I guess I’m out of shape. At least that’s how the new Insanity Asylum workout program makes me feel! We have all been anticipating the release of Asylum for quite some time now, mostly because it’s the follow-up program of the original Insanity, and we know how tough that is! A few weeks ago Asylum was released, and I got my Shaun T signed copy in the mail about a week ago. I actually won the copy because of my success as a Beachbody Coach, but anyways, I decided to start my first workout last week, Strength, and holy cow, that was a tough one! Yesterday, I decided to do the first workout of the series, Speed & Agility, and I learned why you have to be in great shape to do this program. Here is my Insanity Asylum review.
I’m going to start with an Asylum review of the Speed & Agility workout. For those of you who don’t know, Asylum is a sports based program, meaning it’s going to improve athletic performance. Yesterday while doing Speed & Agility, I felt like I was back in college doing baseball conditioning, but 10X worse! I mean seriously, it was nuts. Really, that’s the only way I can describe it because for the first time since I started P90X back in March of 2008 I felt like I was going to throw up during and after the workout. That just doesn’t happen to me! Asylum takes the workouts to a whole new level, and if you don’t have the proper mindset going into it, then you won’t last very long. In fact, you will probably start the program, do the warm-up, and just quit if you don’t know how to push yourself! Let’s start with the warm-up. Shaun T runs through a series of crazy intense jump rope exercises, some of them so crazy I had no idea how the heck to do them! One involved criss-crossing your legs twice and then doing a jump squat, all while trying to continue jump roping normally. Yeah, and that was just one of the exercises. This series continued for, oh I don’t know, maybe 10 minutes, and by the time the warm-up was finished, I already had sweat dripping from my face. Shaun T runs through a quick stretching routine, and then the real fun begins.
Insanity Asylum comes with an agility ladder, and you use the crap out of it! You do some normal exercises that you would see at an NFL camp, but then you do some exercises that have you thinking, “Where in the heck did he come up with this stuff?” Well you might not think that, but I sure was! I’m not going to run through the entire workout, but there are a few exercises that stick out in my mind. The first being this ladder jump exercise where you’re in plank, body parallel over the ladder, and you jump your feet for 20 seconds to the first rung, then 20 seconds to the 2nd, and then another 20 seconds to the third. By the time you reach the 40 second mark, you legs and shoulders are completely numb, and you can’t breath because your heart rate is up so high! Another exercise is this crazy thing called the Bear Crawl. It looks a little goofy, but you bear crawl over the later, jump your feet in the last rung, do a backwards bear crawl back, bring your hands into the first rung, and then do something like 8 pike presses. This is another one of those exercises where you can’t feel your shoulders after too long, and you have no idea how to catch your breath.
I’m going to be honest with you all, and even I had to pause it quite a few times. I have been focusing so much on resistance training for the past 2 months that I haven’t done much cardio workouts, and dang did I pay for it! Speed & Agility kicked my butt, and even though I couldn’t breath through most of it and got so nauseous that I was extremely close to throwing up, I can’t stop going back for more! What I’ve decided to do for the next month or 2 is a P90X/Asylum hybrid program, that way I can still have some resistance training along with the intense cardio. Be on the lookout for another Asylum review coming soon! I’ll make sure I cover the Strength workout in the next one.
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