Here it is, Part 3 of 3 of the Asylum Review!  After feasting on the souls of nearby strangers I acquired the strength, determination, and plain insanity required to bring it all to you.

RELIEF : 25 Minutes

Relief is an entirely do-able 25 minutes of stretching and working out the kinks.   It’s not like Yoga X or has any difficult isometric postures that work up a sweat.   There’s no ultimate goal to turn you into a human contortionist, just taking some time to give your beaten muscles a break. So by all means dress up in your Sunday best and go for it.

That’s actually what I like about Relief.  Shaun understands that you’re fried and need a serious rest or you’re just not going to make it to the end.  You won’t work up a sweat, but you will attack the areas that have been beaten which are your legs and backside in particular.

GAME DAY : 60 Minutes

Oh $#@!  What was I thinking???

If all your nightmares could combined then Game Day would be it.  It’s the BoogeyMan, Freddy, and Margaret Thatcher in a thong all combined into one sinister beast.

Game Day is a routine that normally doesn’t begin until week 4, but I jumped ahead for the sake of this review.  This workout wastes no time and begins straight up with the 1-Mile Run with a short stretch between sets.  After that there are moves based on track, tennis, soccer, swimming, skating, football, rock climbing, and baseball.  In terms of a humorous sidenote: Alishe gets the DP Medal for Bravery for giving Shaun what he so rightfully deserves after the brutal football drills.  But it’s all in good humor!

The goal for this routine will be fighting the urge to stop.  The speed-skater drills was a battle of wills that I’m sorry to say I did not win…this time!  This DVD is a deadly combo of high-speed/high-core that will look like an ugly, three-eyed mess until you get your skill level up with the Asylum program as a whole.

OVERTIME : 13 Minutes

Wait…you actually have more in you?  I hate you. If the end of the Game Day workout is a pat on the back for your muscles, then clearly Overtime is meant to be the “psyche!” followed by a sucker punch.

Overtime is an extra 13 minutes of intense plyometric punishment in the event you’ve completely lost your senses.  It involves nasty jumps, squats, ladder drills, jump-rope, and a surprise punch in the face with pull-ups and push-ups.

For the sake of you all I went for it right after the Game Day workout, which is how it is intended to be done.  My Power Jumps were getting ugly and my Bear Push ups looked like I had a ten shots of tequila and David Hasselhoff’s salami sandwich.

This is absolutely a great little bonus workout in the event you have that little something extra in you that needs to get out.  The only downside is that, well…um...Shaun T looks like he’s working out in his underwear.  Yeah, I know, they’re running shorts. I’m just sayin’.


insanity asylum reviewInsanity Asylum does indeed live up to its hype.  It was branded as a multi-sports training package for those who are already super fit.  Those who are merely good-fit ( which I humbly class myself ) will still gain much from it.  We just may require a few clicks of the pause button to get through it alive.

Production value is top notch and as perfect as it comes.  The music is similar to the original Insanity and in some case uses the same music that has been remixed.  I’m a rock n’ roll sort of guy and even I really enjoyed the sound in this sort of environment.  The pace is also what you would expect in this sort of fitness package.

But what about Shaun T?

I remember my previous review of Insanity where I commented that Shaun spent much time telling viewers to dig deeper and go for it, but not much else.  Yes, he still does that but he’s more of a coach now making note of the finer details.  With each passing DVD series Shaun is morphing into a complete, total fitness instructor/coach and is certainly going to be the future face of fitness at Beachbody.  He’s confident, serious, and funny when necessary but never over the top.  And damn…I swear he’s getting in exponentially better shape every time he makes a new series.  I don’t have a 3-D TV, but each time he takes off his shirt to show his abs I instinctively duck.

If you’re a graduate of either the first Insanity or P90X then I highly recommend you go after Asylum as another weapon in your fitness arsenal.  It’s meant to be a 30 day regimen that breaks away the monotony of your other programs.  And even though I’m just a couple weeks in, I’m certainly seeing how this can accomplish so much that Insanity or P90X misses.   Just understand that there will be a period of adjustment when you’re learning and mixing co-ordination and speed.   It’s not for everybody, and the program loudly admits that.  But for those of whom it is meant for, it is gold.   A well deserved 5 Feathers out of 5

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John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • Shari

    I LOVE your reviews! I have done all of these workouts that you have reviewed. I am currently doing The Asylum and love it!!! Everything you say in your review is spot on!!!! I can relate and laughed so hard!

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      Hope you like what I'm going to try and review next…Hip Hop Abs!! Oh man, what an experience that's going to be!

  • Scooby

    For a high school athlete soccer player looking for speed, agility and overall athletic fitness-balance etc. Do you think p90x3 would be a good option or Insanity Asylum? The person is working on T25 now.

  • mermaid

    My dearest DP,
    sending much love & gratitude for all your hard work and sharing. It is such a refreshment to come across someone who communicates on my ridiculous level, and not meaning to blaspheme, I’m just wondering if Batman himself would be able to do so? I can’t seem to conjure the image…and since your batman training has clearly been extensive and successful, I’m thinking you may even be one up these days…? what colour is your parrot-mobile? anyway, with a great respect for your experience and knowledge I was very much hoping to seek your council.
    I am two weeks off finishing my first round of insanity, and am wondering what to do next? I am a 24yr old female surfer, but started insanity to get back in shape after being ill for a long time (lost muscle tone and put on weight). I have had good results, lost weight and toned up, maybe even too much muscle in the legs especially?!
    So what I would like next, is to lean down a little more (still a tiny bit too lose and abs to reveal) and keep my fitness up, but I don’t really want to bulk up anymore, if anything lean up the leg muscles especially. I’m after that ever elusive and sought after ripped but lean female look.
    I’m worried that tony Horton is too much muscle not enough cardio, I love watching MMA (then walking around thinking I could go all Ronda Rousey on anyone at anytime) but am afraid UFC fit or Tapout XT is a step down from insanity? Is this so? Should I just go into Asylum? I can do all the Insanity workouts but I know about it when I’ve done em! Does that mean I’ll be ready & able to tackle Asylum?
    I was also wondering, once I’ve lost that little bit I’ve got to go, and leaned up a little more, which program do you recommend for maintenance, if say, I’m just happy to stay at cat woman level and not Batman or Bane level?
    Hope these questions are not too how long is a piece of string, and hoping very much to hear from you soon, as I am looking to order the program asap, after consulting you, our wise oracle and jedi master.
    thanking you again kindly,

    • Think of Tony Horton as a means to overall, well rounded fitness for everyday life.

      Shaun T is hard core interval training that will give you cardio like an Olympian. I find the best solution is to mix workouts from both,

      Now as for cardio, it would be hard to get better than Asylum and thus far I have not seen anything that comes close to the butt-kicking Shaun can dish out. The only problem is that you occasionally have to step away because the body needs an occasional break from that much concentrated punishment. Tony allows you to stay in the game without wearing the body down.

      My solution is that I mix it up. On any given week I’ll do T25, P90X, Body Beast and Asylum. I don’t really have a hard-and-fast schedule, I just try and avoid the same body part two days in a row and go for it!

  • Yisrael

    Mr. Parrot, I love your site, even your non fitness posts…
    I completed insanity,lost a considerable amount of weight and am looking to loose more. Do you recommend I do another round of insanity (after my body has a recuperation period of course..) or can I accomplish the same weight loss with the asylum? ( I wouldn’t mind a change as insanity is very repetitive… however losing weight is more important to me )
    Thank you ,
    just a plain old bird.

    • Insanity can be hard in the knees if done for too long. I’d either go to Asylum or Max 30. Max 30 is pretty intense, even by Insanity standards!

      • Yisrael

        Thank you. I think I will go for Max 30