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Up, down and all around, TapoutXT’s Muay Thai workout will give you a run for your money
Whew, what a workout. Today I worked the TapoutXT Muay Thai workout and that’s one heckuva program. As usual, just the warmup is almost a workout all its own compared to a lot of other programs. Five minutes of cardio already has your heart going pretty good, then it’s off to the workout itself.
Admittedly, I dig punches, elbows, knees and ground work, but some of the ground work is still very trying for me. Guess that’s all par for the course, eh? I was barely able to do 10 minutes of the first TapoutXT workout but now I’m able to get through them all.
I might not be at full speed like everyone else, and you could mop me up with a dust pan afterwards, but at least I’m finishing the workouts now. With the average time being 55 minutes, I’d say that that’s a good leap forward.
What I like most about TapoutXT – and Muay Thai specifically – is like I’ve always touted. The program is geared for fighting fitness and you get a great workout while working true fighting-oriented actions. In my class that works out great because rather than Wing Chun vs. Wing Chun, I like to work in Wing Chun vs. everything else.
In the street, the more common attacker will probably be someone with boxing or mma experience. Having Wing Chun-only drills can limit what our members might experience, so I like to throw in a lot of past training such as taekwondo, Krav Maga and Muay Thai so that they see how Wing Chun can respond to all of this effectively.
Since I don’t actively train these other arts anymore other than drills in class, it’s good to get some of it back by working programs like TapoutXT. It reminded me of the great shape I used to be in while training them because they were so active. Up, down and every which way, over and over, will definitely put you through your paces and keep you fit.
Because of Wing Chun’s efficiency, though, it is no secret that we have to work twice as hard (sometimes three or four) to get even a semblance of the same fitness-related benefits. Therefore, having a separate fitness program does wonders.
TapoutXT definitely meets that need, and so far every one of their workouts has been a true blessing. Seriously. When you hit a fitness wall you can’t get over, the boredom is unbelievable. Having a great program again that you can get excited about, and one like the Muay Thai program? I grin just putting in the DVD and getting ready because I know some great changes are coming my way.
Tomorrow is the Les Mills PUMP workout and I’ll be headed for hopefully getting my arms working again. Between yesterday’s workout and today’s Muay Thai workout, I feel like the tin man that needs oil in my biceps.
Is it wrong for a grown man to cry lifting a cup of coffee?
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.