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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.


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)!

P90X2 A Slam Dunk?

Steve Edwards in his Straight Dope blog has a great post about Jeremy Evans who won the NBA slam dunk competition on All Star Weekend.  Steve says, “In this video of Evans training at P3 you’ll see him doing a lot of the same movements we do in P90X2, including the exact same PAP movements (step-up convicts to split squats).

Melissa, Now That’s Success!

When Melissa’s boyfriend Craig came to her with P90X and asked if she wanted to join him in a workout, she was apprehensive. She knew she needed to make a lifestyle change, but P90x – that’s insane!  He reassured her and suggested they support each other and hold one another accountable until they completed the program (people helping people!).

That was one year ago. P90X turned out to be so insane – insanely good – Melissa has since completed three rounds and recently hit her 60-day mark for P90X:2.

“It’s like Core Synergistics on crack,” she says about P90X:2. (Careful Melissa, Tony may steal that line.)

Talking to Melissa about her journey was inspirational, you can just hear the confidence resonating with every word. Plus, she has some great tips for staying motivated… check it out, in her own words.

When I started I couldn’t do a lot of the things I can now. I couldn’t do Ab-Ripper X. I would have to modify it and lean over to the side. I put my feet under the couch to help. I struggled a lot in the first 30 days and didn’t lose a lot of weight. But I stuck with it. I really adhered to everything – the nutrition plan, the full workouts, even if I could barely move by the end, I finished them. I had a chalkboard before we started and I wrote a big 90 on the board. Every day I finished a workout I would go and erase that number. It was one thing that really kept me going. 

I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished with P90x and Beachbody. I am feeling healthier than I have in my entire life. I even bought a bathing suit this year – I don’t think I bought a bathing suit in my entire 20s! I don’t plan on ever going back and living the way I was before P90x. This is going to be a long-term thing for me.


Melissa is another real-life example of our great programs being combined with hard work and dedication. She is now paying it forward as a Team Beachbody Coach and helping people see results the way she has.

If you have a P90X success story and want to share it with us, email us at howtobefit@aol.com.  If you want to pay it forward like Melissa did, let’s talk about how you can do that as a Team Beachbody Coach.  Click here to learn more.

Not Ready for the X2?

Join the club!  I can do P90X2 and I love it, but it will catch up to me eventually and I certainly won’t do it to the best of my ability.  So what am I going to do?  In my case, I have felt like you know what over the last almost 7 months.  That is until about 10 days ago when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, which actually is a fairly common thyroid disorder.  I started taking these little white pills every morning and I am gradually coming back to life (picture a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float being inflated, except that I begin to deflate over night and have to be re-inflated again the next morning.)

That means that I have to start at the proverbial square one more or less in terms of fitness and strength and not do P90X2.  Am I being wimpy?  No, I am actually being smart for a change and not being cavalier.  P90X2 is that good and that challenging that I want to get the most out of it.  So what’s the plan?  I am going to do about a month of Power 90, which believe it or not I have never done except for a few workout here and there.  Then I am going to do about a month of P90X before starting the X2 (what I affectionately call P90X2) on about March 1st, which is a Thursday.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way and I am going to find a way to do P90X2 – even at 61!

The Top 10 Questions About P90X2 – By Steve Edwards

What’s the difference between P90X® and P90X2? This is the question of the year, and it can’t be answered in a simple sentence, or even one article. So I’ve written this series to help you decide whether or not P90X2 is the program for you. I wish I could tell all of you that P90X2 is right for you, but I’m too responsible for that. I’m sure one of Beachbody’s huge collection of programs will work for each of you, but if you want to know specifically whether that right one is P90X2, read on.  Continued…


What’s the Difference Between P90X and P90X2?

What’s the difference between P90X® and P90X2? This is the question of the year, and it can’t be answered in one simple sentence, or even one article. So I’ve written this series to help you decide whether or not P90X2 is the program for you. I wish I could tell all of you that P90X2 is right for you, but I’m too responsible for that. I’m sure one program in Beachbody’s huge collection will work for each of you, but if you want to know specifically whether that right one is P90X2, read on.  Continued…

Soundtrack to P90X2 (or P90X)?

So if you could choose the songs to the soundtrack of P90X2 (or P90X) what would you choose? I know there will be about 16 different workouts so you can get creative. For me if there is a yoga workout, I’d choose something very much like Yoga Fit music. Its more for fast flowing, power yoga. Sort of a like jazz with eastern influences. Maybe some Metallica inspired songs for chest & back workouts. Maybe some Linkin Park type music for shoulders & arms? Who knows! The possibilities are endless! So what would you pick? Share with us and leave your P90X2 (or P90X) music picks in the comments.

Shhh…A Rumor About P90X 2

P90X2 - The Sequel

It’s only a rumor, but P90X 2 might be in pre-release on September 1st.  What is it?  P90X2 will shatter the mold, crush the envelope and ignite a sports science revolution.  Pre-release means that if you are a Team Beachbody Coach, you get it first and you get 25% off of not only P90X 2, but everything else that you buy from Team Beachbody.  Want to learn more about P90X2?  Click here.  Want to join our team, save some money and be one of the first to get P90X2?  Okay then, let’s talk!