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August, 2013 | Jay Floyd Fitness

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Focus T25 Review

Focus T25 Review

Focus T25

Focus T25

When I first heard this, I thought to myself, right.  I can workout for 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week and see results?  I was so used to working out hard for an hour that I didn’t think it was possible.  However, I found out I was wrong.  DEAD wrong.  For the last 10 weeks I’ve been doing T25 and I can tell you, it’s the real deal.  I haven’t lost any weight because that wasn’t my goal, but I am definitely stronger, more balanced and as a friend of mine said who is doing it….”more centered”.  It’s 25 minutes wide open and if you get after it, it will work for you.  There is no doubt about it.  I can feel my abs working and my core and lower back are stronger.  Shaun T. works in moves that are seen in Insanity and adds a few new ones.  The trick is, because of they way they are put together, they are done with no rest.  In the promo package Shaun T. says, “You can rest when you go to bed”.

The Alpha Round was definitely tougher for me and I felt it big time in my calves and legs.  When I got to the Beta Round, I was ready for it.  The time seems to fly by and by about 5 minutes in, I’m in a flop sweat and by the time it’s over, I feel like a Million Bucks.  This is a HIIT workout and you will definitely get an afterburn by doing it.  Trust me and check it out.  Click here  to order the Focus T25 Challenge Pack.  As always with Beachbody Programs, you get the workouts, the meal plan, the fitness guide and online support.  You can do all of this at home.  That is the beauty of it.  What are you waiting on?  Time is no longer an issue!!  Order this today and message me that you got it.  I will put you in a support group to help you achieve the results of your dreams.

25 Minutes. 5 Days a Week. 100% Results.
The only thing standing between you and the results you want is TIME. Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you’d expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. He’s pulled out the rest to give you everything you need, nothing you don’t. The result is FOCUS T25—and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you WILL get results.

Your FOCUS T25 program includes:

ALPHA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Cardio. 25 minutes of calorie-burning, sweat-drenching cardio.
  • Speed 1.0. Ignite your quickness. Burn the fat. Fast-paced for fast results.
  • Total Body Circuit. Focus on strength and resistance—without lifting a single weight.
  • Ab Intervals. Cardio and ab intervals that shred the fat from your midsection.
  • Lower Focus. Focus on your lower-body muscles—the key to burning fat and kicking up your metabolism.

BETA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Core Cardio. Get your sweat on! This progressive cardio-core workout is about you getting shredded fast.
  • Speed 2.0. Rev it up with Shaun’s calorie-scorching, core-focused speed drills.
  • Rip’t Circuit. Cardio … upper body … legs … abs … repeat! This is how you get ripped in 25 minutes.
  • Dynamic Core. You’ll go from vertical to horizontal and back again in this dynamic, crazy core routine.
  • Upper Focus. Shaun will help you develop the upper body of your dreams. All you have to do is FOCUS.

Tools to Make Every Minute Count:

  • Quick-Start Guide. Hit the ground running with this step-by-step guide for how to achieve your best results.
  • Get It Done Nutrition Guide. We make eating simple too! 5 meals a day, 5 ingredients, 5 minutes to prep. It’s that simple.
  • ALPHA-BETA Workout Calendars. Shaun gives you each day’s workout so there’s no guesswork. All you have to do is nail it!

Plus, 4 FREE Gifts:

  • Stretch Workout. After 5 days of hard work, stretch it out—and enjoy this one! You deserve it.
  • 5-Day Fast Track. Get a jump start on your weight loss with this 5-day meal plan. It’s not easy but it works!
  • B-LINES® Resistance Band (15 lb.). Burn fat and carve lean muscle faster with our lightweight pro-grade resistance band.
  • 24/7 Online Support. Stay motivated with ’round-the-clock access to fitness experts and peer support.

And a FREE Bonus Workout:

  • Core Speed. Push hard, burn fat, and get shredded in record time with the FREE bonus workout DVD Core Speed (a $19.95 value) when you order FOCUS T25 through your Coach.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee:
Shaun’s so sure you’ll get amazing results with FOCUS T25, he’s giving you a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, simply call Customer Service for a Return Authorization number, and return it within 30 days, and he’ll give you a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling, no questions asked.

Half-Marathon Training

Half-Marathon Training

Running

Running

If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you know I graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.  Well,  as you can likely imagine, we did a lot of running while I was there.  We had to stay in shape and that included running.  During the school year, at 10:30 PM, we were allowed to leave the barracks and go running for 30 minutes.  We also had to take Physical Fitness Tests that included 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps and a 2 mile run for time.  It was a pass/fail test.  I remember telling the other guys if they finished after me, they would fail.  I knew what time I had to be at each tree around the parade ground so that I finished on time.  Running is not something I ever picked up as a hobby, but, in school, it was a necessity.  When I graduated, I told myself, I wouldn’t run again unless someone was chasing me.

Maybe that’s why I put on so much weight after I graduated.  I was living life, fell in love, got married, we had some children and I never really worried much about my physical body. I spent more time and money maintaining my car than I did of my body and if the car died, I’d just get another one.  If my body died…well….you know the rest.

In 2007, just at the time I was feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, I found P90X and that set me on a course of physical fitness that frankly, I could only have dreamed of in College.   I even signed up for the USMC Mudrun with some friends and ran it several times.  The mudrun is a 5 mile obstacle course with obstacles along the way that include mudpits.  It was so much fun.

In order to get ready for the mudrun, I had to run.  I actually worked up to the point where I ran, at most, 9 miles at one time without stopping and the course I ran had several hills.  I was in very good shape, or so I thought.  That was in 2009.  After that, I stopped running until I began training for the next mudrun the next year.  I didn’t like running but ran out of necessity to get ready for the obstacle course and that was the only reason.

Half Marathon Training – My Current Journey

I played volleyball in College so, my knees are not the best they could be, but they certainly aren’t as bad as some.  I have tried to take care of my knees and my back over the years, with some success.  But to get out and run still hurts them some.

A couple of months ago, I attended the Beachbody Coach Summit and was talking to a fellow Coach.  They told me they had run a marathon.  They confided that they had run most of it but had walked quite a bit.  This Coach is also not a runner and a bit older than me, so, I got the wild notion to think about possibly running a marathon before I turn 50 years old, in a little over 2 years.  So, I began training for a half marathon to be run in early November.  It’s one of the toughest around called The Governor’s Cup.

Half Marathon Training Schedule

Half Marathon Training Schedule

I read up on it and then decided to hit the road and run 3 to 4 times a week at short distances and a slow pace and work my way up.  So, in mid July, I started running again.  I ran the 3 miles the first day at a very slow pace and then a couple of days later, I ran 4 and walked 2, doing my best to run up the hills and walk down the hills for the last 2 miles.  I ran for a couple of weeks and then I got dared to run a 5k.  I knew I could run it so I agreed and at the end of July, my 16 yr old son and I along with a couple of friends went out and ran the 5k night race.  I finished it running every step and was a bit stiff the next day.  However, the next week, my knees hurt very badly.  My knees hurt for a couple of weeks and finally got to where I could run again without pain.  I haven’t started running again, but I’ve been doing some research on it to see how I can do it without pain.  I also started taking supplements targeted for knees and joints.  I ran across some information the other day that told me if my knees hurt after a run, there is a good possibility that I’m overusing my hip flexors.  So, I’ve been working on strengthening my hip flexors and core and working very hard on learning to breathe correctly during a run, even though I’m a trumpet player and know how to breathe deeply from my diaphragm.

I will keep moving toward the goal of the half marathon, but now it appears we will have a football game the same day as the half marathon here in Columbia and I may have to run the one in Myrtle Beach in January instead.  The beautiful thing is, I have time to work on it and I will get there.  One day at a time.  My hopes is that blogging about it will keep me on track and maybe someone reading this will help hold me accountable.

Do Something

Do Something!!

Do Something

Do Something

I know you are thinking, I am doing something right now!  I’m reading your blog!!  But, I don’t mean it that way.  What I’m talking about is doing something.  Do Something just doesn’t mean do anything, it means do something.  There is a big difference between something and anything.  Most people just do anything.  They really have no plan.  Whatever happens to them happens.  It’s really kind of sad when you think about it, that people are leaving their entire lives up to chance.  I heard someone say once (back when men wore ties regularly) that the average man spends more time picking out a good tie than picking out his career.  It’s kind of true for me.  I knew I liked the outdoors and wanted to spend some time in my career outside, but I really had no clue at all what I wanted to do.  When I went to College, I still didn’t know exactly what I wanted to major in but I knew I had to do something and get a degree.  So, that is what I did.  I went into the Engineering Department the first week I was there and they had a neat demonstration of a house sitting on some sandy soil (most people call it dirt) and they shook it and slowly added water.  As the water came up into it, it liquefied and the house sank.  It was pretty cool, so, I decided right then and there that I wanted to be a Civil Engineer.  My Dad had worked in construction earlier in his life before changing careers and always talked about it and I grew up on a farm, so, it was kind of in my blood anyway, so, that is how I chose my major.  I really had no idea what would be involved in getting that degree, but, it was the first step into my new career.  I did find out that Civil Engineering was the most broad of all of the Engineering Professions as you can go into Structural, Environmental, Waste Water, Construction Materials, Geotechnical, Roadways, etc.

Do Something, Even if it’s WRONG!!

Melanie and I had similar parents.  I remember my Mom saying that to me when i was just laying around doing nothing.  Apparently, her Mom said the same thing to her.  I don’t know where they got it, but we’ve passed it along to our kids.  DO SOMETHING!!  Even if it’s WRONG!!  In these days of electronic gizmos and whatnots, it is easy to just sit around and vegetate.  When I was growing up, we didn’t have all that stuff.  We had to either read, watch TV or go outside and play and make up our own games.  We had to go outside and do something.  During the summers, alot of times, it was cooler outside than inside.  We had no air conditioning.  The cool thing was, we didn’t have to worry about getting into too much trouble.  We were outside doing something.  Looking back on it, it was so much fun.  It wasn’t about sitting around and watching TV.  We only had 4 channels so we had very few choices.  The only time Cartoons were on TV was Saturday mornings.  So, the average kids then were just naturally a lot more active than kids today.  Is there any wonder why we have such an obesity problem among our kids today?  There are a lot of programs out there to help keep kids active, like baseball, softball, soccer, karate, etc., but it’s only an hour or two a week.  The rest of the time for out kids and even adults is spent in front of the TV.  Our work environments are changing also.  100 years ago, most people worked on the family farm, now, less than 1 percent do.  There are many many more desk jobs now than in the past.

Do Something, it has to be an INTENTIONAL choice

It is easy to go with the flow.  The saying goes, even a dead fish can float downstream.  Doing something out of the ordinary takes and INTENTIONAL choice.   We have to decide to do something out of the ordinary.  We have to decide to get up and move.  We live sedentary lives now and physical activity isn’t one of the top things on our list.  We have to get up and move and plan our day to get it done.  Many people like going to the gym.  Many like to go out and run.  Many like to workout at home to DVDs.  Unfortunately, when it comes down to DO SOMETHING, most people don’t.  The activity level is usually dictated only by what has to be done instead of what should be done.  So, my challenge to you is, to do something.  At Beachbody, we have a lot of different workout programs that can fit anyone’s tastes, from Tai Cheng that is slow and methodical and great for people with joint problems who can’t move well to Insanity and P90X for those who want to get extreme results and now Ten Minute Trainer and T25 for those without much time.  We even have Shakeology to help you take the thought process out of good nutrition.  The beautiful thing is, you can become a coach and help others as you are helping yourself.

Shakeology

Shakeology

Don’t let life pass you by.  Get going now.  Don’t wait until you are old and frail and wish you had taken care of your body.  Don’t wait for a Doctor to tell you that you have high blood pressure and your cholesterol is off the chart and you need to be on insulin or other medications or worse, need bypass surgery to lose weight.  Don’t wait for a Doctor to tell you that you have cancer to change your lifestyle and eating habits.  Work now to protect your body and mind.  Do SOMETHING!!  You only have one chance to take care of your body.  Make it count.