Wednesday, June 13, 2012

To Quit Does Not Exist - TapouT XT

For the past several months (OK, probably more like a year), I've been going to see a personal trainer twice a week, eating junk, and not really doing any other exercise.  This has not been working for me.
Plus, lately I've been getting burned out on the trainer sessions and skipping on a fairly regular basis.  This has not been helping the way my clothes fit at all.

I have a couple of friends on Facebook who have been posting about a workout called TapouT XT, so I got curious and visited their website.  I watched the infomercial and decided to give it a go.  I ordered it late one Sunday night and waited patiently for the workouts to arrive.  Next, I started the procrastination.  Of course, this is me we are talking about.  I got the DVDs a couple of weeks ago and just started the workouts on Monday.  Since this is me we're talking about, I also had this brilliant idea that I would be running 4-5 days a week AND doing these workouts 6 days a week.  Um, yeah, maybe eventually but not so much from couch to twice a day workouts right off the bat. 

Sunday night I took before pictures in my bikini (which I haven't worn in public in about 4 years).  It is not pretty.  I couldn't bring myself to measure or weigh.  I know, I know.  I have an idea of what my weight is, so I'll know how much weight I've lost at the end within a pound or two.  See that, I'm thinking positively about this thing already. 

So far, I've completed 2 of the workouts. 
Day 1 was "Cross Core Combat".  This workout is no joke.  There were a lot of pushups, which are my kryptonite.  I had to come up with my own modifications for a lot of the moves, but I got through the workout and still managed to burn just over 500 calories.  Not too shabby for a 45 minute workout.  This workout took a lot more space than I expected, so I was rolling into furniture at first. I'll get that figured out before the next time (I've been doing these in my bedroom).

Day 2 was "Strength & Force Upper" along with "Ultimate Abs XT".  I liked this workout a lot better than the first one.  There was some floor work (which I did on my knees again), but there was also a lot of resistance band work which I liked.  My upper body was burning by the end, more than it ever has after any weight training workout.  The Ultimate Abs workout is ~15 minutes of ab hell.  That's all I can really say about it.  My goal is to get to a point where I don't have to take any rest breaks during the moves for the 15 minutes.  Day 2 was a little over an hour of workouts, and I managed to burn 674 calories.  Not bad.

Today is Day 3, and I'm looking forward to Plyo XT after work.  I know it's going to be tough, but I still can't wait.

My next progress photo will be after 10 days.  My plan is to post the progress photos as I go, I'm hoping for a noticeable difference after 10 days... 


Nate said...

I myself am doing this work out. Plyo was hell. Tonight is Yoga, hope that goea better because my legs are like rubberbands after the Plyo workout last night.

Dimi said...

I'm on the third day today. Wow. Day 1 was awful-- I couldn't even make it through the routine-- and day 2 was awesome!

For reasons explained on my blog (no need to blah blah on yours), I'm following week 4 and I'll be returning to week 1 next week.

So far, it's been interesting. The thing I like most about Tapout is that it definitely keeps you motivated.

I hope you return to blogging! I want someone to chat to about this Tapout XT thing! :)

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Started on Thursday after getting them on Wednesday. First one was hard, second I handled but I gave everything s go even if I didn't do the full reps. I did complete the killer move in the strength and upper force and Ultimate abs.
Plyo after work this evening. I am expecting it to hurt in a good way

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