Tracy Anderson for Beginners

by torontogirlwest on June 29, 2011



A couple of months ago when I was out with a stress fracture, I asked one of my good friends to do a couple of guest posts on the Tracy Anderson Method.

To my absolute surprise, those posts have turned out to be hugely popular. I guess there must be a lot of Tracy fans out there!

But as happy as I was with the success of those posts, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty that I had never tried the workouts myself. So this week I set about remedying the situation.


The Workouts

Thankfully, those of us that are curious about the Tracy Anderson Method can workout to one of the myriad of short workouts available online (mostly on YouTube).

In my case, I chose a workout Tracy designed for Gwyneth Paltrow to do while she was filming Ironman:

I followed up the first video, with a slightly longer one that featured some impromptu dance choreo:

The Reviews

Okay, so you want my brutally honest review? Here goes . . .

The Tracy Anderson Method is very clearly based off of the fundamentals of dance. But she seems to add her own twist.

Take for example the Ironman video, it’s full of a lot of really awkward arm movements. And while I won’t deny that the exercises made my arms suitably sore, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were actually safe. You see, she has your arm simultaneously twisting and moving in directions that I fear may actually result in injuries.

I also found the Ironman video slightly disturbing because it honestly felt made up on the spot. No forethought. Just a groove. And while I have no problem going with the flow if I’m just dancing up a storm in my own living room, I expect more from a fitness instructor.

Of the two videos, the impromptu dance choreo video was far superiour. Thankfully, it didn’t really have a lot of the awkward arm movements. And although it was impromptu by its very nature, it still came across as much more structured than the first one I tried.

Bottom Line? While I would recommend Tracy Anderson’s dance cardio videos (based on what I tried) I would not recommend anything that incorporated her signature arm movements. It’s up to you if you choose to do them but I honestly suggest talking the exercises over with a trainer or someone who has knowledge of what constitutes a safe and appropriate workout.

On the whole, however, I won’t be trying the Tracy Anderson Method in the near future. Yes it’s dance cardio and fun but I much prefer the structure and upbeat Latin rhythms found in Zumba.

Besides, if it really comes down to “What Kind of Body are You in the Market For?” then Tracy Anderson’s is not it, for me. I rather prefer the strong yet feminine body of someone like Jillian Michaels or the girls on the P90X videos.


Question: Have you ever done a workout that turned out to be less than safe?

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 30, 2011 at 6:41 am

I reviewed the Tracy Anderson video a while back ( I thought it was awful. Honestly, terrible.


Toronto Girl West June 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

LOVE your review! It not only made me laugh but I could totally see where you were going based on my brief experience!
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kristen (inspiredbydooce) June 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

I like a good honest review :)
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Toronto Girl West June 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

I try! :)
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Liz June 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Absolutely agreed! I tried out the thanksgiving video a few months ago and my arms were SO sore, but not in a good way. It just seemed awkward too-and totally made up on the spot. I was not a fan either :)

Thank you for your sweet comment about my skinny runner post xo


Toronto Girl West July 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

You’re most welcome!!! And thank-you for stopping by the blog!!! :)
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anna harding January 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

I think she is just naturally thin.. I cannot imagine someone 200lbs doing her workout and magically look like her after a month of doing her workouts. Give me a break.. The strange arm movements look very dangerous.


torontogirlwest January 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

To be fair, one of my friends did her workouts and got great results but I think that was largely due to the cardio component in the dance workouts.

Although I completely agree with you when it comes to the arm moves.


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