 25-minute workouts). The Deluxe package also includes a Beachbody miniMAT (24" x 40"), three B-LINES Resistance Bands (15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs), Quick-Start Guide, Nutrition Guide, ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars, Pure Strength Hybrid Calendar, and 5-Day Fast Track.
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11 nonstop 25-minute workouts on 9 DVDs
ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars
5-Day Fast Track
B-LINES Resistance Band (15 lbs)*
4 Advanced Workouts (T25 GAMMA)
Beachbody miniMAT (24" x 40")
B-LINES Resistance Bands (20 lbs and 25 lbs)*
Pure Strength Hybrid Calendar
Get an hour's results in just 25 minutes a day. The only thing standing between you and the results you want is time. That's why trainer Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you'd expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. The result is FOCUS T25-and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you will get results.
What's in the Package?
15 total 25-minute workouts including 4 advanced workouts (T25 GAMMA), Beachbody miniMAT (24" x 40"), three B-LINES Resistance Bands (15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs), Quick-Start Guide, Nutrition Guide, ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars, Pure Strength Hybrid Calendar, and 5-Day Fast Track.
The FOCUS T25 Deluxe Kit consists of three cycles: ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA
ALPHA: 5 weeks focused on building the foundation of total-body fitness
- Cardio - 25 minutes of calorie-burning, sweat-drenching cardio.
- Speed 1.0 - Ignite your quickness. Burn the fat. Fast-paced for fast results.
- Total Body Circuit - Focus on strength and resistance-without lifting a single weight.
- Ab Intervals - Cardio and ab intervals that shred the fat from your midsection.
- Lower Focus - Focus on your lower-body muscles-the key to burning fat and kicking up your metabolism.
BETA: 5 weeks designed to take your body to a whole new level by focusing on the core
- Core Cardio - Get your sweat on. This progressive cardio-core workout is about you getting shredded fast.
- Speed 2.0 - Rev it up with Shaun's calorie-scorching, core-focused speed drills.
- Rip't Circuit - Cardio...upper body...legs...abs...repeat. This is how you get ripped in 25 minutes.
- Dynamic Core - You'll go from vertical to horizontal and back again in this dynamic, crazy core routine.
- Upper Focus - Shaun will help you develop the upper body of your dreams. All you have to do is FOCUS.
GAMMA: 4 weeks of advanced GAMMA cycle helps you burn more fat and carve lean, strong muscle in record time
- Rip’t Up - Strengthen and streamline your biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, and chest with Shaun's 360° upper-body moves.
- Extreme Circuit - Build lean muscle and burn fat at the same time. In this one, the weights never leave your hands. Not even for the warm-up.
- The Pyramid - Accelerate your reps as time progresses. This is your 25-minute cardio and strength endurance test.
- Speed 3.0 - Faster pace. More sweat. Serious results. You won't want to miss this 25-minute high-speed challenge.
- Stretch - After 5 days of hard work, stretch it out-and enjoy this one. You deserve it.
NOTE: FOCUS T25 CORE SPEED is available separately and can be purchased on Amazon.
Helpful tools to make every minute count
- Beachbody miniMAT (24" x 40")
- Three B-LINES Resistance Bands (15 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs)
- Quick-Start Guide to help you hit the ground running so you can achieve your best results
- Get It Done Nutrition Guide
- Pure Strength Hybrid Calendar - Integrate the strength-based workouts from ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA to carve lean, strong muscle from head to toe.
- ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars
- Pure GAMMA Calendar
- 5-Day Fast Track
- 24/7 Online Support
*Resistance band contains latex
Top Customer Reviews
It turns out, I *do* like Shaun T. He seems like a genuinely nice guy. He's nowhere near as chatty as Tony Horton, but that's OK. I found myself constantly moving during these workouts, with no down time (not even for water breaks). There wasn't time to get bored and there weren't any corny lines I ended up memorizing.
First, a couple of general remarks on the program and then I'll discuss the Alpha and Beta rounds (including my results) separately. I'll follow with a discussion of Gamma round. Yes, there will be one empty slot for a DVD in this package; you have to obtain the Core Speed DVD separately.
The workouts are 25 minutes long with an additional cool-down period (usually 3 and a half minutes or less). So it's not STRICTLY 25 minutes, but coming off P90X3 as I was, which has 30-minute workouts with a separate cool down, these workouts were still a little bit shorter. I was happy with that.
The other thing that some people might consider misleading is the "25 minutes a day" thing. The calendars that come with the program have four days with 25-minute workouts, a fifth day with two stacked 25-minute workouts, a stretch day, and a rest day. If you are unable to do two workouts on one day, you can use the rest day to complete the second one. I followed the calendar as closely as I could, but adapted it to suit my needs: Monday workout, Tuesday rest, Wednesday and Thursday workouts, Friday stretching, Saturday workout, Sunday two workouts. I did choose the workouts in the order they appeared on the calendar. Some of the Sundays were pretty intense but man, did I feel good when I was finished on Sundays!
There's not a ton of warm-up in these workouts so you probably want to do a bit of warming up on your own, or use a program that's a little less intense until you're ready for this. It definitely helps to be in pretty good shape before you start. A recurring theme is to do about 4 variations on a move, each with increasing difficulty, then go on to another move. Once or twice in many of the workouts, you'll have a "Burnout" round where you do -- in a row -- all the high-intensity versions of the previous moves.
I sometimes have trouble with my knees, although I didn't here. I was working out on carpet and wearing pretty good shoes with supportive inserts. If you find yourself having trouble with a particular move, there's always a modifier doing lower-impact versions. I don't think the workout she's doing is anywhere near as intense as what the other people are doing, but if it's a matter of following the modifier or quitting, I'd say to follow the modifier. It's also possible to just follow her for some moves if you are super tired or find them too difficult, and to join the rest of the crew for the remainder of the workout.
You can do normal or loud music, or you can turn the music off. The music has a decent beat for timing your moves but is neither remarkable nor annoying. I always left it on "normal." (Sometimes I could not keep up with the demonstrators. I just did the best I could, which usually meant doing the same move at a slower pace.)
The calendar also recommends you weigh and measure yourself every week. I'm not sure that's the best idea, at least with the measurements. It really takes a couple of weeks of working out to start to lose inches. That slow process, coupled with daily/weekly fluctuations (especially with women) might be discouraging. I weighed myself every week but only did measurements at the beginning and end of each phase. That way, I saw results. (During each phase, I did notice that my clothes were getting looser.)
Regarding the diet plan, the book is pretty small and not really all that vegetarian-friendly. I just tried to be careful about what I ate, including measuring portion sizes on my kitchen scale, and that seemed to work. (I refuse to try to count calories. It's too time-consuming if you cook most things from scratch, like I do.)
The Deluxe package comes with a minimat and some bands, so I figured I'd talk about those items first.
The minimat is a pretty standard padded exercise mat. It's not a full-body length, only a little over 3 feet long. You use it to pad your hands during push-ups (or your knees if you are modifying) and under your back or abdomen for some of the core work. It is definitely padded enough to protect you if you are working on a hard floor, and it doesn't slip a lot on carpet. However, I found myself wishing it was longer -- sometimes you want both your lower back and your head on the mat, and that can be difficult, depending on how tall you are. (Mine did not have a smell, and it rolls up easily and flattens out easily. After a couple of months of use, it still seems to be in pretty good shape.)
I have mixed feelings about the bands. They came in three different strengths although I kind of had to guess which were the easiest and which were the heaviest because they weren't clearly marked. The bands come as three separate bands and then one set of handles you can take off one band and put on a different band if you want to use a different resistance level. I thought it was easy to put on and take off the handles and that the handles were secure on the bands. The light band still looks good after a trip through Beta and Gamma cycles. However, it is pretty much impossible to switch band strengths in the middle of a workout -- it would take far too long to switch out handles and you only get one set of handles.
I kind of feel like Beachbody got a little cheap with the equipment, by making the mat smaller and only giving you one set of handles for the bands. The equipment that you do get is high quality, I just feel like a longer mat and more handles would have been better. If I had it to do over again, I'd probably just get the Gamma DVDs separately and use my own weights and mat. However, if you don't have any equipment, the bands and mat are decent places to start.
For Alpha, you don't need any equipment, although the BeachBody MiniMat is used for the Stretch and Ab Intervals DVDs. I had the mat because I ordered the full package. The primary purpose is to provide cushioning during floor-based moves, so any old cushioned mat would work instead, as would working out on carpet.
I lost 8.2 pounds during the Alpha round, and 1.25 inches off both my hips and waist, as well as 0.5 inches off each thigh. I'm happy with that.
Cardio: The first time I did this DVD is the first time I ever thought I was going to throw up during a workout. Turns out, I didn't throw up (hadn't eaten for quite a few hours beforehand). And I did get better. This is tougher, by far, than any of the cardio DVDs that come with P90X3. This is pretty high-impact. But having been through Alpha round, I feel like my cardiovascular fitness definitely improved.
Speed 1.0: This is an interesting idea. You do some high-intensity cardio and then some stretching. There's a bit of balance involved. It's harder than it sounds to go from fast-paced movement to any kind of stationary hold, but this is definitely a good skill to have.
Total Body Circuit: This is cardio-based strength. Having just finished P90X3, I didn't find this terribly challenging in terms of being a strength workout. I do think it's helping to maintain a little of the muscle I gained during P90X3. A note regarding the push-ups -- I had to do these from my knees. It's odd, because after P90X3, I could do 250 push-ups from my toes during a half-hour workout. I think it's the combination of the cardio moves that are mixed in and the timing of the push-ups (which I did not do at my own pace, but instead followed the demonstration) that make these more challenging. I definitely had room for improvement here.
Ab Intervals: This has a good mix of upper and lower abs and deep abdominal exercises, plus some for the back. There are a few segments of cardio interspersed so even though I felt this was the easiest workout of Alpha round, it still made me sweat. Most of this is done from the floor (using a mat).
Lower Focus: This was a decent lower body workout. Lots of squats and lunges as expected. Some of the moves were challenging to complete. There's more cardio in this one than in the abs DVD.
Stretch: This is the same stretch DVD for all the phases. I did not break a sweat at all with this one, and it didn't have any cardio. I used this every week as directed, although I also do 30 minutes of kundalini yoga each day and probably got more benefit from the yoga. There's not much of a focus on stretching the arms in this one, it's mostly for the lower body and core.
In this round, you use either weights or bands in some workouts. I tried it with bands, because I wanted to see what that would be like. I'm not sure that was the best choice. In P90X and P90X3, Tony Horton always gave the bands person plenty of time to set up. However, Focus T25 is so fast, there's rarely enough time to get set up. You've already missed 20% of the reps by the time your band is situated (mine had this irritating habit of tying itself in actual knots). Also, it may be beneficial to have multiple bands and/or multiple sets of dumbbells because some exercises -- like lawnmowers -- can be done with much heavier weights than, say, shoulder presses. I am planning a second round after I finish Gamma, and I think I will use weights then. I just figure weights will be easier to grab quickly.
I did not lose any additional weight in Beta Round, although I'll admit my eating wasn't the greatest. I did, however, maintain the weight loss from Alpha Round. So I'm happy. And I'm definitely noticing an increase in fitness level. (I didn't feel like throwing up during any of these DVDs, though some of them were quite difficult.)
Core Cardio: Similar in intensity to the Cardio DVD from alpha round. The moves are different and there's not much in the way of a warm-up.
Speed 2.0: This has to be the toughest one yet. You do not catch a break for the entire 25 minutes. If ever I make up a hybrid program with T25 cardio workouts and weights from another program (i.e., P90X), this one will definitely be in the rotation. You do a circuit of exercises a few times, then a second circuit, then start from the top and do both circuits in a row with a decreased number of reps. Note: I CANNOT keep up with the demonstrators in this one. I just work at my own pace and move on when they do. For some reason, this one is almost always doubled up with something else on the last day of the week. Those are some killer workout days. This is the only one where you can't turn the music off (you do the moves in time with the music).
Rip't Circuit: In this, you do a move for one minute, then move on to a different move. You cycle through a cardio move, an upper body strength move, a lower body strength move, and a core strengthening exercise. Then you start back with a different cardio move. You do use the weights and/or bands here, on most of the arm and leg exercises. This is not as difficult for me as some of the others. You also will want a cushioned mat in this one.
Dynamic Core: Some standing cardio moves, some abs moves on the floor. Similar level of intensity as Rip't Circuit, but this one is done all with body weight. You'll want a cushioned mat.
Upper Focus: Upper body work with a little cardio. This is another one where I think weights would probably work better than bands. Some of the moves -- especially the ones on the floor -- are hard to set up the bands for. I am not as challenged by this as I was by any of the P90X3 workouts, but I do feel that it has helped maintain upper body strength I already had. Your mileage may vary.
I like the Gamma workouts but am not as thrilled with them as I was with Alpha and Beta rounds. I didn't lose any additional weight using Gamma, although I did maintain my weight. I think I was probably converting some fat to muscle, because my clothes got a little looser. So Gamma is definitely effective. You would not want to try Gamma without doing Alpha and Beta first, as a lot of the moves in Gamma build on things from the earlier two rounds.
Gamma is focused on strength and I think the reason I don't love it as much as P90X3 (which I have completed two rounds of) is the speed of the program. The strength workouts are fast -- there's not enough time between exercises to switch weights or write anything down, and if you are using bands, you spend half the time for some exercises just getting set up, so you miss a lot of workout time. So it's difficult to track your progress. There's also not a lot of guidance given about what size of dumbbells to use so you may have to experiment a lot to figure out what will challenge you.
Gamma is different from Alpha and Beta in that there are only five workouts per week plus the stretch (same stretch DVD as with Alpha and Beta). There's no stacked-workout day once per week like there was with the previous two cycles. However, there are still short cooldowns after the 25-minute main workout; some of them are recycled from Alpha and Beta rounds. (And there's still a non-skippable commercial before each workout starts.) You can make the music loud or turn it off for all workouts except Speed 3.0, which is done in time with the music.
Here's a brief overview of the workouts for Gamma cycle:
Speed 3.0: This is TOUGH -- for me, possibly the toughest cardio workout of all of T25. It's the purest cardio workout of Gamma and it's a lot like Speed 2.0 but with burpees. This raised my blood pressure and heart rate for a good while after the workout. There's no modifier for this one, by the way, though there's a modifier for the other workouts in Gamma. I do have to do some of these moves more slowly than the demonstrations in order to maintain proper form and to be safe.
Rip't Up: This is primarily an upper body strength workout. It is definitely difficult with bands (and would be with the proper weights, as well). There's a little core work here, including some work for the back. It's a pretty good all-around workout and I did feel challenged each time I did it. There are some exercises in this one you can't use the band for.
Extreme Circuit: This is an all-over strength workout although it doesn't have as regular of a structure as Rip't Circuit from Beta. I felt that some of the upper body and balance moves were challenging, although I did not find the lower body work to be terribly difficult.
The Pyramid: In this one, you do one rep of a move, then two, then three, etc. The final number you build up to can be 6 or it can be 11 or anywhere in between, depending on the exercise. There are a lot of cardio moves here (like pike ups) and a few strength moves, as well. Some parts of this were definitely more difficult than others.
In the end, whether or not you want to buy Gamma depends on what you're looking for. If you really want to build strength, and like short workouts, P90X3 may be better for you -- especially if you prefer a slower pace. However, if you like a little cardio mixed with your strength workouts, and you're not keen on writing down weights and reps, Gamma may be quite useful. If you intend to use bands, I would definitely advocate watching the workouts DVDs first, because otherwise you'll be struggling to figure out what to do.
In the end, I am definitely glad I bought this. I'm happy with the weight loss I did achieve, and I probably would have achieved more if I hadn't slacked off with my eating plan. The cardio, especially, is challenging. (It might not be if you've done Insanity, but since I haven't, it was pretty tough for me.) I intend to start a second round pretty soon, and then to mix in some of the cardio DVDs into a hybrid program with P90X and/or P90X3 strength DVDs. If I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn't get the equipment in the deluxe package, but I already have a lot of equipment from having done P90X and P90X3. 4 stars for the equipment and Gamma cycle, 5 stars for Alpha and Beta cycles, so it averages out to 4.5 and I'll round up.
After trying the first T25 workout, I found myself on the floor in a puddle of my perspiration thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” This is not a system for someone who is just starting out or suffers from joint problems. There are difficult moves that come at you at a fast pace, there are exercises that done improperly can hurt you, and there are absolutely no pauses during the workouts. If you are not familiar with working out and exercise terminology, you may want to look into a course that does not throw you into the deep end immediately like T25 does.
Pros of the system:
1) Shaun T. is wonderful instructor who constantly reminds you to use proper form and stresses that you should go at your own pace or modify the moves to match your ability.
2) The workouts get results. I have dropped a pants size, ten pounds, and put on muscle without bulking up.
3) The fast pace of the workouts keep you moving and engaged. I never found myself bored during a workout, even after doing them for a month due to the variety of move and the challenge of trying to keep up with the pace set by Shaun T. and the others.
4) The nutrition guide is simple, well done, and easy to follow.
Cons of the system:
1) Even though there are modifiers, a tutorial as to how to do them is not available with the system. There is very little screen time devoted to the modified moves, leaving anyone who needs them to pause, rewind, and figure out what they need to do for themselves.
2) The “only twenty five minute workout” line is a bit of a stretch. You need to warm up before the routine to avoid injury, which is not included in the time, and there is short cool down after each routine that is not included in the main workout’s time. While I may be being nit-picky, I am a stickler for truth in advertising.
3) The commercials before every routine become very irritating. The nutrition guide informed me about Beachbody’s shake mix; I do not need nor want an ad for it every time I start to workout. I might have been interested at one point, but after being forced to suffer ads for the company’s supplements, especially after paying over a hundred dollars for the system, I will never use their supplement products out of sheer spite over the ads, if nothing else.
Overall, the system is wonderful. Following the nutrient guide as best I can and working out on the schedule providing, I have gotten results far better than I expected. Except for the couple of drawbacks and small irritations mentioned above, the system is perfect for someone who is good shape looking to get into great shape. However, it bears mentioning again that this is not a system for beginners or for those with knee or shoulder issues.