T-Tapp: Step It To The Max

Teresa Tapp

Categories: Total Body Workouts

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This workout is the more advanced walking workout. Like Step Away The Inches it's filmed in Teresa's living room with no music or background exercisers. She continues to give form pointers throughout, but I would recommend watching the nine minute instructional chapter before you do it, even if you're familiar with T-Tapp and/or SATI.

Form is crucial to T-Tapp: butt tucked, stomach in, shoulders back, knee to little toe, no big toe. T-Tapp is isometric as opposed to isotonic, and we contract five to seven muscle groups at once, resulting in more work (and more fat burning!), and long lean muscles as opposed to short bulky ones. The muscles are worked at both insertion points. In four weeks of T-Tapp I lost nineteen and a half inches.

The warmup is four minutes an includes a modified form of PBS - Primary Back Stretch. The walking portion includes cardio moves above the head, side to side, and of course staying in T-Tapp stance! NBT is No Big Toe, and it involves putting most of the weight on the last two toes. This feels weird at first but once you get used to it your legs will get more of a workout.

At 21 minutes (including warm-up) we take a quick water break. The next section is the step-lift sequence which is taught in the Instructional part. If you're familiar with this from Total Workout it's similar. This runs eight minutes and your legs will be fried!

The cool down runs about six minutes and we continue stepping with lymph activation moves. Then we stretch, and she gives more instruction here. It's similar to her lunge sequence in Total Workout.

She also has a detailed section on calf stretching for anyone with calves that cramp after walking - very useful! The entire workout from first stretch to end of calf stretch portion is 44 minutes.

I love it!! Much more challenging than SATI, although SATI certainly is a great shorter workout. SITTM is considered a full body workout, so if you're doing a T-Tapp full body workout every other day, this counts as one.

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