Insanity Asylum Review

Insanity Asylum

Insanity Asylum

Insanity Asylum Product Description – The Asylum is the follow up expansion to the original Insanity workout. Some familiar faces from Insanity appear in Asylum including Rachel B. (Fitness Instructor), Alysia M. (40 year old mother of twins), Lloyd B. (Army Veteran) and of course, Shaun T. who looks unbelievably more shredded than he did in Insanity. Asylum has many Insanity-like characteristics including high intensity intervals, plyometrics, extreme cardio and relief. However, Asylum has an increased emphasis on agility and athletic precision. Practice and repetition with the Agility Ladder and Speed Rope improve agility and coordination. The Insanity Asylum Workout regiment pushes you to become explosive and precise with your movements.

What You Get with the Insanity Asylum Workout System

Insanity Asylum Base kit

6 DVD Workouts

  • Speed & Agility
  • Vertical Plyo
  • Relief
  • Strength
  • Game Day
  • Back to Core

Bonus Workouts

  • Sports Performance Assessment
  • Overtime

Training Tools

  • Agility Ladder
  • Speed Rope
  • Asylum Workout Calendar
  • Guide Playbook
  • Get Shredded Nutrition Plan
  • Strength Bands

Insanity Asylum Deluxe Kit

  • Comes with all of the above plus a Chin-Up Bar, Chin-Up Max and additional Strength Bands. This is the most comprehensive package for people who may be starting from scratch with no workout equipment at all.

Insanity Asylum Deluxe Upgrade Kit

  • Comes with only the Chin-Up Bar, Chin-Up Max and additional Strength Bands. This is for people who may have already purchased the base kit and are looking to upgrade their Chin-Up Bar, get increased support with the Chin-Up Max (adjustable support to increase your reps) and additional Strength Bands.

Positives – Variety is the spice of life and Asylum has lots of it. It’s also important to note that Asylum is not just more of what we saw in Insanity. The moves are different and are more agility and coordination focused. I’ve been using BeachBody products for over 4 years now and P90X was my original staple regiment. P90X is an amazing program but after doing it for so long, you start to look for ways to spice it up. The Asylum is targeted to people who have already completed Insanity, P90X or any other extreme BeachBody workouts. I specifically appreciate that Asylum has incorporated hybrid calendars with P90X and Insanity. The Asylum wall calendar has plans for 30 days of pure Asylum, 30 days of Asylum / Insanity Hybrid and 30 days of Asylum and P90X hybrid. The Asylum Guide Playbook recommends to “begin with pure Asylum for your first 30 days. Then try one of the advanced hybrids for the next 30 days. Take the fit test every 30 days.” I enjoy having different tracks to run on and a level of customization that the Asylum calendar provides.

Having done Core Synergistics in P90X many times over, I thought I had done every core workout there was. Wrong! I particularly enjoyed the Back to Core workout mainly because it gave me that “oh I’ve never felt those muscles work before” feeling. It’s funny how the subtlest change in posture or technique can work a completely different set of muscles.

At first, I thought the Agility Ladder was a gimmick but I saw the value in it after getting into the first workout. It helps you measure your success and forces you to be precise with your movements. I’ve seen people at the gym do agility drills on ladders taped to the floor; now I have my own portable version!

Negatives – Although I particularly enjoyed the Asylum Strength workout and its synergistic nature, I wish Asylum would have incorporated more strength and resistance routines. My body seems to respond better to higher intensity resistance workouts than just pure cardio or plyometrics. During my first run at Insanity, I actually lost muscle and strength. It was too much cardio and not enough resistance. It didn’t help that I was going through a super low carb phase in my life and went catabolic. Nevertheless, having completed more than 3 cycles of P90X, perhaps I’m just craving for new resistance workouts. P90X MC2 just can’t come out fast enough!

Summary – In fitness, it’s important to keep your body guessing and to challenge it new ways to avoid plateaus. The biggest challenge I faced with Asylum were the agility based exercises. I found out that I’m pretty clumsy and not very coordinated. P90X and Insanity do incorporate agility and coordination exercises but nothing like what Asylum has to offer. The big difference for me was the tools provided to measure your agility and coordination. If you step on the ladder, do ten push-ups…if you trip over the speed rope, untangle it and jump back in. Not only do the Speed Rope and Agility Ladder help increase your physical performance but they keep you honest and accountable as well. Although I prefer a heavier emphasis on resistance exercises, Asylum certainly added spice to my workout regiment and helped me improve my agility and coordination. As always, Shaun T’s Insanity style workouts are always fun, high intensity and amazing cardiovascular workouts. Insanity Asylum might be too intense for beginners but I definitely recommend it to P90X / Insanity grads and all hardcore fitness enthusiasts.

If you are interested in taking the Insanity Asylum Challenge or just want to learn more, click on Ready for Asylum Challenge!

My name is Julian Placino and I am a Team Beachbody Coach. I've completed several Beachbody workout programs including P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity and Insanity Asylum. Currently, I'm working through P90X3 Doubles! You can follow me on twitter @p90xsuccess. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Team Beachbody Member.