This is it! Day Four for many of you–some have already finished because they started early or did two-a-days, some are joining the party late and still have some workouts to do. Congratulations on sticking with it and getting some kick-buns T-Tapp done!
After you finish your bootcamp, be sure to take TWO days off. The morning of the third day, you can measure. Do NOT allow yourself to go down a road of discouragement if the tape measure doesn’t show fabulous results from your bootcamp. Promise? Okay. T-Tapp works from the inside out, and there may be some mysterious things going on with your body. I almost always see results from a bootcamp or harder effort 2-3 weeks later!
When you start back up, aim for consistency. You can do this in several different ways. If your workout of choice is Basic Workout Plus or MORE or another shorter workout, you can do it every other day, or Monday through Friday or four days per week or every day and take off one day per week. If you’re doing the Total Workout or a Tempo workout, do NOT do it every day! Do it every other day–but you can add Basic Workout Plus or Primary Back Stretch plus a couple of moves on the “off” days. I personally benefitted from my days off between workouts because I came back stronger on workout days. Listen to YOUR body!
Today’s form tip: Lift ribs. Sounds simple (and it is) but I see people with ribs sinking down and core collapsed all the time. Ribs lifted will do all sorts of good things for your body, like flatten your tummy and trim your triceps–really! Try really lifting ribs when you do Jazz Twist and you’ll feel it in your triceps (that’s where underarm “bat wings” flab plagues us) AND trim your torso. Did you know that in Plies In-Outs, the point is NOT to force arms together with gritted teeth? If you lift ribs you almost certainly will not be able to make arms meet in the front, and you’ll feel it working your rib cage and torso. Weak abs want to let ribs sink down into hips, causing chest to collapse and shoulders to come forward–and tummy to pooch out. Stand tall, elongate the spine–and remember that the neck is part of the spine. This is really just good posture, folks. Lift ribs, chest out throughout the workout, even when you kick out. If you let ribs drop during Hoe Downs, it can widen and thicken the waist–yikes! Stay tall, with the spine as long and straight as possible.
This bootcamp together has been fun! Whenever T-Tappers get together there’s plenty of energy and encouragement. I encourage you to attend a live T-Tapp event if you ever get the chance, to experience it in-person!
Have an awesome week!
~Charlotte Siems, Master T-Tapp Trainer