Two weeks ago this morning my daughter Rebekah and I made the decision to commit to the Insanity workout program. At the time I thought I could hack my way through it, enduring the intense cardiovascular exercise that I saw in the infomercials. On that morning, two weeks ago, we tested that theory by taking the fit test to measure where we were at the beginning of the program. And while taking that fit test all I could think about was how my family was going to survive without me since I was surely going to be dead by the end of the thing.
This morning I took the fit test again. I’m now two weeks into the program and I feel great. I no longer think I can hack my way through the program. I now know I can successfully complete it. I know that it is tough, but my resolve for success is tougher. As of this morning I had lost a total of seven pounds since the start of the program (which, coincidentally means that I lost seven pounds this past week since I lost nothing the first week) and I was able to breeze through the warms ups before the fit test.
And while I knew I had already improved somewhat over the past two weeks, I was surprised by just how much I have improved. But before I go into my results from this morning, I just want to say to anyone that is doing this program or considering doing this program, please, PLEASE, don’t give up on yourself. I say that because when you commit to this program you are committing to a better, healthier, stronger more physically capable you. The program, though it is hosted by Shaun T and a crew of participants, is not about them or the exercises or the sweat or the pain. It is about you and your health and well being. This program may not be for everyone, but if you are in it, stay in it and dig deep. If you are undecided, I can only encourage you to seriously consider this program. It is hard. Probably harder than anything you have ever done before. But it is totally worth it. You are totally worth it. Commit to it, dig deep and find out just how strong you really are.
Now, onto the results of my fit test. I have to say, as I compared my results this week with my results from Day 1 I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s why:
My Insanity Fit Test Results for Day 15
||Reps Day 1
||Reps Day 15
|Push Up Jacks
|Low Plank Oblique
I can see that there are areas that I need to improve in. Most notably in my jumps as the Globe Jumps and Suicide Jumps just about killed me today even though the numbers were low. But again, I know that I will continue to improve from here. I’m sure that as I push in and power through these exercises my body will have no other choice but to get stronger, faster and more resilient to the pain.
I also know that with a smart diet that my weight will continue to drop, which means a bit less work involved in attaining to the same number of reps, which means that I will have more strength to do more work which means better numbers and a greater push.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m probably going to keep saying it throughout the program. I’m excited about this thing, and I cannot wait to see where I am at the end of the ninth week.
Until then, however, I have work to do. And work it I will. Let’s just see what can really be done with this. Shall we?