I have been using these workouts as standalone or in hybrids typically Body Beast for many years and they have helped me get absolutely ripped in the best shape of my life! Dig Deeper! One new workout will be released per day on BOD beginning June 12th for a week straight. The workouts will remain on BOD thereafter for those that plan to take on Shaun Week at a later date or in hybrid schedules.
Get your access now! Modifiers will be available for a range of fitness levels. I am pumped to press play on these new Shaun T workouts! I have literally tried them all. Warmup and cooldown time is included in the heart rate analysis. The warmups 6 min and cooldowns 1. I hope you enjoy my Shaun Week Review!! Bottom line… Shaun Week will be a GREAT option in hybrids for those that are fans of Shaun T and cardio intervals with some workouts using resistance via body weight and dumbbells. It is a 7-day program and I do not necessarily recommend doing the 7-day schedule as designed for more than a month straight without mixing up workouts.
I also switched up the order of the two workouts with dumbbells in my hybrid Insane Weights, Ripsanity to give the muscles more time to recover and avoid overtraining those groups. With that said, Shaun Week is definitely a mix of Insanity with T The data below demonstrates Shaun week is one of the more challenging Beachbody programs available, but not the most demanding for me hello, Insanity Max! However, Shaun Week represents some of the best, most motivational work from Shaun T.
It is a challenging AND fun program. More on my data analytics in this section followed by full, individual workout reviews. You will also want to check out my Body Beast Shaun Week hybrid! The data includes calories burned, average heart rate, max heart rate, time in each of 5 workout zones plus the percentage of time in max zones 4 and 5.
The graph also summarizes the workouts with regard to heart rate analysis calories burned, average heart rate. The two workouts with dumbbells, Insane Weights and Ripsanity, provided the greatest caloric expenditure for me during my Shaun Week Review.
I love the incorporation of these weighted workouts in Shaun Week, although, again, I think that they need to be separated a bit more in the weekly workout schedule. Insane Weights gets you there via cardio-based resistance while Pure Cardio 2 is pure cardio intervals with a lot of sweat equity. Ripsanity is perhaps my favorite workout of Shaun Week. I was expecting Dig Deep to be the hardest workout of Shaun Week, and possibly even the hardest ever created by Shaun T, but the heart rate data confirms my overall perspective afterward that this one is tough, but not the most challenging ever that would be Max Friday Fight Round 2!
However, Dig Deep absolutely had its moments with so many extended sequences of plyo moves and I did record my highest max heart rate of the program with Dig Deep at beats per minute. And, 25 Abs is going to be classic for hybrid schedules!
Workout times generally average in the 30 minute range for most of the programs…. The data confirms my general assessment of Shaun Week. It was challenging, but not the most demanding Beachbody program for me falling somewhere in the middle of this table with regard to all of the data sets measured. Again, I also generally see more of a challenge from the workout programs that involve resistance with actual weights.
I am not going to lie, most if not all of these programs will work if you follow them, especially the nutrition guide and discipline. If you are a fan of Shaun T, this is vintage Shaun T and new, innovative variations of many of his popular moves. Dig Deep er with Insane Focus! Day 1 of Shaun Week is all about learning the moves and basics of good form throughout the workout.
As such, I was expecting Insane Basics to be relatively easy. Yes, it is probably one of the easier workouts in Shaun Week, but this workout was still a very good challenge. Insane Basics begins with two rounds of warmup with 6 moves in each round. This format is much more similar to Insanity than T25 and I was excited to see a better warmup in this series vs. The warmup includes slow jog, lateral, glide, double butt kick, shoulder jack attack and high knee punch. After the warmup there is a 30 second break followed by the first circuit of exercises I recommend some stretch before pressing play.
Each move is around 30 seconds. For the 12 moves in each circuit, there are 4 general moves repeated two more rounds with progressive difficulty in each round. Circuit 1 consists of mostly moves to isolate leg muscles. Rounds 2 and 3 added hops round 2 and jumps round 3. After Circuit 1 there is a 30 second break. Circuit 2 focuses on the Shoulders, Arms and Core.
Again, 12 moves with 4 exercises each round and progressive difficulty. However, there are 30 sec breaks in Circuit 2 between each round. Round 1 consists of plank hold, V hold, superman squeeze shoulders and spider lunge elbow thrust. After a short break, Round 2 adds some dynamic movements to those base moves, and even moreso in Round 3.
Round 2 is plank row, plank walk to V up and back , superman speedbag and spider lunge lift twist while Round 3 is plank balance row, V pushups, flutter kick superman speedbag and lunge up twist run. Keeping the core tight and engaged is key to good form and getting the most out of the moves! There are again 30 sec breaks between the 3 Rounds. Round 1 includes slow burpee, pushup, modified speed and agility T25 and reaching abs.
Round 2 is burpee jump, out-out in-in pushups, speed and agility and lift knee crunch. Round 3 consists of burpee scissor jump, pushup jack, speed and agility X jump, and reciprocating reach knee abs. Insane basics ends with a 2 min 20 sec cooldown. My heart rate analysis demonstrates calories gone in 31 minutes with average heart rate of beats per minute and max heart rate of bpm.
I can tell you at times I was definitely challenged, but there were quite a few floor moves that brought the heart rate down and numerous breaks. I did manual pulse checks during the workout and confirmed the general trends of the monitor.
Insane Basics is on par with T25 Beta phase workouts. Good stuff. I found the jump moves especially challenging including Speed and Agility X Jump! Plank balance row in Circuit 2, Round 3 was killer for core engagement. Shaun T was dialed in with his patented motivation and inspiration balance of tough love, but genuine support to be your best. Looking forward to Day 2 in my Shaun Week Review!
Day 2 of Shaun Week brings Pure Cardio 2. I was excited for this workout given that Pure Cardio in the original Insanity was one of my favorite workouts shorter, but effective with no breaks after warmup. I will always remember when Shaun T says he is nervous about Pure Cardio 1 during the warmup. There are balance-stability moves and dynamic intervals testing your total body performance.
Thus, this is a shorter workout. You do not go to the floor in this workout and it is a leg burner, again. My legs will be sore for a few days!
There are lateral, hop and jump combinations. Movements found in Pure Cardio 2 include pencil jump, heal kick squat, lateral shuffle set with suicide sprints, heisman jabs, scissor power knee, hop hop throw, back rotational jumps, soccer kick, medicine ball step side-to-side, frog jump to diamond jump, jack knee, flying jack, drop attack, heisman kick and iron legs part 2.
By far, iron legs 2 and frog jump to diamond jump were the most challenging, and certainly at that later point of the workout. Also, the pencil jump and heal kick squat moves at the beginning are designed to get those legs burning and fatigued right away. It worked. This is definitely another leg burner of a workout! Heart rate analysis data indicates calories in 26 minutes with average heart rate of bpm and max heart rate bpm. Max heart rate is similar to Insane Basics on Day 1, but calorie expenditure and average heart rate were higher in the time available.
Insane Weights is the workout I was looking forward to the most in Shaun Week, especially with my consistent focus on adding lean muscle mass. Body Beast traditional gym lifts with Sagi Kalev, for example. This workouts requires 2 sets of dumbbells, resistance bands will not work. How far can you go, how hard can you push, and how bad do you want it.
Seriously, new combinations that really challenge and take performance to the next level. Shaun T said he was using 15 pound dumbbells at the start so that is what I selected as well. I stayed with 15 pound dumbbells throughout the workout though instead of having two sets, and, trust me, that was very challenging and plenty of weight! Stay safe with good form. This workout consists of the standard 6 minute warmup in Shaun Week followed by approx.
As usual, there are modifiers throughout for a range of fitness levels. There are 3 circuits of 5 moves each at about 30 seconds per move. Each circuit is repeated 3 times. The break between circuits is short around 30 seconds.
Cooldown is 2 minutes. That move was very tough with the 15 pound dumbbells and most people in the workout were taking breaks.