The Fitness Test

Every two-months or so, we’ll dedicate a class to only four workouts. And as lax as that sounds, the truth is I can hear your collective sighs on those days. That’s because a class focused on push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and rowing is otherwise known as the “Fitness Test.” 20150819_063457


For those of you who don’t know, it consists of:

  • 2 minutes of push-ups
  • 2 minutes of sit-ups
  • 2 minutes of squats
  • 2,000m row


You love to hate it, and frankly, I think we’ve all come to hate to love it. But love it or hate it, the reality is the Fitness Test is a necessity. It establishes the baseline for your performance moving forward with us, and best of all, it gives us measurable data on your progress. Sure it might be vomit inducing (yes, this has happened before), but once you push yourself to sprint that last 100 meters on the rower, and you high five your fellow sweat-drenched colleagues, you should feel nothing but pride on what you just achieved—improvement.

In fact, based on our last few Fitness Tests, we’ve seen some remarkable improvement. While I’ll preserve anonymity, I want to point out these awesome stats:

  • The median # of push-ups was 39 with the top performer finishing with 52
  • The median # of sit-ups was 57 with the top performer finishing with 86
  • The median # of squats was 78 with the top performer finishing with 93
  • The median 2,000m row was just under 9 ½ minutes and three of you finished in under 8 minutes!!!

So I hope I shed a little light on why we conduct the Fitness Test. And I can’t wait to see you guys for our next one. While you curse my name throughout it all, I’ll be there through it all, cheering you on as you no doubt show improvement.