In the previous product review of TapouT XT, I was just 10 days in. Now, 20 days later, it is time to see how well this program is working. But before we get into results, it’s time to tackle the workouts that have been added due to the increase number of days.
At day 10, the Cardio XT DVD hadn’t been put in yet, but finished that second week’s worth of workouts. This is a lot of people’s favorite workout, and rightfully so; it’s just a good old fashioned get the heart rate up and keep moving workout. This is also the only DVD that was filmed in a different location and only has test group people in the video. Because of this setting change, personally it is one of my favorites. Additionally this video actually shows people having to stop mid workout to either get water, remove the hand weights, or just take a breather. Because of these things, people will be able to relate to this video a lot more.
Continuing on the next new DVD was Buns & Guns on week 4, day 2. This is the shortest workout, but just because it is only just over 30 minutes long, doesn’t mean you won’t get a workout in. The workout is broken down into three segments, buns, guns, then more buns. Ideally this DVD would be extended in future releases to be another 10 minutes or so to include a second guns routine. Because of these things, several people on message boards have mentioned they do the workout twice.
The next day Muay Thai is on the docket and it is a fun workout. Much like Cardio XT, this is just a get your heart rate up and keep moving. Nothing that wasn’t doable in this DVD and nothing that you wouldn’t see in a standard gym class offering the same thing. The benefit to this one though is it is at home. If you want a good sweat, this is one of the three videos that will bring it out in you.
The last video to complete of the 12 that come with the package is Ripped Conditioning. This workout is a lot different than the other workouts in that it is run more as a strength training session, than a cardio session. There’s a lot of great movements and band exercises, but getting the heart rate up doesn’t seem to be the goal here. Instead it is all about building that muscle.
So after 30 days there’s been a lot of mental changes for me with regards to the DVDs. Plyo for instance was always a bad one, but for whatever reason on day 29 it clicked and became a lot of fun. Ultimate Abs is always a killer and it seems to go back and forth between being one of my least favorite fifteen minutes to being able to crush most of it.
Hand weights are essential for several of the workouts and while they don’t come in the box, they are worth getting. Amazon has them for $15 and once you do a workout with them on, you will be asking yourself why aren’t they on for more. Seriously, I am thinking of wearing them during the next plyo workout.
The leg band is still a pain, but a trick to keep it from sticking to itself is to cover it in baby powder. The only downside is that likely by the halfway point of the workout, you will need to do it again, or just deal with the rolled up band like many.
The normal band that comes in the box is a good starting point, but likely by day thirty you will either be wrapping it around your feet a lot, or have gone out to buy more bands. Mike is always saying to use the right band, and this makes a huge difference.
Results are in after thirty days and the photos are below. When I started this journey I weighed in at 179.0 pounds, had a 40.5inch chest, 40inch hips and a 39inch gut (belly would be too nice of a word). At day 10 the weight was dropped down to 170.2, chest down to 39inches, hips down to 39inches and gut was at 37inches. Add another 20 days to the day 30 results and we have the following crazy results. Weight is 168.6, chest is now 37.5 inches, hips are 38.5 inches and belly is now 34.5 inches. In total in 30 days I lost 9 inches and 10.4lbs of fat.