Slow It Down for Results With T-Tapp
by Charlotte Siems
Come on, we’ve all heard it (or thought it) about our T-Tapp workouts: Run faster, jump higher. Do more and more to get results. Don’t skip a repetition or we won’t keep up. Get to the more advanced workouts—surely they hold the magic key to inch loss.
Running to keep up often causes tripping and falling.
Doing more and more can lead to mental and/or physical burnout. Struggling and flopping through every single move and every rep isn’t the key to success. It’s all about full-fiber muscle activation, mind-to-muscle connection and alignment.
In Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, Teresa Tapp says:
Many newcomers have the impression that if they don’t do all the repetitions I recommend, they won’t get results. This is not true! We all have our own personal max—depending on fitness level and flexibility—and it’s important to push ourselves to that point to get the best results. So if you can manage only four or five repetitions when I recommend eight, that’s fine. As long as you go to your max and have proper form you will receive rapid results and get stronger. And as you become stronger, you will be able to add more repetitions with good form.
Here are some thoughts on slowing it down:
Do fewer reps. Either push the “pause” button or do 4-6 reps while the DVD does 8 reps. Focus on form and full-fiber muscle activation. Like Teresa says, “It’s better to do fewer repetitions with proper form than it is to do more repetitions with poor form.”
Do short workouts. But not easy workouts. 15-30 minutes of mindful, slowed-down, strong movement beats 45-60 minutes of loosely flopping just to get through the DVD.
Don’t skip the basics. Having a variety of DVDs is great but it’s not the end-all for successful results. The basics of T-Tapp form are the same across the board. Better to stick with Basic Workout Plus or the Total Workout and really “get it” than to bounce from workout to workout, hoping that a more advanced one will somehow work better. Form issues carry over into any workout, period.
Slow down at night. Get to bed earlier if at all possible. I start heading that way about an hour before I want to be asleep, to allow time for washing my face, brushing teeth, doing a floor move and a bit of reading. Fatigue really affects my workouts so I have to guard myself against going to bed too late.
Listen to your body. On days when adrenal fatigue or fibromyalgia or other health issues are flaring up, that’s the time to do a short sequence or take the day off.
Sneak in T-Tapp all day long. Ribs up throughout the day—sitting, standing, driving. Standing in line with weight in one leg? Knee bent and out, slight tuck. Watching TV, do the clap-pull sequence from the new Public Television documentary video.
At the 2012 Beauty Bootcamp, we did far fewer workouts but the weekend’s inch loss totals were just as good or better than events when we did lots of workouts. We slowed it down, concentrating on alignment and muscle activation. It was actually very encouraging and empowering to see proof that Less IS More with T-Tapp.
There are seasons of time when we can benefit from ramping up the length and frequency of workouts, but only if we can maintain form while doing so. There are also seasons when it’s best to slow down in order to stay consistent and stay in the zone with form. Just going through the motions so we can check off a workout on the calendar won’t give the same results.
Slow it down and see if the resulting concentration and connection help your results with T-Tapp.