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Still going strong but adding a new twist by including Beachbody’s Les Mills PUMP program
For those wondering, I am still going strong with the TapoutXT program and can now highly recommend it for anyone looking to make a real change in both their fitness and fighting.
Having a program that is fight-oriented really makes the difference vs. those that are fitness-oriented but includes a few fighting movements. Everything the TapoutXT program encompasses has a direct impact on fighting in one way or another, be it power release, flexibility or endurance. Even the bands can increase strength at many angles, which has already seen some great results in Chi-sau and Lap-sau.
Admittedly, though, I miss weight training. Not down-and-out power training like I used to, mind you, because quite frankly I don’t have the motivation to go through that again. Still, I like weights. Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, the works. While TapoutXT “does” include strength training via body exercises, there’s still something to be said for weight training.
As you’ve read in a previous post, I began looking at how to integrate Beachbody’s Les Mills PUMP program into my training. I tried a few variations but they didn’t seem to work out as I’d hoped, so I dropped it for a bit and focused solely on TapoutXT for a bit longer. I wanted to really give TapoutXT a chance, too, so that I could see first-hand what it could do.
And I was not disappointed. The program really is phenomenal! In that, however, I just flat missed weight training and wanted to work a different schedule for integrating the Les Mills PUMP program into my TapoutXT program.
After some trial and error, I believe I have found a good fit by simply changing the days so that each program fits not only my work and family life, but each can also “do its thing” and afford me the benefits they were designed for.
To that end, I started working a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule for TapoutXT, and a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday schedule for Les Mills PUMP. I started this past Monday and so far it’s been working very well.
I will keep you updated as we go into a new route with this change in programs, but make no mistake: I am an ardent believer in TapoutXT and absolutely love that program! If that’s all I ever had? I would be very satisfied because I have already seen the results first-hand. The progress is remarkable and you will not be disappointed if you embark on it.
For myself, though, I just miss weight training. I miss the grueling do-or-die sessions from extended reps vs. heavy weights. The Les Mills PUMP program meets that need and also seems a good fit for Wing Chun (so far), and I think I may have found a very good fit of two programs that can work side-by-side without interruption.
More to come as things progress!
About the Author – Phil Bradley
Phil Bradley is the founder and head instructor of the Arizona Wing Chun Association, Peoria, Arizona USA. Training since 1985 and teaching since 1993, Phil has worked with a variety of well-known instructors and masters. He is currently an Instructor Level 4 with the AWCA.