Does TapouT XT Really Get You MMA Fit?


Does TapouT XT work?TapouT XT says it is the most extreme workout on the planet, and that is inspired by mixed martial arts. It’s hard to deny that the fighters in the UFC have some of the leanest, most cut bodies out there, but have they really developed a DVD program that can give you those kind of results? We take a look at this system to see what you can expect, and to see if it’s worth giving it a shot.

Overview
Mixed martial arts is, as the name implies, a combination of different fighting forms all designed to get your opponent to tap out as quickly as possible. Some fighters might specialize in a certain form, such as Judo or Tae Kwon Do, while others might use a mixture of whatever it takes to get the job done. Since there aren’t many rules involved in the sport, and the amount of protective gear is minimal, you’ll see some pretty brutal take downs, as well as hooks that twist arms the way they’re not supposed to be twisted in an effort to get the person to surrender.

The Claim
TapouT XT claims that with their 12 different workouts you’ll be able to burn up to 1200 calories an hour. They say that you’ll lose weight, build up your lean muscle mass, and get ripped. They say that this cannot happen in just 90 days, and they provide a full 90 day guarantee to back it up. They say this doesn’t use any weights, and you won’t have to do anything like pull-ups or sign up for a gym membership. They say that it’s hosted by a pro-trainer that helps condition fighters in mixed martial arts.

The Hype
The hype comes from this being an MMA style workout program and lots of people wanting to get trained in this fighting format. It’s not actually going to teach you how to fight really, just how to mimic the moves in order to get your heart rate going and the sweat pouring.

The Cost
TapouT XT is $140 including shipping, broken down into payments of $60, $40, and $40. Compared to other intense training programs like P90X2 or Insanity, this is right in line with them.

Some people think that these price gouge a bit, since they’re are essentially DVD programs. But there is a lot of production value that goes into them, and the developers try to give you as much training as they can in one package. If you compare it to one-on-one training, it’s not very much at all. It’s more a matter of how much you get into it. If you treat it like they’re you’re coach and don’t create that mental separation of them being on TV, then it can work for you as if you were getting personal training for cheap.

The Commitment
If you thought regular workouts were tough, this is going to be killer. If you want the kind of body that these fighters have, you’ve got to be willing to work at it daily. That’s what they do. They eat, sleep, and breath fighting and training, so you have to get in that mentality. Eat like you’re training for a big fight, train like you’re trying to outdo the other guy’s training, and push it hard as if your career was riding on it. Even though none of this is true, it’s the sort of mind set you should have if you want to get that ripped body.

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Evaluation
TapouT XT is pretty comprehensive, and it’s all self-contained. Unlike other programs that start off with a base unit, and make you add upgrades to get the whole package, they include everything you’d ever want all in the box. We absolutely love that they cover you for the entire time that they say it takes to complete the program. So many other products out there offer only a 30 or 60 day guarantee you when their system takes a full three months to complete. With this you don’t have to make up your mind on whether or not you want to keep it until you see the full results.

Fighter Fit, Not Ring Ready
Just remember that if you want to learn a martial art, this isn’t going to do it for you. This is mostly focused on aerobics and strength training, and only dabbles in the actual martial arts aspect. This would be a good training program to do in conjunction with learning the fighting behind it. However, if you’re just going for the aesthetic then this should provide the results you’re looking for.

Final TapouT XT Review

TapouT XT is pretty unique in that there isn’t another program that offers as much as this does, and is designed to get you looking like an MMA fighter. If you want to capture some of that intensity and put it to use in a focused and strategic way, this is it. Their Sprawl and Brawl, and Muay Thai programs alone will have you feeling like you could take people on in a fight. Just don’t let it fool you though, and don’t start picking fights with people just because of your newfound fitness and agility.

Our Recommendation
This program is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of MMA or UFC. Once you start seeing your body transform, it can be addictive and you’ll find yourself wanting to workout instead of dreading it. That’s when the tipping point occurs, when you find that the routines are pulling you towards them, rather than you having to push yourself to do a workout.

Official Website: Tapout XT

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Klagh September 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Tapout’s got some fantastic review and it’s no different here I see. I think I’ve seen enough and I’m pretty much ready to make the purchase. Damn, 1200 calories an hour? How crazy is that?! You know what, I’d rather workout like crazy for an hour and burn a ton of calories instead of going slow and having to work out several hours. But that’s just me.

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T.O. Girl September 14, 2012 at 2:38 am

I’m on my third week doing the TapOut XT program, loosing .5 to 1 pound a day! Proper nutrition is a must. I’m a 31 yr. old female and I weight 122 lbs. as of right now.

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Jubai November 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hi, I’ve been looking into this program and I can not seem to find if it will work for people who do not need to lose weight. I am a tall thin man who can not gain or lose weight if i try will i still be able to bulk up from this?

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Kari April 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Today I started day one of week 9! It is truly the first day of the entire program that I felt I wanted to quit….it NEVER gets easier! I love it and I look forward to coming home after work and working out. I enjoy Mike Karpenkos personality and the constant change-up in the day-to-day routines (Yoga XT leaves much to be desired — for me anyway.) But anyway, to answer your question, Jubai, I did not purchase Tapout to lose weight. I’m in pretty good shape and have done TaeBo regularly since 2008. I purchased Tapout to become more defined and toned. I’ve definitely seen the most results in my upper body and my core and I am pleased. I would like to see more results in the lower body as this is where I need the most work. Overall, I feel the entire program leans heavily towards core and upper body strength but I have enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. It’s hard and you have to be dedicated. Diet is 70% of your results. Good luck!

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Steven April 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I am sure that you will gain some muscle and be in better cardio shape, but I doubt you will bulk up too much. If muscle gain is your first priority I would recommend P90X.

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Vicki November 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I have done Tapout for 80 days and have loved it. It’s hard and requires commitment but its been fun and motivating. I did martial arts in college and it was the main reason I tried Tapout. I haven’t made the extreme body changes that I wanted but I have made changes and my clothes fit better and I feel better. I would recommend it to my friends, with the warning of you must be committed to do this or it won’t work.

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Alex November 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Thanks for this review! I just got this in the mail today and I am stoked! I have been an avid runner for the last 6 years, but kind of lost my passion for it. I put on 8 pounds in 6 weeks! I am hoping this keeps me interested AND gets me back into shape.

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Jess February 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I love it. For once I look forward to going home after work and working out. I’m in the middle of week three right now, I haven’t lost any weight, in fact I’ve gained a few pounds, however my clothes fit better and I already have a lot more muscle tone and my butt is getting perky! I haven’t changed my eating habits too much although I eat pretty healthy anyways (the food suggestions that came with Tapout XT are pretty much my diet). It’s an intense workout and often I find myself struggling, but at the days go on, I can feel myself getting stronger and as my body changes it charges my motivation to keep it going.

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CJ February 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

90 day money back guarantee and 1200 calories an hour burnt? What’s not to love about that? LOL To put things in perspective though, at 140 it is a little too expensive. Although I’m willing to pay some premium for a product that works, I won’t know that until I try, which is the reason why I love the 90 day money back guarantee. It’s a great deal no matter how you slice it.

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Amanda Brown March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I am in week three. I haven’t lost weight but have actually gained a few pounds. I am a runner and have done insanity over the years also. I definitely notice body changed and can do more than when I started with the workout overall. I eat healthy to begin with, low calorie, organic mostly veggie meals; so I did not cut calories when I started. I would love to lose a size in clothes to fit back into my previous size. Overall I am excited and ready each day to do the work out. The work out is hard, but I can’t believe the truth to 1200 calories a day for someone my size because the cardio isn’t very intense on all the videos. Some are very intense..

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Niklas April 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

I would have to agree with Amanda. There is just no way you will burn 1200 calories a day, atleast not with most of them. Still it’s a fun program, atleast so far (in the middle of week 3).

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Jeff May 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Why do you have a review on TapouT XT with all of these links to a different product? Seems like you either have incorrect links or there is some kind of weird affiliate program you have going with reviewing one product but selling another.

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Ivan June 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

To those who have been using this product, how does the rotation work?
I received the 12 CDs as a gift from a friend, without all the other included items.
Do I do CD 1 on day 1, CD 2 on day 2, and so on, and then CD 1 again on day 13?
Also, is it designed to do every single day?

Thanks!

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Heidi July 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

It comes with a calendar! Just type in “Tapout XT Calendar” in google and just print it out.

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Shanz July 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I did MMA in Germany while i was in the Army so when I saw this program I knew it would be fun! I’m on my 3rd week and have lost 21 lbs! I do the DVDs every other day. I work in the hospital so I walk A LOT and well, some days I’m too tired so I just don’t do it every day but I’m still loving the results! If you’re not pouring sweat by the end of the videos you’re not doing them right! They are a challenge but I believe anybody who puts their mind to it CAN do these workouts! I am a 5’9, 29 yr old female. After 2 back to back pregnancies I went from 143 to a whopping 250! I got TAPOUT XT because I wanted the “old me” back. The healthy eating, gym loving, STRONG woman! These exercises are AWESOME. Getting started was a little challenging. I still have pain from a spinal compression fracture so I only lasted through maybe 30 minutes of the first few videos but it got better as my back got stronger. Now Ive got muscles hurting that have never hurt before! The best part about this is you’re using your own body instead of the gym equipment to lose weight and build muscle. I still want to get back into weight lifting but as far as exercising, why go to the gym everyday to workout when you can get BETTER results from your own home. All in all, I love TAPOUT XT and am so excited to see what the NEW ME looks like! Good luck to all of you:)

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Cdhops July 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I absolutely loved Tapout XT. I got great results. I gave up working out at gyms along time ago, because it just took to much of my time. I have completed Tapout XT, Insanity and P 90X. I got good results from all of them, but I preferred Tapout XT the most.

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Andres Vargas August 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

What I love about MMA training is that it doesn’t make claims that aren’t true. The makers don’t promise you big muscles or six pack abs, they advertise a system that will make you fit. And brother, will this stuff make you fit! A by product of this kind of training is that you will experience some fat loss and muscle gain, but don’t go expecting to be all buff and manly when you look in the mirror. If you watch a MMA fight, the fighters are very rarely built like a traditional model or body builder. This is because definition of muscle is about controlled diet, not training methods.

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