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TAPfit

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3.5

71 Customer Reviews

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Summary

TAPfit’s dance fitness program will get you burning calories while you learn the basics of tapdancing. Customer reviews indicate this niche workout strategy is an excellent option for many, but the estimated calorie counts are off.

Pros

  • An innovative way to get in shape
  • Easy enough for dance beginners to learn
  • Both subscription and one-time purchase options available

Cons

  • You likely won’t burn as many calories as the company claims
  • A highly specific form of exercise that won’t appeal to everyone
  • Buying the company’s accessories is necessary to maximize the experience
  • Production quality isn’t always professional-grade

TAPfit Review: A Detailed Look

By Lydia Noyes

Updated on: Jul 1, 2020

TAPfit is a dance fitness program that utilizes the principles of tap dance to get you moving to a beat—no prior dance experience required.

This innovative fitness program was founded by four Australian sisters, all of whom are tap teachers who graduated from the Les Griffith Tap Dance Academy and have diplomas from the World Tap Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany.

This program purportedly builds on their expertise to give you a full-body workout that combines dance moves with cardio, conditioning, and strength training to get you in shape.

To maximize your experience, you should wear TAPfit’s patented taps that fit over your gym shoes to add a beat to every move you make.

In this review, we take a detailed look at TAPfit to tell you if it works and help you decide if it is right for you.

Is TAPfit a Good Way to Exercise?

An instructor guides you through every step of TAPfit workouts to ensure that even beginners can figure out the moves.

The brand claims that all steps are low-impact and safe for a variety of fitness levels while ensuring you get your heart rate up for maximum calorie burning—even up to 800 calories per hour.

That’s a claim that Dr. Aragona, a general practitioner and family doctor at Prescription Doctor challenges. “From a medical and health perspective, tap dancing can be great exercise,” he shared with us.

“On average, tap dancing burns around 315 calories per hour, so a usual 2-hour class would mean you have burned 630 calories. If you take those classes over multiple days of the week, you will have burned a lot of calories overall.

“Unfortunately, the claim that it is 800 calories in one hour is false, even an exercise such as running can only burn around 600 calories an hour, and that is a more intense workout for the body overall.”

Features and Options

TAPfit currently offers two ways to join the experience: an online subscription or a DVD bundle purchase.

TAPfit Online

Access TAPfit’s content anywhere with an internet connection with TAPfit online. You’ll get access to over 100 dance workouts in multiple programs with nutrition plans and recipes that are updated weekly.

The company also shares a schedule of live classes so that you can plan to tap with others in real-time.

Cost: $27/month, all new subscribers receive a seven-day free trial.

TAPFit Transformation System

If you’re not a fan of the subscription model, you can purchase TAPfit transformation systems. You’ll get DVD access to dozens of workouts as well as the fitness equipment needed to get started.

Here are the package deals:

TAPfit Starter TAPfit Deluxe TAPfit Platinum
Cost $97 $167 $249
Includes
  • Slip-on taps
  • Five beginner-friendly dance workouts on DVD
  • Resistance band
  • Limited online access to TAPfit online studio (beginner classes only)
  • Everything in the Starter Kit
  • Rollable, foldable floor
  • Learn to Tap video tutorials
  • Equipment-free fat-burning workout
  • Everything in the Deluxe Kit
  • Full forever access to the online studio
  • Support calls with Kat and Annie
  • Access to new routines and recipes
  • Keepsake storage box
  • 21-day nutrition plan
  • Weight loss roadmap

TAPfit Taps

The company’s patented taps have a non-slip runner grip and fit over the sole of any flat-bottom shoe to turn them into dance shoes. They feature stainless steel taps on the heels and toes to produce a distinctive click with each step.

It’s not currently possible to purchase these taps or floor mat without buying one of these three systems.

My Experience with TAPfit

The sign-up process was very simple and I was ready to go within minutes. The TAPfit online portal has a simple layout, with a welcome message and six weeks of classes available on the main page.

You can personalize an online profile by adding photos, joining groups, and connecting with other members. You’ll also gain access to all seven TAPfit courses:

  • 28-Day Home Health Challenge
  • MOVEnBURN Body Challenge
  • TAPfit Advanced
  • TAPfit Dance Challenge
  • TAPfit Platinum
  • TAPfit Starter Series
  • TAPfit Workouts

I’m a complete beginner to tap dance, so I started with the TAP Basics class. Instructor Kat Johnson introduced the steps slowly and thoroughly articulated every move so I felt comfortable following along.

Honestly, though, the dance routine wasn’t much fun when I performed it barefoot on the carpet; the brand’s tap shoes and dance mat seem essential to having fun with this workout.

The week one tutorial class built on the basics with a simple warmup and pump up music that quickly put me in workout mode.

Kat’s reminder to swing my arms instead of merely focusing on the footwork helped me get my heart rate up quickly, and I broke a sweat during the warmup.

The class became increasingly more fun, even though I didn’t have the right footwear.

Post warmup was another instructional period with Kat to learn more steps. The slower pace and lack of music pulled me out of the moment until round two of the workout started. Again, the total body moves got my heart rate up quickly.

By the end of the thirty-minute class, I was ready to be finished and was left feeling like I could have gotten in a more efficient workout in other ways. While the dance sessions were fun, I found the frequent instructional breaks made things tedious.

I wanted to see how the class structure changed for different courses, so next challenged myself to a week 5 class workout. Despite not being able to keep up with all the moves, I thought the class pace felt more like a traditional workout.

Kat’s instructions weren’t distracting, though the constantly shifting camera angle actually left me slightly dizzy.

Overall, the classes flowed well with an appropriate amount of instruction. But when it comes to getting in an efficient workout, I was left feeling like there was a lot of wasted time where I could have been working.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

More than 30 customers have left reviews for TAPfit on our website. These reviews average 3.2-stars with a 59% recommendation rating. Here’s a snapshot of their comments.

Compliments:

  • Dances are fun and engaging
  • Great way to get in shape, especially for people who weren’t active previously
  • Wide variety of music choices for different tastes
  • Talented, encouraging instructors

Complaints:

  • Poor quality video editing, difficulty navigating the main menu
  • Delayed delivery, the product never arrived in some cases
  • Some users didn’t receive a refund after returning the product

TAPfit vs. Figure 8 Fitness

For those who would instead be dancing at the club than sweating at the gym, another home workout program that promises to get you in shape is Figure 8 Fitness.

Figure 8 Fitness is lead by Latin DanceSport world medal winner Jaana Kunitz. It is offered as a comprehensive program of 14 classes and instructional videos that guide you through progressively challenging your body.

Rather than tap dance, this fitness series focuses on Latin-inspired dance moves to tone your core and get your glutes in gear.

The program is currently offered as a one-time purchase for $47. It’s another $10 if you want to receive DVDs instead of merely having digital access.

It includes all 14 workout sessions, a success tracker, a workout journal, a PDF workout planner guide, a nutritional blueprint, and a faster-paced “Figure 8 Express” series of over 30 ten-minute videos.

As with TAPfit, you can also sign up on a subscription basis. $11.99 per month (or $108 per year) gives you access to more than 100 hours of workout videos, including the full Figure 8 Fitness series and other programs like Figure 8 Ultimate, Figure 8 PRO, and more.

Deciding between these two dance cardio options will likely come down to pricing and your preferred workout style.

TAPfit’s tap dance style workout is more unique, but it’s likely to appeal to a smaller number of people. This program is also more expensive, and frankly, only works if you commit to the company’s patented tap shoes. Without them, the dancing sequences feel lackluster (at least in my experience).

Return Policy

All purchases qualify for a 30-day refund policy for refunds or exchanges. Items are only eligible if they are unused, in the same condition you received it, and in original packaging. Shipping costs are nonrefundable, and in most cases, a restocking fee and will be deducted from the refund.

TAPfit Online membership purchases are ineligible for refunds.

The Bottom Line

TAPfit offers a unique form of exercise that is likely to appeal to those who typically avoid the gym. The engaging dance workouts are easy to learn (even for beginners), and customer reviews indicate that it’s incredibly satisfying to tap along to the beat of the music.

For me, TAPfit wasn’t impressive. The workouts didn’t seem much different than other forms of dance cardio, and I found the classes started and stopped too often to feel like I was getting in the groove. But this is a largely personal opinion, and your experience may differ.

Overall, TAPfit classes will get you moving and burning calories, but you need to be realistic about how many calories you’ll actually burn per session.

In any case, the best kind of exercise is any type that you’ll actually do, so TAPfit is an excellent option if it offers what it takes to get you moving.

Customer Reviews

3.5 Stars out of 71 Reviews
5 Star:57% 4 Star:4% 3 Star:1% 2 Star:2% 1 Star:33%
63% Recommend This Brand
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Posted on Feb 13, 2021

Off the couch and onto the dance floor!

By Karen K., New Jersey, Verified Reviewer

I ordered TAPfit because I have always been curious about tap, and had even considered looking for an adult tap class. Now that we are all on lockdown at home, this seemed like the perfect way to get myself moving, give myself something challenging to learn, and have some fun! It has definitely done all of that.

The beginner series really is that...designed for beginners. I do have a previous dance background, but not in tap. Each disc teaches a few steps, very slowly so you can follow it. Then, they put on the music and put the steps together for the workout. Let's just say I am not a Spring Chicken, but so far I find that the steps and workouts are all do-able. I had previously tried a Zumba disc, and they just kinda jumped in and it was really fast and frankly I just could not keep up. With TAPfit, I find that everything is within reach. I just have to be a little patient, and give myself the time to repeat the lessons until I feel like I "got it".

I am really enjoying TAPfit so far, and am looking forward to progressing to the more difficult discs and workouts. It is good to have a goal, especially in this lockdown, where every day can seem the same. My goal is to progress into the Intermediate Broadway series! Maybe I will have to get myself a costume.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Can learn to tap in the convenience and privacy of home, no one to judge me but the cat!

Does not require a huge dedicated space in my home, when done, I can roll up my floor and lean it up in the corner.

It "taps" into my previous love of dance, and experience as a former dancer, makes the exercise a joyful experience, not a boring grind.

It engages my brain and makes me THINK while learning new steps and combinations.

Love the sense of community fostered by staff through the Facebook group and by sending out periodic inspirational emails.

Especially during the isolation of the pandemic, it helps me to feel that I am not so alone.

The workouts, while helpful to get me sweating and moving, are not really intense enough to cause weight loss (for me anyway).

Some of the video editing is a little choppy.

Switching angles between foot closeups and wide angle makes the workouts harder to follow.

Posted on Feb 11, 2021

I am not a dancer...

By Ann D., Arcata, CA, Verified Reviewer

I am so impressed with the customer service at TAPfit, the product is of excellent quality, and the videos are upbeat and clear. I am slowly working to overcome my complete klutziness and lifelong inability to dance and be graceful, and I find going over the videos multiple times really helps. The first couple times I stumble around, and then I am delighted when I get it. I have wanted to tap dance since I was a child so this is a blast - even if I make myself laugh at how bad I am at it. I get a little bit better each time, and I am really impressed by how the steps are broken down to make even the klutziest non-dancers able to follow along. Thanks so much for a wonderful product!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The taps

Customer service

The videos

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Feb 10, 2021

Loving it!

By Jennifer I., Lynchburg, VA, Verified Reviewer

TAPfit has been a great addition to my week! I enjoy the fact that the workouts are 15-minute segments - feels manageable and it motivates me to do keep going! Kat does a great job of showing you each step and encouraging you to keep at it. I highly recommend TAPfit!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The workouts are broken down into manageable time frames.

Instructor is upbeat and clear with instructions.

They do a great job with keeping in touch with their customers!

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Feb 8, 2021

Amazing customer service

By Donna E., Chicago, IL, Verified Reviewer

Recovering from surgery and so excited to use TAPfit in my workout. Needed to exchange my taps and was bracing myself for a tussle about it. Instead, I received the sweetest email and an absolutely terrific experience with the exchange. The TAPfit Family is one of integrity and quality - and they truly deliver a personalized experience with their top-quality equipment!

FIVE enthusiastic stars!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Quality

Personalized service

Great pace, and it’s nice to be able to replay and hone skills before moving on

Wish you had local gatherings

Posted on Jan 29, 2021

Enjoying TAPfit immensely

By Jeanette M., Roswell, NM, Verified Reviewer

I have always loved tap dancing and grew up doing it. This is a great way to get variety in exercise and enjoy what you are doing. I'm thankful to have this available so I can get dancing again. Can't wait to do more!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Great way to incorporate variety in exercise

Fun

Fun support system

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 28, 2021

Best exercise program out there!

By Sandi S., Spokane, WA, Verified Reviewer

I have been very happy with my experience with TAPfit. At first, I was hesitant to move on to another week, fearing that it would get more difficult each time. I’m finding the steps very easy and adding arm movements and body movements adds to the experience. I don’t feel like I’m working out, because I’m dancing and having fun, but at the end my body knows I have done a good workout. I have just started week four and I’m anxious to continue on. Loving the instructors, they are all so personable and fun!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The instructors - so fun and personable!

I love to tap and move to the music - very upbeat!

Having to wait for it to arrive; it seem to take a long time.

In Week 2, the instructor got a bit drowned out by the music so it was difficult to understand what she was saying.

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 28, 2021

Fun knows no number.

By Louise H., Seattle, WA, Verified Reviewer

At 65 I never expected that exercise could make me feel like I was 17 again (when I took my first tap class) but that same joy was instant. Whoever's first idea this was is just plain brilliant!

I love the simplicity of the setup.. just some taps using shoes you already have, and a tapping mat. No machines to break.

The selection of programs are very fairly priced and allow you to customize your own regimen, at your own pace. You can always move up!

Thank you TAPfit for revving up my senior engine!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The fun aspect

The simplicity of the gear needed

The relatively low cost

The program is do-able for seniors

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 28, 2021

TAPfit is exactly what I needed!

By Peggy A., Arizona, Verified Reviewer

My overall experience with TAPfit has turned out to be everything I had hoped for. It is a fun program that keeps me engaged. In fact, I actually look forward to doing the exercise programs. I saw a surprising improvement in my balance after just one week, which is especially important to me at age 70. The routines are just the right mix of simple and challenging, so I never get discouraged. The program gets my heart rate up, and I break a sweat, but I feel energized at the end and not wiped out. There is so much more I could say. It is just flat out FUN!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The quality of the tap shoe is excellent. Very durable.

The instructors are so real, relatable, and adorable.

There is an option that even includes a wood surface to tap on.

The tap shoe fits over more than one pair of my own shoes.

The customer service was excellent. Very responsive.

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 9, 2021

Terrible customer service!

By Ann S., Bloomington, IN, Verified Reviewer

I ordered the deluxe TAPfit unit on November 22nd of last year, when I open the package, the tap shoes they sent were a size small, when I know I ordered a large. I did get a return code, after repeated emails to do so. I asked them also to send a return label, because it wasn’t my fault on the wrong size - no answer. I took it to UPS and had to pay an additional $14 out of my own pocket, and did so on December 4th.

I have not received any return taps, and am uncertain which size, M or L, will fit an 8 and 1/2 shoe, since I read different info on the website. So I finally found a customer service #, and have called twice and left info with an answering service, last week and 3 days ago, and was promised a call back in 24 hours. Not to be. I was so excited about this program, and so upset about the fraudulent manner they handle their visit. From the reviews, I am not the only one. Please rectify this issue please, TAPfit!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Fraudulent claims about returns

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 11, 2020

Update

By Carol S., Bethlehem, PA, Verified Reviewer

12/9/20 - TAPfit finally came through with a refund, $144. So I am out $49, which still a better outcome than I expected. Just be aware that it is extremely difficult to contact this company when there is a problem.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Nov 4, 2020

It's great to tap again!

By Katherine B., Ontario, Canada, Verified Reviewer

I haven't tap danced since I was in my 20s, but now that I'm in my 30s and have moved to a small town, it is great to be able to tap again, especially since I can do so in my own home. The mat works great so that I don't ruin my floors! The videos are easy to follow along with.

Length of Use: 6–12 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Virtual

Motivating

Easy to learn

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted
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