For the last 775+ days, my life focus has been getting healthier. I’ve been eating better, working out regularly and healing my body after discovering food intolerances and housing seven babies and birthing four. To say my body has been through the ringer of changes over the last ten years is an understatement. My weight has yo-yoed for the last 16 years between 144lbs and 200+lbs, I have needed some healing.
I’m willing to try almost any exercise once to see if I like it, except Zumba, I just know I am not coordinated enough to do Zumba and so I don’t even try lol. That’s why I was happy and excited to sign up to review Teresa Tapp’s book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes.
Teresa Tapps is an exercise physiologist/rehabilitative trainer whose specialty is real fitness from the inside out. Teresa takes a rehabilitative approach to fitness and has taken nine years to create this workout and had been perfecting it for over 20.
I really like Teresa’s approach to fitness and not because she believes in a less is more philosophy but because she explains the reasoning behind each move. This book explains in great detail just how her approach to fitness works. Plus it combines a very achievable way of eating. Who wouldn’t want to be fit and fabulous in just fifteen minutes a day? I was sure intrigued and so I decided to give it try.
I am used to doing workouts while watching videos so I can see exactly how I am supposed to perform each move. Because of this I had to read over each move many times and write out a cheat sheet for each. I had a very hard time figuring out just how to execute the exercises and I am still unsure if I was doing them all correctly.
I did feel a bit foolish performing some of the moves but after doing them for 7 days straight, the boot camp phase of the workout plan I chose, I had lost a total of 10″ over my entire body. That’s pretty impressive for a workout that only requires 15 minutes. I will confess it took me more than 15 minutes in the beginning. It wasn’t until the third week of the program that I was finally able to complete the workout in 15 minutes.
I felt a lot of changes happening while I was doing this workout, including many days of nausea, which Teresa says is totally normal as your body flushes the toxins out. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling. And because of my past exercise programs, this one wasn’t nearly strenuous enough for me to tolerate. I always felt as though I should be doing something else. So often, I would go for a run on the treadmill later in the day to satisfy my need to exert myself.
After the second week, my results weren’t as good, I actually gained 3/4 of an inch overall. And after that I got a bit discouraged. I did complete one additional week, but I forgot to take my measurements so I can’t report any gains or losses. During my 3 weeks doing T-Tapp, I didn’t follow the God-made/man-made eating pattern she suggests in the book, but I can see how that would be a very easy method to follow. I did, however, follow my normal pattern of eating which for me is to eat as real as possible with some allowance for indulgences :).
The book itself is very easy to read and comprehend. And the technical explanations (ie. the reason for doing the movements) weren’t confusing. I was able to read through the entire book in about 5 hours. For the purposes of this review, I only did the 15-minute workout even though she includes the moves for the 45-minute workout. Chapters 4 and 5 are all about the workouts themselves and contain complete instructions for each move. This is where things got a little more complicated, however, as I had to read and re-read to fully understand each step and I still don’t know if I was doing everything correctly.
If you are thinking of giving this workout a try, I highly recommend getting the DVD to make things easier. The main move, The Primary Back Stretch has 18 steps to it! It’s not an easy move and truthfully it’s a lot to try to remember all once. As I mentioned earlier it took me 3 weeks to be able to do the workout in 15 minutes because the moves are so complicated.
There are a few videos available on Teresa’s YouTube channel but not for the more complicated moves. If you don’t get the DVD, I recommend you watch all the T-Tapp videos you can so you get at least an idea of how some of the moves go.
Have you ever tried T-tapping? Or would you?