Welcome back for another Insanity Asylum Review.

If you are just joining me, this is actually one in a series of reviews.  So make sure to check out my review list for each workout in Asylum!

So today was day 1, but it feels like day 2.  I did the Fit Test yesterday. I also started my 100% clean eating diet yesterday.  I fully intend on completing Asylum with 100% effort in the workouts, and 100% effort in the nutrition.  I will never ask a customer, or friend, or anyone to do something, that I am not willing to do myself.  So if I ask, “How’s your diet?” I’m not sitting around with a piece of cake and ice cream.  it’s because I’m willing to get in the trenches with you.  So anyway (sorry for the side track)….

So when I got up this morning, and wandered out to my workout area, I was feeling pretty good.  Right up until we started the warmup.  Now if you have done Insanity, you know that Shaun T’s idea of a warmup, is some other trainers idea of a full blown workout.  So anyway, the warmup started with jumping rope.  And I immediately thought.  “Wow, my calves are sore from the Fit Test!”  And from that point until the cool down and stretch, it never slowed down!  The cool down and stretch was such a wonderful moment in time.  You pushed yourself, you worked hard, and now it was time to catch your breath, and to feel good about what you just accomplished.

Now, let me add, that I’m sure these workouts will get better, as I adapt.  So in an attempt to give you the best of both worlds, I will write my initial review from a “first time” perspective.  Then as I progress through the month, I will come back and comment down below, with additional thoughts as I go through my 30 days.  So subscribe to the comments as well.  You can do that down below.  The easiest way is to post a quick comment and then subscribe to replies.  I wholeheartedly believe that the workouts will always be intense, but it won’t be as big of a shock on my body as I move forward in the month.

I feel like I’m jumping around a little in the review, but I hope you are able to stick with me.  If something is not clear, or you would like me to elaborate on something, just comment down below, and I’ll clear it up, or answer any questions!  Ok, moving onward!

So today’s workout was Insanity Asylum: Speed & Agility.

The workout begins with a warmup and the clock on the screen says 45:10. The warm up last approximately 10 minutes.  I think its funny what a misconception that is.  I thought 45:10 (sweeeet, under an hour).  Somehow 2 hours passed, or at least it felt that way!  But I can say the workout is actually engaging.  It’s fast paced, and interesting.  The warmup lasts about 10 minutes or so, and during the warmup you perform various jump roping drills, and ladder drills.  I was somewhat dreading the jump rope.  But I think with some practice, I will see big improvements here over the month.  They also had someone without the rope if you need to start without it.

At approximately 34:50 on the clock, you go into a much appreciated stretch,which lasts about 3 minutes.  I actually stretched for a few minutes before pushing play.  Just a minute or two to limber up the hamstrings, which were angry from the previous day.

At around 32 minutes on the clock, you begin the first part of the workout.  This lasts about 8 minutes, give or take.  In previous reviews, I would give a “play by play”, but in this review….you get a less detailed version.  Just know that you do approximately 5 drills in this section, and they last approximately 1 minute.  The agility ladder is used quite a bit.  And a lot of the moves are not revolutionary, but using the ladder to enure proper form takes the workout to a whole new level.  I love/hate this ladder!

Your new friend, the agility ladder.

At approximately 23:40 on the clock, you get a very short break.  Not long at all.  And then you begin about 13 minutes of round 2.   This round involves 10 moves, at about 1 minute each.  It’s during this time, that you really have to dig down.  Waaaaay down.  Shaun T says: ” If you don’t push yourself past the barriers, then there’s no way you’re gonna progress!”  No one is there watching you.  I though numerous times, what if.  What if Shaun was here watching me.  Would I want him to find me on my knees taking a break?  Don’t get me wrong, I took breaks, I had to take breaks.  But I tried to push as hard as I could within my limitations.  You’ll have to find your own motivation, your own happy place, something that keeps you going!

At approximately 10:30, Shaun T says you’re going into the Power Round.  4 moves in this power round that lasts about 7 minutes.  DIG DEEP, and finish STRONG.  The last move was agility shoulder taps, he said get 5.  I got 4 and a half, it took the last ounce of my being.  I’ll get 5, that’s a promise, and I’ll get 5 without taking a break.  (It might take 30 days…. but I’ll get there).  Now you get a water break, and finish with a 3 minute 30 second cooldown/stretch.

At the end of this workout, I was soaked front to back, and exhausted.  My calves were on fire, and I noticed my upper back was starting to get sore.  Funny how these workouts tend to weigh on all of us differently.  You may have other muscle aches.  I’m sure tomorrow on Strength, I’ll put some muscle aches on top of the old ones.  🙂

So now it’s your turn, post a comment below, what did you think of the Speed & Agility?  Did I miss something?  Have a question?  Comment or contact me anytime.  Also don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook.  We’ll be talking Insanity Asylum!