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


Information On How To Deal With Your Back Pain

Although the name implies it, back pain does not only affect the back. The pain will initially start in a portion of the back, such as the lower back or upper back, but over time, if left untreated, the pain spreads to other areas of the back and even to areas, such as, the arms and legs. If you would like to prevent this from happening to you, read the following article for back pain tips.


Listening to your body can be vitally important in avoiding debilitating back pain. Especially as you grow older, resist the temptation to push yourself past the onset of pain in your back. The first pains you feel in the area are warning signs; you need to heed them and let your back rest as soon as they appear.

When you hurt your back, usually hamstring stretching exercises can prove to be very helpful. If the muscles on the backs of your thighs are tight, they can usually cause your lower back to experience a lot of unnecessary stress and pain. You should stretch your hamstring muscles at least twice a day for 45 seconds at a time.  This is also why it’s important to stretch when the body is warm after a workout.  Besides being more flexible at this time it also prevents “blood pooling” in the veins and arteries.


To help you avoid excruciating back pain, avoid carrying a heavy backpack or shoulder bag. When people carry bags, which are too heavy, the stress on their shoulders engages their back and can cause the back to be overworked. This can cause serious back pain, which may take years of physiotherapy to rehabilitate.

An inversion table is a great tool for helping people with back pain. It essentially turns you upside down and reverses the force of gravity, allowing the ideal shifting of your body, weight, and proportionate back. Therefore, it can go a long way in alleviating back pain symptoms and forcing correction.


Many claim that strengthening the abdominal muscles can actually help to prevent against back pain and even relieve existing back pain. This is because the abdominals stretch around your side and back and aren’t just those “washboard” muscles in your lower stomach. If you strengthen this group of muscles, you can prevent back pain.

There are also many exercise programs that incorporate some type of “ab” workout and there are more now that are incorporating strengthening the back along with the abs.  One of the biggest proponents of this Brett Hoebel, the creator of the Beachbody program Revabs, and was also one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser a few seasons ago. One of the things he continually says during his workouts is “..you can’t have strong abs without a strong back..” emphasizing the importance of exercise and having strong back muscles to avoid injuries.

A good mattress is vital to a healthy back! Mattresses seem to be very expensive and even over priced in a lot of instances, but nothing should keep you from getting a good one. Do your homework, test drive the different brands available and sink some money into a serious mattress that will provide you with years of quality sleep and help alleviate back pain!


If you suffer from lower back pain, you may want to consider using heat therapy. The heat helps reduce inflammation in the back, which can reduce your pain. Your could apply a heat pad to your back when you are sitting down or you can soak in a warm bath. But don’t neglect talking with or seeking professional help if it feels serious or continues to get worse.

As stated before, back pain does not only affect the back, as the name implies. The pain starts in an area of the back and migrates to other areas of the back and body, when left untreated. Hopefully the tips from this article to prevent your back pain from spreading throughout your body.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me, and you can also check out Revabs here :)

Keep Up The Good Fight

Rich Taub
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
P90X Certified

REVABS- The 4×4


For those folks that have done RevAbs there is now a “bonus” workout that is included called The 4×4 that you can purchase separately.

The 4×4 is 4 rounds of exercises, each round consisting of 4 moves that you do for 1 minute each. For those that have done P90X2 it’s kinda like doing one of the P.A.P. workouts in that you do a round take a short break, then the next round etc. till the workout is complete.

Below is a little more of a description from my Team Beachbody Site:

In this high-intensity, low-impact workout, Brett brings you another level of ab sculpting, including some of the hottest capoeira-based strength training and cardio moves straight from Brazil. All you need is a 4 x 4 space and your own body weight to help you burn off the fat and reveal tight, toned abs—all while strengthening your whole body.

My take on this workout, it’s a total body workout having you work in the plank/pushup position, sit-up type work, with some familiar moves from the RevAbs workout. This is not an “easy” workout, but is a good challenge and fun.

If you have any questions on this or any other RevAbs workouts feel free to contact me.

Keep Up The Good Fight
Richard Taub
Independent Team Beachbody Coach

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