OK Sports Fans, here it is! Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 2!
Read on for my review of Day 1.
Today is Day 1 and that means it’s time for “X Trainer”. If you’ve heard of, or maybe even tried Insanity or Asylum 1, this workout was waaayyy beyond the intensity level that I was expecting. I admit, when this one got released I wondered how Shaun T could go any further, but trust me, oh yes, he did!
If you are familiar with the Asylum Vol. 1 exercises, think of “Strength” and “Speed & Agility” all rolled up into one workout. “X Trainer” took a total of about 45 minutes, unless you do the recommended Agility Tutorial disc first (25 min). If so, it will take you almost a little over an hour. I didn’t think to do the tutorial the day before, and I was pressed for time. I also wanted to remain on schedule with my days of the week, so I just kind of scanned the tutorial – probably not a good idea, as some of the step sequences with that ladder were a little complex (or maybe I’m just getting more uncoordinated in my old age). Tutorial or not, I pressed play and lived to tell about it (barely).
Here is a list of all the different moves and the equipment you’ll need for X Trainer. If you already have Asylum Vol. 1, then you already have everything you need.
Equipment: Agility ladder, jump rope, dumbbells or resistance bands
Exercises: Warm Up – Quick Feet Agility, Hop Kicks, U-Agility, Hop Kicks Side-to-Side, T-180, Heisman Agility (in plank), Hop Heisman Agility
S t r e t c h!
Agility X Trainer Part 1, Hop Squat Agility, Jack Pass
W a t e r B r e a k!
Moving Matrix Pushups (triceps, basic, wide), Agility X Trainer Part 2, Pyramid Weights, Leaping Pushups/Single Arm Burpee, Hope Heisman Ladder Agility, In and Out Agility, X Trainer Part 3 (at this point there were 15 minutes to go and I’m not gonna lie.. I was watching that clock), Single Arm Pushups, Mountain Climber Abs, Single Arm Assisted Pushups, Mountain Climber Abs, Squat Jump/Single Leg Press, Agility X Trainer Part 4, Agility Ladder Jumps (with 1, 2, 3, and 4 boxes)
D o n e!
(Somewhere in there, he gave another water break, but I was so tired I missed writing that down).
The Pros… I really loved the fresh new music, the fast-paced movements, great energy, and the complexity of the footwork sequences. I know that I have a lot of room for improvement, both with learning how to properly perform the moves, and also knowing it well enough that I can focus on correct posture and form. As you can see from the video, I have room for improvement! But like I always say, if I can do it, anyone can. :)
The Cons… I did not adequately prepare to do this workout as I should have. I would definitely recommend the Agility Tutorial DVD before diving in to X Trainer. I guess that’s not really a con, but it’s all I could come up with!
Overall, “X Trainer” was a super fun workout that blended a good amount of strength and coordination with some intense cardio, and required just the right mix of mental focus and endurance to make the most efficient use of 45 minutes that I’ve seen in a long time. Check out my video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcfH3MQYwl0&feature=share&list=UUKR8p_UPhNfK0aZGlxk-sxw
If you are also doing this workout, or are interested in joining me and trying it out, connect with me with a comment below, or on my Facebook Page. I’d love to hear about your journey!