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.
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-Pierre. LOVE 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.
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.
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.
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.
The tapout xt workout calendar can be found by clicking this link to our image of it (too big to put in post).
- Strength and Force Upper (53 minutes) – This targets your upper body and sculpts your shoulders, triceps, and chest.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Buns & Guns XT (31 minutes) – This is basically a full booty workout that also includes biceps and triceps exercises.
- 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!
- 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.
- Muay Thai (40 minutes) – You will learn some more punching and kicking techniques in the Muay Thai workout!
- Ripped Conditioning (41 minutes) – Here you will learn how to bulk up and tone your muscles without using weights.
- Ultimate Abs XT (15 minutes) – It is an extreme abs routine.
- Cardio XT (46 minutes) – This is an extreme cardio program.
- 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.