with trainer Shaun T
You will love it if:
These DVDs will have your lungs begging for mercy, your heart racing, and sweat pouring from your body. Shaun T delivers some of the most cardio intensive workouts available, and this is a great program for high performance athletes who want to rev up their cardio endurance, speed, and agility. It is also a great program for people who want to shed fat fast; since it is so cardio intensive, you will shed fat a lot faster than you would with a strength based program. (Strength building programs are better for slow, steady weight-loss that will last long-term.) All of the videos have an option to play the workout with or without music. So if you are picky about the music you workout with, you can pick out your own music and play the workouts with only Shaun Ts cueing.
There are a lot of high impact moves, moves that challenge your core muscles, and some upper body strengthening moves (mostly push-up variations with some free weights). This program was designed for people who are already very physically fit and want to take their workouts to a new level. However, the moves are easy to modify, and you will be able to follow along with the DVDs and get a great workout even if you aren’t a superstar athlete.
One thing you will love if you like a high intensity workout is that Shaun starts right out with a high intensity warm-up and keeps the workout going almost non-stop. Except for a brief stretching break 5-10 minutes into the video, Shaun only gives a few 30 second “breaks” during each workout. I loved this because I hate when the trainer on a video keeps giving me breaks; it seems like a waste of time to me. I want to work as hard as I can for as long as I can and stop only out of desperation. In two of the videos—“Game Day” and “Strength”—there are also some short breaks between exercises when Shaun explains the next move. But the video is challenging enough that regular humans (like me) will be okay with pausing for 10 seconds to watch him demonstrate the next move. Of course if you’re superman or someone and you don’t want to stop for even 10 seconds, you always have the option of starting the next move during the demonstration.
Another thing you will appreciate if you like to push yourself is the number of ways Shaun shows you to make the moves more advanced. There are a lot of upper-body strengthening moves where Shaun gives you 2 choices to pick between—one is a version of push-ups or a move using free-weights, the other is a move using a pull-up bar for those with good upper body strength. He also uses a jump-rope, a ladder, and strength bands in the videos to really challenge your body. But you can easily skip all of that stuff and still get a good workout if you aren’t quite as advanced.
The only equipment you need to have are dumb-bells or resistance bands, and the only workout that requires any equipment at all is the Strength DVD. However, to get the full effect of the workouts, a jumprope and agility ladder are needed for most of the workouts. Strength bands and a pull-up bar can also be used to further challenge your legs and arms in some of the workouts. If you are already in great shape, I would recommend getting all of the equipment: jumprope, agility ladder, strength bands, pull-up bar, and free-weights.
I did all of the workouts in a space that was 7’ by 9’. It was doable, but I’m pretty short and some of the jumping moves were a bit tight even for me. I would recommend something closer to 8’ by 10’.
You will need to be in reasonably good shape before you start the program. If you’ve completed the Insanity, Focus t25, TurboFire, Body Revolution, P90X, or a similar program recently, you should be okay. (P90X is the biggest stretch since that is more of a strength training program and Insanity: Asylum is very cardio heavy.) If you haven’t, here are a few benchmarks you should be able to do:
What NOT to Expect
There is no ab specific workout in this DVD set (though you will do a lot of moves that use your core). Also, while this DVD will have your lungs begging for mercy and leave you feeling fatigued, it is not intended to be a strength training program. Guys (or girls) who are mainly looking to build muscle mass will either want to try a different program or mix in some additional strength training while doing this program.
How does Insanity: Asylum compare to other similar programs?
Insanity: Asylum is a very advanced video series and is not a good choice for you unless you are already in really good shape. Instead of getting you in shape, it will probably discourage you. The main differences between Insanity: Asylum and Insanity are:
In short, Insanity is better if you don't want to haul around a lot of equipment, and Insanity: Asylum is better if you (a) can't do at least 40 push-ups, (b) can do 20 + pull-ups
If you are an intermediate to advanced athlete, but still want a challenge, you should probably try Focus T25. If you are an intermediate to advanced athlete and have trouble staying motivated to workout, you might want to try a more upbeat video series like TurboFire. If you are a beginning athlete or an intermediate athlete, Hip Hop Abs Ultimate Results or TurboFire might be right for you. If you want a challenging program but don’t have time to work out for 40 to 60 minutes a day, Focus T25 or Body Revolution are intense workout programs that take only 30 minutes per day. If you want something with more strength training, you should try a program like the Supreme 90 Day System, P90X, or Insanity: Asylum 2.
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