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.
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:
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?