Exactly what do I mean by form? The dictionary defines form as a “manner or style of performing or accomplishing according to recognized standards of technique.”
The truth is, there are some extremes when it comes to thinking about T-Tapp form:
1) Thinking it doesn’t matter much
2) Thinking your form is really good
3) Thinking you need to be perfect
Let’s examine these one at a time.
1) Thinking that form doesn’t matter much.
Doing T-Tapp casually without attention to form might get you some results, but not optimum results and inch loss.
In the beginning sometimes people are able to do 45 minutes of T-Tapp and not break a sweat. They don’t have the mind-to-muscle connection and form understanding to activate muscle and achieve spinal alignment that are the foundation of T-Tapp. This is a natural beginning point and it’s not “wrong.”
The problem comes in when someone continues on that path and never learns about form or progresses in strength because they think it’s not that important. They want to do casual T-Tapp and get results.
2) Thinking that your form is really good.
The longer I do T-Tapp (and it’s been six years now), the more humble I am about my form. As a Master T-Tapp Trainer you’d think I’d have really great form. I know it ain’t so.
Just recently Teresa Tapp pointed out that I had been letting my knee come in slightly on the knee lifts in Senior Fit. With that form correction I’ve been experiencing a marked shift in muscle balance in my knee and entire thigh over several weeks.
Every T-Tapp Trainer has seen it: someone who isn’t getting results but they’re sure their form is really good. That attitude of over-confidence doesn’t lend itself well to learning and progressing.
Note: if you think that T-Tapp is easy, you’re not doing it right.
3) Thinking you need to have perfect form.
The dictionary defines perfection as “freedom from fault or defect; flawlessness.”
Since we’re dealing with a human body, let’s admit to ourselves that perfection isn’t possible.
Your form level will actually vary from day-to-day, depending on fatigue, illness, hormones and other factors.
Form is a progression, not perfection.
My own T-Tapp journey was definitely a progression in form. You can see me on T-Tapp DVDs like Critter Crunch and Total Workout Super Slow, when I was wearing a size 14. I have LOTS of form issues in those workouts! But I kept learning and increasing in strength and flexibility, and developing better nerve transmission to my muscles.
Human bodies respond individually. For one person, a tiny form adjustment may make the difference between inch loss and a plateau. For another person, results come easily even though form leaves a lot to be desired. Frustrating, yes, but it’s a reality.
Find the balance between a too-casual approach to T-Tapp form and unrealistic expectations. Be in it for the long haul. Become a student, but don’t get overwhelmed by the learning. T-Tapp is a multi-faceted, many-layered exercise method. It takes a while to “get,” but boy, it’s worth it when you do–and that’s the truth!
Do you have some truth to share about T-Tapp form? Please leave a comment…