Perhaps it's because my level of cardio fitness is crap, but the Insanity fit test is several orders of magnitude more difficult than anything -- ANYTHING -- I did on P90X.
Wielding a stopwatch, Shaun T marches you through the eight fit test exercises like a friendly, encouraging drill instructor, while two of his trainees, Tania and Chris, perform all of the moves along with you. The fit test itself is just 25 minutes long. Sounds easy enough, right?
Wrong. First of all, Chris and Tania (especially Tania) are -- in Shaun T's words, "MACHINES." They hustle like squirrels on speed, popping up after each set of exercises to flash their big fucking smiles. And the moves themselves aren't just insane -- they're IN-FUCKING-SANE. You're asked to perform each of them as many times you can in one minute, with good form.
Shaun T begins with a 2-minute warm-up: You jog, do jumping jacks, Heismans, butt kicks, high knees, mummy kicks -- nothing terribly difficult if you're used to doing P90X Plyo, but then again, this is just the warm-up.
Afterwards, there's a quick stretch, and then Shaun T turns to Tania and Chris -- both of whom have already completed a round of Insanity -- and leads them through the fit test exercises. After each move, they announce how many reps they cranked out, along with how many they originally did when they first took the fit test pre-Insanity.
I can be pretty competitive, so my goal -- however unreasonable it may have been -- was to try to kick Tania's and Chris' asses. And during the first few moves, I was feeling pretty damn good about myself; I was keeping up with Tania and Chris, and even beating them in reps in a few of the exercises. But three-quarters of the way through the fit test, my chest started hurting. And then both of my thighs cramped up. I could barely stand, and had to pause the DVD to catch my breath. I threw up a little bit of yogurt and banana in my mouth. After a three-minute break, I finished the finished the fit test, but I feel more battered than I ever did after a P90X routine.
After the jump, see how I fared on the Insanity fit test.
Here are my Insanity fit test results, along with Tania's and Chris' Day 1 and Day 60 results:
Switch Kicks (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 74
Tania Day 60: 110
Chris Day 1: 80
Chris Day 60: 100
Me: 132 (at this point, I thought I was hot shit)
Power Jacks (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 51
Tania Day 60: 65
Chris: Not reported.
Power Knees (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 98
Tania Day 60: 125
Chris Day 1: 62
Chris Day 60: 81
Power Jumps (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 41
Tania Day 60: 50
Chris Day 1: 36
Chris Day 60: 42
(Here's where I started running out of steam.)
Globe Jumps (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 9
Tania Day 60: 11
Chris Day 1: 7
Chris day 60: 11
Suicide Jumps (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 18
Tania Day 60: 23
Chris Day 1: 17
Chris Day 60: 22
(This is where my quads seized up and I had to take a vomit break.)
Push-Up Jacks (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 23
Tania Day 60: 32
Chris Day 1: 21
Chris Day 60: 42
Low Plank Obliques (as many reps as possible in 1 minute)
Tania Day 1: 40
Tania Day 60: 70
Chris Day 1: 35
Chris Day 60: 49
While Tony Horton's P90X mantra is to "Bring It," Shaun T challenges you to "Dig Deeper" for Insanity. I dug so deep today that I'm completely spent, and I think I pulled my groin.
Time for vacation! We're off to Maui today -- I'll post more from there.