Mar 24th, 2011
Tracy Anderson can help you look like this – yippee!
Wanna get super-skinny in a matter of weeks? Tracy Anderson is here to help. She’s that amazing celebrity trainer who has transformed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Nicole Ritchie and Penelope Cruz into uber-thin sexpots and states that women should never lift any weight over 3 lbs.
So sorry, you cannot hire Tracy. She splits her time between her 2 famous clients: Business partner, Gwynnie and Madonna – well, actually Madonna fired her for ‘spending too much time’ with the head of her Malawi charity (he quit to move in with Ms. Anderson). Oh, the drama!! Do not fret. You can join the Tribeca gym co-owned by Tracy and Gwyneth for a mere $4,500 sign-up fee and $900/month. Don’t wish to travel to New York? You are in luck!!
I’m sure you will all be very excited to know that Tracy has created her very own workout and diet program dubbed The Tracy Anderson Method. You can all order it for the bargain price of $89.97 for the 90-day program and $29.99 for each additional month in until you feel the need to cancel your ‘membership’.
But before you pull out your credit card, you might want to check out this article about a real woman who tried out the Tracy Anderson Method. Here are a couple of highlights:
On the Exercise Plan: I have to say, Gwyneth made it look rather too easy. On the 30-Day Method you have to do to three hours of exercise a day, which decreases to one hour on the 90-day plan. It basically involves doing jazzy leaps, star jumps and aerobic moves in my living room. Tracy is totally against other forms of cardio, such as running, where you repeat your movements over and over. That, she says, will bulk muscles. Along with the aerobics you must do a series of 40 toning Pilates-style moves, which change every ten days. It is gruelling and also mind-numbingly boring. I find myself staring at pictures of Gwyneth in her bikini for ‘thinspiration’.
On the Diet Plan (aka The Baby Food Diet): On the first week of the plan I’m only allowed to eat seven different foods, mostly blended. These include the dreaded Power Juice made from kale, spinach, beetroot and apple. It is so disgusting I drink it over the sink in case my body rejects it (which happened on several occasions).
Then there is the Sweet Potato Corn Pudding ( one cooked sweet potato, one raw corn on the cob - blended together till smooth); the carrot parsnip puree (carrots and parsnips - blended); the blueberry and apple sauce (blended until smooth); the gazpacho (also blended until smooth) and protein soup ( surprisingly not blended).
Are you sensing some sarcasm? Maybe a touch of hostility? Ok, fine. I think Tracy Anderson is the devil. She feeds the ugly media machine that sends women the message that being painfully skinny is not only attainable, but desirable. She also puts them on health plans that are at best, unhealthy. At worst, her diet and exercise plan sound like an instruction manual for an eating disorder. But most of all, she leads women astray that might otherwise choose to be strong, fit, empowered, etc.
I am happy to say that the women (and men) of CFO are beautiful, fit and healthy. But most importantly, they are smart and educated. If you ladies (and gents) want to change the way you look or feel, you ask questions, do research, read books and work damn hard to get the results you want. To that end, if you are looking for some good info and the right message, I would recommend the blogs Strong is the New Skinny and Everyday Paleo if you are looking for inspiration or look no further than the CFO Method for a healthy eating and exercise plan.