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TapouT XT 60 Day Review And 90 Day Update

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Many people have been questioning where the 60 day results are and what about my 90 day results. The 60 day results are in, but alas the 90 day won’t be in for another 90 days. This is due in part to the success of the 60 day results and as such I was asked to be apart of a challenge group. The group is competing against two other groups and the group with the best overall results will win some amazing prizes. As such, my 90 day results will be postponed as I have started the program over.

Below are my 60 day results though:
Weight: 165.2
Chest: 36.5
Hips: 38
Belly: 33.5

For a grand total of 13.8lbs lost in 60 days and 11.5 inches lost.

Overall the program has its ups and downs. As the program is progressing, I am finding I am enjoying the cardio workouts much more than the strength building workouts. There’s something about building a good sweat and having a good heart rate for 40-60 minutes worth of work versus the strength building workouts.

Because of the challenge group participation, I will be updating the workout progress at days 30, 60, and 90 for that.

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Mass Suit Workout Experiences

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Gear Spotlight

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At last year’s Fight Summit there was one product that seemed to have everyone buzzing with excitement. There were several resistance band products that were being shown, but one stood out because it was more than just a single band. It was a full body suit with resistance bands connected to your ankles, knees, elbows and hands. It is the Mass Suit.

The Mass Suit is a one-of-a-kind piece of workout equipment designed to help you increase your results faster than any other type of equipment.

I decided to try the Mass Suit out for a variety of experiences. The first was just putting it on and doing a couple of minor exercises. This included pushups, pull ups, short sprints, stairs, squats and punches. People asked how quickly I felt the effects of the suit, and the short answer is immediately.

Doing a pushup was completely different than doing it without the suit on. The downward motion of the pushup was almost forced upon me as the bands wanted to be in the shortest possible position. Pushing up with it on added a good deal of resistance, much like doing pushups with a child on my back or a weighted vest.

Pull ups were by far my favorite exercise as it was the only one that made the exercise easier. Everyone who has gone to a gym has seen the pull up machine where there is a selectable weight stack and it helps to do the pull UP part and you are supposed to go slow down. That’s exactly what the Mass Suit does, but without the crazy machine at home.

Continuing on with regular activities, I helped a friend who was moving load her car with some boxes. I figured, why not try the suit to see what it could really do. I did a test of four boxes with the suit, then four boxes without the suit on. Both sets were about equal weight and there were similar weighted boxes in each set; meaning if the first set had boxes weighing 20lbs, 10lbs, 10lbs, 8lbs, then the second set was close in its boxes also weighed around 20lbs, 10lbs, 10lbs, 8lbs.

Mass Suit On

Mass Suit On

I was immediately winded just lifting the first box and getting it down the stairs and into the car. The other three boxes were lighter and thus a bit easier, but it was crazy how much of a workout it was just moving a box from point A to point B. After the four I took the suit off, it was like the world was anew. The next four boxes seemed extremely light compared to the previous four and that was what I had expected.

I also decided to do part of a TapouT XT workout with the suit on. After about 15 minutes, the suit needed to come off. It was just too much with the intensity of the TapouT workout. But it was a great way to step up the intensity level.

There is a downside to the suit and that is figuring out how to get it on correctly. I was given the new suit, but the video and print documentation show images from the older version. It isn’t a big deal as Mass Suit customer service was quick to answer any and all questions I had.

Overall my experiences with the suit were positive and the effects were immediately noticed. The suit is now going to another writer to test it out in other settings and we will have another review of the product.

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TapouT XT Bands & Glove List

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Gear Spotlight

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The biggest question that seems to be asked when it comes to the TapouT XT workouts, is what bands do I need for the workouts. It helps to have the bands out and ready before the workout, rather than scramble to find the band mid workout.  In addition to which workouts require which bands, I’ve also included a list of which workouts to wear the gloves and where you can purchase 3rd party of each item.  The workouts are listed in order that you do them during the program

Workout Resistance Band Leg Band Weighted Glove
Cross Core Combat Yes No No
Strength & Force Upper Yes No No
Ultimate Abs No No No
Plyo XT No No If you want
Yoga XT No No No
Legs and Back Yes Yes No
Sprawl & Brawl No No Yes
Competition Core Yes No No
Cardio XT No No Yes
Buns & Guns Yes Yes No
Muay Thai No No Yes
Ripped Conditioning Yes No No

Third Party Items

ProSource Resistance Band Set of 5

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005D7GJQE/ref=oh_details_o05_s02_i00

 

GoFit Power Loops Set of 3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DOCRSE/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

 

j/Fit Weighted Cardio Gloves

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P2O7F6/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

TapouT XT Day 1 to Day 30

TapouT XT 30 Day Review

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Gear Spotlight

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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.

TapouT XT Day 1 to Day 30

TapouT XT Day 1 to Day 30

TapouT XT Day 1 to 30 Side profile

TapouT XT Day 1 to 30 Side profile

TapouT XT Day 1 to 30 Flex

TapouT XT Day 1 to 30 Flex

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Ten Days With TapouT XT

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Gear Spotlight

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The hardest part of any new workout or diet program is starting it and continuing it for the first ten days. It’s because of this that nearly every 90 day program wants you to take results at the ten day mark. But first, let’s take a look at what TapouT XT offers and how it differs from other 90 day programs.

Because of the name TapouT it’s obvious that they are trying to tap into the mixed martial arts fan base. And rightfully so. Many fans will automatically connect with seeing some of their favorite fighters not only in the promotional materials, but also working out. TapouT XT also says that there are no weights, no pull ups and no gym memberships. This is a great cost saver for those that have considered P90X which does require weights and a pullup bar.

Everything one needs is in the box for TapouT XT. This includes 13 DVDs, a nutrition guide, a 10 day slim down guide, 12 week workout guide, two resistance bands, a towel and some promotional materials. What’s not included in the box that are extras are hand weights and tighter bands.

The first thing one needs to tackle is the nutrition guides. They are vital to your success. I started with the 10 day slim down guide and I was a bit disappointed. Yes it had 10 days worth of meals planned for me, but it was in the form of Breakfast, Snack, Lunch or Dinner. Yes the last part said Lunch or Dinner. Was this supposed to be a “pick one meal to have and skip the other” or was I supposed to pick a lunch or dinner from a different day for the opposite meal?

Because of how I was eating prior, I opted to have three meals a day and up to two snacks. Most every meal I ate was modeled after the 10 day slim down guide; few carbs that weren’t a fruit, and a lot of salad and protein.

The regular nutrition guide is not without it’s flaws either. This guide doesn’t include snacks, but does offer the benefit of stating three meals per day. One thing that becomes immediately apparent is the portion size and what is really needed versus what we are used to eating.

Ten days worth of workouts and you tackle a variety of them. One great thing that is said a lot in the videos is that you shouldn’t be able to keep up with the people in the video, that they have been doing it for 90 days. Mike mentions taking breaks when you need it, which is a good thing for those just starting out.

Previous workout plans that I have tried to tackle seemed to focus on working specific muscles each day without overlapping much. TapouT XT likes to make you think that’s the case, but in doing the workouts, you realize that nearly every workout is a full body workout. While the first workout is Cross Core Combat and works your core, you will likely be sore everywhere. Moving onto day two of Strength Force Upper and Ultimate Abs, your core is still sore but you must push through it.

The third day is arguably the hardest workout in Plyo XT. This workout is made harder for a variety of reasons that could be fixed. Mike consistently calls the workout Legs instead of Plyo. He only mentions that it is Plyo one time. Additionally there are some edits in the video that make you wonder if your pace is completely off as they cut from person to person.

After Plyo, you are treated to a nice day of stretching in Yoga. Yoga will likely be the hardest day for many. Maybe not from a calories burned stand point, but it is very difficult to hold a pose for as long as is needed. And after the previous day’s Plyo, one of the first poses is a genie pose and one’s legs and gluts are on fire the entire time.

Legs & Back and Sprawl & Brawl round out the first week and these seem like cake walks compared to the previous four days. They aren’t easy workouts by any means, but they are placed there to make you feel like you are getting better. Repeat the first four workouts, and that’s where I am at after ten days.

So what are my results? In ten days I dropped 8.8lbs, lost 1.5 inches around my chest, 1 inch around my hips and 2 inches around my belly. By no means am I anywhere close to what they are calling a TapouT body, but maybe by day 90 I will get there. Next update will be at day 30 and look for videos and pics to be posted by then as well.