I completed the Alpha calendar a week ago and I am now a week and a day into the Beta calendar. I must say I am loving every second of Focus T25!
Alpha was very focused on cardio while Beta emphasizes more on core work and please note: core work is not a walk in the park. Having a strong core is great for improving athletic performance so if you want to improve your performance in any sporting activity whether it be running, tennis, basketball, hockey etc, you need a strong core. Your core is the link between your upper and lower body and it’s critical to sports performance. I can already feel the difference when I go jogging, it’s less taxing on my body than it used to be when I did no form of strength or core strength training. My muscles have more stamina so I can run longer before I start to feel fatigued.
My favorite workout in Alpha was Ab intervals mainly because it didn’t get me breathing too hard. I’m not a fan of cardio so the cardio workout was the one I dreaded the most closely followed by Total body circuit which was a strength based workout. However now that I’m in Beta I am finding cardio to be the easiest workout to do because my breathing and stamina has improved. I don’t have a Beta workout that I dread yet though upper focus can be quite exhausting for my arm muscles.
I didn’t skip any workout days but I have missed 2 Sunday stretch workouts during Focus T25 so far which I’m not worried about.
Now that I’m used to the routine I’ve added jogging into the mix again. So far I go once a week, usually Sundays, for 30 to 40 mins. I haven’t been consistent with my ab and squat challenges because sometimes I just don’t have time but when I can I squeeze them in. At the very least I do them 3 days a week.
Shaun T has finally added weights in the Beta workouts which I’m happy about, I love weights! So far I’m using 2kgs but I will up it to 3kgs soon.
According to my weekly measurements I’ve lost between 1.5-2inches on my arms, waist and thighs. I’m not keeping up with weight measurements because I don’t own a scale. My abs are improving significantly, they are beginning to take shape and I’m extremely excited about that! If I can just get abs like Kelly Rowland’s I will be the happiest girl on earth!
I will now end the update with a fun exercise for you to try; bicycle kicks and a v-sit from the Beta Dynamic core workout. Do 4 bicycle kicks followed by a 4 second v-sit and see if you can continue alternating between the two for a minute.