T-Tapp Together Bootcamp, Day 3

SpaIt’s Saturday–Day 3 of the T-Tapp Together Bootcamp! Today’s workout may be a bit of a challenge if you’re doing the 4-day version. If it seems too hard, hang in there! Get through it and tomorrow will likely be better! This is “hump day!”

For those of you adding some spa-like treats for the bootcamp weekend, here’s an excerpt from an archived T-Tapp newsletter from Teresa Tapp:

….”Fruit of the Earth” clear aloe gel is inexpensive, but very effective. It helps “feed” the skin externally and seal in moisture at its dermal layer. Just apply right after shower/bath – apply lotion or oil afterwards. It is odorless and not sticky. Added benefit: use after shaving legs or armpits – no more red bumps! (Available at drug stores, larger grocery stores, and WalMart.)

Once a week soak in a moderately warm bath filled with one half to one cup of mineral salts (use either sea salt, mineral salt, even Epsom salt works). Skin needs minerals – loss of elasticity is often due to mineral deficiency. This is why I always made sure my models swam in the ocean daily when they came for high season (3 months) to South Beach (Miami, FL). What a difference it made within a week! But you can create “sea water” at home. Check out the spa “salts” available at your local health food or bath and body store. Epsom salt is very inexpensive and available at drug stores.

Furthermore, lavender essential oil will help your skin. I add this to my mineral bath. It “heals” the skin and relaxes tension from the body. Your face will look younger too! I’ll do a separate newsletter on lavender since there are many benefits to this age-old secret!….

If you’re feeling sore, an Epsom salt bath soak can help!

Today’s form tip: “Tuck butt” When I first began T-Tapp I was somewhat offended by the term “butt” because our family doesn’t use the word, but eventually I got over it. 🙂 It’s more than “tightening buns.” It involves curling the core–which is everything between your belly button and your spine. The best way for me to think about it is to keep pressing lower back flat, like you’re trying to get the curve out of your lower back. When you press lower back flat, your pelvis rocks forward slightly. Here is a link to a diagram that will be helpful:  https://forum.t-tapp.com/album.php?albumid=273&attachmentid=1236 While you’re at it, lift those ribs! And keep checking during the workout to see if you’ve relaxed this and lost the tuck. This is a foundational concept of T-Tapp!

Some of you may have already finished your bootcamp if you began on Thursday and did two-a-days. If so, congratulations!! Enjoy your weekend off! As for the rest of us, carry on!

~ Charlotte Siems, Master T-Tapp Trainer


  1. I’m hanging in there… didn’t get the 2 x /day as I had planned, but I’m giving myself grace, and not feeling bad about myself, because I just did 2 days in a row, and am ready for tomorrow’s day 3. I am feeling the form more than I ever have before, since I have done it with feet a hand’s width apart this time. Thanks Charlotte! Bless you for the encouragement.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Smart girl to give yourself grace! That’s great that you’re *feeling* it–good things are coming!

  2. Today is a lovely day to wake up to at 5 am. Sun is shining and lifts the spirit.

    Today is day 3 for me. Wanting to do an extra yesterday, but energy wise I was done by end of day. Not discouraged. BWO + is a good short but effective for me. I can tell by h ow much I sweat and how good I feel, that it works. Blessings to all!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Doing BWO+ a second time is completely optional! You can still get results doing it once a day. In fact, you should NOT do it more than once during your regular schedule! Glad you’re feeling good!

  3. I’m not doing the bootcamp, but I am just finishing up week 2 of your virtual coaching. It has been a HUGE help to me. I have been reading your tips for the bootcamp and the one about feet hand’s width apart was so helpful. I had me feet too far apart. So this morning, I did BWO+ with the right width and what a difference. It’s evening in my part of the world and boy am I feeling it. It’s a good feeling though! Thanks so much for all your help. It’s making a difference for me!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Yayyyy for you!! I’m so glad the tips are helping–it’s amazing how a little tweak can take your T-Tapp to another level!

  4. Finished with day 3 of the Total Workout Intsructionals! It feels good to be back into T-Tapp!! Thanks for all the help and encouragement Charlotte!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      That’s exciting! I’m glad you’re back in the saddle with T-Tapp!

  5. I’m coming late to the party. This is my Day One. I’ve been travelling to make college visits with my son. Basic Workout Plus felt so good this am. I was glad to read a comment yesterday about how tough Total Workout instructional was. I started it right before we left to go out of town and couln’t get through it all. My plan is to do BWO+ in the morning and about 20 min. of the Total instructional in the afternoon. Does that sound like a good plan?

    Just finished an omelet with veggies fresh from my garden and will soon brush and take a nice long soak in tub w/epsom salts. Feeling cleansed of the ‘as good as I could’ food choices already 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration to begin anew.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Your schedule sounds good. That bit in the afternoon ought to kick things up a notch! I’m glad you’re joining in!

  6. Hooray! Last night I got my second workout in, and I didn’t die from it! This morning, I attended ballet class with my girls, and the barre work certainly had my legs screaming pretty quickly. But I did it! And then I came home from ballet and did the BWO+HD – workout #3! I’m looking forward to getting my 4th workout done tonight. Then I can REST tomorrow! 🙂

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      LOL, glad you’re still alive! You’re definitely going to need your days off after this bootcamp!

  7. As it turns out, a 5 day BC was “just right” for me; I got dressed in my workout gear this morning, but muscle ache and fatigue were my cue that a 6 day BC would be folly! (I have a long history of overdoing it and then crashing!)
    Instead, I brushed and had a long mineral salt bath. Now I’m looking forward to Monday morning, taking my measurements, and getting into an EOD routine.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for helping me get back on track!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      That’s awesome, Susan! You’re wise to recognize your body’s signals and prevent overdoing it. Congratulations on a 5-day bootcamp well done!

  8. Janie Ballenger says:

    I finished! Wooohooooo a four day bootcamp behind me! It was tough but good! Thanks for the encouragement!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Yayyyyy!!! Great job! Now look for some results over the next couple of weeks!

  9. Lorraine Kocher says:

    I did it !! DAY 3 DONE 🙂 Today went a lot better than yesterday day 2. I felt like I had more energy and I was able to concentrate on each move much better. I also was able to do all the workout today !!! 🙂 Thank you for all your wonderful tips they have been a lot of help! Can’t wait till tomorrow !!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Very nice, Lorraine! You’re moving right along! Getting ready to post today’s tip, so stay tuned….

  10. The form tip link would not work for me. Do you have to be registered with the forums before you can access the link?

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Yikes, that’s possible. Can you try it and see? T-Tapp has had so much trouble with spammers and hackers that they’ve had to implement some security measures.

  11. Patti Timm says:

    I got it done late, but did finish BWO+ this evening. Day 3 done!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      I’m proud of you for still doing your workout, Patti!

  12. I did day 3…had to wait till 10pm to do it, but I did. I am taking Lord’s day off and then going to try a four day bootcamp next week. I spent some time on your website today reading your info on adrenal fatigue. I have several af, have struggled with it for years. Do you think the bwo (which is all I have besides added hoe downs) is going to work for me, or do I need to have the ladybug? As a mom of 8 at 41 years old, I feel a kinship with you! Thanks!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Jenny, BWO+ will still work for you. Taking extra water breaks, kicking out between moves and sometimes doing less reps slower will help. You might also need to take two days off between workout. You don’t have to have the entire Ladybug workout–there is a DVD with the single Ladybug move. I do highly recommend that one for adrenal fatigue, and be sure you really reach with the ankle on the straight leg part: https://www.t-tapp.com/affiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=119&url=441

      1. Thanks! Would I do that plus the bwo, instead of or alternate between?

  13. Cyndi wilson says:

    Got my done late but it happened! It is so helpful to be doing it virtuallyy with others! I was surprised that it motivated me.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Woo-hoooo for YOU, Cyndi!! I’m glad that bootcamp together is motivating you! (and great job on getting your workout in!)

  14. Rhonda O. says:

    I reached my goal! What an awesome feeling! I did two 2-a-days, Thurs. and Fri. and it is amazing how much energy and how great I felt today! Thanks for this challenge, it was the perfect jump start for me. I’m so looking forward to next week to get my “tapping” routine underway. I’m a little confused though… if I do four days to lose inches is that considered another boot camp? BTW, I also reached my goal of taking all my alfalfa! Love, love checking off lists.

  15. Wow…..thanks for the Epsom Salts bath soak…think I will need it. I’ve been placing my feet closer together (even with all the extra stuff at my thighs) and I can feel the muscle activation even more! T-Tapp More is wonderful for me because I have so much weight to lose but also because it’s SLOW and it gives me a chance to keep focusing on my form. I do find that I am straightening my knees so it’s something to keep working on. I’m a little achy and I’m a little wiped but I’m sure getting to bed at 1 AM and doing extra work for the condo association is helping with that. 🙂 Sunday is the day…After that, I guess I skip a day then start doing every other day consistently….will measure but will also measure in a couple weeks like you advised, Charlotte. Thanks! Hope camp is going well!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      That’s great that you’re mindfully working on form, Wendy! Go ahead and take TWO days off after your bootcamp is finished…

  16. I’m late to the party too. Day 1 and I did the LadyBug stqnding, twice.
    Feeling good; thanks so much for the encouragement.
    Love reading all of the comments and tips and being part of this team!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Ladybug is a good one, Ang! Since you’re starting late, you can go back and read whatever day you’re on! Glad you’re here!

      1. well I did it and I’m glad! Two a day (Ladybug standing) for two days. Finished the last one just before midnight but it still counts. 🙂
        Monday I did the first 15 of Ladybug and today the full standing again, albeit with breaks. I’ve got 3-4 sizes to lose so I’m trying to lengthen my bootcamp while not overdoing it.
        I’ve been inconsistently working out TTapp for several years and every time I am consistent for a while I wonder why I ever lose my focus.
        Charlotte, I REALLY appreciate all of your tips! Thank you!

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