Tapout XT vs. Extreme Workouts – In Depth Comparison Review

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Over the past few years, I have come up with one excuse after another of why I can’t participate in any extreme workouts. I really did have some pretty good reasons; however, I recently decided that

maybe I have been fooling myself into thinking these reasons were truly acceptable. I finally made the decision to commit to an intense fitness program so that I can finally see some real results.

After reading this excellent RushFit vs Tapout XT vs Bas Rutten vs ESP-EC MMA workout review, my curiosity was sparked not only because they are an intense style workout, but also because of the fact you do not need a lot of equipment to complete the various routines.

UPDATE: Tapout XT 2 review can be read here.

I am now trying to decide between different extreme programs. I researched different workout reviews that ultimately resulted in fitness transformations. I did a RushFit vs Tapout XT,  P90X/P90X2 comparison, as well as Insanity, Asylum, and TurboFire comparisons.

Because of the many questions and popularity I also added my own in depth Rushfit specific review here.

Concept Comparison

Tapout XT vs RushFit

This is obviously one of the most important aspects when determining which workout program is best for you. It was interesting learning about the different workout facts regarding the philosophy and concept for each fitness program.

It appears to me that all concepts are effective. The one you choose will depend on your personal preference and whether the workout follows a philosophy you will be able to physically handle. I hope you enjoy this section comparing the different concepts.

I give a quick overview of each product and then dive into comparisons.


I ran across Rushfit and it costs less and just as good a product with MMA UFC Champ Georges St-PierreLOVE IT! RushFit is an 8-week mixed martial arts program created by Georges St-Pierre, UFC Champion and MMA fitness trainer.  It is designed for anyone at any fitness level because it has three training plans:  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  This is not only great for a beginner to allow you to gradually push past any limits you have set for yourself, but also great if you are already in shape and want to advance to the next level of fitness.

The workouts consist of five minute rounds of high intensity circuits followed by 60 second rest periods.  There are five rounds in total.  RushFit contains more cardio conditioning than Tapout XT and many MMA experts have used RushFit for training.

Something I really like about RushFit is that it allows time for extra cardio conditioning workouts for people who enjoy different sports, such as track or swimming.  Tapout XT does not allow time to train for other sports.  If you do train while using Tapout XT, you risk over-training your body.  If you are not into other sports and want to follow the program strictly, then you can choose to perform their cardio workouts.  It’s a win-win situation with RushFit.

Visit the Rushfit official page here and I found this review that is real good to read here of Rushfit.

Tapout XT

Tapout XT, created by fitness expert Mike Karpenko, uses the concept of RIPP (Rapid Fire, Interval, Precision, and Power). Mike Karpenko utilizes Mixed Marital Arts to combine strength exercises, core exercises, cardio exercises, and explosive power exercises to create an extreme style fitness program for a full body workout.

The only equipment needed for this Mixed Martial Arts style program is resistance bands that actually come in the package. I have to say this sounds very interesting to me. I do not want to have to purchase a lot of bulky equipment just to complete a fitness program.

I liked this video comparing RushFit vs P90X vs Insanity. Especially the RushFit discussion starting at 5 minutes 24 seconds.

However, I still love Rushfit now and recommend you check it out here.


The P90X2 program, created by Tony Horton, uses the concept of muscle confusion. This concept prevents your muscles from getting used to the same movements over and over again. When this happens, your muscles cannot reach their full potential. Muscle confusion forces your muscles to work harder through the different selection of exercises.

Although I found this is definitely a sound concept, I was surprised at the amount of equipment necessary to get the full benefit of P90X2. Equipment recommended includes: chin up bar, resistance bands or dumbbells, foam roller, stability ball, medicine balls, and Powerstands (Optional). I did like the fact that Tony Horton does provide alternatives to some of this equipment.

I liked this P90x2 video with Tony Horton and the ESPN guys Mike and Mike:

Insanity and Asylum

These two have similar concepts. In fact, they are both created by Shaun T. Asylum is basically an advanced version of Insanity. The concept behind these two extreme workouts is Max Interval Training.

This is a cardio concept with a twist. Instead of working out at a consistent pace, you will actually exercise as fast as you can for a longer period of time and then rest for a shorter period of time. Therefore, if you exercised at your maximum exertion level for three minutes, you would then rest for 30 seconds and then go back to the maximum exertion.

What I really liked about the Insanity fitness program is you do not need any special equipment. This is a big plus in my book. The Asylum workout program requires a speed rope and agility ladder, which are included in the package.

This is my favorite non-MMA workout. Read a more in-depth review of the insanity workout here.

I only do an Insanity video here for ya:


TurboFire, by Chalene Johnson, uses the concept of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This is different than Max Interval Training in that you will work out at maximum exertion for shorter periods of time and rest for longer periods of time. The only equipment needed for this intense fitness style routine is the resistance bands that come with the package.

Program Contents Comparison

  • RushFit – 7 workouts, 3 training plans, nutrition guide, workout guide, and DVD slipcase.
  • Tapout XT includes: 12 MMA workouts, Strike Training DVD, nutrition guide, fitness guide, resistance bands, training band, Ultimate Abs XT DVD, 10 Day Slim-Down Plan, workout towel, workout calendar and t-shirt.
  • P90X2 Base Kit includes: 12 workouts, fitness guide, nutrition guide, and workout schedule.
  • Insanity includes: 10 workouts, fitness guide, nutrition guide, wall calendar, t-shirt, and support.
  • Asylum includes: 6 workouts, agility ladder, speed rope, workout calendar, guide playbook, nutrition plan, Athletic performance assessment, and Overtime (extra 15 minutes).
  • TurboFire includes: 14 workouts, fitness guide, workout schedule, body-sculpting band, nutrition guide, 5 Day Inferno Plan, toning bands, Core 20 class, and online support.
  • UPDATE: Rushfit is awesome and check them out here.  Also liked this more in-depth review of RushFit here.

Nutrition Guide Comparison

I truly believe the key to a healthy body is exercise and nutrition. Therefore, you must not only exercise to improve your health, but you must also learn to eat a healthy diet. I have to admit I am a bit of a picky eater. However, I have learned that just because I am a picky eater does not mean I cannot find healthy foods to include into my daily diet.

The nutrition guides for all of these extreme workout programs are basically similar as far as the types of foods are concerned. You can expect your plate to be filled with vegetables, lean cut meats, and good carbs. The difference mainly lies in how much you eat of one category vs. another to support the intensity of the fitness program.

For example, one nutrition program might suggest eating a larger percentage of proteins, carbs, and fats than another. While most might suggest chicken and fish, the programs may differ in how much you should actually be eating.

Program Nutrition Specifics

  • RushFit – The nutrition plan includes basic diet guidelines.  There are not any specific recipes included in this nutrition plan.  It is a simple diet plan designed to ensure you are receiving the nourishment you need before and after exercising. Can visit their site and learn more about the nutrition guide here.
  • Tapout XT – This meal plan includes recipes plus the 10-Day Slim-Down Guide.
  • P90X2 – Meal plan includes three plans (Fat Shredder, Energy Booster, Endurance Maximizer), three options (Standard, Vegan, Grain-Free), and three levels (A-1800 calories, B-2400 calories, and C-3000 calories).
  • Insanity – Meal plan is broken down into two month intervals to coincide with the extreme workout schedule. You will eat five small meals per day. Each meal section includes ten choices (recipes) to choose from, which equals a total of 50 recipes. Read more about Insanity workout here.
  • Asylum – Meal plan is similar to the Insanity plan in that you will eat five small meals per day; however, this workout is a 30-day program.
  • TurboFire – This plan is broken into three meals and two snacks. It includes recipes that are already broken down into specific calories per meal so you do not have to calculate. This plan is based on calorie reduction.

All of the above plans except Tapout XT promote Beachbody supplements. After reviewing the different supplements on their site, I am seriously considering ordering some of their supplements.

Tapout XT does not promote a specific supplement; however, I would recommend checking the Beachbody website. Supplements are essential for enhancing results and promoting optimal health.

Cost Comparison

While I believe the concept and nutrition plan are the most important aspects of trying to decide between these intense style fitness programs, the cost is also a factor for me. I want to get the most for my money. Since all of these concepts and nutrition plans seem to be effective, the next thing I would consider is the price.

  • RushFit – (60 Day Money Back Guarantee) – $89.97 plus FREE S&H or 3 monthly payments of $29.99. BEST DEAL. Visit Rushtfit here for more information.
  • Tapout XT – (90 Day Money Back Guarantee) – Single payment option at checkout or 3 monthly installments of $39.95 plus $24.95 S&H.
  • P90X2 Base Kit – (90 Day Money Back Guarantee) – $119.85 plus $19.95 S&H or 3 monthly payments of $39.95 plus S&H
  • Insanity – (60 Day Money Back Guarantee) – $119.85 plus $24.95 S&H or 3 monthly payments of $39.95 plus S&H
  • Asylum – (30 Day Money Back Guarantee) – $89.85 plus 14.95 S&H or 3 monthly payments of $29.95 plus S&H
  • TurboFire – (90 Day Money Back Guarantee) – $119.70 plus $24.95 S&H or 6 monthly payments of $19.95 plus S&H

While the prices are similar, they all provide different contents with their packages. This should definitely be taken into consideration before you make any final decisions.

My Final Decision

I originally intended on purchasing the Tapout XT because of the MMA style workout.  However after looking further into RushFit, I really like that I can get results in as little as 8 weeks.  While I am not too much of a cardio fan, I do believe it is necessary.  I think that RushFit will give me more of an overall balance for endurance, strength, explosiveness, flexibility, and balance.

After all this I am now in love with the RushFit MMA workout. Check out more about it here.

Tapout Workouts

The tapout xt workout calendar can be found by clicking this link to our image of it (too big to put in post).

  1. Strength and Force Upper (53 minutes) – This targets your upper body and sculpts your shoulders, triceps, and chest.
  2. Plyo XT (51 minutes) – This is a plyometrics routine that targets your lower body. It is designed to help you burn fat, as well as improve your performance.
  3. Cross Core Combat (45 minutes) – Core Combat introduces you to the punch, kick, elbow, and knee strikes for Mixed Martial Arts. Cross Core focuses on strengthening your core. I am really excited to learn this one!
  4. Competition Core (47 minutes) – Competition Core basically sculpts and strengthens all three sections of your abs (upper, middle, and lower). This is an area I definitely need to work on!
  5. Buns & Guns XT (31 minutes) – This is basically a full booty workout that also includes biceps and triceps exercises.
  6. Yoga XT (51 minutes) – Be ready for extreme yoga. I have to admit, I am not really looking forward to this one. While flexibility is definitely something I need to work on, I really have a hard time not only getting into position, but staying in position is almost impossible!
  7. Sprawl & Brawl (46 minutes) – Get ready to learn some fighting techniques. I have a feeling my hubby is going to enjoy this one. I am excited to learn these exercises, as well.
  8. Muay Thai (40 minutes) – You will learn some more punching and kicking techniques in the Muay Thai workout!
  9. Ripped Conditioning (41 minutes) – Here you will learn how to bulk up and tone your muscles without using weights.
  10. Ultimate Abs XT (15 minutes) – It is an extreme abs routine.
  11. Cardio XT (46 minutes) – This is an extreme cardio program.
  12. Legs & Back (40 minutes) – The exercises are designed to sculpt your back, burn your leg muscles, and lift your buttocks.

Regardless of which one you choose, I wish you the best of luck on your journey to ultimate health!

Don’t forget to check out Rushfit, it’s cheaper and IMO a better workout.

195 Responses

  1. Tomas says:

    I much prefer insanity to the tapout workout but they are both good.

    • melissa mango says:

      I prefer the Tap out because even though the Insanity is a “shorter” program and you get great results-most of the workouts in Insanity are identical (boring) and it is very hard on the joints. Personally I think/feel Longterm – insanity is tough on the body and we all know athletes are already famous for “wearing out”.

      • Jason says:

        Yes, but is it athletes period, due to the amount of physical activity they do , or are you referring to guys who do have permanent problems later on in life, even shortened lives, due to being hit hard enough and the amount of abuse (and frequency) their bodies have gone through over time? Like football players, boxers, and such.

      • Paige says:

        This is a very good mention! My sister was a track runner and she wore her knees out at a young age; I was a swimmer and that, combined with boxing and other land/cross training nearly ruined my right shoulder. Doing a high amount of physical activity that is strenuous to the joints is not good for the body. Of course, boxers and football players take a lot of hits, but you don’t actually fight anyone whilst doing TapOut. The jumping around in Insanity should be taken into consideration, especially for anyone–like myself–who has bad knees already.

      • Christian says:

        I agree with Melissa, Insanity does get repetitive, also I have had a few people I know that tried Insanity injured their ankles. I constantly wrapped mine before trying it. Then again I see it as just a way to lose weight which I would like to gain about 15 lbs and be tone, so Tapout for my purposes is the better choice. I also prefer it to the 1st and 2nd p90x. Tapout doesn’t let you rest as much or have as much useless dialogue in between exercises. I have not tried the 3rd P90x, Asylum, or the 2nd Tapout XT yet so I can’t compare any of those.

        • Nazz says:

          LOL @ useless dialogue. i think Shaun T is a better motivator than Mike or Tony but yea Tapout is diverse and annoyingly appropriate if you want to stay fit long term. Insanity and the asylums killed my knees. I only go back to it once a year to avoid that happenning

    • Duane says:

      Love TapouT XT !!! And I was an out of shape far guy professional TV potato for years. The workout is customizable in a sense, and can challenge beginners or advanced. Lost 9 lbs first week, and 23 lbs total, and gain lots of strength. Ended up borrowing insanity from my cousin and couldn’t stick with it. Think I may try rush fit, but honestly still haven’t perfected TapouT yet,… Man the way he pops and explodes…

  2. David says:

    I have to disagree with Tomas. Tapout is a much better workout and love the sprawl and brawl!!!!

  3. Raquel says:

    I’ve tried Insanity before Tapout XT and I love Tapout so much more. I’ve done kickboxing, so the MMA style of it makes it so you have fun while sweating your butt off.

  4. Tommy Riley says:

    I’ve been reviewing these workouts for a while now and I think Tapout is the one to go for.

  5. Eric Pardee says:

    My wife and I tried Insanity first, then P90x, then Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and now we are doing TapoutXT. First week into it we really like it and have seen results and lost weight. It’s challenging and interesting without beating you senseless. All of these programs are different and offer unique exercises that will get you in shape. I can see combining the workouts from all of these programs into the ultimate workout program for us when we finish TapoutXT.

    • admin says:

      Let us know if you come up with some cool hybrid program that you like! I’d love to try it!

      • Jason says:

        Hey man, thanks for the post. Even though I can be torn between Insanity and TapoutXT, Tapout would still be more likely my choice because of it’s fighting style workout, but the Rushfit seems interesting too

        • Chris says:

          I got bored with my own routine. I was torn between tapout and insanity. I picked tapout because of the martial art/fighting style of workouts. I know guys from MMA and AFC, so I know the workouts are good.

  6. John B says:

    I’ve done P90X and both enjoyed it and got great results. I’m thinking about TapoutXT as a change of pace so I don’t get bored with Tony. I’ve been active in martial arts for several years so this seems like a good choice. Thanks for the insight and posting your research.

    • admin says:

      Hi John B,

      You are very welcome and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Being a p90x and p90x2 grad, I think you will!

  7. Sveta says:

    Ive done Insanity and P90x now im doing Tapout XT and out of the three i really like Tapout xt and in the first 2 workouts I already feel a difference and i lost 8 pounds in the two days which is unheard of from the other two workouts and i was surprised how awesome this workout is!!!

    • Pecsy says:

      I tried insanity and it’s an intense cardio workout, it’s good but it’s repetitive. Ordered tapout xt and I can’t wait to start the program. I go to the gym and take 2 classess sometimes 3 classes back to back if all the classes I want is on that day! I get bored easily and I prefer high impact exercises and the one’s that make me sweat like crazy. For the one’s who has been doing an extreme fitness program do you guys follow the nutrition plan? I don’t loose weight anymore so I started counting calories and cut down on carbs. Is there a watch that counts calories burned during exericises? I bought one but it’s only good for counting calories burned from walking or jogging. Any suggestions?

      • admin says:

        Hi Pecsy,

        My best recommendation for tracking calories burned is to do your watch showing your average heart rate AFTER it gets above 90 and use these formulas:

        1. For females, derive the calories that you burned. This is given by the equation C = (0.4472 x H — 0.05741 x W + 0.074 x A — 20.4022) x T / 4.184.

        2. For males, estimate the calories that you burned during your exercise session. This is given by the equation C = (0.6309 x H + 0.09036 x W + 0.2017 x A — 55.0969) x T / 4.184.

        C is the number of calories that you burned, H is your average heart rate, W is your weight, A is your age and T is the length of your exercise session in minutes.

        Let me know how this seems to work please? Good luck!

      • Simon says:

        Hi Pecsy, I have the same issue, at some point even with hardcore exercise programs you get to a point when you stop losing, and I needed to know exactly what was coming in and out in terms of calories. I tried a million things and the best results came from using a combination of the FitBit One (around 100$)for calorie expenditure and MyFitnessPal free app on my iPod Touch (works on iPhone too) for the intake. The two sync together so at the end of the day you have a very clear idea of what your balance is. No gadget is perfect but I can tell you that for me the combination of the two works perfectly, at the end of the day I know what to expect and sure enough that’s what the scale reports the next morning. Because I’m lazy when it comes to tracking my weight I also bought the FitBit Aria (wireless body fat and weight scale) that also syncs automatically so fitbit.com provides a very complete dashboard for me. Please note that I am receiving no compensation what-so-ever from these companies, I just tried a couple of things and these are the ones I prefer. Hope this helps!

  8. Frankie says:

    I’m totally getting Tapout XT now. I’ve tried doing research on my own but I travel all over the East Coast due to my job and didn’t really have time, the same reason I quit going to the gym. I knew I was going for a program this week, and XT was at the top of my list. I’ve been dieting to prepare, and so far I’m down 8 pounds. Hopefully this will come in handy when I’m working on those power lines. Much thanks to you and your review.

  9. Don says:

    I started my Tapout XT workout on Monday and it was tuff, but I made it through, The second day, Upper Strength, didn’t go so well. I gave up about 40 mins in, never done so much upper body work. I am not really used to this type of workout and that is the motivation to do it. I love how the workouts incorporate everything but focus on a particular area/muscle group. I actually look forward to the next workout. Today is Plyo XT, can’t wait!! I know I will get better as it goes along and I can’t wait until I’m full-on.

  10. Don says:

    Once I finish the Tapout XT workout, I can see combing Tapout with Insanity, The Rack, Jilian Michaels 30 day shred, Zumba, and Les MIlls for a great regimen. Yes I have them all….I get bored easily.

    • admin says:

      Hi Don,

      Let us know how that goes. Lots of us get bored and want to mix it up! Lay out a plan for us lazy people! 😀

    • Angela says:

      I have finished both insanity and tapout last year. I am currently doing both by alternating everyother day and it’s awesome!

  11. Rich White says:

    Yes Tapout would be my choice.Nice article,I will be coming back for more

  12. nicole says:

    Thank you for everyone’s comments . I have trying to decide if Tapout xt was the way to go, and it seems that it is. I have done insanity and got injured so I had to send it back. Looking forward to trying to something new.

    • admin says:

      Hi Nicole – I would think you could get injured on any workout if over doing it or not careful. Sorry to hear you got hurt. Let us know how your tapout xt experience goes?

    • reika says:

      Hey I did too, and I so tired of being overweight. But after injurying myself with instanity I gave up. And now I think I better get back up and try again, I definitely will purchase tapout

  13. Emily says:

    Thanks for the review/comparison & all the comments. I will be trying Tapout soon and will report back :)

  14. Tricia says:

    Approximately how long are the workouts for Tapout? Are they 7 days a week or are there rest days planned within the calendar?

  15. Lisa says:

    I’m on week six of insanity. I started P90X but never really committed. Thanks for your review I need a workout program once I complete Insanity. However Tapout and Insanity exercises seen so similar.
    But I like the concept of using bans. Anyone have feed back on Les Mills?
    Thanks again, I’m ready to Tapout!

    • Lenee says:

      Tapout and Insanity are really not the same. I have done Insanity twice, P90X and several other of the Beach Body Programs. Tapout is like doing Insanity, with extreme P90X and martial arts. I love it.

  16. dee says:

    Thank you for the review on TAPOUT and all the replies. What’s next after 90 days? Is there a continued schedule and are there other DVDs to purchase?

    • admin says:

      Hi Dee – You are very welcome! You would need to modify things to how you see fit. Many just repeat the workouts. Some double up, some mix it with other programs such as RushFit, P90x, Insanity, whatever. The only limitation is your imagination on that. Well, also how your body reacts as well. :) Good luck and keep us updated!

  17. Judy says:

    Great information on the comparisons! I personally love all the extreme Beachbody workouts, but I have to say, I am curious to check out the TapOut. My girlfriend is doing it right now because her son is in MMA training. I just wanted to mention that ALL the Beachbody workout programs actually have online support, which I really love because I get to connect with others doing the same workouts as I am, and know that we can support one another when it gets tough. :)
    Thanks for the updates! Keep up the great work!

  18. nicole says:

    Is there someone who can tell me what the nutrional guide looks like, like kind of food is in there. Oh thanks for workout calander post. Im looking at buying tapout this friday and really would to know what i m paying so much money for. Besides an awesome new body

  19. Jay says:

    This information is very well organized, thank you for taking the time to put it all together.

    I am torn between the Tapout and the GSP Rushfit. Which one of these seems the most sustainable after the 60 or 90 day mark? I work out now 5 to 7 days a week, mostly cardio. I would like to find something that I can do to get going but continue portions of it long term; like for the next few years changing it up every few weeks.

    I travel a lot but I work from home the rest of the time. I have a full set of free weights at home, a couple of cardio machines with a TV and workout area in my Basement. I am 6’3″ and about 250 lbs and very large framed/broad. My average workout burns about 1100 calories and lasts about an 60 minutes. I am a fast-twitch muscle fiber person that bulks up easily but has a difficult time with Endurance and staying lean. That is why I do so much more cardio then lifting.

    Out of all of these I am thinking that either Tapout or Rushfit would be best for me but I may be wrong. What program would you recommend that I try?

    • admin says:

      Hi Jay,

      It sounds to me like GSP Rushfit may be as it is more flexibly on adding your own custom cardio. At least IMO it is. I think they are both excellent workouts and why not maybe do BOTH! 😀

      • Jay says:

        Thank you for your reply!! That is what I was thinking too. I will give the Rushfit a try first and then maybe try the Tapout after I am done with that one. Thanks again, I will bookmark this page and send you an update after I finish Rushfit.

  20. Phillip Foster says:

    Any body on this post > 60. At 45 went from 200 to 175 (height 6 feet) was ripped. 10% body fat. No workouts since. I’m now 60, fat/overweight wt 205, body fat 20++++. At age 45, I was able to run. Now I have bad knee (severe ortheoarthtitis), poor swimmer. Goal wt 170-175 body fat < 10%. I will reach goal.
    Looking for remmendations on which of these many plans to start with then move too.

    • admin says:

      Hi Phillip,

      I would recommend you talk to your doctor given you weight and age. My non-professional opinion (and its just my opinion) is you should start off very gradual with other more traditional workouts that you can control your knee issues with. Even swimming pool you can run laps in the pool and the water resistance is incredible and as about as low impact on that knee as you will get. Work your way into better shape before going to anything close to these extreme workouts.

    • Bill says:

      Hello Phillip

      Have you tried working with Kettlebells? One advantage of them is that they are very low impact. My concern with some of the other programs here is that there is a liot of jumping or running in place or other things that put a real stress on your knees and ankles. If you use a fairly heavy kettlebell (but start light) you should get some good fat burning workouts.

  21. Jerry says:

    Started Tapout XT a week ago and I have to say that I am really enjoying it so far. Don’t get me wrong — it kicks my butt everyday, but I have to say that one of the things that I really appreciate about the workout is the end of workout highlights of those that have completed the program and the results they achieved. For whatever reason, I also really like Mike’s style on the video — motivational, genuine, not condescending, but challenging. Like others, I really like that there isn’t a lot of pieces of equipment involved (just the bands that come with it). I have taken the workout calendar (which is a separate sheet) and posted it on my bathroom mirror and mark off my workouts each day– it is a great visual reminder and way to denote progress. BTW, I am what I would call a reasonably active fat guy — 222lbs, 5″8″, but completed a half-marathon earlier this year. I finally decided it was time to get really serious about my health and while I have trouble keeping up with some of the workouts, I haven’t felt at all like it is a program that I can’t master. I hope this helps others out there that are thinking about one of these workouts (6 lbs down in first week).

  22. Troy says:

    I’m 45 and have been going to the gym for the last 20 years, concentrating on mainly weight training the last 10 years or so. But, now I’m starting to get bored with the gym. I really don’t like to make up my own routines, so I’m very interested in the various at-home DVD workouts. I would give up my gym membership if I found a good DVD program. Here’s the issue I see for me…I’m 6’2″ and weigh 150 pounds. So, I don’t need to lose weight. I’m not necessarily interested in gaining a ton of weight, even if it’s muscle-weight. I’m content to be lean and muscular, but not bulky. So here’s the question…which program would be good for trying to build lean muscle mass but not losing weight? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      I think all of them would work well but it almost sounds like you want to try P90X lean schedule.

      • Troy says:

        Thanks. Since I’ve had a gym membership for so long, I don’t have any equipment at home except for some bands. Therefore, I was a bit reluctant to do P90X as it seems as though you need at least some dumbells. Do you have experience doing P90X with bands instead of dumbells?

        • admin says:

          I am a p90x graduate. I did 2 pushup bars (30$), 1 pullup bar (30$ doorframe type) + 2 adjustable dumbbells (120$ I think? max 50lbs each) and did not do bands but given you want to do lean I think bands are plenty.

          • Troy says:

            OK, one last twist. My wife doesn’t workout, but I have convinced her to start. She will focus on weight loss. We won’t work out together, but it would be nice to only have to buy one program that could be used by both of us for our different purposes. Is P90X still a good choice? I’d be willing to sacrifice some of what I want in a program if something other than P90X will get her better results. Thanks!

  23. josh says:

    i just purchased tapout xt… i was on the fence until i read this article and read all the comments. thank you everyone.

  24. Paul says:

    I’m currently doing Insanity and it is working well, but want to try something new. I’m looking at rushfit and tapout xt, but am tirn between them. I’m trying to lose weight and would like to add lean muscle as well. I’ve seen good results from Insanity so far. With my goals, should I go with rushfit or tapout xt?

    • admin says:

      Hi Paul,

      Well since you want something new. The answer is either or both! For the price, IMO, Rushfit is a better option.

  25. Storm says:

    I am in my 5th week of Rushfit…words have yet to be invented to say just how much I loveeeeeee this workout. Eric is amaaaaaazing…you can tell he really knows his stuff. I love that he gives you modifications. What I love about this workout is that 2 days out the week I get to do my own thing.

    I have insanity…hated it and so did my knees… (too manic)

    P90X- Did 45 days, I got bored.

    I just purchased Tapout XT for when I finish Rushfit …watched one DVD and I am on the fence…the workout seemed very chaotic. I am a little bias…I tend to prefer Tony Horton’s and Eric’s more calming approach. We shall see.

  26. lynzie says:

    so ive been doing barrys bootcamp for some time now and well……um im BORED!!!!i feel like i can run circles around them guys and not even raise my heart rate.i added harder bands and doubled my work out time.was afraid of p90x cuz im doing this alone and dont want to injure myself.but i think its time to move on from barry.would tap out xt be a step in the right direction?i love my workout time and cant get bored.ANY comments would help please.

  27. admin says:

    I never even heard of Barry’s bootcamp. Why are you afraid of P90X? I’ve done P90X twice and haven’t injured myself at all.

    • lynzie says:

      thanx for the opinion bout rushfit,gonna check that one out.honestly the high intensity does scare me a bit.i know i need and want to step it up but i tend to push myself a bit too far when i am challenged.instead of easing into it.it seems most who do p90x are experienced with their form and breathing.ive got common smarts but no gym rat.just my small square in the basement to workout.but 1 1/2hrs of barry a day,5 days a week.i should be seeing better results!

  28. nicole says:

    so in your honest opinion what work out program is better? rush fit or tapout?

  29. Ken says:

    I have done P90x twice, insanity once, a combined P90x/insanity workout and P90x2. I loved P90x the first time. I tended to get bored with Tony the other times, and I needed some variety. I like the intensity of insanity, but I miss the resistance training that you get with P90x and the routines are all pretty similar. Combining P90x and insanity was great. I enjoyed that, but, I travel and I am looking for a more portable workout program with some variety. I just ordered tap out. Based on all the reviews, it sounds like I made the right choice. Thanks everyone for your input.

    • admin says:

      Hey Ken,

      Killer man! You are a machine! Let us know what you think of tapout, ok?

    • Chad says:

      Try Asylum or Athlean X. Athlean X has no dvds. You can print up the workout routines or download it on your computer, which makes it easier in which to travel. Either program will give you lean muscle growth. They are both awesome. Happy workouts!

  30. Theodore says:

    Hi guys, I am 20 year old male who has been working out in the gym for about a year now. I am in fairly good shape but am interested in finding a more intense workout plan. After looking at these Tapout and Rushfit seem more my style. I am mostly interested in building up strength and getting ripped although cardio wouldnt hurt either. I want to get a stronger upper body and core but would also like to build up my legs some as well. Which one do you think will work best for me?

  31. Julian says:

    I am training for my first Half-Marathon in January. I’ll be running 3 days per week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, for the next 4 months. I am looking for a new workout routine to go along with the running. I have completed P90x several times and Insanity once. Do you think Tapout would be a good fit with my running?

  32. Chad says:

    I considered getting TapOut XT since I am a P90X, Insanity, Asylum graduate, but I have not found one example online of those who’ve used TapOut XT with a better body. They look like they have burned muscle as well as fat. I see no defined muscle bulking at all. You can tell that they’ve shredded, but as a weightlifting athlete of over 30 years, I believe that the program is so intense that it is burning muscle, or possibly utilizing too much cardio vs muscle building moves. I have not seen the program as a whole but I have seen the testimonial results of many online and I would not want the results I am seeing. Have any of you seen the Athlean X program that only requires 3 workouts per week? This is practical and will help you build lean muscle while burning fat, rather than melting away all of your muscle definition. BTW- I am not a salesman for Athlean X.

    • admin says:

      Really good stuff Chad. Have not heard of Athlean X but will look into it. Thanks!

    • Alex says:

      Chad I’m doing Tapout just now ( at 30 days and quite lean & fit to start off with- no need for weight loss) and can honestly say that I am not losing any muscle at all. You will certainly not bulk up as with P90X but will get muscle definition. Not all days are heavy going so the amount of cals burned will vary. Where I did find a problem with burning off muscle was in Insanity- Into week 4 I knew that there was some muscle loss in my legs, and unfortunately this did transfer to less strength when off-piste skiing. Not only that I was definitely overtraining as my heart rate was sky high for all the work-out and in month 2 I was feeling really tired all the time despite shakes, food and rest.
      Tapout so far is enjoyable and personally for me is giving me the type of workout I need without overdoing it.
      Will be doing Rushfit after Tapout as these seem to suit be much better than other Dvds out there.

  33. Ashley says:

    Ive tried many different workouts and none of them were up to my expectations im looking at Tapout and it sounds really good. I wanna loose weight and stay in shape is this a good workout to buy??

  34. mike says:

    Hi, I did P90X about 10 years ago and felt better than I’d ever felt before, but the 2nd time through all the pullups caused me to get a bad case of golfers elbow… which I have suffered from on and off since. So, I love the P90X concept because it got me in great shape but the pull up regimen (I was up to 115 pullups in some of the worksout–can’t even come close any more) killed my elbows. Does the P90X2 have less pullups? Or do you have any other suggestions?

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike,

      P90X2 is even more extreme so I would not recommend it. Have you had your elbow checked out by a doctor? You may have some damage in there that just won’t get better w/o some help. As for workouts you can do you would have to ask your doctor. Do pushups hurt too?

      • mike says:

        Thanks for the feedback. Yes, had elbows checked out. Just said overuse injury and gave me strengthening and stretching for the forearms. My grip strength is most likely what causes it. I don’t have trouble unless I over do it on pulling exercises…. mostly just pull ups. If I keep it to a couple sets of 12, I’m OK, but if I go for broke and try for 20 straight or do multiple sets (which P90X) required… bam! Inside elbows sore for a week.

        No problem with pushups… can pop out 80, do behind the back claps and all sorts of others. Why? would you suggest another better program?

  35. mike says:

    Correction… LACK of grip strength. :)

  36. Mike says:

    I am starting Rushfit on Monday and plan to do TapOut Xt after I finish Rushfit. I am a runner, 5k to marathon. It looks like running goes well with Rushfit but has anyone ran while using Tapout. Like Julian I run 3 days a week. I want to keep up the running but don’t want to overtrain. Thanks


  37. anna says:

    Can anyone help me out with a problem i have? I just got the tapout xt and i think one of my children threw away the meal plan guide and the 10 day slim down guide, does anyone have an extra copy or willing to copy it for me or even email me a copy?

  38. Regina says:

    I was in a car accident last year and I am totally out of shape. I gained about 60 lbs and I am trying to decide which workout is better Rushfit or Tapout. I never heard of Rushfit and the informercial is not shown in Houston.

    I appreciate any advice you offer.



    • admin says:

      Hi Regina,

      I would read through the review comparison, comments and the other site’s reviews/comparison (link is at top under the Rushfit section) and make a decision based upon that. Not much more to add than already said. If you have specific questions I can gladly help there.

  39. Regina says:

    BTW, what type of equipment is needed for Rushfit?

    Thanking you in advance.


    • admin says:

      Resistance bands or dumbbells. Same as tapout. I prefer dumbbells and have adjustable weight ones I have used since 2008 when I started p90x.

  40. lynzie says:

    finaly got my rushfit!only day #2 in intermediate.but i can feel it for sure!my only problem is i dont feel my heartrate being tested.love to be pushed to the max.but dont wanna over do it so soon into a new workout plan.would 30min. cardio with rushfit everyday be too much?

    • David says:

      What is your HR getting to? 30 min cardio isn’t too much no.

      • lynzie says:

        can get my heartrate up to 80-90%with cardio.but it stays around 60%doin rushfit exercises.GSP said to up the weights and pick up my pace.so that with 30min cardio everyday…..feeling much more progress now:)thanx for the opinion.injured myself before with exercise,trying not to this time.

  41. Andrea says:

    I am looking into getting Insanity. All I want to do is tone, not really lose weight! I am reading the comments on Tapout… should I start with that one first? What do you guys recommend? Would I have to buy equipment for Tapout? That’s the plus of Insanity, form what I have read! Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Andrea,

      Are you in good shape? Insanity is the most intense of these. If you have any body fat Insanity will drop that FAST. A lot of recommending depends on your current physical condition. Are you in good shape? To be honest, all 3 are good workouts. Tapout XT only needs resistance bands and rushfit only needs dumbbells or resistance bands. Whatever you choose I hope you come back and keep us updates one in a while!

  42. Brent says:

    Ordered my Tapout XT over a week ago. Order confirmation number given (all six digits). When it didn’t arrive in the promised 5 to 7 business days, I called. Got the run-around from customer service at 1.855.462.6822. Said they have no idea what happened and please call back in 24 hours. Called back in 24 hours when I didn’t get the delivery as promised. The representative, Veronica, said she had no supervisor, then hung up on me. Seems Tapout XT is poorly managed and can’t make good on their promises. I hope that they just cancel the order and I’ll buy a better product.

  43. Diana says:

    Thanks for the review of these! I have been doing Insanity and Asylum for probably 2 1/2 years now. I have worked out for a solid 10 years or more, but began with running and Taebo. I am 34 years old, 5’6″ tall, and weigh 120. I am super anal about working out…I do 75-90 mins. 7 days a week, and aim to burn at least 1000 calories. I mix-and-match Insanity and Asylum to get in my calorie burn and goal time. Lately, I’ve been getting bored with these workouts, so I started looking into other options to incorporate. While I want to keep doing Insanity and Asylum (b/c they truly are awesome workouts), I’d like to mix it up a couple days a week with something else. I am totally into the cardio aspect that those 2 workouts give me; and I don’t want to “regress” with something new. Do you think Tapout will give me the cardio I’m used to…and more?

    • admin says:

      Hi Diana,

      I do not think you will regress and it will be a nice change of pace I am sure you will enjoy as long as you are into the whole mma scene. :)

  44. Ed says:

    Thanks for the really thorough review. I was pretty torn between which one to do so this helped a lot. Excellent blog post.

  45. Zech says:

    Thanks for making this! I was looking for a website that compared all the exercises and really couldn’t find any. I have done insanity I got about 49 days into and got very bored with it. I agree with the people who say it does a number on your body. My body was incredibly sore during the first two weeks but I eventually quit hurting. Month one was alright felt like it was pushing me a lot. Its when I got to month two that I started getting bored. The workouts are twice as hard and I had trouble keeping up. I’m 5′ 10″ 165 pounds and about 16% body fat so I am not terribly out of shape. This program did help me lose weight thought I started out at about 176 pds and almost 19% body fat. Also take in mind I take a vitapak which helped me see results way faster. I plan on getting back into it and fully completing this time. Based on the opinions of everyone here I think I’ll go with tapout next. It seems like this exercise would be less boring and still do what I need it to do. I just want to say thanks for everyone who has a gave a review you were all helpful in my decision.

  46. Jude says:

    I am looking in to getting in to a workout program. I did P90 (not P90X). I liked Tony, but it got a little old after a bit.

    I am now about 10 years older and a lot less fit. I recently tried to start with Insanity (borrowed from a friend), but I could not make it past the first 20 minutes. It was just too much. I am looking for something that is going to work me in gradually instead of throwing me directly in to the fire like Insanity seemed to do.

    I like the TapOut concept because I think that I would enjoy the fighting technique aspect of it. However, I am a bit hesitant based on my flop with Insanity.

    I am also seeing that RushFit seems to have varying levels. Do you think that this may address my issue of easing in to the process? I realize that “easing” may be a bit milder than what I am trying to say, but hopefully, you get my point.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jude,

      I think with any workout, if not in shape, you will struggle initially. I know I have! I am 45 years old now and if I stop working out for even a month it’s like starting over. Scary fast loss of cardio endurance. My advice to you is try Rushfit as the workouts are a bit easier and shorter and lots of adaption for other cardio into the program to fit your needs and likes. However, Tapout is great too so you may enjoy that style more. No matter what you pick I would advise you to start slowly for the first two weeks. Go at a slower pace and don’t do the whole workout. Week 3 start from the beginning for real and you will kinda keep up but even then it will be difficult for you I bet. Just go until you feel you shouldn’t. Listen to your body. As always, I advise you to check with your doctor before starting.

      • Vivvy says:

        Well, this has been wonderful reading all of these reviews from start to finish – thank you! I am a TurboFire fan, I have lost 18 pounds since July (when I started). I have seen a definite shift in body shape. I think TurboFire is a great place to start as well. I will devulge that is was topping 200#, and now 182 — I struggled with this program (why don’t they show heavier peeps just starting out – to let us know you really aren’t perfect at first, and not being done – beginning of Tapout infomercial does show a gentleman getting sick). Now, I can get through the entire DVD, without stopping at all, but maybe not as intense as the individuals in the video. I tried Jillian Michaels, and I did hurt my back doing that goofy marching thing – so I stopped and went back to TurboFire in July. I have gone through the Prep Schedule, and going through Fire Starter Schedule now. I am considering Tapout XT – since I think it will take TurboFire up a notch, but will wait until I finish this schedule.

  47. Paul says:

    Wish me luck. I have never worked out with DVDs. I am 52 yrs old and have started exercising for 1 year. After ready these comments and reviews, I think RushFit may be the one to go with. I have focused on balance, strength (weight lifting) and vollyball. Now it is time to Rip and Strip away the fat. Should I be worried about knees, joints, etc with these workouts?

  48. Ali says:

    Hi! I am a young college student who has been a big girl all her life! I work out constantly, play sports, active and eat relatively well but never seem to get any smaller. I gain muscle pretty easily but I really can’t get the look I want- I look more brute than in-shape. All the workouts have reviews on them that are success stories generally from people who used to be skinny or were mothers etc. and already had the “potential” to be toned cuz all they did was let themselves go but were slim at one time in their lives. I have tried insanity and it made me feel better that is for sure but other than that didn’t really reduce my PRESENCE in the world. I just ordered tapout and plan to do the workout with my friend but I am worried it will just be another wasted investment. Anyone else feel like I do? I am not a slob or slacker by any means I just never get results no matter how many work outs I do a day/week or what I eat. It is very discouraging :(

  49. emily says:

    Ali, If you are doing all of this activity and not seeing results, you should focus more on your nutrition than anything else. You can’t exercise away a bad diet. Believe me I have tried

  50. Chad says:

    My wife had the same issue for a long time. Proper eating habits and diet did not help. She used a body cleanse (7 or 14 day cleanse) to reset her metabolism. It worked! She began losing weight like crazy afterwards.

  51. Tonia Lloyd says:

    I would really like to know what equipment is required to be able to do the rush fit program?

  52. Ron says:

    I have done and completed P90X, RushFit, and Rip:60. I enjoy all three programs and while between programs I mix them up to maintain my gains. I really enjoyed Rip:60 and wounder why it is never included in the comparisons. As oppose to trying to say which is the best I think what is important is that people learn to exercise and eat properly for them to be the best them they can be. I think all of the programs achieve this and although I enjoy P90X I grow tired of Tony Hortons “cornballish” antics. All good programs but I prefer the 60 day programs just on time issue but like having them all as tools for my workout tool bag.

  53. Will says:

    Which program is easier on knees and ankles? I cannot do a lot of jumping. I am concerned that some of these programs have a lot of jumping.

  54. Eileen says:

    I already lost weight with diet, but need to tone my body. Which is the best program? I won’t like to loose more weight.


  55. I am at a toss between Tapout and Rushfit. I want a program for both me and my husband, we are in our upper 30’s. We both need to loose weight and muscle strengthening/toning. Neither of us have a significant history of working out. We have little areas of time to fit in a workout due to having 3 boys, all in sports, and work full time. I also need one that will intrigue my husband, as he is not a big “cardio” fan. He has always been more into weights. Please help!

    • admin says:

      Hi Tracy,

      That is a tough one unless you and your husband make a commitment to find time. Not having time is only an excuse of convenience. You can always wake up earlier or workout late, or take turns working out while the other handles family duties. Either workout will be fun IMO

  56. Melissa says:

    I am needing a new workout. I have been thru the insanity program too many times and need something fresh. I like insanity but i feel like my body has gotten used to it and it needs a change. I am tin between tapoutxt, rushfit and now les mills combat that is coming out. Any suggestions?

  57. Emerson says:

    Hello everyone, I wanted to share my experience about the programs mentioned.
    I was a gym rat back in the mid 90’s and training very hard into the martial arts as well when I was a student, but after I graduated I had to search for an exercise program that suited my needs. I have to confess that by 2005 the concept of bodyweight exercises seemed like nonsense to me, but after a while I had the P90X, I have to say I was more than satisfied with some parts of this program and very disappointed with others, specifically I don’t like the kenpo x, the legs routine, Plyo seemed very strange. So I tried to mix something else in my second round of this program, I did a couple of Billy Blanks Tae Bo instead of kenpo x, some of Matt Furey’s Combat Conditioning’s legs routine and running instead of plyo.
    A couple of years after I ordered Insanity, It seemed very a very good workout and it was, I’ve seen and felt the results… here comes the dark side of this, if you don’t do a proper warm up before it’s like committing suicide for your joints, Shaun T doesn’t give the attention he should In this area, so I highly recommend to do a 15 min. warm up before, believe me I am not joking.
    After finishing Insanity I had the idea of mixing both programs so, I picked the best of P90X (chest, shoulders, back and biceps routines) and did a second round of insanity at the same time. The results were awesome, but I have to confess that I also modified the diet (more proteins, and a little bit more of carbs in the morning).
    Two years ago I got married and 10 months ago I had my first baby, so, no time to workout (is not an excuse). But I still have the spirit and feel the fire, so, I ordered Rushfit 4 months ago and Tapout XT a week ago, I have them both and I am planning to start one of those in january 2013 but mixing it with the push ups, dips and pull up bar workout of P90X because if I don’t do it like this I have the feeling the workout would be incomplete. So I’ll let you know about how was the result of this new cocktail. Thank you for sharing your experiences, all of you really inspire me.

  58. Admin can you post your results so far?

  59. Also how much space do you need to do this effectively

    • admin says:

      For rushfit – Almost all your time is spent on a yoga mat that I think is 3 feet by 6 feet. The rest of the time is maybe twice that? 6′ by 6′. . For Tapout, you definitely need a bit more room since you will be jumping, kicking, and rolling around on the floor.

      Does this help?

  60. Alicia Orellana says:

    Hi, I love the reviews & video for each program! P90X & Insanity are both great programs. I like variety and challenge is a must!!! I have a variety of programs in my personal library. I thought at one time in my life the Plyo workout on P90X was the hardest cardio workout I’ve done until I did insanity. I also transitioned from doing girl-push ups, to real push ups LOL. The thing is whatever program you choose to do, after you do several rounds of this, your body will get use to the routine. You have to change it up and cross train. Depending on the type of goal your trying to achieve, this helps you figure out which workout is the right fit. TY- :)

  61. jikorey says:

    The only reason some of these people say tap out at is better than insanity cause their learning mma in insanity your losing weight and doing what’s important tap out xt isn’t really important unless you want to learn how to fight

  62. Eric says:

    Is it best to workout strictly on a solid/non -carpet floor or is it ok to workout on a carpet floor. If not what can you substitute for a solid floor? Reason why i ask is when i do pushups sometime, It feels more harder to do on a carpet floor then on a solid floor.

    • admin says:

      Hi Eric,

      It really doesn’t matter. I have done workouts on both and really feel no difference. I actually prefer some padding depending on what it is I am doing.

  63. Chad says:

    Both programs will get you in great shape. I’ve seen many, including myself, who got great results from Insanity, as far as appearance goes. I still don’t see great physiques coming from the TapOut program. Looks like massive weight loss but small muscle gain- very abnormal body definition. Almost seems like muscle is being burned.
    To the point someone made about Insanity causing injury: Nonsense! Get good shoes. Listen to his instructions while exercising. Don’t quit the 1st week. You will hurt horribly but your body will strengthen and get better if you stick with it.

  64. john says:

    Has anyone got results from tap out xt? I’ve done insanity and didnt really get the results I wanted.

  65. Brandi says:

    I just purchased tap out xt and haven’t started it yet. I really want to lose weight more than I want to bulk up. I do want to tone up and build some definition, but I need more cardio, and from what people seem to be saying tap out xt, the about of cardio might not be provided. Would it be okay to ride my stationary bike every morning for 30-45 mins for the cardio, and then do the tap out xt at night when I’m at my prime before I go to bed? Or should there be time in between working out and going to sleep? And will adding the extra bike exercise in the morning over-train my body. The last thing I want to to is plateau.

    • admin says:

      If you are in good enough condition I see no reason you can’t do doubles (2 workouts in 1 day). This is a judgement call you need to do based upon how you feel. Trust your body! Disclaimer: This is just my opinion, you should discuss with your doctor first.

  66. okeyma says:

    Hi. My name is okeyma.ijust had twins 5 months ago.i want to gt back to my goal weight of 135 by end of march for softball season.my concern is i have 40 lbs left to loose.i also have excess baby skin or pooch that i desperately want to be rid of w.out a tummy tuck if possible..i run 3 miles ontreadmill now and have seen no results..i like a challenge.what workout would you suggest.im torn between tapout and insanity..please help.

  67. ZAri says:

    Like many of you I am torn as to which workout to purchase. I looked at sample videos of GSP’s rush fit. I also like Tapout XT. I like the cool approach of GSP, but I am also looking at Beachbody’s new workout Les Mills Body Combat. I would like to try that one before Tapout or Rush Fit. I know that they just started shipping it, has anyone here had any experience with it???

    • admin says:

      Hi Zari, I am a TBB coach also and Les Mills Combat is a good workout. (Body Combat is his classes version, just to clear up that confusion). The TBB version has 3 varieties: The kit (default package), Supreme which includes kit + training gloves and Ultimate Warrior which includes the above plus 4 more workouts. It also does HIIT training so you will do well with that and it mixes in karate, taekwando, boxing, muay thai/kickboxing, capoeira, and jiu jitsu.

  68. Chad says:

    Just ordered the new Beachbody Les Mills Combat. I have a single DVD of Rushfit – the strength workout. It is a good overall full body workout but it would get boring quickly. I’ve not done TapOut (yet) but there are a lot more DVDs than Rushfit which makes me think you’d not get bored as quickly if you did the TapOut (more variety). Overall, the cheap DVD program called Supreme 90 is equivalent to Rushfit. Beachbody is my #1 choice though because they seem to do things right and 1st class.

    • Chad says:

      Follow-up on Les Mills Combat: I personally did not like it and sent it back for a number of reasons – music, cheesy personalities instructing it, and I’ve experienced many more other workout programs that are far better in delivering results. To each his/her own, but it wasn’t for me.

  69. Rodney says:

    By far, the best review thread I have come across. Thank you for your research. I am going to give tap out a try!

  70. Kimberly says:

    I am 28 years old, female, I weigh about 117lbs and my goal is to GAIN some weight, muscle, a nice toned physique overall…I am thinking about doing TapOut and following up with Body Beast , my idea is to cut fat and tone up, and then build. Since I am skinny with a gut, that is the WORST look to have. Do you think those workouts would be right for me? What do you guys think if Cathe STS vs Body Beast?.. Would love feedback, choosing one to start for the New Year!

    • admin says:

      You could do that or maybe look at p90x doing the lean schedule. If already in good shape look at Insanity. But doing tapout or rushfit first works too. The key is to stay motivated, on the right nutrition path and push yourself. Good luck and check back in with a reply comment how it goes.

  71. A. Mag says:

    I am a black female, I weigh 289 lbs, have high blood pressure and just turned 40 three days ago. I sit behind a desk all day and do not exercise. I want and need to get fit but I am afraid of all of these exercises. I think that I am way too out of shape and too chunky to be successful at any of them. Should I be a certain weight/bmi before I start a program like Tapout? It looks as though all of the “before” pictures do not show anyone as overweight as me.

    • admin says:

      @A.Mag- Tapout might be too much for you. I would first work on your diet. If I were you I would first walk and maintain a good diet first. Once you start losing weight then maybe try one of these programs later on.

    • Emerson says:

      Hi A.Mag I think you should start with a program like “Beachbody Slim in 6″ that is designed for people who wants to start/recover shape and good health; after you are finished with that program you shouldn’t have problems to think about P90X; once finished, you can start with Tapout/Insanity/Rushfit.

  72. Tracie says:

    I have just ordered the tapout xt. I have been struggling to lose weight over the past couple of years with losing and then gaining it back. My biggest weight was 230 lbs. I am 5’4 and 39 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. I have been working to lose weight and have now lost down 200 lbs with diet and exercise. But over the past couple of weeks it seems that I have to struggle to lose every oz.! I am looking to take my life back and get into the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday which is at the beginning of June. I am hoping that I can do the tapout workout and I guess another one of my concerns is, do they tell you how many calories that you should be eating per day? My calorie intake for one day is usually around 1200. I am doing fitness pal on line and I know that on there when I exercise I have to increase my calories. My goal weight is 165 by the June 1, 2013!
    Thanks for your response,

    • admin says:

      Hi Tracie,

      I think it’s awesome you have already lost 30 pounds. The first pounds are always easiest so please don’t get discouraged. Only 35 more to reach your goal. Given you have less than 5 months you need to lose 7 pounds a month or 1 3/4 pounds per week. I TOO use my fitness pal as it really helps me know I have had too much. Keep VERY careful eye on your fat intake, especially saturated fat. I am a bit worried about your 1200 calories but given your height and female should be ok. The nutrition guide is more a guide on what to eat and how to pre/post workout fuel your body. My advice (and I am not a doctor, so you should talk to yours, that is my disclaimer) is read that carefully and LISTEN to your body. It will tell you if you need more. I would also carefully watch the bad carbs (white rice, processed white bread,etc). Good luck and come back and tell us how awesome it feels to be down to 165!

  73. Dave says:

    I’m 53, 5’8″ was 165lbs,now down to 145 and not bad shape,However, I have several ruptured discs in my back( L1- L5). I need core strengthening first I would guess…I’ve been leaning toward Tapout xt because I like the MMA.I don’t want to lose weight,just get ripped. any comments for me? thanks

    • admin says:

      I would discuss this with your doctor. Both workouts are good and will get you ripped but I’d be concerned about your back with many of the routines.

  74. andrew says:

    I use to be a baseball player in college and always worked out and now im 5’7″ 250 and really want to get back in shape and get some kind of abs or at lest closed having them. What would you recommend I get tapout xt or insanity?

    • admin says:

      Hi Andrew,

      You should talk to your doctor first given your weight just to make sure and ask advice. But between those two and the very little information I have about you I would say Tapout.

  75. cody says:

    hi im 23 years old 6’5 and about 215 havnt worked out in some time and i want to get back in shape what would be the best one to go with ? is it better to do somthing like rushfit 1st or just go right into it? im seeing alot of good things about tapout what do u recommend

    • admin says:

      Hi Cody,

      I think Rushfit or Tapout is good. Both are very similar and I prefer Rushfit. Insanity is probably a bit too intense and I would recommend you do that after working out for 60+ days.

  76. OZ says:

    Rushfit ad does nt provide a great message of workout. A bit puzzled with it.
    What is the diff between TapoutXt and XT2?
    I am triathelte and looking for a wrokout during winter to keep me going since I live in Chicago. Travel a lot and workout in my hotel rooms and sometime boring treadmills… Not looking to loose muscles but body and muscle tonning.

  77. Danielle says:

    I have tapout on the way. 5 Gained 15-20 lbs in hips, waist and belly fat after I quit smoking 2 years ago. I am 29 ad want to be fit and healthy in 3 months before I head to the beach. Excited but skeptical????Does it work that well and are the meals normal food available in regular markets that most will eat??

    • admin says:

      Hi Danielle,

      You should never be skeptical. Don’t ever set your mind to a possible failure. It is so doable. The nutrition guide is more just that, a guideline. It’s more about being smart. What I did was stop eating all bad fatty foods (nothing fried, etc). OK to eat good fatty foods found in say avacado, nuts, etc in moderation. I kept my calorie count in check using myfitnesspal iphone app. Good luck!

    • Chad says:

      Any well-structured and intense program like TapOut will work for you but you’ll have to change your eating habits. What I’ve found is that when I start doing a workout routine/ program, the hard work I invest isn’t worth wasting on a donut afterwards. I also feel so much better the next time I work out if I eat right and avoid junk foods. These are motivators themselves. Just jump into the workout and have fun. It’s easy. Just press play every day on your DVD player and then follow along. Also, remember some important things since you’re just starting out on this journey:
      1. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep up at first. We’ve all been there. That’s normal.
      2. Press through the pain. When you’re tired and hurting (unless a medical issue), press through the pain. It’s the only way to bust through your current physical and mental ceiling. Push through to the next level of your game.
      3. You can do it!
      4. At first you’re going to ache all over (first week). That’s normal and everybody goes through it. That’s why it’s called a “Workout.” The trick to overcoming this pain is to workout again th next day. You see, you’ve got to workout to “work out” the pain.
      5. 80% eating habits. 20% exercise program.
      6. 80% mental. 20% physical.

      Take care and happy journeying.

      • Chad says:

        One last note: 7. Get good shoes or you will end up hurting yourself. It makes such a difference. I found out the hard way. Base your shoe selection on the arch of your foot and the top structure of the shoe. If it is all stretchy webbing then it will not secure your foot when doing side-to-side plyometric jumping. Try to select a shoe with some type of stability leather/etc that will hold the front top of your foot in place when shuffling from side to side. Trust me on this point. It will make all the difference in the world. Asics have worked well for me. Btw- good running shoes from a certain brand name doesn’t mean that they will be good when doing circuit training routines nor do shoes labeled “circuit training” shoes mean that they are good either. I picked my first shoes by reading the reviews of those who’ve done Insanity and other programs to get their advice. So glad I did.

  78. Peggy says:

    I did P90 then P90X and ended up rupturing my 2 bottom cervical discs while doing tricep exercises with a dumbell behind my head. I have been ambivalent to start a rigorous training program since my multi-level discectomy and fusion but have gained almost 50 pounds of the 70 pounds that I lost. I just ordered Tapout XL and hope to be more fit and toned by the summer. I wanted a more cardio style workout to burn fat without the heavy weight-lifting. I hope that I’ve made the right the decision because I don’t want any further disc problems. I have age related degenerative disc disease and the disc above the titanium plate is slightly bulged but did not require removal per my surgeon’s opinion.

    • admin says:

      Peggy, I have heard so many times people having bad injuries doing P90X. I did 3 rounds of it until hurt my L4, L5 bulging disc. I’m pretty sure but not 100% the culprit it Ab ripper X. After I recovered which took a good year, I started both Tapout and Rushfit, I haven’t had any problems since. Let us know how your progress goes.

  79. Peggy says:

    Thank you for the response! I hope to receive Tapout XL in the mail this coming week. In the meantime, I’m doing 1/2 hour of Treadclimber daily which has taken the stress off my knees (my other problem!). Turning 50 next month and I hope that getting fit again in a healthier manner will make this a surgery-free decade!

  80. shae says:

    Ok I’m a 15 year old female and I’m also diabetic I really want to try tap out. I’m not over weight or anything but a friend said it would be good for my volleyball workouts. I’m slightly worried about carbs and getting to muscular to take shots (I kind of have that problem with my legs already) is there something I should do differently then what they say on the videos? Thanks

  81. Nerissa says:

    I am a 5’6″ 206 lb female…I just joined a gym in an effort to lose some weight, get fit and tone my body. I am torn between tapout XT and insanity. Very interested in a point someone made that insanity will help me to lose weight faster. Thank you so much for this site that offers such helpful hints and opinions!

  82. Nick says:

    I did P90X two times back to back a couple of years ago. The results were undeniable. The kind of before and after pics that end up on the commercials. Lost 75 pounds and was completely ripped. For that I will always be grateful to Tony. The problem I ended up with is I earned a large promotion that required me to travel extensively. P90X on the road was just not easy to accomplish with the dumbells / bands / chin up bars etc. Even the use of a chair could be difficult in some instances. I have sense regained all the weight I lost and am disgusted with myself. Walking into my closet every morning looking at all the clothes I bought that I loved showing off my body in and I cant fit into them anymore is depressing. I ordered TapoutXT a couple of days ago and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I feel a sense of sadness, almost like a breakup with P90X as I am still called the P90X guy by my coworkers (followed by the question “What happened?”) but I have to try something new that has a better chance of fitting more into my life’s demands. I tried the fitness center at the hotel thing and the average guy work out at home but if it’s not extreme its not for me. Wish me luck all. I feel much better now by the way, its good to vent sometimes!

  83. Tara says:

    I’m a 35 yr old female who’s never really had to work out or eat right – until I hit 30. Actually become quite lazy. The past 5 yrs I’ve gained quite a bit of weight & would like to lose it as quick as possible (50-60 lbs) When I have exercised I’ve found it’s hard for me to stay motivated especially if I don’t see results within a couple weeks. I want to put everything back where it used to be. Toned & tight.
    I did p90x for a few weeks but didn’t like that I could barely move from being so sore so I quit. I’ve been looking at tap out, rush fit & JM body revolution but not sure which one to get. Any suggestions?

  84. micca says:

    Hi. Im a girl in good shape but would want to tone and loose those hard last pounds. I do alot of weightlifting but travell allot in my work. I now need a programme that I can use as a compliment to my regullar workout on my tripps but something I will not be able to comitt to 100%.

    Witch would be better? (i like hard and intense wourkout and is now most torn betwen tapout n insanity but am open for all)

  85. Lauren says:

    I just bought the Tapout XT! I used to do some martial arts so I was very interested when I saw this workout. I’m fairly fit now but not at my goal fitness level. I workout a lot but couldn’t seem to lose those pesky last pounds and a bit of tummy fat. I am hoping that when I am finished I will have some nice abs and very toned legs. IT ALL STARTS NOW!!! wish me luck!

  86. Jay Brown says:

    I love Tapout XT. I was going to purchase P90X but the overall cost for all the equipment and videos was too much although I love the muscle confusion concept. Tapout XT is grueling yet fun. I saw and felt the results on the 7th day with my body being more toned, flexible, harder from the core and stronger. I can’t lie it is very hard to stick through a whole dvd but it pays off even if you have to take a lot of breaks. After I get through my 90 days I want to try Rushfit since I like MMA style workout. “I said a water break not a water stoppage”, hilarious,

  87. Elissa says:

    So, I had a baby 5 months ago and started working out again when she was almost 2 months old. I was working out prior to getting pregnant and considered myself to be in good shape. Although I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight my stomach still has some fat left over and I have love handles when I put on my pre-preggo jeans. I’m finishing insanity this week and wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to go to next to help get rid of the extra fat? I was considering p90x (which I’ve done before) but after insanity it seems kinda slow paced. It seems like tap out is a good option, but I’m not sure. Any advice?

    • admin says:

      Hi Elissa,

      You can do Insanity Asylum, fast and furious and they have an abs specific one..fast and furious abs. Otherwise for a change of pace tapout or rushfit is a lot of fun.

      Body fat is body fat. You can’t iso exercise belly fat. That is a myth. You can build muscles/tone up which masks some body fat. You may just have extra skin and it may take awhile (or never) to get tight. Depends on a lot of factors like your age, how the birth went, and just plain old genetics. Some people are blessed more than others. Good luck and let me know how it turns out please? Other mommies or to be moms would love to know.

  88. Christin says:

    I absolutely love Tapout xt. Kerpenko is a very motivating trainer and has fun during the workouts while getting awesome results. I am 41 with 3 kids and am very impressed with how well this workout has worked. My abs are amazing.

  89. Kurt says:

    I’m currently in my second week of Tapout, and I’m really happy with it so far… well, maybe I’m more happy with the fact that for the first time since my twenties, have I been able to commit to something this long. I didn’t do any prior research, and honestly, I bought tapout because I thought it was an upgraded version of this program called “insanity” that a lot of my friends swore by.. Had no idea what the heck I was getting into, all I knew is that the infomercial was pretty darn convincing.

    So my order came in and I haven’t missed a day since.

    However, I’m getting ready to close out my second week and I’m still not sure if I’m maximizing my results day to day and was wondering if someone more knowledgeable than me could clear up some confusion…

    I started this thing knowing logically I was not capable of not being able to do what the people on the screen are doing. I know they’ve all either come from test groups or are personal trainers. However, I also know that if I keep at it, I will be able to do this full workout eventually. In the interim though, what is the best way I should be following along with the video?

    1. Do I tweak my form a little (for instance, drop my knees in the plank position), so that I can complete the entire day’s routine?
    2. Do I hold the perfect form for as long as I can, per exercise (going for quality over quantity), but at a slower pace so I can do the entire routine
    3. Do I go balls out, with perfect form, until I burn out… THEN hopefully the next time I pop that DVD in, I can go longer?

    Also, I haven’t skipped a day yet, but what should I do if I do miss a day? Should I just skip over that skipped days exercises, or do I do the missed days excises when I come back to it, pushing my entire schedule back a day?

    I appreciate any advice anyone can give me here. Really hoping I take this newer and flatter stomach I’m creating, and shredding it up a bit in time for jumping into the pool in July

    • Chad Asbury says:

      First off, good job! Don’t quit on yourself. Finish what you started.
      Secondly, when you do your exercises, do them as hard as YOU can, but do them right. When you feel like you can’t go any further, then modify the technique until time is up. If you never push through the exercises then you’ll never reach the next level.
      Thirdly, don’t skip if at all possible. The more faithful you are, the greater the results you’ll experience.
      Lastly, you have got to eat right or you’re wasting a lot of effort and energy. Not saying that exercise won’t benefit you, but if you’re shooting for the stars, don’t settle for the moon.
      God bless and keep at it Kurt. I’m proud of you.

      – Chad

  90. Kurt says:

    Thanks Chad! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    I’m definitely going to keep at it, and slowly (but surely) forcing that DVD into the player every day is becoming routine.

    I’ll also keep an eye on this thread, and will post occassionally with a progress update. Hopefully someone else will be able to draw something from it, and get themselves motivated to change as well.

    Thank you again.

  91. Luke says:

    Hi all I’m from the uk I play football (soccer) I’m 5ft11 190lbs I have a beer belly going on what would be the best programme for me as a friend of mine has insanity and another friend has tapout xt please help me

    • admin says:

      Hi Luke,

      Any of them will do wonders for you. There really is no wrong answer. I prefer rushfit because of it flexibility and cheapest price.

      • Jolie says:


        Thank you for much for the reviews and comparison. I’m 34, 5 ft 1, weigh 42kg, I do 12 minutes cardio 5-6 times a week, I am in pretty good shape and happy with my body overall but I want to look better without putting any weight on, I was wondering is Tapout suitable for me?

  92. Miriam says:

    Any opinions on or experiences of the rushfit programme? Finding it hard to see the finishing line at the moment and its only day 9! A newbie to this!

    • lynzie says:

      My best advice is to start with small weights and make sure your form is correct before you go like a maniac.when I first started I had 5lb weights and struggled with breathing properly.now I go back to rushfit when I wanna switch it up with 15lb weights and soon to be 20lbs.proper breathing alwaz helps to keep going.I alwaz told myself come on you get a break in 5min. When I was struggling.im a 115lb 5ft2in female.n now I go fazter than george! You can do this.keep goin its soooo worth it in the end

  93. Alice says:

    Hi. I’m on the fence about Rushlift andTapout. My time is valuable and most of it is spent at work….Im basically home to sleep. I tried Insanity and it requires alot of space to move around….I have a small studio. I returned the program due to my back back and knees. I am looking for a program that will help me lose weight and provide overall tone to my body. I have a thyriod issue which is autoimmune in nature so my doctor doesnt suggest really intense exercises but diet is not helping me shed the weight and I’m frustrated. I know both of these exercises are intense but I want to be happy about my apperance…..Any suggestions.

  94. lynzie says:

    I workout in my basement with just a small square space.Plenty of room for rushfit and all the other routines ive done over the past few years.But what about insanity and p90x and tapout? How much room do theze workouts require and whi h is better for someone whos already fit, just ready to step it up in a major way?

  95. Rex says:

    Great Review and agree with all. I had never done any video training, MMA or the like. I was already fit though doing running and weights. I am 49 so for me I thought the more explosive stuff was behind me and I should stay in the comfort zone and accept my fate. WRONG!!! I am now in week 9 of Tapout XT and frankly, I am surprised. Surprised that I didn’t die of a heart attack in week one possibly day one. But I stuck it out. While I have not lost a lot a weight, I didn’t really need ot either. Wha thas changed is my overall fitness and muscle tone are vastly imporved and my flexibility and agility is as well. I really though we all just sort of stiffened up with age but Tapout XT has shown me the light. It is a great program.

    • Tracey says:

      Great reviews and comparisons…I am a 41 year mother of an 8 year old… I am just about to finish Rushfit (one more day!) and have done Tapout XT before that (1 and a half times!) and love them both. While similar, they are actually very different and I have achieved very different results….lean and ripped with Tapout and more heavily muscled with Rushfit… probably because I used quite heavy dumb bells for Rushfit. I have been training for karate, so both results are great and I will probably go back to Tapout XT next week but wonder how Mike’s frenetic energy will seem after Eric’s calm and GSP’S accent?!
      Good luck everyone with finding the workout that works out for them! 😉

  96. Daniel says:

    Am into my 3rd month of TapOut XT AND LOVING IT! every workout challenges me whilst keeping it interesting, and now I’m beginning to combine gym workouts with TapOut for even more results, to build muscle faster, and getting into supplements to help me along too. TAPOUT XT WORKS!

  97. Roberto says:

    I´m a 43 year old out of shape guy with more the 20 years without exercising. I have been doing the Tapout XT program for 4 months. So far I have lost 46.5 lbs. and feel grate. I love the enthusiasm of Mike trough the routines.
    I´m going to continue this grate program that really works.

  98. Kristi says:

    Hi All, Just wondering what I should do. I just had my 3rd baby who is now 8 weeks old and I am very keen on purchasing Tapout XT but I have done my back in (3rd time since having bubby) I know that its because I am out of shape and because I am constantly carrying/lifting him in and out of things (prams, cot etc. So my question is should I wait till my back no longer hurts? (It only hurts when I bend)

  99. James B says:

    Absolutely love tapout. Tried p90x3, but could not get into it at all. Stopped after a week and went back to tapout. Work long hours during the week and find tapout 1 to be the best bang for the buck time wise. Tapout 2 is similar, but is even longer than tapout 1! My wife and I both swear by tapout and we both lost 20 lbs the first time through. Don’t bother with anything else. Do yourself a favor though and learn about nutrition. Changing your diet makes a huge difference as well. Both during and after you are done with the program.

    Good luck everyone!!

    • NazzGirl says:

      i dont know about you but Tapout Yoga is crap. Waaay too long and just painful.is yoga supposed to be that uncomfortabe?p90x3 yoga is way better. all personal prefernvce i guess

  100. Tony says:

    This is a good Forum, pity it has dried up. If anyone is interested in continuing this debate I would love to hear more. Last year; I did Rusfit followed Tapout XT then repeated them both. I found I got strength and stamina gains from doing Rushfit however there was little change to my appearance. Tapout XT made the most dramatic changes to my body giving me a lean ripped look, which I love. I have just finished T25. Shaun T is a great trainer, but I did not anything like the fitness benefits I got from Tapout XT. I would have liked to have been able to try UFC Fit, to carry on the MMa theme to my workouts. Unfortunately it will never be available in the UK :(
    Now I am looking around for something like Tapout XT.

    • Sancho says:

      Believe me, I have done p90x 1,2,3, rushfit, insanity, bodybeast, tapout 1 and 2, all of them excelent programs, but ufc fit is not even close from the other exercise programs mentioned here, I tried it for two weeks and had to stop it because I was just loosing my time, I didn’t liked it at all, ufc fit is a bad choice, Is just my opinion

    • NazzGirl says:

      Tapout is awesome! i also live in the UK and i can give it to you if you really want it. Dont worry about accepting it from a total stranger. i am a trainee personal trainer and i do this stuff for loads of people i have never met so if you are interested, let me know and i will make sure you get it :-) no strings attached Looooool 😀

  101. Lucas says:

    Never done tapout xt I have brought it, it’s unopened still! Did you see good results

  102. Tony says:

    Many thanks for your reply. Now I don’t feel so bad about not getting UFC fit. How did P90X3 work out? I am not so sure about these short routines after T25.

  103. NazzGirl says:

    p90x3 is short and amazing. try it.

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