T-Tapp Ladybug Workout: Lessons Learned From a Ladybug
by Charlotte Siems
First a bit of explanation: the T-Tapp Ladybug workout was designed especially for those hormonal years when women tend to gain midsection weight, hence the ladybug shape: ( )
For T-Tapp Trainers, being authorized to teach Ladybug is a separate certification process, and I received my Ladybug certification at the recent event in Safety Harbor, Florida.
Getting certified involves months of study, a mentoring program and lots of practice. The final requirement is teaching a workout on stage with Teresa Tapp herself observing, clipboard in hand, while your life hangs in the balance. I’m kidding, of course. I think.
Since sharing my T-Tapp journey is what I do, here are some lessons I learned over the past year of learning and teaching the T-Tapp Ladybug workout:
We can’t let our thoughts take over. There were many times when I had the thought to give up or put it off another year. I had to consciously, aggressively choose to think differently.
We have to be careful that we don’t define ourselves by our physical conditions (including weight, health challenges, energy levels, etc.). When we constantly drill into our minds “I have adrenal fatigue” or “I’m so tired” or “I’m fat” or “I can’t do this,” it leads to discouragement and feeling worse, not moving forward and healing.
A little adds up over time. The majority of my workouts were 20 minutes’ worth, but that built up over time until I could do the entire Ladybug Standing and Floor in one workout (67 minutes).
Ladybug is an awesome workout. Those 20-minutes segments actually improved adrenal fatigue. (Note: I don’t recommend doing the entire 67 minutes in one session if you have adrenal fatigue).
Form matters. This is where working with a trainer can help so much. A trained eye can catch the little things that make a big difference. Form, form, form is important to get optimum results with Ladybug.
Staying consistent gives results. Not a new lesson, but a reinforced one.
Good teachers and mentors push us to be our best. During my certification workout, Teresa Tapp stopped me a few times for a teaching moment. One of those moments was an absolute “ah-ha” for me physically that led to huge improvement in adrenal symptoms since that time. Rather than fall apart in despair at her corrections, I was fascinated by her tweaks to my form and I learned a lot, because I knew her heart was to teach and encourage.
Yes, I Can. And I did. T-Tapp’s motto of “Yes, You Can” is true!
One last thing. Know thyself. I know that my tendency is to look back and criticize my performance and wish I’d done better. Nonsense. I did the work to prepare and did my best in the moment. So I guarded myself from too much introspection and made a choice to celebrate the accomplishment with my family and keep moving forward. Going out to eat is a rare treat for the family and we’ve enjoyed going out twice to celebrate!
The lessons learned from Ladybug will stay with me in other areas of life. This won’t be the last time that I set a goal and work towards something that seems a little out of reach. I hope these lessons encourage you in your journey, too!
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