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Chalean Extreme/T25 Rotation and Reviews

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Monday Legs (Supreme 90)
Tuesday Chalean Lean 1
Wednesday Cardio (Alpha Cardio)
Thursday Chalean Lean 2
Friday Cardio (Speed 1.0)
Saturday Chalean Lean 3
Sunday Cardio (Abs)

This rotation will put me at strength training 4 times a week, and cardio 3 times a week.

So this schedule is what I'm currently doing for the month of February. I know I'm a little late in putting it up, but I am only just starting with the legs, and trying to keep my cardio regular. As of now, I'm going to try and stick with this so I have something set. When I don't have a schedule, I tend to not do it.

At this point, I'm going to give a small mini review of the two programs I am working with/rotating with pros and cons. Please note that both products are Beachbody products and no, I am not a BB coach, and no, I do not want to sell you anything.

ChaLEAN Extreme:
I am currently doing my second round of this program. It is broken into three phases (see my previous blogs for details) that you do each for a month, and then an optional fourth phase.

The pros for this set are:

Minimal equipment needed.

Chalean is fun and uplifting (despite the fact that she doesn't do all the reps).

Movements are easy to master and effective.

Workouts range from 30-45 minutes.

The cons for this set are:

Poor leg workout. (Because the movements are combined in such a way that you can't lift enough weight to fatigue your legs AND do the arm movements. Also, there are few exercises which focus only on the lower body in later phases of the workout).

Included cardio discs are just “meh,” and rotating the same two out every week gets SUPER BORING.

Pretty much the same warm up and cool down every single disc. (Some people hate this, some are indifferent).

Now that the general high and low lights are out of the way, I'll give you a more specific breakdown. I did lose significant inches and pounds using this program. I had never done a strict weight/strength training routine, just some weight work with light dumbbells. I had no idea how strong I was, or how rewarding strength training could be until I started this set. I have a couple of other strength programs waiting for me to try (I picked them up after loving this one so much), but I came back to this one specifically because I love the challenge and the moves.

Keep in mind if you are a female and you are doing this program, do not try and lift the same weights the instructor does unless you are experienced. She lifts really heavy on some of the moves, but she only does about half the reps before she puts the weight down and walks around to chat. Look for the female in the back corner who isn't modifying, and match those weights instead (if you aren't sure where to start).

T25 -
As a person who does not have time to do an hour plus workout each day, I was super excited when this product came out. I'd been hearing about how fantastic Insanity was, and this seemed similar, just a shorter version, so I thought “Why not?”

Sadly, I do not love this program the way that I love Chalean. It is a heavy cardio focus, and Shaun T is certainly inspiring enough, but it feels like every single video is the EXACT SAME THING. Okay, okay, to be fair, I have only done the “Alpha” videos, which are the first month. But, each of these videos recycles certain progressive cycles. “Hop hop squat” and “Side lunge squat” seem to be in every video, some of the others repeat in the major ones, but are not in the abs video or “lower focus”

I decided straight away that I would probably not be able to do this set all the way through straight through. Doing the same cardio moves every single day isn't exactly my idea of a blast, even though it is super awesome that it is only about 30 minutes long. So, rather than attempt that, I rotate the discs out for cardio days in Chalean Extreme.

I will probably sell off T25 if it doesn't get any better, I don't think I'd recommend this program at all unless you don't mind the same thing everyday. However, of the two programs, T25 has the easier and superior nutrition guide.
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