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WORKOUT REVIEW: Beachbody’s Insanity: The Asylum

15 Sep



So after you go “INSANE” well then you have to go to the “ASYLUM”, right?…Well, that’s exactly where Beachbody’s follow-up to the super popular “Insanity” workout will take you. This new set of DVDs from the makers of P90X takes the hardcore cardio from “Insanity” and adds some strength training moves and pull-ups from P90X for a killer total body workout system.



Insanity: Asylum is SUPER INTENSE and includes 6 DVDs total with 3 cardio workouts, 1 strength workout and 1 stretching/recovery workout. The system comes with an agility ladder ( like the ones used for NFL drills) and a jump rope and you just need to add dumbbells, resistance bands and a pull up bar. ( Don’t worry, there are optional exercises is you don’t have a pull up bar).

The workouts use lots of one-minute long intervals, super intense plyometric drills, jump roping and lots of compound upper and lower body strength moves. Oh yeah, and hardly any recovery. All the DVDs have both cardio and strength elements so you always get a full workout in about 45 minutes.


  • Triceps, shoulders and especially your back… this workout will shred your upper body
  • While there aren’t any isolated abdominal workouts the plyos and sports drills will really work your core and totally tone your abs
  •  The plyos shape and tone your legs and give your booty a nice boost
  • Check out YouTube for Asylum results videos


  • The workouts are short (LOVE THIS) but also super intense so you burn tons of calories in a short amount of time
  • These are some of the most intense at home workouts on DVD
  • The DVD set comes with hybrid calendars if you want to combine Asylum with Insanity or P90X
  • Asylum is really fun, challenging and the exercises are new and different so you never get bored
  • You are bound to lose inches and get totally toned
  • Insanity was heavy cardio and P90X was heavy weights…Asylum is a really nice combo of both cardio and weights
  • I used this workout before my wedding and LOVED my toned arms and smaller waistline!


Asylum is definitely for advanced exercises, no doubt. If you’ve ever turned your nose up at at-home workouts you have to try these DVDs…they will kick your butt! The workout also is perfect to follow-up to P90X or Insanity.  It’s great for anyone short on time, who wants to workout at home and who doesn’t want to  compromise on intensity.


The DVDs set will run you about $120 with shipping about you can get there here….http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity-next-level-asylum-workout.do

Dirty 30s: the 30 second interval workout

12 Sep

This is one of my favorite workouts from the High Intensity Training class I teach. See, I measure a good workout by how much fun I have, how much I sweat, how many calories I burn and most importantly how quickly I’m in and out of the gym.

Dirty 30s are an interval training workout which means you alternate short sections of hard work with easy rest/recovery sections. I love interval training because it’s one of the BEST ways to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Plus it  increases what’s called your afterburn.  That means you’ll burn and extra 100 calories for the 24 hours period after your interval workout. Beautiful thing right? Come on, who doesn’t want to get the same calorie burn as running a mile while watching TV:)

Ok, so why is it called dirty 30s? Each interval is 30 seconds long and sometimes well,  I just like to rhyme the names of my workouts..dirty and 30..you get the picture. Oh yeah plus you’ll burn some serious calories and get in and out of the gym in about 30 minutes!


  • You can do any kind of cardio you want for this workout. Try…running outside or on a treadmill, biking,using the elliptical trainer, jump roping or try things like jumping jacks, squat thrusts and high knees.
  • Each interval is 30 seconds long. Push yourself hard for those 30 seconds, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being lounging on the couch and 10 being an all out sprint) aim for 6-8. You shouldn’t be able to keep up a conversation while doing the intervals.
  • walk  or slow to an easy pace during the  rest/recovery time


  • Warm up with 7-10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 6 x  :30 second intervals with about 60-90 seconds of recovery between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes


  • Warm up with 7-10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 10  x :30 second intervals with 60 seconds of rest between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes


  • Warm up with 10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 12-15 x :30 second intervals with 30 seconds of rest between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes