Top 6 Tips For Getting Started W/Focus T25 ( or staying focused)

#1 The Mindset check

It all starts with your mindset. If you don’t have the mindset to overcome obstacles (more in email #4) and even to accept the new you, you may find yourself back where you started. Think about it. To be healthy and fit you need to eat right and exercise right? Everyone knows this including you, then WHY aren’t you in amazing shape? Your mind wasn’t ready to make that choice!

You avoid the yo-yo of success/failure in your fitness when you decide to develop a bullet proof mindset. The great news is – It’s EASY!

Simply know WHY you are doing this in the first place. Why did you choose Focus T25? Are looking to return to the great shape you use to be in? Or maybe you just want more energy to run around with your kids. … But WHY? Remember that, write it down, and NEVER forget it!

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#2 Setting up expectations

This has something to do with mindset but it deserves it’s own little section. You may have a solid mindset BUT where are your expectations? Even a solid mindset can crumble if you don’t set realistic expectations!

  • Do you expect to magically lose 100 lbs in 10 weeks of Focus T25?
  • Do you expect to keep up with the DVDs in your first week?

Those are just 2 examples of false expectations. Both of those are GOALS for the long term but NOT the right expectations. The fact is you WILL get in better shape with Focus T25 if you stick it out and put in the work. But set your expectations in a realistic way so that you can celebrate small accomplishments and stepping stones.

  • i.e. Expect to lose 10-15lbs your first 30 days (keep in mind you are also ramping up your metabolism so you will see more drastic changes in the back half, consider it like an “after-burn”).
  • Expect to stay at the modified version in your first 2 weeks. As you progress start adding in the last 15 seconds of each set in the  higher impact version ( if you are not injured and have permission from your doctor)

Those are just 2 examples of achievable expectations. When you achieve each milestone, celebrate your success and then set new goals. Take it one step at a time!

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#3 Environment

It’s VERY important to be in an environment where you can stick to your goals and accept your new life. If you are trying to change your life but yet still going out to the bars on the weekends you will inevitably hurt your results and/or ultimately fail to stick through it.

To create the NEW you it’s crucial that you create a NEW environment that the new you can thrive in. Set yourself up for success!

This may mean you need to spend less time with friends who want to continue living the old way. Example, if your friends just don’t want to motivate or workout but you do, spend less time with them. Your chance for success will directly and indirectly be affected by those your spend the most time with.

This may mean you need to step back and be a little more antisocial. Do what you have to do to change your life. Start spending more time with others doing what you are doing or striving for what you want.

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#4 Accountability

Once you setup your environment the next step is to have others hold you accountable. Of course you will hold yourself accountable but you are only just so strong (even if you are the most strong willed person on the planet you will still have moments of weakness).

Don’t just say your commitment, share it! Tell you absolute best friend, tell your family, post it on your Facebook wall, etc.

Once great way to stay accountable is to use a wall calendar where you can put a BIG GREEN Check on every day you stick to your goals. On a day you miss, fill in a BIG RED X. Nobody likes to see red X’s – Especially the new you! (if you do though that is not the end – More on this in email #4)

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#5 Pictures

This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT steps. Remember, you see your body every day and so you may not see the small changes that happen over time. When you take pictures on day 1 (or wherever you are now) you will have a benchmark. There is nothing like putting a day 1 and a day 30 picture side by side to see the different muscles popping out and the love handles fading. Trust me, take your pictures if even only for you.

Make sure to take new pictures every 2 weeks (or even every week) with the same camera, same lighting if you can, and same angles.

6 recommended angles are:

  1. facing the camera, hands by side.
  2. facing camera, arms flexed above head
  3. back to camera, hand by side
  4. back to camera, arms flexed above head
  5. side profile left, arms at side
  6. side profile right, arms at side

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Get In. Get Focused. Get It Done!


P.S. Nutrition is the KEY to optimal results. Using the Focus T25 meal guide will help you build meals for success but that still may not be enough. You should strongly consider adding the highly potent, nutrient dense Shakeology once a day either as a meal replacement or as a snack. Many people experience greater results when they begin pairing Shakeology with their Beachbody fitness program. Learn about Shakeology & try it risk free for 30-days here

Make sure to check your Inbox tomorrow for Day #2 – How to STAY T25 Focused & 3 tips to achieve your success!


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  1. Wow! Really great tips! Thank you! I will follow them!

    • Great! Happy to help! Are you doing T25 or planning on it?

      • Well I bought the single cd core speed to see if I was going to like how the program was set up and I liked the results I was getting within the 2 weeks I was doing it. So, last week bought the challenge with the shakeology combo and it’s hopefully going to arrive tomorrow so I am very excited! I love Shaun T’s programs I did insanity but I am in a Ph.D. program so time is really a huge problem…. insanity is a great program but kind of long for me… I really love how T25 is just 25 mins and it’s Shaun T’s program :) Super Plus!!! I used your tips and set goals for myself! Hopefully I will receive the program tomorrow be able to go food shopping and start on Wednesday. I have my E&E ready to go as well! :) I can’t wait!
        By the way How is the Gamma Pack? I won’t order it until I am almost finished with Alpha and Beta and then I heard through your video on youtube that Shaun T maybe coming out with a Delta?! It’s time for me to catch up!

        • Hey Jamie! Hows T25 coming along? You can get all the details ont he Gamma pack on this website in the WORKOUTS=>GAMMA PHASE tabs above. So do you have a free beachbody coach helping you through your journey?

          • yinyang87 – on

            yes i do he has been very helpful but i do watch a lot of your videos and follow a lot of you and your partner’s videos and i enjoy them very much!
            I lost 7 lbs already and about to start week 4 of alpha. I lost about 5 inches off my waist and I am happy about that. How are you doing with T25? I love this program I heard delta is after gamma?

          • Thats great! yea so far I’m loving this program! It’s just so convenient to get in 25 minutes a day!
            and YES Delta will be coming soon. rumor mill says it should be out this winter!

  2. Muy recomendado T25, termine hace 2 dias los 2 meses de alpha y beta excelente sin duda y ahora voy por el proximo que es gamma es un poco mas dificil 100% recomendado.

  3. Very Very out of shape 55 yr old with Type 1 diabetes. Have gain a bunch of weight these last few years. Do you think anyone can do the T25? What to buy it but not sure.if its for me.

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