Okay, so I got sick …

Shaun T's AsylumI don’t know what happened. I so rarely get sick that it always surprises the hell out of me when it happens.

I felt fine when I went to  bed on Sunday, but I woke up around 4:00am on Monday and I was not well. I’ll skip the details.

That little virus — I assume it was — put me out for Monday. I mean, I slept almost all day,  joined the land of the living for six hours or so, then slept from 10:30 to 6:00 the next morning.

I felt a lot better on Tuesday, but when I started my workout, I could barely make it through the warm-up. So I stopped, not wanting to push my body too far.

It seems my trek through The Asylum has been aborted by a virus!

Yeah, I have a big weekend of traveling and partying coming up, so I cannot pick back up when I’m back to 100% (which should be tomorrow). I guess I will have to try again in the future.

You know what? That’s okay. Truth be told, I was really burnt out, anyway, and I think I know why.

I tend to work out in a 3-weeks on / 1-week off pattern, with the off week consisting of some aerobics and yoga. Sometimes I stretch it to 4-weeks on, but not beyond that. I learned this routine in P90X, and it’s served me well. The off week always seems to come at the right time.

When I started The Asylum, I did it on a whim, not thinking about my previous schedule. As I look back, I had already been on for two weeks, and that was when I started the hardest workout program I’d ever been through.

Not smart, and it’s no wonder I broke down. In fact, that may have very well been why I was susceptible to that virus that hit me.

Anyway, this experience will make me more mindful of proper rest in the future.

As for The Asylum, I enjoyed pieces of it — “Strength” especially, and “Vertical Plyo” — quite a bit, but much of it I found just too  cumbersome, with my needing to move the ladder, readjust my foam pad, too often. If only I had a bit more space, but I don’t.

From a physical standpoint, wow, The Asylum really does reach beyond Insanity! There is so much full body stuff going on, and great back work, which was missing almost completely from Insanity.

I would highly recommend The Asylum, if you are trying to push your body to extremes and want a program that will take a body that is already in great shape … and … make … it … even … better.