I’m proud of each one of you who have committed to doing this bootcamp even though it’s not the easiest thing in the world. In fact, if you think T-Tapp is easy, you’re doing it wrong! At first you may not have the mind-to-muscle connection to activate muscle and *get* the alignment so you may wonder what all the fuss and sweat is about. That’s okay. Keeping doing T-Tapp and you’ll get there. There’s no such thing as perfect form, believe it or not. Form is a progression, not perfection.
There have been some questions about doing a 14-day bootcamp. Hey, L-O-N-G bootcamps were NOT the key to my success! It’s the consistency AFTER the bootcamp. Bootcamps are great for establishing consistency, learning the form, creating mind-to-muscle connections and a bunch of other things. But don’t worry if you’re not able to do a honkin’ long bootcamp. Remember, to be considered a bootcamp, you do a workout on consecutive days. If you skip a day or two, it’s no longer considered a bootcamp. In my nearly seven years of T-Tapp, I’ve only done ONE 12-day bootcamp! At the end I was exhausted and had to take an entire week off! So listen to your body. Push yourself but don’t hurt yourself. And do a reasonable, effective bootcamp of at least 4 days.
Today’s form tip: Make sure you’re not leaning back when you hear “shoulders back!” Shoulder to hip alignment is key for lower body inch loss. If you lean back it will make your tummy stick out and you’ll build muscle around it. You might even strain your back. Watching the video it may look like Teresa is slightly leaning back, but that’s because the bent knees create a slight angle. Depending on the workout you do, bending the knees comes at different points. But after you’ve tucked (pressing lower back flat), LIFT RIBS and your shoulders will fall into place. Keep the chest out like a superhero. Many of us collapse our chests so that shoulders come forward. Put on your cape and be Super Tapper–chest out, ribs up, tall and proud!
I love the comments, keep ’em comin’! Last night and this morning I’ve been at a remote campground visiting my husband. The internet service is poor, and we even went to Dairy Queen in town last night to find a hotspot but no dice. Lo and behold, early this morning I got a signal so I’m writing this post for you–quick! All that to say, I’ll go back through comments from yesterday and today when I get home, so hang on if you have a question.
~ Charlotte Siems, Master T-Tapp Trainer