TapouT XT Review Week 11 Recap - Are You Bringing It?

It is really easy to turn on the TapouT XT workout and just do what Mike tells you to.  This robot mode is not what's going to get you where you want to be.

Motivating yourself to get in front of the workout video is half of the workout equation.  The other half is making sure you are pushing yourself to improve.  You should be asking yourself.
  • Can I change my reps?
  • Can I use a stronger resistance band?

 

 How Can I Change My Reps?


Change the Rhythm
During the Cross Core Combat workout this last Saturday morning I caught myself doing punches at a steady rhythm.

Strike[pause][pause]Strike[pause][pause][pause]Kick

Really there is nothing wrong with this.  I was following the video, but it's Week 11 and these are not new moves to us.  Try changing the rhythm of the combinations.  Instead of doing the above do

Strike[pause]Strike[pause][pause]Kick
or
Strike [pause] Strike  Kick
or
Strike Strike [pause]  Kick

Not only does this keep things fresh and forces you to stay engaged with the workout, it is applicable to fighting.  You don't want to train your body to keep a certain rhythm.  It makes you predictable when you spar or fight.

Marines Practicing Punching

Change the Speed
You need to throw those punches like you mean it.  You don't build shoulder muscles and increase your endurance by throwing half ass punches, knees and kicks.
  • Rotate your body in your punches
  • Pull your strikes back quicker.  This helps you transition to the next move faster.
  • Imagine fighting someone in front of you.  Do your Jab / Cross to that person's face level.  Knee and Kick them stomach and below.

Are You Using Stronger Resistance Bands?


Another trap of robot mode is just grabbing the same resistance band.  You need to increase resistance otherwise your body will get used to doing the exercise.  Staying stagnant like this won't help you improve your muscular endurance and strength.  If you're concerned about getting huge, remember TapouT XT is setup to create lean muscle mass not bulk.  Also, according to the Mayo Clinic strength training has these benefits.
  • Develop strong bones. "By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis."
  • Weight Control. "As you gain muscle, your body gains a bigger "engine" to burn calories more efficiently"
  • Reduce injury. "Building muscle helps protect your joints from injury. It also contributes to better balance, which can help you maintain independence as you age."
  • Boost your stamina.
  • Help manage chronic conditions. "Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis."
  • Sharper focus. "Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults."
If you need information about what type of resistance bands to purchase, the TapouT XT resistance band review is a good place to start.

The things I write about each week usually stem from my own person struggles.  My hope is that when you read these weekly recaps you will possibly find something that helps you.

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Reference:
Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier - Mayo Clinic Staff

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