Quick Boost for Inch Loss: T-Tapp Hoe Down Challenge!

Quick Boost for Inch Loss: T-Tapp Hoe Down Challenge!

Change is in the air, as school begins and routines shift. That means we’re busier than ever. But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to look good. The problem is, who has time for l-o-n-g workout routines?

If you’d like to bump up your inch loss without knocking yourself out with hours of exercise, try this:

Do two sets of Hoe Downs during the day, in addition to your regular workout schedule. If you’re not currently working out, still do a set of Hoe Downs twice a day.

A “set” is the sequence—twice. In other words, four to the front, four to the side, two to the front, two to the side, four singles, rinse and repeat.

The good news is that you don’t even have to own a T-Tapp workout to try this. Here’s a free video with the Hoe Downs move: Hoe Downs (scroll down to the video and click on the Hoe Downs: The 3-Minute Carb Buster Movement thumbnail, which is different from the Hoe Down Showdown)

Hoe Downs are best done within twenty minutes or so after a meal to help keep blood sugar levels stable and burn off that glucose so it won’t settle down for a visit and turn into fat. Did you know that Hoe Downs lower blood sugar quickly?

Measure your waist, abs, hips and each thigh. Do this little 10-day Hoe Down Challenge with yourself (and friends!), take a day off and then measure again.  Here’s a handy form to use:  Measurements

In fact, let’s do this together! There will be a daily post pinned to the top of my Facebook Page where you can join the fun. Report in when you’ve finished your two sets of Hoe Downs for the day. I’ll check in and give you some tips, too.

And….there will be prizes! I have several T-Tapp DVDs to give away, and anyone who finishes the 10-day challenge will be eligible for a drawing.

The challenge will begin Monday, August 27, 2012 and runs through Saturday, September 8 to give a couple of days leeway for joining and measuring.

What have you got to lose….except inches?

Questions?  Leave a comment below! 



  1. This is really interesting! Im game to try for 10 days! Got my daughters wedding coming up in Oct…incentive! 🙂


  2. Ok! I’m in! I’ve been wanting to do a Hoedown Challenge, and here it is. 🙂

  3. I’m in! I’ve been t-tapping consistently since the 60-day challenge this year but I could use a boost!

    I’ve been enjoying many of your blog posts, Charlotte. As a more-to-lose girl myself, you’ve been very inspirational to me! Thank you for sharing your journey.

  4. I don’t own any t-tapp videos but have been reading about it here and the t-tapp site for about 2 weeks now. Maybe I’ll join in. Seems doable. I do walk so this would be easy to add in and a great way to try t-tapp. I’m not on facebook though.

  5. I’ve been T-Tapping for a couple of months & lost a few inches right at first, but none this month (no biggie, I know it’ll come off eventually). This boost might be just what I need, so count me in!

  6. Charlotte says:

    Edwena, you can check in here on the blog, too. Let’s go!!

  7. This sounds like a great idea for our upcoming vacation. I’m going to give it a try.

  8. Deb McLain says:

    Yay! Just what I need to get back on the T-tapp wagon! I’ve been on and off the wagon all summer. Count me in! Off to do a set of hoe downs

  9. I also don’t Facebook, but I’m going to try this. I have needed to get back into shape since I gave birth…ummm 11 months ago. Do you know if this helps with a diastasis recti?

  10. Charlotte says:

    Leah, make sure you keep ribs up as you Hoe Down–weak abs want to let ribs sink down into hips. Also keep pressing lower back flat. Hoe Downs aren’t exactly designed to help with a diastasis, but all T-Tapp standing moves will help IF you keep sucking in belly button to spine. Patience and consistency are needed, too!

  11. Thank you! FYI…my hubby put that picture as a joke and I have yet to figure out how to change it!

  12. Jan Watts says:

    I’d like to give this a try.

  13. Completed my 2 sets yesterday (Monday)……one at 10 pm…. Almost forgot! Looking forward to the challenge!

  14. Charlotte,
    Is it better if you do one set and then do the other set later or does it not really matter? I measured this morning and have already done one set. Will do the other later. I just want to make sure I’m doing them right.

  15. Charlotte says:

    I’d say it’s better to do them separately, because it’s too easy to get tired and get sloppy on form!

  16. Ok, I’ll do it. 🙂 evon though I’m a day late. I’ve never done a challange before, I’m excited.

  17. Ok.. I’ve done my sets. They are way harder than it looks! I’m really amazed at how much work it takes!

  18. Did my two sets today! Day one down! Definitely hard to keep up to speed when she’s doing singles.

  19. Deb McLain says:

    Did my two sets of hoedowns today. Yippee! Dud the after my lunch by memory but decided my form is much better to do them with the video

  20. Deb McLain says:

    Oops. Excuse my typos. Did them after lunch! And after supper

  21. rosaly coombs says:

    I am enjoying doing the extra hoe downs.

  22. Day 2 done!!! I think I’m getting the hang of it!!!

  23. My 2 are done for today, I feel long/stand taller in the mid section when I’m done I havent noticed that befor. 🙂 I like that.

  24. My 2 are also done. Getting a bit more coordinated…just need to remember form!

  25. Charlotte says:

    Love hearing from you all! Keep going, you’re doing great!!

  26. OK, Charlotte! Thanks for the challenge–I’ll take it, though I’m late to read about it. My dad’s in hospice care right now, and my emotions are fragile. This will be a good boost.

  27. Hello…LOVE this little challenge. I have been T-Tapping for 2 years now but have been going through a VERY busy season in life and have stopped for almost 9 months now. I have been longing to start again and this is a wonderful motivator for me….I will also be asking a few of my friends to join with me who have been considering T-Tapping themselves! Thank you Charlotte 🙂

  28. Hi! I’m in if it’s not too late. And I don’t think it is as I just read your thursday email. Will start today 🙂 Thanks for accomodating us who aren’t on Facebook. Good luck everyone! Thanks, Charlotte.

  29. My 2 boys and I are taking the challenge! We just completed the first set. Will do the second set this afternoon when I start getting sleepy while sitting doing science or history. Thanks for the challenge.

  30. Hmmmmm….. Well, after having Baby, and going on a month-long vacation, I was trying to ease my way back into T-Tapp…. but I do need a kick-start on losing these inches back off, what can I say! So Hoe-Downs, here I come! LOL!

  31. Hi, I would love to join this today but have a question: I broke the fourth toe on my left foot and am wondering about the wisdom of doing this?? Any help would be appreciated as a full workout is out for now but if I can do Hoe Downs at least I won’t gain weight while convalescing. Thanks!

  32. Charlotte says:

    Hi Heather, Definitely check with your doctor! You have the option of doing Seated Hoe Downs (as in the MORE workout), or just tapping the floor with your foot/toes, but in T-Tapp you keep the weight on the last two toes and that wouldn’t be good for your injury. With Seated Hoe Downs you tap the floor with your whole foot, so that might be an option.

  33. Day one done … yeah!

  34. Thank you for offering a place to post outside of facebook! 🙂 I started on the 27th and have done them everyday. Can’t always post every day. I have already written them in on my T-tapp calendar to keep me going!

  35. 2 sets of Hoe Downs! I’m in!!!

  36. My sets are in for the day!

  37. Hi Charlotte, Thanks for suggesting this hoe down challenge. I have already done 3 days, as I’m not on facebook will post here now. I love your newsletters and all your tips from home to t-tapp! Thanks

  38. Charlotte says:

    It’s so great to hear from all of you because it keeps ALL of us motivated! It’s nice to know we’re not alone!

  39. I’m starting today. I have to find a way to get exercise done.

  40. 4th day done and still going strong. 🙂

  41. I’m IN! Done my sets for the day! 😀

  42. My sets are done! Tried to get the hubby to do it too! It was quite funny!

  43. Day two done … again, yeah!

  44. Day 3 done … not easy but rewarding.

  45. Day 4 done! Double Yeah!

  46. Did my day 6 yesterday….didn’t get a chance to post. Off to start on day 7!

  47. Still doing my hoe downs. 🙂

  48. Day 7 done! I think if I didn’t have to check in I would forget.????

  49. Done! Happy Labor Day!

  50. Still doing Hoedowns! They feel great!

  51. Another day done … gone the sun … yeah!

  52. Done for the day. I have noticed that my mid morning blahs are gone. I haven’t changed anything except doing hoe downs after b-fast.

  53. Wish I saw this sooner!! Sounds great!

  54. Charlotte says:

    Love the consistency here! Reward yourself for sticking with your Hoe Downs!

  55. Day 10 done!!! Yeah!!! It went super fast and I love the hoe downs.

  56. Another day done … what a great challenge, Charlotte!

  57. Done with day 10. As funny as they look, I actually enjoy them! So I’m going to try some other ttapps. And as side note, I tried to change the picture that pops up with my account and it shows I have flowers and not some weird guy. Hmm…odd.

  58. Yes, I did it! Day 10 completed. To humor me, my husband joined me in my last set. After all, it IS my birthday! Thanks for the incentive, Charlotte.

  59. Charlotte says:

    Happy birthday, Deb! (and I bet hubby had new respect for you after doing Hoe Downs himself!) 🙂

  60. Done today. And yesterday … sorry I forgot to check in! That’s makes 10 days! I can’t wait to measure and see what has transpired. I agree with Deb G … thanks for the incentive, Charlotte.

  61. Charlotte says:

    POST HERE if you finished 10 days of Hoe Downs for the Challenge! Prize winners will be chosen by a random drawing of those who did 10 days of Hoe Downs. It’s optional to post your results, but it will encourage others if you do!

  62. Er, I just measured, and I LOST 4.75 INCHES! Most noticeably in waist, abdomen, one thigh and the other calf. Is it unusual to see results on opposite legs like that? At any rate, thanks again for encouraging us to whittle ourselves away in small increments of time! And, yes, my husband was huffing a bit after keeping up with one set. But he can still beat me at chucking hay bales, cutting firewood, and one-handed baby holding. :o)

  63. I finished my 10 days. I lost about1/2 inch off my hips. I know my belly will be last too after 6 babies. I’m going to continue my hoedowns twice daily till I buy me a DVD. This is really fun and do-able!

  64. I finished the 10 day hoe down challenge.

  65. Having not exercised for a while – wasnt sure I’d be able to do this – but I surprised myself! The form tips were great.
    My measurements stayed the same – but I feel better and am definately going to carry on.
    Maybe you could set (small)challanges regularly!

  66. I finished the 10 day challenge and lost 4 1/2 inches! Only 1/4 of an inch total off my thighs … bummer! But, hey, I am 4 1/2 inches smaller today and that’s a good thing!

  67. Charlotte says:

    Deb G, you’re one of the winners of the Hoe Down Challenge (other winners are posted on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/biz.charlotte.siems) Click on the “Contact” tab above to claim your prize of a TappCore 2 DVD (send me your address so I can mail it)! Thanks for participating, everyone!!

  68. Well, I did finish the challenge, but forgot to come back and post. Still, I feel like a winner, because I lost (drumroll, please) 10 INCHES!!!!!!!!!!! Yay, me! I lost two inches off my waist and EACH thigh, plus little bits more here and there! So that makes me very happy, in spite of the fact I forgot to check in. LOL I intend to keep up the Basic Plus 5 days a week, to make some real progress this year. Thanks for the encouragement!

  69. Charlotte says:

    Whoa, Laura!!!!! Congratulations on TEN INCHES!!

  70. Charlotte says:

    Ruth, we’ll probably do something for quickie workouts during the holidays. If you’re on my mailing list you’ll see it there!

  71. I just started the MORE workout and came across this while researching hoe downs. 🙂
    I know the challenge has been over for 2 years, but I’m going to challenge myself! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      You go, girl! Keep it fun! 🙂

  72. I used to do heavy cardio and weight workouts, which only made me hungrier and did not help much with my weight loss or toning. I have tried that for years on and off. I would get quick results, then a rebound gain. With t-tapp, I have seen slow but steady results, and my stomach has gotten smaller in a way that no other workout has been able to do. T-tapp does not raise my appetite much either. It looks easy, but it s not. Even the beginner exercises can be challenging to former know-it-alls like myself. It works points in your body that most tradiitonal exercise doesn t even touch. There is some science behind the breathing techniques and lymphatic processes this workout entails. My body is looking more like a dancer now, rather than a tomboy weightlifter like it used to.

  73. Sarah E Elsbernd says:

    Hi Charlotte!

    With recent research coming out that being sedentary is REALLY bad for us…what are your thoughts on the idea of doing 1 round of hoedowns (just half a set) each hour on the hour? Do you know if anyone has done that before, not so much for inch loss but more for keeping the blood flowing?


    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Great idea! Hoedowns are ALWAYS good! They are also great after a meal. This is a powerful little move.

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