Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tracy Anderson GOOP Leg Webisode and Gwyneth Five Day Diet

New GOOP Tracy Anderson workout video for Gwyneth Paltrow: Intense New Webisode

Below you'll find the webisode Tracy Anderson made to get Gwyneth Paltrow in shape for Iron Man 2 - great stuff. BUT -If you are new to the Tracy Anderson Method - the book to the left is a terrific place to start. It is a 30 Day boot camp that will change your body and get you familiar with the method.

Read on for the latest from Tracy Anderson and business partner Gwyneth Paltrow - the webisode that Gwyneth used to get in the best shape of her life for Iron Man 2.

In addition to what looks to be an intense webisode (I’ll be trying it tonight or tomorrow and will update about it then), Gwyneth included a 5 day diet plan to really get rid of that weight you need to lose in a hurry.

The GOOP leg webisode: well, I’m excited about it.  Although it has versions of some of the old tricks and familiar moves, they seem to have a twist. Better yet, some of the exercises seem REALLY intense and like they will work parts of my body that I didn’t know I had. It looks super challenging. Gwyneth did say it was really hard and after just watching it, I don’t think that she’s exaggerating. But, if as she says, it allows her to be a 37-year old mom-of-two who can wear shorts – it’s worth it for me. 

These are fresh exercises I have never seen before – and it’s done in a very lyrical way. Typical of the Tracy Anderson Method – every body part is working in sync for each exercise so you really feel it all in unusual and unexpected ways. I mean, in some of these repetitions, Tracy is practically standing on her head. There are new angles, new repetitions. I can actually feel the burn just watching this one. As usual with the Tracy Anderson Method – you do all of the exercises on one side – then do all of the other leg.
To check out the brand new GOOP webisode that Gwyneth used to prep for Iron Man 2, split in two parts click here:
Part A:

I think you have to enter your email address – worth it.
Part B:

The new GOOP webisode is good quality, clear, black and white against an all white back drop – just Tracy and a mat.

Tracy recommends that you do this webisode video plus 45 minutes of Dance Cardio daily.

Now, as far as the 5-day diet plan. Like me, and probably like most people – Gwyneth doesn’t like to diet and doesn’t do well with them. So for her, five days is the limit – even with a goal in mind. You can do almost anything for five days right?
This is the diet plan from Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter:
Wake up, have a green tea
Clean Shake:
           1 cup Almond Milk
          a handful of blueberries (optional)
          A level scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Move” powder
          A scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Nourish” powder
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: Breakfast is a good time to take your daily multivitamin.
Kale Juice
This is an incredibly healthy, refreshing way to start your day. Kale is full of calcium and antioxidants and just about everything else—it’s one of the best things you can put into your system. When juiced with a bit of lemon and agave, kale turns into a sort-of grassy lemonade. No worries if you don’t have a juicer, a blender and a sieve do the trick.
1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves washed
the juice of 2 smallish lemons
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup cold water
Combine everything in a blender and blitz until completely pureed. It might take a little bit of time and a shove to get it going. Strain the juice through a fine sieve into a bowl, pushing down on the solids with a kitchen spoon being sure to extract all the juice. Taste the juice and add a bit more lemon or agave if you think it needs it. Pour into a glass and drink up.
1 pm Lunch

Tracy sent Gwyneth a few suggestions for a few healthy wraps – vegan and non-vegetarian.
Vegan Option #1
1 Mountain Valley Wrap (super low carb, low calorie, tortilla wraps that you can find at your local health food store)
1.5 tablespoons of Almond Butter
Chopped Dates
Vegan Option #2
Mountain Valley Wrap
1 Avocado
Tomato slices
Cucumber slices
Jicama slivers
Non-Vegetarian Option
Mountain Valley Wrap
Oven roasted turkey plain (no salt)
Tomato slices
Cucumber slices
1tbsp honey mustard (Mix 1 tbsp mustard with 1 tsp honey)
Lemony Grilled Chicken

I came up with this recipe as an alternative to the wraps in order to add a little variety to lunch time.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Marinate the chicken breast in lemon juice and a tiny (emphasis on tiny) bit of olive oil. Season well and grill. Serve with the steamed vegetable or vegetable salad of your choice.
Here are a few snacks to hold you over until dinner:
A small handful of almonds
A GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha (note: Be sure to stick with the bottles labeled GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha over the Synergy Organic & Raw varieties, as these have fruit juice in them.)
Kale Juice
Turkey Kale Soup
 (from Tracy Anderson)
Another super-low calorie recipe, it does not lack in flavor.
1 Yellow onion quartered
10 Cloves garlic minced
2 leeks
asparagus tips
3 Stalks of celery
1 Parsnip
A handful of thyme
2 Sprig rosemary
2 Low sodium vegan bullion cubes
12 C Water
Bunch parsley minced
2 lbs. Boneless skinless turkey breast
1 T Soy sauce
1-2 lb. Kale
Rub the turkey with half the garlic, half the rosemary, half the thyme, soy sauce and half the parsley. In a soup pot add remaining ingredients except for the kale, sauté on medium heat about 10 minutes so the vegetables start to brown.  Cover with water and add bullion simmer about 3 hours so the vegetables are cooked. Strain broth, meanwhile place turkey with seasonings in a covered roasting pan into a 370 degree oven. Roast about 1 ½ hours or until cooked. Take out of the oven uncover and let cool about an hour. Shred the turkey and add it to the strained broth. Take the stems out of the kale chop and add to the broth cook another hour. Serve garnished with fresh parsley and a splash of soy sauce to taste.
Chopped Veggie Salad
Chop the vegetables of your choice into small pieces and dress with a light vinaigrette. I recommend shallots which add an extra kick. Here’s a combination I particularly like:
The lettuce of your choice
Steamed beets
Note: Be sure to rotate the recipes to keep the days interesting.
So again - 45 minutes of Dance Cardio: Tracy Anderson Method Presents Dance Cardio Workout DVD and this GOOP video workout webisode. Work it like Gwyneth!

What do you think? Is Gwyneth’s 5-day diet one you want to try?  Have you tried the new GOOP webisode? Let me know what you think below! More updates to follow once I do the webisode.  Have you tried the Tracy Anderson Five Day Diet and GOOP Leg webisode that Gwyneth did to prep for Iron Man 2?


AchieveExcellence said...

Okay - here is an update. I did the Gwyneth GOOP workout this morning, or tried to rather. It was TOUGH. The balance alone was tough (and I'm not a new exerciser) - I found myself falling over when you are balancing yourself on one arm and lifting the working leg. I can tell it's going to be good as I build strength. I definitely feel it! One disappointment - Tracy says to start with 20 reps which is what she does in the webisode - then says to work up to 40 reps each side. So, you'd have to pause and add 20 with each exercise to do it right. I wish there was a version with 40 reps! What do you think? Anyone tried it yet?

fharvey31 said...

I actually do Tracey's exercises and just pause the video so I can complete my 40 reps. Once I've done each exercise for a few days I no longer need the video as I've memorized the moves. Then I just crank up my own music and get to work! I too have a little problem with the balance, but the good news with her workouts is you can do them at home, where the only person that can mock you tumbling over is yourself. ;) It's amazing that her moves work the muscles so well without any weights.