T-Tapp Form: Just Smile and Nod
by Charlotte Siems
Don’t feel bad if you don’t “get” all of T-Tapp. Even more importantly, don’t give up.
I remember being told to pull belly button to spine during a workout at the annual T-Tapp Retreat at Safety Harbor, Florida. I tried. The problem was I couldn’t even feel my belly button at that point. Even the skin on my tummy was numb. So I sort of smiled and nodded and acted like I knew what they meant.
At another point I received some tips on doing Hit the Floor. A trainer who reviewed my form told me to lift ribs and activate my core. My what?
Although I eventually came to a better understanding about T-Tapp form, at first I just didn’t have the mind-to-muscle connection to get my body to do what it was supposed to do. I was doing good just to mimic Teresa Tapp on the DVD and get through a workout without collapsing.
The biggest thing in my favor was that I kept going. But I didn’t just go through the motions, I learned about form from the T-Tapp forum and the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes. That kept me progressing and led me to lose an inch and then another inch.
Guess what? I still don’t have perfect form. Really, none of us do. We are where we are, at our point of position, our fitness level, our health and our history. It’s a journey and we don’t ever arrive and stop exercising.
I know it can get confusing at first. When people feel confused they usually do….nothing.
Don’t fall into that trap. Believe in yourself and believe in T-Tapp. Keep it simple. You’d be surprised what a week (or a month) will do. For now, just smile and nod and act like you know what I mean. Before you know it you really will.
I’d love to hear your thoughts…..leave a comment below…