So you’ve completed the Insanity Workout and now you are wondering what to do next. Correct? Well, the first thing I can tell you is that you really can’t go wrong with either option here. But before I go on with an in-depth comparison of Insanity Asylum versus Insanity Max 30, let me give you a little background here.
I first completed my the original Insanity a few years ago. And without a doubt, it was one of the toughest home workout videos I’ve done to date. I found P90X to be challenging for sure, but Insanity simply kicked my butt relentlessly every single day. And in fact, I did not enjoy the experience very much. But that says more about my own preferences and abilities than about the program. My niece for example, she’s obsessed with Insanity and could do workout after workout without ever changing it. That’s how much she loves it.
But, when Insanity Asylum vol. 1 came out, I was quick to get it. I knew it was gonna be exactly what I wanted. I had been using Tony Horton One on One series, which was a really fun way to mix workouts and take a break from more organized routines such as P90X or Insanity. But Asylum had everything I wanted: it was going to be short. Only 30 days. It was gonna have a mix of resistance and cardio workouts and I wouldn’t have to go buy equipment or anything to do it. Everything you need came with the packaging.
In short, I loved Asylum, Volume 1. To date, it’s been one of my favorite workout routines that Beachbody has put out.
Asylum VS Max 30
So let’s asume that you are interested in a new workout routine, and either you’ve done Insanity and need something new, or you want something new but would like to avoid Insanity altogether. I wouldn’t blame you if you did. But let’s look at these two routines in more detail so that you can make an informed decision, shall we?
First of Asylum:
The workout duration is only 30 days. If you’ve followed other Beachbody routines, you will know that most of the time, they are at the very least 60 days and several of them, take 90 days. Think P90X.
There are six different workout routines in Asylum. These workouts are roughly between 40-45 minutes long and they either use an agility ladder that is included, resistance bands, also included, or a light dumbbell.
According to the workout literature, on average, those who have completed this routine along with proper diet, have lost 18 pounds in 30 days. Supposedly you can burn up to 1000 calories per workout and you’ll get in the best shape of your life.
As mentioned earlier, you won’t need to buy any extra equipment since you get some goodies when you order Asylum. Specifically: an agility ladder. A jump rope, workouts, nutrition guide, calendar, etc. Basically the typical stuff that comes with any Beachbody workout.
The focus of these routines is sports performance, using track and field moves and techniques. But don’t worry, if an uncoordinated middle age man like me can do these routines, any one can. As always, there’s the option to follow a modifier so that regardless of your fitness or ability level, you can still complete the task at hand.
In short, Asylum Volume 1 is a really tough, but also really fun workout program. If you’re goal is to do a challenging routine while getting in great shape and burning extra fat, then this is for you!
But before we can settle the Asylum VS Insanity Max 30 debate, we must also talk about Max 30.
Insanity Max 30 follows on the footsteps to Focus T25, but that doesn’t mean that MAx30 is a follow up to T25. To me it feels like Max 30 is the culmination of research an development to create a great routine, while Focus T25 felt more of a work in progress to me.
What I like about Insanity Max 30 is the fact that I can get a really great workout in 30 minutes. That means that I no longer have the “I don’t have to workout today” excuse.
The intention behind Max 30 differs greatly to other Insanity offerings. Both T25 and Asylum included. While the former were based in HIIT and go as long as possible, on Max30 the idea is to go as fast and hard as possible so that you reach muscle failure quickly. That means that no matter how fit you get, you will always be able to push with more intensity and still max out. The key here is to max out on any given exercise at any given time but with good form. As soon as your form goes south, that means you’ve maxed out.
So, what happens when you Max out? well, you make a note how long it took you to desperately need a break and continue with your workout. Taking as many breaks as you need or following the modified moves, or a combination of both. The point is to extend that Max out point from week to week, which would be a testament that the workout is working and you are becoming stronger and fitter.
Max 30 is designed to improve your performance, improve your speed and give you a great cardiovascular benefit. This routine is based on bodyweight moves only. No gadgets of any kind are needed, which makes it great for those traveling constantly or those who don’t have or can’t afford to buy any fitness equipment such as weights and other stuff.
At the end of the day, I would say that both workouts are great. If you are looking for a nice change of pace, and do a challenging routine that will help you get faster and more explosive, then I would say Asylum is for you. If you are looking for a workout routine that you can fit in your busy schedule, and that will not require that you go buy any more equipment, then I can honestly say that you will not find a better routine than Insanity Max 30.
Oh, and if by any chance, you are coming from the P90X world into any of these routines, I can tell you that if you ever do P90X again, it will feel like child’s play almost. I remember the first Chest and Back routine I did after completing Asylum, those breaks during the workout felt like they took forever. But when I first did 90X, I could barely keep up and I felt totally gassed. That goest to show you that you will get into amazing shape with either Asylum or Max 30.