Tapout XT | Review | Comparison

I recently purchased TapoutXT, a new 90 day workout program that I’ve seen advertised on TV that is based on MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training.

Now before I start the review, I know some people may look at my site and say “you’re a Independent Team Beachbody Coach why are you doing workouts that aren’t Beachbody?
Well, the truth is there are a lot of Beachbody coaches do things besides Beachbody workouts.  Some do Kettlebells, Zumba, Tae Bo, Tuff Mudders, Marathons, Bike riding, MMA, Swimming, Kangoo, I think you get the idea. Variety is the spice of life, and though some people can keep doing the same workout over and over, others like to try different things and enjoy doing many different workouts.
I’ve been involved in martial arts for many years.  Workouts that have some type of martial arts involved, I usually enjoy, so decided to check this out.

So now for the “review”

As mentioned I just started this and from what I’ve done  and previewed the workouts are similar to other 90 day programs. Workout 6 days and rest on day 7.
It looks like it’s divided into 3 phases, though it doesn’t say that, the calendar looks like there are 3 four week blocks.

The first month starts with Cross Core Combat, Strength & Force Upper + Utimate Abs, Plyo XT, Yoga XT, Legs and Back, Sprawl and Brawl then Rest day.
Week 2 you swap some of the workouts for Competition core, CardioXT + Ultimate Abs
Week 4 Buns and Guns, and Muay Thai is added to the schedule.
Month 2 Ripped Conditioning is added the schedule and month 3 all the workouts are put into the schedule.

The program seems well put together and is similar to other programs.  Take your picture and measurements before hand and only get on the scale 5 times. Day 1, 10, 30, 60, and 90. The reason after day 10 is they have a 10 day slim down program.
I also like they give some tips mentioning about not to worry if you have trouble doing the moves, hit pause if you need to, and use a resistance band that will work for you. There is one that comes with the the program, but only you know if it’s good for you.

The big thing they say is that this is not a self defense program. Being a martial artist this is a big deal because it makes me cringe when I hear people doing Tae Bo or KenpoX from P90X and think they can go defend themselves.

Mike Karpenko is the instructor for this workout and has trained MMA fighters. He has a good attitude and does keep you motivated. The “catch phrase” for TapoutXT is “COME AND GET IT“. You’ll also hear him say about not quitting, hitting pause if you need too, and “pop pop” talking about punches and “load and explode“.
There are a lot of plank type moves, straight arms and on your elbows, so if nothing else you will build your arms and core.

The nutrition program looks sound, and another thing I like is it not only talks about Whole Grains but goes into some detail about why and what to look for, same with Dairy, Understanding Carbs, Proteins, Fats, Saturated Fats, TransFats, Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats. I haven’t seen this type explanation in other books. It also talks about eating certain foods depending on your mood to help you change your mood if needed. There is also a section on healthy choices for High protein and Low-Fat, and Low Carb.

So how does this compare with other programs?

The best way to describe it is a combination of Insanity, P90X, P90X2, TurboFire and REVabs.
It’s not the continuous high intensity that Insanity is though you will see some of the jumping moves in Plyo that you see in Insanity. The Yoga reminds me alot of P90X Yoga, and you’ll see some moves in here that are also in other P90X workouts. The push kicks in here remind me a lot of Chalene and her Turbo workouts. There is actually a lot of floor work coming up from a crunch position and doing leg strikes, punches, elbow strikes or mountain climbers which is a lot like Revabs along with some Capoeira.

People doing “extreme” type workouts I think would enjoy this especially if you like the “martial arts” flavor in your workouts.

Any questions feel free to contact me
Keep Up The Good Fight
Rich Taub
Independent Team beachbody Coach
P90X Certified

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7 Responses to Tapout XT | Review | Comparison

  1. I wondered what this program was like. Thanks for the insight. I’d like to try it one day. Maybe soon now!

  2. Darren

    I like that you are looking at Programs outside of Beachbody. I wonder what other companies have to offer and this sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

  3. Mary Riley

    I’ve seen others post that they have done this program but I had no idea what it was like. Thanks for the review as now I don’t feel so out of it 😉

  4. I was curious to what this program was like as well. It looks fun from what you made it sound! I may look into this one day!

  5. Dimi

    I started this programme yesterday and it totally wiped the earth with me. I managed 15 minutes. It’s tough, especially for someone who is (very) out of shape. I’m going to keep doing it, and I’ll be back at the end of week 2 to let you know whether or how much I’ve improved since day 1 of it.

  6. Richard

    Definitely keep me update, always anxious to hear others opinions on the workouts :)

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