Like many people with hypothyroid and/or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis I tend to have more trouble in the winter. Along with starting on some vitamin D supplements I decided to try adding some exercise as well. I chose T-Tapp because I had heard some great things about it. My husband had used Theresa Tapp’s program before, and enjoyed benefits from it. With all the hubbub of getting ready to tie the knot he fell out of the habit. However now that I’m doing it, he’s started back up again. We use the Basic Work Out Plus DVD. At $35.95 it is an investment, but it is totally worth it. You can watch videos and try some of the moves for free at their website at t-tapp.com. My mother-in-law uses a different version called T-Tapp More Rehab Program and loves it. It’s made “for those who have more to lose, more health issues to overcome or more birthday candles on the cake” and helps rehabilitate problems with shoulders, lower back, hips, and knees. She says it helps more than her physical therapy exercises did.
What makes T-Tapp different is that it your body provides all the resistance you need, so there’s no weights, or bands, or extra equipment. It uses comprehensive compound muscle movement. Here’s the plain English translation. Comprehensive means it uses both points of muscle attachment, so when your working your upper leg the part of the muscle that attaches to the hip and the part of the muscle that attaches to the knee are both being used. This gets double the workout from one movement, and helps build muscle density instead of bulk. Compound simply means more than one. Every move in T-Tapp uses 5-7 muscles at a time. You never just use your arms or just your legs. This means the basic workout does your whole body in just 15 minutes. The instructional video you use the first few days slows it down and shows you the moves step by step, so it takes 23 minutes. There’s only 8 repetitions of each movement, so unlike other exercises I’ve tried and I don’t get bored. It is also designed to help your lymph system function better to get toxins out of your body. I’m planning on doing some research on the how and why of that, so hopefully that will be another post soon.
I decided to keep a journal of how I do with this exercise program, and share it with you. You’ll find week one below. While I don’t get through the whole program every day, I am making progress and gaining stamina. The first couple days it tired me out and I’d have to sit and rest for a little while after doing it, but after the first week I can do the exercises then go right into washing dishes or whatever else it is I need to do that day. Another benefit I’ve noticed is that I used to carry a lot of tension in my shoulders, but now the soreness and stiffness are gone. It’s just a little thing in the scheme of things, but it is good to feel that difference. If you have done this before, please leave a comment to encourage others who haven’t. Those of you who are thinking about it, go ahead and try some of the free videos on their website. You could also read some of the amazing testimonials to get you inspired. If you try it, leave a comment and tell me how it goes! I’d love to hear about your journey with it as I’m starting mine.
T-Tapp Journal Week One
Day 1: I did the instructional video through the jazz twist. That’s about half the video. I feel tired and drained
Day 2: I took today off, not feeling well. I’ve been trying to get over a cold and don’t want to over do it.
Day 3: I did through the oil well, felt tired but good. Later in the evening I noticed a lack of my usual soreness and tension in shoulder muscles
Day 4: I didn’t get much sleep last night, so I just did primary back stretch because I had a lot to accomplish and a late start. I used the basic video not the intro but had no problems keeping up.
Day 5: I didn’t get much sleep again, my work schedule is messing with my sleep schedule. I did basic video rather than instructional with my husband and got all the way through it! (Except the hoedowns at the end) Tip: since I tire easy I sometimes only do sets of 4 rather than the 2sets of 8 done in the video so I can get to all the exercises. Did that in the jumping jacks and the T-Tapp twist.
Day 6 Husband birthday! Slept really well last night, tried homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness. Did through oil well on basic, went back to instructional for ttapp twist. I still have trouble with that one a bit, maybe because I’m a short torso? I will have to do my measurements. I still only did 2 sets of four on jumping jacks and ttapp twist. I may do that for a while until I can build up my stamina. Noticed that I was more aware of my posture today, and my shoulders felt great despite all the scrubbing I did yesterday.
Day 7 Wasn’t feeling well, probably overdid the sugar a bit yesterday. Made myself do the Primary backstretch anyway, but didn’t go beyond that. I have to get my tired self to the bus stop later in order to make it to work so I didn’t want to tire myself out.
UPDATE: Due to extenuating circumstances that will eventually be explained, I am taking a break from my regular exercise routine. However, I definitely still recommend this program.