Its been a couple of days since completing Insanity: The Asylum workout so its time for a review. Was expecting Insanity Asylum to be a lot like the original Insanity workout but to my surprise it was not.
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I was very excited to get started with Insanity: The Asylum after learning about it last winter. Knowing it was going to be released a little bit before summer I focused on lifting heavier weights as its pretty much a guarantee that Shaun T is going to cardio the crap out of us. Before we get into that.
The Insanity Asylum workout is a 30 day program designed to improve your speed, coordination, agility, and strength. Shaun T challenges you with sport specific moves that pro athletes do. Its a follow up program to the very popular Insanity workout. Shaun T is a former collegiate track and field star so he knows what he’s talking about.
When I saw the ladder I kept thinking it was going to be like field day in elementary school. Speed has always been a weakness of mine so the jump rope and ladder are going to suck for the first couple of weeks but I know I’m going to get a lot out of it.
The Insanity Asylum workout I received was the basic package. There are other packages that come with an extra band. I won mine through a Beachbody Coach contest (that’s autographed by Shaun T) so I’m gonna have to buy the band.
What Else Comes With Insanity: The Asylum?
- Disc 1 : Athletic Performance Assessment – I’m guessing to show how weak sauce you are.
- Disc 2 : Speed and Agility – To build “cat like reflexes and speed of a mongoose.”
- Disc 3 : Vertical Plyo and Relief – Two workouts
- Disc 4 : Strength & Strength w/Bands – Two workouts. One sounds a little harder.
- Disc 5 : Game Day and Overtime – Two workouts. I’m figuring one to show how much you got and the other how much you got got.
- Disc 6 : Back to Core – Looks like a ab / back workout.
- Workout Guide Book
- Get Shredded Meal Plan
- Insanity: The Asylum Workout Calendar
Expectations For The Insanity Asylum Workout?
Pain. Probably lots of pain. Haven’t been doing that much cardio over the past couple months besides some swimming and a little bit of snowboarding.
My goal is to lean and tone up the 5 – 10 pounds of muscle I put on over the past 4 months doing the P90X One on One workouts. From the looks of it, I’m guessing the Insanity Asylum workout will do just that.
Insanity Asylum Results: The Before Photos
Insanity Asylum Results: The After Photos
What Is The Biggest Transformation In Your Insanity Asylum Results?
From looking at each before and after photo the biggest places I can see gains is pretty much everywhere. My abs, back, and arms are bigger and more defined. The after photo from the side says a lot. It shows how much more cut I am then before. Forgot to take a picture of my calves but man did they get ripped. All of the jump roping and agility ladder work did a number on them.
Do Any Other Workouts To Achieve These Insanity Asylum Results?
I did do a bit of mountain bike riding and played softball. Not sure if either of those contributed to my Insanity Asylum results besides helping burn off a couple of calories. But I was playing double-header softball games on consecutive nights along with putting 20 miles or more on my bike a week. I work out of the house so my bike is my means of transportation.
How Did You Do With The Insanity Asylum Meal Plan?
Its been a process over the past couple years to trust and follow the meal plans Beachbody makes and I am getting better at sticking to them. I would give myself a B+ on the meal plans. Usually have 1-3 cheat meals a week like Buffalo Wings, couple slices of pizza, or my weakness…french fries.
Yes, I do have a beer or two or more on the weekends. So no, I did not remove alcohol from my weekly social activities. It probably would make a difference in my Insanity Asylum results but I’m not trying to make the cover of a magazine.
What Supplements Did You Take With The Insanity Asylum Workout?
I took Shakeology daily and the P90X Recovery Drink after every workout. Would have a P90X Protein Bar every other day. Shakeology has made a big impact on my overall health and fitness since I started taking it daily two years ago. If I had to only pick one of the three to recommend to somebody it would be Shakeology.
Were You Able To Achieve Those Insanity Asylum Results In 30 Days?
No. I started on April 19th and finished on June 24th taking me 67 days to complete the Insanity Asylum workout. It took longer than 30 days because of double-header softball games twice a week and my stupid left knee. If I worked out on both days and played softball I would be gassed.
Would rather workout 1 day, rest the other, and have energy to play the games. My knee was the other issue. Occasionally I would skip a day or two of Asylum workouts and ride my bike to get a workout in. All of the lunges, jump roping, and running the bases put a toll on my knee in the beginning forcing me to rest.
The first day reminded me of field day back in elementary school. Not because the workouts were easy but because of the variety involved with the exercises. Never used an agility ladder or jump rope to workout with. Those two pieces of equipment pushed me because speed and agility are both of my major weaknesses.
Still not as fast or agile as I want to be but definitely faster now then when I started. I lost a lot of upper body strength from not doing pull ups in the Insanity workout so it was nice to see the pull up bar used. Workouts were under an hour and most were 45 minutes. Exercises were a mix of strength, cardio, and core work so there was no need for 15 minute ab workout.
What Did You Like The Least?
The Insanity Asylum workout is hard as hell. I guess that’s a good thing though. Kind of wish the Relief Workout would have been a little longer and involved more Yoga moves. Kind of hard to be critical in this review when I know The Asylum kicked my butt.
What Was Your Favorite Insanity Asylum Workout?
The Strength Workout was by far my favorite workout. The dumbbell sequence was great. Shaun T did a good job of using the entire body with resistance mixed into it. Funny enough, I could barely do any pull ups during this workout because I was gassed from doing the moves before it.
Should People Who Play Sports Do The Insanity Asylum Workout?
Yes. I probably had my best softball season since I started doing Beachbody workouts 4 years ago (I’m 31 years old and am in better shape now then when I was 27). The Asylum workout focused on sport specific moves which carried right over into moves I would make playing softball. Noticed a bigger burst of speed on the base paths and while fielding ground balls.
My teammates would of course say I could have done better but I know how much of a difference it made compared to the previous summers. Footwork improved from the jump roping and arm strength from the Strength Workout. It made it easier to get to ground balls and throw people out from short stop.
Should Overweight People Do The Insanity Asylum Workout?
Overweight or out of shape people can have success with the Asylum workout if they follow the plan and focus on form but I would not recommend starting here. The pace Shaun T sets is ridiculous. If you are very out of shape you are either going to be pressing pause a lot turning it into an hour workout or letting it play and only getting in 10 minutes of working out in.
The Insanity Asylum workout was put together in such a way to get the most out of your body in a short time period. If you are looking for a short-term program and can dedicate 30 days in a row to doing it then you will see great results. This is one of those kinds of workouts you could probably do 2 or 3 times in a row before you master all of the workouts without taking breaks. It’s that tough.
Definitely going to be doing some P90X / Insanity Asylum Hybrid workouts in the future. The Asylum workout improved on the results I achieved with other Beachbody workouts and worked on the areas needing improvement.
Was so confident in my results that I even submitted them to Beachbody in the the hope I might win a prize. This did not happen. It has to be my face that they just do not like. As a consolation they sent me an Insanity: The Asylum t-shirt which I guess will work.
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