Insanity/Asylum/P90X grads listen up. If you read the last post you’ll have an obvious question. How is an intro program going to help me if I’ve already done the graduate version? We’ll cover the answer in two parts.
First, the obvious: time efficiency.
Carl Daikeler, Beachbody’s CEO, wanted this program specifically for himself. That may sound selfish but his motivation was to find a way to keep his Insanity/P90X results in a fraction of the time because he’s so busy, which he thinks is a similar situation for most of us.
A very common issue with Insanity/Asylum/90X grads is that, when done, they aren’t willing or able to continue to give themselves an hour a day to workout. 25 minutes, especially only 5 days per week, changes this life equation. Used as a “maintenance program”, T25 will allow you to hang on to results gained from other program for a long time. In fact, you could run through Alpha, Beta, and Gamma and I’d wager nearly everyone would gain fitness to a degree. The reason why is discussed in the next point.
You have room to improve at Insanity, P90X, et al.
Whether we think so or not, most of us (probably all of us) still have room to improve at whatever our favorite workout program or activity happens to be. A round of T25 will help this, even if it serves as an “active recovery” or “transition phase” on your calendar.
The reason is proprioception, discussed in the last post. By slowing down your movements and working on form you will re-program your brain and this will lead to both changes in hormone production and, more importantly for you at this point, an improved nervous system that will better handle the rigors of the next graduate program you do.
This reprogramming is key (something you’ve heard before if you’ve done P90X2 or read the guide). By actually slowing down what you’re doing and focusing on muscular engagement and range of motion instead of just bopping around as quick as you can, you’ll change your neuromuscular patterns in a way that will allow you to get much fitter the next time you embark on whatever you consider your “hard” training to be.
Since it’s a little hard to grasp this concept I’m going to spell it out a little more. Everything new or different creates stress to your system, even if it’s easy (as a more extreme example it’s exactly what Tai Cheng does). Adapting to stress is how we get fitter, and getting fitter is how we change our body composition. By slowing down (not that T25 is slow because for most people it’s going to seem very FAST, just not you who’ve done Asylum, Vol 2!) and focusing on form you train your body to engrain better movement patterns. Then when you take these better biomechanics and push your body harder (doing Vol 2 next time, for example) it will be able to tap into a deeper realm of fitness. It’s very logical when you think it through but our society is trained to think speed=sweat=fitness and that simply is not the case. Better movement = fitness and anything that trains this is going to help you.
Next we’ll get into the Beta series and find out why it’s so cool.