Last night I decided to do my day 3 Tacfit Commando workout after martial arts training at my dojo. I was joined by a handful of fellow students who were interested in my movements. I briefly demonstrated the techniques and we jumped right into it. Because most of them had never done anything like tacfit before, I went with mission 1 recruit level difficulty.
Now in case you’ve never had to lead a group of martial artists, let me tell you that there is some pressure to perform well (at least better than they do), it might also be a good idea to make any physical activity your doing seem effortless. So, as I led them through the workout I pushed myself harder than I normally would have, and did my best to fake effortlessness.
A HUGE part of the Tacfit Systems, arguably the primary goal is recovery. It is the ability to quickly recover from heavy exertion and immediately do it again that sets Tacfit apart from competitors like Insanity and P90X.
To appear unaffected by yesterday’s workout I had to up my recovery game big time, and I discovered something awesome! Tacfit Commando includes a recovery routine that is meant to be done between the 6 exercises. I discovered that by doing the same routine during the 10 second breaks in protocol 1, I could actually recover during the round. I was never out of breath, or had my heart rate that high. So make sure you get up between those rounds (no laying on the floor gasping for breath) and “jiggle” your musculature to bleed off fatigue so you can blast it even harder ion the later rounds!
I’ve been using Tacfit Survival for a few weeks now and have a better grasp on what the program has to offer.
Wall Thrust Kick II
As I wrote in my initial Survival review, Tacfit Survival follows the same 4 day wave and 20/10×8+60 protocol as Tacfit Commando. Also, like Commando, its a bodyweight only system that requires no workout equipment.
What makes Survival unique is the precision balance and muscle activation of the techniques, as evidenced in the image of me doing the wall thrust kick movement from level 2. The objective is to have the balance and the distancing to hit the wall with full leg extension and on mid-foot balance. To make things even more fun, use your core muscles only to hold yourself on the wall for a moment before returning to the starting position.
All of the movements in the program require as much balance as strength. Because each of the techniques utilizes the core muscles (they call it the power chamber) the movements aren’t as fatiguing as Commando (at least for me). As a martial artist, I very much enjoy the precision involved in this program, and have seen it beginning improve my own quality and economy of motion.
The intuflow warm-up in Survival is like a merging of martial art ukemi and yoga. the movements are done slowly to both lubricate the joints and improve mobility. They incorporate the flat foot squat as a transition between each of the 3 techniques in the flow, I consider this excellent training for my Bujinkan Taijutsu martial arts.
The cooldown in the system is very similar to Commando, and is made up of tension-releasing yoga positions that counteract the harsh strength training that was just completed.
Overall the Tacfit Survival System is excellent for martial artists or performance athletes who need to be able to move well, not just look good.
Part of the Survival Warmup