TapouT XT Review - 60 Day Progress

What are some of the physical changes can you expect to happen when you've done TapouT XT for 60 Days?  You'll see my Day 1 and Day 60 photos show some potential muscular changes.   If you're on a schedule similar to mine, you have 30 Days left in this cycle.  Find out how to make the most of your next / last 30 Days doing TapouT XT.

Physical Changes

Better Back Definition
Your back is such an important part of being well rounded physically, but everyone seems to focus on the front of your torso.  One thing I noticed right away with TapouT XT is that it tries to balance out the emphasis on your back (lower and upper) and the rest of your body.

Back Muscle Diagram

During the past 60 Days I've noticed more definition in my lower and upper back as you'll see in my Day 1 and Day 60 comparison photo section.

Leaner, Meaner Chest
At the start I was doing a combination of lifting weights with a sprinkling of Crossfit so I had some mass in my chest to start out with.  What's happened from doing TapouT XT is my chest has gotten more chiseled from exercises like Tapout Push Ups.

Abdominal Strength Keeps Coming
My abdominal muscles are still continuing to get stronger and more defined.  The strength comes from TapouT XT and the definition is from doing a better job of tracking what I eat.  You be the judge, but I think I have more rib meat from the 30 Day mark.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Exercises like squats and lunges are deeper now, and I'm able to push myself harder.  Now there's no stopping in the Tuck Jumps.  To make the most of using resistance bands,  I need a better way to track resistance band weight.

Day 1 and Day 60 Comparison

I started Day 1 at 159 pounds and weighed in at 154 pounds at Day 60.  That's a 3.1% drop in body weight.  I really don't think it would be healthy for me to get any lower than 151 pounds given my height, age and frame build.

Day 1 and Day 60 Comparison

Day 60 Back Muscles
As I mentioned above, my back muscles are more defined now.  Yeah, I also know the farmer's tans is also strong. :)

How to Succeed with TapouT XT

How can you make these next 30 days count the most?  That's what you should be asking yourself every time you do a 30 day progress report.  Come up with a list of stuff that worked and didn't work for you.  Get rid of the junk that's not working.  Here is what I came up with for stuff that works.

Track what you eat.  Find an app to help you or even a piece of paper.  Try not to keep a running total in your head.  That's what I was doing up till Week 7 when I started to use My Fitness Pal to track what I'm eating during the week.  I'm not going to lie to you.  I switch to keeping a running total in my head on the weekends.  It's not the perfect method, but at least I'm tracking 70% of my diet.

Make it easier for you to put together meals during the week.  Making a meal should not be a major task.  Here are some quick tips to help you.  The Week 8 Recap  has more details if you're interested.
  • Precook some basic components
  • Make one large dish ahead of time that can be used through the week
  • Chop some extra vegetables
  • Make it a seafood night

"Variety is the soul of pleasure." - Aphra Behn.  If you keep eating the same thing day in and day out you'll really start hating the diet portion of TapouT XT.  Try a couple of new recipes a week.  Expand out from the TapouT XT nutrition guide.

Keep Variety in Your Nutrition

Get your ass in front of the workout.  You don't have to tell me it's hard to motivate yourself to do TapouT XT workouts 6 days a week.  I struggle with it on a regular basis.  Keep going by
  • Changing the exercises up.  Starting with Week 7 there are some modified exercises.
  • Stop thinking, just do it.  Don't talk yourself out of doing the workout.
  • Get yourself a partner in crime.  Doing TapouT XT with a friend dramatically increases your chances of doing the workout.
  • Get in a routine.  Have a set time when you do your TapouT XT workout.
It's 60 Days in, you know the exercises already so get started immediately.  Don't wait for Mike to tell you to start.  If you've forgotten the move, watch it once and start.  You'll burn more calories because you've increased the time you're working out.

Earn it with sweat.  Bring that intensity!  When you first start, the exercises are unfamiliar.  Now there's no reason not to
  • Throw those strikes like you mean it
  • Focus on form.  Go back to the strike intro dvd and practice and listen to what they're saying.
  • Move your ass faster.  Do more Tuck Jump, 4 punches instead of 3, push yourself in the Groiner.
  • Increase your band resistance.
Practicing What I Preach. Earned with Sweat!!

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Looking Forward to the Next 30 Days

I want my abs to be so defined I scare small children!  This means losing that last amount of weight is the hardest thing to do.  It's going to happen by following my own advise above.  I'm already on track with the workouts, I just need to stay focused on the diet.

What are your next 30 days goals?  You will get the most out of TapouT XT if you
  • Track it
  • Figure out what worked and didn't
  • Set measurable goals
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