Tap Out Exercise Video Review
If you want to work out at home and like exercise videos then you might want to look into Tapout. You don’t get to knock anyone out but you do get to learn the correct form on all sorts of martial arts moves. There’s some strength involved but it’s mainly cardiovascular. These exercises are really fun. I’ve worked out to all of them numerous times and I’m always panting and smiling. The coach Mike Karpenko is entertaining, but he needs to eat a brownie (he’s too skinny!)
Each video is under an hour which makes them all doable. There’s 13 different videos that come in the package which includes: Muay Thai, Competition Core, Ultimate Abs (it’s really not that hard), Legs and Back (not much of a leg workout but super great to strengthen your back), Plyo XT (it’s not really plyometric like Insanity or P90X Plyo, but still a heart-thumping workout), Strength & Force Upper Body, Cardio XT (this one is super hard and really boring), Ripped Conditioning, Buns & Guns, Sprawl & Brawl, Yoga XT (this one works your shoulders like no other yoga I’ve tried), Cross Core Combat, and the instructional video: Strike Training.
All these videos come with a resistance band and one leg band. I suggest getting two bands, each with a different resistance. One reason for the two sizes is that some exercises are too easy and some are too hard. You also want one that’s stronger so when you get used to the exercises, you can increase your weight-loss and strengthen your muscles (otherwise you’ll plateau and won’t get any further results).
The leg band is a thin piece of rubber that you place around your ankles for the leg workouts. It works great for about three minutes until it rolls up your leg into a string and starts tearing your skin. It’s really painful. See if they offer a better quality one than you get for free, or buy a good leg band at your local sporting goods store.
All-in-all I give this series a two-thumbs up. The videos are really fun, a great deal for the money, and provide intense cardio workouts.