The Insanity Asylum Review – Everything You Need to Know

If you are into the fitness world, an exercises junkie, or broadly speaking a fitness aficionado you’ve probably heard about “Insanity: The Asylum” workout program.

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Knowing that it comes from Beachbody – the company behind already proven names such is the Insanity workout, the P90X workout, Hip-Hop abs, the Piyo workout, Cize workout, Insanity Max 30, etc.- it is somewhat of a reassurance as towards what to expect.

And the expectations, at least from my point of view, were massive.

For one considering the brand names behind it (both the Beachbody company and one of the best coaches in the world- Shaun T), as well as the selling line, at least for me, that this is the hardest (let me stress that again – THE HARDEST) workout put on DVD ever (an adjective previously attributed to the Insanity workout program – created by Shaun T, the creator of the Focus T25 workout as well. ).

Also, have in mind that you can now stream Asylum with the new Beachbody On Demand streaming service, which allows for streaming of workouts anytime, anywhere. You can read more in this Beachbody on Demand review.

Long story short, I took the challenge, completed the workout, and now want to lay things down for you.

Me being a HUGE fitness junkie, will without doubt reflect my enthusiasm and excitement about Insanity: The Asylum workout, which will in some cases make this Insanity Asylum review sound like a sales letter; but I will try to make this Insanity Asylum review both as much detailed and as much unbiased as I can as to make you guys see for yourself what this workout is really all about.

This Insanity Asylum review goes in over more than 6000 words, and by the end of it I’m convinced that you will be presented with all the details you need to know about the program, as well as whether or not this is the right thing for you.

What is Insanity The Asylum workout?

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Right before starting with this Insanity Asylum review and scrutinizing down to the basics, let’s get familiar with what the media says.

It is a workout program designed for serious fat loss and muscle definition, done in 30 days, in the comfort of your own home, making you look great, as well as perform better in any physical activity or sport you can think of through working out in the athletic matrix – doing compound and demanding athletic movements, high intensity cardio, some resistance training using weights and a lot of resistance training using your own body weight.

At its core, this is as close as it gets to describing the program in simple terms. However rather obliquely at that – it doesn’t do justice to the complexity of it.

Hopefully, this Insanity Asylum review will shed some light on understanding the workout in its entirety.

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What to expect from the Insanity Asylum workout?

The note of skepticism becomes quite understandable when you see the time on the wall- only 30 days. But to those who completed the Insanity workout program, the concept which Shaun T promotes is already clear.

Be ASSURED that you will get the results in the period of 30 days.

However, sparing you from the flowery prose, I will say that this is not possible if you do not watch a close eye on your diet (more on that later), or follow the schedule, hitting play without pausing the videos while they run and pushing yourself to your limits.

This being said, and assuming that you are in for the game, here is what you can expect in terms of results:

  • Dramatically decreased body fat percentage. And I cannot stress dramatically enough. I completed the Insanity workout, and it drained all the fat tissue there was. Seeing that it can go even lower was a surprise for me. Your thighs and butt will lose a lot of fat, abdomen too, oblique’s, as well as shoulders and arms.
  • Incredibly defined arms and shoulders. You will bulk up some, but it will mostly come down to muscle definition- every bit of muscle showing like a separate part. This, during the first two weeks made me smile from one ear to another. It really looks amazing.The next two weeks the effect is even better, since the muscles start to recover and grow.
  • Abs, abs, abs – Especially lower ones. The Insanity workout gave me some great abs, and this removed whatever remaining fat tissue there was. Not one “traditional” abs exercise, yet you will notice somewhat of a muscle growth in the abdominal section.
  • Thighs and calves will be all muscle. These were the areas I lost the most amount of fat tissue from. And the muscle is everywhere. Everywhere. My thighs have dropped in size, and it feels great.
  • Your back will be in great shape. For the first time in my life I realized how many muscle groups there were on the back. And they will all show up a little and drain the surrounding fat tissue, making your back lean like never before. This is another area in which Insanity Asylum workout is superior when compared to Insanity.
  • A great butt workout without feeling the work. The Insanity workout drains a lot of fat around your thighs and butt area, but it falls short in comparison with the Insanity Asylum workout. Not only will the fat tissue melt away, but you will notice some serious muscle tightening. I for one was surprised when couple of days I had trouble sitting down due to soreness of the muscles.
  • Cardio off the roof. After finishing the Insanity workout I thought that I was in the best shape in my life. Running the 5k, the time was showing 22 minutes. Well, guess what? I shaved 2 minutes off. The Insanity Asylum workout program will turn you into a fitness machine. After this one, you can do anything. Let me emphasize that again- ANYTHING!
  • Some great coordination and speed, which makes for superb agility. You will look like an athlete, move like an athlete, feel like an athlete. Performance at its best. I feel like I can challenge anyone in almost anything now. The feeling is great.
  • Insanity The Asylum workout will bulk you up. This goes mostly for the guys, since these workouts being based on resistance coming from your own body weight aim more towards muscle definition. Besides, food and hormonal structure play a huge role with such exercises, so the bulk up will be mostly for guys only. Serious lean muscle gain.
  • The best shape of your life- guaranteed! I haven’t tried the Insanity Asylum workout program vol. 2 yet (notice the ambition in that yet), and unless Shaun T comes up with something slightly more crazy, this is the go to workout program if you are “one of those”; you know, fitness junkies, self-torture enthusiasts, “go-to-the-extreme” type of people.
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The difference between the Insanity Workout and Insanity The Asylum workout

If you are an Insanity workout graduate, the first time you push play you will have that “don’t-I-know-you-from-high-school” face. And yes, the Insanity Asylum workout team has some familiar faces, especially the girls who you must recognize from the previous workouts.

  • Other than that the setting is entirely different, this time an indoor practice and soccer field, as opposed to the old school type gymnasium in which the previous workouts were being filmed.
  • The style of filming and editing is similar, only this time there is more camera movement along the field, following Shaun T as he goes from one member of the crew to another. The similarities, in a way, end here.
  • The crew, this time, is more shredded. The Insanity Asylum workout gives you the feeling that you are among the elite as soon as you see the guys and gals you are going to train with.
  • The music is way more motivating, Shaun T manages to talk, explain the moves, work out like a mad man, go and fix form and posture on his team members, get in front of the camera and inspire you to dig deeper. Although the atmosphere is better which makes you feel like you are part of the team, you will see Shaun T yelling at you, acting more like your high school football coach which is, at least for me, great.
  • The crew is made of neither models nor athletes; and this is a thing that The Insanity workout and The Insanity Asylum workout share; these people, as you will find out during the videos, are your average Joe and Jane, which makes the whole experience more tangible and more achievable perception wise.

Comparing the workouts

    • The Insanity Asylum fitness program focuses on more hard-to-perform moves. If the Insanity workout was nothing fancy when it comes to compound movements and relied on repetition above anything else while stressing the max interval training concept, Insanity The Asylum workout is wearing you down ten times faster.
    • The cardio element is somewhat different. Insanity forces the max interval training concept which is, in its core, a track and field methodology of training.
    • There is no “high intensity-rest-high intensity again” scenario. It is “do-this-exercise-right-rinse-and-repeat-for-a-minute” type of training. And here is the selling line – for some of the workouts there are no breaks! None, nada, zero… Maybe a couple of seconds as for you to take a sip of water, but that’s it. The rest, in the videos it does occur, is minimal, and usually followed by some incredibly demanding compound movements.
    • There aren’t many cardio centered exercises, and when they occur, they are usually meant for giving you time to rest- or as Shaun T says- an effective rest.
    • The exercises are compound in nine out of ten cases, meaning they target more muscle groups at once, focusing on form which all by itself promotes agility, speed, power… The cardio part is due to the repetition, but it is not cardio alone as every exercise focuses both on cardio and some other aspect like agility, power, strength.Most of the exercises you will recognize from Insanity workout, only this time there is another muscle group added into the mix, making the movement more compound, harder, targeting even more muscle groups at a time.The majority of the moves though are new, and having this said I recommend that you watch some of the videos before you get geared up and push the play button. What I did was scrolling over the video that I was about to be doing that particular day. This, I did for the duration of the whole first week. After that you get the hang of it, and you can do them without even watching into the screen so often.
    • Also there is the newly integrated strength aspect of the workouts, together with the equipment included in the package. One of the DVDs, titled “strength” will introduce you to resistance training at its best. The Insanity Asylum workout, albeit being meant for melting the fat, will give you more muscle than Insanity workout ever could.Insanity The Asylum workout combines cross-training with the max cardio element as well as with some yoga poses and a lot of athletic moves.
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  • Another difference is the price. For the Insanity Asylum workout program for something over 100$ (still depends on where you buy from) you buy a lot of fitness, as opposed to the Insanity workout where you have to pay additional 50 bucks (still, it depends where you buy from). Another perk for the Insanity Asylum workout buyers is the fact that you get the agility ladder and jump rope included in the package. Now that’s a deal sweetener if you ask me. Nothing more a fitness junkie could ask for.

Who can do the Insanity Asylum workout program?

Let me spare you from the flowery prose and serve you with the harsh truth. This is the elite right here. This is not, and I repeat, NOT, for everybody.

If you think you can buy Insanity The Asylum workout program and it’s all set, you are wrong. Here, in this program, as Shaun T says, the work doesn’t start until you get tired.

No one says that you must complete all of the moves there are in every video. But if you do not push pass YOUR limits then this is not for you. You see, the Insanity Asylum workout is made in a way that it adjusts to your level of fitness. You push pass YOUR limits and that is always enough as to see results.

  • Healthy hearth is a must. They don’t usually say this, but it’s best if you can go and make a test in order to be at ease when making the purchase. This is way too intense even for the ones that are healthy and fit, yet alone if you have something that requires additional attention.
  • Never try this one if you cannot do some basic exercises. Really, close this tab and forget about it. First you need to be able to at least make 20 pushups and crunches, as well as run at least a mile. I completed the Insanity workout and still had a hard time tackling the Insanity Asylum workout. This is intense people.
    If you match the description of the common couch potato, then give yourself some time to get in shape before trying this one. A week or two of moderate exercise might be just enough.
  • If you have some pain in the joints, then you are also not suited for this exercise yet. In order to benefit from this exercise you must approach it while feeling healthy and well.I had some minor knee injury when I did the Insanity workout, and things got better when I strengthened the muscles on my legs. However, you may not have the same luck, and Insanity The Asylum workout being even more demanding it is better to check and see if you can endure this by trying some moderate exercise first. Taking the compound nature of the movements you can play some type of sport as to really judge your current fitness level.
  • If your lifestyle doesn’t allow it, then this will be very hard for you. Staying awake till morning looking at the screen, or going from one party to another will make sure that you quit Insanity The Asylum workout program way before the 30 day mark.This is also hard if you are having many responsibilities with the kids, your career, a super busy schedule… so first try and think about it. However the length of the videos is somewhat shorter than what you would usually expect from such demanding exercises and the results that it promises.
  • Forget it if you do not intent to eat healthy or do not have the time for a good night’s sleep. This is definitely the hardest workout you will face, thus you will need the most out of your diet and rest.
  • If you plan to do this in a room that is unventilated, or where it’s hot while even standing, then you must first find another space. I did it with the air-conditioner off for couple of times, and I almost fainted. The Insanity workout required for a cooler temperature due to the excess cardio, but it is almost the same with Insanity Asylum workout as well.
  • This is only for the dedicated. If you are looking for excuses all of the time, this is not for you. Save yourself the time and the money. Albeit guiding you through the entire process of healthy diet and every exercises, it requires work; and lots of it too.

Insanity The Asylum workout program will keep you motivated like never before

Staying motivated during almost all fitness endeavors is hard at a number of levels, but when it comes to motivating yourself it feels a lot easier here in the Insanity Asylum workout than it ever was in the Insanity workouts.

I might be the only one noticing this subtle difference, but it seems like Shaun T pays a lot of attention into keeping you motivated and pushing you to dig deeper than ever. The timing of each and every one of his phrases is incredibly well-tuned, that you get the feeling he is addressing you personally throughout the whole workout.

Phrases like “You got more in you than you think you do”, and “c’mon, you don’t give up, you go” will for sure get you fired up to finish that last rep and push yourself pass the barrier.

Change of attitude

What makes the difference in approach between Insanity and Insanity The Asylum workout is the sudden change of attitude, or as Shaun T says- “you are in it to win it”. And the usual affability you might have expected from the Insanity workout is less prominent here – in every one of the Insanity Asylum workouts, whether it’s speed and agility, strength, or vertical plyometric, you will see Shaun T singing a different tune than the one you were used to; for one, he will be more strict, yelling, and challenging you every bit of the way. And you being interested in the Insanity Asylum fitness program, I gather you are all about game, so this will prove a real jewel.

Besides, you are constantly getting reminded of the fact that you are among the elite – a fact that becomes clearer and clearer every time you push the play button. And for me, sometimes, this alone is enough of a satisfaction. Time and again, during the course of 30 days with the Insanity Asylum workout, my mental wiring conditioned me to believe that there is nothing I cannot do. And passing the flowery prose that this reflects onto other areas of your life is something I only theorized about when it comes to working out.

This is the first time, while doing a workout session, to make clear analogies between pushing hard while the videos roll and pushing hard in other areas in life. And it motivates and inspires beyond anything I can write down here in this Insanity Asylum review. Maybe it’s the adrenaline rush, the hormones being released, or the change you feel by the day… I cannot tell for sure. But one thing is apparent – you feel you are getting the edge.

The team behind the Insanity Asylum workout

  • Shaun T- the creator of Insanity and Insanity The Asylum workout programs

    Shaun T - creator of insanity asylum workoutHis body clearly shows that he knows his craft. But what is more important here is his ability to motivate, his charisma, his clear and detailed instruction throughout the whole program.

    Not only will he show you the proper form of every exercise himself, but he will go from one team member to another and show you variations, correct their form, tell you on what to pay close attention to. What on the other hand also makes him the perfect coach is his knowledge and experience.

    You see, a track and field athlete, with a degree in sports science and a minor in theater and dance, dancer, choreographer, and fitness coach for a very long time, he developed a flawless methodology for bringing you in the best shape of your life.

    Backed up by theoretical knowledge and facts, as well as by some creativity and a lot of practical know-how, I cannot wait to see what will be the next thing he will bring out on the market.

    Another interesting thing – he says that during theInsanity Asylum workout he was in the best shape in his life; even better than with the Insanity. Take one look at him during the Insanity workout and you will see the importance of this statement.

  • The team from Insanity The Asylum workout videos

    The team though is a whole other story. I have grown to like (adore cough…) the team that made the Insanity videos. Staying with them over the course of couple of months (One full take on the workout, and a video here and there afterwards), I thought that there cannot be more charisma and a better atmosphere in another workout program. Ever.

    The thing is – it can. What left the biggest impression on me over the course of the 30 days with the Insanity Asylum workout, besides the AWESOME compound exercises I never knew about, is that the team is having a blast. And with them, you are too.

    They are, as Shaun T repeatedly says, smiling because they love it. He on the other hand is running from one team member to another, talking to them, talking to you, getting down on the ground every time he feels that the peeps are dropping the intensity down a notch.

    The guys are in a great shape. Perfect if you want to challenge yourself and are the competitive type. The girls though are a different story. Alisha, Rachel, Ariel and Mandy are graduates of the Insanity workout, and they are here what Tania Ante Baron (my nemesis from the Insanity workout) was in the Insanity videos – machines. And Shaun T is constantly saying how the girls are bringing it; how they commit and dig deep.

    Alisha is a mother of twins, and Shaun T reminds you of that fact, making you push harder. Similar guy logic lay behind my commitment and constant efforts to up the ante. If these girls can do it, I can do it as well. But I digress…

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The atmosphere in the Insanity The Asylum videos

This is something many Insanity Asylum reviews out there fail to mention, but something that makes a huge difference.

One of the videos is called “Game day”, and the flow of the workouts as well as the chemistry behind the shooting of it make you feel like you are part of the Insanity Asylum workout team. And team Asylum is no joke. The guys are more competitive, the coach trying to motivate you even more. There is one interesting moment when Shaun T is trying to push Alisha to go harder and, with the exercise being a football centered one and Shaun T yelling “push the quarterback, push the quarterback” she turns back to him and tackles him down. I laughed my butt off the first time I saw that.

And it’s like that all of the time – great atmosphere, a lot of chemistry, fun

Other times the camera is taking close shots of team members encouraging one another, rolling on the ground with an ear-to-ear smile on their face. If you ask me, this makes for the perfect surrounding for a workout. A fitness aficionado like myself cannot ask for more.

My thoughts on each of the workouts

Now the core of this Insanity Asylum review, my thoughts on each of the workouts;

If you follow the calendar, there is only one mention of the video Athletic performance assessment, and it is at the very end of the Insanity Asylum workout program. However, Shaun T advices you to go over the video before you start the program as to measure your athletic performance and progress respectively.

Anyway, a word or two about it…

  • Insanity Asylum review – Athletic performance assessment video

    This video starts with some cardio warm-up, stretching, and nine exercises where you count repetitions as to track your progress. The exercises are really hard; requiring speed and agility as well as power and explosiveness.

    They target almost every aspect of athletic training so after finishing the program it is nice to try this video alone as to measure your shape as well as train all round.

    Some of the workouts are very creative; such is the agility bear crawl, lateral push-ups, the agility shoulder taps, mountain climber switch kicks… Really great for tracking your athletic ability. My favorite is the X jumps though. It makes you feel like an athlete right away.

  • Insanity Asylum review – Speed and Agility video

    The next video that you do (the first video according to the calendar) is called Speed and agility. It starts with the jump rope or even without it if you don’t have the space or whatever, and builds your pulse up fairly quickly. Even before you step into the agility ladder, you will for sure notice the burn in your thighs and calves, as well as slight shortness of breath.

    Then you step into the ladder and after some work you are already worn down.

    This is only the warm up. Then stretching and right away the fun begins.

    This workout, despite aiming at speed and coordination first and foremost, provides an incredible cardio party, as well as some serious thighs and shoulders burn. A lot of power jumps and their variations, as well as lot of workouts in the high plank position, your abs will have some fun too.

    This workout is the wake-up call people. It makes you immediately aware of what you have gotten yourself into.

  • Insanity Asylum review – Strength video

    For this day the ladder is folded away. But you bring the dumbbells into play. As for the weight, it’s all up to you. I bought 10 pound ones each, and after a while felt the need for heavier load. However, there are lots of exercises done without weight, so you will have the burn for sure. The chest will have such a workout that Insanity was never able to provide for. Your shoulders and biceps as well as triceps will feel the burn too, as well as your thighs. This video, according to me, is to blame about the bulk up you will see after a while.

    As for athletic performance, it gives explosiveness, power, and incredible muscle endurance.

  • Insanity Asylum review – Back to core video

    I hate this video, but I love it. I don’t know, really, my emotions around it are quite contradicted in fact. It seems so easy when you watch it for the first time, but once you start working out, it’s a killer. It will engage your entire core like you never thought possible, and your back (especially lower back) will experience some serious intensity.

    The exercises here are, at least from what I can tell, aimed towards engaging your core from every possible angle, as well as allowing increased range of motion- something that will sky rocket performance. Spoiler alert- you will curse your mouth out during this workout. Trust me J But Shaun T already knows this, so you will hear him saying: “Do not hate me guys, love me- ‘Cause I will make you look good.”

  • Insanity Asylum review – Vertical plyometrics video

    You asked for intensity? Here you go sir and madam- ready set, go. Vertical plyo is a superior cardio workout, incredible plyometric workout, a lot of speed and agility, and some serious strength exercises all packed in one. If you are the fitness aficionado I think you are, then you will love it. It focuses mostly on your legs, thighs especially, and despite the burning sensation you will feel there and on your calves, your abs will have a great workout as well.

    A lot of jumping (let me stress that again- a lot), power movements from below (low squat position) and massively increased explosiveness. I was blown away to see that even during the warm-ups I was feeling pain in my muscles (shortness of breath, sure, it is somewhat expected, but such a muscle workout at such an early phase of the video… it was a surprise).

  • Insanity Asylum review – Relief video

    Some serious stretching, yoga poses, and active recovery. The first time I did this video, I sweat buckets, due to the fact that flexibility is something I still worked on. This video alone provides for most of the increased range in motion you will witness after finishing Insanity The Asylum. It is short, somewhat easier than what you might think, and is there to serve as a form of active rest.
    What lacks though is balance. Granted, there are some exercises focusing on that aspect, but all in all it is more stretching oriented.

  • Insanity Asylum review – Gameday video

    Ladies and gents, this is it – The hardest workout for sure; Cardio, endurance, power, strength, speed, agility, coordination, everything – Elite sports training at its best. This, you have to experience, so I will not be the one spoiling the surprise.

    I gave the word to myself that this Insanity Asylum review will cover everything from the program, but believe me, it is fun to experience this video not knowing everything ahead.

    Hard? -That will be an understatement.

    Lots of sports combined in one session. Only the hardest movements selected for use. So you do the math.

    The other workouts are a slap on the wrist when compared to the combination of the Gameday and Overtime videos.

  • Insanity Asylum review – Overtime video

    Some seriously sick stuff. Especially considering that this one goes after gameday two times during Insanity The Asylum workout program. I went buck wild for this video, counting the days left until I finally hit that play button. Focused mostly on thighs and chest, as well as shoulders and arms, this will drain you all by itself, yet alone put in combination. Here is the selling line- not even Shaun T can do it without taking breaks.

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The Insanity Asylum workout diet plan

Insanity The Asylum workout nutrition guide is a jewel for every fitness addict out there. It is a 14 day’s plan on eating lean and healthy with the intent of building muscle and losing fat tissue.

Shaun T himself says that during the Insanity Asylum workout program he was in the best shape of his life, and he achieved that not only by following the workout program, but also taking into account the principles of diet that are the foundation of this 14 day’s diet plan.

Note this: I didn’t follow the diet plan to the letter, but nonetheless applied almost every principle mentioned in there. And that alone is enough.

You see, Beachbody and Shaun T never said that this is the “secret formula” to a superior diet blueprint, but rather pointed out to the cornerstones of what constitutes a healthy diet overall, and what an athlete should eat as to have more energy while building muscle and loosing fat.

You also get some equations on calculating calorie intake that makes a lot of sense and actually works if you are into the counting calories habit. I for one, am not.

Anyway, his diet plan also includes over 35 recipes and many variations with ingredients and quantity. Also, every recipe is easy to understand, and the book is full with pictures.

Tips for the Insanity Asylum workout program

Most of the stuff you will figure out by yourself through trial and error. But if you want to skip the usual exercise in frustration and fast forward things to the point where you know everything it will take as to complete the Insanity Asylum workout while not worrying over details, here are couple of tips.

  • Wear sneakers. This is a must. Really. All the jumping and leg work-out as well all the plyo power moves will put a lot of stress on the joints and feet. If you chose not to wear any sneakers you might get injured fairly quickly. Also- wearing sneakers ensures that you have the proper joint stability which will in turn allow you to execute the movements “no holds barred”.
  • Have a towel with you. The bigger, the better. The amount of sweat will surprise you.
  • Find a proper room and something to cover the floor with. The minimum you need is a 2x2m space for the Asylum. All the sweating, over time, will probably ruin whatever surface you are working out on. So, it is logical to set up things right at the very start and not worry later on. Besides, make sure that the surface is not slippery. That, in combination with all the sweat coming out of you translates into injury.
  • Proper room temperature. Another must. Make sure that the room is ventilated and somewhere around 18-20 degrees Celsius (This is the temperature I usually workout on). And while temperature is of paramount importance, what is more important is ventilated space and clear air to breathe. Scrap that, and it is in no time that you will start feeling dizzy.
  • Have a bottle of water with you. You must hydrate constantly due to the amount of sweating you will experience. Some whey protein shake or some other nutritional shakes are great if you have in store, but water alone is good enough. I never used anything else besides water during the workouts.
  • Set everything up couple of minutes prior to the start of the video. If the Insanity workout was bringing your pulse up in no time, here it is quicker still. Start with some stretching and jogging or marching in place as to prepare yourself. A minute or two followed by another minute of rest would suffice. This is never advised officially but, over time, I noticed that it will prepare you a lot better than jumping straight into the videos.
  • Pay attention to the ladder. Spend a minute or two as to study the movements and then go slowly through them while paying a close eye on form first and foremost. If you and I resemble even a bit in terms of OCD-like neatness, then chances are that you hate interruptions while working out just as much as I do. In that case the agility ladder will turn a pain in the ass if you do not pay attention to form and only go for speed.Adjusting it every other minute is not my idea of a great workout, so I prefer to keep myself steady and focused while doing the moves. The thing is – even if you go slower, most of the time, you will still not be able to complete the whole minute of the exercise.
  • The Insanity Asylum workout has some elements of cross training. Meaning that it includes weights and resistance other than what your body provides by itself. And this is great at a number of levels as I pointed out above. However, here are couple of tips concerning the resistance part. As all of the Beachbody programs love to modify things out as to better fit the customer, so does Insanity Asylum workout too. Every resistance exercise, every single one has one or several modifications.
  • The chin-up bar is great, but it can be replaced by bands as well as dumbbells – And vice versa. I for one only used the dumbbells.
  • Now about the weight; the thing is to get dumbbells that will make the workout hard to complete on the one hand, while still keeping it possible at the other. If you can do the strength video from Insanity The Asylum workout easily even the first time that means that the weight of the dumbbells is somewhat lower than optimal. If you have big troubles completing the warm-up part of the video though and are ready to throw in the towel even at the start, then it might mean that the load is too heavy.I for one found out, before the program ended, that I picked weight that allowed me to struggle at the beginning of the program, but stay at a plateau (in terms of potential for even bigger increase in performance) the last week.Here is the tip though – if the weight is somewhat lower, instead of buying new dumbbells, try and do more of the exercises that are done by using your own body as to supply the resistance. The shoulders tap push-ups, the rotational jumps with holding a dumbbell… Or just do more repetitions if you can.
  • Never hit the pause button. That way you are only cheating yourself. Do not worry if you have to stop and adjust the ladder, or the jump rope, or just slow down and take a breath or two… As long as the tape is rolling you are good. Just push yourself past YOUR limit, and things will be great. That’s why I love these types of workout programs- they allow you to use your weight, your limits as to create YOUR ideal body. You are controlling the input that will shape the results.
  • Sleep 7.5 to 8 hours per day. The Insanity Asylum workout is an athletic type of training- an elite type of training, and you will need all the strength you can muster. Besides, muscles repair themselves and grow when you rest yourself. So never deprive yourself from sleep. Think of it as one of the key ingredients to seeing results with Insanity Asylum workout. Many Insanity Asylum reviews out there fail to point out this fact.

Where to buy the Insanity Asylum workout from

There are couple of places where you can buy Insanity The Asylum workout program, and I will try suggesting few ideas:

1. Beachbody Insanity Asylum workout official web page

*Update – All Beachbody workouts, as of recently, are sold through their subscription model titled Beachbody on Demand. Therefore, I’d recommend the official Beachbody On Demand website.

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Final thoughts in this Insanity Asylum review – Why to buy the Insanity Asylum workout

  • First and foremost because it works; It delivers right to your expectations and even more.
  • Secondly, Insanity The Asylum workout lasts for 30 days, and that alone is a huge convenience. It gets easier to be accountable and keep up with your enthusiasm than, let’s say, longer programs like P90X or even The Insanity workout.
  • Another thing is price and what you get for it – for something over 100$ you get the whole set of DVD’s as well as the agility ladder, jump rope, calendar to track the progress, a nutritional guide and a chance to get the Insanity Asylum workout T-shirt- A lot of fitness for the money if you ask me.
  • It is done in the comfort of your own home – again, cannot get any more convenient than that.
  • The nature of the exercises and movements is not that much repetitive, is fun and engaging.
  • The coach and the team are both great. The atmosphere is the best you can imagine for working out and pushing pass your limits.
  • You become one of the elite in fitness. Period.

By now I hope that you made your decision whether this is the right workout for you, and I also hope that this Insanity Asylum review helped you more than some of the others out there.

I personally recommend this workout, because I know that it works, and because I had lot of fun hours with it.

I even think about doing it all over again. Maybe combining it with the The Insanity Workout.

The great thing is that I can do only some of the videos whenever I feel like I need one particular workout – strength, core, speed and agility… (The Strength workout definitely – I started to love cross training).

After doing this workout there is only one thing that I can guarantee you, you will now be able to do any physical activity whatsoever with ease, and finally lose tremendous amount of body fat, while growing and shaping your muscles.

Try the Insanity Asylum program for yourself, and see the picture in the mirror changing by the day while seeing your fitness level improving beyond what you ever thought was possible.

Train like an athlete, feel like an athlete, look like an athlete.

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  1. Russell

    Thank you for this AMAZING Asylum review as well. I am so going to buy Insanity Asylum now!! Thank you for this!

    • Slavko Desik

      My pleasure Russell :)

  2. Angel

    Thank you for this awesome and very thorough review! I am just about to finish the Insanity workout and also very eager to start the Asylum. I just have one question – should there be any time-off between the two workouts or I can start right away? Wish you all the best :)

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Angel :)
      The rest in between is really up to you. If you feel like you can jump right into it, then by all means. Though I would personally recommend one or two days off, and then one or two days with some of the Insanity videos. Maybe the ones from the recovery week. After that add another day of rest and you are set to go. You can also stretch this (exercise one or two days in a row then one day of rest, rinse and repeat) for a week as to start with Asylum right on Monday.

      Good luck with it, and tell us how you pulled the transition off.
      Spoiler alert- you will have a lot of fun :))

      • Angel

        Thank you for the reply, Slavko ! I will have your advice in mind. As for the spoiler, it sounds … encouraging :)) I will give you a feedback as soon as I finish the Asylum ( I hope i can finish it :) ) for sure!

        Best regards, Angel

        • Angel

          Well, after a month of hard training i can say “Asylum-done” ! However, I’m not the best example of an Asylum graduate because i wasn’t strictly following the nutrition guide and had a bit more rest days in my schedule ( after 12hour working day i don’t have any power to do even a single power jump but that’s another story ). So, starting the Asylum right after the Insanity workout was kind of hard the first days. The new moves in the Asylum took me some time in order to carry out the properly, especially the ones in the Speed Agility workout. As time went by I found myself that the main difference over the Insanity workout was that the Asylum is focused on agility and bulking up. I knew what to expect after reading this amazing review but this was until the first Gameday/Overtime workout which for me is the culmination of the Asylum. As for the other days I can say that Speed and Agility is the cardio day full of as it’s name says – agile moves, Vertical plyo is was ahead harder than the Plyometrics in the Insanity, Strength and Back to core improved a lot my muscle mass – a LOT and last but not least – Relief was a nice muscle relieving workout – really a must. I fulfilled my goal to finish the Asylum though personally i prefer to do a round or two of the Insanity again in order to reduce my body fat more and after that doing the Asylum vol.1 and vol.2 ( which looks a way harder than vol.2 ) to get a bit ripped. To sum up, I’d like to say that the Asylum is the proper follow-up of the Insanity and it improves your body significantly – you just have to commit to it :) Peace out and dig deeper ! :)

          Regards, Angel.

          • Slavko Desik

            I just saw this comment now. Congrats Angel! How are thing going now? Still in crazy land? :)

          • Angel

            Well I decided to take a break for a while due to some summertime plans and I feel a bit … odd, it feels i am missing something and urgently need my daily dose of insanity because it became a daily routine for me :) That’s why I’ll soon do a round of the Insanity and after that the Asylum vol.2 to see if it’s as Shaun T says “the next level” over the vol.1 :)

            P.S. I am waiting for the Asylum vol.2 review ;)

  3. Jason

    Fantastic review, I am preparing to start the program tomorrow with the main factor in the decision being that my workouts at the gym have lost motivation/intensity. I’m wondering how much space I’ll need for the program, how high of ceilings etc. Any insight would be appreciated!

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Jason, first of all the motivation here will be through the roof, since you will see Shaun T struggling- to see that you are playing in his league is inspiring to say the least.
      As for the space, the ladder is about 160 cm in length, and the moves which require the most space usually need 20-30 cm added on each side.
      Other than that, not a lot of space requirements. Jumping is another issue though. Only one or two moves require a lot of explosiveness and height, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

      Take care and keep us posted.

  4. Diana

    Hello, how many times a week are the workouts scheduled?


    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Diana,
      It is different with the Asylum than it is with the Insanity. In Insanity there is one rest day every week, plus one day dedicated to cardio recovery. In the Asylum you get one day of rest the first week, then one day of cardio recovery (basically twenty three minutes of stretching and some yoga poses) the next, the third week has one day of cardio recovery plus one day of rest, and then you get one day recovery on the fourth.

      The recovery video titled relief is way easier than those in the Insanity program, so it comes as a rest (a MUCH needed one!).

  5. Nana


    I’m currently doing the Asylum and I’m more than half way through. I started with a 12.5kg weight which was EXTREMELY hard at first (I thought I could handle it when I was buying the dumbells), but now I’ve improved a lot. I’m starting Asylum 2 soon and I was wondering what weight you recommend for a male looking do have big arms. I don’t want to change weights yet, but I at least want to know my goal weight. I’ll be moving to 15kg dumbells soon.

    Male, 17 years old, 5’8” about 30lbs away from my ideal body weight

    • Slavko Desik


      Congrats about the progress so far. I started doing videos from Asylum Vol. 2, but haven’t yet decided to try the whole length of the program (still mixing Insanity with Asylum Vol. 1, and Vol.2). As far as I can tell, Vol.2 packs more muscle than it’s predecessors.

      Mostly due to the fact that most of the workouts are centered around one muscle group per video, and it is hence more muscle growth oriented. I noticed muscle gain, mostly in the arms and chest.
      As for the weights, it really all depends, though I think that 15’s are more than enough (really, kudos for the progress). I assume that you are already paying attention to diet and maybe protein supplementation so I won’t ask you about that.

      You say 30Ibs away from what you have in mind, so I would advice doing the Asylum Vol. 2 for the entire length of the program and then maybe just going over some of the exercises again and again till you get there. Not to mention that you will shred body fat constantly, so it’s all about packing extra muscle.

      Will love to hear how are things going after a while- not that many Asylum addicts around to talk with :)

      • Nana

        Thanks for the advice!

        Yeah I planned to do the asylum volume 2 for about 2 rounds, maybe plus an extra week. Because of the way the calendar is seprerated nicely, I can decicde to do an extra week or something.

        I was thinking of sticking to to the 12.5kgs until I feel I can use the 15kg dumbells. But I was worried that Asylum Volume 2 may slow down my weight loss because it’s more weight-oriented. But since you’re saying otherwise, I’m more confident about starting it now! That was the reason I didn’t do P90X. Most people said the cardio was peanuts compared to Insanity.

        If I do I second round of Asylum 2, and I want to lose weight quickly, is it advisable to maybe do a regular Insanity workout on top of it to see quicker results (2 workouts a day)? When I first started regular Insanity, I would never had dreamed of this. But it feels like I’m getting fitter, and maybe I could push more so I can see more results. Even on Asylum 1 I do ‘Overtime’ several times a week.

        • Slavko Desik

          Kudos for such improvement! I also never imagined going this far with the programs.
          As for doing two workouts per day, though I did this for two weeks, I will still not recommend it.
          You see, that extra workout will for sure burn calories and bring you to the desired body fat percentage, but what about the muscle mass? I noticed that when I was doing more than one workout per day (either combining it with another or maybe going for a mountain bike ride) I started to quickly lose muscle mass.
          Push yourself harder on the workouts, add the weight when you can handle it, and that should really suffice. There is a lot of cardio in Vol.2, believe me.

          Good luck and keep us posted

  6. Chris Bejarano

    Hello, Thank you for the review which is the best one I’ve read. I have concerns about the Insanity Asylum Programs both Volume 1 and 2. I currently play tackle football in high school (my position is wide receiver) and I was wondering if I could bulk up and get more muscle while doing these programs? Also, currently I am doing the Body Beast program where I am eating 3,400 calories a day and I still don’t get full,will I be hungry using these programs and how many calories do they eat daily for these programs to gain muscle? I read somewhere that they don’t drink milk or have dairy in this program is that true? Lastly, what option would you recommend for somebody like me that is trying to bulk up while improving speed, endurance, and stamina at the same time; that I do Body Beast while using the SKLZ products for speed, quickness, and agility OR that I just do the Asylum program by itself.

    Thank you for reading, PS I am Male ,14 years old, 6 foot and 150 pounds

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Chris,

      I will try and give you an answer, though my lack of knowledge about the body beast program might make it biased in some respects.
      First thing first, diet- calories wise it really depends. The formula goes something like this: for highly active lifestyle you multiply your weight in pounds X14, and then only add 400 if you want to maintain weight, or substract 500 if you want to slim down. The nutrition plan provides for 1800 cal. , and there is a modified one for 1500.
      There is some dairy in the meal plan, but hardly noticeable.

      This will definitely get you where you want to be in terms of speed, agility, endurance, explosiveness, strength. Though for muscle gain and more strength you must consider heavier weights (10-20 kg). Also, up the protein intake on the expense of carbs for a week or two and you will see additional muscle gain. Vol. 2 for more muscle, vol. 1 for serious fat tissue burning.

      Drop us a line so we know how are thing going.

  7. Jennifer

    Hi! Thank you for the great review. I cannot wait to start the Insanity Asylum workout. I do have a couple of questions I was hoping you could answer. I just finished the Insanity program a few days ago, I took a couple of days off and did some videos for the next couple of days. During the last two week of Insanity my knee started to hurt, I honestly believe I stretched a tendon or something above my knee cap. I know I have to rest it but do you think if I rest it for 4 weeks I will be able to get right into the Asylum program or should I do a few videos of Insanity first?
    Thank you

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Jennifer,
      It is best to rest for a while, doing some yoga stretches and poses. That way your flexibility won’t go down (and that is usually the aspect of fitness that retrogrades the most if left unchecked). Besides, with stretching and yoga poses you will be able to strengthen your joints and ankles and improve your knee condition, that way when you enter the Asylum the chance of injury or fatigue will be minimal.
      You can of course do some Insanity video before jumping right into the Asylum, but I will advise you to go for the recovery videos and avoid jumping (maybe one video or two after a while).
      Being an Insanity grad, you already have the mental power and readiness so you will enter the Asylum easier than you might expect. So no worry there. In the meantime remember, yoga and stretching as to heal the knee. Maybe some cycling (with the minimal resistance) and swimming too.

      Keep us posted and good luck.

  8. Billy

    Hi , great review. makes me wanna getting into it soon,
    just wondering if you can help, i work on shifts, either early morning till afternoon or afternoon to late night. wouldn’t it be way too difficult for me if i do one exercise in the evening and second day in the morning before i get to work? what do you suggest i do? or should i just continue to get on with it? i’m just curious if my muscles can recover in less than 24 hr.

    • Slavko Desik

      The first week will be definitely hard. After that your body might actually get used to it, but judging from myself I would say that it helps doing the workouts every day at almost the exact time.

  9. Thor

    Hey, great review. I have done insanity before and just couldn’t get past day 30 or so but now I started back up and am now on the third week. I am playing baseball right now and looking to get faster, and in my off season of baseball (which is when I want to do the Asylum) I want to get stronger and gain more muscle. I am 14 and its hard to follow the diet plans so I’m not sure if this is right for me if I can’t do much with the diet… Thanks for reading.

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Thor,
      Asylum is much better for athletes when compared with the Insanity. Performance wise it helps a lot, whereas the Insanity aims more for fat loss via wearing your body down. Hence Asylum is way better in this regard.
      The diet is crucial, yes. But you can make some tweaks here and there and still get the most out if it.

  10. Sofi

    Hello there I’ve a question. I’ve done a the insanity program and I rep the second month to get used to the power jumps and mostly the push ups, coz for being a girl who never did one all my life it is a kind of hard! Well it was always easy for me to build up my arms and chest very quickly, thing that I dont like at all coz my legs aren’t that easy to build so it doesnt look proportional. In the max Insanity around the third and last week all my upper body bulked up. Even my waist grew up due to the workout and yes for being a girl I could bulked up big time so I stopped to do push ups at all to lean up but now that I am going for asylum I am wondering what can I do to dont bulk up again my arms shoulder and back? Can I still avoiding push ups and avoid the weights they are gonna use in the asylum? Now I just do some few workout with light very light weight to tone my arms but even no sure what should I do when I start my asylum workout. Coz my goal of course is loss fat but I want to build my legs muscles and abs but as I said, with my arms is kinda of hard time. I would really appreciate ur answer!

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Sofi,
      Sorry for replaying so late. Asylum definitely gives more of a bulk when compared to Insanity.
      But it also shreds way more fat tissue. Reading your comment I guess that things can still be brought in balance.
      For one, you can cut the carbs even more (it will prevent bulking up to a certain degree).
      Then you can avoid using the bands (remember, the more artificial resistance you add, the bigger the gain in muscle).
      As for dumbbells, yes, go with a lighter weight.
      And don’t worry, Asylum targets the legs as no other workout can. Just look at Shaun T in the Insanity, and then in the Asylum. Notice his thighs- way more muscle and way less body fat.

      All of the workouts in the Asylum are targeting thighs on a whole other level, and the one titled vertical plyo is going to shred every bit of fat tissue. Take this as a test- do the hardest leg workout from Insanity (what you feel as being the hardest), and then do vertical plyo one or two days later. You will see why Asylum is so effective.

      As for abs, once again, look at Shaun T. There is a huge difference from Insanity and the Asylum. Here, in the Asylum, albeit not doing specific ab exercises, you will sculpt the abs like never before. Lot of jumping, and exercises which require explosiveness will put a huge stress on the abs.

      Feel free to ask anything else about the program. I hope this helps.

  11. Med

    “Let me spare you from the flowery prose and serve you with the harsh truth. This is the elite right here. This is not, and I repeat, NOT, for everybody.”

    Have done Insanity twice and curantly doing a P90x/ T25 hybrid.

    Am I considered elite to do the Asylum? “I don’t won’t to get it and not be able to sweat it”!

    Will I lose muscle while doing asylum?

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Med,
      From what I can tell you will ENJOY the Asylum. It will give you quite a unique experience.
      As for loosing muscle, it’s really the other way around- you will gain some, and get the most shredded so far. If you are into more muscle gain though, consider the Asylum Vol.2.

      I haven’t yet completed the whole program, but I’ve done the videos couple of times and not in any particular order. It seems like they target muscle growth more than Asylum and Insanity combined.

      Gonna soon complete the whole Asylum Vol.2 so expect another massive review. Currently I’m doing Insanity exercises with added weights on the legs and arms, boy oh boy it is fun :)

      Take care

      • med

        Thanks for the reply.

        I was thinking of doing the asylum P90x hybrid. Still waiting vol1 and 2 to arrive. Will keep u posted.

      • Med

        The Asylums finally arrived:)!!!

        My question is since I lost a lot of cardio strentgh that I have gained with two round of insanity (P90X cardio is lame/boring compared to insanity. Lol. While I was doing P90X T25 came out so I switched cardio days with T25 and completed alpha phase) and I have two weeks to get ready for Asylum vol1 what shud I be doing?

        A) 1week of month1 and one week of month 2 of insnity?
        B) two weeks of T25 Beta doubles?
        C) 2 weeks of month1 or month2 of insanity?

        Or whatever YOU think would be great. Just say it:)

        The reson why I think T25 would be great since in Alpha I saw lots of moves from asylum.

        Anyways Thanks again!

        • Slavko Desik

          I can only guess how excited you are right now. I’m stepping into the Asylum myself today and having planned the workout for later this evening, I cannot wait. As Shaun T says- Asylum will bring your body in a place it wants to be. I for one totally agree; out of all the programs this is where I feel the best. And judging from what you say about the cardio from P90X I know you will find Asylum equally enjoyable.

          As far as preparation goes, I remember doing videos from both month one and month two from Insanity, but with days of rest in between. I also did the upper body strength video from the Insanity deluxe package. Asylum will be hard, so I personally recommend giving yourself couple of days of rest. Then continue doing month one videos (especially cardio power and resistance since Asylum is more strength centered than Insanity). Do the upper body strength video if you have it in the package, or try experimenting with dumbbells after each month one video from Insanity. As far as Focus T25 goes, you can add some beta videos after doing pure cardio (skip the warm-up though).

          And finally, give yourself two days of rest before you start the Asylum. This program is not designed to be done for longer periods of time (say three months in a row) of course except you are a professional athlete or have the best and richest diet you can think of. It will work you hard don’t worry about it, so take your rest.

          Have a great day and enjoy this fitness craze :)

          • Med

            Thanks!! Will keep u posted!

  12. Dre

    Just one question: Can I do it in my dorm room in college?

    • Slavko Desik

      HI Dre

      Out of all the programs Shaun T made, Asylum Vol 2 requires the most space. Then it is Asylum Vol.1 (this one), Insanity, and then Focus T25. Though it can fit into 4 square meters quite easily, and even less than that.
      The ladder is 160 cm in length, and since there are not that many exercises outside the length of it (can think of only two right now) I guess you don’t need that much space. Lot of power jumping though, so the flooring kinda has to be able to withstand.

      Hope this helps.

  13. Erick Vazquez

    Amazing review. I am a 16 year old that weighs 176 5 f.t 7 inches and I would like to know if you would recommend me to take on the asylum volume 1 if I am currently only getting 6 – 8hours of sleep a day. I Have done workouts like insanity before at my local gym but looking at the videos of asylum volume 1, I would like to know if this really is a good program for me to lose weight considering that I am in the border line of overweight and obiese. I would really appreciate your answer .

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Erick,

      7-8 hours of sleep is really all your body needs even in a situation like this- where you train with high intensity. If you’ve tried similar workout routines (read bodyweigh exercises) this will be easy to adapt to. If your goal is to lose weight you can go with a program such is Insanity

      Asylum though will help you lose more fat tissue, while adding some muscle mass too (not that Insanity won’t, but in comparison with Asylum it is way inferior in that aspect). It will transform you into an athlete.

      These workouts are designed so that you always push past YOUR level. So if you are moderately physically prepared i.e. can run a mile without rest, can do 20 pushups, can do crunches… You will be able to push yourself without the risk of injury.

      Hope this helps

  14. Med

    “Do the upper body strength video if you
    have it in the package, or try experimenting with
    dumbbells after each month one video from

    I have the Deluxe pgk. What type of dumbbell (20 mins like routine) would u recommend after doing the cardio workout when I’m tryna save time?

    • Slavko Desik

      I do the Asylum videos with 10kg dumbbells each. Those are heavy though, so start with 5kg ones, that’s what I did when I first tried the Asylum. For now do some basic movements with your arms and try to pay attention to range of motion (full extension). Also, try to add couple of pushups in between two or three minutes with dumbbells. Do some squats while holding the dumbbells. Basically, just get your body used to the increased resistance and strength workouts that are to follow.
      When are you planning to start with the workouts? And what comes first? Vol. 1 or Vol.2?

      My advice is to go with the Vol. 1 since Vol. 2 is much more strength oriented.

      Have a lot of fun and write how are things going :)

  15. Britt

    Hi! Great review. I just had one question. I was wondering if you would recommend starting with insanity first? I have done insanity in the past (but it has been a couple years). I have kept up with my fitness (I run, use weights, do a lot of circuit training), but right now my main goal is to shed a few pounds in those “problem areas” where most women have a hard time losing weight in (thighs, love handles). I’m worried if I start Insanity Asylum before doing Insanity immediately prior, it’ll be like skipping a step..


    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Britt,
      I think that you can try Asylum without doing Insanity first. Sure, couple of videos from Insanity as to go over that mental struggle again would be great, but other than that it is probably unnecessary. And as far as injury goes, Insanity gave me soreness in the joints more than Asylum ever did, albeit being the “easier” version.

  16. Jennifer

    Hey, I am a freshman in college and I will be done with insanity in two weeks! I am really excited to get asylum but im not sure what dumbbells or resistance and to use if i do not want big muscles?

  17. Slavko Desik

    Hey Jennifer,
    Go with 5 Kg dumbbells each, or even slightly less at the beginning. Though I think the 5’s will do the work.

  18. LaSharon

    Thank’s for the indepth review… I’m on day 2 of vol 1 and loving what I’m doing so far. I completed the following workouts: P90X; Insanity/P90X hybrid; XTrain (; Insanity all in that order over the past year. So for my 40th bday which was 10/13 I asked my hubby to get me Insanity The Asylum. I took 2 weeks off between all of my workouts and glad I did. Despite health challenges I pressed on… I eat healthy despite not following the nutrition plan but I track my food on MyFitnessPal and stay under my calorie goal. I agree these workouts aren’t for everyone unless you have the will to dig deeper.

    • Slavko Desik

      Way to go LaSharon. I bounced away from workout this last month, doing some moderate exercise here and there. And I kinda miss the workouts. Asylum is definitely my ticket back to an amazing shape. I love Vol. 2 also, but Vol. 1 is la creme de la creme of workouts. One week in the program and I’m a fitness machine again.

  19. j

    I have 3 words for you. WAY TOO LONG. There is way too much jabbering about your opinion of the program, and not enough hard facts that most people are interested in when reading a review. I simply wanted details about each workout: what difficulties I might ecounter (dificulty of the workouts, space and equipment required), and a guage to determine if the program was worth the cost. Christ! It probably took me a half an hour to read your whole review. It did make me want to buy the program, but I don’t know if it’s from the hype you’ve given it or the actual facts that make me think I’m up to the challenge.

    • Slavko Desik

      You are probably right J :) It is long. But it seems as though people often tend to neglect the fact that there is way more information needed other than hard facts. I offer detailed and somewhat biased opinion due to the fact that most people will relate and, hopefully, find it motivating while going through this hell.
      The things you mentioned lacking- difficulties, equipment, space required… it’s all in there in the review. As for the challenge, let me cut you the suspense- no matter what level you are at you will feel pain. And for the results – since I’m trying some other crazy stuff now – there is still no match to what Asylum can offer.

  20. B

    Great review and you’ve really put that motivation into it! I still have one question though, other than the ladder, rope and dumbbells, what equipment do you need in order to get the most out of the workout? Thank you!

    • Slavko Desik

      That’s all you need, really. The chin-up bar is a great piece of equipment, but the dumbbells do a fine job substituting it. However, go for a heavier load if you can handle it- here is a great test as to where to raise the bar- if you can do the warm-up in the strength video easily, then get heavier dumbbells.

      • B

        Thank you!

  21. Enzo

    Hi, thanks for the post.

    I’ve done insanity workouts (95 kg to 70 kg) but I noticed that i’ve lost muscle and i want to bulk up a little bit…will asylum give me that missed muscle ?

    I’ve never used dumbells how much weights should I start with ?
    should i do beast body or asylum is much better ?

    man 26 years.

    hope you understand me… take care.

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Enzo,

      Asylum is perfect for bulking up while at the same time staying lean. Body Beast (although I never tried it) seems like the program that will pack a lot of muscle, but possibly on the expense of lean and defined physique. As for weights, if you want to bulk up, I recommend using 10kg dumbbells. Though it will be hard at the beginning.

      Take care

  22. Zack

    Great Post.

    Question though? In the post you made it sound like this is great for loosing weight as insanity was. However in follow up comments it sound more like this was for bulking up and not leaning out.

    Little confused.

    Zack Kendall

    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Zack,
      Yes, Asylum will bulk you up some. And maybe even more. But the thing is, since it is also centred on the same max interval training principle as Insanity, it will cut through fat tissue even more. The intensity alone achieves that, more so when put in combination with how cardio is implemented.

      Hope this helps.

  23. B

    I’m almost done with Asylum 1 and it’s crazy! Thank you for the review. I have a question for you or for anyone that could answer me: if I’m considering to start P90x, is it ok if I start straight with P90x3 or I should do them one by one until the third one? Or I should do Asylum 2 and then switch? (Finished until now T25, Insanity and in few days Asylum 1)

    • Slavko Desik

      First of all, congrats :)

      As far as P90X3 goes, it is not a graduate program. Meaning, it is designed so that you can skip its predecessors and progress nevertheless. I haven’t tried P90X3, but can definitely vouch for Asylum Vol.2 (Review coming soon :)

      Asylum Vol. 2 is far superior to Insanity and Vol.1 when it comes to muscle building. The great thing is that it kind of keeps all the elements that made Insanity and Asylum such a success. If you enjoyed Vol. 1 You will definitely enjoy Vol 2.

      Take care

  24. Harlan


    I’d like to say fantastic review! It has definitely sold me on Asylum. However, it was so good that it has me rethinking my training plans. I originally bought Insanity to train for a half-marathon three years ago. Unfortunately, I decided that all I needed to do to prepare for it was run, and I put the Insanity set in my closet and never used it.

    Enter 2014, and I have signed up for April’s Tough Mudder with my corporate team. Just running isn’t going to cut it this time, so I dusted off the Insanity box, and devised a plan to complete the Insanity set followed by Asylum. However, after reading your review, it sounds like Asylum is far more superior than Insanity. I’m currently on day three of Insanity, but now I feel like there’s a chance that I might be wasting my time, if Asylum is much more beneficial. Should I dump Insanity and just go into Asylum now, or stick with the original game plan?

    I have two factors to take into account. I want to lose about 10lbs while adding muscle, which it sounds like Asylum will accomplish. Also, I ran a half-marathon last November, and during training, my knee would occasionally act up. I haven’t ran since completing the run, so I’m stating at square one and pain free. You mentioned that Asylum was easier on the knee joint. With all of that said, what would you recommend?

    Thank you,


    • Slavko Desik

      Hey Harlan, you got me thinking about signing up for half a marathon this year too.
      As far as preparation goes, if it was me, I will chose Asylum for sure. Though, despite it being more performance oriented, Insanity provides for a great cardio endurance training. Thinking that you have time till April to prepare, I would start with one week of Insanity month one, followed by one week from month two and some rest. Then enters Asylum for a whole run, 30 days.
      At this point you will be in very, very great shape, so you could decide whether to continue with some Asylum workouts, or mix some Insanity in there to, or maybe some actual running.

      This last summer, I prepared for some bicycling by training with Asylum, specifically rotating between vertical plyo, strength, and gameday which is a superior cardio endurance workout.

      As far as knee issues go, yes, Asylum is, for I don’t know what reason (probably less repetition), better for keeping far from injury.

      I’m interested about how you will proceed, so drop a line if you can.
      Take care

  25. Rachael

    so i am going to strat this today. I think I am ready.
    i will come back to my own comment to give my results once i am done:)

    see ya’ in ne month,:)

  26. Lisa

    This is a great review. Thank you!!! . My goals are to get leaner and get a flatter less flabby core. I do not want to bulk up at all and I do not need to lose weight either. Is Insanity Asylum the right program for me? I’ve being doing T25 gamma and I really like it but I think I’m getting bored with it and just need to add in something else to my routine. Any feedback would be appreciated.

  27. Sagar

    Hi , this is the perfect review i was looking for . I have complete Insanity and Focus T25 workouts. Focus T25 is a little mild as compared to Insanity. Now i’m looking forward to finishing Asylum. Will be starting from next month and hopefully i get great results. Doing Insanity for 2 months and Focust T25 for 3 months has help me shed a lot of body fat % and 20 kilos in all . So, i’m a proud owner of these series of workout sessions. Kudos !!

  28. Mario

    GREAT review!

    I have done this program in the past and I’m currently doing it again. I am on week 1 day 3 of the program and I love it.


  29. Ram


    I did Insanity and lost lots of weight . I lost more weight in first 1st month of insanity than in the 2nd month.

    I would like to lose more weight (fat).

    Would you recommend another round of Insanity or should I do Asylum?

    I started doing Asylum and am on the 4th day. I know my body is bcoming stronger with this but I am not sure if I will lose as much weight as Insanity.

    Thank you for your feedback.

  30. Tom

    I started Asylum this week. It is no joke. I’ve done Insanity twice and have continued to do workouts off an on. Also have done P90X and P90X2. None of this appear to be the level of Asylum. My masochistic self is ready to be pushed, but I thought I was in shape until I did the first day. I’ve got a long way to go. Can’t wait to see the results.

  31. Lucie

    Hi Guys,
    This is an awesome review and has given me an idea about what to expect from Asylum! Your guys stories sound amazing and its great to hear what other people accomplish doing the beach body workouts. I wonder if you could help me out…
    I am a recent Insanity Graduate (finished the workout 2 weeks ago) I began doing insanity again a week ago but to be honest I had become bored of it. I have recently bought Asylum, however I still have fat to loose. I lost a fair bit of fat with Insanity but I am not yet at the smallest figure I want. (I have 28 inch waist, 35 inch hips, 20 inch thighs, looking to take at least 2 more inches of each of these) Will Asylum help me burn more fat and tone? Or will it just make me bulky?

  32. Matt G

    I am wrapping up the PAP phase of X2 and have already tried a couple of the videos from Asylum 1. I have been working out consistently for nearly 10 years ( I am 26), have been active for my whole life and am ready to take a crack @ Asylum—my worry however is in over-training. I play indoor Soccer Sunday nights in addition to an occasional Wednesday game (every other week usually). Can anyone think of a way to maybe alter the program to fit around that or maybe hybridize it with another program (i.e Body beast, X or X2?).

    More importantly, has anyone tried Asylum in-season? Would be very interested in hearing about that experience and whether or not the recovery time is sufficient between sports and training!

    Thanks, and looking forward to your feedback!


  33. Linda @ TheFitty

    Thanks for the review!

    I tried the agility and Speed video from the Asylum and just did not find it as hard as regular insanity was. Perhaps it was because I didn’t have the equipment so I had to improvise, but I wasn’t very pleased with that video so it turned me off from doing any of the other asylum videos. I like the cardio aspect of the regular insanity–it burned off calories like no other, but please let me know your insights to my experience with asylum. I just don’t find it as calorie-torching as the regular program!(Please email me as I will not see your response!)

  34. barry read

    hi there. i am just about to complete the insanity 60 day and impressed myself that i could do it. i am 57 years old. i have struggled with knee problems all through this journey but with strapping them up tightly–i am getting through it. i would really like to complete the asylum after but a little concerned that it would be to much for my poor old knees. any advise on how i can make it a little easier on the old fellas?

  35. Meggen

    Hi! Thanks for the awesome review of Asylum!! I am on 18th day of Asylum and I absolutely love it. The question I have is about the jumping rope. For me that is THE most challenging part of these workouts. I haven’t made it through without having to rest for a few seconds, and some of the moves I can’t even do. For example, the double jump….I can only do two before I mess up. Most of the time, I only get one done! :( Anyway, I was just wondering if you though the jumping rope was challenging too. And if so, did you get better at it? I’m 48, and I don’t think I’ve jumped rope since I was like 10! And I can tell! :)
    Thanks again for the great review. And thanks in advance for your response! :)

    • Slavko

      Meggen, hi

      I’m now starting to answer comments on this review as well. It’s been a while… Anyway, if not you, and I’m too late with the response, I hope someone else finds this answer useful.

      The jump rope, though very useful for aspects of fitness like coordination and agility, has really more to do with performance. If you are concerned about cardio endurance, or looks, then by all means you can ditch the rope altogether. Instead, perform the moves as they are, simply without holding the rope in your hands.

      You will get the same results in terms of muscle burn, cardio and some aspects of performance. Because if you incorporate the jumping rope, you will improve aspects like coordination and agility, but more on the expense of cardio (hence making the workout less effective in terms of body change).

  36. Marty

    Just came across your review and must say you couldn’t be more spot on!
    I’m a 51 yr old fitness junkie and am an avid triathlete.
    I come back to this beast of a workout every time I need to kick start my training .
    It’s the most fun, beast of a workout that I’ve come across and although I’ve been through it a number of times, I truly enjoyed reading through your review, Thank you

    • Slavko

      Hey Marty

      It’s one of those exercise routines that you cannot get enough of, am I right? :)
      Look up for Asylum Vol. 2 if you like to mix it up and have fun. Never completed it, though went over all the workout videos, making sort of a hybrid between the two.


  37. Jonas

    I really appreciated the review which really made me wanna try asylum. I graduated Insanity 2 weeks ago, I took a week off, including a cheat day ( couldn’t stop myself from eating some junk food lol ). Now I’m starting Asylum and I’m into the first rest day. With Insanity, I went from 80 to around 68 kg ( I am 1m74) but I didn’t follow the Nutrition guide. I really don’t have time to cook, so I just reduced my calories intake to about 1500 calories/day, while drinking some non-fat milk, eating non-fat cheese, some skinless and boneless chicken/turkey, a lot of fruits, etc. My question is, as I didn’t really notice any weight loss for now ( with Asylum ), should I change my eating habits, reduce my calorie intake,etc ? I can’t really go for the 5 meals/day, with highschool and all the stuff, so I really need some help for my diet.
    Thank you

    • Slavko

      Hey Jonas, glad you started Asylum, the hardest workout of all.

      Couple of things right off the bat- what change have you noticed so far? Any muscle growth? Muscle definition?
      Maybe the scale shows the same number, but the body composition is changed. Only guessing here…

      What about the intensity of the workouts, and more importantly the form? Are you keeping correct form? How about the intensity?

      What weight are you using (it might slightly affect results)? Are you getting enough sleep… All these factors can affect…

      As for the food- see in the nutrition guide how much calories you should consume- no need to count them, just have a rough picture. Prottein/carb/fat balance- see to it that it is optimal.

      Write me more if you can, and I can try to be of more help.

      Take care

      • Jonas

        Thank you very much for your reply.
        I think my problem is solved because … I started losing weight ! And actually, I’m loosing it quickly ( down to 64 kg now). For the muscle definition, I never knew I had triceps before haha and my quads are also really ripped ! Asylum is really helping me and I’m loving it. I’m not really using any huge weights because I don’t want to gain a lot of muscle for now but I’m still pushing my limits at every single workout, even adding an Insanity workout sometimes.

        Take care

  38. P

    Hi there,

    Firstly, thank you so much for such a descriptive and informative review. It’s nice to read about somebody’s honest experience without sugar coating and instead explaining the risks and difficulties.

    I accidentally purchased The Asylum when searching for Insanity, so originally managed a couple of days before realising I really wasn’t ready. I moved onto another workout (mainly weightlifting) before moving onto jogging, which I did daily.

    Recently I began The Asylum again and find I can complete the workout, of course with a lot of hard work and sweat!!! I do find that I have to take a few breaths out and start again where I dropped out, never pausing the DVD, but by the end I feel I have achieved and pushed myself a little further than the time before. This leads me to my questions!

    Some days I feel completely worn out before I workout and feel disappointed that I haven’t completed my workout with my usual %110. Is this normal? On these days it is so much harder and can even leave me feeling down afterwards.

    I have some huge diet issues, haha! I’m a massively picky eater and struggle to follow any diet, I also cook for five other people who are also rather picky so following the meal plan is hard. Is it okay to follow the advise and keep to small portions even if I don’t follow exactly?

    Lastly, I have very weak legs and a ‘Yogi Bear’ type figure, I have never found a workout that has slimmed them down, regardless of how hard I work or how little I eat. I think I just naturally have a large bottom half, however I’d love to beat the flab and replace that wobble with hard muscle. Is this something I can expect from The Asylum?

    Apologies for the essay, would really appreciate any advise you could give! Thank you again for the great review!

  39. Beth

    I came here from a google search on how psychiatric hospitals work. Got confused there for a second.

  40. Jean Michael Edwards

    Thanks for the great review… I just finished Insanity Max 30 and enjoyed the 60 days burn. Before that I was previously inactive in terms of fitness. I’m excited to do The Asylum. Does anyone know how to incorporate fat burners into this routine if you’re looking for that lean look? I like exercising early in the morning before I eat anything or go to work.

    5’7 and 163 lbs before Max 30 and now 5’7 and 157 lbs after.

    • Slavko

      Hey Jean,

      Let’s bring this comment thread back to life again.

      Congrats for completing Max 30. It’s a very tough program. And welcome to the Asylum. The hardest program currently on the market.

      Regarding your question, my advice would be to follow the schedule from Asylum without adding a single thing in there. It is a very very tough program (which you will feel right away, probably during the first 15 minutes or so), and knowing that part of the equation about having a super fit body is adequate rest, you’d be better off following Asylum as prescribed in the schedule without extra additions.

      I personally find that hard exercises are enough on their own if followed correctly. Anything else is closer to subjectively blurring the line between correct form, 100% intensity, and doing things for the sake of doing them. My opinion at least.

      Judging from how much you enjoy hard workouts, you will LOVE Asylum!

      Take care and have fun

  41. Slavko

    Hey Jean,

    Let’s bring this comment thread back to life again.

    Congrats for completing Max 30. It’s a very tough program. And welcome to the Asylum. The hardest program currently on the market.

    Regarding your question, my advice would be to follow the schedule from Asylum without adding a single thing in there. It is a very very tough program (which you will feel right away, probably during the first 15 minutes or so), and knowing that part of the equation about having a super fit body is adequate rest, you’d be better off following Asylum as prescribed in the schedule without extra additions.

    I personally find that hard exercises are enough on their own if followed correctly. Anything else is closer to subjectively blurring the line between correct form, 100% intensity, and doing things for the sake of doing them. My opinion at least.

    Judging from how much you enjoy hard workouts, you will LOVE Asylum!

    Take care and have fun

  42. Krishna

    Hi ,

    I have never tried any of the insanity program before and want to start with this. Does this program require a some one generally fit to take it on or can any one start with it

    • Slavko

      Hi Krishna,

      You’d generally need to be able to perform some body-weight moves as well as have decent cardio capacity already developed.
      Sure, you can try to start with Asylum even without being physically ready, and grow throughout the process, but there are other programs that would be a way better fit for that.


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