Hi there. It has been a ridiculously long time since I blogged and I feel a bit awkward getting back into it. It’s like that first moment when you see someone from your past and you don’t know how to start the conversation. How are you? What have you been up to? How’s the family?
Okay, niceties aside, I feel compelled to do a few fitness guru reviews (try saying that 10 times fast). Today I’m going to give you my opinion of Tracy Anderson. I don’t want to be negative and I realize that karma can be a real you-know-what when you put others down but I’m writing this from a health perspective entirely.
First off, I purchased the June 2015 Women’s Health magazine with the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow gracing its cover. Gwyneth looks lean and healthy and happy and she says that she feels more comfortable in a bathing suit now than she did 20 years ago thanks to Tracy Anderson. She began working out with Anderson in 2006 and now the two women are business partners. The magazine article was just so positive that I Googled Tracy Anderson and purchased her Metamorphosis DVDs.
The DVDs arrived in the mail last week and I was so excited to try them out… inside the package are several pamphlets and a tape measure that my boys broke in about 2.5 seconds. One pamphlet is entitled, “Let’s Get Started,” and on the first page is a message from Gwyneth, herself. It is extremely positive and ends with, “Her program might seem a little tough at first, but stick with it. Have faith in Tracy – she transformed my body and I know she can do the same for you.” Lovely.
Next page is Tracy’s message… First sentence is: “Perfection is possible.” Uh-oh. I don’t like where this is going. Right off the bat that is such a scary message. What exactly is perfection? Tracy goes on to say, “Picture your ideal body, whether it’s a sexy celebrity body, or a friend that you have always admired. My Method allows me to design that dream for you.” Honestly, I can’t believe how horrifying it is that somebody can make a delusional promise like that. I probably would have believed that crap in the past. A better message is this: Be the Best YOU. Don’t try to be/look like somebody else or you will set yourself up for failure.
Okay, this brings me to the next pamphlet, her “Dynamic Eating Plan.” Holy smokes, there’s nothing dynamic about it!!! You basically starve yourself for 90 days. Not basically, you DO. And no wonder she can make guarantees about weight loss when you aren’t putting proper nutrition into your body. First off, Tracy does not provide a daily calorie count. I’m 5’11” so no cookie cutter diet is EVER going to work for me. If you starve yourself, you actually mess with your metabolism. Anderson says, “I’ve spent years researching nutrition and its effects on the body – both good and bad. I’ve developed an eating plan that’s healthful and delicious, promotes weight loss, satisfies cravings, gives you mental clarity, and offers a path to physical transformation.” Bull$#%^!!!!
I wanted to see if anybody else had researched her bogus diet and I found out that the daily calorie count for the first week is 700 calories!!!! I also found out that many other women have shared the same thoughts about this program. One woman had a tough time not vomiting up her “Power Juice.” Needless to say, I’m not into dieting anyways, so I decided to just jump into the workouts and see what I thought.
The Metamorphosis Method is a 90-day program with 6 days working out and 1 day rest. Every 10 days the “weight” workout changes but you have to do the same half-hour cardio dance each time. I found the dancing pretty fun but I can’t imagine doing it every day. BORING!! Tracy gives a bit of a pep talk on her cardio DVD, and tells you that “Even if every family member has had big hips for the past 17 generations, you don’t have to.” Wow. What about that minor thing called bones? And again, she states that if you do everything she tells you to do, you WILL have a perfect body.
The “weight” routine. Notice the deliberate quotation marks. Tracy says that you never need to use more than 3 lb weights because unless you can keep up with weight lifting, you’re just going to end up with saggy skin when you’re older. Wow. I say lift what you can because your muscle mass decreases after age 35 and personally, I want to be able to get up when I fall without a broken bone when I’m 80 years old, thank you very much. There is nothing wrong with a dancer’s body, and I think Tracy looks stunning, but I find muscle on women to be equally, if not more, attractive. To each their own. No shaming, no judging.
Tracy begins the routine with some arm lifts, which are slightly challenging with the 3 lb weights due to the arm positioning (and the fact that I have long monkey arms). She then does standing and floor ab work, and finally, she moves on to the gruelling butt/hip work. I purchased the Hipcentric DVDs so I can only imagine what the Abcentric ones are like… I have to do 5 different leg exercises on my hands and knees for a total of 220 reps on each leg. There is NO rest. I feel compelled to do the workouts because I spent $140 on it!!! I did the workout twice last week and three times this week. The only body pain I have is in my neck from being on my hands and knees for so long!!
Final thoughts: I think this workout is okay if you don’t mind repetitiveness. I might incorporate these workouts in with others just to keep my body guessing. I don’t agree with the diet at all. That’s all for today. Talk to you soon.
Yours in Health and Happiness,