T-Tapp Workout Schedule Tips: Cheering You On!


A smaller pair of jeans or a new dress for that special wedding this spring beckons from your closet. It’s enough to get you started with T-Tapp, and you tell yourself you’ll feel better and have more energy, too. But then you get a little confused about how much and how often and before you know it you’ve slipped into a sporadic workout schedule and the jeans are still hanging in the closet.

It always helps to find out what others did to lose weight or get in shape. We know we have to adapt for our own life situation and body, but it’s nice to get affirmation that someone else traveled this road before us and reached their goal. It’s a hopeful sort of encouragement, with someone waving pom poms at the finish line and letting you know “Yes You Can!” Actually it’s not really a finish line, it’s just farther down the track because we never “arrive” and rest on our laurels when it comes to caring for our body.

As a fellow traveler who is a little farther down the track, I receive questions and emails about “what I did.” I’m pretty sure you won’t get the exact same results because after all, you are not me. But general principles do apply and hard work does pay off, so it’s possible something from my journey will ring a bell or clarify your path.

Someone wrote and asked about workout schedules, whether it was better to do more or less T-Tapp workouts. Here’s what I shared with them about my theories and what I actually did:

“I think part of it depends on your total life situation. I have a pretty stressful life and so I get into overtraining easily. I can’t do workouts 5-6 days a week for very long before it’s just *too much,* even short workouts. That said, I go to my max with the workouts I do.

Remember that a 15-minute T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus DONE is better than a 52-minute Total Workout PLANNED and not done because of stress or time constraints or mental dread. As a non-athletic, non-gym, non-fitness background sort of person, I’ve stayed consistent with short workouts and maintained my size pretty easily.

I had “seasons” of getting in longer workouts (by longer I mean more than 30 minutes), but those seasons were far outweighed by months of short workouts. I think my body benefitted from mixing it up–a couple of weeks (or up to a month) of harder effort, then a while of regular schedule. And truthfully, online classes were always a good motivator for me to do a month of harder effort, so keep that in mind when making your plan.

I personally found that 4 short workouts/week were enough to have inch loss (albeit more slowly) when I was working to lose sizes. Five or six workouts/week speeded it up, but life happened and I couldn’t keep that schedule permanently.

So the answer is yes and no. Yes, more is good for seasons, no I couldn’t keep it up all the time. Take heart and take advantage of short-term goals and things like contests and online classes to put in harder effort, then know it’s okay to back off (but still be consistent) for a long while, too.”

So there are a few thoughts on workout schedules, along with some waving and cheering you on. The pom poms are shaking and I’m yelling “Yes You Can!!”

How does YOUR T-Tapp schedule look? Please comment…


  1. Yes, we do need those poms! Thanks for your well-timed post, Charlotte–since this one seemed to be just for me. :o)

    I am in my second week of getting back into T-Tapp. Looking back on my schedule of workouts planned vs. workouts done, it’s no surprise how the inches and pounds crept back. In my mind, if I had done the work for a certain amount of time, I congratulated myself and sat back. After all, I’d done that already! But, like dishes done and child training given, the need for redoing just keeps coming.

    After 5 days of boot camp, a few days off from illness and life, then two days back on, I’m just about to go measure myself (didn’t find time to measure initially until after day 2’s workout). But I did sneak a waist and ab measure a few days ago, and YIPPEE! I lost 1″ from the waist, and 2″ from the abs.

    Just wanted to echo your encouragement and tell everyone that this workout does work. And I’ve committed to pushing the play button after morning Bible time and before checking emails, which is what kept me going this past week.

    Have to go measure!

    1. OK! I have to share. Just measured. Total loss in one week was 5.75″! Some here, some there.

      If you begin this workout, be sure to chart your progress. It makes for great history reading down the line, some sluggish day when you need motivation!

      1. Charlotte Siems says:

        Woo-hoo!!! Go Deb!! You know, life happens. What counts is getting back in the saddle, doing the best you can and moving forward. If we give up, we won’t get the benefits for sure!

  2. Patricia Jean says:

    Looks like I’ll be able order aT-Tapp DVD this week!! In the past I’ve done a 90-day exercise program that I had success with, but with nine children the 30min. to 1 1/2 hours required each day just isn’t realistic for my life on a regular basis. Looking forward to a more do-able schedule!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      “Fifteen minutes” is what drew me to T-Tapp in the first place! I’m excited for you, Patricia Jean!

      1. Yes! And I can usually fit 15 minutes in before the day gets too nutty and the six young ones need my complete attention. It’s a choice I’m making during this season to get up earlier than they do…

        You can do it! Don’t forget to check out Charlotte’s journey, if you haven’t already, and also the T-Tapp site for before/after stories.

  3. Thank you for your post, Charlotte! I agree with Deb’s sentiment that it seemed just for me! I do have a special dress in the closet, which I will wear for my daughter’s June wedding. I too cannot continuously commit to constant long T-Tapp workouts, but it’s relatively easy to commit to the 15-minute daily workout at least five days a week, and I see great improvements in my physical condition as a result. I so appreciate all of your advice, which I share with everyone in my path! In addition to T-Tapp, I’ve had great success with the face products you’ve suggested, and my daughter is having success losing weight with Plexus. You are a great friend, even though we’ ve never met! Thank you for all your lovely advice for balanced living. And by the way, one of my daughters is named Amy Grace, and we also call her Gracie!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Wow, this is so encouraging to ME, Sarah (and my oldest daughter is named Sarah)! I’m glad our paths have crossed, even if it’s virtually. I have no doubt that if we meet someday we’ll already be friends! 🙂

  4. When so many of us feel like your email was “just for me” it must mean that what you wrote was ordained to be written. THANK YOU!! I have been trying to stay motivated the last 3 months even with “over the top” schedules (or lack thereof). I am pretty sure my weight gain is partly due to my “54 yr. old body” . 🙂 This week I added just the strawberry “good girl drink” and have seen some results. BUT…after 3 months of little inch loss I kept playing your encouragement over in my head about keeping on keeping on because I just might not have gotten “over the hump” so as to speak. WELL…this week…I lost 5.25″!! YAY! Everytime I see my “apron” I tell myself, “Charlotte said that was the last thing to go”, and I settle back in to keeping on keeping on. 🙂 Thank you for pushing through your hard times to encourage us through ours. Today 14 years ago our Hannah Grace went to heaven, she would have been 16 last Sept.

    1. Ruth, so happy to hear of your success! And your commitment, especially during a time of seemingly slowed-down progress. I love that everyone has success as they stay the course, and it’s truly inspiring to hear the stories.

      Praying for you today as you remember your little one.

    2. Charlotte Siems says:

      Ruth, I love that you are determined to “keep on keeping on!” To be able to do that, you have to give yourself grace (and sometimes a kick in the pants)!

      I know you still miss your Hannah Grace. Blessings to you and your family.

  5. I love your posts, Charlotte!!!I just got the Senior Fit DVD and did the Instructional for the first time today. I wanted to cry. Just the instructional was so hard. I thought of how you said that you wanted to sit down and cry too 🙂

    I finished the 32 minutes and wanted to do more so instead of doing the dishes, I did the 15 minute Warm-up Workout and loved it. My plan is to do the 32 minute instructional for the rest of this week.

    Next week, I am going to do half of the full workout on Monday and Tuesday each, and then fly to my brother’s wedding on Wednesday. I’m going to take advantage of the lack of children and responsibilities and attempt a Senior Fit bootcamp for four days at the end of the week. From then on, I am going to do Senior Fit tempo on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and the full Senior Fit on Saturdays. I will probably do the Warm-up Workout on Monday and Thursday, just cause it feels good 🙂 I hope to keep this up until Memorial Day. After that, I’m going to switch it up a bit again 🙂

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Amberly, Senior Fit is a POWERFUL workout. It seems odd, but it’s true! Be sure to listen to your body along the way. I have found that Senior Fit helps me feel energized, rather than exhausted, because of all the kick-outs. Good stuff!

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