Tracy Anderson Method: Losing 20 Pounds in 6 Weeks

5 Oct

Not really.  Or, that’s not actually my goal.

But I have recently become obsessed with Tracy Anderson and her interesting theory of “muscular restructuring.”  She promises to take any woman of any shape, and give her a “teeny-tiny dancer’s body.”  Gwenyth Paltrow is an avid fan, and Tracy used to work with Madonna.  (Although if you ask me, that woman’s body is kinda scary and not at all feminine.)

Coming from a dance background this both appeals to me and seems overwhelming, because both dancers and celebrities put in a lot of hours training.

The online response to Tracy (and the T.A.M.) is mixed.  Seems either people love her or they hate her, with the haters either writing her off as a hack or as someone promoting an unhealthy exercise and diet regimen.  Tracy herself claims to have spent years researching her method.

There is a whole post describing her plan, if you want to really try to lose that much weight that quickly (and as someone who has done a lot of research into fitness and dieting, I am not recommending it).

For all the Tracy Anderson videos you can handle, you can see the Funemployed YouTube channel. I made a playlist just for you.

You can also see the whole mat workout here, if you ignore the Hebrew. (Google video really comes in handy.)

TAM mat workout

For someone who spends most of her day reading and learning about fitness, my lack of practice in my own life is…typical?  I’d much rather watch the people on the exercise DVD do the moves than actually do the work myself, and long hours at work coupled with a long commute make it seem impossible to get in time at the gym, even if it happens to be down the block from my job.  Meals are on the fly most of the time, although I have been getting better at eating at regular intervals.

So as a sidebar to the information above, I will be embarking on a one-week mission to stick to the Tracy Anderson method.  One week.  First, to see if I can actually do it, and second, to see for myself if there are any results.

If you want a workout buddy, supporter, someone to share notes or commiserate with, feel free to drop me a line. And if you’ve tried the method- please, please tell me what you think!

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2 Responses to “Tracy Anderson Method: Losing 20 Pounds in 6 Weeks”

  1. Kenny October 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Good luck. It is hard getting motivated sometimes. I start and stop all the time myself. I think the key to sustaining is finding strength in numbers. Get a group together. Chances are ONE of the group is going to kick the rest in the ass on any single occasion. Let me know how it turns. I have been sitting on the p90x videos for a few weeks but I am scared to even plop them into the DVD player. Bleh…

    • Beata Noelle October 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      I feel ya on that one. It’s hard to get a group of people together in one space, however, especially in NYC and now that it’s getting cold. Any suggestions? What do you think of an online space?
      So far (Day 2), it’s been kicking my butt in an interesting way. My muscles and body are extremely fatigued after the workout, and I’m definitely having a hard time walking today, but it’s not like my quads or my hamstrings are sore. It’s the tiny muscles in my hips and the outsides of my calves that are killing me. My sister, who lives with me, just laughs at me flailing my arms around in an attempt to repeat Tracy’s movements.

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