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My T-Tapp Review: Fitness in 15 Minutes?

Updated on April 4, 2014
Theresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp system
Theresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp system

What is T-Tapp?

I kind of can't believe I just heard about T-Tapp a week ago. Why? Well, according to the hype it's pretty much the perfect exercise system. Once I learned the basics, I couldn't stop researching.

According to her website, Theresa Tapp developed T-Tapp while working as a physical therapist. She was also influenced by her mother's experience with cancer and her own struggles with a back injury.

T-Tapp is advertised as a finely-honed system that almost anyone can benefit from, from those suffering from chronic illness and injuries to the very fit. What really intrigued me was the claim fact that the basic workout program takes only fifteen minutes. Could that really be enough time to get significant results?

Potential Benefits of T-Tapp

  • strength and flexibility
  • improved posture
  • balanced hormones
  • improved lymphatic function
  • increased energy
  • reduced aches and pains
  • insulin regulation
  • rapid fat-loss

Benefits of T-Tapp

People who love T-Tapp really love T-Tapp - so much so that the most common criticisms relate to its cult-like following. Some people are concerned that it's too good to be true, or even that the many glowing reviews might be a product of some sort of marketing scheme.

Still, I couldn't ignore them. Again and again I read descriptions of near-miraculous recoveries from autoimmune conditions, chronic injuries and just plain old poor fitness. The system seemed to be especially popular for regular people with busy lives and little time and energy to exercise. Like me, they were intrigued by the possibility of fitness in fifteen minutes a day.

Since everyone's situation is unique there are no guarantees, but T-Tapp claims to go far beyond the benefits that we normally associate with exercise. For example, besides strength, flexibility, fat-loss and better posture, many people report improved hormone balance and insulin function. Apparently T-Tapp exercises stimulate the lymphatic system by activating internal muscles that are not commonly used, leading to all sorts of holistic health benefits.

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What is the Workout Like?

There are quite a few different T-Tapp videos to choose from. I decided to start with the Basic Workout Plus – this is a good choice for entry-level exercisers with no major health concerns, and also popular because it's the one that only takes 15 minutes.

The first time I did the workout I was worried that anything that works so quickly must be incredibly exhausting. It was definitely a workout, but I was actually surprised at how doable it was. It's a standing routine with no deep squats or lunges, and the only time I really started to get out of breath was during the last exercise. I was actually surprised at how quickly the time seemed to pass.

The feel of the video is simple and kind of a throw-back to aerobics. The moves, though, are no-impact (no jumping around) and very precise. The key to getting the most out of the routine is keeping the right stance at all times: feet forward, knees bent and pushed outward slightly, butt tucked, ribs lifted and upper back muscles engaged. This takes some getting used to, but actually ends up feeling really good.

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Does T-Tapp Work?

I learned that I was supposed to start T-Tapping with a 4-14 day "boot camp," meaning that I would do my chosen workout every day. After that I could take a break of a day or two and then switch to a schedule of every other day or even every third day depending on my goals and progress. I decided to go for the full fourteen days, because that would give me the best idea of the effectiveness of the workout. Here's a summary of how that went:

Day 1 – The workout was a little confusing, but I got it done. I was happy that it wasn't any harder. I felt that my posture was improved after just one session.

Day 2 – I felt more confident with the workout. Afterwards I felt really energized and good.

Day 3 – My muscles were pretty sore, especially my legs, but I did the workout.

Day 4 – I felt like I couldn't stop eating, but mostly healthy food. Less sore.

Day 5 – Even less sore. I was really getting the hang of the workout and felt like I could keep up well with all the exercises.

Day 6 – Nothing really notable, except that my nose started running for no particular reason.

Day 7 – I woke up with a headache. At night I had trouble sleeping.

Day 8 – I read about good form for the exercises and improved mine. Later in the day my upper back and shoulders were sore for the first time.

Unfortunately I also started to feel more and more generally run down, exhausted, cranky and dehydrated despite drinking lots of water. I definitely felt that these symptoms were related to my new exercise program. After doing some research I realized that they were probably a result of toxins being released by my newly improved lymph system, with a possible additional cause of overtraining.

Overtraining on 15 minutes a day? Well, this workout is certainly doing something dramatic! In my situation, the suggestion is to quit the bootcamp and switch to a schedule of every other day.

Today, my ninth day as a T-Tapper, is my first day of rest. Despite the problems late in the week I actually feel really great. My posture is dramatically improved since I started, my legs feel and look more muscular, and I can easily bend and touch the floor. This morning after slightly less than eight hours of sleep I woke up feeling refreshed and energetic, which never happens to me.

A week isn't really enough time to judge an exercise program, but I'm really amazed at the dramatic results so far. I plan to report back in the future, but I can tell you right now that I expect to have good things to say.

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