@shauntfitness yo shaun, I just completed the Asylum! I”m ready for my T-shirt!
Asylum day 30 the fit test - I have completed the beast! all of my numbers have doubled and in some cases tripled. Asylum is a great workout and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to supplement their normal workout with some performance training. I need to take pictures to send in so i can get my “I’m Committed” Tshirt.
This year of working out has so far been incredible, I started in January doing 60 days of Insanity, Followed that up with 90 days of P90X and just finished 30 days of Insanity: The Asylum. Not to mention the running. I’ve run 85k’s this year a 3k and this weekend will be my first 10K. So what comes next?
TURBO FIRE! I”m starting a 90day Turbo Fire circuit on Monday and I welcome you all to join me. I’ve provide more details in a bit but i’m tired and need to eat so I better finish this up.
3 mile run - I did it in 35 minutes. my 3 mile run is becoming consistent and I like that. This means I can get faster when I figure out how to lengthen my stride. IF any long time runners have suggestions for this i’m all ears.
Ok, i’m pooped and starving. Keep pushing play people, the results are just around the corner, i’m getting mine and you can get yours. IF you need help or motivation, sign up with me for a free beachbody.com workout account to track your workouts and get support and motivation from coaches like myself directly and other on the message boards.
I have discovered the Dark Sdie of losing weight. YES there is a dark side to losing weight…Ok not really dark but something no one talks about. I hurt!
As you drop weight, your body does not: 1. Really want to drop weight 2. Does not drop weight evenly 3. Drops weight from areas you actually need padding.
I’m dropping padding from my butt bone, the bottoms of my feet and hands, my elbows and knees, you know, basically anyplace you make contact with hard things and padding would be good. It now hurts when i sit on hard chairs for long periods of time as my ass bones are now pushing as I’ve lost padding, gained muscle but am still kind of heavy. I run in vibrams or barefoot. initially i had more padding on my feet, now it seems as they have gotten skinner, the pounding on the ground is harder. I talk about running 3-5-7 miles but I never really talk about the fact that I bruise at least the tip of one toe every time. Good thing I heal fast!
Hands and elbows OUCH, I ran into the corner of a wall today and I thought my arm was on fire! The extra padding I had on my elbows are gone so I now feel all impacts. My fingers hurt if i carry something a tad to heavy and there is no extra to absorb the shock. Os i’m losing weight faster in my extremities than my core…ugh!
Also sickness!!! I have a theory and its slowly playing out to be true. So say you were sick at 150lbs over time you gain weight and now you’re 200lb and you get sick and then you get sick again at 245 lbs. At 260 you decide to lose weight. when you hit 245, suddenly you’re sick again, then you’re fine until you hit 200 and so on and so on. I think the body STORES sickness and antibodies in the fat cells. when you begin to lose weight, you break down the fat and release whatever you were sick with and then you have to fight it again. this is just a theory but i’ve managed to catch a cold or sinus infection at the same weights I had them before.
So yeah, there is a dark side to losing weight. Ultimately its worth it but just be aware that it HURTS to lose weight, but it’s a good pain…mostly. Now iwhen i walk i have to make sure i don’t bump into things anymore.
Day 29! Tomorrow is my fit test and hopefully my numbers will be better than when I started this bitch! If not then I just went through 30 days of pain for the experience. Asylum is a 30 day performance enhancement program so I will be doing it again in the future. I see the value in the drills and the workouts and it’s 30 days so I can easily fit it in between 90 or 60 day programs, unless I decide to hybrid it with those programs….mmmm
Anyway, my performance tonight was meh. I”m not feeling the greatest and i’m tired and feeling bloated. BUT, the activities that i’m doing well, i’m doing really well. my right elbow is giving me some pain and my right foot hurts a bit but i’m holding together.
Speed and agility will remain my enemy until I can ultimately conquer it. Tomorrow, I do the fit test and Asylum goes on the shelf for a bit. I will do a second round of this monster in a few months My next workout is going to be turbo fire. I just got it in the mail today!!
So after tomorrow’s fit test i’m taking the rest of the week off from working out (other than my normal running) and I’ll be starting Turbo-Fire next week. I realize that Turbo has traditionally been a “girls” workout but i’m going to do it because I love martial arts and I want to see what all the buzz is about. Besides, anything that keeps me moving and grooving for 60 minutes daily is going to continue to help me drop weight and get into stellar shape for P90X2 in 3 months.
You want to do the turbo fire workout with me? Order your copy from my beachbody store and drop me an email. i”m starting a facebook support group for all the people i’ve been coaching to keep us accountable for our workout and to encourage each other. If you want to join, send me an email
Today was suppose to be a 7 mile run, I’m happy with the 5 I’ve done. So it started out this morning a normal lazy sun, not planning on doing much, I was even considering NOT doing my long slow run today (shutter, the horror)
looking at the paper this morning, my wife tells me that there is the local feet fest 3k. We talked about it for a few minutes and decided to put my son in the backpack and do the 3k family walk run. Side note: I love what this summer of fit has done for me, before we would have NEVER at the last minute, decided to just go do a 3k with my 30lb 10 month old on my back. Beachbody workouts and my consistent running and monitoring of my diet has gotten me to a point where I can actually have fun doing things like this again. If you made the decision to get fit this summer and it hasn’t quite worked out the way you planned, DO NOT GIVE UP! Make it the fall of fit, join my support and accountability group with beachbody, I and several other will help you reach the goal of a new, fitter you. Just don’t give up before you’ve had a chance to experience what being in shape can do for your life. ** end side note
Slow jogging with Aaron on my back I realized how far I’ve come. At the beginning of the year when I ran my first 5k I was 340 lbs. Todday I did this at 294, with the addition of 40lbs of baby and carrier and stuff on my back. It was freaking hard! And I used to lug that much weight along naturally?! NEVER AGAIN! The best part of this was seeing other families cheer us along since i was running with him on my back and he was laughing and bouncing the entire way! This afternoon we are going back downtown for the last day of Street Fest, i need to get me some ribs. Check out a few pics from after the run:
After the 3k, we eat breakfast and I decide to do my 7 mile run, only i’m not really feeling up to it, i’m tired from the last two days of meetings and just poor eating but I headed out anyway because doing something is better than sitting around doing nothing and wishing I was in better shape, right? 1/2 mile into my run I decide to take off my vibrams and do the path completely barefoot. This means i have to run slower and watch where I step as not cut or impale my feet on anything too sharp. Overall, I like running barefoot now. Sometimes, even in my vibrams, my feet get tired and when i take all shoes off its like a breathe of fresh air. I did 3 mile barefoot, probably walked the last 1/2 mile as my feet were sore. Interesting side note, tar actually feels pretty good on your feet when it’s warm but not yet gooey. It’s like soft jello. The 3 mile barefoot run took me 45 minutes, the 2 mile baby backpack jog took me 30 minutes
Total miles for today 5 (although i’ll probably do another two walking up and down the street fest).
It’s not 7 but it’s something. Next weekend is my first 10K. I need to focus on the diet and training this week so i can effectively run my 10k.
Day 26! I’ve got 4 more days of this craziness, wow a month goes by fast! Today is vertical plyo, it’s still just as hard as day one, i’m sweating just as much if not more but it feels good. Shaun T says something in this workout that I finally caught and understand. There is a way to understand something on a physical level and then understand it mentally.
Wnen you jump you need to keep your knees soft and your core tight, this takes all the pressure off your legs and makes your core stablize you. I noticed when i jump and I focus on doing this, it goes much smoother. I also figured out why my sweat had suddenly become so salty again…the anti-biotic! It’s a sodium based anti-biotic so when i start sweating it’s like pure salt coming out; really burns the eyes.
With 4 days left I’ve already picked out my next workout, I was originally going to do Insanity for a 2nd round but I’ve decided to switch things up a bit and i’m going to do a 90 day TURBO FIRE! I know that typically turbo fire is the chick kickboxing/dancing/cardio routine but you know what, I”m ok with that. If i’m going to be a turbo kick instructor, I need to do the turbo workout right? And I’m all about compairing workouts and deciding what works for me and what doesnt. I’m starting this on Sept 5th so I should get a few days break in between workouts which i can definately use.
If you want to join me in turbo fire, order your copy now!
What a day! Let’s begin by saying that i’m on day 2 of a shakeology cleanse. Why am I doing a shakeology cleanse in the middle of one of the hardest workouts AND doing 1/2 marathon training?? I have no smurfin idea! What is a shakeology cleanse? Basically you drink green tea and nothing but Shakeology for 2 meals, you have a banana for a snack and you have a salad with chicken for dinner and a final shakeology for a bed time snack. Do this for 3 days and you take in about 800 calories a day. It’s a wonderful feeling and a quick way to clean your system and drop 7-12 lbs. It’s NOT RECOMMENDED YOU DO IT WHILE WORKING OUT. It’s something you do before you start a new workout to jump start your metabolism.
I, am a dumb ass. I’m on day 2 of the cleanse, I needed to do Asylum Gameday (I think i’ve talked about this in detail enough) and I needed to do my 4 mile run…on 800 calories for the last 2 days.
Good new! about Noon I got smart and figured I’d need the extra energy so I ate a tuna sandwich. Better new! I ran the 4 miles in 50 minutes. Slower than I was hoping but giving the situation i’m rather happy with the result. Greater News! I did freaking GAMEDAY, all but the last 15 minutes of it where i was just exhausted.
Right niow i’m on a euphoric high, I ate dinner and drank tons of water and i’m going to get some sleep. Lesson learned? Don’t starve yourself for the days when you have 3 of the hardest workouts AND running AND a turob-kick certification on Saturday. I’ve done Speed and Agility, Game Day and tomorrow is Vertical Plyo, a fitness test and a 4 mile run all on 1600 calories for the last two days.
I started keepimg this blog as a quick way to dump my workouts and thoughts on working out. Now that other people actually read it, I need to put a little more time into design, photos,spelling and gramar.
Ive got an uber quad core laptop, two tablets and a really smartphone. I think tyhat iI should be able to clean this place up and make it slightly more presentable for company. In my day job I, what you would can a super computer and network engineer. I fix the kind of problems that make companies beg for tech people of my skill set. Unfortunately being able to design and implement a global distribution,active directory enabled network complere with Sharepoint and Exchange technology, doesnt translate to web design work. I know, i can build the perfect house, i just have no idea how to decorate it.
So over the next few weeks ill start learning how to do this
I’m a strong guy, I can’t say that I’ve always been because in Jr highschool I was a bit of a wimp (and that’s putting it nicely). I’ve come a long way since then in my own personal confidence, physical confidence and just overall liking who I am as a person. I know this is suppose to be a fitblog and I’ll get there eventually but Its important for you to know where I came from so that what comes next makes sense.
School is starting all over the country and kids are entering into situations where they are being teased and picked on and terrorized by other kids. Yeah it’s a right of passage BUT if you have children or are a teen or kid that’s being picked on OR picking on someone remember this: Things change and get better. I was a huge NERD all through Jr high, and High school. I never really dated, never had to many friends and was generally alone most of the time. At one point in my grade school career, I would get chased home and i lived right across the street.
The label hurt, the teasing hurt but IT GOT BETTER! Fuck, it got much better :) It start with you liking yourself and taking control of you. Channel all that frustration into your body or you mind and learn and use it to grow and better yourself. In college, I suddenly grew into my own, now i’m an adult and i’m still a huge nerd but the difference is now people TRY TO BE LIKE ME because i’m secure with me.
It gets better, don’t let this temporary time in your life ruin your future. On Sept 24, I’m taking part in a Suicide Prevention walk at Busse Woods in Elk Grove, Il. Every year so many kids and teen take their life because they don’t see that life will get better and they can’t handle this pressure. If you are in the area, I strongly urge you to come out and walk. Help bring awareness to this problem and show some love to those left in the aftermath of suicide. Walk with us and help save a life instead of mourn one and wonder why no one did anything.
More importantly, be kind to yourself. accept you, don’t apologize for you being you and grow into your own. If you area person that is picking on other, stop for a minute and show some kindness, trust me, you won’t always be the cool one. People are hurting and dying from that hurt. Reach out and just say HI to someone, you can save a life, some one did that for me and never realized how close to the edge I was.
I did Asylum strength today, it take inner strength to complete these workouts, if you’ve been doing it with me, you’re much stronger than you think just for getting up and
If you’re on the edge and need someone to talk to, message me I will be there.
Speed and Agility is my Nemesis!!! I’m not as dejected about it as last week but i’m still overly pleased with my performance. 21 days in and this workout continues to get harder. I’m certain that my energy levels are low from yesterdays run and less than necessary eating cycles but i’m worked through and i’m slowing down and deciding to work at my speed rather than try to stay with Shaun T.
My thighs are on fire from bear crawls and my arms are hurting from agility plyo shoulder taps. The sweat that’s pouring from me is loaded with salt so I need to adjust that in my diet. LESS SODIUM remember that!
Tomorrow I have a fitness test at the gym. I”m suppose to run 3 miles today but I think i’m going to take a pass. It’s possible that i’m working to much and to hard and just really don’t have the energy to at this moment.
Two more days of meds and then I should start to feel better when that’s done.
Saturday i’m getting Turbo Kick certified as an instructor….must save energy for 8 hour class!!!
Anyway, not a bad workout, just not my favorite
Keep pushing play and i’ll see you tomorrow for Strength
I’ve decided that the GPS in my phone is completely off as I know the 3 mile mark is clearly there and I know the 4 mile loop I’ve done in the past so my phone can suck it! I’m getting a running GPS when i get paid.
The first 3 miles were solid, I started getting weaker about 4.5 miles and then I discovered something….drink water idiot! I have my camelbak on so I took a swig and withing 2 minutes I was feeling good again. Next time I got worn down I took in more water and boom. I know something like this is simple and I should have figured it out awhile ago but DUH, i’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed
Mile 5-7 was pure will power as my feet began to get sore about 5.5 miles. I had to do my chant, LONG SLOW DIS-TANCE the rest of the way and I walked some of it but over all it wasn’t to bad.
Things to remember in the future:
Bug spray, the mosquitoes are vicious DRINK WATER Just keep running!
A few times I slowed down and almost stopped for what seemed just the hell of it. I started going the ABC’s and I have to mentally push to just keep running. I’m slowly figuring this stuff out!
Sept 4th is my first 10K and then I can get one of those cool window stickers. I also need to find a vibram foot sticker.
Anway, I’m happy I did this, now i need to drink my Strawberry and Greenberry Shakeology and eat some food. I pretty much got home took a shower, did laundry and dishes, Now i need to actually take care of me.
im sitting on the chicago metra train on my way home to the NW burbs getting mentally focused for my run. Today im doing the 7 miles i should have done yesterday but being exhausted i took a rest day. im nervous as ive never run this far for fun. i dont know if i have the energy to do this as the anti biotic for the sinus infection is draining on my system. Im nervous becuase its humid and i have to work harder to breathe in humidity. Im nervous because this is a new mile stone and it came really quick after my last one.
im hydrated and ill carry water with me. My ankle isnt perfect but its not hurting and i will have my inhailer just incase. My vibram Bikilas are nicely broken inand i can run barefoot. Ive been working towards this since I did my first 5k in March.
3 miles - people who want to get in shape run this
5miles - people who are in shape and like to do 5ks run this
7 miles? Today im really going to become a runner. it may be slow and tiring but i will be a runner. Next im going to need a runners garmin as my phone wont cut it anymore.
IAm a runner. its time for me to accept that and just do it. Leave the fear behind, find my pace and go.
Day 20, I have 10 more days of this craziness! Today was suppose to be my restday and I should have done this workout yesterday. I desperately needed to take a break so I switched my days and rested yesterday on day 19. I didn’t even do my 7 mile run yesterday (I”m debating if I’m going to do it today or not).
This mornings workout was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things. I’ve been feeling sluggish and lazy the last few days and i know it’s because of the weather changing and my diet not being the best and my sinus infection. Saturday, I got meds and started taking them and i’m feeling better. Got a solid sweat going this morning and i’m feeling a bit more alive again. Now i need to fix the diet and I have 10 days to do it.
Can I eat right for 10 days? Lets hope because my body feels the difference in the fuels that i’m feeding it. Chocolate cake, chocolate covered peanuts and pizza are great tasting but do absolutely nothing for my in the long run. Oh well, it’s only been a few days and I can recover. Maybe I will be doing that 7 mile run today…
I had my 9 yr old and his friend with me this weekend and on Saturday they attempted to do Vertical Plyo with me. Love hearing a kid tell you how easy something is and then quitting 30 seconds later out of breathe.
This Wednesday, i’m going to Lifetime fitness to get a fit test assessment done and possibly put together a winter training program since I’m not going to lie to myself and pretend that i’m going to run outside all winter. I’m going to do a lot of swimming and maybe some treadmill but I won’t run much in the bitter cold. I’d love to but I probably won’t.
I’m starting a new round of Insanity (the original) at the end of this workout so…Sept 1 or 2. If you want to do this 60 days with me, Now is the time to order your copy. If I get enough people interested I’ll start a facebook accountability group so we can encourage each other.
Anyway, Back 2 core was good this morning and I can feel the weak muscles n my back working .
Keep pushing play and I’ll see you tomorrow for more Asylum!
Not much to say about this afternoons run other than it was sucky. I did 2 miles instead of 3 but I feel so heavy and sluggish and just blech that i’m happy i Powered through that. I picked up meds for my sinus infection so i’m fighting one of those again. Weather changes and pollen are not good for my respiratory system.
The vibrams are performing swimmingly as my feet are not hurting and getting stronger. I think i’m just tired from all the working out and I haven’t been eating the best over the last 3 days. When i get sick, All i crave or want to eat is sugar.
Tomorrow is suppose to be a whopping 7 miles, I don’t like to skip the long runs but I may have to rethink this beast as I have to take the boys back down state and after a 6 hour round trip drive, I don’t think running is going to be high on my list of things to do.
I’m not going to beat myself up because this week brought me one of my best runs (5 miles in under and hour) and one of the worst (2 miles in 30 minutes). I can tell where my mental focus and body is by looking at the run times and I find that interesting.
My 10K (plus 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down) is rapidly approaching on Sept 4th. I have a 5k scheduled at Brookfield Zoo Sept 25th and my 1/2 marathon is Oct 29th. I know I will be ready but the little setbacks like this are annoying at times.
As the workouts continue I can feel my agility and balance increasing. I have the added benefit of also training for a 1/2 marathon so I can feel the difference in my running based directly off my Asylum workouts
This morning i feel heavy,sluggish and bloated. I think the lovely fall weather has brought me another sinus imfection so m pushing through that while doing the craziness. Shaun T said something in this workout about how he had to lose his mind to give you a new body. Hes joking of course but you kind of do have to have an extreme mental shift to decide to tackle a workout program thatvpromises you results in 30, 60 or 90 days because the shit will be hard! I still think Insanity was harder than Asylum but Asylum really does work a different rype of muscle group.
At the end of Asylum, I will be going back and doing a second round of Insanity (p90x2 will not be out until dec). If you would like to join me on this 60 day craziness, ill tell you how to order a copy shortly.
I think tomorrow is a rest day but if not i will be here still pushing play
WHAT THE HELL HAVE I GOTTEN INTO!!! For starters, I had an awesome run yesterday and did 5 miles in under 60 minutes for the first time! Gameday, I was not playing on the pro level today, I think my gameday was more intermural with a ribbon for participation.
I”m sweating so much and I know how I hurt my back last week, it wasn’t running it was the lat pushups and the wrestling move in Gameday…I have tweaked my back again, but i know its just a pulled muscle so i can work with it.
Overtime - Lets just say that I managed 5 minutes of over time and i’m watching the rest of it as I type this. I’m exhausted, how the hell are you going to do overtime AFTER gameday. UGH!
Team Insanity didn’t wn today but we scored more than the teams that didn’t even show up for the game.
We are getting better at this. I see the performance increases in my running even if i’m not seeing it due to exhaustion,pain or the cold i’m fighting during the game day workout. Although…the mile sprint I was able to do with no problem this time so there is my improvement for the workout.
Keep pushing play, tomorrow is more hell! I’m actually enjoying this alot more than it sounds. in less than 15 days we will be Asylum graduates and i’m getting my T-shirt because I’m committed!!
1/2 marathon training is still moving along and today was a 5 miler. I am noticing that my first .5 mile is stiff, followed by a solid mile and a half then I set into a pace and then i start to waver around 4 miles. Over all it felt good, While walking to work today, I noticed that my walking pace has longer strides than my running pace. If i can maintain a longer stride while running I will be pretty fast.
When I started today I was running with a family jogging not far behind me. I took off on my mile up hill/down hill detour and ended up catching the family again on the 3rd mile. I was pretty impressed that I managed to regain the mile+ lead they had on me. Overall not a bad run and I’m beginning to feel comfortable with 4 miles, over 4 is a push but i’m getting there.
Asylum relief was a joke. I stretched for about 20 mintues and skipped the last 8 as I don’t need the “make your body feel good” speech. Asylum is key to giving me the strength and form to continue running strong. Tomorrow is GAMEDAY and Overtime so let’s see how this goes. 1:15 minutes of Shaun T hell. I’m ready to
Day 17 and we are back at a the strength workout. I skipped yesterdays Vertical Plyo because I just didn’t have the energy or mental focus to do it. Why didn’t i do it today? Well Asylum is called sports performance and every 10 days we have game day. When I played football, if you missed a day of practice, you didn’t get to redo that day before a game and i’m taking this workout in the same vein. I know it may sound silly but hey, it’s me and i’m kind of silly like that.
So strength, I workout much later than I normally do because we went out with some friends up from Texas and had dinner. This was one of those times where I basically put the dvd in and pushed play and knew my body would eventually catch up to the workout. It did!
I”m sore adn stiff and I am either getting a cold or allergies are really tearing me apart as I have to blow my nose and my throat is scratchy but i did this damn workout! Tomorrow is a much needed relief day AND I have to do a 5 miler for my 1/2 marathon training.
Pray I get sleep tonight and i’ll probably do Asylum tomorrow night after my run.
Got up this morning to do a run instead of the usual Asylum morning work out . I didn’t sleep well last night as fall is definitely here and my allergies are beginning to make me not feel the best.
Much like last nights workout, this run was not the greatest. my ankle is sore again and street running is not the same as running in the forest preserve. Side walks are harder than asphalt, I knew this before but I really know this now. Just because its dark and cooler out doesn’t mean the pollen count goes down. I dont’ know why I thought this would make a difference, it did not.
My eyes and lung are burning and my 3 mile run turned into a 2 mile 29 minute run. Oh well, you wni some you lose some. I’m not to worried about he shorter runs because i’m doing enough jumping around and walking with Asylum and the 2 mile walk from the train to my office. I just need to keep plugging away at this as everything else
I also need to make sure i’m eating enough and properly as my energy levels as of later have been dropping. Not the greatest outing but I did something and that’s more than the person on the couch is doing.
Thursday is a 5 miler so i’ll refocus for that one.
I HATE this workout, nothing makes me feel like more of an uncoordinated putz as doing this workout. I’m slow, I trip on the boxes, I run out of breath and i’m freakin pissed the fuck off!
Work so damn hard all month on getting into better shape and getting faster and running and balance and you start to feel stronger and better and this this comes along and you would think I have no athletic ability in my body.
I’m tired and sore and sweaty and i just want to eat popcorn! I missed doing this workout last week which definately didn’t help me any today. This shit has got to get better
Speed and agility can kiss my ass!
Tomorrow is Vertical Plyo, keep pushing play and we WILL get better at this!
I jumped right back on the running horse today with a solid 6 mile run (5.9 mile run). I didn’t do the 3 miles yesterday because I walked all around comic-con and figured that would be almost equal to running 3 miles. Don’t laugh, you’d be surprised. I work up this morning with a killer headache, not feeling the greatest but I knew I was was going to do this run. I had to do this run. I have the endurance and the legs to be able to effectively do this run, If i didn’t do it, i would lose that come next week.
I went to comic con this morning again and met Erin Grey (schwing), got home and tossed on the vibram bikilas and hit the forest preserve. It’s a nice 76 outside so heat was no where near a factor in this workout. The only thing I wish I could have done different about this run is I forgot to put on my ace ankle bandage so I needed to take extra care not to aggravate anything.
I now run without music and it is surprisingly relaxing to just hear my breathing and footfalls instead of rage against the machine. I ran strong and solid the first 2.5 miles, then I walk for about 100 meter and ran another 1.7 miles before taking another quick walk. Over all I was solid until about 5 miles when my feet started to hurt but I focused past that and continued on. Mile 5 seems to be my UGH mile and I think I probably walked about 1/4 mile before finding my pace again.
This is suppose to be a Long Slow Distance run so I started chanting Long slow distance to remind myself to slow down and just keep moving my feet. This got me through mile 5 and all the way to mile 5.9. I’m annoyed by the gps in my phone. The course is a 3 mile loop. Do it twice I should have 6 miles. I end up with 5.9.
Whatever. I was a solid run and i finished it off with my asylum relief. I complained about this workout last week, I’ve never been happier to do a Shaun-T stretching routine! So this time I watched more closely while doing the workout and the girls in the video are typically in various degrees of giggling or trying to hide a laugh. Watch them, its hilarious. Shaun-t is talking soft and doing his black Jesus arms stretched out and intense eyes glaring at the screen. ”Make your body feel good.”
Well Shaun T, don’t mind if i do.
Excellent run, solid stretch. See you tomorrow for more Asylum
Shaun-T, why would you, in the middle of a difficult time, tell me that THIS is were i’m going to die? You assume that I made it this far, which I did, but what if i hadn’t? And what if I was just barely hanging on by a thread and to hear this would break my sweaty fragile spirit.
Day 13 Strength is one of my favorite workouts in this series, i’m strong enough to do it and I went up weights by 5lbs today. my back is still sore but it loosens up for the workout so i’m going with it. I will admit that I SOOOO didn’t want to get up this morning and do this workout. The distinct lack of “rest days” in asylum wears on you, good thing tomorrow is Porn…I mean relief stretch day!
Pay off for doing this morning workout? I walked into the kitchen where my wife is feeding my 10 month old and she looks at me and say: “You look hot, we should take a picture and make a poster”
With a reaction like that, you bet you ass i’ll be back tomorrow for more of the same. Time for a peanut butter and chocolate shakology.
Keep pushing play and i’m off to Wiz-con (its like comic-con only more pop culture people)
Asylum day 12, this was by far the suckiest workout I have done in ages. I’m tired and sore and I think I pulled a muscle in my back. His voice is annoying as all get out when you’re up early and doing jumping jacks.
How many passive aggressive times can he look at the camera and say, “Don’t hate me.” Dude, you’re having me do lunge and hold my arms in warrior 2 and pulse for 2 minutes. Don’t hate you? Trust me, hate is on the nicer end of the spectrum right now. The other difference between Shaun T and Tony Horton is that in P90X, Tony at least gives you a little reach around while torturing you. He tells you there is no pain, you workout and push it but there is no pain. Shaun t? No reach around, no lube just right in there: “WORK THORUGH THE PAIN! I know it hurts but that’s where the results are.” My workout parents are sending me mixed signals. You can’t raise a child this way people!!!
I did not run yesterday becasue my left mid to upper back feels like it has a pull in it. I had my wife rub it and she said it felt like something was out of place, like a rib. I was a tad nervous but I KNOW my body so i figured sleep on it and see what happens. This morning, the pain is still there but its a dull muscle pain. I finished the workout and the pain is actually less. So basically I pulled a muscle and it needs to stretch out.
What to take away from that? Get to know your body. Get to know the difference between Injured and hurt, damage and soreness. It takes awhile to get to this point and sometimes you’re going to have to push through some pain to determine if you’re injured or not but knowing the difference is what helps make your workout off the hook (as Shaun T’s old scool ass would say). Hurt you can work, Injured you need to take a break.
Tomorrow is Strength day, There are not to many rest days in Asylum. It’s hard and tiring but remember to
As more and more people begin starting new workout programs and taking control of their fitness and health, there are an equal number of people that get frustrated and quit or give up and to you I say
I know, i know its from Halo 3 but the words still ring true.
Prime example, P90X. People start, people quit people give up or get bored and decide it’s not “working” for them. One of the many things Tony Horton does in all his videos, that tends to go unnoticed until you make it there and then take the time to think about it is, points out his P90X graduates!
In the very first workout of the very first video, he points out the blonde german girl Merange (or whatever her name is, always makes me think of pie). He points her out and says “she’s a GRADUATE!” and the girl gives this silly proud wave and smile. This girl is annoying as all shit to any and everyone who is going through the P90X program. Every freakin Monday… “she’s a Graduate!” goofy smile. Month two was good because you didn’t have to see her but then there was that other lady…Laura, she graduated with her daughter. The she get’s annoying because every monday you hear about her and her daughter hiking and being graduates. Then month 3 is back to Lorraine….”she a GRADUATE!”
***side note*** just found out her name is Maren and she’s an actual pornstar…I used to joke about this all the time because of the faces she would make working out*** ok back to the post
Ahem…anyway…While you’re doing P90x, hearing this over and over is annoying and they are obnoxious to watch and yeah we get it, you’re a graduate, i’m still doing dive bomber pushups bite me.
Only now I’m a graduate and it suddenly looks different. Tony wasn’t pushing in your face look these people did it you can to. It was more of an acknowledgement of COMPLETING a very hard and difficult 90 day workout. It’s like the JEEP nod, you only get it if you’ve done it.
I’m know it sounds like a bunch of BS but it’s true, When you become a GRADUATE, you see things differently. My wife thought I was full of it too until she finished the program a week after me and now she get’s it. You’re a graduate. You COMPLETED what most people are afraid to attempt. A mile walk to the store? No problem, you did Plyo-X for 3 months. That goofy smile or wave or nod that all the graduates do, that’s PRIDE. It’s annoying to us while we are going through it but after you’ve completed, you see it differntly (especially Maren as I’ve just seen her porn…)
If you are at that point where you are thinking about giving up, you know, around week 6 or 7 and again Month three on week 3. DON’T. You’re so close to being a Graduate. When people say P90X you’ll have that warm, I finished it, feeling and anyone else that finished it will know what i’m talking about. You Finished the fight! you didn’t give. COmplete the program, it’s worth it even if you don’t get ripped just to know you graduated and completed someting amazing.
I’m a P90X Graduate! (goofy smile) I stayed with it and I finished the fight.
Now i have to finish someting else…if you know what i mean:
Asylum Gameday, the workout that puts together everything we’ve been doing over the last 10 days to gage your form, fitness level and sports performance. This workout is 60 minutes long, which makes it the longest of the program and Shaun T lost his smurfin mind putting this together!
Sixty minutes of sports simulationstarts off with a mile sprint…at 4am! So i like getting up early, I like working out in the morning, I do not enjoy sprinting indoors for 8 minutes PRETENDING to do a mile. I dont even run an 8 minute mile! Fortunately it doesnt get much worst than that…worst being a relative term.
Through the course of this, we “play” soccer,baseball,basketball,speed skating,football,moutain climbing,wrestling and i’m sure i’m forgetting something. Oh yeah Surfing! Yes we surf! This is a great workout! Crazy as all hell but a lot of fun. Its almost like playing live action Wii sports with a lot more sweat and not cute noises. The closest other workout I’ve done similar to this P90X plyo which has a sports like feel after the first two rounds.
Results are beginning to show as after 11 days of this craziness, my belt continues to tighten and the mid section is shrinking rapidly. If i was better at the diet part of fitness I would drop inches alot faster. oh well, its a process, i’m great at the working off the lbs, not so great at alway eating well…But i have gotten better at it!
Tonight Im suppose to run 5 miles for my 1/2 marathon training. I hope I have the energy to do it. If I dont, due to the intensity of this mornings workout and the fact i walk about 3 miles to work everyday, I would feel no shame only running two or three miles.
Anyway, great workout, keep pushing play and lets do this again tomorrow!
This morning Shaun T took much needed break from the jumping and core workouts to do a relief session. This is basically just stretching and stretching and stretching. If I had known the video was only 20 minutes I may had NOT gotten up at 4am to do it.
Last nights run was great, my entire 10 days of Asylum training has been a key factor to me getting faster and stronger for my 3 mile base runs. As great as all this has been, the stretching today is kind of lacking :( Don’t get me wrong, it’s good but I think next relief day I may pop in P90X stretch or Yoga instead. Much like all his activities, Shaun T (ever notice how you always call him Shaun T and never just Shaun…T, doh i tried) tends to do everything quickly with this sense of it has to be done now or the bomb will explode. You get a solid stretch but you feel like you’ve been rushed through it.
Side note: You also kind of feel like you’re in a porno video as through out the video he says things like “That feels good doesn’t it? If i was at your house i’d push down on your back and make you feel even better. Have someone push done on you and just feel good” So this sounds a tad creepy as it is, but imagine it in that soft, ladies man-esk voice of Shaun T. Yep, workout porn.
Speaking of workout porn, Rachel is in this video and man can that girl rock some Yoga pants. Actually all 3 ladies from the original Insanity video (Rachel, Alisha and Ariel) are all rocking some yoga pants! Although Ariel looks different.
Anyway, I give Asylum relief a 3.5 out of 5 stars and if you have a better stretching video, I’d do that, unless you only have 20 minutes and then you can still probably find a better 20 minute stretching video. Unless you just want to see Rachel in yoga pants…and then you can STILL probably find a better stretching video WITH Rachel in yoga pants, ok maybe not that last part but you get the idea.
Tomorrow is Instanity: Asylum GAMEDAY. This is suppose to be the workout that lets you see how far you’ve come before you take 15 days fit test. I hope i’m up to it.
Keep pushing play, your amazing fitness results are happening!
Guess what? I ran today!! Guess what again? I had my best 3 mile run EVER! Yes I said Ever! (ok not really ever but this year). My ace ankle wrap fit perfectly in my vibram bikilas. My stride and foot striking was dead on. I’m told that if you’re running in vibrams and doing it right you don’t make much of a sound, I “snuck up” on 3 people while running.
3 miles…actually 2.7 because my trail was off again, in 32 minutes. I know it’s not the best if your’e a steady runner but i’m still a beginner runner for distances and for me to do a better 3 miles training than I’ve done in a 5k all year is telling me that I”m finally getting faster and having breakthroughs in my stride!
Even better, I had two back to back 11:15 miles which means i’m keeping a consistent pace. I slowed down for the 3rd mile because my ankle started to get a little sore and I didn’t want to injure myself but this felt GREAT! Maybe that week from running is what i needed.
Thursday i’m suppose to do 4 or 5 miles (I need to double check). I’m not sure If my ankle can hold up that long but I know I’ve got a solid 3 in me and we can see what happens after that.
The weather was perfect, I felt strong and consistent. I think a lot of it has to do with my last 10 days of Insanity: Asylum training program so kudos again to beachbody!
Vertical Plyo is not my friend, it doesn’t like me, it likes to try to aggravate my ankle and it wants to make me puke. It was unable to do any of this today but not for a lack of trying. This workout, actually all the Asylum workouts, seem to focus on the stabilizer muscles which is a good thing. You can move faster and stronger when you are stable.
I’ve given up wearing a shirt when I do this workout as I sweat so much it just get’s soaked and nasty by the end of the 40 minutes. VP IS the shortest workout! After the 10 minute warm up, the actual workout is only about 25 minutes. Much like the original Insanity, the warm up is harder than most actual workouts.
It’s 4:38am and I just finished jumping around like an idiot, I must be insane, thats’ why i’m doing the Asylum!
What’s your workout today? Are you doing this one with me or something else? I”m always curious what other people are doing for fitness so please let me know. I think i’m going to attempt to start up running again today. It’s a 3 mile day and with the ace wrap I should have very little issue.
#asylum #beachbody @shauntfitness yes I hate you but back2 core works great!
This is day 9 of my Insanity:Asylum journey and its not getting any easier. The workout is a series of about 7 different workouts that rotate daily. Last week when I did back 2 core, I think I said it wasn’t to bad. This week doing back 2 core, i’m ready to kill Shaun T.
This is the shortest workout in the set at only 40 minutes but it’s an intense 40 minutes. my shoulders and back are on fire, i’m sweating like usual and drinking water by the gallons. Funny observation, The guys in the video don’t wear underwear when they workout. How do i know? I’ve noticed the same…swing…in myself when I workout because I don’t wear underwear, it gets in the way. I know it’s Monday and I probably should have saved that for TMI Tuesday but we’re all #fitblr family here right? YES I swing like a elephant trunk when I workout!!! Enjoy the visual :)
Great workout, eventhough the power went out in the last 2 minutes…stupid storm. (i’ll act like i’m upset but i’m exhausted so thank god the power went out!).
Keep pushing play, the body is transforming and the results are coming. Make this your summer to get fit. Time for my chocolate shake!
Day 7 and it’s strength training again. I skipped day 6 which would have been Saturday and speed and agility. I was down visiting my son AND my ankle is still not the greatest so it’s just as well i skipped this one.
Strenght- This is my 2nd time doing this workout and It’s not easier this time, infact it’s pretty bloody hard. Granted, I spent the weekend with a 9 yr old and my diet wasn’t the best because of this, but WOW this was taxing. I got an ACE wrap for my ankle (my son’s mom is a nurse and looked at my ankle and told me if i wrap it it should be fine), and the workout went much better. With this wrap I think i’ll be able to start running again on Tuesday, which puts me a week behind on my 1/2 marathon training but oh well.
I’m sweating bucket, my head hurts and I feel kind of pukey. I think you can call this a successful hardcore asylum worthy workout. i’m going to finish my water, take an asprin and grill a steak. See you tomorrow morning for Back 2 core!
OH, incase you haven’t noticed, Asylum is a 30 day workout. P90X was 6 days a week, Asylum is a 30 days workout as in it starts and each day is something, even if its a rest day it’s still something. No more Sunday is a rest day, this week i think my rest day is on Thursday. 30 solid days of craziness!
I’ve finished P90X (dont’ worry the pictures are still coming i haven’t had time to stop and take them). I’ve started doing Asylum and i’m running a ton (right now i’m up to 17 miles a week). Know what I’ve noticed?
I don’t smell when i sweat anymore! I know its gross to think about but we all sweat and stink and this is a HUGE benefit of workout consistently.
I sweat buckets when i get heated up. Lately my sweat is not nearly as salty and when I don’t have time to jump in the shower right after a workout (WHAT? Like you’ve never done it?) and I cool down, i don’t have that OMG stench you get from being funky. what does this all mean?
It means i’m fueling my body with healthy materials like my daily Shakeology and fruits and veggies and not just meat. It means that i’m healthy again! I’m in a good food to workout zone. My gym clothes don’t even smell that bad sitting in the washer for a day.
Other…biological functions don’t smell as bad anymore either. I’m running “clean” fuel and the results are paying off to the tune of my clothes getting loser, my belt getting tighter and my skin being shiner and cleaner looking.
SO I decided to press my luck a little bit more and workout today anyway. I’ve decided I have a mildly sprained ankle and unless there is a ton of jumping and stuff like that, I can pretty much workout, it’s getting better. I”m not going to run on it or do extreme jumps but i’m good for the most part.
Enter Vertical Plyo…I don’t know what I was thinking as the word vertical means UP and Plyometrics is JUMPING. I did the worout, I still can’t jump rope so i’m doing the jump rope stuff without a jump rope which is just fine. I had to modify the single leg jumping so I wouldn’t aggravate my left ankle. one question.
WHAT THE SMURF IS ACTIVE REST!!!!!
You want to know? It’s after doing an exercise, instead of stopping you jump rope slowly up and down actively resting….it’s ok, you can laugh, I didn’t have the energy to but on some level I found it funny.
This workout is on par with an Insanity workout with the added bonus of needing to be in control enough to land in the ladder.
WOW, i’m glad tomorrow is an official rest day.
It’s hard but Keep pushing play, the results are there!
I’m always interacting with people who have quit on their fitness goals and it’s sad but it’s also an epidemic. As a beachbody coach i talk to people and keep them motivated to complete programs and get results, it’s fun, i love it and I get paid, you can’t really beat that. I am starting to see a rash of people that workout for 3 days and then quit because they aren’t seeing results. I love you all for the effort you are putting into workout but it’s time to get down to some harsh truths.
I don’t see results so i’m quitting - you’ve been working out for what? one week? In that one week did you complete the exercises or 1/2 ass them? Did you do anything to change your eating habits like….drink more water or put down the pork skins? What did you do in one week that made you think you should see world class results NOW? This is like the wimpy kid that drops and does 15 pushups and then flexes hoping his muscles have magically gotten bigger. It doesn’t happen that way people! You worked to put on weight, you will work to take it off.
Worked to put on weight - There are a few people out there that really have the dreaded Thyroid or gland issues that contribute to their weight gain. There are people out there that are genetically disposed to be slightly heavier than a size 0. There are people who have legit medical problems or are taking medication that triggers weight gain, for the rest of us we actually have to WORK TO PUT ON WEIGHT. You body knows what size it wants to be and what size it should maintain. It tells you when you’re full, thirsty and hungry, when you need to rest and heal or when you should do something more. For some reason we’ve managed to translate every signal our body gives us into “Lets got out to dinner and eat!” For a time, if you over feed your body it will try to burn off or expell the extra but after a certain point it gives up and begins to store it as fat figuring you know someting it doesn’t and you might need that extra wight some day. The more you eat the more you want and the more you store. It takes WORK to eat so much taht your body gives up and get’s bigger. It takes work to no longer like healthy food and only eat sugar and fat, it really takes work to over ride all the body failsafe’s to get to a point where you jump up sizes…I know I worked at it myself to get big. I worked at eating to taste instead of full. I worked at sitting around instead of going for a walk, I worked at Halo, Modern Warfare and Starcraft. I worked hard to get up to 360lbs!
With all that work i put into gaining weight (I know, right now you’re saying you didn’t work at gaining weight, it’s not your fault, blah blah fucking blah). Why on earth would i think a week of pushups and situps would fix this condition? I now have to override the override I put in place and teach my body again that NO, you stop eating when we are full, NO you don’t need to hold on to weight, NO you don’t need sugar and pork skins and fried cucumbers and YES drink your damn water! It takes 20 days to establish a habit, If you haven’t worked out and tried to change your eating for at the very least 20 days, they you aren’t trying. If you are giving up because you sweat and you don’t like being sore, then you aren’t trying. You have to be willing to put in at leat the same about of work you put in being unhappy and fat to get fit and healthy!
And tell me what exactly is your alternative? Your quitting because it’s hard and you are skinny now? Quitting is not getting you any closer to being skinny. Quiting is not going to make yoru clothes fit, quitting is not going to make it any easier to look at the healthy people and not feel out of place. So you quit and eat and get bigger and more disgusted with yourself, and don’t say you won’t because we’ve all done it at some point. I’m unhappy so i’m going to eat a whole pie…yeah i said WHOLE PIE (Guilty). I’m not feeling good so i’m going to order a XLarge Pizza and eat all but the last slice (GUILTY). How about…I don’t have a choice, if i want my body back and i want to fit my clothes and ride rollercoaster and have fun with my friends and family outside in the summer where it’s HOT and be comfortable in my own skin I need to do this.
The only way out is THROUGH and you need to work though the food, through the disgust thorught the not seeing immediate results. I started at 360 and I didn’t see results until the 2nd to last week of Insanity when I was at 335. I did P90X next and I finally got solidly under 300lbs THE LAST WEEK of the workout. I’m doing Asylum now and…i’m seeing results a lot faster (i’m not going to lie, this shit is hard and Shaun T is crazy), because I’ve built up a weight loss momentum and my brain and body are not in line with overcoming the old habits I put in place.
Don’t quit, don’t give up and don’t give in. You don’t have an alternative! There is no tomorrow! Today is the day to stand up, look in the mirror and just scream I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU!!! I want a body like HER’s or HIS and i’m going to work to get it. It’s going to suck, it’s going to be hard, i’m going to cry and want and fight and fail and fight again but i’m going to WORK THORUGH THIS. It has taken me 6 months and I’m still motivated and in this zone for at least another 80lbs.
Don’t quit! The way out is thorugh. Do you time and pain and legitimately look at yourself and find the courage to do a program once, twice, three times until you get the results you want. Stick with it and the next time you see a picture like this:
Im really liking the asylum workout. i got up late this morning so im wrting this blog from the train…expect more misspellings and bad grammar than normal.
anyway, back to core, after one the has skyrocketted to one of my favorite all time workouts. i compare it to core synergistics only faster and more directed at back and core. actually, asylum is basically a core workout done at cardio speed…if i had to pin down what its like. most of the activities i was able to do, that you strength training witgh p90x. i can tell where im lacking power and flexibility so ill spend the next few weeks working on those areas.
I have only done 3 day of the program but asylum is NOT harder that the original Insanity, its differently hard but not…insane. i now understand why people can and do hybrid this with other workouts. I like shaun t better in this than i did in insanity, hes kind of a dick here, but it sounds better than him begginbg you to dig deeper in the original workout.
My ankle is feeling better but im still not running on it today. one more restvday and ill pick up the running tomorrow with a 5 mile. i need to wear sun screen because my shoulders and the back of my neck actually got burned.
Thats all ive got for now. i hope you are keeping up with your fitness goals and the results you wantvwill come. you just have to continue to…
I started out this day tired, my left ankle hurt so much i had to take a cab to and from work and i have already decided that im not doing my three mile run today. My leg needs a rest. Then I got home and remembered something i tell the people that look to me for motivation…at least put your workout in the dvd and just push play and watch it.
Asylum day 2 strength.
So i’m a religious person, I have my faith in Jesus and I pray all the time. My prayer today, “Lord, I just started this, don’t let me get hurt so i can’t finish my running that I’ve been working so hard or on the workout I just started.” How does God answer this prayer? Day 2 of asylum is all strength! So basically not a single exercise in this workout bothered my ankle. When i’m barefoot, i noticed that my ankle doesn’t bother me (another wonderful reason I use vibrams). I’m not going to run today but i’m relatively certain that the insanity workout more than made up for the 3 miles I didn’t do. I’m still considering going swimming but it looks like a storm is a brewing, so the smart thing for me to do would be to relax the rest of the night.
Anyway, this workout is pretty smurfin good! I really enjoyed all of it, I’m stronger from P90X so the exercises didn’t particularly bother me from a weakness perspective and I could focus on the movement and working the muscle i’m suppose to be working. I sweat easily as much as I do when i’m out running so I know i’m getting a solid workout and my body is responding by dropping more inches off my waiste.
NEVER decide what you can’t do until you at the very least attempt to perform an activity. I was so close to not working out at all today and licking my wounds and this activity is just what the doctor ordered. I get another day to rest on my ankle before I have to do a 5 miler and i fully expect to be find by tomorrow. The only reason I’m so sore today is because yesterday I walked what had to be about 5 miles to and from work and to and from the concert. I was standing for 3 hours at the concert (Paul McCartney still rocks at 70) and i wasn’t wearing my vibrams which is obnoxious because I almost wore them yesterday. I didn’t eat a ton yesterday and I didn’t get to sleep until about 1 am only to get up and head out to work at 6am. The body needs solid sleep to heal and i didn’t get that, my bad. Pay attention to how far you push yourself and know when to back down.
Today could have been a total bust but I took my own advice and decided to