||Where to begin…I’m very new to T-Tapping. I have been the doing the Total Workout for a whole five and half weeks now, but I have become a “believer” in T-Tapp in that short time and wonder how or why I never heard of T-Tapp before.
In my initial month of doing T-Tapp I lost five pounds (and I only had ten to lose in total) and one clothing size. I’m not so much caught up in the numbers or statistics of success, but I am so excited because I am wearing jeans that I haven’t fit in since getting married over ten years ago. I didn't take measurements when I first started doing T-Tapp because I know myself all too well, and I knew if I tied my success to a specific number (measurement in inches) I could easily get discouraged and give up.
A little background on what led me to T-Tapp. I have been a runner for six years. I started running to help me lose my “baby weight” after having my first daughter. I was 28 years old when I had her and 31 years old when I had our second daughter – and what a difference those three years had on my metabolism. In the past six years I trained for and ran three marathons; a 50K trail race; and numerous other shorter races. Only three months ago, I was running at least 5 days/week with long runs averaging 12-15 miles every weekend and I still couldn't achieve an ounce, much less a whole pound, of weight loss. Over the past six years of my running career, I continued to add mileage, speed, and time spent on running, only to develop oversized calf and thigh muscles, no weight loss, and toneless upper body and arms. What the heck?! I was running, eating healthy, and active but was still not happy with my body.
After T-Tapping for five and a half weeks, my body has changed shape like never before. My leg muscles are becoming smaller, although stronger. My upper body, arms, and especially my core back and abdomen muscles are noticeably stronger and actually look toned to other people now. I haven’t gone running in over a month!
When I started T-Tapp, I was determined that I was going to do everything right and put in 100% effort because I really wanted to find out for myself if it was “bogus” or “legit.” Well, you don’t have to guess what I found. And even though I saw results almost within the first week, I really focused in on the emphasis on form. After all my T-Tapp website reading, discussion forum reading, and video watching I knew that if I want to get the most out of T-Tapp, I needed to be doing it correctly. I would guess that I had about 60-65% of the form and muscle activation correct. So after a quick search and a few emails my mom and I met with a certified T-Tapp trainer, Jane Heinrich.
After my first training session with Jane, my muscles were already starting to get sore before I went to bed that night. My entire back (upper, lower, along the spine, and outer edges) and abdomen had never been utilized like Jane helped me achieve. My legs and arms weren;t as sore but definitely felt worked out. I loved the technique she used - just touching the muscle I should be activating in a certain exercise - to help my brain figure out where to send the message to contract. Once I felt the pressure of a slight touch it seemed like that specific area sent a message to my brain, and in turn, my brain turned around and sent the message to contract right back to where it came from. I'm guessing I wasn't really using my back and core muscles like I should have been. But now that I could feel them contracting, and feel the soreness, I know what I should be feeling when I am activating them properly. During my workouts, I had been working my arms and legs, more than my core muscles, which is opposite of the way it is supposed to work.
I got so much out of that one and half hours of help and advice from Jane and left the session with a lot to work on, on my own. The feedback is invaluable because I want to get the most I can out of my workouts. With Jane's expertise, I know I will definitely improve my strength and tone. And when I feel like I have mastered what she told me during our last session, I will be scheduling another. My husband asked what I would like for Mother's Day and I didn't even have to think about it – “Another personal training session with Jane!”