Fifteen Fit And Fabulous T-Tapp Minutes


Teresa Tapp has a book out called Fit and Fabulous. Here I interview myself and tell you how I get the same way in fifteen minutes a day. πŸ™‚

How long have you been T-Tapping? I started in May 2005, two weeks after a second trimester loss.Β  I desperately wanted to lose that pregnancy look. I started very gently, probably 5-15 minutes a day. In ten days I had lost 2 inches off my waist, more off my abs. I will be eternally grateful to Teresa for taking me out of that miserable place.Β  In August 2005, I started in earnest with a ten day bootcamp and I was off.

What is your body type?
I am a Long Torso/Short Leg body type.

Which routine did you start with?
I bought T-Tapp Basic Plus and the Total Workout. Started with Basic Plus but quickly moved on to TWO, then switched between the two.

What routine would you recommend for a beginner?
If you can only buy one and can financially stretch to the Total Workout, I would recommend that. If not, Basic Plus or even better, both.

How much inch/weight loss have you seen with T-Tapp?
I am around 25 pounds lighter than I was 5 years ago. It has all been very gradual with a number of ups and down. I find doing T-Tapp helps me keep my cravings under control.

What benefits have you seen with T-Tapp?
Oooh, a lot. A general tightening, smaller size, much more strength, stamina, cardiovascular conditioning. I can generally keep to a healthy diet without resorting to the pick-me-ups of sugar and caffeine. My posture is much better, my upper body strength is greater and I don’t have that loping neanderthal stoop when viewed from the side.

What are your tips for getting going when you don’t feel like it?
Give yourself a ridiculously small goal, like doing it for 5 minutes or three minutes or two minutes or even just watch it. Whatever it takes to get over the inertia of procrastination. Once you’re doing something, momentum will build and you’ll find yourself doing it.

How much time do you spend doing T-Tapp?
I am in maintenance mode and do it 15 minutes 5-7 days a week. It is the only exercise I do apart from occasional hikes. I rotate my tapes and DVDs and if the tape ends before my fifteen minutes is up, I let myself off the rest as a treat. Only doing 15 minutes and doing it every day has given me the consistency that Teresa talks about. I know it’s a clichΓ© but consistency really is the key.

In the beginning, I did the Total Workout every other day. That would take 40 minutes three or four times a week.Β  I have also done a three week Model Blitz which is much more intense. I believe Teresa designed it to prepare models for swimsuit shoots.

Have you ever used a trainer?
No, I wouldn’t mind going to a class for form tips but I haven’t found one close enough.

Which are your least favorite?
Hoedowns, Plies, Diva Derriere. They are really tough for me. [You can see videos of Hoedowns, Plies and other moves here]

Do you watch what you eat?

I have a hard time stopping eating when I start and can get very addicted to things that aren’t good for me. I love, love, love, cupcakes – the frosting not the cake. Shortly after I started the T-Tapp 15 minutes every day routine, I moved to a largely vegetarian diet. I also restrict wheat, dairy, sugar, and caffeine. I also detox a couple of times a year to clear away any bad habits that creep up. I let myself go on holidays and vacations though. No guilt. I then find it takes me about three days to get back on track.

What do you like most about T-Tapp?
As the working mother of twin boys, time and money are of a premium. I love the fact that it is affordable compared with a gym, I love the fact that I don’t have to waste time driving to and fro (I do enough of that already πŸ™‚ ) I love, love, love the fact that it only takes up 15 minutes of my day and that I can get up early and do it before anyone else is up. It sets up my day and I feel so much better for doing it and that sense of achievement lasts a long time.

I think my favorite benefit, though, is the change in my body shape. Being a LT/SL body type, I tend towards saddlebags and inner thigh pudge which can make my bottom half almost 2 sizes bigger than my top even when I am quite small. I like the fact that now I do T-Tapp, the two halves are balanced, my chest and shoulders are stronger but not big and my thighs are smaller than they were two decades ago even though I weigh the same.

Do you take breaks from T-Tapp?
Of course! Vacations, holidays, occasional life stress overload cause me to stop for short while, but because it only takes me fifteen minutes a day, and because the benefits are enormous, it is relatively easy to start back up again.

What would you like to see from Teresa in the future?
I would like the retreat to be close by my house! I would love to go to one of those. Maybe one day. PerhapsΒ  I’ll go one day and blog about it πŸ™‚

And I would like T-Tapp to become better known. It truly is a well-kept secret. For women (and men!) who have little time, who are cost conscious, and for whom working out isn’t a form of socializing (although it can be if you do it with a friend or are lucky to go to a class) T-Tapp is perfect. I have no plans to do anything else for my workout routine except perhaps walking. Ever. And I’ll be going into my 6th year of doing T-Tapp shortly.

Do you have a workout routine that is effective and time efficient? How do you fit your workout routine into your day? Let me know in the comments!

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Peg Viola May 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I totally agree with you Alison. T-Tapp is the best! It is so wonderful to be getting such great results without having to put in hours exercising everyday!


alisongolden May 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

It really is amazing how tuck and tighten can make so much difference. There’s nothing else like it especially for the money and time investment.


Joyfullmom26 July 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Thank you for this Alison! It was very encouraging to read your story.

I agree with you that T-tapp is the best kept secret! On the other hand, I get frustrated with people who are too skeptical to even TRY!

I look forward to the day when I, too, will be in maintenance mode. Until then, your blog encourages me to PRESS ON!


alisongolden July 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Hi there:

I’m glad it was inspiring to you. And yes, frustrating. Been there, done that. I set this up for newbies as a place to start in the hopes I can get more people turned on. Thank you for your kind words! πŸ™‚


Melody Granger
October 13, 2010 at 3:16 am

Alison, I totally got a kick out of the fact that you decided to interview YOURSELF on behalf of your T-Tapp journey. LOL.

Very inspiring. BTW, I love how you give yourself a challenge and stick to it…no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You just do it. (I’m cruising around your site and read a post about your challenges earlier.)


Alison Golden October 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

Oh yes, I talk to myself *all* the time! πŸ™‚

I love to challenge myself, get a real kick out of it and sense of self worth and achievement.Going public with my challenges makes them much easier to stick to, so yes I just do it. I also have learned over the years not to push myself toooooo much. Incremental progress is my goal.

Thanks for stopping by and digging around! πŸ™‚


Natalie November 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I found your site based on a comment you made on Mark’s Daily Apple. Your endorsement of T-Tapp made me curious so I went and bought the book which is this post’s topic. I read the book ravenously, but I have to confess that I couldn’t make heads or tails out of the instructions. For example, I tried the PBS, and couldn’t really get past the part where you bend each of your legs. For whatever reason, the writing is a bit confusing. (Also, I’m a very visual person so even though there are lots of photographs, I’m having a hard time following the instructions.) I’m quite frustrated because I’m very motivated to try it, but it seems so complicated. I sent off the coupon in the back of the book which is good for 30% off any of her store’s items, but I’m still waiting for her to email me the coupon so I can buy a video. I even tried to contact the trainers in California but their website is awful and they are not very prompt at replying (or helpful). I’m so glad I found your website, though. It’s the only one I’ve found that highlights T-Tapp. Keep up the great work!
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Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Hi Natalie:

I hear you on all counts! That’s partly why I wanted to step in and help a little.

The book/written instructions didn’t work for me either. DVDs are the way to go for the visual person. It will make more sense when you see it and hear her instructions. I’d advise you to watch it once, twice maybe more before you dive in yourself. The hip thing with PBS *is* an unusual move but as with all her moves, do your best and gradually over time you will ‘get it.’ Don’t worry about perfection at first. Even the trainers don’t get form perfectly.

Also don’t worry if you feel it isn’t doing anything in the beginning. That’s a common complaint from people who are used to aching muscles and difficult positions from an exercise program. Because your muscles may be loose and weakish to start with it may feel like nothing but as they get stronger, it gets harder as you work against muscle resistance.

You can try calling or emailing the T-Tapp people for your code. You could probably call, get the code and place an order all at the same time. Another way is to ping the Teresa Tapp Facebook page. Casey Ellis is the person you want to speak to and she visits here, Twitter and the T-Tapp and TSLWW FB page.

Great to have you come by. Are you doing the Primal Blueprint?


Natalie November 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I’m so thankful to hear that I don’t have to “get it” completely to get started! That makes me excited to start. I think I will try tonight to fumble through the Basic (15 minute) one in the book. You’ve encouraged me!

I am doing the Primal Blueprint and, until I read your T-Tapp comment, I was doing the workout too. The food part is GREAT! I’ve lost 2 pants sizes in the last 6 weeks. However, although I think Mark’s exercise progressions are AWESOME, I am more intrigued by T-Tapp at the moment.

Maybe I should document my journey on my own blog to help get the word out — especially among my sedentary gamer friends! — but I’m shy because I’m very overweight and not sure if I want to be public about that. What do you think?
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Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations on the weight loss! I don’t find the Primal exercise program to be at all intriguing but perhaps I haven’t looked at it closely enough because I have T-Tapp. I think T-Tapp combines everything Mark Sisson talks about but in a female-friendly way. Did you get a DVD with the T-Tapp book? If you did, I’d start there.

Honestly, documenting your journey will be a huge traffic draw. It might also be great motivation for you. I’ve thought about it a lot but because my changes aren’t noticeable to anyone but me (I’m a size 6) I don’t have much of a story there. However, you must do what you feel comfortable with. You’ve probably seen the pictures on the T-Tapp website, they are huge motivational pulls.

Whether you go public or not, I would record your measurements before you start and monitor from there. Weight isn’t an accurate guide to your size loss because you are building muscle. Some people are happily motivated without measurements but I’m analytical and like to know. If you don’t record them at the beginning you can’t go back so I always suggest writing them down even if you never look at them again. Let me know how you get on! Maybe we can do a feature – I can interview you! I’m serious! πŸ™‚


Natalie November 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Okay but no pictures until later! I’ll take them now but I won’t post them now. I did take my measurements per Teresa’s instructions in the book. I’d already lost clothing sizes due to going Primal, so all I know is that I was wearing a size 22 when I started Primal and right now I’m fitting into my size 18s. I’m sure with T-Tapp it would go even faster (even though I’m stunned how fast it’s going just with the eating) and I would feel even better. My goal is to get back to swing dancing with my husband — that’s how we met and I really miss it.

I’ll work on a post tonight. I hope you don’t mind if I steal some of my own words from these comments (but not your words, of course).


Natalie November 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention, I agree completely with the desire for a female-oriented workout. I don’t think Mark is excluding women at all, but I really like the feel of the T-Tapp, come-as-you-are vibe. It just feels more chick-like, if you know what I mean.


Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Totally agree. MDA has a very masculine feel to it, don’t you think? All those rippling muscles…:)

Natalie November 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Argh, and one more thing. (I’m not a stalker, I swear!!! I should just try reading things better!) I did get a DVD with the book but it’s not really All That. It has the hoe downs on it, which is good. But it also has the Putting Organs In Place thing — which to me is too weird right now — and an ab workout that I haven’t looked at.


Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Oh, it took me a loooooong time to do the OIP. Weird, way weird. After a while it’s not so bad but at the beginning? Nuh-uh. HD and the Half Frogs are worth doing but I agree it’s all just a teaser until you have the full workout. PBS is where it all starts.

Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Go right ahead. Good idea on waiting on posting the pictures. I’m sure when you’re lithe and skinny you won’t mind showing the ‘before!’ You could also submit to MDA for one of his success stories. Teresa Tapp and Mark Sisson would make a good partnership, actually now I think about it.


Nicole January 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I am soooo skeptical about this, but yyet I can’t find ANY negative feedback from people hwo have actually (consistently) tried it. I am waiting to jump in and buy. I guess it’s not that big of a risk since these sell like hotcakes on eBay – if it doesn’t work for me, I can get back most of my money.
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Alison Golden January 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I know, it sounds to good to be true. But if you do it consistently, you will see results. The forums are full of knowledgeable people and are a great place to peruse and get involved. Good luck. If you buy, please let me know how you get on. Thanks for stopping by, Nicole! πŸ™‚


El Edwards September 17, 2011 at 2:25 am

Hiya Alison πŸ™‚
As I said to you over on Twitter, I totally want to give this a decent try because it sounds great but having read here (and also via the amazon reviews) that the book is confusing, I’m stuck to know what to do for the best.

The DVDs aren’t available from a UK supplier and given how many times I’ve been all “yey, this sounds like a great exercise thing that I can stick to” and then it’s ended up gathering dust, I’m resistant to spending loads on getting DVDs shipped from the US right now. (That said, if I change my mind I’ll absolutely be sure to come back here and order via your link. ;))

Do you think the book combined with the free videos on her site would be enough for me to give the 15 minute workout a good crack?

El x
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Alison Golden September 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

Hmm, that’s a good question. I think it would give you enough to make you decide whether you want to commit to the DVDs. You will get a DVD with the book which if you do them all will last about 12-15 minutes. If you also do the videos it will give you enough exercises to rotate through. The downsides are that it is not as convenient – stopping and starting those vids – and the exercises won’t be in optimal order. TT orders the exercises in her vids so that it works your body to maximum effect. If you don’t see results doing it this way, I would hesitate to throw the idea out as not working but I would see it as a cost-effective way to try before you make a bigger commitment. Make sense?


El Edwards September 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

Makes great sense. Thank you πŸ™‚ I’ve got the book coming and am really excited to try it.

Had a giggle with my sister earlier though. I was reading the description of the internal organs thing and it was talking about how I should tuck my fanny in. I was totally puzzling how I might do that until my sister explained that fanny didn’t mean what I thought it did. πŸ˜‰
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Alison Golden September 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

LOL! I can just imagine you puzzling that one. I have lived here nearly 15 years and I still do a double take on that word. πŸ™‚


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