After 2 kids and lots of Chinese food (my fave!), I had pretty much conceded to the fact that it’s ok for me to walk around with some extra poundage. And of course it is, no question about that. But personally, I’ve been feeling more fatigued lately, and not as good about myself as I did in my lighter days. So after months of telling myself that I need to get my butt in gear and start working out, and a post from my high school classmate reminding me that my 20 year reunion is coming up next year (Yikes!) I finally made my move. I had researched Camp Gladiator programs, Kickboxing classes, etc but knowing me, with the crazy schedules we have it would be too easy for me to find an excuse to not make a class. So instead, I decided to drudge up my Beachbody DVDs that I had so excitedly ordered years ago. I have a nice collection including P90®, P90X®, Insanity®, and FOCUS T25® which are in practically pristine condition due to lack of use. I decided that with my current level of motivation and energy level, the least amount of time I have to spend on each workout would be my best bet. FOCUS T25® it is! According to the creator, Shaun T, “It’s short. It’s intense. And the results? Just ridiculous.” Well sign me up Shaun T because I am ready for some ridiculous results! According to the their website, it is a “full body workout in 25 minutes with zero rest. The focus interval training works every muscle group in your body-one after the other-then it works it again. No BS…just amazing results.” Ok, Shaun T…Let’s do this! I invite you to share my journey with me. I will check in periodically with my progress in hopes to motivate not only myself but any other moms out there that are in need of a workout program that fits their schedule. It is important to know that I am not receiving any endorsement from Beachbody for my posts and these are my opinions and my opinions alone. Here we go!
Day 1: I began with my weigh-in and measurements. There was a time when I would have had to be tortured before sharing this precious info with the public but motherhood has left me with no shame.
- Weight-154 lbs
- Chest-39.5 in
- Waist-39.5 in
- Hips-40.5 in
- Bicep-12 in
- Thigh-21.5 in
If you are following the workout guide they provide, the first video in the set is the Alpha Cycle Cardio, “25 minutes of calorie-burning, sweat-drenching cardio.” Jackson and Bailey decided to join me for this. Not only did they have fun attempting the exercises, but also like pointed out all the “jiggly parts” on mommy. Nothing like a jolt to your self-esteem like children pointing out your flaws and holding nothing back. So with a toddler stepping in between my legs for every lunge and a 6 yr old asking me if his muscles were getting bigger ever 5 minutes, I pushed on to complete my first video. Lots of sweat and a good feeling of accomplishment in the end.
Day 2: Alpha Cycle Speed 1.0, “Ignite your quickness. Burn the fat. Fast-Paced for fast results.” This one was a lot of fun. Burst of movement mixed in with stretching and flexibility exercises (aka, 1 min stretching rests in between). This incorporated some kickboxing moves that were familiar from my younger days. Fun stuff.
Day 3: Alpha Cycle Total Body Circuit, “Focus on strength and resistance-without lifting a single weight.”. I highly recommend a mat or something to help with your grip. There is a lot of floor exercises and variations of push ups in this one so you’re gonna need something to cushion your knees and keep your grip.
Day 4: Alpha Cycle Ab Intervals, “Get a shredded core with this interval-based fat-burning routine.” Not a fan of this one, but I can tell it’s gonna work. I felt pain in places of my stomach and back I’ve never felt before.
Day 5 (Duble Day): Alpha Cycle Lower Focus, “Focus on your lower-body muscles-the key to burning fat.” My legs were on fire throughout the whole video and weak and wobbly the rest of the night. Day 5 is when you are supposed to do a double workout by adding Cardio in as well but yeah…that didn’t happen. I eventually made up for the extra workout on Sunday.
Day 6: Stretch, “After 5 days of FOCUS T25, this routine will be your new best friend.” I must admit that I never made it to this one last week but I plan to try it next week. I have horrible discipline when it comes to stretching.
This cycle incorporates the same 6 workouts but mixes up the order for four more weeks before moving on to the Beta Cycle. I will post updates periodically and let you know how I’m progressing!
Stay tuned for updates on my journey. I would love to hear from any of you that have either used this program or chronicled your own journey with any similar programs.