I was presented with the opportunity to review the book “Fit and Fabulous in 15 minutes” by Teresa Tapp to review. The book states that you can lose up to 2 dress sizes in 4 weeks with the method of exercises listed in the book. This program states that it only needs to be done a couple times a week to be effective and get results, especially after doing this program for awhile. The book claims to be safe for people with previous injuries and health conditions.
“The revolutionary T-Tapp Workout reshapes your body while it fires up your metabolism. All you need is four square feet of space and just 15 minutes a day in order to see a dramatic loss of inches.” ~ taken from the back cover.
The book starts out with the author, Theresa Tapp, explaining how she created this workout. After tragedy and an accident in high school, she discovered exercises that alleviated her pain. She went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology and worked with cancer treatment patients to help them feel better.
This program starts off with teaching about the correct alignment for your body with posture. I agree that posture and body alignment with proper form doing exercises is extremely important. The program then moves on to the exercises she has designed which she claims need to be performed in a certain order to fatigue larger muscle groups so that the smaller muscle groups can get stronger. There is a lot of details that she goes into regarding posture and alignment that all seems to make sense to me.
The workout program starts about 90 pages into the book. The exercises seem to be basic, simple exercises upon first viewing. However, they seem difficult to understand the mechanics on how to do them properly. There is a “trick” to doing them correctly that seems to be lost in translation to me. A video for me would be easier to follow in my opinion. A DVD does come with the book – however, the DVD is not a workout DVD. There are a few examples that she gives for a few of her exercises. I looked at her website to maybe buy a DVD to follow along with the book and was a little shocked at the price of a single DVD. I did not buy one, as I was unsure if I would want to continue on with this and the price was too hefty for me to warrant buying it just for review. I just believe that the descriptions seem to get muddled while attempting to follow along with the book. However, I am a visual person, so I would feel more comfortable with following a person or DVD. Others might have no problems at all following along with the book.
There is something that Theresa Tapp does in the DVD that came with the book that involved “putting your organs in place”. It involves physically putting your hands between you hip bones and your organs and “pushing them against gravity” while lying on the floor. This really bothered me, as it does not seem safe for anyone-let alone if you are unsure of the practice. I actually couldn’t find this in the book to go into more detail with it. Perhaps the DVD’s go into more detail with this practice.
I have to be honest- I struggled to write this review. I am a certified personal trainer. I am a yoga teacher in training. I adore all things fitness. My collection of workout DVD’s, fitness equipment and fitness/health books could rival any gym or fitness facility. These facts didn’t seem to help me with the exercises in the book. This is frustrating to me because when I first glance at them, it seems to make sense. But upon further review- I struggled with these because I had to keep stopping to read portions again. It makes me wonder how others do who don’t have my training and background.
There seems to be so many that this program has helped. The book is filled with testimonials of people that have lost weight and claim they feel amazing. While I love reading testimonials (I do this for a living, remember? I love watching people get healthy and strong!) I felt as though I was reading a long infomercial. Although, to their credit- they are all real people. No one claimed to have lost 300 pounds in a month and went on to become a sports illustrated swim suit model all due to this program.
The big question. Would I recommend it? I am unsure. I will continue to look at this book. If the DVD ever falls into my lap to view, I will. However, I at this point……… I have to fall into the undecided camp.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received a free copy of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes to read and review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.