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    Gooooooood afternoon, everyone! I hope you all are happy and healthy (and keeping your ribs up).

    I've been doing T Tapp since the 20th of September and I have seen fantastic results and inch loss; I'm down from almost a size 12 to an almost size 4 and I haven't lost a single pound! My legs and glutes are rock solid, my back (oh my god my BACK!) is in a state I have never seen before in all of my 36 years not to mention my core is statue worthy. I can sit up straight, you guys. For as long as I want. Before, I doubled over onto myself because I had no strength in my back and I had migraine after migraine because of the nerd neck I had going on. Anyhoo, that's not the reason I made this post ----((OMG did I gush yet over how much my blood pressure has lowered and my heart is healthy??? I CAN WALK UP 6 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS LIKE THEY'RE NOTHING)) I'm curious about how to really activate my lats in the BWO+ exercises. I've noticed that I really haven't done either my lats or my arms justice and I'm trying to remedy that. The only time I've really felt them was following along with Kiona Leah's lat pull video on Youtube. Any advise my wonderful, WONDERFUL T Tapp Family?



    PS: My 61 days of T Tapp ended on the 26th of November. I greet Teresa every time she pops on my screen and thank her when I turn the video off. How blessed are we to have had her in this world.

  • #2
    That's AWESOME, Lisette!!!!

    For the lats in BWO-- get against a wall for Plies. Feet out from the wall about 5 inches then curl the core against the wall. Get ribs up then do the Plies sequence, not going up and down. Have your arms at a "V" vs boxing the ears and really think to reach through the arms from the core. I often use the "Spiderwoman" analogy--you make your web in your core and it come up your torso and through your shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and fingers and the web goes to the opposite walls or ceiling from your core.

    When away from the wall, keep shifting weight into the heels as that will help kick in the lats and core more. Then do the same activation, reaching through. Activating the lats like this will help inch loss and toning in the arms, too!

    When pulling a "W" in Plies, keep it wide to stay out of the neck/traps. For Chest Press, be sure to keep elbows up, too.

    Jazz Twist--use the hand pressing into the hip to help you get the opposite shoulder "square"--that's core and lats!

    T-Tapp Twist--press the hands together (bottom hand presses up, top hand presses down) to activate lats and keep torso tall as you twist.

    Let me know if that make sense or I need to describe it further!
    ~ ..· ´¨¨)) -:¦:-
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    ((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Trisch -:¦:-
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    Master T-Tapp Trainer in Indiana, certified in all workouts!

    From a 22W to an 8!


    • Lisette
      Lisette commented
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      Thank you SOO so much for the trips! Today when I did the plié sequence I raised my arms up and shouted "Spider Woman!" followed by a karate HIYA! It started my fiancé but hey, it worked!

  • #3
    Hi Lisette,

    Wow, good job!

    You can try this

    I did not feel my lats for a few years, don't worry, you will find it.
    ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
    ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
    ISSA Certified Specialist in Corrective Exercise
    T-Tapp Trainer in Training

    Ordered More and TWO on 7/7/2010, Started tapping on 7/30/2010.
    2011 30 Day Challenge Less to Lose under 50 Category Winner.
    2012 60 Day Challenge Trainer/TnT Category Winner.
    2014 60 Day Challenge Trainer/TnT Category Winner.
    2015 60 Day Challenge Trainer/TnT Category Winner.
    2017 60 Day Challenge Average to Lose over 50 Category Runner-Up


    • Lisette
      Lisette commented
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      Yeah, this is definitely going into my pile of workout notes. Thank you for sharing this resource. I wish I could have gone to a retreat and learned from Teresa.

  • #4
    I agree, Teresa is such a blessing indeed! Congratulations on your progress!!!!
    As I always say, T-Tapp is God-Given and God Guided. I am honored to have the opportunity to share what's been gifted to me. There is so much more woven within each of the T-Tapp exercise and special sequences within the workouts than just a means to lose inches and look good......So good luck....just do your personal best and you WILL continue to repair/rebuild from the inside out and your body will continue to look, feel and FUNCTION better too. - Teresa (April 12, 2018)


    • Lisette
      Lisette commented
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      I kind of took for granted the 'Yes, You Can' motto until I repeated it to myself once during a PBS. It reminded me of my taekwondo days where I shouted "Pil Sung!" which means 'Second To None' while punching and moving in unison with dozens of other people. Sometimes during a routine, I would focus and mope on about my love handles or beat myself up about how bad a shape I was in. I thought that I would never be able to cinch in my waste or finally have the body I always wanted and then I heard Teresa say "YES YOU CAN". When times were dark and I didn't feel like lacing up my shoes I would say YES YOU CAN and punch that DVD button so hard that I gave myself no other recourse BUT to do it. I had a couple of friends chide me for my non-weight loss telling me that I couldn't have done what I had done (meaning, lose a lot of inches without losing a single pound) and I said "Yes I can! And yes I did!" Yes You Can be more consistent with your MORE workouts. Yes You Can finally achieve what you've only dreamed of achieving, but only when you're ready! And you'll know when that exact moment comes.

    • GreenGem
      GreenGem commented
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      Lisette, your words hit me in all the right spot ... I'm such as softy, and I can relate to the struggles ... I found your post inspiring.

    • AlisaJDrury
      AlisaJDrury commented
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      Lisette Thank you for these inspiring words. This motivates me to "just work on it" "say consistent" and enjoy the progress we know is happening on the inside of our bodies and deep within our muscles. I just read a response from Trisch about gaining 5-7 lbs of muscle from More and I said "OMG I WANT THAT!"