Whether I was actually ready for Asylum or not I went for it. Honestly I don’t think I was ready, I had to take a lot of breaks and it affected my overall results. Asylum is not for a beginner by no means, it’s actually designed for individuals who are already in peak physical condition. Having said that I am not in “peak” condition but I was able to complete the program. Just be ready to work your butt off. Below you will find my final review of this program and please keep in mind these are in my own opinion. Just because I’m a Beachbody Coach does not mean I have to give a biased review. I will be completely honest from my point of view and condition level.
First of Asylum is a “sports specific” training program. Tailored towards athletes, but you don’t need to be an athlete to go through this. Coming off of 90 days of P90X I wanted to go with something different just to give myself variety and since I hadn’t tried Asylum I decided to give it a go. What drew me to this program is I am athletic, I have always played sports. I have played baseball, soccer, tennis, golf and softball to name a few. I like to keep active and as an adult I continue to play softball 2-3 times per week (on top of the workouts). I play infeild and felt a little agility couldn’t hurt me to much 😉 I can say I feel a big difference in my speed and agility on the softball field. Of course dropping 20+ pounds in itself will help in that matter. If you play any kind of sports and want that next edge over your opponent Asylum may just be what you need. And being only 30 days it’s really a quick program to complete.
Insanity The Asylum Pros
One of this biggest pros in my opinion was how fast your body starts to improve with these styles of workouts. After my first week I was dreading going further fearing I would be in pain all the time. Looking back in week three I was already noticing improvements in speed, agility and strength on specific workouts. Going through the ladder here towards the end I could hardly believe how fast I could get me feet turning through the rungs.
My favorite workout of this program ended up being the “Strength” workout. I really liked using the weights along with the cardio. If you want to get to that next level try doing an Insanity workout with weights, killer! Each time I go to this routine I was going faster and noticed more power from the time before.
Insanity The Asylum Cons
I know what you’re thinking, how could there be anything wrong with program. Well again this is my own opinion and assessment. I really had a hard time with one workout and if you have been following me at all you know which one it is. Vertical Plyo was my beast to get through. Just to go back a bit, I really have a hard time with a lot of jump style training. One reason is I have concrete floors and even on a mat it’s still hard as hell. The other reason is I have back issues and do not want to do anything to jeopardize my back. Vertical plyo is basically a jump training workout, some people may not even find this workout difficult at all, but I dreaded it. In the end I found myself skipping all the “power” style jumps.
The other thing I had a hard time with was my toes. Weird huh, my toes were killing me at the end of most days. I’m guessing because of all the time your on your toes and even the ab progressions put a hurting on them. Be sure you have good shoes for this program to save your feet.
Insanity The Asylum Results
Honestly my results were mediocore, but that was nothing due to the program. First of all it’s only 30 days so I did’t expect a huge difference from day one to thirty. I put most of the burden on myself, had I been able to push as hard as I could I may have had better results but I have a hard time getting past that barrior in my mind. Shaun T is an awesome coach in this program but you still have to put in the effort. The other thing was my diet, after doing well in my 90 days of P90X then jumping right into Asylum I hadn’t had a cheat meal. Well it finally caught up to me in my 5 week of Asylum and I had a few days of bad choices.
Insanity Athletic Performance Assessment Results
|Day 1 Results:
Agility Heisman – 7.5
In & Out Progression – 31
Push-ups – 20
Mountain Climber Switch Kicks – 53
Agility Shoulder Taps – 4
X Jumps – 20
Moving Push Ups – 3
Agility Ladder Shuffle – 11
Agility Bear Crawl – 7
|Day 30 Results:
Agility Heisman – 10
In & Out Progression – 34
Push-ups – 21
Mountain Climber Switch Kicks – 65
Agility Shoulder Taps – 5
X Jumps – 25
Moving Push Ups – 3
Agility Ladder Shuffle – 13
Agility Bear Crawl – 10
I feel very accomplished having finished this hard of a program and will be sending off for my free Asylum T-Shirt, after all I did “earn it”. Oh and I apologize for the pissed off look in my face…not sure why that was.
Insanity Asylum Final Thoughts
I have to say this was a fun alternative and I will probably be using some of the individual workouts in the near future…except Vertical Plyo. If you’re up for a challenge I encourage you to give this program a try, if you are a weak minded individual and quit things easily stay away from this workout, it’s not for you. Again I feel a great deal of satisfaction having finished a program like this and I look forward to getting back to P90X next week as I get ready for my next challenge P90X2. “Stay thirsty my friends…”
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