I just realized that this was the year of Shaun T. Finished round 1 of Insanity in January
Round 2 of Insanity May - July
Round of Focus T25 August - November (alpha through gamma)
Round of Asylum volume 1 November - December
And now back on Insanity for the rest of the year (will probably mix a few other workouts in as well).
Maybe I think I have a favorite trainer? For the record January - May I did a month of P90x, a month of Les Mills Combat, and a full Ultimate Reset (round 2).
Insanity - is my soulmate. It's the workout that makes me happy because you don't think, you just do. You never master it. You never can just totally nail a workout, there is always progress to make and work to be done. You will get results even if you modify like crazy. You don't have to be in shape to start but you DO have to be willing to push through and always do a little more every workout.
Focus T25 - was good, but not right for me when I did it. I did it immediately following a round of insanity and it wasn't doing it for me. By the time it picked up in beta phase I was softer than I came into it. I think it's a great program for a beginner, to pick up after a layoff (I imagine a new mom would love this because of duration and the progression), or to mix in with running/weights. It does in my opinion set you up well for Insanity, especially if you do through gamma.
Asylum Vol 1 - great program and mix of strength/cardio. I saw good progress with this one and I imagine if I did it after insanity vs. focus t25 I would really beast mode on it. I did get a little tired towards the end as there really are few days off and I have been going pretty hard with exercise since May on top of starting to play volleyball on weekends. Asylum to me is very different than Insanity. It's definitely more strength than cardio. I can tell now the progress I have made with strength because certain insanity moves (quad strengtheners) I can do now that I NEVER could do before. A hybrid of this and insanity (and maybe vol 2????) I think would be dynamite. Anyway, I think Asylum can be done by mostly everyone. Lots of the moves I knew from insanity and focus t25 but that daggum ladder is a mess.
So, are you a Shaun T junkie?? My 2014 plans include more diversity. P90x3, 21 Day Fix, and possibly a full round of Les Mills Combat to name a few!