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Thankful Thursday–Thankful for T-Tapp! (And Ribs Up!)

Today is my five year anniversary with T-Tapp!  Wow!  Who could have known then that in 5 years I would be a certified T-Tapp Trainer?!   Even more, I’m thankful for my health as well as finally finding a workout that works–without having to neglect my family to do so!  It’s my prayer that I can help others on their journey to a better body and better health!


Just think–where could you be in  5 years with T-Tapp?  It all adds up… one workout at a time!





I’m sure if you’ve heard much about T-Tapp, you’ve heard “Ribs Up!” more than a few times! ;)


That is actually a part of the T-Tapp stance set up.  Teresa says “shoulders back” in earlier videos.  Most of us tend to be trap dominant (we store stress there–ever notice how much more “hunched” you get the more stress you’re under?!), so we start pushing the shoulders back with the trapezius muscles (traps) instead of gently pulling them back with the lats.  (Latissimus dorsi)



I’ve referenced trainer Kayla Howard’s wonderful video on slouching, and it’s a great place to get the feel of it away from workouts.   The more you do this away from your workouts as well as during, the easier and more “natural” it will be.  Your lats will get stronger and you will actually be able to activate them at will!



Teresa shared an interesting tidbit at the Safety Harbor Retreat a few weeks ago.  I didn’t get to go to the actual Retreat, but several ladies stayed over for Trainer Certifications and shared the wealth of information they received.   Ribs up also helps the adrenals.   How?



Well, if you think about it, when you’re all slouchy, you are pushing the organs down and out in your belly —more out if you’re a short torso!   That puts pressure on these glands sitting on top of the kidneys, and like most of our organs, they don’t work as optimally when squished!  (Think of being squished in a tiny cubicle to do your work when you need a bigger office with better light!)



I love how T-Tapp is more than just a workout to lose inches and sizes!   One of the things that kept me “T-Tapping” even when I wasn’t seeing much outwardly was the tremendous benefits I was experiencing in my health.  I posted about the things you just can’t measure here at the forums. It’s always good to keep a notebook or list of the “little things” that add up and sometimes become more important than inch loss!


Ribs up helps so many things!  Inch loss in the arms, tummy, thighs; helping with posture and getting the back in alignment; helping the muscles in the shoulder balance so there’s less pressure pulling unequally and therefore avoiding shoulder issues (or lessening them and helping to rehab them); and now we find out good posture doesn’t just look nice and feel nice–  it helps with adrenal health, too!



And another good benefit–Nanci shared on the forums how she found out that you can’t think negative thoughts very easily when you are focusing on ribs up!  Here’s her post —good food for our “thoughts”!    Thanks for sharing, Nanci!



Stay tuned–I am hoping to announce my surprise next week and there will be giveaways as a part of it! :)



Happy Tappin’!






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13 Responses to “Thankful Thursday–Thankful for T-Tapp! (And Ribs Up!)”

  1. Cassie says:

    Hi! I noticed that you and your daughters dress very modestly, and I wondered what sort of workout clothes you wear when doing T-Tapp.

    • Trisch says:

      Hi, Cassie!

      I do wear workout clothes, but I have short sleeved tops (not tanks) and pants or capris. I have found the moisture wicking fabric helps me stay cooler and helps me last longer, although I also use the T-Tapp t-shirt sometimes, too. I run everything by my dh to make sure he’s okay with it, too! Some of my friends exercise in their bedrooms, to be more private.

      I have another friend who uses a loose-fitting culotte type of skirt, but you can see her knees to make sure she’s not pronating where she could get hurt. Another friend wears tighter capris and t-shirt but then has a shorter jumper over that–again, as long as I can tell what they’re doing with their knees, I’m happy! :)

      Since I am a trainer, I need to be able to show what I’m doing with my knees and be able to see others’ as well.

      I will often also wear a wrap skirt over my pants while I’m driving to my class.

      My girls posted a pic of me with Teresa on their blog back in October, if you’re interested:


      It all boils down to what you and your family are comfortable doing, and what you feel the Lord wants for you!

      Hope that is helpful!


      • Cassie says:

        Thanks! What do your daughters wear when they exercise?



        • Trisch says:

          Cassie, sorry it took me awhile to get to your comment!

          My daughters wear their jumpers at this point. However, since I’m their mom :) I can check their knees–just a quick, light touch to make sure they’re pushed out. But in a room full of ladies, that would be harder to do, obviously!

          Hope that answers your question!


  2. Gena says:

    I was wondering what you wore, too. Congrats on being a trainer!

  3. Delilia says:

    Just curious, but how do you reconcile this with the Biblical commandment not to dress in mens’ garments?

    Are you daughters also allowed to wear pants or capris?

    Not trying to criticize, not at all, just curious.

    • Trisch says:

      Delilia, I’m sorry I didn’t answer this sooner–sick kiddos and then I got it myself! Bleh!

      I’ll answer the last question first–it’s not a matter of what my daughters are “allowed” to wear. Of course the younger ones I suppose you could say we “require” the dresses, but it’s our desire that they choose their convictions as they get older. My older daughters have a variety of opinions on many things, and we by no means “tell them what to think”! :) Therefore, if they preferred to wear pants or capris while working out, that would be fine. I run everything by my husband in that respect, as well. Not because he’s ruling me with an iron hand, but because God gave him to me for protection and direction. Since he’s a guy ;) he can better judge whether what I’m wearing is something that would attract the wrong kind of attention–and that goes for pants, workout wear, and dresses.

      Which leads me to your first question–we truly feel that every “command” has to be looked at in light of the heart. For example, Jesus made it clear that just refraining from murder or adultery did not make everything okay. He raised the “bar” so to speak. Modesty is also a heart issue. I’m sure you have seen conservatively dressed ladies who did not act modest. And you may also have seen some in pants and t-shirts that had a heart that loved Jesus and actually a very sweet spirit. I’m not condoning nor criticizing the dress. God has really done a work in my heart on judging. I used to be pretty black and white. But He has shown me that many, many times we really do not know what’s going on in someone’s heart.

      What if you saw a lady not very modestly dressed (whatever that is by your standards), and although she was very sweet, you decided that she is not someone you wanted to be close to? While we do need to be discerning, what I’ve learned is that there’s more than meets the eye. What if you learned that that lady had been through a very abusive childhood and was coming out of a lot of bondage concerning that, and the outward dress was just a reflection of her trying to “find her way”? All of a sudden I am seeing people as people with souls–people that hurt, that have “baggage”, that need Jesus. Not my condemnation.

      Now I am not inferring that you were being condemning at all! Since others will read my comment here I wanted to be clear that I am less concerned about what you wear on your body than I am on the heart.

      So, how do I reconcile it? I look at the heart of the matter. Of course, we could argue that men wore “dress like” robes back then, too. There was obviously a distinction between their “robe” and a woman’s. Even the harlots of Biblical times wore way more clothes than most of us do today! Yet, again, there was an obvious distinction.

      And, there was obviously a “heart” matter involved. I can be dogmatic and say I must always wear dresses that come to the ankles, never wavering from it–but I can have a “come hither” look on my face or in my body language that belies my “modesty”.

      I knew when I decided to become a trainer that this would have to be addressed in my own heart–I couldn’t wear dresses, and due to liability I can’t have dresses covering the knees in my clients in classes/clinics. But there are other things that can be done to make it available to just about everyone, including a private training session should someone so desire where no one else would see them.

      That is why I run it by my husband–if he’s not comfortable with it, I don’t wear it. And if he says it’s okay, then I am fine with it. That is why there is “rest” in submission! :)

      I hope this answered your question! I’m happy to discuss it further if you wish. I don’t mean to be critical, either. Everyone is at different levels in their walk, and He always deals with the heart first. In no way do I expect everyone to be just like me–that would be boring, anyway! :D

      Blessings to you!


      • Nanci (Joyfulmomof6) says:

        Trisch- That is THE most gracious and wonderful explanation of this highly divisive (unfortunately) topic in the church today and it really doesn’t have to be.

        If it were as simple as just putting on a dress (or not), there wouldn’t be a need for Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the Cross.

        I loved what you said about it being about who we are inside our hearts. That is so much harder to address.

        Thanks so much for blessing me today with this response.

        • Trisch says:

          Thank you so much, Nanci! That is my prayer, that we can all see the heart of where each other is coming from.

          I love how you put that–if it were just that simple! Yet, very true–if it were as simple as what we wear or do, then we wouldn’t need Jesus.

          Ultimately we need HIS Robe of Righteousness!



  4. jenny says:

    Hi, glad you have done well with it!
    btw, I left hsb, as was getting too much spam. just didn’t work for me.
    God bless

  5. Chris says:

    I noticed in these comments you mentioned something about pronating the knees. One of my friends tried T-tapp two years ago and hurt her knee. Her knee is STILL messed up. One knee is larger than the other since this. I wonder what she could have done wrong? (I am a current T-tapper and she was just telling me the other day). Thank you.

    • Trisch says:


      I realized I didn’t get this put on the comment section! I had e-mailed you with these ideas. If you see this and need more input, let me know! I’ll paste below what I shared in the e-mail for anyone else having some knee pain.

      It is possible that your friend either started to straighten her knee during a move and/or let it go more to the big toe. It’s especially easy to do on twisting moves, like T-Tapp Twist–the knee naturally wants to follow the way you twist, but you need to push it out to help stabilize the hips forward.

      The other possibility is she may have “overdid” it, if she is a type A personality! I have a df who blew out her shoulder getting her arms straight in PBS, but it was because she initiated the move with her elbows and focused on arms straight vs. muscle activation and opening up the pecs.

      And if your df is a “duck walker” that puts extra weight and pressure on the inside of the knee and doesn’t equalize the activation of the ligaments and tendons, causing some to be weaker than others.

      I’m not sure whether the one knee larger is solely due to this, or if maybe hurting it brought out something that was going on “under the surface”, so to speak.

      If she’s interested in trying again, but afraid of hurting it more, she could ge the SunRay TappCore or TappCore 2, it’s called, I think. It’s all seated, which would take the pressure off the knee as well as trying to keep knees bent all the time. There is still alignment to work on, but there’s a bit less pressure on the knees.

      And you can always call the office–they are super helpful and I’m sure one of them would be able to give further insight. So would trainer Michelle Barbuto–she’s my mentor and she can pick up on something pretty quickly! She’s been around for 10 years and really knows her stuff!

      Hope that is helpful! Feel free to ask more questions if I can be of help!


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