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Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
For those have done Tai Cheng, can it be done simultaneously with other BB workouts and still get the benefits of TC?? Or can TC be done simultaneously with certain BB programs and not others? For example, doing the resistance/flexibility workouts of P90X but not doing Plyo X and Kenpo X in favor of doing TC? I would think doing TC with Insanity for example would not work because the Insanity workouts are much more dynamic (and a lot more jumping) versus P90X.....I'm looking to do TC at some point, but I don't know if I want to totally give up not doing another BB routine for 90 days.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
1/16/13 8:53 AM as a reply to BLund73.
Tai Cheng is a terrific routine, and I use it frequently, regardless of what other BB workouts I might be doing. TC workouts are not long, so there's really no need to worry about over-budgeting time. I've done a solid BodyBeast workout, cooled down a bit from it, and gone right into a Neural Re-boot session, some forms work, and finished it all off with qi gong and more rumble-rolling.

I also would not use TC to replace any of the other workouts; they have different but mutually-supporting objectives. That is, TC will help you improve your balance so that you can do the Kenpo-X kicks even better and with more power, for example.

On my rest days of high-intensity workouts, I usually do TC and some slow stretching/rumble-rolling. So, there's a lot of opportunities to roll TC into your other workouts, and you don't have to give anything up.

Enjoy!

Bruce
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
1/16/13 4:59 PM as a reply to BLund73.
I recently finished 90 days of Power 90 Master Series and Tai Cheng. It really worked out well for me. As Bruce stated, it helped me in the other workouts with form, balance and even strength. The Tai Cheng neural reboots have helped me get over some pain issues I had during certain P90MS stretches. One funny thing that sticks out to me is I can't remember the last time I needed my wall to support me during standing quad stretches. When I started BB workouts in June, I always needed support for balance. After 2 or 3 weeks of Tai Cheng, I haven't needed the support.

I would also not replace your current workouts with Tai Cheng, but would recommend doing them together.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
1/16/13 5:19 PM as a reply to prufrock.
Thanks for the replies.....Hopefully I will get some additional feedback and insight from others who have used Tai Cheng. I have some tendinitis in my knees that flare up after I do Insanity of Asylum, especially in the later stages. I just started Asylum Volume 2, but I'm thinking I will need TC once I'm done after my 30 days with AV2.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
1/23/13 5:42 PM as a reply to BLund73.
I did it along with Asylum for a while. The trouble is that there is only so much time in the day, and given a choice of workouts I would always default to the 'hard' one (i.e. Asylum), because that one was more directly benefiting my fitness goals.

I think it's valuable; on the other hand, I don't think the neural reboot MUST be where it is in the program. It actually makes more sense to do the neural reboot before a more intense workout as a sort of dynamic warmup. I make this point because it would be more time effective to learn the moves and patterns if you could just spend the 5 minutes on the movement rather than 20+ minutes on the reboot plus the movement.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
1/26/13 12:44 PM as a reply to BLund73.
I got Tai Cheng for Christmas and am on week 5 right now. I was in phase 2 of p90x2 when I got it and started doing my Tai Cheng workouts directly after my p90x2 workouts. It seemed to work pretty well for a while. Since I've moved into phase 3 of x2, I haven't been able to Tai Cheng directly after a pap lower workout because my legs are way too wiped, even for a relatively easy workout like Tai Cheng. So I started moving my Tai Cheng workouts in the evening, right before bed.

All in all, I think that the neural reboot is fantastic to do while doing other intense workouts. At the very least it's another form of stretching, but I think there are some real benefits there. The Tai Chi itself (at least 5 weeks in) is pretty calming, kind of like yoga, and I enjoy that as well.

I don't have any pains like tendinitis myself, so I can't comment on how it might help or hurt your knees.

Mark.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
2/4/13 2:25 PM as a reply to BLund73.
It's been mentioned above, but the Tai Cheng program is so different than most of the products Beachbody has now, it's probably best to do them at the same time. I used Tai Cheng a while back, I wasn't able to finish it because of time constraints but it did seem to help. I felt a difference in my flexibility too when I was doing this, since I've stopped I can feel my legs tightening back up again so I'm getting back into Tai Cheng.

The foam rolling is worth it alone, in my opinion. I'm not sure about the pain in your knees, but the foam rolling starts on the back of the knee right away so that might help out. I think Tai Cheng can go along with any program you are presently doing.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
2/14/13 2:44 PM as a reply to BLund73.
I am not currently doing another BB program but am lifting heavy (Wendler 531), doing a lot of kettlebell work and getting in some hill sprints every week. Tai Cheng is a wonderful compliment, I'm hitting PRs in my lifts and am not bothered by nagging aches and pains.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
3/9/13 11:05 AM as a reply to BLund73.
I'm on week 8 of Tai Cheng and the last phase of P90x2. They work well together in my opinion. I do the Tai Cheng in the morning - it gets the body going, is enough to the calories burning through the day and for me it is both a reminder on posture and movement as well as sets the right mental tone. It isn't intense enough to impact an intense afternoon workout.

As and aside, I really am enjoying the combo of P90X2 and Tai Cheng. There seems to be a synergistic relationship there, two takes on some of the same concepts that work well together.
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RE: Using Tai Cheng with other BB workouts
3/25/13 3:59 PM as a reply to gspiker.
I just finished week 3 of Tai Cheng and week 2 of RevAbs.

They work great together.

I have been doing Tai Cheng first and then going right into RevAbs when it is finished.

I am getting great results so far.

Tai Cheng has made me realize a few things about my body and seems to be helping me deal with a few odd physical issues related to old injuries.
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