I just heard that Insanity Asylum Volume 2 is rumored to be released sometime around Oct 18th. Part of me is very excited because I’m always up for a challenge, but… another part of me remembers what happened last sumer when Insanity Asylum 1 was released. Within days of finishing my third round of P90X, I jumped right into the Asylum program. I was a little cocky because up to that point I had pretty decent results with both P90X and Insanity. I got a BIG wake up call with Insanity Asylum. Check out this video of me after my first fit test — I could barely talk!
OUCH! Well, not too long after I made that video, I injured by lower back. I’m not sure what happened, but all of a sudden, in the middle of one of my workouts, I felt a debilitating burning sensation in my lower back. I took a couple weeks off with the hope that I could shake off the pain and bounce back, but unfortunately, I was only able to limp through the remainder of the program.
My Plan to prepare for Insanity Asylum Volume 2
This time around, I plan to fully prepare my body for the rigors of Insanity Asylum Volume 2 by taking the following pre-emptive steps:
1) Checkup with my Doctor
Hey, in my 43 years on this planet I’ve learned that I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone but me. With that said, it’s time for me to check my ego and get a full medical examination before starting Insanity Asylum Volume 2. While I am not suffering from any major issues now, I’d like to make sure that I am 100%.
2) Give my body time to recover
I recently asked a few of my friends in a fitness Facebook group what they plan to do to prepare for Insanity Asylum Volume 2. Many of them said that they were going to start it immediately after they finish their current program. Others said that they were going to do a round of Insanity Asylum 1 and then immediately jump in. While that may work for them, I’m going to allow my my joints and connective tissue time to recover from the pounding they are getting from my current P90X/P90X2 Hybrid regimen.
While at the Beachbody Summit in Vegas, I had a chance to briefly speak with Insanity’s creator, Shaun T. He advised that he was currently doing Tai Cheng due to a recent tennis injury to his knee. He further stated that Tai Cheng can be used in both pre and post habilitation to 1) improve the coordination and stabilization of core (the hips, stomach and back), 2) reduce painful trigger points, 3) improve the body’s balance and range of motion, and 4) increase overall athletic performance.
I have a few P90X Yoga videos and plan to incorporate those into mix as well. Between YogaX, P90X:MC2, and X2Yoga, my strength and flexibility will be primed and ready.
3) Step up my Cardio
In addition to my Tai Cheng/YogaX Regimen, I plan to introduce some cardio back into my routine. If my cardio is not up to par, my form is going to be compromised. If my form is compromised, I am opening myself up to injury. You would think that Insanity Asylum 1 would be the logical choice, but as I said before, I want to give my connective tissue a break, so I am going to go in with Insanity and jump rope training.
4) Get the right Equipment
Last summer I did Insanity Asylum 1 in my Vibram Five Finger (Toe Shoes). While I love these shoes for walking or running, each of the Insanity Fitness Programs introduce explosive movements that simultaneously involve multiple planes of movement. This places a lot of strain on the ankles, knees, hips, and back, so finding shoes with great support will greatly lesson the risk of injury.
A lot of people overlook the value of a shock absorbent Jump Mat. While not as sexy as a speed rope or an agility ladder, my lower back, knees, and ankles will definitely thank me. If all goes as planned it will help to reduce the likelihood of sprains and strains from Insanity Asylum Volume 2’s explosive movements.
5) Get the right Supplements
I’ve been doing some research on Joint Support Supplements and have heard some good things. Most have two main ingredients: Glucosamine and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).
Glucosamine is found in the body and is used to support the body’s natural ability to rebuild ligaments and tendons, while also increasing the amount and quality of fluid in the joints. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring compound found in fruits and veggies. It helps to reduce joint pain.
I still have a few things to iron out. One issue that still has me scratching my head is how much time I should to devote to my active recovery. I honestly think I’ll do what I’ve always done and listen to my body, and make adjustments as I go. If you have any questions or suggestions on how I can improve the above, send me a message below.
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Coach Eric Hollingsworth P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach MotivatedFitness@me.com