T-Tapp – 8 Day Bootcamp

I decided to embark on a 7-10 day T-Tapp bootcamp. (Spoiler: I made it 8 days.) Below is my journey.

I did a little research on WHY you should do a T-Tapp bootcamp, and it sounds like the magic is in your body LEARNING T-Tapp. I’ve always shied away from bootcamps because of my past adrenal fatigue issues. My issues have improved greatly. In fact, I’m not sure if I actually had adrenal fatigue or anemia and host of related issues. I’ve been much better since about 6ish months after starting iron supplements. Despite the recommendation on the T-Tapp Facebook page, I’ve decided to try a bootcamp anyway! (Famous last words?)

My Background
I’ve been doing T-Tapp informally for almost three years (will be 3 years in July). At first I just did Basic Workout Instructional and Plus. I only originally did the instructional the first week or so, then moved into BWO+. At first, I probably did 3ish workouts a week. Over time, I was able to build up to some days doing 4-6 workouts. In December before I sold my house I was doing SOME T-Tapp every single day. I’d do the full Tempo workout every other day and PBS and a few other moves the other days. I have been steadily gaining weight the past 5-6 years, almost seemingly for no reason. I’d try low carb or fasting and would lose 3-8 pounds, then would stall and gain everything plus more back. Other times I’d step on teh scale and watch it climb 5 pounds here, 3 pounds there. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with anything, but I also don’t do the diagnosis chasing that’s easy to get in the routine of. I was told there’s nothing serious wrong. That’s all *I* needed.

After having good luck in December doing more T-Tapp workouts, and recovering from two weeks of heavy work moving, in late February I decided to start doing traditionally “harder” workouts (specifically, The Firm, which I LOVE). I made it about 9 weeks before my hip flexor started hurting and I ended up with piriformis pain, stopping me from all workouts. But my body was gaining endurance and strength until that point. And I was working out about 5 days a week. I felt good about that progress, but so frustrated with the hip, I decided to go back to T-Tapp since I’d never had issues there. The Tuesday after this decision was a Discount Tuesday. And it all fell together! More


Tuesday Workout – Lower Body Strength and Yoga for Hips

I’ve decided I’m going to start documenting the workouts I do, how much I liked them, and how far I get in them. I’m doing older Firms, so I’m not always able to complete the whole workout, which is OK. These are tough workouts, and I know I’ll get there eventually. Part of the fun is progressing each week and being able to do more and more!

Last night I did a workout from The Firm’s “Firm Parts” set. It’s a set of four workouts and I did “Standing Legs.” I’m not sure why I decided to do lower body since I’d just run the night before and my hips were definitely sore. I also noticed my legs fatigued really fast in this workout. Next time: Upper body will come after a run! But you live and learn. I found a clip from this workout. For some reason they worked a lot of upper body into this workout, but after awhile I stopped adding those moves in and only did lower body since I plan to do upper body tonight.

I also did the “Hip Pain (SI Joint)” segment of my new Yoga for Stress Relief video. Last Friday I did a full body strength workout then did the shoulder and neck as well as the lower back segments. The three I listed are all passive stretches, so they’re definitely not for muscle toning. But it’s a fantastic post-sculpting stretch. Or in my case, I needed the hip stretch from my run. I felt like the hip stretch and the lower back stretch were very similar except for this one fantastic hip stretch where you cross your legs right over left (then later left over right) and lay down. It hurt for awhile, but felt awesome later. I believe it was some type of lotus stretch. I didn’t feel it until I laid down and the weight of one leg really pushed open the hip of the other leg. Fantastic.

I wish I could find a clip of this yoga video because I really love it. I do like some of the strengthening/toning parts of yoga, but I mostly do it for a good stretch and improved flexibility. So these more passive stretches are awesome. And I don’t feel like I need to conserve energy on my strength workout since this yoga workout uses little to no exhertion.

I only made it through about 25 minutes of Standing Legs and then did the 35 minute hip stretch. So total workout and stretch of 1 hour. I’ll take it!

Week In Review

I just finished doing Cardio Sculpt, and even eight years later and all the workout videos I’ve bought since then, this one’s my all-time favorite. I hopped on the scale before working out to see where my weight was, and after an especially sweaty (it’s been unusually warm here, and I refuse to turn on my AC in APRIL!) workout I weighed myself again. I dropped over three pounds in water weight. Sheesh. And now I feel exhausted. Which hopefully means I’ll sleep well tonight, Sundays are the worst sleep-wise for me. I know it’s the combination of dread of starting the work week along with sleeping in over the weekend. Anyway, point is, Cardio Sculpt is done. And it was a struggle. Probably partially because of the humidity. But mostly because I’m so out of shape.

After tonight’s workout, I’ve worked out 297 minutes this week! Three days (including today) included weights, otherwise it’s been mostly walking either outside or on the elliptical. I’ll be interested to see if/how much weight loss I see this week. Hopefully a good drop so I stay motivated!

And I’ve only eaten out one time this week. So you’d think the two in combination will result in success!

Firm Express Round 2: Rebekah’s Cardio/Sculpt

I rocked out to Rebekah’s cardio/sculpt video last night. I definitely like just the sculpt one better. I can’t figure out what I miss with the cardio sections. I LOVE the bursts, and love the weights stuff, but some of the cardio stuff seems to drag on. I wish I could do sculpt videos every workout, and that’s what I’d do. But I think my muscles would get over-fatigued. Or! I wish there were a workout that had the burst 8/12 and then a one or two minute recovery, then burst again. All cardio. Anyway, I’m digressing. I don’t DISLIKE the videos, I still love that they’re 20 minutes, but I find myself getting bored/distracted with the cardio stuff.

However, I also found myself REALLY breathless for parts of this video. Especially transitioning from a burst right into weights. And while there were some awkward moves (some of the lunges feel awkward to me), and I struggled with coordination on one of the bursts, overall it was a good workout.

Up next? I’m not sure what I’ll do. I’m set to do cardio tonight (as I was last night), but I might end up throwing in a different video. We’ll see.

Firm Express Round 2: Rebekah’s Sculpt

I did Emily’s cardio/sculpt on Saturday but forgot to post about it, so I don’t have a lot of feedback to give other than it was pretty challenging this time around, too. Especially since I’m trying to up the weights I’m using. The cardio in one segment plus challenging weights means the workouts seem even harder this time around (although I think I’ll stand by that I feel like my endurance has improved, even though my weight/measurements haven’t). I’ll also re-commit to my statement that the sculpt videos in this series are my FAVORITE. I love them. And Rebekah’s workout isn’t an exception. This workout was built to be able to heavy up on weights, and I did. I used mostly 10s and 12s, but ended up back down at 5s for the one burst that used weights (it was like a side lunge or something). I felt like I was out of control already and adding weights was only making it scarier.


Firm Express Round Two: Emily’s Cardio

I remembered the first time around this was one of my least favorite videos. I don’t know why, because in general I like cardio, but in this series I REALLY like all of the sculpt videos, and feel like the cardio sculpt videos really take me to the max endurance-wise. The cardio videos almost seem like a break. So that’s not a knock on this specific video, I’ll have to pay closer attention to the other cardio videos in the other cycles. My complaint with this video isn’t with the bursts, I actually really like most of the bursts. But I feel myself getting bored on the cardio sequences in between. The video is described as simple moves you don’t have to learn, which I guess might be where my boredom comes from? I’m not sure. I definitely don’t like dancey workouts because I spend more time stumbling over my feet than getting my heart rate up. I guess I feel like the cardio/non-burst portion of this video wasn’t challenging enough maybe? It’s hard to put my finger on it. However, all that complaining aside, I DO get a good workout by use of the bursts and making some of the other cardio pieces as active as I can.

I think Rebekah’s cycle is next. If I remember right, I really loved her sculpt workout, so I’m looking forward to it. And her screaming.

Firm Express Round 2: Emily’s Sculpt

I hate having to look up the name of each cycle every time I do a workout, so from now on I’m referring to them by the instructor. I think this is probably how the average person will refer to them anyway… I’m doing all of the workouts a second time thru, and hope to give more feedback than, “I didn’t throw up!”

Tonight I saw the return of Emily. And with the running shorts I just bought vowed to step it up another notch with weights (mostly because I feel like I’m already maxed cardio-wise).

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