Although it’s been over a week since I took the Insanity Fit Test, I’m just now getting around to writing about it! I actually think that was a good thing because I’ve been able to do a full set of Insanity workouts so I know how often I will actually be doing the moves tested in the Fit Test during the actual workouts. Although a lot of Insanity seems to be repetitive, you actually don’t repeat the Fit Test moves in more than two videos (from the first month anyway) and most of the moves are only featured in one video.
The Fit Test starts with an intense warm-up, similar to the warm-up in the workouts. However, the warm-up here is only 1 minute 50 seconds as compared to most Insanity workout warm-ups which are three rounds of 3 minute intervals, all at increasing speed, without a break. If you are struggling through this 2 minute warm-up, you may struggle with the workouts themselves. However, I’m a believer in modifications and that anyone can do anything they set their mind to, so don’t be discouraged if the Fit Test warm-up is too tough for you now.
The warm-up is followed by a quick stretch.
The Fit Test is led by Shaun T himself but is performed by a guy and girl, both of whom you will see a lot in the videos. The premise is that they’ve already been through the program (or are midway through) and after each exercise they tell you how many they did and what they started at. Each exercise lasts for one minute and you are supposed to count the total number of reps. You have one minute to rest between. You can stop during the exercises but of course that means that you won’t get as many finished.
Description of Insanity Fit Test Moves:
Switch Kicks – Kick one leg high in the air in front of you then switch and repeat.
Power Jacks – Get into a deep squat with hands down at your sides and jump up, raising your hands over your head.
Power Knees- Stand on one leg, lean slightly to one side and move your opposite knee across your body to the opposite shoulder while bringing both hands down in a karate like motion.
Power Jumps – Bend into a squat position and jump up as high as you can, lifting your legs into a squat position in the air (this one is VERY hard to do correctly).
Globe Jumps-Bend into a squat and jump forward, then right, then back, then forward. As you jump, lift hands over your head. 4 jumps equals one move.
Suicide Jumps- Start standing and move into a plank position then jump back to a standing position. Jump and then repeat.
Pushup Jacks- Start in a plank with legs together. Move into a push-up position and as you go down, jump your legs outward like you are doing a jumping jack with your feet.
Plank Obliques- Start in a plank and move one bent leg at a time toward your shoulder in a way that your bent leg is parallel to the ground. One leg lift is one move (Mike counted two leg lifts as one move).
They give you a handy little card to document your results. It also shows you a visual of the moves. Here are my results (mine are the numbers on the right):
Although we only technically worked out for 8 minutes (8 moves, 1 minute each) plus a warm-up and cool down, I was spent after the Fit Test! Unlike P90X, we will re-take the fit test on days 15, 36, 50 and 63. I can’t wait to see how much my results change over the course of the program.