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