Well week 2 of TAPOUT XT is complete, and now that I’ve done this for 2 weeks I can speak a little more as to the workouts and how they compare with some ot her workouts on the market.

Days 2-5 were identical these past 2 weeks. Day 1 week 1 was “Cross Core Combat” and week 2 was “Competition Core“, day 6 of week 1 was “Sprawl and Brawl” and in week 2 was “Cardio XT and Ultimate Abs“.

Day 2 is “Strength and Force Upper and Ultimate Abs“.

Day 3 is “PLYO XT” which it comes up on the screen as PLYO but when they start the workout on the DVD they say it’s a “legs” workout. It is however a “Plyo” workout with a lot of leg work, getting airborne and some jumping but the way it’s labeled just threw me off the first time.

Day 4 is “YOGA XT” and what can I say…it’s Yoga and no matter how much people say how good it is for me, and how much I should just “love” it, still not over that hump yet. I do it but never look forward to it. I know my body needs the stretch, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it, I rather do other stretches, then trying to become a contortionist.

Day 5 is “Legs and Back

Day 6 as mentioned changed between week 1 and 2 and day 7 is a “Rest” day.

I also want to add on the days that you do “Ultimate Abs” the DVD is set up so as soon as the workout you’re doing ends it goes right into Ultimate Abs so no looking for it or having to pop in another DVD.


Some things I noticed about these workouts, there is a lot of plank/push-up type for in them. I haven’t completed Insanity so don’t know if there is more or less in these workouts but it seems at some point throughout just about all the workouts you’re in plank or doing some type of push-up.
I like the use of the bands in the workouts, however the band that came with the workouts doesn’t look like the best and I haven’t used it since I do have other bands. For those familiar with the Beachbody workouts you’ll notice if you do the “Tapout” workouts you’ll see them use the same the Beachbody type bands and not the one that came with the set. Also they do send a leg band, and I don’t know how long that one will last, but so far through 1 workout it did hold up, and you really do “feel” it.
In the Cardio XT workout they use hand weighted gloves, which I did it without and if I put some weights on my wrist I know I wouldn’t have made it through, but will use some in time.

There are some more unique ways I learned to use the bands in these workouts and can incorporate them in some of my other workouts.


Some people I know want to compare this to many other workouts and all I can say is it’s a combination of many. One of the things some folks don’t “see” is you’ll see alot of same moves in different workouts, just a different trainer is doing them, or some may be being done to music.
So that being said what I “see” in here is some “Tae BO” with the way you work some of the punches with bands on. Insanity with the way you use your body for the weight resistance, push-ups, and plyo. P90X2 PAP in the way the workouts are set up. You do a series of exercises rest for 30-45 seconds then do another series of 4-5 before your next water break and do that for 4-5 rounds and the last move you do in each workout is called “The Killer Move” where he does one move for about a minute all out.
TurboFire in the Cardio kickboxing aspect of the workout and REvabs with the crunches and doing either punches, kicks, elbows or some type move as you are coming up going down from the crunch.


Mike Karpenko, the trainer for these workouts, does a great job of keeping you motivated throughout the workout and I like the fact they have all different body types doing the workouts.


Overall I’m really enjoying the workouts and if you like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) or have a martial arts back ground I really think you will enjoy these workouts. One of the things they say in these is “to quit does not exist” as Mike likes to throw in sometimes, “you can hit pause, but don’t quit”, which I’ve had to do quite a few times, but always made it through.

The other thing I just want to add is I use Beachbody’s “E&E” formula before hand and the “P90X Recovery Formula” afterwards. When ordering the workouts there was an option for a “spray” for energy, but I was already familiar with the Beachbody product so just decided to stay with it.

I’ll update again as I continue my journey.

Any questions feel free to contact me
Keep Up The Good Fight
Rich Taub
Independent Team Beachbody Coach

Chalean Extreme “on the road workouts” Complete

This morning I just finished Chalean Extreme, a 90 day workout program which stresses about lifting heavy for less reps.

As with the other programs I haven’t lost much weight if any, but have noticed muscle definition that wasn’t there at the beginning of the program.
Because of doing these workouts for the most part “on the road”, my diet wasn’t exactly what it should’ve been according to the nutrition guide, but I am happy with my “toned”results.

As mentioned in previous blogs I continued with drinking my Shakeology and while on the road limited my P90x Protein Bars to one a day for a snack if needed.
Also even though I did use the P90X Recovery Formula, I used it only when I though I needed to and rarely used 2 scoops as it seemed that one usually did the trick.

Instead of doing the “Burn It Off” workout I substituted the Turbo Jam Fat Blaster that was included for two reasons. One the other was getting a bit boring and this was a good change of pace and shorter. Second I feel this is a good “warm-up” for Turbo-Fire which was just released and is the next workout on the agenda. The Fat Blaster workout has Interval training which is like what the basis of Turbo-Fire HIIT training is based on.

i would recommend this workout for someone to do, and if I were to do it again I would most likely do it as a “hybrid” type workout. There is a 4th phase which combines all the workouts but will take some time off from the regimen and wait for Turbo-Fire to arrive.

So till the next review
Keep Up The Good Fight
Rich Taub
Emerald Beachbody Coach

Chalean Exteme, on the road workouts, Lean Phase week 3

Week three is now complete of the Lean Phase and doing my workouts “on the road”.

I ended up getting a little off schedule this week because of hurting my back, so had to take a few additional rest days, but am back at it now.

So for week 3, Lean phase 1 and 2 were done on the road and Intervals, Phase 3 and Turbo Jam Cardio Fat Blaster was done at home.
Because of my back I didn’t do the ab workout this week and with my schedule actually it was difficult even getting in all the workouts. I did the Turbo Jam Fat Blaster workout again instead of the cardio program again to change things up and also since it has 4 Turbo Intervals in it, I figured it would be a good thing to do to get ready for Turbo Fire.

For the Interval workout I was able to increase the speed for some of the intervals, so finished some of the exercises before the did on the DVD. In some cases did a few extra or took advantage of catching my breath a bit.

The rest of the regimen remained the same for the most part, Shakeology daily, and in fact on one day had 2 Shakes because of the way my schedule was running, used the recovery formula as needed, and had the protein bars on the road with me :)

So next week will be the last week of Chalean Extreme and will most likely change up one of the rest days for a workout day because of my work schedule.

So till next report at the end of Chalean Extreme,
Keep Up The Good Fight
Rich Taub
Emerald Beachbody Coach

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