A couple weeks ago, Jelly Bean and I got to do a little shopping and photoshoot with Athleta as part of their #ShareYourOm month! All photobombs courtesy of my cat, Luna. Seriously cats must think we are SO WEIRD.
This week is going to be AWESOME here at the GFE! I’ve got 5 amazing giveaways for you – one for each day, starting today! I’m super excited to share all this stuff with you guys! But more on that in a minute.
First, I want to wish all my American friends a wonderful Labor Day and I hope the rest of you are enjoying the sunshine today! I will be partying with my family – and by “partying” I mean walking around in a cold medicine-induced haze and trying to stay away from any grilling as I cannot be trusted with fire right now while my children run in circles and scream. I finally went to the doctor this weekend and the verdict: Double ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitis. They gave me antibiotics and Mucinex-D which I discovered has pseudoephedrine in it – which means I haven’t slept in 40 hours now! Fun!! Speed of any sort is not my friend. (This will hopefully explain the disjointed nature of this post…) ANYHOW.
T25 Alpha Phase Review
The girls and I have finished the Alpha phase of Shaun T’s new Focus T25 workout! Since there are two phases, I’ll post a more detailed review when we finish the whole program but I wanted to give you guys an update. (Note: I did not do the diet portion. It does come with a booklet of meal plans and recipes. It’s a very sensible whole-foods diet focused on lean protein, whole carbs and fats.)
There are five of us doing the program and we all agree that it’s a great “get ‘er done” workout. If you’re the type who is all business when it comes to getting your sweat on then you’ll love this program! It’s short (25 minutes, hence the name) and intense so there’s no time for any funny business. It’s a get in, get it done, get on with your day kind of gig. And hey, who doesn’t have 25 minutes to spend with Shaun T??
Each DVD has a different workout – Cardio, speed, lower body focus, stretch, total body circuit and abs – but other than abs and stretching, the other workouts are pretty interchangeable as they basically all use the same moves (some combination of jumping and squatting with some push-ups mixed in). Me being me, I got bored of this pretty quickly. I swear I have workout ADD! Let’s not forget that one of my top 3 workouts of all time was Circus Camp. But T25 is definitely a solid workout. Don’t plan on being entertained but do plan on sweating buckets and sucking wind. It’s basically 25 minutes of plyometrics. Double-bag the sports bra, ladies, and if you’ve had kids break out the adult diapers! (I jest… kinda.)
All of us feel like we’ve gotten stronger and one of my fave things is that it doesn’t require any equipment! All the exercises just use your body weight as resistance (although that might change in the next phase?).
Here’s what the other girls have to say so far:
“Definitely intense and challenging… I feel like I’m training for the Olympics or some professional sport team! It is definitely harder on my joints [than some other workouts] with all the jumping and up and down but I LOVE that I can get a good workout in 25 minutes!” – Angie
“Not very unique moves, but it is nice to be done in less than 30 minutes.” – Lisa
“I liked the countdown timer in the corner and how everything kept moving. There was never a stand still moment! I don’t like how many weeks you’re supposed to do it though because it does get a little boring.” – Makenzie
Jelly Bean and I went undercover as a mom and daughter shopping for athletic clothing (we’re so subtle!) at the nearby Athleta store to check out their new fall line and try out some of the goodies. We then got to snap some pics of different ways we get our ohm on as part of Athleta’s #ShareYourOm campaign!
First we found some stuff to try on. Jelly Bean went right for the bras! And who can blame her – they look super comfy!
Myself, I gravitated towards this hot little dress. (Can you picture it with colored leggings, boots and a funky scarf? ‘Cause I sure could! Mannequins need more imagination. Although that might be difficult when you have no head.)
We took the dress plus a whole bunch of other tees, leggings, skirts and capris into the dressing room for some trying on action. I let Jelly Bean hold my camera. We got lots of snaps of feet.
And of my boobs. I ultimately decided on the gray one and took it home to test drive it doing something relaxing like reading one of my fave books ever (My Antonia! Loooove!)
And then this…
Because we all know how well I sit still.
Next I tried out some yoga gear during which my cat Luna decided she must be a part of every picture. It was kind of hilarious – she’s worse than my kids! Look at her little paws crossed – she’s even posing.
You’ve never done wheel pose until you’ve tried to hold it while having your nostrils licked clean by a cat!
Back to the important stuff: GIVEAWAYS!
This week I’ll be doing a giveaway every single day! (I actually didn’t plan it this way, it was just a weird confluence of the fit-o-sphere!) And I’ve got some really great stuff for you guys. No crappy water bottles emblazoned with some random business so that you turn into free advertising every time you go to the gym – promise!
The giveaway today is one copy of T25 of your very own for one GFE reader! Leave me a comment below about what your personal workout style is to enter. Do you like ’em short and sweet? Or do you need to be entertained to make it through? …Or you can tell my why my cat’s favorite activity is to watch me shower. It’s a little creepy.
Contest ends 9/8/2013 at midnight. FTC disclosure: I was not paid for this post or compensated in any way other than that I did receive one free copy of T25 to try out.