It’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