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Focus T25 Beta Initial Thoughts

Okay this is a LONG one…sorry.  But these are my (and the man’s) impressions of all the Focus T25 BETA phase workouts and that takes time to write out!

Rip’t Circuit – This workout is a 25 minute strength training workout with some cardio mixed into the program.  It is unique because it doesn’t have a burnout phase or repeat any exercises.  What I love about it is that it really is a total body workout and you can go HEAVY with the weights.  It’s fast – but not super fast.  I use 9 lb dumbbells during this DVD and I’m almost sure I will go up to 12 lbs (at least to start, lol!) the next time I do this one.  You want to go heavy so you can really get the burn.  The intervals aren’t that long so you can hang at a heavier weight and if you can’t, you can always drop down in weight mid workout if you need an adjustment.  But you can’t get stronger if you don’t go up in weight so try it.  One of the first things you will notice is that Tania’s modifications are pretty non-existent.  There just isn’t much for her to modify because the exercises are fairly basic, just bumped in intensity with the weights.  If you need to modify, lower your weights, eliminate the weights, or use something fairly light (water bottles, cans, ect) from your  house.  Bands are also a great way to modify because you can adjust the intensity on the same band instead of having to swap out weights.  Anyway, back to the workout.  The key to this one is to focus intensely when lifting weights.  Move slow and put your intention into the area you are working and focus on what you feel in that area.  That helps make sure you really are using the right weights.  And don’t be afraid to use different weights for different body parts if you need.  I have adjustable weights so this is hard for me to do (this is the one downside of adjustable over individual weights) but it’s smart if you need it so you get the workout you need.

Speed 2.0/Core Speed – (Core Speed is the bonus workout you get when you buy your Focus T25 through a coach, although you can buy it separately if you don’t have it)  Core Speed is very similar to Speed 2.0 so I’m lumping them together.  Both workouts are extremely cardio intense and the same cardio drills are used in three levels that shorten in length but increase in intensity.   Then a second set of drills are learned and repeated in the same way.  Finally all drills are repeated in increasingly intense intervals.  By the end you are EXHAUSTED in the best way possible.  These are my 2 favorite workouts in the entire program so far.  I love the fact that they push me hard to keep up and to focus on form.  The Core Speed has one armed burpees that will challenge even the most fit person to keep up.  The thing I love about this one is that it is body weight strength training intensive and that’s my favorite kind of cardio/strength mix.

Upper Focus – Now if you read my Alpha review, you know that the one issue I had with Alpha was the lack of upper body focus.  There are some burpees and pushups (mostly in Total Body Circuit) but in general I didn’t feel that I got any stronger.  This workout definitely made me feel that I wouldn’t have that complaint after Beta.  This is another one where I went heavy (at least for where I’m at right now) and I felt the burn.  I love how all the options are shown – bands, weights, modified w/ weights, and using a pull-up bar.  I mean if you can’t figure out an option that works for you – well you aren’t trying to find an option that works for you.  I used the weights.  I love this one too (I love Beta…that’s pretty clear, yes?) and I would love to put this and Lower Focus together one day to burn out my entire body strength wise.  I just may try that one out.

Dynamic Core – This is my least favorite of the Beta workouts – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.  It just isn’t my favorite.  It’s MUCH better to me than the Alpha abs workout, which honestly so far is my least favorite workout of all of Focus T25.  I like the exercises I guess better in this one?  My hubby has some serious problems with this one though.  He pretty much follows Tania exclusively through Focus T25 and noticed a few spots in this workout where Tania was never actually shown and that frustrated him.  He is an exercise beginner (true beginner) and needs the mod.

Pizza at Home: Rustic Crust Review

The man and I both have a huge weakness when it comes to the p word – pizza.  I try to avoid it usually honestly.  For one because of the dairy and for two because I have a hard time controlling my portions.  I’ve been trying to make healthier versions our favorite meals to help us stay on track and this week I tried a new pizza crust and sauce, Rustic Crust – an all natural brand I found in the organic/health foods section of Wegmans.




The calories on this aren’t bad – around 280 calories for a whole crust.  The ingredients for the crust are whole wheat flour, water, salted butter, unbleached/unbromated enriched wheat flour, pure olive oil, soybean oil, yeast, salt, spices, basil, parsley.  The ingredients on the sauce are water, tomatoes, and 2% or less of olive oil, evaporated cane juice, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spice, vinegar.  All in all a fairly decent ingredient list.

The instructions for making the pizza are a little weird – you have to heat the oven to 450, then take it back down to 425.  It’s probably not that weird, but just awkward for me because of my odd oven that doesn’t let me switch temps without turning it off first.

After brushing EVOO on the crust (as directed), I topped my pizza with a ton of red peppers, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, a bit of cheese, and a little italian sausage. I think sprinkled the whole thing with dried parsley and basil for a little more flavor.  The directions say to put it directly on the oven shelf, but I put foil down first because my pizza was pretty loaded and I didn’t want a mess.

Anyway – the final result!



It tasted great!  Lots of flavor from the crust and loaded with veggies personalized to what I love (hello super mushrooms!!).  I was very pleased with this pizza crust and the way it baked up and so was the man.  I’m not saying I’m going to start eating pizza every day or anything, but on a night when I am having a serious pizza jones, this is going to be my new plan.  Not just because the crust is so much better for me, but I can control what goes on top of it and it doesn’t trigger me like pizza delivery does to overeat, probably because it’s just less decadent and less crappy products.