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. 🙂
How long have you been T-Tapping? I started in May 2005, two weeks after a second trimester loss. 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. 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.
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 cliché 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. 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.
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 🙂 ) 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. Perhaps I’ll go one day and blog about it 🙂
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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