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First Impressions: Shaun T's Insanity Fit Test

Updated on February 14, 2011
The Full Shaun T's Insanity Program
The Full Shaun T's Insanity Program

A New Beginning

I've made the decision: I'm going to try Shaun T's Insanity.

It was tough coming to this decision, though. Up until now, the hardest workout I'd ever done was Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, and that was a year ago. So, can I really do this super hard workout? Today I tried the Fit Test to see if I am worthy.

Is Insanity Right for Me?

Preface: I am overweight.

No, that's not accurate enough. I'm obese, according to my BMI.

So, I was scared that maybe Insanity was too hardcore for me. It's hard to answer the question online. Some say only people who are already 'in shape' should try this. Others say anyone should do this as long as they push themselves.

Remember, ask a doctor before starting something like this.

What is the Fit Test?

Though Insanity comes with about a dozen workout videos, it all begins with the Fit Test.

The Fit Test starts with a warm up. And in Insanity, the warm up is like other video's regular exercise.

Once you're warm, Shaun T busts out 8 different moves with a 1 minute break between each. You're supposed to do as many of each move as possible, then write down your results.

Then, you perform the Fit Test every two weeks to see your results and improvement.

The moves you do are: Switch Kicks, Power Jacks, Power Knees, Power Jumps, Globe Jumps, Suicide Jumps, Push-Up Jacks and Low Plank Obliques.

Fit Test: My First Week's Results

This was hard, but not impossible. I was proud of myself that I could get through the warm up. I could also do each move, though some much better than others. My results:

  • Switch Kicks = 35
  • Power Jacks = 28
  • Power Knees = 50
  • Power Jumps = 3
  • Globe Jumps = 6
  • Suicide Jumps = 4
  • Push-Up Jacks = 5
  • Low-Plank Obliques = 20

It looks like jumping is my weakness. I'll have to work on that!


Though I'm still concerned about whether I'm in shape enough to do the Shaun T's Insanity workout, the Fit Test proved to me that it's worth a try.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the really hard stuff: Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I'll let you know how it goes.


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