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TAPfit

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3.9

129 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

3.9 Stars out of 129 Reviews
5 Star:65% 4 Star:6% 3 Star:1% 2 Star:2% 1 Star:24%
74% Recommend This Brand
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Posted on Jun 10, 2022

Love getting back to tap!

By Karen H., Portland, OR, Verified Reviewer

I've so enjoyed tapping and loving moving again! TAPfit allows me to dance on my own schedule and do what I love. Thanks!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Flexibility

Workouts

I have my own tap shoes (I don't use your shoes), however I can lend them to a friend

Posted on May 26, 2022

Come join us, you will love it!

By Sharon B., Fayetteville, NC, Verified Reviewer

I am a very happy new TAPfit member!

I have taken all of the beginner workouts for weeks 1-4. They have been very well taught by excellent and enthusiastic teachers. Each workout out is simple, easy to do, and fun with music and constant guidance by the teacher. All routines can be done easily by anyone regardless of your age (I am 80 and had no problems). If you have never tapped before the steps are very simple and anyone can do them. Come join the group. You will love it.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

The teachers are always there for you with any questions you might have

The teachers are excellent. energetic, and professional

The workouts are fun while you are learning and nit dull and dry

The ony thing that could make it better would be to do the workouts face to facee

Posted on May 5, 2022

TapFit is fun!

By Elayne C., Pueblo, CO, Verified Reviewer

I did tap dancing as a child, and using this program and doing the workouts brings back those childhood memories. The sound of tapping is joyful!

Length of Use: 1–2 years

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

Pros and Cons

Easy to set up

Workout instructions were clear

Using accessories was easy

OnDemand option would me nice

Posted on Apr 3, 2022

It's got me moving again and feeling more energetic!

By Heather A., Bealeton, VA, Verified Reviewer

I used to tap dance when I was growing up, but it's been over 25 years. I've been very sedentary during the pandemic, but I'm so glad I decided to go for TAPfit. The first few weeks were a little slow technique-wise, but that turned out to be a good thing as I am still getting back into condition. By week 5 I was really loving it and now I'm on week 6 and exploring the online component and it just keeps getting better!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Customer service

Progressive lessons and exercises

Good entry back to dancing

Some video editing could be improved

High price entry to get to the fun stuff

Moves to online only - would be great to continue with physical DVDs

Posted on Apr 1, 2022

They approach this as a cookie-cutter program

By Linda A., Harpers Ferry, WV, Verified Reviewer

I'm 59, but I'm very tech-savvy, I feel I must stress that first. The program arrives with DVDs. Hardly anyone uses DVDs anymore. You can find the program online, but it's not that easy to find and access. They should be blasting the link everywhere on the website and in the literature.

Secondly, I'm a career woman and travel for work. Exercising during business travel is a chronic and widespread issue. (Again, see the above...you have to be able to access it anywhere.) As much as one would like, not many people are going to make this program their religion and are not going to be able to commit as much time as the follow-up emails seem to believe we have. Getting an email congratulating me on being on week 2, 3, 4 when I'm still working on week one is discouraging, annoying, and also makes you feel like the company is just generating customer emails based on ticklers set according to purchase date. Don't bother, it's phony and incorrect, which makes me doubt your integrity and authenticity. You're better off not emailing at all and adopting a "let us know if you need anything" approach.

I think this is a fun activity. I didn't for one minute think it was going to get me in great shape because if it was the miracle program for that, I wouldn't have found it on an IG post. Know your role and your spot and be proud of that. It's sort-of, kind-of tap dancing, which is FUN and could get women like me (older, out of shape with back and knee problems) moving more. Embrace that.

Quit sending us emails congratulating us on something we haven't accomplished and making us feel like slackers. If I recommended this to a friend, I'd include a lot of caveats.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Inauthentic emails pretending to know how I'm using it

Should be marketed for online use and not rely on DVDs that I just threw away

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Apr 1, 2022

Dance your way to good health!

By Jocelyn N., Fort Collins, CO, Verified Reviewer

I have always loved dancing. And when I saw TAPfit advertised I knew it would be a great way for me to get into shape while having a lot of fun! I tap-danced as a child and TAPfit provides a good refresher course for tap dancing that is doable and relatively inexpensive. I’m so glad I joined!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

That I can do it at home

That I can do it at my convenience

That I can do it in any weather, being from Colorado

The tap shoes aren’t big enough

Posted on Mar 18, 2022

Exceptional program TAPfit

By Mary B., Keeseville, NY, Verified Reviewer

Very good workout for any age – fun and extremely innovative. The instructions are easy to follow. The instructors are very motivational and are well educated on each and every workout. It's worth the money.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Affordable

Healthy

A lot of fun

I wish I could have started early in life

Posted on Mar 12, 2022

Small floor, poor tap sound

By Anne W., Nebraska, Verified Reviewer

The floor is too small and the shoes have a poor quality tap sound if you can even get the metal taps to make contact properly. Very disappointed.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Nothing really

Delivered in a timely manner

Very small floor

Tap shoes had poor contact area and tap sound

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Mar 2, 2022

So much fun!

By Tracie B., St. Charles, MO, Verified Reviewer

I took dance lessons (tap, ballet, and jazz) for 11 years. TAPfit has helped me remember how much I loved tap dancing! The system is very easy to use. The dance tutorials are easy to understand. It is so much fun! Really happy I found this! I’m currently on week 4. TAPfit is the bomb diggity! Love it!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

User-friendly

Instructions are easy to understand and learn

Customer service is outstanding

The actual tap stretch on is so tight it hurts my feet, no matter which shoes I use

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Mar 2, 2022

Great way to get this senior citizen of the couch and having fun!

By Diana D., La Grange, KY, Verified Reviewer

I am a new TAPfit follower and so far I have really loved the experience! I'm 71 years old and have some knee issues, so exercising was difficult for me. I loved to square dance before Covid so I thought maybe TAPfit would work for me and it really has been a way to get myself up off the couch and moving!

I love the 28-day quick-start program that I used while I was waiting for my shoes and dance floors to come. And I'm still working on that. I had an issue and I got some immediate positive help and feedback which says more than anything to me. I do think the price is a little expensive, but at this point, I feel like it's been worth it because I am up off the couch, I'm excited about doing the workouts every day, and I just feel more positive and engaged in life!

Give it a try. It's a wonderful and encouraging system.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Organized

Motivating

Quick customer help when needed

Enthusiasm of instructors

A bit expensive

The tap shoes slip-ons are rather difficult to get on my shoes

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted

Posted on Mar 1, 2022

Fun and excellent way to get fit, rehab, and just dance!

By Charlene A., Austin, TX, Verified Reviewer

I joined TAPfit because I wanted to improve the strength, flexibility, range of motion, and persistent swelling in the ankle I had sprained badly a year ago. I have gotten all of this, plus overall strength and toning of my core. I also have improved the balance I didn't know I didn't have. I get to have fun with a group in the comfort of my home. I get to learn new skills and new rhythms, and get back to the joy of dancing!

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Love the step by step tutorials, and the option of DVD or online

Enjoy the options that accommodate all fitness levels, from in a chair to on Broadway

I love being able to start dancing any time of day or night.

I love that they are adding on new dances monthly.

Options to join a fitness challenge support group, and also an option for individualized coaching!

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted
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