I started T-Tapping a few years ago when I started running across glowing reviews for the workout (named “T-Tapp” for the woman who created it…Teresa Tapp). I ordered the beginner tapes, and when I received them, I decided I would just watch a few minutes to see what the workout was like. My first impression was that it was really weird. She has you do things that are really hard to describe, but it looks really strange and there are lots of little tips on form, etc. The moves are kind of a hybrid of ballet training, pilates, yoga, and regular calisthenics.
On the beginner tapes, she goes into great detail about the importance of correct form when performing the moves. She also explains the difference between the two main body types (short torso and long torso)—this explains the fact that some women have flat stomachs and heavier bottoms, hips, and thighs, and other women are heavier around the middle but have slim hips and smaller bottoms (that’s me).
The approach to T-Tapping is that you can do several days in a row as a “boot camp,” and then you workout every other day until you reach your goal size. The length of your initial boot camp depends on how much you want to lose. When I first got the tapes, I did a 10-day boot camp and did the workout every day for 10 days. Afterwards, I literally had a coworker tell me one day at lunch that I looked “smaller”...like I had just shrunk or something, especially in my waist. I couldn’t believe he could tell! I took my measurements before and after my boot camp, and in those 10 days I lost 1.5 inches around the waist, 1.5 inches around my thighs, nearly and inch off each arm, etc. In other words, it did really suck me in and tighten me up.
I’ve been doing the workout off and on for the past few years, but I’ve decided to give it another go. I know it works. I just have to do it. I was originally going to do a 10-day boot camp, but I’m going to shoot for seven days instead. Yesterday was Day 1. Only six more days to go!
I know I’m not grossly overweight, but the fact is, I felt great when I was smaller. And I have some really cute clothes I would like to fit into again. The only thing stopping this from happening is ME! I have to change my attitude about this or I will never have success.
Anyway, if you want to learn more about the workout, you can go to http://www.t-tapp.com. The initial set of tapes (or DVDs) takes a while to get through, but once you’re familiar with the exercises and stronger, you can order a tape/DVD that doesn’t include all the instructional stuff and goes by a lot faster. If you’re looking for a workout that you can do at home, without any jumping around, and without any equipment needs, I highly recommend T-Tapping!