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Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
To those who have done Asylum, help please. I must be doing something wrong.

I am just starting Asylum and am only in the second day. Previously I have done a full round of Insanity, then did most of a second round of Insanity and added weight work and additional pushups to the process as well. For today's Asylum Strength workout out I didn't want to go right into the dumbell work without warming up so I did half of an Insanity warmup to get a little sweat and flexibility going first. I wasn't sure what weights to use for the workout so admittedly I started low with just 8 lb dumbells to try it out. I eventually went to 10's then on the chest work went to 15's.

The problem is that I didn't find the workout to be that difficult. I was able to keep up with the pace of the video throughout the whole thing and at the end I went and did extra sets of pull ups (aided) and also 60 additional pushups 48 of which were decline pushups with my feet up on a weight bench and my hands on the ground.

I realize that we are only in the second day but I really feel like the strength workouut should have been harder, same thing with yesterdays workout too. Should I just go up significantly in the weight of the dumbells or should I wait and just trust the process? Any suggestions on what to do to make the workouts harder?

Thanks

Mark
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RE: Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
11/20/12 4:59 AM as a reply to CarolinaMark.
Go up on the weights. If you find Vertical Plyo "easy" then you are my hero.

You might invest in a weighted vest to add more resistance.

One of the beauties of Shaun T's workouts is that the better you get the harder they should become because you can do more reps.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
11/20/12 6:57 AM as a reply to CarolinaMark.
Hi there emoticon

First of all, something you should keep in mind and that I personally find awesome is that each Insanity workout video has a warm up. In case you didn't notice, "Strength" in no exception. Therefore, there is no point in warming up twice.

I completely relate to the feeling you have. You don't feel the workout is hard "enough" or you don't feel exausted the way you believe you should be. However, you have been doing Insanity for a while now, which means your body not only has adapted to the effort, but you can do more without feeling as tired. If you beat your body up more and more everyday you will probably give in. This said, give it your best and don't worry too much. As long as you do the work you will still get the results.
Hope this helped.
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RE: Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
11/20/12 9:29 AM as a reply to CarolinaMark.
I would definitely up the weights. I don't consider myself a superstar by any means and I use 20 pounds on the dumbbell rotations 15/20 on the back and 30's on the chest.

If you aren't using weight that makes it really hard then the strength workout loses a majority of it's punch. So start with that.

Another thing I think you have emphasize more in Asylum is really striving to maintain excellent form. For example on the mountain climber and in and out ab progression in Speed and Agility. If your butt is way up in the air and you aren't really working hard to hold that awesome plank, the move is wayyyy easier. So I would look to that as well.

And as Marcj said, if you find Vertical Plyo to be easy...you are superman. Haha.

Let us know what you think!
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RE: Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
11/20/12 2:21 PM as a reply to inShayniac.
Well I have to admit I have only done two days of workouts and have only previewed the videos. I really thought the strength workout would put a hurting on me so I went with lower weights. I will up the weight next time and see how it goes.

I am sure vertical plyo will be as hard or harder than the plyo workouts in Insanity. gonna keep pushing play. got abs to find emoticon

Thanks for everyone's positive input.
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RE: Asylum 1 not too difficult? What am I doing wrong?
12/18/12 3:55 PM as a reply to CarolinaMark.
After having done an official round of insanity, several months of the workouts, and 2 weeks of asylum, this is what I have to say.

There are easy ways and hard ways to do most of the exercises, and it is often a very subtle difference. Raise your knees just a little higher, move a little faster, keep your core a little tighter, and it is suddenly 10 times harder.

As an example, I can get through Plyo X and only burn about 400 calories (as measured by my heart rate monitor). I did this to prove a point to a friend. I am doing all of the exercises and not taking breaks. But I can also do Plyo X and burn over 1000 calories. To a casual observer I doubt they would see much difference but I know when I am pushing myself.

so imho, if you find the asylum workouts too easy, it is because you are making it too easy.
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