Our latest offering, Focus T25, is a study in exercise efficiency. By targeting your training to things that matter, sans filler, you can force your body to adapt and change much quicker than until recently was thought possible. Over the next few weeks I’ll provide an under-the-hood look at why your next fitness program, your first fitness program or, at least, a part of your fitness arsenal should be Focus T25.
“Can I get real results in only 25 minutes a day?” is the question almost everyone asks. “And if that’s the case, then why would I ever do hour long workouts like Insanity or P90X?” These are reasonable questions. As you’ll see, I hope, the answers make perfect sense.
Check out some of the science I featured in this post a couple of weeks ago. We’ve know for some time that short, focused workouts are the most efficient way to change your body composition in a short amount of time. In fact, we already offer a lot of short workouts in many of our programs as a part of an overall structure.
The trick/key to T25 was creating the overload we’ve done before using time (lengthening workouts over time—Turbo Fire’s volume change being one of the best examples) to overloading using intensity to create the same effect. This took some time to structure and then testing, so Shaun Thompson (the T in 25) spent a lot of time traveling, consulting and experimenting with various training protocols to find the right combination to teach. The result was three phases: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, which are in some ways only related by all being 25 minutes long.
I’ll go into these phases in detail in subsequent posts but, first, I should say that you can’t really get fit in 25 minutes a day. Fitness, as Sagi (of Body Beast) likes to say, is a 24-hour proposition, even if only one of those hours is spent in the gym. Yes, T25 can make you fitter in 25 minutes a day but you’re going to need to revamp your lifestyle if you want real results so, of course (it’s a Beachbody program after all), T25 comes with a nutrition plan and all the usual Beachbody resources (Message Boards, Teambeachbody, chats, tips, newsletters and other support features) as well. But the exercise part is solid. Focus for 25 minutes and you’ll see real change.
There is fitness and then there is FITNESS. T25 can get you fit and ripped but, at some point, if fitness becomes your lifestyle and general focus, you are going to need more. Doing T25 will prepare you to get more results than ever the next time you do any longer-duration high intensity program, as well as providing you with longterm transition workouts and supplemental workouts for those of you who move on to other athletic endeavors in life. We’ll talk about exactly why this is the case next time.
by Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards is a member of the Beachbody fitness team and is a knowledgeable fitness expert. Check out his blog at steveedwardsfitness.com