Insanity Asylum Review: Fit Test

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Insanity Asylum Fit TestSo you’re thinking about buying Insanity Asylum, or maybe you already have the program.  If you are thinking about buying it, it’s basically a 30 day fitness program, meant to be completed after you have graduated from Insanity, P90X, Turbo Fire, or another fairly challenging Beachbody program.  It’s meant to be harder than Insanity, which I have completed twice so far.  Now if this is meant to be harder than Insanity, well….. Insanity was TOUGH.  Mentally challenging, and physically demanding.  So I have no doubt that if this is to surpass that, then I’m in for a long, long 30 days.  But, to tell you the truth, I’m looking forward to it.  Anything to push myself further than I want to go, further than others can go, and a program that forces me, to shut down my mind, and push past that which is uncomfortable.  It’s when you can get to that point, where you think you have nothing else to give, but are able to push forwards.  That’s when you have pushed yourself to the limit.  So, if you are thinking about Asylum, make sure you are a graduate of a previous program, or you are already in very good cardiovascular condition.  Otherwise, wait on Asylum, and do something else first.  If you have questions, about any of that.  Just contact me!

So having said all of that, if you have Insanity Asylum, or are thinking about it, but want to know more, than journey with me for 30 days, as I attempt my first round.  What I say in these Insanity Asylum Reviews, will be as they always are.  To the point, honest, and fair.  So let’s get going.

At the beginning of the fit test, or the Athletic Performance Assessment (official name), Shaun T makes the following statement:

“I’m not there to count for you, so if you cheat on yourself, hey… only you know. – Shaun T”

I took this to heart.  I knew from the moment I pushed play, I was going to post my numbers.  I wasn’t go to cheat, inflate, or pad those numbers.  They may be lower, higher, or same as others, I don’t know…. but they are honest.  They’re my numbers, and I know that with this Fit Test, I gave 100% to form first, then repetitions.  Time and time again, I have heard Shaun T says on a webcast, interview, etc, that people were doing Insanity, but there form was questionable.  There is no doubt, that he put some thought into this Fit Test, and if the form was off, it doesn’t count.  If you move the ladder, it doesn’t count. If its not what it’s supposed to be, it doesn’t count.  So I was very mindful of this.  At times I felt as though I could have moved faster, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t want to not count a number, because I rushed.  lol.    I took notes, and wrote down the numbers of the cast, so I could gauge my results to those on the DVD.  As I went through the Fit Test, I also wrote down words, such as Integrity.  Pitiful. Push. Breath. Suck it Up. Some of these may sound familiar as you take yours.

So anyway, lets talk about the Fit Test.

The Agility Ladder lies on the floor, and you move in and around for speed & agility.

1. Agility Heisman. This is a ladder drill, where you move in and out of the ladder.  Down and up equals one rep.  My count 10.

2.  In & Out Ab progression. Using the ladder, this is very much like In Out Abs.  You have to get so far up the ladder for it to count.  My count 46.

3.  Lat Pushups or Pull ups. So you can choose, pretty cool.  Either Lat Pushups or pull ups.  I chose Lat Pushups.  I am extremely weak in pushups, and plank.  Since I am coming off a “shoulder impingement” injury.  It has been over 3 months since I have done any pull ups or pushups to speak of.  So this will be a growth area for me.  My count 30.

4.  Mountain Climber Switch Kicks. So cardio is still a decent area for me.  Since I have been going slow on weights and shoulders, I have been staying on cardio.  My count 70.

5.  Agility Shoulder Taps. This was a monster for me.  Using the ladder, you move up and down the ladder in a plank position, touching the opposite shoulder each time.  My count 3.  This is where I wrote “Pitiful”.  lol.

6.  X Jumps. Yikes.  Touch your touch this jump to an X in the air.  My count 30.

7.  Moving Push ups. Another ladder drill, moving up and down the ladder, each time you go down and back is 1 rep.  My count 3.

8.  Agility Lateral Shuffle. A speed drill using the ladder.  Down and back is 1 rep.  My count 17.

9.  Agility Bear Crawl. By now, my shoulders, arms, legs are very much toast.  I had trouble at the bottom of the ladder where you jump your hands in and out of the ladder.  I was so tired!  Anyway, my count 5.

So there you have it.  A couple more notes, before I sign off.  I am doing Asylum for 30 days.  Diet will be 100% on track.   No cheat meals, no coffee (except black), no sweets, no french fries off the kids plate, no dairy.  This will be as hard as the workouts!  In addition, I plan on tracking EVERYTHING.  Calories, weight, body fat, how I feel, am I sore & how bad, water intake, heart rate, calories burned.  For the most part I am going to be using a program called XtremeFit Pro.  These guys have there act together, and were also the guys that put out the P90X Excel worksheet for Beachbody.  This takes tracking to the next level.  There is also a free demo.  I do make a small commission on purchases, however, let me say… that outside of Beachbody products, I only endorse two other products.  This is one of them.  So anyway, if extreme tracking sounds like your cup of tea, Jump over and take a look! You can contact me for the Asylum module I made, and I am also going to contact the developer to see if we can make this even better.

So now it’s your turn, post a comment below, what did you think of the Fit Test?  Also don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook.  We’ll be talking Insanity Asylum!

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  1. Jimmy Ardoin

    What is a lat pushup, is that a modified move you can do instead of pullups?….Thanks!!!

  2. Lisa C

    Thanks for review of the fit test! I just ordered it off your site yesterday and can’t wait for it to come in. I am a bootcamp instructor (non military) so I am familiar with all these type of drills. I have a hard time doing the regular insanity because I have some lower back issues. This program is more of what I am used to so I am soo excited to start! You brought up some great points – one being FORM! I always tell my recruits/clients that I’d rather see you give me 2 great squat jumps than 10 lousy/incorrect form ones. I think people have a misconceived notion that faster is better? NOT! Thanks for pointing this out! Take care and wish me luck!

  3. Robert Harden


    Thank you for shopping with us. More reviews to come, and you are certainly welcome to comment along with the reviews. Thanks again, and good luck!

  4. Robert Harden

    Jimmy. A Lat Pushup is where you start in a regular push up, then move one hand over and slightly back, while doing a push up. Return to the starting position, then doing the other side. Does that make sense? Easier to see, then explain. You can do either or. Pushups or pullups on the Fit Test.

  5. Lisa C

    All right, today was the day to start the fitness test! I was a bit nervous because I know I have had some trouble doing Insanity because of my lower back issues. I plopped in the dvd, got my water, ladder and jump rope and was ready to begin. Here are my numbers: Agility – 5 (low number because I moved the ladder a few times so those don’t count – DANG!), In/out – 25, Lat Push up’s – 26, Mountain Climber Switch Kicks – 68, Shoulder Taps – 5 1/2, Jump X – 26, Moving Pushups – 4, Shuffle – 16 and Bear Crawl – 7.
    I can’t wait to begin my first session tomorrow !!!

  6. Jamie K

    I DID IT! Completed the Fit Test!! I did it first thing in the morning w/o eating (which with Insanity- I couldn’t do because I would pass out..) But I was just too excited to wait!! I was never really into sports before so the whole Agility thing was new to me! But here are my numbers! Agility- 4, In & Out Abs- 22, Lat-Push ups- 14, Mountain Climbers Switch Kicks- 40, Agility Shoulder Taps- 4 1/2, X Jumps- 25, Moving Push-Ups- 4, Agility Shuffle- 13 and Bear Crawl- 5!
    I listened to Shaun T when he said he wasn’t there to make sure we were honest with our.. numbers- So I payed close attention to my form! After all, numbers are just numbers!! I am so excited to start tomorrow!
    Lisa- Looks like were on the same schedule for Asylum!! 🙂 Good Job on your numbers BTW!!!

  7. Robert Harden

    Lisa & Jamie. How exciting to see you guys get started. In each of my reviews, you will see that I am commenting on each review as I progress through. So on my Speed & Agility review, I posted a comment about my 2nd day on that workout. Did the same with Strength. All of you are welcome to comment your thoughts on each as well. I’m sure readers will appreciate various perspectives. Lisa… I am recovering from a shoulder issue. So my workouts are a little longer. At the end, I pay particular attention to stretching my shoulder, and doing recovery exercises I learned from my doc. At night, I also do more stretching. Good luck to both of you on Day 1.

  8. Lynn

    I am almost half way through Insanity Asylum and I LOVE IT!!! I did Insanity and Turbo Fire. Asylum is difficult but so fun that you forget how hard it was. Good luck to all of those starting it. You can do it!

  9. Robert Harden

    Thank you Lynn for adding your comment! I’m on Day 24, heading towards the finish line. 🙂

  10. Ryan

    How do you track water intake and calories burned with Extreme Fit Pro. I just got it and read the manual, and I can’t find anything in there about it. Thanks!

  11. Robert Harden

    I don’t think it has an entry for water. You can always put it down in your NOTES on the Nutrition tab for the day. Did you get the Asylum mod?

  12. Ryan

    Yes, I did get the Asylum mod, I’ll just follow your tip for putting in the notes, I love this app, as soon as I put in my information it told me exactly what I needed to eat and which workout I need to do, I didn’t even have to open my nutrition guide. Thanks for the recommendation.

  13. Robert Harden

    I finished my last Fit Test. 🙂 All in all I’m very happy with the results. Some of the numbers don’t look like big improvements, but if you have done the actual fit test, you know that some are a “rotation”, not just a single rep. I improved a lot more in some areas, over others. Not surprising that we all have areas that we are stronger and not so strong in. Love, absolutely love ASYLUM.

    Agility Heisman. 1st round = 10. 2nd round = 12.
    In & Out Abs. 1st round = 46. 2nd round = 52.
    Lat Push ups. 1st round = 30. 2nd round = 33.
    Mountain Climbers. 1st round = 70. 2nd round = 85.
    Agility Shoulder Taps. 1st round = 3. 2nd round = 6.
    X Jumps. 1st round = 30. 2nd round = 33.
    Moving Push ups. 1st round = 3. 2nd round = 3.5.
    Agility Lateral Shuffle. 1st round = 17. 2nd round = 18.
    Agility Bear Crawl. 1st round = 5. 2nd round = 9.

  14. kaz

    Hi Robert,
    just wondering, where do you do the Asylum workouts? In the house or outside? How much space in square meters do you need?

    and a general question, are there any beachbody workout programs that don’t require free weights etc, but just your own bodyweight? Though i like the sport and game style of Asylum, i doubt i should start with that, reading all the warnings. Reason i ask for just bodyweight, i travel a lot and i can’t take all kinds of gear with me.


  15. Robert Harden


    I am able to complete my Asylum workouts on about a 8′ x 10′ area. Insanity and Insanity Asylum are the only body weight programs, both advanced. I started with a program called Power 90. It can be completed with free weights or resistance bands. For travel, you can easily take bands with you. If you get a couple good bands, you can get a great workout this way. It can also be completed in a fairly small area if need be. Here are the links to Power 90 (it comes with one band).

  16. Abram Lutes

    What do you recommend as the best program for a teenage guy? I’m in High School and I heard about P90X, but I’m not sure if its safe for me to be doing weight training yet (I’m 14). I’d really like to buy asylum because it seems to get great results in the shortest time, but I’d like to see what others have to say.

  17. Robert Harden

    Insanity and Insanity Asylum are mostly body weight excercises, although Asylum does have some weights in the Strength workout. P90X has both cardio and weights. I’d say 14 is a safe age to do either of these programs. Good luck, let us know how you do!

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