View Full Version : Thick calves and ankles - ESLA
10-19-2009, 07:53 PM
I have thick calves and ankles that I would like to slim/trim.
I read on an older thread that Extended Stretching with Linear Alignment can help to slim/trim them.
I've done the stretching a few times now, and must be doing something wrong, because my calves and ankles seem bigger - not toned, just bigger. Should I be doing some other exercise to slim/trim them or does iESLA take a long time to see a difference?
10-19-2009, 09:33 PM
Jenna, I'm not sure about ESLA, but just standing in the T-Tapp stance can help tone and shape calves! There was a thread recently about that.....
How long have you been tapping? I would focus on your stance and stand that way at other times throughout the day (Kirsten gave me that advice for helping diminish knee fat!).
10-20-2009, 07:10 AM
I can see where if you don't follow the basic principles of reaching further, engaging all the muscles, sitting up straight, engaging the lats, abs and buns, ESLA could make squattier muscles as opposed to the long lean ones. Same thing goes for Awesome Legs. It will slim your entire body when you are really focusing on form.
And I'm with Trish, the basic stance will thin out your legs, too and I don't have to hurt myself, LOL!
10-20-2009, 07:29 AM
My ankles was seem to slimmer overnight :) Of course just seemed, but one day I was leaning forward to do headrock, I put my hands on my leg and down to my ankles and I was surprised oooohh! they are slimmer!! :)
And I did nothing but BWO+ and I1 at that time.
Half of my knee fat and outer tigh dissapeared when I did AL for 10 days! Yeaaah!
I am working on the other half :)
10-20-2009, 10:33 AM
I just starting doing Awesome Legs - but haven't noticed a difference. I got the awesome legs routine from here: http://www.t-tapp.com/articles/legs/index.html
I read on this thread http://forum.t-tapp.com/showthread.php?p=479692 about ELSA helping to slim "thick" ankles, but I must be doing something wrong - I even have the Hit the Floor harder DVD - but I guess it isn't as easy to do as she makes it seem on the DVD.
What is the T-Tapp stance?
What is BWO?
10-20-2009, 11:35 AM
Jenna, what T-Tapp workouts do you have? The basic stance is toes forward, bend knees, tuck butt, shoulders back and center, lift ribs, hands just below waist pushing thumbs in the "thumb holes" and knees out to little toe. BWO is Basic Workout.:)
10-20-2009, 09:54 PM
Jenna, first of all, the article is a bit difficult to follow for the reps and sets. Here is Esther's (Doovagurl) great explanation:
And here is Dantheman's KILLER tips on AL! If you can get through two whole sets like a breeze, you're not activating enough!
http://forum.t-tapp.com/showthread.php?t=43757&page=2 (scroll to the second post)
An extra tip is as you bring the legs back up after the cross/cross/cross and down, is to twist out from the hips to create leverage isometrics to bring those legs back up.
Remember you are placing each move--it moves somewhat quickly but do NOT let momentum carry you! Tighten those legs, r-e-a-c-h with the feet, and remember you use tummy muscles to keep those legs in the air! ;)
10-23-2009, 07:25 PM
Thank you so much for the links and tips.
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