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TAPfit

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3.7

104 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

3.7 Stars out of 104 Reviews
5 Star:60% 4 Star:6% 3 Star:0% 2 Star:2% 1 Star:28%
68% Recommend This Brand
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Posted on Oct 22, 2021

Loving it!

By Linda M., Grayslake, IL, Verified Reviewer

It was easy to order with prompt delivery. I was skeptical about taps fitting over shoes, but they do and fit snugly. Didn't think I'd need DVDs (guess I was just going to tap away to what I don't know). Kat leads you cheerfully through each step and routine. I'm looking forward to tomorrow to tap again. And, yes, there's something about hearing those taps that makes it fun!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Posted on Oct 21, 2021

TAPfit is life

By Serena B., Mississippi, Verified Reviewer

TAPfit is a fun, challenging, innovative, and exciting way to become the next Ginger Rodgers or Fred Astaire. A great way to practice hand-eye coordination too. So much fun.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Energy

Unusual

Fun

Challenging

Friendly

Impersonal

Posted on Oct 2, 2021

TAPfit with Tondra

By Tondra F., Sandusky, OH, Verified Reviewer

Well, I started with ordering a home version. It was so amazing that I couldn't help wanting to share this experience with others in my community. I am now a certified TAPfit Instructor offering classes for my city/community and ages 8-80 have attended these sessions! We take pride in shouting out loud that we are members of the TAPfit Tribe!

Length of Use: 6–12 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy peasy process becoming certified

The ease of learning the low impact routines

The different genres of music that keeps a smile on the faces that participate

Some older participants struggle putting Feet Beats on

Posted on Aug 24, 2021

I would give it a 5 - no fault of TAPfit

By Katherine G., Stockton, CA, Verified Reviewer

My experience has been great with this company. My only concern and disappointment was that my feet are too big! It is not their fault! They have responded fast and kindly to my emails.

I just wish they could make the taps for people, women and men, with bug-wide feet! They have responded to my request.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Great customer service

Dancing

Good value

I wish they had lager and wider taps

Posted on Aug 19, 2021

My TAPfit experience

By Paula M., Hudson, FL, Verified Reviewer

I am new to the program. I have tap dance experience from many years past. I love to dance and I was looking for a change of pace. Although in the early stages of the program I am in love with the infectious instructors and music.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Came with flooring so my own floors would not be scratched

Instructors and music keep me begging for more

Love to tap dance, classes for someone my age nonexistent in my area and wanted to give it a try

I am only on disc 2, but wish the programs were longer in length

I am not sure if anything exists, but to have an app on Roku or similar would be great

Only because I have prior experience, wish for more intermediate and advanced options

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Posted on Aug 19, 2021

TAPfit as a fun exercise

By Loralyn N., California, Verified Reviewer

I’m really enjoying TAPfit as a fun exercise. I also find TAPfit to be a great cognitive form of exercise for my brain. I love the way TAPfit supplies students with equipment so we are free to exercise on our time and not a set program. I look forward to each class!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

I like the equipment that TAPfit provides

I like the enthusiasm from the instructors

I like being part of a global Facebook group to support each other

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Aug 19, 2021

Fun way to get fit

By Beverly R., Port Hueneme, CA, Verified Reviewer

After using the program now for 3 weeks, I am getting more coordinated with the steps. It is a great workout and the instructors are knowledgeable and fun. They encourage you to review the steps if you need additional help learning them. I don’t feel rushed at all. Having the Facebook page to meet other tappers is fun too.

I love the tapping floor and how easy it is to roll up and store away. The products appear to be made with good quality materials so I think they’ll last for quite a long time.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Learning tap while getting a great workout

It’s for all ages

Clear visual instructions

The taps are a bit difficult to attach to shoes

There’s been a couple of glitches in the beginning video but it doesn’t make it hard to follow

Posted on Aug 19, 2021

I'm excited to get up in the morning now!

By Emilia H., Concord, NH, Verified Reviewer

I suffer from an under active thyroid condition, which makes it difficult for me to get up and WAKE up in the morning. I knew this was the program for me (with the incredible sound stimulation in my brain) because the first morning I woke up eager to begin. I've also scheduled TAPfit workouts into my calendar and so far I've happily stuck to them. I started this program simply to get more JOY in my life right now - and it's working!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

The system is easy to use

The brain stimulation from the sounds of the taps

The energy and joy of the instructors

The front of the taps' rubber digs into my toes a bit (through my shoes)

The (sometimes) drastic shift in speed from the tutorial to the workout

Posted on Aug 19, 2021

TAPfit is the perfect fit for me!

By Chere' B., Greenbrier, AR, Verified Reviewer

An advertisement for TAPfit showed up in my Facebook feed one day. I was immediately drawn to the prospect of getting a fun exercise routine in while learning the basics of tap dancing. I have always wanted to learn tap!

I looked at the different "packages" and decided to order the middle price level so I could have the mat and taps. I certainly didn't want to ruin my flooring! My products arrived very quickly, and I was ready to begin.

As a senior citizen, I seem to be progressing more slowly than I'd like, but I do feel a positive difference in my posture and balance. I love the tapping, and the mat really accentuates the sounds. The workout is definitely hard for me, but that just means I'm out of shape! I can tell a difference in my leg muscles, and I'm sure I will feel it in my arms when I start moving them more. I do use a chair to assist me in some of the moves that require more balance. It is my security blanket!

The positive energy of Kat and the others is so encouraging, and I know others feel the same as me. The Facebook group is so helpful and allows me to make friends from all over the world. I hope to progress more quickly now that I have the basic steps down. Thank you for offering this program at a reasonable price!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Suits me perfectly

Pricing

Support

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Aug 13, 2021

Not for people above shoe size 9

By Carolyn F., Maryland, Verified Reviewer

Unfortunately, this program is not accessible for me as a woman with size 10 feet. I’d assumed that the 8+ would work but it is too small and there are no larger options. I would like help returning my order.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Innovative idea

No larger shoe options

No wide shoe options

Only geared toward women

Posted on Jul 27, 2021

Fun way to exercise

By Barbara R., Pine Mountain Club, CA, Verified Reviewer

I just received the TAPfit Deluxe and my first workout yesterday. Even though I have a little bit of tap experience, I started with the first DVD and then did a couple of the songs in the first week's workout. I had a blast and I did feel it was a workout. I could see how it might be a little difficult for someone with no tap experience, but the instructions were clear and a slow enough pace to catch on. Also, I contacted customer service via email, as I had a couple of questions, and they got back to me immediately and were very helpful. I was impressed! I am so glad I decided to get this program!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Excellent customer service

The instructions are clear for beginners

TAPfit makes exercise fun

No “cons” were specified in this review

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