PARROT REVIEW: FOCUS T25 with Shaun T – GAMMA

Because it's not over until you're twitching on the floor in shock.

By Jean Paul Fender

 

FOCUS T25 GAMMA is an optional third phase in Shaun T’s new fitness program.  Whereas ALPHA and BETA were designed to cover Foundation and Core respectively, GAMMA is about Strength.  Nasty, grueling, circuit style strength.

Because Gamma is optional I’m reviewing it separately to see how it stands or falls on its own merit.  So is it worth the extra cash and thus forcing you to pick beer cans in a northern Canadian ditch so your kids don’t have to eat a steady diet of Kraft Diner for a month?

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Once again, the internet will hold back the entire story from to you in the form of Beachbody Coaches whereas I while I alone am untainted by multi-level marketing.  That means I alone am not a Beachbody Coach reviewing their own product.  Thus I alone possess the answers you seek…for everything.  But you all know that.

In your heart, you’ve always known.

What you get:

4 DVD’s and a calendar available in a regular or deluxe package.  The deluxe version includes a Beachbody miniMat and a couple resistance bands.  My opinion?  Don’t bother with the deluxe version unless you’re a member of the 1%.  The regular version is 3 payments of $40 which is about the maximum you’d want to part with for an expansion pack.

ript_t25Rip’T Up

This is primarily an upper body circuit-cardio.  You’ll use light weights due to the high reps as do the cast, but I recommend using a variety as some moves are significantly easier than others.  I mean, for this I can get by with Shaun’s 20lbs bicep curls that go on forever but I’d be lucky to get past 8lbs for arm lifts in Superman position without puking up my lower back.

The 90 degree Shoulder Shrugs look simple but are an absolute nightmare but that’s ok…there’s plenty of push ups to take your mind off that agony.

The cast are not sluffing off either.  Christine has that look on her face at the end that betrays her muscles imminent failure.  I like that, because it tells me I didn’t just buy a video of happy people with perfect teeth who don’t sweat.

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pyramid_t25Pyramid

A quick warm up then you begin.  Each sequence is done anywhere from 6 to 11 times depending on whether Shaun feels you need more or less.

Again, the weights you choose will be light.  10-12lbs for the average dude and 5-8lbs for the ladies.   It’s curls, squats, push ups, upright rows, tricep presses and closing with some abdominal work.  All-in-all a good 25 minutes of solid work.

Shaun is having some real fun here messing with all our heads right from the slow counts to the comical “Awwwwww SHIznizzy!!”  It’s hard to finish a pyramid when you’re laughing.  Mrs. Parrot commented that such language alterations meant that he must have had a mother.

x_circ_t25Extreme Circuit

It’s like Rip’T Up in a way, but has less of a cardio focus and more slow and controlled movements.  You will also use lighter weights for more reps so choose your weapons carefully as some postures are just plain excruciating.

Want to see if you got what it takes?  Use the chin-up bar when it comes around.  Ouch.  That having been said this is a good workout but might leave you wanting at the end for a little more grit if you’re used to hour long Asylum of P90X style routines.

speed3-t25Speed 3.0

Red shoes and absolutely bitchin’ socks.  If the clothes stand out it universally means your clock is about to get cleaned.

Two rounds of 3 moves with a final round going from start to finish.  It has the same format as Speed 1 and 2 but many moves are replaced with harder ones such as much more push-up varieties.  And it is a killer!  At least in Insanity you get a water break but not here pal.  This one is on par with some Asylum routines…seriously!  You could easily substitute Speed and Agility or Insanity Cardio out for this and not loose anything.

This is listed as a free gift, although in all fairness it’s only fair to include this considering the price.  This is bar none my favorite of the batch.

CONCLUSION

t25gamma_ratingSo how does FOCUS T25 GAMMA measure up with the rest of the program?  Pretty darn good I would say.  It absolutely fills a gap with some nice weight training to give that extra kick and some workouts like Speed 3.0 are as tough as Asylum.

Now…is it worth the money?  If you have Focus T25 already and the program is clicking with you then I’d say by all means go for it.  Shaun keeps bringing the intensity and Gamma will add a new and awesome dimension you your already purchased program.  This should also be viewed for what it is: an expansion pack and not a stand-alone program.  As such it has all the hallmarks of the original:  Great music, production values and of course, Shaun T.   So based on that I give it a solid 5 out of 5 Feathers for following up on the spectacular FOCUS T25 main program.

Also remember, do not spend the money on the deluxe version as there is no reason to spend twice as much to get a couple bands you may only occasionally use and a crummy mat you could get at WalMart for $10.  To be honest, using resistance bands with this program will be horribly inconvenient.  Stick with just get the disks and you’ll have everything you need.

SEE REVIEW FOR FOCUS T25 ALPHA

SEE REVIEW FOR FOCUS T25 BETA

  

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Jean Paul Fender

Jean Paul Fender

Supreme Overlord at DysfunctionalParrot.com
Jean Paul Fender ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects. Jean Paul is also the author of the ongoing comedy apocalyptic novel, LOOPBACK.
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  • ktern

    great review as always :)

    not sure if you noticed, but shaun t is packing 15 lbs weights here instead of 20 (as in asylum / asylum 2). maybe you’ll feel better about whatever you’re lifting, i know i do!

    IMO gamma even works pretty well standalone if you sub asylum 2′s ab shredder for friday’s repeat days. fits the theme in terms of runtime and pain level, and balances it all out more

  • Video addict

    It took me awhile to warm up to T25, but I am excited about gamma and adding in more weights. I enjoy lifting waits. I endure cardio. Good review. Thanks. I wasn’t sure whether to order it or not.

  • Video addict

    Yikes weights not waits lol.

  • 1st4fitness

    I used to always go down the gym to do a workout, but this took me around 2 hrs per day, 3 times a week.
    Now thanks to your review, I’ve got hold of a copy of the T25 workout videos and I’m saving myself hours per week.

  • elctronyc

    hello, I post before talking about a hybrid between P90x3 and beast workout but after this review i decided to use just T25. However, I will combine the alpha an beta workouts with the gamma workout. so it will be 3 days of alpha and 2 days of gamma. I have been lifting 35 lb. in my regular workout. Therefore, My concern is that if you think it is safe to use 35 lb. of weight for the gamma workouts?

    • ktern

      i don’t know what your “regular workout” consists of. it probably isn’t this, though, and i would start lower (maybe 15 or 20), then add weight if it seems too easy somehow

    • http://dysfunctionalparrot.com Dysfunctional Parrot

      T25 Gamma is not really designed for high weight/low reps. It’s more cardio-circuit so the weight would indeed be around 15-20 ( high reps/low weight ) as ktern suggested. I highly doubt anyone would ever utilize 35lbs in T25.

  • David Horton

    This is a terrific review that addresses almost all questions people will have. I do disagree on one point, however: I think that bands are as good (maybe even better) than weights for 4/5 of the weighted T25 workouts, mostly because it means that you can use a larger variety of weights. Shaun doesn’t really give you time to run back and forth from a weight bench and so while I could easily use a pretty heavy weight for exercises like lawn mower rows, I definitely wouldn’t use more than 10-12 lbs for some of the prolonged shoulder presses. I prefer bands for this reason; for me, I have enough experience with them that one band can serve as the equivalent weights for a huge variety of weights and allow me to get the resistance I need for whatever workouts I’m doing.

    • Michael

      I disagree they ,may be better in some instances for example if your are traveling its hard to carry tons of weight. However, I used dumbbells and got more out of it. The reason is one just like the modified workout they dont show it alot so you have to basically wait to see what he is doing to copy it also on some of the moves you dont get as much resistance. For example the weighted squats if you use the dumbbells you get resistance as you go up and down equally, while with the bands you get resistance while your up then as you go lower the band has less resistance because its not stretched out as much. Then you have the problem of how far apart you standing can have bigger impact compared to dumbbells. Also when you go back with weights it is a bit easier to up it and to easily mark where you were at. I lifted 15 lbs on this and 10 on that or eventually I did 15lbs on everything but some of the presses and deadlifts to squats i struggled.
      With the bands you either are grabing different bands or you are looping it and/or standing different distance which can be hard to improve and measure. If your good with the bands and know how to loop and make them give you more resistance go for it however, to people not well versed I wouldnt do that as it can become hard to remember how big you looped it or did I stand this far apart.

      My idea is to buy a dumbell set that goes up to a certain weight and use a certain weight which I hope will even out my arms and build strength well. My plan is to slowly increase the weight I use for the whole workout so initially this might cause you to have two weights or you may have to stop midway through certain exercises. The way I see it is do what works for you and if you like bands better get them if you dont get weights.

  • SJackson

    Thanks for the reviews! I used them to make the decision to purchase the entire set. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • H Blanchette

    Great review – thanks! Better double check on the price though; that’s THREE payments of $40 + $20 shipping for the basic set ($140 total). Not $60 as quoted above…

    • http://dysfunctionalparrot.com Dysfunctional Parrot

      You are most correct…correction made! Thank you!

  • JonB

    Thanks for the great review. Very entertaining and informative.

  • Allstarme79

    I notice that the schedule for gamma says do a double on Friday as always but doesn’t list two. Should you just do the same one twice?

    • Jamison36

      There are 2 schedules with gamma. One does not have you double up on Fridays while the other one has you double up with videos from Alpha and Beta. I believe it’s up to the person and what they want out of it.

  • JMLM

    When would you recommend using the chin up bar?

  • Frank Critelli

    I’m going to be starting T25 next week. When can you start the Gamma phase?

    • http://dysfunctionalparrot.com Dysfunctional Parrot

      Ideally Gamma starts either after you’ve finished the program once, or in some cases as a replacement for Beta if you’re feeling like you’ve got Charlie Sheen in your veins.

      Just watch out for Gamma Core Speed. That sucker is a monster!

 
 
 
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