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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tapout XT: My New Fitness Obsession



Back in September, I radically changed my workouts, cutting down on cardio and upping my weights.  I have been feeling great ever since.  But after a few months of my new program I noticed something: I was loving doing my strength training, but even the reduced amount of time I was spending doing cardio, I was loathing.  I was rarely using the treadmill to avoid injury, but I was beginning to despise the Stairmaster.  Even with my favorite TV shows playing, I was counting down the minutes.  It suddenly hit me that I couldn't spend another minute on a cardio machine.  Keep in mind, by the way, that I'm limited to activities I can do in our workout room, since I do my workouts early in the morning when Adam has already left for work and I'm home with the kids.  That being said, even the idea of going for a run or bicycle ride outside wasn't appealing to me.

Fortunately, a few months earlier, I purchased the Tapout XT Fitness DVD set and it offered me the perfect solution to shake up my routine again.

I was inspired to buy it because I have loved the little martial arts I have tried (doing fitness reviews for BlogTO).  The Tapout XT set comes with 12 DVDs, and depending on the package you buy, various accessories.  This program KICKS ASS!  I can't tell you how much I love it.  I have done every workout and they all rock.  They are high intensity enough that I don't feel I need to do any extra cardio, but more importantly, they are so much fun! 

Here is what you get:

 
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1. STRENGTH & FORCE UPPER
Get ready to bring the power as you sculpt lean muscle and upper body definition with extra focus on your chest, shoulders and triceps.

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2. PLYO XT™
Burn fat and improve athletic performance with this sweat drenching explosive plyometric lower body workout.

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3. CROSS CORE COMBAT
Melt away fat MMA style as you punch and kick your way to a shredded core in this hard twisting crack of the skull core workout.
 
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4. COMPETITION CORE
Want TapouT® Abs? Do this work out! Carve your upper, middle, lower abs, and love handles at the same time.

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5. BUNS & GUNS XT™
Just what it says. Get that firm, toned and lifted butt along with beach-ready toned biceps, triceps and more.
 
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6. YOGA XT™
You will look forward to this stretch-based, yoga workout each week. But remember, this is TapouT® XT™, so don't expect any free passes here! You're gonna feel it!

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7. SPRAWL & BRAWL
Melt away fat and carve a lean, chiseled body as you train like a MMA fighter with this signature TapouT® XT™ workout.
 
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8. MUAY THAI
Based on the MMA combat technique developed in Thailand, this workout uses stand-up striking along with knock-out kicks that will reshape your entire body and burn fat XT™ style!

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9. RIPPED CONDITIONING
No weights. No pull ups. Pure muscle. This extreme conditioning workout will get you that ripped up TapouT® XT™ body you want.
 
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10. ULTIMATE ABS XT™
Good bye spare tire. Hello six-pack! This 15 minute ab blitzing workout is the key to getting rock hard TapouT® Abs.

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11. CARDIO XT™
When we say this workout is extreme, we mean it. High pac, intense and fun cardio workout that will make you earn it with sweat!
 
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12. LEGS & BACK
You will be turning heads after a few sessions of this leg burning, booty lifting, back sculpting workout.

 The biggest surprise to me, is how much I am enjoying the strength based workouts using the bands.  I used to poo poo this type of thing, feeling I could get a much more effective workout on my own lifting heavy weights, but I love doing these routines and now use them in combination with my heavy lifting.  Now, admittedly, the band that was included is not challenging enough for me for a lot of exercises, but Adam and I already had a whole bunch of heavier bands, so when this is the case, I just switch to using those.

I also love the plyo and Muai Thai ones, which make me feel powerful.  Punching and kicking is both cathartic and completely energizing, which is why I love martial arts.

The one I like least is the yoga one because its not really yoga.  I might go so far as to say it is yoga for people who don't like yoga.  But because I love yoga, that ones not really for me.

The two full length core DVDs are amazing, and the 15-minute Ultimate Abs workout it killer.

Mike Karpenko, the instructor and developer of the program, is goofy in a rather appealing way.  The participants in the DVDs are a mix of real MMA fighters and ordinary people who are success stories from the program's test group.

Unfortunately, my leg band has a small tear in it, but I think I can probably buy something similar at any fitness store.  It also has a tendency to stick to itself, but I found dusting it with cornstarch fixes that.  I didn't get a package that includes the gloves.  Instead, I've been using the gloves I got when I tried Krav Maga a few months ago, but they aren't really the appropriate kind.  I might go looking for something closer to the Tapout gloves.

I so love this program.  Honestly, I can't wait to wake up in the morning and do these workouts.  Even though there are tons of plank and push-up variations...and really, who likes those?...Karpenko provides so many creative and challenging variations, it's just a blast!

The other thing that's amazing about this program is it requires no bulky equipment or weights, and you need very little space.  When I was in New York, I brought them along.  When I saw my wee Manhattan hotel room, I didn't think it was enough space, but, in fact, it was, even without moving any furniture (which wasn't possible anyways), and the bands fit easily into a small suitcase.

I am so glad I found this program...When I turn 40 in September, look out, I'm going to be in fighting form!