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TapouT XT 2 Total Body XT, 8 Pack Abs and Cross Core Combat 2 Reviews

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on May 30, 2013 by mistransformation

logo-xt2In my last post I reviewed the “Hurl” workout and I was enthusiastically considering purchasing the TapouT XT2 program. I have since had the opportunity to do 3 more workouts from the series.  While I did like the workouts, I didn’t find them as exciting as the Hurl workout so I don’t think I want to purchase the whole shebang anymore.  I do however plan on trying more workouts from the series through my DVD rental program at Keneticflix.

Total Body XT

This is a 60 minute workout that uses the strength band and the ball. It does just what it says:  It targets every muscle group in your body.  There are many variations of the pushup and biceps curls with the band.  You will definitely burn out your biceps and shoulders (provided you use a high level band). I liked the sinister circle move where you sort of ran side to side around the ball in a plank position.

One caveat is that working with the bands can be sort of a pain because they are hard to change position.  It takes time from the workout.  Plus if you need to adjust it that can take away a rep or two from the movement.

I did feel that it hit every muscle group and the workout is dynamic enough that this isn’t piddly work it just isn’t something I want to do over and over again.

8 Pack Abs XT

This is a 25 minute workout that targets the abs.  This workout starts out and gives you the impression that it is going to be easy but after about 10 minutes into it your abs begin to burn and you understand why Mike tells you that he is “carving” the abs. This workout uses the ball only.

Cross Core Combat 2

This workout is about 65 minutes in length and targets not just your abs but your core.  This workout is longer and more dynamic than the 8 Pack Abs workout.  You will use the ball, strength bands and optional weighted gloves for this workout.  A lot of moves are done in plank position but then there is an added element to it such as a twist or a side plank.  There are a lot of punching drills in the workout utilizing the band.  Sometimes I felt like I was losing some of my range of motion because of the band but maybe I was using too high of a strength band.  Mike does tell you to adjust your bands if needed.

All in all these workouts aren’t bad workouts.  A few things.  I do like Mike the trainer but he was a bit cockier in these than in the Hurl workout and I just didn’t feel as gripped by these workouts as I did the others.  Not enough to stop me from trying others but enough that I don’t want to commit to purchasing the whole package.
Also these are not beginner workouts.  These workouts are for seriously committed folks.  Could I do each and every movement – not on your life – I cannot do jumping pushups my hands are my money maker and I can’t risk hurting my wrist.  I just modify as I need but it is only on a few moves.

TapouT XT2 Hurl XT Workout DVD Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on May 12, 2013 by mistransformation

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It wasn’t too long ago the the original TapouT XT workout came out.  Maybe two years ago at the most. I remember seeing the infomercials and thinking it looked like a solid workout program.  I’m not a fan of buying a complete program however and that one bypassed me.

Then last year the TapouT XT2 program came out and promised to be even more extreme than the first program.  I glanced through the workouts and saw that one was named Hurl – well that sounded like a challenge that I wanted to partake in.  Nevertheless, I didn’t want to buy the complete program.  One of the best things I have done was buy a subscription to Kineticflix.  It’s sort of like Netflix but completely geared towards fitness/dance DVDs.  They are really good about getting the latest DVDs and programs (including beachbody programs) and you can try them one at a time without committing to purchasing an entire program.  I wanted to try the TapouT XT2 Hurl XT workout for a while now but just kept putting it off.  Then I saw it was available and I decided I was going to put that at the top of my queue.

To view the TapouT XT2 system click this link:  http://www.tapoutxt.com/xt2-index.html

You will notice that the system primarily uses a weighted/handled ball, strength bands, a jump rope, and weighted gloves.  Some of these are optional and are to intensify the workouts (the gloves).

For Hurl XT you need the ball, a jump rope and weighted gloves.  I used my own light ball and used my weighted gloves.  My 10 lb ball would have been WAY too much weight. Their ball is 4 lbs.  I also used my simulated cardio jump rope instead of a real jump rope.  You could just jump in place during those segments.  You could bypass the gloves completely.  I had to take them off about halfway through as after getting up and down off the floor they started cutting into my hands and I knew I could go harder if I took them off.

This workout was roughly 56 minutes long.  There was a very thorough 7 minute warm up.  The circuits are done in 10 minute blocks (except the final one is a little shorter).  The cardio movements are dynamic mostly being plyometric in nature. You will do a lot of jumping, a lot of pushups, a lot of squats, squat jumps, squat jacks, burpees, sprawls, etc.  There is a short water break between blocks.  Just enough time to grab a sip and towel off.  After the final block you do a minute long Killer Move which was a combination of a burpee and lateral knee tuck jump.  There was a 2 minute cooldown/stretch. I do not think this was enough for this type of intense workout and even the trainer tells you that you should do more stretching on your own.

This workout was right up there with the intensity of the DailyBurn Inferno workouts except this one was longer (the longest Inferno workout is 40 minutes but most of them are 30 minutes).

I loved the sense of accomplishment I got from completing the workout.  I felt invigorated and I felt the endorphins kick in.  My body felt like it had been on a bar-b-que grill.  Did I “hurl?”  No but like I said, had I used my 10 pound ball I think I would have for sure.

I like the trainer/creator Mike Karpenko.  He was pretty much get in, get out, get the job done type of guy and he wasn’t bad to look at either.

I am seriously considering buying this whole program.  I love intense workouts.

Ballet Body: Core Ultimate Tummy Tightener w/ Leah Sarago DVD Review

Posted in Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on May 6, 2013 by mistransformation

BalletCore

About a month ago I won this workout DVD from Brooklyn FitChick’s blog.  I was really excited to try it.

This DVD is roughly 45 minutes long and doesn’t require any equipment except a mat for the floor segment.  It doesn’t really have a formal warm up it just goes straight into the 9 minute standing toning segment.  I found some of this very challenging.  A lot of the standing moves focus on balance and balance is not one of my strong points.  I did like this segment and I also wish it had been a bit longer.  It started to pick up and almost had a mild cardio effect from moving faster. Then it ended just as it was picking up.

The floor toning segment is 30 minutes long.  Leah does some tucking movements and movements to work not only your front abs but also your obliques.  Some of the techniques she uses like these little circle movements in the holds are really effective and you will feel the burn.  Sometimes the burn was so intense that I had to come out of it for a moment and then go back into it.

The workout ends with a 6 minute stretch.

The set was calming and serene.  The music was sort of funky.  Leah is knowledgeable and serious.   If you can only do workouts that have a fun factor or an instructor with a cheerleader-type personality then this will not be a workout for you.  If you are looking for a serious ab toning workout with a few new techniques then this may just be up your alley.

I would give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Thanks to Brooklyn FitChick for offering this on your blog.  Find Brooklyn FitChick’s blog here: http://brooklynfitchick.com/

LowerBodyBallet

Since I liked the core workout so much and I enjoy lower body barre workouts, I thought I would try this one in the series. I like to do barre workouts because although I’m old school squats, lunges and deadlifts, I feel that barre workouts just get into those nooks and crannies of your butt/legs that those movements just don’t hit.  I have to be honest and say that I didn’t like it as much as the core workout.  It did burn and I’m sure it was effective but I’m used to doing barre workouts which have a bit of a cardio effect in the standing portions.

The standing portion of this workout is 34 minutes.  You will need either a sturdy chair or a workout barre for this segment of the workout.  There are portions facing the barre and portions where you are sideways to the barre.  The relevés and pliés with the circle movements really get your quads burning.  The standing segment will also get your calves burning as well.  The lunge-like movements with leg lifts while facing the barre will make the buttock of your standing leg really feel an intense burn.

There is a 7 minute floor toning segment for which you will need a mat.  These movements are mostly one-legged bridge lifts with some interesting techniques thrown in.  After this portion your butt will be fried!

Thankfully this workout has a very thorough 13 minute stretch.

Again, like the core workout, this does not have a fun factor (unless you are a masochist).  So you may not like it if you only go for workouts like that.

I would give this workout a 3 out of 5 stars because the techniques really are effective.  I just prefer other barre type workouts to this one.