Insanity: Day 63 – Fit Test

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I had a great final fit test today. It was a heck of a way to end my first Insanity journey and showed me areas that I need to improve as well as areas that I have improved dramatically.

Looking back on my progress it would seem that I am maxed out on some of my fit test exercises. I say that because there was very little improvement in them today over the last fit test. My thought is that I have hit the most I am going to get out of that exercise. Of course, that may be jumping the gun a little bit since I still have a lot of weight to lose and after I lose that I should be able to work out harder. So perhaps I have only maxed out for this round of Insanity because I have yet to push deeper into it. Who knows?

Still, I was rather impressed with my results this morning. Especially in the area of power jumps. I had no idea that I could do that many in a minute. I am really, really stoked about that.

So, without further ado, here they are, my final fit test results for Round 1 of my Insanity journey.

Today’s fit test results

My Insanity Fit Test Results for Day 63
Routine Reps Day 1 Reps Day 15 Reps Day 36 Reps Day 50 Reps Day 63
Switch Kicks 41 50 63 69 71
Power Jacks 35 42 54 56 58
Power Knee 69 95 113 118 119
Power Jump 20 32 35 40 60
Globe Jumps 6 7 8 9 9
Suicide Jumps 11 13 13 14 16
Push Up Jacks 16 27 25 29 28
Low Plank Oblique 35 46 45 50 55

Insanity: Day 50 – Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit

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Today has seen some good and some bad stuff as it relates to my Insanity workout. We’ll start with the good.

I kicked some serious butt in my Day 50 Fit Test this morning. I’ve improved dramatically since day 1 and am noticing a greater ability to stay in the fight of the workout longer. I was able to push through all of the fit test exercises with the exception of the push up jacks this morning. That is something that I have not ever been able to do. I have one more fit test to take, on Day 63. Which incidentally may be the first day of me starting Insanity for a second round. Still haven’t decided that yet, but it is looking like that will be the road I will choose to take for my next program.

Now on to the bad news. Because I gave everything I had in my fit test this morning I was worth jack squat in my actual workout. I’m lucky if I got through 40% of the work today. I was out pretty much as soon as the program started. I wasn’t really able to do any jumping. I was able to do some push up work and some cardio work, but my 100% this morning was more like 50% on most normal days. So much so that I would say that I really didn’t get a workout in this morning because of it. I did, when you consider what I put into the fit test. But the actual meat of the workout overwhelmed me this morning and left me wondering who I was and what had happened to me.

The nice thing is that the next fit test I do will be a stand alone program with nothing else to do after. That means that I will not have the cloud of disappointment hanging over me for the entire day like I have today knowing that a simple fit test kicked my butt so bad that I couldn’t even do a workout that I was able to do just a few days ago. Yes, I’m whining. Again. But I really hate not being able to perform as well one day after performing well in the recent past. Ok, I’m done with the whining. Moving on…

Regardless of how my workout went this morning, I love being able to see signs of improvement in my workouts, my weight and my health. I am so excited and so ready for these last two weeks. I know I’m going to kill it. I have to hit my weight goal. I refuse to accept anything less.

What about you? What are you doing to improve yourself today? What would you like to do? Whatever it is, push into it with all you have. Dig deep, shoot for the stars and don’t quit no matter what.

Today’s fit test results

My Insanity Fit Test Results for Day 50
Routine Reps Day 1 Reps Day 15 Reps Day 36 Reps Day 50
Switch Kicks 41 50 63 69
Power Jacks 35 42 54 56
Power Knee 69 95 113 118
Power Jump 20 32 35 40
Globe Jumps 6 7 8 9
Suicide Jumps 11 13 13 14
Push Up Jacks 16 27 25 29
Low Plank Oblique 35 46 45 50

Insanity: Day 36 – Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit

You have GOT to be kidding me.

Robert Gonzalez

For the duration of this week Shaun T will no longer be called Shaun T but will instead be known herein after as The Great Satan. He is pure evil and is seeking to kill me.

First off, let me start out by saying that I think I did a heck of a job on my fit test today. I know I have improved significantly in the area of one minute explosive exercises. I have short term stamina now that I know I didn’t have five weeks ago. And it showed in my fit test this morning.

However I know I need to improve my long term stamina a lot more. Because though I was able to blast through the first five exercise in the fit test this morning I had almost nothing left for the last three. And it showed in my fit test this morning.

But enough of my fit test for now. You can see the results of today’s fit test and its comparison to my previous tests if you really must see them now. I’d rather talk about today’s hour long workout.

Satan isn’t lying when he says that things pick up in the last four weeks of the Insanity program. Oh. My. Goodness. Do they ever! Today was incredibly challenging. And painful. And exhausting. It was like starting the program all over again from the first day. Now I know that I took a fit test before the routine for today, which I am certain played some part in my inability to do anything during the workout today. But the circuits themselves were amazingly difficult in and of themselves.

Heck, even the warm ups were hard today. They were different than what we are used to which makes them challenging in that way. But the warm up exercises are actually harder than the first month warm ups, which I thought were hard already. I know I was gassed early on in today’s routine and it showed in how many times I had to stop to catch my breath during the warm ups.

The actual exercise routines were freaking crazy though. Honestly, I don’t remember too much of them because half the time I was sucking carpet. I was absolutely gassed during the first of the three circuits this morning, so as I think about them, I’m pretty sure I did about 25% of the exercises we were supposed to this morning. It was a butt kicking, exhausting, body working routine today. And to be honest, it hurt.

At least I won’t feel as comfortable and complacent as I had last week. Or even the fourth week for that matter. No, I feel like the max portion of Insanity is a whole other workout. Which is nice, because I have some pretty big goals and I’m sure this will help me hit them. Still, I feel like a total n00b right now as I sit here with sore legs, a sore back and sore abs. I thought the first month got me in shape for this. Hell no. The first month got me in shape for the first month.

I’m not sure anything could get you in shape for Insanity Max.

Today’s fit test results

My Insanity Fit Test Results for Day 36
Routine Reps Day 1 Reps Day 15 Reps Day 36
Switch Kicks 41 50 63
Power Jacks 35 42 54
Power Knee 69 95 113
Power Jump 20 32 35
Globe Jumps 6 7 8
Suicide Jumps 11 13 13
Push Up Jacks 16 27 25
Low Plank Oblique 35 46 45

Insanity: Day 15 – Fit Test

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
Routine Reps Day 1 Reps Day 15
Switch Kicks 41 50
Power Jacks 35 42
Power Knee 69 95
Power Jump 20 32
Globe Jumps 6 7
Suicide Jumps 11 13
Push Up Jacks 16 27
Low Plank Oblique 35 46

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?

Insanity: Day 1 – Fit Test

Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it tolls for him;

John Donne

Why in the world would I have ever thought that I could withstand intense cardiovascular exercise like that of the Insanity Workout given my current physical condition? You’d think I had a death wish. Or that I was just too stupid to realize that I could kill myself by just reading the literature.

This thing is no joke boys and girls. When it says that you should not try this without first consulting a doctor, they aren’t kidding. It is intense. It is rigorous. It is freakishly over the top. And it is awesome.

Today I started the program. Today’s workout was not really a workout so much as it was a benchmark of where you are starting. Called the Fit Test, it measures your current physical condition in eight different core cardio routines. It does this by having you perform a particular routine as many times as you can in one minute. The test allows for one minute of rest in between each routine.

But before we get into the fit test, I have to make mention of the warm up. The warm up is, in and of itself, a workout. Especially if you are coming from a sedentary lifestyle like mine. Yes, it is only three and a half minutes of moderate intensity exercise. But it will kick your butt.

The warm up routine is simple and consists of 30 seconds of: jogging in place, power jacks – jumping jacks in which you lower yourself into a squat, Heismans – in which you step high from side to side alternating your arms so that your elbows touch your opposite high knee, 123 Heismans – same as the Heisman but with a 1-2-3 step stutter in between each high knee, butt kicks – in which you try to touch your heels to your booty, high knees in place and mummy kicks – where you very quickly kick your feet out on straightened legs while scissoring your arms directly in front of you.

After the warm up you stretch and shake out your muscles for a short time before diving right in to the fit test. The fit test routines are:

  • Switch Kicks – High, straight leg kicks while your core is tightened and your arm are pulled in tight to the body but still held up.
  • Power Jacks – Jumping jacks, except you lower yourself into a squat on the down swing.
  • Power Knees – High knee kicks where you bring your leg from the ground to about chest height to kick your own hands.
  • Power Jumps – Vertical squat jumps in which you jump, level your hands in front of you then try to kick your own hands with your knees.
  • Globe Jumps – Vertical jumps, from hands on the floor, in a square pattern. Once square counts as done.
  • Suicide Jumps – Stand then hands to the floor to push up position to legs up to vertical jump. Like an intense burpie.
  • Push Up Jacks – Push ups, except when you go down you kick your legs apart like a jumping jack.
  • Low Plank Oblique – Push up position except on your forearms, then you kick your knee to your side alternating legs with each kick.

One of the best demos of these routines can be seen at Brad Gibala‘s blog about his Insanity journey. You should check it out, just to see what is involved.

I wish I could say I did well, but the truth is I am fat, overweight, unhealthy and out of shape. Still, I think for coming from a cold start to this level of exercise, my numbers are somewhat promising:

My Insanity Fit Test Results, through day 1
Routine Reps
Switch Kicks 82
Power Jacks 35
Power Knee 69
Power Jump 20
Globe Jumps 6
Suicide Jumps 11
Push Up Jacks 16
Low Plank Oblique 35

I’m hoping that I can continue this through for the full 60 days. I say hoping because honestly this is one of the most physically painful and taxing experiences I have had. Still, I love how badly it kicked my butt as I was doing it, so I’m pretty sure I will be sticking with it.

At least for today.