Alex Nerney here. My favorite Shaun T inspired exercise is 'plank thrusters' where you lie in plank position and violently thrust your hips to the floor.
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In the fitness industry, every single goddammed trainer wants to be famous. With massive ego complexes from borderline masochism, trainers think they deserve to be praised and worshiped like minor deities. It pathetic and highlights massive insecurities about how they need this false love and adoration from random people (please, follow me on twitter).
I say this because when someone is able to break the mold and become a famous trainer, despite all the noise, it's impressive. Shaun T's program "Insanity" launched his fame/career to a plateau I can only jerk off to while I drink cheap protein powder in my mom's basement.
Shaun has become a fitness industry powerhouse and he just launched a new program called T-25. Shuan's people then decided that the Brobible deserved a free program to try and write a review on.
After some time working with the program, here's an honest review from a fellow bro.
1. Fast Workouts (25 minutes)
Ok, maybe it's actually 30 minutes because of the 5-minute warm-up, but warming up is for crunchy yoga lovers in brightly colored headbands anyways.
Not only do you save time in your workouts, you'll save even more not going to the gym. No need to primp your hair or try on 3 different extra schmedium shirts to see what matches those basketball shorts you've been working out in for 10+ years.
Nope, just pop in the DVD and you're good to go.
2. Made For Fat Loss
Like every fitness program that will be invented for the next 22 bajillin years, it's targeted at what most consumers want - fat loss.
This program is designed for cutting down the fat and revealing your abs through lots of HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) training stacked on top of strength based movements. If you didn't know already, this is the holy grail of fat loss and your guaranteed to shed some pounds with this program.
3. They give you the equipment
Along with the DVD set, they give you a resistance band and a small nutritional program. This is better than the programs that make "suggestions" to buy their other products that you obviously need.
The resistance band provided is a good touch since most people I know do not have free weights lying around.
4. It kicked my ass
I have done just about every kind of workout you can think of. Normal football strength and conditioning, Yoga, Crossfit, Bodybuilding, P90X, and Insanity is just the short list.
It does not matter how good of shape you are in. When you jump around doing random movements for 25 minutes straight, you're going to be tired and get a good workout in.
5. It has a competitive aspect
This is one aspect these DVD workouts do really well. Nothing is more annoying than watching some 40 year old do the exact same movements as me and having to take a break before he does.
By competing with old balls and others on the screen, you have a measurement to work with. This lets you know when you are being a pussy and giving up too early, which will hopefully push you further than you would have otherwise.
1. Lacks Insanity
This is a toned down version of Shaun T designed more for the busy person who just wants to get something in.
People are attracted to ridiculousness. Proof of this is in the titles of my articles. If I title something, "Bodybuilding Basics By A Trainer" the article will get 5 likes and 9 comments about me fellaciating dudes. However, if I title an article, "9 Ways This New Program Will Make You Stronger than Superman's Dick" you guys come flocking like immigrants to a job fair.
Same goes for T-25. While a 25-minute workout is nice, I do not see this getting the same following and results as his first program. Insanity was INSANE and drove a cult like following, this will not.
2. The Nutrition Program is Extremely Basic
I might be being overly critical, but this should be mentioned.
Since we are only working out for 25 minutes, I figured there would be a pretty in depth nutrition program done.
Not really. While the information in it is solid, people need more than just the basic strokes. However, if you know a decent amount about nutrition but struggle getting to the gym, I would still recommend the program.
What it will do for you:
-Help you lose 15+ pounds. Like I mentioned before, the program is designed for fat loss. If you ran through the program and stayed committed to the workouts, you'd probably see a 15+ pound fat loss.
-Save time. Time is valuable, I don't have to tell you that. And if you are lazy and adverse to the gym, this may be the right solution for you.
See you next week, bros,
Alex Nerney -- Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Lord of BroScience