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03-05-2010, 09:40 AM
I started with T-Tapp a week and a half ago- doing the instructional BWO. I'm 55 years old, and have arthritis and stenosis in my neck. It's been a few years since I was able to excersise because of my issues (balance, pain, etc), and read about this program on another forum (Thanks Gunnersmom!). Did my research, and got the total workout series. I'm 5'5 , and about 140 lbs, but this year I received a nasty birthday present. I swear the very week of my birthday the most disgusing roll of fat appeared around my middle, and held on to me for dear life.
Well, all I can say is that it's a darn good thing I'm doing this in the privacy of my own home because this left brain right brain thing is killing me! Doing the plies WITH arm movements has to be the most RIDICULOUS looking debacle- I could win Funniest home videos hands down! No coordination whatsoever! Use your imagination here, and times by ten!
I'm staying with the instructional till I get it completely- I'll check back in six months and tell ya all how I'm doing with that....
That being said, the first week I lost 8 1/2 inches! Biggest losses in my lower thighs, pecs, and rib cage. One inch off the hips, and one off the waist. Still waiting for the upper thigh area to budge (they are as big as my waist used to be-aaarrrggghhh!).
I'm looking forward to learning more, as I feel better than I have for years- more energy, much more positive attitude, and honestly, I WANT to do this every day- Is that a bad thing? I t just makes me feel so good- except for the moments when I grit my teeth and yell at Teresa "Crap Woman! Aren't we done YET?!!!"
Gotta go excersise, then off for work- have enjoyed reading you all- Tips would be greatly appreciated......
03-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Love your humor! We ALL feel that way at the beginning--and even later! Don't come over and watch me do balance..... :laughing:
If you're just doing Instructional 1, I believe you can do that daily (take one day off a week). And you can do the plies just "holding the squat", do the arm moves, then go up and down for 8 without trying to do arms too! It IS a coordination factor!
And make sure you keep the thighs tight at the top of plies--it's easy to let it release a little, especially when you're concentrating on arms, too!!! If you think to "curl the core" a bit more at the top of the plies, that helps! Also shoulder to hip alignment is important--don't worry about it all at once, but maybe factor these things in as you're ready!
You can also use the PAUSE button! ;) Get set up, and even do 4 to her 8 reps, if you need to! Kick out between plie sets--again, use that PAUSE button! We like to say, "The pause button is your friend!" :D
I always think Teresa looks thirsty and needs another water break anyway!
Here's great advice from our Hot Bikini Mama Michelle on curling the core!
Curl the Core - On the Floor
If you are a beginner you might want to practice this first on the floor to get the feeling of it. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees to the ceiling, toes forward and heels near your butt, now press your shoulders into the ground, make donut fingers (making a "donut" with your thumb and fingers, then press the thumb into the index finger), then press hands into the floor to help activate the muscles equally. Make a "W" with your arms keeping the hands even with the shoulder, now tuck your butt so that the lower lumbar area touches the floor (with NO air space).
Curl the Core - Standing
When you understand and "feel" this movement then get into the Plie stance and stand in front of a wall. Now press your back and shoulders against the wall. Make sure you press your lower back into the wall so there is no air space. You want to be able to do some Plies in that position, while keeping your shoulder and back (including lower back) pressed against the wall. You can also keep "donut hands" against the wall as well. This helps to engage your lats. Pull your elbows towards the side of your body and keep your hands down to shoulder level. This is the feeling you're working towards when you're tucking your butt.
Curl the Core - Sitting
You could also do this during the day when you're sitting. Make sure to get your shoulders and hips in alignment, then I press your lower back into the chair and tuck butt at the same time. You should feel your stomach muscles engage. This can help shave off inches for your torso and abdominal area.
And here is more from her on shoulder to hip alignment:
When you see a gain in the thighs it is a result of a few things with form:
1) not keeping shoulders in alignment with hips throughout the entire workout, but especially on Plies and Lunges
2) relaxing the thigh muscles at the top and/or bottom of each Plie and Lunge
3) not tucking butt enough throughout the entire workout and/or letting the butt go out on Plies (Learn to Curl the Core as noted below)
Shoulder to Hip Alignment: This is the most important linear alignment issue for T-Tapp. You have to get this down in order to get results with the program. It's really very simple, stand up straight and roll your shoulders back. That's it! Sometimes easier said than done. You need to concentrate on doing this throughout the entire workout. For example, if you are doing the Plies and you lean slightly forward, the butt goes out, which causes you to inactivate the muscle attachments in the stomach, torso, and thighs. You start to create momentum and isotonic movement and you will create bulk. This is a big tendency for Short Torso and Combination body types, so if you're in this category you need to pay extra attention to shoulder linear alignment during the Plies (and each and every exercise) to spot check yourself. You can read more on this subject in Teresa's article Importance of Shoulder Rotation/Linear Alignment found in the Newsletter Archives (http://forum.t-tapp.com/showthread.php?t=912 (http://forum.t-tapp.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=945)).
Plies: Form check to make sure you have your heels right underneath your armpits and feet are at a 45 degree angle; it is not necessary to have a greater angle like a ballet dancer. When you begin to squat you need to tuck your butt - a full pelvic tilt until you feel your hip ball attachments activate. Now, try to go down into the Plie Squat while twisting your knees out further and further until you reach the squatting position. You are still balancing on the outside edge of your foot with NO WEIGHT ON THE BIG TOES! Your goal is to get your knees 2 inches past the little toe - you may not be able to get there yet, but it's a matter of flexibility that will come with time. HOLD YOUR SQUAT! Now tighten the Latissimus dorsi muscles (the lats - sides of your body where your bra strap normally is) to keep your upper body isolated and increase overall fat burning. Once you are ready to do Plies, concentrate on going into a squat like described above and then when you are coming back up against gravity you are going to TUCK YOUR BUTT HARDER and try to TWIST, TWIST, TWIST your knees out (if it helps try to twist from the hip ball joints) as you straighten your legs (should fully straighten at the top)...KEEP THE THIGH MUSCLES TIGHT THE ENTIRE TIME AND DO NOT REST THE MUSCLES AT THE TOP OF THE PLIE and then go back into your squat. This move will completely eliminate the inner thigh, outer thigh, hip and butt. The reason why you see the gain in the thighs is because you are probably not tucking the butt enough, the shoulders aren't in alignment, and you're relaxing the muscles at the top of the Plie. You just need to make sure that your muscles stay tight the whole time and you'll be able to reverse the bulk.
Lunges - General: The same form tips on Plies apply to the Lunges. Make sure that you keep the thigh muscles tight the whole time. Common error is to release the muscles as you come all the way up on the lunge. This defeats the purpose and you can actually build bulk. In the lunges make sure you remember to push/roll out your knees and tighten butt when going down with gravity, but it is even MORE important to push/roll out knees and tuck more as you come up. The lunges are like one continuous movement; you donít want to pause at the top or the bottom. Once again you want to keep the shoulder to hip alignment. Donít lean into the lunge because it will put pressure on the knees. If you have a problem with leaning into it you can actually lean slightly away from the lunge.
Front & Drop Lunges: Your back foot needs to be straight, no turnout. Your legs should be hip width apart; youíre not on a balance beam! Each time that you come up you need to lift your back heal so you are on the tippy toes. Apply the general lunge form for each of these lunges as well.
03-05-2010, 11:28 AM
Ha! I needed a laugh and your post gave me one! The first time I did HoeDowns I'm pretty sure I heard the china rattling in the next room. Keep at it, you'll get it.
Congratulations on the inch loss! Trisch gave you excellent advice and great quotes from Michelle, so I'll just add "Welcome to T-Tapp!!"
03-05-2010, 11:30 AM
You are too funny! I love it! The first time I did instructional 1 I was thinking "You've got to be kidding me?!?!?" It does get better with time though.
03-05-2010, 11:36 AM
Welcome to T-Tapp and thank you for sharing your humorous anecdote with us!
Trisch is right-- we were all bobbling beginners at one time .
Your sense of humor and patience with yourself will be an asset to help you accompllish your goals.
03-05-2010, 11:40 AM
Great post Resq'd and GREAT results! Congratulations!!! I still T-Tapp in my bedroom behind a locked door and don't see that changing anytime soon. I just tell my family Teresa and I need private time :o
I've had a few 'words' with Teresa myself, but she's a very forgiving woman. ;)
Keep in touch. Can't wait to hear more progress reports!
03-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Welcome!! Great results! You have gotten great advice. Just remember, you won't be able to do it all at once. When your body is ready, something new will finally make sense. Then later down the road, something else will make sense. Just hang in there and keep doing your best.
03-05-2010, 12:37 PM
Hey--I haven't tried yelling at Teresa on the DVD yet!Does it work? LOL
03-05-2010, 01:02 PM
It makes me feel better for the moment Victoria...:dontknow:
03-05-2010, 03:57 PM
yea, just wait till you try to Thread the Needle. I was falling down all over the place.
03-05-2010, 05:23 PM
You guys are great! Blessed Mama, thanks for the tips- I will definately work on those. Lisa A- my first moment like that was bent over straight back, and Teresa says "Now tighten the muscles in your butt..." I thought "WHAT?- I don't know where my butt IS right now- and if I could find it, I'm pretty sure that's the ONLY muscle in my body I can't clutch! I gotta say I laugh at myself while I sweat, and grumble that it's all so hard, but man after living with chronic pain, softening muscles, sagging tush etc etc, I'm so freaking GLAD to be moving again. Thanks for the encouragement, and for a great place to learn more.
Oh by the way, apparently excersise is not my only coordination "issue"- I dumped a mug of coffee in my lap while driving to work this morning- oh yeah, it was great- just another zen moment.....
03-05-2010, 07:34 PM
too funny!! great results tho!! :)
03-05-2010, 08:03 PM
One thing about the pause button....if you ever get to be with Teresa live--THERE IS NO PAUSE BUTTON!!!! :help:
She is the Energizer Bunny! You just have to kick out and jump back in when ready! LOL! (I found this out at Safety Harbor! :laughing: )
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