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You signed up for the 60 Day Challenge (or decided on your own personal challenge) and created your plan of attack (workout plan). You really like Healthy Hormones and know your body responds best to it so that’s your main menu choice for workouts. Things are going fairly well and after just a few weeks you can tell things are fitting a little bit looser! Yeah!
But then…..you read of how Steppin’ Susie did Step It to the Max and lost a size already! In TWO WEEKS!
So, you think….”Maybe I should have a little of that, too.” So you add Step It to the Max in 2 days per week to “get a little more cardio in”.
Next day you read how Die-Hard Dana lost 5 inches in one week off her abs alone doing Brain-Body Fitness Floor four times each week.
You really do need to work on those abs….so you decide to add in Brain-Body Fitness Floor. But you’re already doing Step It to the Death—er–Max twice a week, so you decide to do BBFF (as we like to shorten it) twice each week and Healthy Hormones once each week.
Another week goes by and you haven’t lost 5 inches off your abs—in fact, things are getting a little tighter for some reason. And your right knee is hurting. You go to the support page on Facebook and find that Agile Annette has lost an inch off each arm doing Tempo Arms. Arms are you other main area you want to see shape up. You decide to stop doing Step It to the Max and Healthy Hormones and just alternate between Tempo Arms and Brain-Body Fitness Floor.
After another week you are getting so frustrated! The Challenge is almost over and things are going the opposite way in spite of concentrated effort. You’re tired and tired of the Challenge already! Why are things going wrong?
If you have ever experienced anything like this, I call it the Distraction Syndrome.
“I’ll have some of what she’s having!”
Sounds like what we’d hear at Starbucks, our favorite restaurant or ice cream shoppe, right?!
You see something delectable on someone else’s plate or maybe a friend wearing a cute outfit and want something similar. Nothing wrong with that!
But when it comes to our workouts, it can create a distraction—one that does NOT get you to where you want to go!
It’s fun to see what others are doing and you certainly can change up your workout routine during the 60 Day Challenge or during your own personal challenge. But when you start jumping from workout to workout to workout, hoping maybe this one will shrink your tummy or tighten and tone your arms, you will do yourself a disservice.
Stick with 1-2 workouts to start with. Spending time with Instructionals, if those particular workouts have them, is the best way to improve form and muscle activation. If you like variety, then by all means rotate through workouts but don’t rotate through all 20 workouts you own in one month!
I strongly recommend sticking with 2-4 workouts throughout a month or even 60 Day Challenge. The concentrated effort you are already spending to focus on fitness is enhanced by doing the same movements but with focus on form. If you are constantly switching it up, you might be less bored, but you also might not see the results you are working so hard to see!
A few options if you like variety:
- Stick with one or two workouts for 2 weeks, then switch out ONE of the workouts for a different one
- After another few weeks, you can switch out the other workout for another, if you wish
- Be careful that you don’t add too much in (i.e. floorwork or stepping in addition to another workout, more “target moves”), especially when you are focusing effort on a challenge (official or unofficial)
If you are someone who likes the same workout or two, there’s nothing wrong with that! But to keep form focus fresh (can you tell I love alliteration?!) revisit the Instructional(s) of your chosen workout(s) every 6-8 weeks.
When you make your workout plan, stick to it! At least give it a few weeks before you tweak it. Exception would be if you can tell it’s too much and you need to change things so you don’t overtrain—but even then, try fewer reps, going every other day, etc vs totally changing your workout plan.
Consistency is easier when you have a plan and stick to it—and it will yield the results you want far better because you can stay focused and motivated.
And focus + intention + motivation = the best plan for you!
(Any resemblances to actual Agile Annettes, Die-Hard Danas and Steppin’ Susies are purely coincidental. To my knowledge no one has lost 5 inches off her abs in a week, unless she just had a baby! 🙂 )
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Did you hear about all the fantastic testimonials of inch loss from the 2 week Stepping Challenge Teresa held last month at the beginning of the 60 Day Challenge?! I was impressed! Many reported a great kickstart to their 60 Day Challenge with doing only stepping workouts the first few weeks!
Often stepping seems more fun and there’s just something about getting that blood pumping that feels so good!
Today, for Deep Discount Tuesday you can get the Step Away Super Set of Step Away the Inches AND Step It to the Max for just $30–PLUS a bottle of B12 spray! PLUS FREE SHIPPING on US orders!
Both workouts incorporate T-Tapp technique and form to supercharge your walking and get even more out of it. During Step Away the Inches Teresa says it’s almost like double the steps–due to the muscle activation! You can even incorporate these techniques to lose inches, sculpt and tone while walking outdoors, too!
Step It to the Max–or Step It to the Death, as a good friend of mine has called it 😉 is a full workout that includes a warm-up, cool-down and has KILLER Step-Lift Sequences in the second half! (I’m grateful for the water break before this part! I actually split it at the water break and do the warm-up and pick it up there the second day!) You will DEFINITELY see inch loss, toning and sculpting with this workout!
I LOVE the B12 spray! I use a few sprays before starting with client sessions mid-morning, then if mid-afternoon finds my energy really waning, I do a few more sprays. I have literally felt I needed a nap, used the B12 spray and I find my mind clears and I am able to function better, without the nap!
And who doesn’t love FREE shipping?!
Hurry to grab this deal–it’s only available at until 11:59 EDT tonight!
Step Away Super Set is CORE cardio–the T-Tapp way!
Without a doubt the #1 area that most women want to see changes in is—the tummy. And that’s understandable! Usually it is the belly area that keeps us out of that next size on our journey to smaller sizes and better health.
But the body is not an inanimate object or piece of marble we can just carve off the parts we don’t want and it stays off. Just a little skill, patience and pressure and voila! The masterpiece is revealed!
Losing inches anywhere is not a simple formula, but especially not here. There are many variables, such as:
- Food sensitivities—that can cause bloat and obviously sabotage the best efforts to lose off the abs
- Weak core—if your core muscles are weak, you won’t be able to activate optimally and will lack stamina to be able to hold position while doing moves
- Muscle imbalances—years of standing a certain way, surgery, not developing muscle groups together so one is more dominant—all affect your ability to lose inches from the tummy
- Emotional issues—yes, that can affect your body’s ability to lose inches
- Diastasis Recti –the “Mommy Tummy Gap” (although not limited to “mommies” or even women!)
Can T-Tapp address all of those? Well, most of them! You will need qualified help to nail down food sensitivities, but the lymphatic and fascia activation in T-Tapp can help facilitate the body’s amazing ability to heal and get equilibrium. Emotional issues aren’t necessarily solved by T-Tapp, but it can help you feel better about yourself and more ready to deal with them with the help of a friend or professional you trust. The other three mentioned—weak core, muscle imbalances and diastasis recti– all can improve with T-Tapp!
T-Tapp’s left/right brain movements and focus on activation at the insertions of the muscles help balance imbalances. And T-Tapp is ALL about the core! You are activating the core in each and every move in T-Tapp. But it’s not just tucking hard—you initiate with the abs, belly button UP and back to spine. Then tighten buns. Not only does that improve core strength, it helps balance the imbalances often seen with stronger gluteal muscles (the buns) than ab muscles (tummy).
Diastasis recti can affect the core strength tremendously. You can imagine how much harder it would be to activate the core when the muscles are separated. This can contribute to a weak pelvic floor as well.
While I did develop Defeating Diastasis, a program using T-Tapp moves and techniques to help “close the gap”, I am going to share a few helpful tips that if you apply them consistently, you WILL see the gap close and the core strengthen (these are good for better core strength even if you don’t have “the gap”!):
- Minimal floor work. I won’t say you can’t do any, but if your core is weak, you need to limit floor moves
- Organs in Place. The exception to the previous statement! Organs in Place on the floor is key for helping strengthen the core and help the muscles close and stay closed. Do this twice daily.
- Do twisting moves in a chair. This will help you focus on core activation vs how far you can twist and it’s easy to lose focus on the lower half of the body. The chair makes it easier!
- Mitten Chop Box. THE move for Mommy Tummy Gap! It is on Senior Fit and First Step, and the Organs in Place portion is incorporated into Healthy Hormones Menopause Management. Do this 4 times per day when you visit the bathroom—it is seriously THE most important thing you can do with a weak core or diastasis recti gap. (Also available for free on YouTube on a My Fox Atlanta video clip!)
You can do this on your own—create a checklist, set a timer on your phone, whatever it takes to consistently get these few moves in. But if you like the idea of having something laid out step by step, Defeating Diastasis is a comprehensive course spanning 13 weeks (plus another 4 weeks of video access). It is a mixture of written lessons and video demonstrations of moves and techniques such as the Floor Core Focus, Organs in Place, Half Frogs with a little help, The Zip, Standing Core Focus and more. Plus you get encouragement videos from time to time to help you stay on track and share inspiration!
If you’d like to join me on this journey to Defeat Diastasis, you can check out a freebie taste of the first 3 lessons by going to the Defeating Diastasis Sneak Peek. You can also read more about it at Defeating Diastasis. (Registration opens mid-August.)
These tips have been proven to WORK! Try the free sneak peek and the moves I highlighted above and see if you can feel the difference. Yes you can close the gap—with T-Tapp!
It’s 60 Day Challenge time! Are you ready?
It’s so easy to make our fitness and wellness goals, get a plan and be a bit overambitious and fizzle out, or even with what seems like a “doable” plan, life can get in the way of our best intentions!
Here are options for support during the 60 Day Challenge–whether you are “officially” doing the Challenge or not!
T-Tapp Forums–lots of great information there!
T-Tapp Support on Facebook– truly lots of encouragement and support! Great place to learn as well
In addition to the Forums and Facebook groups, I am offering the following programs and services to help you with your form and consistency:
Consistency Challenge— 21 day jumpstart into your Challenge goals! Focusing especially on 5 key areas to build momentum that will keep going through the Challenge
Fabulous Form Tips–yes, they’re BACK! Same tips that I offered for Cyber Weekend and I’ve added tips for Turn Back Time! There are 7 individual tips and then sets of 4 Bonus Focus tips for each of 6 workouts–Basic Tempo, MORE, Healthy Hormones, Senior Fit, LadyBug and Turn Back Time. Bonus Focus tips are what I share each week in my online program, Beautiful YOU. I take one move each week and really break it down into 3-5 tips (7 for T-Tapp Twist on Turn Back Time!). This is like a master class on one move! Each set will have tips for 4 moves (LadyBug has 5). There are lots of options, including the mp3 of the teleconference call I do for the workout with my class. I talk you through several moves of the workout (different moves than the Bonus Focus moves), and again, this is master class level. WARNING! You WILL sweat! 🙂 If you want to take form up a notch for better muscle activation–and better results–this is the option for you!
Small Steps to Success— Gentle encouragement and small steps from a foundation of workouts and then layering other good habits, one at a time, to create solid patterns of consistency in 5 key areas as well, but adding in one at a time to reduce overwhelm. This program will go 2 weeks beyond the end of the Challenge to help you keep your consistency going even after the Challenge!
If you want to really work on your core, or if you have a diastasis recti gap you’d like to close, I am opening registration for The ladies in the first launch had some amazing results! You can read more about them at the Defeating Diastasis website. Want a sneak peek preview? Now you can access the first 3 lessons FREE HERE!
Do you like to have a little visual for encouragement? Yes You CAN Mudlove bands are on special for $9 for the rest of February!
Finally, through February 28 you can purchase my e-book, Fatigued to FABULOUS for HALF PRICE! You get 10 schedules to help you with consistency and lots of helpful tips and encouragement as I share my journey.
LOTS of options to choose from to help you on your journey to consistency–for the 60 Day Challenge and beyond!
Five years ago today I certified to be a T-Tapp Trainer! The years have just flown!
And it was one of the best decisions I have ever made–not only for the physical benefits, but for the friendships I’ve made. And to help others on their journeys to wellness and fitness. My special joy is watching women blossom whether they lose their sizes and get to goal or not–their view of themselves is better and they stand more confident and secure in who they were created to be.
THAT is what REALLY gives me such JOY!
In celebration, I am going to have a giveaway! But first, I want to share about Deep Discount Tuesday–
Total Workout Super Slow is what I call “The ULTIMATE Instructional”! It is a master level workout, really fine tuning points of perfection in form. It’s a great foundation for any workout!
LadyBug workout was created for women going through perimenopause and menopause–but it is great for anyone with hormones–even men! 😉 After doing Healthy Hormones and going back to LadyBug–wow! I consider Healthy Hormones workout to be “Basic” and LadyBug to be “Total Workout” if we are comparing them! You should be familiar with Total Workout since LadyBug is an advanced workout–but guess what? For Deep Discount Tuesday tomorrow these two great workouts are being offered as a set! YES!
LadyBug does have a floor workout, as well. It would be good to be familiar with Hit the Floor or Hit the Floor Softer, or even better, Critter Crunch Floor. But if you are patient and willing to watch it first and work through it, you could learn the moves and learn the workout. Just remember–if you lose ab activation, you need to refocus or put the floorwork on hold for a bit! 🙂
The LadyBug Super Set is normally $64.90–but for January 17 ONLY it is less than half price at $30!!! That’s a GREAT deal!
Also on sale is the streaming seminar, More Than a Workout!
Both are available at the discounted prices until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 17!
And now for the giveaway!
I’ll be giving away two great prizes for my Trainer Tappiversary!
1. Two winners will get their choice of mp3 of any call from my Beautiful YOU online class! On these calls I talk you through several moves from that month’s workout. You can actually work out with me, sit and take notes, or do a mixture of both! I share form tips to take the workout to the next level! You can choose from Basic Tempo, LadyBug, MORE, Senior Fit and Total Workout!
2. One winner will get a spot in next month’s class for Beautiful YOU! I focus on a different workout each month, bringing a new level of form awareness to each workout through Bonus Focus Tips, Core Focus Tips and the teleconference call. This is all done in a private forum (except the call) where you can access the info any time that is convenient for you!
And NEW next month–I will be having a weekly class where I go over the Bonus Focus tip of each week, and I will record the class so you can access it at your convenience if you can’t attend live! The recordings will be available until March 1 so you have time to go over each tip to its fullest!
To enter the giveaway:
- Sign up for the newsletter! If you are already signed up, then e-mail me with topics you want to see covered here.
- If you haven’t liked my Facebook page, please do so here: Be Youthful ‘n Fit If you already have “liked” my page, message me through my Business page to let me know and tell me what you would enjoy seeing more of there!
Giveaway is until midnight EST on January 18. I’ll announce the winners on Friday, January 20!
Thank you for celebrating with me! ♥
Can you believe it’s the last Deep Discount Tuesday of the year?!
And T-Tapp is closing out 2016 in style! TWO great BOGO offers! Buy one Digest Plus, get one free! Or (and?!) buy one White Brite get one free!
I’ve already spoken of how much I love Digest Plus–it is an amazing enzyme! Not just digestive but also systemic enzymes to help the body reduce inflammation. This is one supplement I won’t be without! If you have gut issues or inflammation issues–or both!–this is a must have. And a GREAT price, too!
I’ve personally used White Brite as have a few of my daughters. It does whiten the teeth–without harming the enamel. It also keeps the gums healthy. I’ve noticed my gums seem tighter when I regularly use it. Regularly can mean 2-3 times per week for me!
In addition to those great deals, you can purchase one item with a $10 off coupon code! GREAT way to finish 2016 strong and healthy with quality products–and get your favorite T-Tapp wishlist item at $10!
Check it out HERE!
You could even use the extra bottles of Digest Plus and White Brite as stocking stuffers! 😉
I’ve had several questions about my FABULOUS Form Tips offering so I thought I’d explain it in more detail. If you’ve never taken my Beautiful YOU online course, then it can be quite confusing!
Every month in Beautiful YOU, I give form tips for 4 moves from the workout we are focusing on. I’ll use MORE as an example. Each week is a Core Focus that applies to any workout and can be done at any time apart from a workout. There is also a Bonus Focus each week, where I take 4 moves from the workout–for MORE it went like this:
Week 1: I gave in-depth tips on Primary Back Stretch
Week 2: Tips on the short mini-workout MORE Step Away
Week 3: I did tips for MORE Broom (another mini-workout)
Week 4: Tips for MORE Chair (another mini-workout)
There are typically 4 in-depth tips that build upon each other for each move–or in this case, mini-workout. Sometimes there are 3 and sometimes there are 5 tips but 95% of the time there are 4. I spread these over 4 days so you can really “get” the increased muscle activation and connection to get more out of the move. Think of this as an intense form focus for the workout/move!
For Cyber Weekend I am making these sets of tips available for 5 workouts that I have done in Beautiful YOU. So there are sets of tips for 4 moves each for MORE, Basic Tempo (can be used for Basic Workout as well), Healthy Hormones Menopause Management, Senior Fit and a set of tips for 5 moves of LadyBug workout.
In addition to that, I am offering individual move tips–still 4 tips but for just that move vs a set tips for 4 moves. I picked 7 moves that I have heard T-Tappers say they would like to understand more about.
If you purchased the set for MORE, in our example, you would receive 16 tips–4 for each move/mini-workout. You would pace yourself to do these over 4 weeks just like we do in class! Of course you could do one per month if you like and REALLY dig in by focusing 1 week on each tip!
If you picked the individual moves, let’s say T-Tapp Twist, you would receive 4 in-depth tips on that move alone that you could incorporate into your routine as above–over the course of a week or spend a month on it.
This is similar to what I did when I first started T-Tapp. I read in the Must Read Threads about different moves and I would apply those tips to that move in my workout over 1-2 weeks. I really feel that gave me a great foundation!
Okay, I think I’m getting it! But what’s with all the options?!
Option 1 is the individual moves. So if you only want to purchase T-Tapp Twist and Eye of the Tiger, this is what you would select. You would put quantity at 2 and then e-mail me your confirmation and then tell me “I’d like to get T-Tapp Twist and Eye of the Tiger, please!” (Or however you would like to tell me! 😉 )
Option 2 is the set of tips for each workout. If you wanted to get sets for Senior Fit this is what you would select. And as in Option 1, if you wanted 2 sets, you select quantity as 2 then tell me in your e-mail what workouts you want your sets for.
Option 3 is JUST the mp3 of the call that I did for that workout. If you don’t want the written tips but would love to hear the call and work out with it (yes you can and yes many have!) this is your choice. Calls are 1 hour in length plus Q&A if there was any and I dive into several moves from the workout, different moves from the Bonus Focus tips.
Option 4 is if you want the call AND the Bonus Focus tips. I recommend this because it will round out your form focus for the chosen workout.
Option 5 adds a transcript to the call. This is great if you want to follow along with the call, especially if I am describing what I’m doing and it’s not quite clicking. You can read through the transcript and get clarity.
Option 6 is the Bonus Focus tip, the call AND the transcript at a discount from the already discounted price!
Option 7 keeps adding from there 🙂 by adding the schedules to Option 6 (tips, call & transcript) that we used for that workout. With this option you are getting most of the Beautiful YOU class. Of course you’re not getting the interaction nor all the questions that were asked, but you are getting the elemental components of the course with this option. GREAT for a focus on that workout for a month at your convenience!
Option 8 is for you die-hard T-Tappers that want it ALL! 🙂 You can purchase THREE sets of option 7 (tips, call, transcript and schedules) for three different workouts and get an even deeper discount! If you want ALL 5 workouts, you would want to purchase one Option 8 and then the remaining 2 workouts as option 6, quantity 2. If you purchase all 5 I will give you the 7 individual move tips for FREE!
If you were to work out with me in person, it would be $75 for 1 1/2 hours, and you’d have to take your own notes! 🙂 Skype/virtual sessions usually run $55-$67 per hour session, depending upon the sale I’m having. And again, you’d have to take your own notes! These prices enable you to have parts of my brain on FIVE workouts and SEVEN moves, notes already done for you and a recording of what I taught so you can go over it as often as you like! If you LOVE a particular workout, you could do this as a form intensive 2-3 times per year to get even more out of that workout. If you have a workout you’d like to dive into more but don’t quite understand, this will help! If you know you aren’t “getting it” on several moves, these options are for you!
To help you decide:
- Which workout (moves)–what one(s) do you like? Or which one gives you trouble?
- Are Bonus Focus Tips alone enough to get you going? (Options 1 & 2)
- Do you want to work out “live” via a call that you can revisit? (Option 3)
- Do you want the call plus the tips so you can have all the moves I covered? (Option 4)
- Would a transcript of the call increase your understanding? (Option 5)
- Does having all three, tips, call and transcript sound like it would be the most helpful to have ? (Option 6)
- Is the thought of figuring out what to do when overwhelming? Would schedules help? (Option 7)
- Are you a die-hard T-Tapp groupie?! 🙂 Would you like this for three workouts? (Option 8)
That will help you decide which option might be best for you!
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help you find the right fit for YOU!
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- 35% off ALL variety dvds
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- BOGO on B12, Digest Plus, Immune Boost and White Brite!
- 50% off set of 1 Alfalfa and 1 Fibertox!
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You can start shopping right NOW! Get your wishlist out and turn it into a “DONE” list! 😉
In addition, I’m offering THREE specials for Cyber Weekend as well!
- T-Tapp Twist
- Thread the Needle
- Mitten Chop Box
- Pretzel Twist
- Bun Blasters (I Dream of Jeannie Squats)
- Eye of the Tiger
Have a long wish list of T-Tapp workouts? Well, today’s your day! Deep Discount Tuesday is 40% off ALL Variety Workouts!
And that’s not all!
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Will it be Broom 2 for a little cardio in a short amount of time–along with better posture and alignment? Or maybe some core activating Brain-Body Fitness Floor or Core Floor? Healthy Hormones is in on this sale too–great for anyone with hormones, young and old alike!
How about the Warm-Up Workouts? They are the forerunners of the Brain-Body Fitness Floor and Core Floor workouts!
Get that wish list out–it’s time to make your wishes come true!