Insanity Checkpoint: Fit Test 4

After a Friday night spent resting on my cherished off day from Insanity, I knew I wanted to tackle today’s Fit Test. You’ll remember from the last time I did the Fit Test that I felt incredibly weak and nauseous.

So far, this fourth Fit Test has been my most impressive to date. Not only did I complete the test, but I did the Max Interval Circuit as suggested (something I wasn’t able to do the last time). Then I tacked on another 20 minutes or so of martial arts practice because I’ve been slacking this week. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing.

Here are my results from today’s Fit Test:

(Move – Fit Test 1 / Fit Test 2 / Fit Test 3 / Fit Test 4)

Switch Kicks – 40 / 51 / 66 / 53

Power Jacks – 40 /42 / 49 / 51

Power Knees – 67 / 80 / 85 / 95

Power Jumps – 13 / 25 / 26 / 30

Globe Jumps – 5 / 7 / 8 / 10

Suicide Jumps – 7 / 10 / 15 / 17

Pushup Jacks – 20 / 20 / 21 / 25

Low Plank Oblique – 34 / 44 / 50 / 60

Several things were different about this workout for me.

First, I didn’t improve on the switch kicks. I’m okay with that because my hip has been bothering me all weak. I noticed a painful sensation when practicing one of my tai chi forms earlier this week, and I want to do what I can to protect the hip. Since I know kicks hurt it, I tried to avoid going all out and made sure my kicks didn’t go above the knee.

(Side note: Tonya claims to have gotten 110 or so switch kicks. I don’t mind Tonya (unlike these people), but I wish she’d been told that two switch kicks = one rep.)

Two, I powered through some of these sets. Keep in mind that during the previous three fit tests, I used the entire minute to get as many as I could. Today, my main goal was to just beat the number I got last time and use whatever time I had left (if any) to rest. I achieved 30 power jumps in about 30-40 seconds. To keep that number in context, I spent a full 60 seconds getting 26 last time. I’d followed Tonya’s example of going balls to the wall right away. Once I hit 30, I just stopped. The same can be said for pushup jacks. I was able to get 25 in well under a minute.

Three, I made some adjustments to the interval training. I’ll be fair and I say that I didn’t do all 59 minutes of interval training. I wound up skipping the warm-up, feeling justified that I’d just completed 25 minutes of the Fit Test and had no need warm up any further. I also adapted some exercises that I was completed burnt out on from the Fit Test and incorporated some karate forms in there. While I wasn’t performing the exact moves that Shaun T was shouting out, it’s not like I was sitting and waiting for the next exercise.

Just two weeks left to go on my Insanity calendar.

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