Should You Buy Focus T25? See What Our Participants Had to Say After 10 Weeks

When we began our Focus T25 Challenge 10 weeks ago, we set out with the goal of answering two main questions: 1) Does the T25 program work, and 2) is it enjoyable? Before we answer this question though, here’s a quick recap of the events leading up to where we are now.

  • During weeks 1- 3, our participants quickly found that the program involved much more working out than they were originally led to believe. In fact, with an additional 25-minute workout on Fridays and a sixth on Saturdays, this increased their weekly workout time by a whopping 40%. Participants also found that proper nutrition played a key role in their initial success. This means you need to complete all the exercises each week, while also sticking to a strict, healthy diet.
  • Even with proper nutrition, weeks 3-5 resulted in our participants experiencing increased fitness and reduced waist sizes, but no meaningful weight loss. Their determination remained high, and they found it motivating to be able to keep up with many of the standard versions of the exercises.
  • Week 6 was a big turning point for our participants, as the Beta cycle of the T25 program kicked in to gear—and with it, a greatly increased pace. This, in combination with the fact that many of the exercises didn’t include clear modified versions (or in some instances, any at all) caused some widespread discouragement.
  • Despite the negative feedback from Week 6, Weeks 7, 8, & 9 saw an improvement in morale, as our participants accepted the program for what it is; more of a strength and conditioning program than one focused on weight loss. They were extremely proud of their progress, as well as the discipline they displayed by making it this far.

Now that we’ve reached the end, what do our participants have to say about their experiences? Would they recommend the T25 program to others? If they could tell the manufacturer one thing, what would it be? Let’s find out.

Test Subject #1

Overall, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the program?
I would rate the program a 7 or 8.

How much total weight did you lose?
9 pounds. However, this was only in the last few weeks, because I’ve been on a very strict diet and have been counting calories.

Were there any changes to your waistline?
Yes. I went from a 41” waist size to a 38”.

Were there any changes to your dress size?
While I feel like all my clothes fit a little looser, I didn’t go down to a smaller dress size.

Did anyone else notice a change in your physical appearance?
Yes, because I ultimately lost weight.

Can you describe in detail the physical transformation that you experienced?
I lost weight very proportionally, so it’s not just in one area.

What did you like most about the Focus T25 program?
I enjoyed working out with Sean T, and the videos themselves were pleasant. I liked that it helped me get into the habit of working out daily.

What did you like least about the program?
Honestly, I often couldn’t keep up with many of the steps, which frustrated me and slowed me down.

Do you think Focus T25 worth its $120 price tag?
Yes, if anything helps me, it’s priceless.

Have you ever achieved similar results by simply going to the gym?
Yes, but only when I adhered to a strict diet. A long time ago, I went from 175 to 145 pounds in less than 2 months by adhering to a strict diet and doing cardio at the gym 5 days per week, 1 hour each session. However, I gained the weight back within 2 years.

Who do you think would benefit the most from this program? Would you recommend it to friends or family members?
I would recommend it to an already in-shape person who can actually do these moves. That way they can get the most out of the workout.

If you could tell the makers of Focus T25 (Beachbody) one thing, what would it be?
I would rather do one difficult move that I can keep up with, than I would 3 moves I can’t. A lot of the moves were so close together that I got confused and couldn’t keep up. For this reason alone, I feel like I didn’t get the most out of the program’s potential.

Also, Beachbody should keep in mind that their overweight/out of shape customers—who probably make up a big part of their audience—will use mostly modified versions. Because of this, these versions should be much more (clearly marked) and always available for every part of a workout.

With this in mind, some of the modified workout were impossible to do; like the side plank pushups, to name just one. So, I had to make up my own moves that I could actually do instead of just not working out while waiting for the next one.

Bottom line: Was Focus T25 worthwhile for you?
Yes, it was worth it for me. While it was very difficult and frustrating at times, this just made me realize how much more I enjoy running on the treadmill. Now that I’ve finished the program, I find that I push myself harder and enjoy my workout more every day. In fact, I’ll continue doing some of the T25 workouts here and there. 

Test Subject #2

Overall, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the program? Why?
Even though I was already in relatively good shape, I would rate it an 8. I didn’t lose weight, but I still saw results and I now feel stronger.

How much total weight did you lose?
I’m on a very strict diet, so I only lost 3 pounds.

Were there any changes to your waistline?
I lost one inch; from 29.5 to 28.5. 

Were there any changes to your dress size?
No change.

Did anyone else notice a change in your physical appearance?
No.

Can you describe in detail the physical transformation that you experienced?
I only see more definition in my arms, and tighter thighs.

What did you like most about the Focus T25 program?
I sweat more in 25 min than I do in a one-hour run.

What did you like least about the program?
Some of the moves were too confusing and I don’t feel like they made a real difference for me.

Do you think Focus T25 worth its $120 price tag?
Yes, even though it didn’t do what I was hoping for it to do, the program disciplined me to work out every day.

Have you ever achieved similar results by simply going to the gym?
No.

Who do you think would benefit the most from this program? Would you recommend it to friends or family members?
Yes, I would recommend to my sister who is already thin but needs to get toned. However, I would not recommend this to someone who is overweight, because Focus T25 is not going to help them get skinny. Also, for someone who’s not already fairly in shape, it’s too overwhelming, and I feel like it’s pretty easy to give up on unless you’re have determination.

If you could tell the makers of Focus T25 (Beachbody) one thing, what would it be?
To stop advertising that “anybody can do it.” Sure, anybody can turn on their DVD player, but if you weigh more than 200lbs, you’re probably not going to be able to do moves like burpies, lunges, and jump squats. The reality is that the people in the videos could barely keep up—so what does this say for people who aren’t already in relatively good shape?

Bottom line: Was Focus T25 worthwhile for you?
Yes. Over the course of 60 days, the videos helped me stay in the zone and keep working out, which is something I’ll continue doing even after I’m done with the program. I still do the videos 5 days a week, but I choose the ones that actually give me results.

Any other thoughts you'd like to share that might help others make a more informed decision about the Focus T25 program?
If you are a person who is on the thinner side and you just want to get toned, then T25 could be a good fit. However, if you want to lose some actual weight or dress sizes, you would need to do everything they recommend in the videos (meal plan, etc.), not just what is advertised on their website and in their TV commercials.

Focus T25 Overall Impressions: High Frustration, but High Satisfaction

Based on our participants’ feedback beginning in Week 6, in the end, we were almost certain they would rate the Focus T25 program poorly. Their frustration level was just that high.

However, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our participants rated the program an overall 8 out of 10. This means that, despite the immense amount of negative feedback at the halfway point—and through this week to some extent—our participants found the program beneficial. In fact, both said that they would recommend the T25 program to their friends, and both said it was worth the $120 price tag.

With this said, if you’re thinking about purchasing Focus T25, there are a couple pointers you should keep in mind. First, based on our participants’ feedback, it appears that the program is tailored more toward individuals who are looking to become toned, and not necessarily to lose weight. In fact, while both our participants lost inches in their waist, Participant #2 actually gained weight in muscle mass.

Second, as both of our participants noted, the Focus T25 program is probably better suited for someone who is already mildly active, and it’s not recommended for someone who is currently overweight. Surprisingly though, both participants rated T25 the same, despite having very different levels of fitness at the beginning.

Third, despite how the program is advertised, T25 actually involves 7 workouts per week over the course of 6 days. As we mentioned above, this adds 40% more time to your exercise regimen, which could be a deal breaker for some.

Finally, remember that the T25 program is intended to continuously push you out of your comfort zone. In other words, whether you’re somewhat fit or extremely athletic, it’s very likely that you’ll be pushed to your limits, time and time again. Also, regardless of your fitness level, it will probably take you several weeks to start becoming comfortable with the regular routine versions, and as soon as you do, the Beta cycle will begin and you’ll start from square one all over again. This seemed to be a huge motivation-crusher for our participants, but if you know what’s coming, you may end up with a more positive experience.

Bottom line

After 10 weeks of intense, 6-day per week exercise, both of our participants rated the Focus T25 program very highly, and stated that they would recommend it to friends and family. Ultimately, if you’re looking to become toned and tighter, this may be the program for you—but if you’re looking to lose weight, you might be sorely disappointed.

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