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5 PiYo Moves to Tighten and Tone Your Buns

The first rule of investing is diversify, diversify, diversify and that’s what I’ve decided to do with this blog.  I love P90X and have been doing it for much of the past almost 7 1/2 years.  But most people like change and change is good.  That’s why I changed the narrow focus of this blog, just like I changed the narrow focus of my Howtobefit.com website 15 years ago.  At that time, it was all running.  Now it is all fitness and health and how to be fit.

Here’s a great article about PiYo and considering that the PiYo Challenge Pack is only on sale for another 3 days, it is appropriate to let you see what PiYo is all about.

From the Team Beachbody Newsletter – “5 PiYo Moves to Tighten and Tone Your Buns” by Rebecca Swammer

Do You Have a Beast Within?

If you do, then today is your lucky day because you will have help releasing it with the new lower price on Body Beast from Sagi Kalev.

What is Body Beast?  It’s a program that will help you to pack on up to 20 pounds of muscle in 90 days.   It was created by renowned bodybuilder Sagi Kalev and uses breakthrough sports science to get you big, while cutting fat to carve your physique. Sagi pushes you to the edge to get you pumped and with his help, you’ll learn how to train, eat, and live like a Beast.

Whether you want the basic workout or you want to save money and get the fastest and most effective results with the Body Beast Challenge Pack, you will save between $50.00 and $55.00 with the new price.

As much as I love P90X and Tony Horton, if your goal is to pack on muscle, Beachbody has no better program to do it than Body Beast.

It works for her…

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Are You Ready for This Kind of Life Change?

I’ve never had the experience that Lisa did.  She lost more than half of her body weight and that is extraordinary.  Maybe P90X didn’t fit her “fitness personality” or she just likes Chalene Johnson more than Tony Horton.  The reason that she chose TurboFire doesn’t really matter.  What matters instead is the unbelievable results that she got.  I will let these pictures tell the story and always remind you that you will save the most money and get the best, longest lasting and quickest results with a Challenge Pack.

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How Asylum Can Spike Your Fitness by Steve Edwards

What do Insanity and Asylum have to do with P90x and P90X2?  They are extreme workouts that often follow a first or second round of the “X”.  In fact, Steve Edwards has another article entitled, “How to “X” the Insanity Workouts” that is well worth reading.

Let’s see what Steve has to say about the relationship between these four great workouts:

“INSANITY’s sibling sequels—THE ASYLUM Volumes 1 and 2—may be billed as athletic training, but in reality they’re far more than that. Those ready to withstand their rigors will find a veritable fountain of youth. Let’s lift the hood on Shaun T’s latest exercise programs to see if you’re ready to get in the game.

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®—INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® VOLUME 2

ASYLUM Volumes 1 and 2 mimic athletic training, but these programs are not just for athletes. The movements you’ll learn are the same you use in your day-to-day life to stand up, sit down, clean house, do yard work, and so on. These movement patterns regress as we age, both naturally and because we stop pushing our limits. Training with THE ASYLUM will awaken long-dormant neuromuscular connections that will have you moving in ways you may not have done since you were a kid. There is a catch, though: You’re going to have to work for it.

How is ASYLUM different from INSANITY®?

INSANITY®Shaun says in one of the workouts, “It’s not INSANITY.” What he means is that it’s harder than INSANITY. Since most of you are aware that INSANITY is very difficult, this may be a daunting statement.

But that should not deter you. Beachbody® offers several training programs that will get you ready. You don’t necessarily even have to do INSANITY first. P90X®, TurboFire®, and even RevAbs® will prepare you adequately. Trying THE ASYLUM off the couch is not recommended. You likely wouldn’t make it through the warm-up.

However, if you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret. Here’s a 4-week ASYLUM prep schedule that’ll get you where you need to be.

Because the workouts in THE ASYLUM series are more targeted, the load is more spread out. This allows you more recovery time between similar workouts. Yes, there will be moments in each workout where you can’t imagine finishing, but the cumulative effect is easier on your body and you’ll recover faster than you think. Also, since most of the individual workouts are under 45 minutes, and both volumes of THE ASYLUM are only one-month training phases, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel to keep you going.

What is the difference between ASYLUM Volume 1 and Volume 2?

Volume 1

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®Start here first. Volume 1 has 6 workouts, each of which train the body in a different way: Speed & Agility, Strength, Vertical Plyo, Back to Core, Relief, and Game Day. There’s also a bonus 10-minute workout called Overtime that’s used to add a brutally hard finish to any workout.

The workouts are aptly titled; they tell you how they’re going to exhaust you. Game Day is the culmination of your training and mimics playing a bunch of sports in one day, all condensed into an hour. For those of you who want more details, click on the links below to read my analysis of each individual workout.

Strength: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/asylum-strength.html

Vertical: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/asylum-vertical-plyo-this-is-not.html

Back to Core: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/03/back-to-core-in-asylum.html

Relief: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweet-relief.html

Overtime: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-not-whether-you-win-or-lose.html

Speed & Agility: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/speed-agility-sandbagging.html

Game Day: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/game-day.html

Volume 2

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® VOLUME 2Nailed Volume 1? Welcome to Volume 2! Part deux follows the same pattern, but ramps things up a notch. The workouts are a little longer and a little harder for the most part, but follow the same pattern. Reviews of the individual workouts will be appearing on my blog, The Straight Dope, shortly.

What’s so special about THE ASYLUM?

There are two aspects of THE ASYLUM that make it unique. First and foremost, it’s fun. Any egghead can design a technically-advanced training system, but it takes a great trainer to make it entertaining. More than anything, ASYLUM workouts are a blast. Shaun T takes you through myriad movements in each workout that mimic playing sports. If you were ever an athlete, a lot of this training will seem familiar. But, unlike your old coach, he’s combined these sports with movements based on the latest research in applied science. The results are workouts that are both scientifically sound and fun.

But don’t equate “fun” with “easy.” Workouts in THE ASYLUM will be a challenge, no matter who you are. Even Shaun himself struggles throughout the program. Elite fitness always must be earned.

So it’s fun. But does it work?

Absolutely. The second key aspect to ASYLUM is the science. The programs are based on something we call the Athletic Matrix. Essentially, it’s a system utilizing a wide spectrum of sports-specific training techniques that are modified to offer fitness and performance benefits beyond those sports.

We coined the term because our harder programs are based on the same kind of structure used to train professional athletes. It can cover a range of techniques. For example, P90X is like training for a sport in that you isolate various functions (flexibility, individual muscle groups, cardiovascular conditioning, etc.) and focus on them separately using the different workouts. On the other hand, INSANITY is like playing the sport because you train everything at once.

The P90X2®/ASYLUM analogy is similar, but slightly more targeted. P90X2 is like off-season training. It’s what you do when you have time to systematically break down your body and build it back up to be better than it was. THE ASYLUM, with its frenetic time-efficient structure, is more like football’s tradition of Hell Week—what you do to get ready when the season is about to start.

P90X®With P90X and P90X2, you work across 90 days—a lengthy periodization structure where you work on specific elements of fitness, switching from one to another. In THE ASYLUM, we distill 90 days of training into a single month. This means you’re training all of the physiological needs of an athlete at once. There are always some sacrifices when you do this. THE ASYLUM is less versatile than P90X2 and doesn’t go as deep at training certain areas, but it does whip you into condition quicker.

Both variations are ideal for athletic training, but the Athletic Matrix provides benefits far beyond the playing field. You’re building muscle, teaching the muscle how to move in all directions, and improving your cardiovascular system, flexibility, and power. You’ll be stronger, run faster, jump higher, be more flexible, and basically move like you did when you were younger. This works to your advantage whether you’re throwing a 45-yard pass, dancing at your 45th birthday party, or chasing four 5-year-olds around the room.

It’s game night at THE ASYLUM. You ready to play?”

To learn more about Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum and Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2, just go to our store and scroll down to “Specials This Week” (all three workouts currently have great special offers when you purchase from us)!