Saturday, November 2, 2013

FOCUS T25 (Week 1)

Week 1 is in the books, b*tches! You must be thinking that I'm some kind of masochist for doing this to myself again, but actually, I just love me a good ol' fitness challenge. 

So, now that we've finished the first out of ten weeks of the FOCUS T25 challenge, I can tell you guys that this is not going to be a walk in the park. Don't let the only-25-minutes-a-day gimmick fool you, people. These workouts are tough! They might be short, but they are non-stop, action-packed high intensity madness.

Also, it's not really a 5 days a week program. On Fridays, we are supposed to do two workouts (which adds up to 50 minutes) and then you have the Stretch workout (which is also 25 minutes) on Sundays. To fit my personal schedule better, I'm doing the second workout from the Friday on a Saturday morning, and also switching the Sunday Stretch workout to after my Saturday morning workout. I have more time and energy on a Saturday to do a 50-minute workout and I want my Sunday to be a Rest day.

Throughout my FOCUS T25 workout program, I'll be writing a short update about my workouts daily, and I'll post them here on Saturdays. So here we go with Week 1's updates:

Day 1 - Cardio (Monday)

I have no idea why I thought this workout was going to be easy today... Well, seeing that I haven't really been on top of fitness lately, maybe that shouldn't have come as a surprise to me that I was already breathing heavily 3 minutes in. It was challenging, but definitely manageable. I like that I have the option to modify my movements, so instead of stopping, I can just switch to the easier, modified version and keep going. Fingers crossed that I can walk tomorrow...

Day 2 - Speed 1.0 (Tuesday)

I can't even believe how sore my muscles are today, I want to cry! Luckily, once we started today's workout and my muscles warmed up, they felt so much better. This workout was easier than yesterday's, but still made us sweat buckets. I love how quickly it went by!

Day 3 - Total Body Circuit ( Wednesday)

Today's workout was a hot mess. First of all, my sore body did not want to do anything, and then Shaun T threw in some one million push-ups... I had a really hard time keeping up, and was definitely just too sore to give 100%. I need a massage...

Day 4 - Ab Intervals (Thursday)

Ugh. Ab workouts are usually my least favorite and I didn't care much for this one. But, it was a nice break from jumping around like a crazy person, like we've been doing for the past three days. It was hard for me to keep up, my core must be very weak right now. I can already feel my lower back is going to hurt tomorrow.

Day 5 - Lower Focus (Friday)

I really enjoyed this workout today. Although also on the crazy side, the movements are much easier to keep up with and I felt that I could give my all for the entire 25 minutes. Even though I feel great right now, I'm saving the second workout, Cardio, for tomorrow. 

Day 6 - Cardio & Stretch (Saturday)

I love working out on a Saturday morning and literally jumped into these workouts and gave it everything I've got. Cardio was a lot easier for me today than it was on Monday, maybe because I knew what to expect and how to the movements. I immediately started the Stretch workout after finishing Cardio, and it was a very welcome, relaxing workout full of yoga-like stretches and did wonders for my very sore muscles. Tomorrow will be my day of rest. This bod really really needs it after what it went through this week.

I can't help but compare this workout to my INSANITY experience, and so far it has its pros and cons. I like that the workouts are only 25 minutes, and that it goes by really fast, but it seems that they've just cut out stretching and water breaks from a typical INSANITY workout and we're left with the 25 minutes of craziness. Not stretching properly has obviously been a huge problem, as my muscles have been extremely sore since Day 1. 

I must say that a short workout like this does make it easier to be motivated to put on those workout clothes and get started. Just when you feel that you can't go anymore, there's only 5 minutes left.

After a week, I can already feel my body changing. Isn't that crazy!? And there's absolutely no way that I won't be really fit at the end of this program. Although the workouts are tough, they are do-able and I like the variety of movements, way more than INSANITY.

I am extremely excited for the rest of this program, and can't wait to be fit again. My workout buddies have been awesome, and I love that my sister is also taking on the FOCUS T25 challenge all the way over in Dubai. She's a flight attendant, so she'll have to do her workouts in hotel rooms all over the world in the next 2 months, which is pretty funny.

Are you doing this program with us, or thinking about it? If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Be sure to come back in a week to read all about my 2nd week of madness!

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