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Tapout XT - Definitely earning it with Sweat

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today I started Week 3 of Tapout XT and I am still excited about my workouts. The workouts I have done so far are hardcore, yet not crazy like Insanity. I am still not able to make it through a workout without stopping at intervals but this a welcome challenge! I have lost some inches and 2 lbs after two weeks and my diet has not been the best.

It is hard to give a detailed review of each workout as there are so many different exercises in each...but even for the targeted area workouts, you still feel like you get a full body workout. For the first week and a half, I was super sore in every possible area!! Loved it! So far I have done:

emoticon Cross Core Combat - 46 mins
emoticon Strength & Upper Force - 55 mins
emoticon Ultimate Abs - 16 mins
emoticon Plyo XT - 52 mins
emoticon Yoga XT - 51 mins
emoticon Legs & Back - 41 mins
emoticon Sprawl & Brawl - 46 mins
emoticon Competition Core - 48 mins
emoticon Cardio XT - 46 mins

I have found it hard to select a favorite workout as they are all great. Mike Karpenko, the trainer is excellent! He gives great tips and stresses great form all the time. He is not annoying or over the top plus he is a cutie! He uses resistance bands and leg bands which I find easier to use than dumbbells as you can increase/decrease resistance with one band than switching up each time like you would have to do with weights. The water breaks are timely and well appreciated. At the end of each workout, Mike adds a "Killer Move" which is about 2 mins long...if you are not dying by the end of the workout, then the killer move will make sure you are! emoticon

"Cons" of the workouts include:
- The crew is really advanced; all of them have either done the 90 days of Tapout and are really fit or are professional fighters so it is hard to find someone to keep up with.
- This is definitely not a workout for beginners and I may add intermediate exercisers...there are hardly any modifiers.
- Some of the persons use bad form, I guess when they are getting tired so you have to be careful who you decide to follow.

BUT the workouts appear to be working! I am feeling stronger and my clothes are looser! It doesn't get better than this!!

Today I did Cross Core Combat! Picture says it all - earning it with sweat!!

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    I haven't heard of this DVD system. Just went to the site and watched the video. Looks awesome! I was going to buy Asylum 1 and 2, but I might be changing my mind! Keep us updated on how you like them!
    3008 days ago
    emoticon the sweat looks great and shows how hard you are working!! emoticon
    3017 days ago
    Awesome!! emoticon
    3017 days ago
    You earned that sweat girl!! Awesome! emoticon emoticon
    3019 days ago
    Wow, it sounds certainly intense and not for beginners!!! I'm feeling exhausted from reading it alone! LOL

    Great job, keep it up! emoticon emoticon
    3021 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1506126
    Great review and workout. CHECK OUT THAT SWEAT! Like JM says SWEAT IS YOUR FRIEND! emoticon
    3021 days ago
    THANK YOU!! This is a great and honest write up. Since you and I have similar back/neck issues it helps me as I have wanted it but didn't want to not be able to complete it.
    If you would want, could you use dumbbells vs the bands? I am not a fan of bands but will do what I need to!

    3022 days ago
  • CUDA440
    So cool!! I am really going to try and get this. I am adding to my christmas list, and if no one buys it for me, I will be ordering it afterwards. It will be a good start to the new year with a new set of workouts. I can't WAIT!! thanks so much for your blog.

    3022 days ago
    3022 days ago
    Sweat is good. Well done.
    3023 days ago
  • no profile photo CD357306
    Where can I find this at...is it a beachbody program


    3023 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    It is definitely earned with sweat! I think for the most part that Mike is a good trainer for the videos. Not sure about the cute part (but some of the ladies definitley are lol) and he gets mixed up a couple times with exercises but he knows his stuff. I laugh everytime he says, "Its a water break, not a water stoppage". I also think its funny when he talks about, "this is how you get a round booty!"

    Overall, I do like this program. I find the moves harder for me than Insanity but that may have to do with my knee issues. More lunges = bad news for me. But, I am doing the best I can! I modify when necessary and take breaks when necessary! I finished Day 40 today so I am almost half-way done!

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    3023 days ago
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