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What next?
What next?
11/14/12 10:55 AM
I realize people ask this question all the time, but I can't seem to make up my mind, so here goes:

I'm a BB veteran, having done multiple rounds of P90X, Insanity, OoO, P90X2, and multiple hybrids of the aforementioned since June 2010. I'm currently winding up a strength-intensive P90X2/OoO hybrid in a couple of weeks, and I'm boooooored. P90X2 has been, for me, the most revelatory and effective fitness program I've ever encountered, so it's going to be hard to top, but I need to change things up a bit to keep from burning out completely.

I realize that given my fitness level, Asylum is sort of the next step, but here are my concerns:

1) Strength training with weights has been, by far, the most effective way for me to stay fit. I worry that, like Insanity, Asylum will set me back a bit in that department.

2) I am not particularly blessed with time. I've been doing 4 workouts a week with this latest round, and that schedule has always been the most manageable for me. The intensified Asylum schedule scares me a bit, and I will feel like crap if I can't stick to it. I'm a university professor, and we are coming up on a break, though, so now might be the time.

Given the aforementioned, are there any other programs I ought to consider?
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RE: What next?
11/14/12 10:34 PM as a reply to ladysquires.
Have you considered trying to come up with your own program? Not like having BB license it or anything, but take some of the workouts/general fitness things that you enjoyed the most from other programs and building a routine around that? I am almost done with P90X round 1 and after round 2 I'm going to develop my own program (similar to P90X, but even still, I like the whole balance of resistance to cardio days and all that) and the program will be made to fit my schedule, and how many days a week I can work out, because we all know sometimes 6 days a week just can't happen.

The biggest thing will be finding what works for you, maybe BB programs are just the way you want to go, but you could always do a hybrid of Asylum and training with weights as well? The options are really widespread, but just make sure it works with your schedule. I know hybrids are supposed to be really good, but I have yet to experience it myself. Good luck though, do consider making your own routine to follow though, there isn't much that can really go wrong with it, you've done a lot of BB programs so you know what a traditional schedule would look like for a workout program. But keep your options open, and good luck with whatever you decide to do emoticon
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RE: What next?
11/14/12 11:52 PM as a reply to ladysquires.
Hello.
Couple things Id suggest. I have quite a few workouts like you do...so I wrote the name of them all down...was like 38 different workouts....I used a random number generator on line and assigned each workout a number 1-38...then I made little slips of paper with each number and put them in a bag...I get up in the morning...reach in the bag...pull a number and thats my workout...only stipulation is I cant repeat a workout 2 days in a row...and I can only redraw once per week. Its pretty fun and you would be surprised how it will kick yer butt emoticon
Seeing as how time is limited for you as an augment visit www(dot)bodyrock(dot)tv they have hundreds of our fitness level workouts....all free all ranging in 12 to 20 minutes long...they are instense and very good...heck ive done their 4 minute workout and its kicked my butt. You can even add a workout from the bodyrock site onto your list so if you draw that number you go there and do their workout.
There is also an irish(maybe english) girl that does kettlebell workouts...you can find her on youtube...they are hard core as well 20 minutes long and involve kettlebells..she flings some pretty good weight around
So there are some ideas for you emoticon Lemme know what you think
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RE: What next?
11/15/12 12:06 AM as a reply to ladysquires.
ladysquires:


1) Strength training with weights has been, by far, the most effective way for me to stay fit. I worry that, like Insanity, Asylum will set me back a bit in that department.

2) I am not particularly blessed with time. I've been doing 4 workouts a week with this latest round, and that schedule has always been the most manageable for me. The intensified Asylum schedule scares me a bit, and I will feel like crap if I can't stick to it. I'm a university professor, and we are coming up on a break, though, so now might be the time.

Given the aforementioned, are there any other programs I ought to consider?


Hey as somebody who has done V1 of the Asylum and currently doing the Hybrid V1 & V2 it is by far a different animal. It makes me think that I'm doing both P90x2 and Insanity at the same time. He got me doing Chin ups, got me using dumbbells, and the ab workout in the program its by far a killer I would say that if you want to step it up you should give the Asylum a try you won't be disappointed.

Now about your time if your planning on doing the Hybrid like I'm doing most workout days will be at least an hour and the longest its about an hour and half. But I'm loving this new direction he has taken with the Asylum I hope this helps.

Joe
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RE: What next?
11/16/12 1:50 PM as a reply to ladysquires.
ladysquires:
I realize people ask this question all the time, but I can't seem to make up my mind, so here goes:

I'm a BB veteran, having done multiple rounds of P90X, Insanity, OoO, P90X2, and multiple hybrids of the aforementioned since June 2010. I'm currently winding up a strength-intensive P90X2/OoO hybrid in a couple of weeks, and I'm boooooored. P90X2 has been, for me, the most revelatory and effective fitness program I've ever encountered, so it's going to be hard to top, but I need to change things up a bit to keep from burning out completely.

I realize that given my fitness level, Asylum is sort of the next step, but here are my concerns:

1) Strength training with weights has been, by far, the most effective way for me to stay fit. I worry that, like Insanity, Asylum will set me back a bit in that department.

2) I am not particularly blessed with time. I've been doing 4 workouts a week with this latest round, and that schedule has always been the most manageable for me. The intensified Asylum schedule scares me a bit, and I will feel like crap if I can't stick to it. I'm a university professor, and we are coming up on a break, though, so now might be the time.

Given the aforementioned, are there any other programs I ought to consider?


1) Rushfit is similar to beachbody programs, cardio circuits and mostly body weight
2) actual weightlifting, free weight based, either a full body workout 3 days a week with one cardio workout (HIIT or similar) or upper/lower splits 4 DAW
3) Kettlebell workouts, of which there are tons of free videos on youtube which are great for strength and conditioning.
4) if you like the weights, get Body Beast. I think you would like it. Less cardio, more lifting.
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RE: What next?
11/19/12 11:40 AM as a reply to ladysquires.
You got a lot of good suggestions here, so I'll just add a note on Asylum, which, for sure, would be a nice addition. It's different in that's it's kind of a game. There is some weight training and you won't lose a lot of muscle mass for sure, especially if you only do it for a month or two. It's also quite time efficient. The workouts are short and savage. It's not X2 but it's a very nice in between. And even though I think the X2 workouts are "better" in terms of their effect on overall performance changes I actually do Asylum workouts more because they are quicker and work better around other training. For sure you should have it in your quiver. Plus it's really fun. At least I think so.
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