QUESTION: TACFIT Commando looks great and I’m definitely interested, especially because of the lower time commitment than P90X requires. My question is, I’ve read in several places that bodyweight-only programs are great for the upper body but leave something to be desired when it comes to the lower body. If this is true, why? Does TACFIT avoid the problem, and if so, how? -Joel
Good question, and I have a strong opinion on this one. Whoever says that bodyweight training is only great for the upper body clearly don’t know about such exercises as bodyweight squats, forward/reverse/lateral/walking/plie/diagonal lunges, various forms of bench step-ups, single leg squat variations, dragon twisting, among many other forms of lower body strength training that are all done with no equipment at all. And those are just the traditional ones that are more commonly known. Don’t even get me started on the squat creep, shin twist, leg swoop, etc. There are a TON of options for training the legs with bodyweight training.
In fact, I think bodyweight training really shines when it comes to lower body strength and conditioning, and TACFIT Commando will be a good example of this. Every TACFIT Commando workout is a full body conditioning session that will absolutely challenge the legs – just try out the alternating plyo-metric lunges from the first cycle if you doubt it! So, there’s no reason to think that you’ll be somehow shortchanged from using TACFIT Commando. You’ll be training the whole body every single session – even on low intensity and no intensity training days. It’s just how the program was created. And it makes sense, too, given that it was originally designed for military operators and servicepeople who need full body strength and conditioning for their day to day life.
And here’s the thing: even in the “upper body dominant” exercises, you’re still going to get plenty of challenge to the legs, too. Try the quad hops or the swinging planks for example. Both of them could technically be categorized as more challenging to the upper body. But the truth is that these are full body exercises, and that includes the legs, too.
I hope that helps to clear up the confusion. There are too many internet guru’s spreading myths and misinformation about training, and I owe it to you to at least give honest advice. Let me know if you have any further questions. And if not, be sure to check out my complete TACFIT Commando review.