INSANITY The Asylum Vol. 1 & 2 – FAQ


Who is it for?
THE ASYLUM is an elite fitness program for those with a solid fitness base. Being very comfortable with FOCUS T25 or an equivalent is your prerequisite for beginning this program.

What equipment does it require?
The program comes with an agility ladder, exercise bands, and speed rope, which are required. You’ll also need a limited range of dumbbells (no heavy weight).

Is ASYLUM harder or easier than INSANITY MAX:30?
MAX:30 probably feels harder, since it’s so condensed, but overall ASYLUM is a longer and more thorough exercise program that’s probably as hard as anything you’ll ever need—especially if you do both volumes.

If I’ve been doing ASYLUM, Vol. 1, why should I do Vol. 2?
As hard as Vol. 1 is, Vol. 2 takes it to another level. It’s your natural progression, as you get fitter.

Is ASYLUM really how athletes work out? What type of sports?
It is and it isn’t. It’s a program that targets overall fitness, not sport-specific conditioning, so any athlete would do a program more specific to their sport. That said, most of the movements in ASYLUM are very similar to what athletes do. If you were a power athlete (football, basketball, etc.), at some point it would probably remind you of preseason conditioning.

Can I hybrid ASYLUM and MAX:30?
This is not recommended. Interesting hybrids can be made using the P90X series, but MAX:30 is a different animal, designed to be done only on its own.

The nutrition plan doesn’t seem like enough calories.
The plan is designed for first timers trying to lose weight. If you just came off another intense Beachbody program, you’ll almost certainly need more calories.

Can I do the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan with ASYLUM?
Yes, just swap out the Get Shredded Guide for the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.

How much protein should I eat on ASYLUM?
Please see the nutrition guide for more information on protein.

I missed a week due to vacation/work travel/sickness. Where do I start from today?
Missing a few days is no big deal. Just jump back into your program where you left off. After about five or six days off, your body is fully recovered and very strong, and you actually have the ability to hurt yourself by breaking down your fast-twitch muscle fibers. This can make you too sore to work out for over a week. If you’ve missed more than five days, start slow on your first day back, maybe doing a third to a half of your normal workout and ramp up little by little, taking about a week to get back to where you left off.

What’s the perfect next step?
This depends upon your goals. You can’t get much fitter than you are now. Going back and forth between ASYLUM and P90X2 has yielded some incredibly athletic people, but you can also take your fitness out in the real world, too. Whatever you decide, we recommend that you take a short break with maintenance work to let your body recover before moving into your next hard program.

What is maintenance work?
It’s much harder to get into shape than it is to maintain that shape once you get there. You can generally maintain a level pretty close to peak fitness with about half the volume of your program. To maintain, you can utilize many different forms of training but the easiest is often 3–4 days per week of the program you just finished. It will decline slowly over time, but you’ll probably start another program or activity to pick up the slack after awhile.