Gwyneth Paltrow is many things – an Oscar winner, founder of the GOOP empire, and the lead fan girl of fitness guru, Tracy Anderson’s many celebrity devotees.
Tracy has helped shape some of the best bodies in Hollywood, as well as most of the best mere mortal bodies we know here in LA. Her signature dance-inspired method is shaped by two decades of scientific research about the female physique.
The Tracy Anderson Method is all about working small muscle groups through repetitive high-rep movements. The classes at her studios in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and online through her streaming sessions, change every week to keep bringing results and avoid hitting plateaus.
Tracy and Gwyneth started working together after Gwyneth gave birth to her second child, Moses, in 2006 and was struggling to lose 20-pounds of baby weight. After one session with Tracy, Gwyneth was hooked.
During our recent interview with Tracy, she share with us the story of Gwyneth’s results. “Years ago when Gwyneth Paltrow first started with me she lost 11 inches in her body after the first 10 sessions. She did it 10 days in a row and that was the result of it. You can actually see significant difference in how your body looks and feels after a full 10 days.”
Stunned by the results, Gwyneth hired Tracy as her personal trainer and eventually the pair went into business together promoting Tracy’s magic methods to the world. While weight loss is a natural byproduct of the work, the motivation is more about being healthy, strong and balanced in a sustainable way — to feel like we’re tapping into our best inner and outer selves.
Want to get in on The Tracy Anderson Method hype? Get to know Tracy by rifling through her gym bag essentials here. Try her streaming service here or snag a few DVDs here for an easy-access home workout. Not sold on the streaming idea? Discover what Tracy has to say about its benefits here.
Have you tried The Tracy Anderson Method? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments below!
5 Ways Tracy Anderson Gets Results With Hollywood’s Best Bodies
THE TRACY ANDERSON method is a unique dance-inspired workout that’s captured the hearts and chiseled the bodies of top celebs from Gwyneth Paltrow to Lena Dunham (and just about every hot Hollywood bod in between). It’s fun but it’s fierce, and can be done in one of Tracy’s studios or online with her streaming platform — but does the workout live up to its hype?
You bet. We recently met up with fitness pioneer and total babe, Tracy Anderson, and got to chat with her about her namesake fitness method — and sweat through a TA class first-hand. To celebrate Minnie Mouse’s 90th birthday, our friends at Pressed Juicery teamed up with Disney for two limited-edition juices and a fitness-fueled party — outfitted by led by female-founded athleisurewear brand Terez, and led by Tracy herself — on a gorgeous rooftop in LA. Watch our post-class interview with Tracy above.
Tracy did years of scientific research to perfect her protocol and make sure that every move is designed to create balance within the body — the opposite effect many trendy workouts tend to have. After just a few minutes of The Tracy Anderson Method, we were burning up and shaking in the best way. We left the class feeling strong, empowered and perfectly aligned — not to mention incredibly sweaty. Here’s how it works so well, and how you can amp up whatever fitness routine you love with a few key principals in mind…
5 Keys To A Killer Workout
CREATE BALANCE | There is not one move that can do anything result-oriented for anyone. If you do one move over and over again you’re going to end up creating imbalance in your body. I’m about the opposite — I’m about creating balance where there is imbalance in your body, which is why every single week in my studios and in my online studio I deliver a new sequence of 9 – 13 different moves. Every week.
DYNAMIC MOVEMENT | Over 20 years of doing this, to ask me to pick my one move is actually impossible. But I would say that if there was only one move that you could do, I’d say pick one of my moves that is multi-dimensional, meaning there is different muscle coupling in it and it’s really dynamic. You might move from a plant to a side-plant to a butt lift all in one move, it’ll have three or four different components to it to target a variety of muscles. But because I’ve developed the largest bank of content in fitness, to name all of my moves would be virtually impossible.
INVOLVE INTUITION | Beyond fitness, my most important health habit is the way I fight for nature in myself and don’t allow myself to be denatured, meaning I listen to my gut as a mom, I listen to my gut with food — you know, it doesn’t take a genius to know that processed foods are probably bad for us and whole organic foods are probably good for us. I lean into nature when it comes to relationships; good love not bad love (if you’re in bad love, you leave). It’s a principle in life. I lean towards what my gut tells me.
LEAN INTO SELF LOVE | You first start to see results by way of how you feel and how you connect with yourself even after the first class. When you do the first class with me, because I don’t speak — which is all scientific-based research I’ve done on why I don’t speak to you during the class — things come up in you, whether it’s self-judgement or recognizing how it feels to move a certain way, or the actual enjoyment you feel after realizing you just did something, even if you didn’t do it all perfectly the first time it’s enjoyable because you actually showed up, you did it, you tried something new and you tried your best.
USE TOYS | In 2019 I have a lot of very exciting, innovative things that I am creating. I am developing a new machine for my studios which is really exciting for me because I have invented a lot of things like my band system and the first hyper body reformer many years ago. I’m inventing a new machine this year which will be released to my studios. I am re-doing my entire online platform and online community. I am just about to launch, in early 2019, a thing called the performance program online which is a deep dive into the totality of your health and wellness and how exactly to fight for your nature.
Yup. Die hard Tracy streaming fanatic over here. Her ability to sculpt my body and provide new content weekly that I actually LOVE doing is unmatched…I post my progress and daily workouts on @pipergreylife
I have autoimmune arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; herniated cervical disks and lumbar. I have not exercised regularly in years though I am very active. 5’5 132lb. Can I start with the beginner class or is there a pre-beginner option:)
It is NOT an easy workout at All (coming from an athlete!)….and you have to work up to being able to do all the repetitions, but the results are better than anything I’ve done in my 51 years. I love it and my Fiancé always comments how quick he noticed results….mostly my flat shapeless booty becoming perky!! I love Tracy Anderson & her Method!
Tracy CHANGED MY LIFE. You won’t regret it.
The workout gets rave reviews, however, the customer service /order fulfillment component of the business could use a tune up. Found the experience quite frustrating – hopefully things have improved.
I tried many different workouts in my life… 43. TA changed my entire body. Tough, challenging and definitely not boring,the best. I would recommend to everyone who wants dream body.
First of all, NO ONE “transforms” their body in 10 days. Unless you mean “starve themselves for 10 days and end up noticeably thinner” or “rebounded slightly by regrowing previously-existing muscle”. This article is an exercise in inanity. “lost 11 inches in her body after the first 10 sessions”. What does that even mean? “In her body?” Really? What is that: Lost 2 inches of brain tissue; 4 inches of breast; lost 5 inches by adding various other areas — and completely ignoring whether it was fat or lean tissue?
I paid for the TA videos and then I had to pay for a physical therapist. TA is definitely for those who already have an exercise regimen. What is missing from the market is a professional who targets those who are middle-aged and need to learn to incorporate exercise for future health and can do more than chair yoga.