Tracy Anderson, trainer to many celebrites, most famously Gwyneth Paltrow and previously Madonna, is known for helping women get into the best shape ever. She doesn’t just achieve weight loss, the goal is a “teeny tiny dancer body”.
Tracy describes her teenage years struggling to be a professional dancer. She is short and with the training she was doing at the gym, she bulked up. She designed her own method to make her own body the small, lean one that she wanted.
She wanted to prove that she could take any woman and with effort, they could achieve that teeny tiny dancer body too. Her personal market research proved that it was possible and the Tracy Anderson Method was born.
From the Guardian “Life and Style” section, Tracy gives it up: her top ten tips for a slim, lean, toned body.
Here is a summary of the top ten:
Tracy Anderson's top 10 tips - all you need is a spare hour a day, six days a week ... for the rest of your life
- Train for one hour a day, six days a week: She recommends 30 minutes a day of cardio and 30 minutes of muscular structure which you can read more about her program on my site. “Do it six days a week for the rest of your life." That isn’t a typo. Furthermore, Tracy recommends doing an hour a day of each cardio and muscular structure training for optimum results. That's two hours a day of working out.
- The weights at the gym are too heavy. Use lighter weights
- Instead, learn to dance. "If you want a dancer's body, dance. Dance aerobics is my favorite cardio.” Anderson says. Her DVDs offer a great sweat-fest of fun dance cardio.
- Think high reps, low weights. Tracy focuses on tons of repetitions with low weights – never higher than 3 lb weights.
- Don't just switch off your mind while you're working out. Perform. Anderson has done research about people who think they're doing movements and people - like Madonna and professional dancers - who are actually 'performing' movements. The people who can perform during their workout get far superior results to the people who are just going through the motions."
- Watch yourself exercise. Anderson suggests looking at yourself in the mirror and critiquing yourself. Make changes - have an opinion about how you are moving and how you can be better
- Don't beat yourself up that you are not Madonna. "Do you need to train two hours a day? Probably not. But as mentioned above, if you want serious results and to be able to eat what you want, it doesn't hurt especially if you enjoy the way it makes you feel.
- Unless you need to lose weight, eat what you want, but sensibly. Anderson says,"I like for people to be not in their heads about eating [ie they should not get stressed about it]. Food restriction can become a real mental game and I'm not a fan."
- Be strict with yourself if you do need to lose weight. Don't cheat - take it seriously. You are working so hard with the workout portion - make it pay off.
- Drink as little alcohol as possible. She says that she seldom drinks because alcohol slows your metabolism for three days after you drink. Now that is something to think about.
Ultimately, you want a plan you like that you can stick with and you want to follow a plan that has shown results and results you like. You can read my review of the Tracy Anderson Mat DVD workout here or see my other posts for more reviews on the Tracy Anderson Method.
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