TAPfit Review: A Detailed Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
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.

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

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

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  • 61 Customer Reviews
  • 61% Recommend This Brand
3.4 out of 5
5 star: 54% 4 star: 4% 3 star: 1% 2 star: 3% 1 star: 36%

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  • It's great to tap again!

    • By Katherine B.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Nov 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    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.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Virtual
    • Motivating
    • Easy to learn
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

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


  • Non-responsive when issues arise

    • By Carla K.,
    • Washington DC,
    • Nov 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I purchased the TAPfit kit in mid-July, for medical reasons I could not use the program and I contacted the company by email (they have NO phone contact). I received an RMA (return approval). I packed in its original packaging, it was unused. It is now 10/30/2020, and after several attempts to reach them via email, my PayPal account has never received the refund. As a company that promotes a pro-woman image, they are very active in cheating women.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Non-responsive
    • Failed to maintain decent contact with customers when a problem arose
    • No way to contact except via email, which they do not answer

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


  • Amazing workout!

    • By Diane T.,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Nov 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    TAPfit has been the MOST fun and an amazing workout! Even if you have no dance experience you can do this. I love how they break down the steps first so easily before putting it together for the final routine. Just LOVE it!

    Pros and Cons:

    • You don't need tap shoes
    • Just put the taps on any shoe
    • Very portable
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

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


  • Starting a new journey with my life and health

    • By Donna T.,
    • Cincinnati, OH,
    • Nov 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    It took a while to get my order straight and get it off in the mail to me. Jasmine was a great help and she got the job done. I really appreciate the time she took to help me so that I can get started on my new journey.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Can go at my own pace
    • Fun and gets me moving
    • In the privacy of my own home, so no one judges me
    • Hard to find the right shoes, have issues with my feet, I usually wear men’s shoes instead of women’s shoes so they’re not so tight across toes

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


  • Fun time = fitness

    • By Deborah S.,
    • Aurora, IL,
    • Oct 14, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have known about TAPfit for many years but the price was a little steep. But there was a 50% sale so I decided why not, I have tap danced since I was 8 years old and loved it. Although this is my first week so far it has helped me make better food choices and want to move more.

    During our new normal times, I have found myself lounging more and moving less. Since I have done all of the other pandemic things like learn to cook better food and clean out my house, spending more time with my pup, fitness was next on the list. So far it's been a great distraction. Why not look great for when I can socialize again?

    Pros and Cons:

    • Tap dance
    • Slow instructions
    • Great music
    • Supportive emails
    • Must buy expensive package to receive the best results
    • Not just having a master the basics class
    • Starting a challenge before you receive your equipment

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


  • Fun!

    • By Laura F.,
    • Frisco, TX,
    • Oct 14, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I just started TAPfit and it's a great way to get exercise while having fun. The DVDs are great the way they break down the steps into easy pieces. I really did feel like I was tap dancing instead of exercising. So much fun!

    Pros and Cons:

    • That it's a fun way to exercise
    • It was a little expensive, but totally worth it for me!

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


  • Best ever!

    • By Maria F.,
    • West Jordan, UT,
    • Oct 13, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    As a person who loves to dance but not run miles and do other exercises, TAPfit fit my bill! I found it not only an exercise that is doable and fun, but I get to learn a new skill of tap for which I have always wanted to master. Thank you TAPfit!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Fun
    • Exercise
    • New skill
    • Have to pay for Broadway stuff

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


  • Makes exercise fun!

    • By Ginny T.,
    • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL,
    • Oct 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I’ve been tapping for years so I noticed TAPfit. While it’s not tap dancing right away, it’s good exercise and fun hearing those taps again. I’m living it at 74!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Fun
    • Healthy
    • Easy to contact
    • The price was a little steep

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


  • Finally, exercise I want to do!

    • By Mary B.,
    • Portsmouth, VA,
    • Oct 7, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have tried many styles of workouts through the years, but none of them jived with me. I used to jokingly say, “I’m allergic to exercise,” lol. But then the pandemic and lockdown happened, and I put on 15lbs. Yikes!

    When I first encountered the TAPfit ad on Facebook, I was very intrigued and also highly motivated to lose the weight I put on. Soooo I decided to give it a shot!

    When my slip-on taps and DVDs arrived, I immediately put the first disc in. Right off the bat, I was greeted by the warm and genuine Kat Johnson. The steps were very easy to learn!

    Then it was time for the warm-up and tutorial. Everything is broken down step by step so you can really take your time to learn each move. The music for the routines is very catchy and I’ve actually added them to my playlist favorites so I can tap in my head when I’m listening to the songs.

    I’ve been doing TAPfit for over 6 months now, 3-6 times per week. I have never gotten bored and I never felt like this was something I couldn’t achieve. If the queen of clumsy (aka me, lol) can do it, YOU CAN DO IT.

    I’ve also been using TAPfit’s nutrition supplement line - specifically, Green Boost, which is chock full of 10 superfoods, boosts your metabolism, and strengthens your immune system.

    Overall, I’m SO happy I jumped out of my comfort zone to try TAPfit. It has forever changed my attitude about exercise. It CAN be fun!

    Also, it has helped my anxiety and depression immensely. As I like to say, "tap it out!" Tap out alllllll the stress, all the negative thoughts, worries, frustrations, and just let loose. After each workout, even if I’m going into it anxious or even a little tired, I always feel like a weight has been lifted and I even feel more energized!

    A BIG thank you to the Johnson sisters for making a dance exercise program that literally anyone can do - even in a seated position.

    I’m a TAPfit warrior for life!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Making music with my body
    • The mental workout
    • The positivity
    • The celebrity choreography is a bit fast, but I just remind myself to take my time and baby steps are still progress
    • I wish the DVDs had chapters and an easier home menu
    • The DVD case is not the most secure (discs slip off their holder)

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


  • I love TAPfit

    • By Nancy G.,
    • Marion, NC,
    • Oct 5, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    TAPfit is providing me much needed exercise in a super fun way!

    I'm 72 years old and was in a horrible head-on collision auto accident a year and 3 months ago in which my husband died and I had many injuries, was in the hospital, and then in physical therapy for a year and 3 months. Now that I'm able to walk again and have been released from physical therapy I needed an exercise to sustain my well-being. TAPfit is perfect. It is so much fun to do and really helps me with my grief and depression. I feel like I'm getting my life back! Thank you so much TAPfit.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Affordable
    • Super fun
    • Excellent exercise
    • Easy to learn with expert instructors
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

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


  • Getting stronger every day!

    • By Cara K.,
    • New Cumberland, PA,
    • Oct 5, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Working out had been difficult previously, but my excitement about TAPfit has made it so much easier. I find myself surprised at how quickly my balance has improved, my knees are stronger, and I'm smiling the entire time.

    Pros and Cons:

    • It's easy to use and gets you moving
    • It doesn't take much time to fit it into my schedule
    • It doesn't take up any storage space
    • My dog likes to play along
    • TAPfit bands were challenging to put on and I broke one of the side pieces, but it doesn't make any difference to the stability of the taps
    • Sizing challenges has made the toe area of the tap very large, or maybe it's my shoe design, ended up buying a 2nd pair
    • I bought it through a FB Marketplace ad and continue to have difficulty accessing the website as a member of the community

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


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