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    Default Belly fat - tell me it isn't so!

    I had someone tell me over the weekend that I shouldn't ever count on having a flat stomach because it just isn't possible to lose the "pooch". Granted, I haven't had a flat stomach since childhood - even in my teen years I had a little belly but is it really NOT possible to achieve a flat stomach? I can feel those ab muscles working and I'm really hoping that'll help burn that extra fat right off! Am I hoping for too much?





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    Oh please!!!!!

    Charlotte
    Michelle
    Trisch

    Just to name a few! There are lots of Mommies who have gone from pooch to flat. Michelle looks like a bikini model!





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    #1 In your avatar photo, you look great!
    #2 Yes, it is possible to have a flat/fit stomach but check out even models...a curvature of the belly is completely normal and beautiful!





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    Yeah, I immediately thought of Michelle, aka Hot Bikini Mama! LOL! After SIX kids!

    Then lovely Charlotte--after 12!

    Not sure I'm in their class yet, but mine is much flatter than it's been in a long time--after 10 term pregnancies!

    You look faboo in your avatar pic!

    Keep those ribs lifted, lats set....you'll get there! And Kayla is right--a natural curve is part of being a woman! A flat tummy that doesn't have that usually means you are anorexic! (My mom was, so I know what that looks like! )





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    You're not stuck with the pooch! Prove this person wrong!





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    That is a boatload of BS. My belly is flatter than when I was in middle school. I am aiming for the abs like Michelle and Teresa. I finally when to take a look at Michelle's picture in her album, you need to visit there too.





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    Well then! I think I'll see how much of this muffin top I can lose! And by the way, you can hide A LOT under clothing! It appears in my pic that the pooch is gone but it most definitely is not! It's been significantly reduced in the last 15 months but there's still more that needs to go.





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    Organs in Place (OIP), Half Frogs (HFs) and Elevators (EL), are on the dvd that came with the book. Do it with the dvd a few times, then do it twice a day. Use a small, rolled tea or hand towel if you need to just under the tailbone to help you flatten that back (curling the core on the floor!) and get max ab activation!

    And here are Michelle's WONDERFUL tips on curling the core and shoulder/hip alignment--a must for helping those abs!

    Teresa calls flattening the lower back "curling the core" due to the fact that many of us have a curve in that area and that’s the center or core of the body. This is a term that Teresa uses to help get Tappers to "tuck their body under" when the lower back (lower lumbar area) has a greater curve. There needs to be a "straighter line" - in other words, not a "sway back". When you tuck your butt, it is more than initiating the move from your butt or tailbone. Applying these tips can really take your workout to the next level.

    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.

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    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

    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).

    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 don’t want to pause at the top or the bottom. Once again you want to keep the shoulder to hip alignment. Don’t 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; you’re 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.








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    By muffin top you are refering to a light-dietly-invisible to our eyes, muffin top?

    Keep hiding it under your clothes, because you are doing just great to me!!! And one day, without realizing it, you won't need any clothes to hide your "biscotti" (the word is more realistic).

    Do what you can and you'll see changes coming your way. It always does! Always...





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    ... Training for my 2nd half marathon in May! "


    Where are you doing it? I have a friend who's leaving for Walt Disney with one of her girl, to do a half marathon in Spring. Is it the same?





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