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  • SHOES vs. BARE FEET to T-Tapp

    Originally posted by Monica213 05-23-2010, 08:57 AM


    SHOES vs. BAREFEET to T-Tapp

    The primary reason for wearing shoes while doing T-Tapp is to provide optimal support for the foot and so you do not sacrifice building core muscle density. There are varying degrees of internal pronation in the knees of everyone, (think knees are in toward big toe) which in turn causes pressure upon the arch of the foot. Over time this can cause the arch of the foot to collapse, creating the need for orthotics or having other foot problems such as bunions. (It is not recommended that you use your orthotics while you do your T-Tapp workout to give the muscles in your feet a chance to redevelop.)

    Pushing to KLT not only redevelops muscles in the knees, it also strengthens the muscles of the foot in the arch. These metatarsal bones need all the help they can get in the beginning of T-Tapp with the support of a good cross training shoe! Personal choice of shoe varies with each individual. Teresa and the trainers like the Sketchers 2250 (white with red tab on tongue) for optimal arch support but some Nikes fit the foot well too. However, the design of a person's foot is quite individual with varying degrees of arch, width, etc. Just make sure you wear some type of cross training shoe that will provide lateral support of the foot.

    Once you've been T-Tapping 6 months or more on a CONSISTENT basis you should be able to do Basic Plus without shoes. Those Balance movements really need knees out and if those poor little metatarsal bones in the foot don't have strength as well as the knees for KLT, we promise you your arches will fall. So do not be in a hurry to progress out of shoes and into barefoot, in fact Teresa and the trainers ALWAYS wear shoes for the standing workouts.

    So when you do progress to the point of being able to workout without shoes remember to keep NBT and KLT with core curled to the max and you'll be fine.

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    bobby0600
    01-27-2016, 02:46 PM

    With the exception of a few years off, I have studied ballet since I was 4, so the concepts of tucking the torso and keeping bent knees out is very natural. My feet are also fairly strong and pointy due to ballet. I found T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus. a few years ago and enjoy it, but I noticed it was hurting my feet and ankles as it was difficult to keep them from leaning inwards (even in new supportive shoes). Some of the twisting was also difficult as the friction from the shoes on the carpet made it difficult to turn. So I stopped. A few weeks ago I tried it again in stocking feet. Everything was smoother. My ankles are straight. My feet are balanced on all four corners and my big toe doesn't hurt. Today as I am reading various posts about T-Tapp, I see people saying not to do it barefoot for the first 6 months. I'll be 31 next week and am primarily doing T-Tapp as a cardio supplement for ballet and to keep from getting overweight. My weight last I checked was 120 (I don't keep a scale) but I'm only 4'11" so it wouldn't take much to look pudgy. As a dancer, I'm used to listening to my body and making adjustments, but I'm not an expert on T-Tapp so hopefully someone has a few ideas on what I should do. Using a non-carpeted floor isn't an option as my apartment is entirely carpeted with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms and although T-Tapp needs very little space, it still needs more than those rooms have. Thanks for any ideas!

    BlessedMama
    01-27-2016, 05:02 PM

    Do you have Barefoot Basic? It goes over the principles of how to do the workout barefooted. I realize you are not the "average" person coming into T-Tapp!

    A few tips:

    Shift weight into heels before pushing knees out
    Jazz the toes--spread them as best you can like when you get a pedicure to keep toes apart
    Shift weight off of ball joint if necessary (the previous 2 steps may make that happen naturally)

    The dvd goes into more detail and instruction, but if you don't have it this will give you a start. Doing the second half of the Total workout, though, should be done with shoes. Even Teresa herself won't go barefoot for that part.

    Another thing to check into is the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 shoes. Obviously that might not work with your carpet situation, but they are a more flexible and minimalist compared to cross-trainers, providing stability for the foot/ankle but still giving flexibility and breathability.

    Main thing for now is to be sure you are not rolling out on the ankles. If you shift your weight into your heels first, that should stabilize things, and you may be stronger there with no issues, but do be aware and watch for it. T-Tapp challenges even the most fit!
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    bobby0600
    02-16-2016, 11:24 AM

    How did nearly 3 weeks fly by since I first posted? Sheesh... Anyway, thank you for your tips! I do not have Barefoot Basic, but I just ordered the Total Workout which this month includes it as a bonus so I am looking forward to giving it a try.

    I've been doing the BW+ fairly consistently since I posted and although the hips/behind haven't changed much, I can tell they are getting stronger. The main thing I've noticed is my arms & shoulders are more toned and the muscles more relaxed (the neck & shoulder are where I carry stress). My overall flexibility has also increased. All of this has helped my dancing. I may not be the 'average' person physically to start T-Tapp, but I'm pretty sure my goal is the same as everyone else: health & fitness.

    I'll look into the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 shoes. I'm generally a size 4.5 medium but sometimes I can wear a 5, which I notice is the smallest size for the Flyknit 4.0. Thanks for the suggestion!


    BlessedMama
    02-16-2016, 12:14 PM

    Glad you are noticing some great improvements! My hips/derriere took longer to respond, but they eventually will shape up, too!

    Keep me posted on how you're doing, especially after you get Barefoot Basic!
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      Stovetop
      03-29-2016, 08:11 PM

      Can the floor workouts be done without shoes?


      BlessedMama
      03-29-2016, 08:21 PM

      Yes, they can!

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        I have Barefoot Basics, and just did it last week for the 1st time. I thought it was a whole lot harder and there was a lot of muscle activation (espec the upper thighs) going on.

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          Originally posted by CLARIKATANNER View Post
          I have Barefoot Basics, and just did it last week for the 1st time. I thought it was a whole lot harder and there was a lot of muscle activation (espec the upper thighs) going on.

          Yup, definitely, Barefoot Basic is one of the most advanced muscle activation DVD. You have been T-Tapping for at least 6 months before doing Barefoot, right?
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            Yes, I kept thinking it was not going to be much different, but I was wrong
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