Right now I feel like someone took me by both arms and both legs and pulled me in 4 different directions…to the point where my arms and legs almost…but not quite…came out of their sockets. That’s how sore I am! It’s a deep inner muscular sore…it’s a Tracy Anderson Method sore. I’ve been doing Tracy’s method for about a year and 1/2 now…so, I’m very familiar with this type of soreness…and, oddly enough, I’ve grown to appreciate it.
I’ve always been the workout type. Since my mid 20′s I’ve been a “workout 6 days a week” kind of girl. I’m the type that gets in a funk if I don’t get my early morning workout in…and if I go for a couple of days without a workout…you don’t even want to be around me…just ask my sweet husband. The Tracy Anderson Method is a 6 day a week program…and it’s one that you have to be consistent with in order to see results…so, it’s right up my alley.
You may or may not be familiar with Tracy’s method. She’s known as a celebrity trainer, with clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox, and Shakira…among many others. She has various DVDs on the market now that allow non-celebs like me to benefit from her method while working out in the privacy of our own homes. Her method focuses on the smaller accessory muscles in the body…instead of the larger muscle groups…to achieve a long, lean physique instead of a bulky one. This philosophy appealed to me because I’ve got an athletic build…I tend to bulk and look squatty instead of long and lean. Of course, I’m only 5’4 so looking really “long” is not physically possible. But, a little less bulk and lengthening my muscles as much as possible sounds like a good plan to me.
I started her method with her Mat DVD…
…then I completed her Perfect Design Series I, II, III…
…then I moved on to her 90 day Metamorphosis program…
…now I’m working her Continuity program which is the follow-up program to the Metamorphosis. Yes, Tracy and I have been in cahoots for quite some time.
Tracy’s method includes mat (muscular structure) work with dance cardio compliment DVD’s. One of the things I love about this program is that I can do it from home…which works great for someone like me who likes to get up early and get my workout groove on before the rest of the house wakes. On many mornings my hubby is at the fire station so heading off to the gym at 5:00am is not an option for me. You also don’t need any fancy, expensive equipment…you simply need your DVD, a yoga mat, some 3lb free weights and on certain workouts you’ll need light ankle and wrist weights.
Tracy recommends doing only her method for the best results…meaning only her strength training and only her TA approved cardio. Her approved cardio includes her dance cardio, her treadmill dance cardio, and rebounder workouts. I really love her dance cardio…it’s a fun, tough workout…but, it’s really really hard on my shins and joints. So, I’ve been rotating her dance cardio with her treadmill workout and her rebounder workout…trying to switch it up each day. This plan seems to make my joints the happiest. She also recommends never…ever…using more than 3lbs weights for your upper body work. This part of the program has been tough for me. It was tough to go from weight training, spinning, running, taking various classes at the gym…to simply working one method of exercise.
So, when I first started her method I was still running and taking spin classes…I simply incorporated her method into my normal routine. Even though I wasn’t technically “sticking to the plan” I was very pleased with the results…I was gaining a ton of core strength which is important to me because I’ve got a bad disc in my low back…and I definitely noticed a tighter higher toosh. I swear prior to starting her program no matter how much I worked out or what type of exercise I did…my toosh seemed to be sliding down the back of my legs the older I got! Sorry for the pathetic picture I probably just put in your head. Anyway, there were many things that I loved about the program so I decided last spring to completely devote all of my workout time to Tracy…do nothing at all besides Tracy’s method.
Again, I’ve been very happy with the results…but, I now find myself at another cross roads. I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. It’s funny, because one of the things I love about TAM is that I can do it from home…but, it’s that exact part that starts to drive me up a wall…because I’m the type that needs some variety! Plus, being a work from home Mom keeps me crazy busy, but at HOME a lot. I’m feeling the need to break free of these walls!
So, while I LOVE me some Tracy…I think I’m going to start incorporating more outside stuff into my routine. I always get the itch this time of year, once the weather starts getting a little cooler, to get outdoors and run. So, I’m thinking of doing some more outdoor types of cardio to break up the home bound routine a bit for the sake of my sanity! My plan is to keep changing things up so that I don’t do any specific thing (such as running) more than once a week…and I plan on rotating other things on days between her TA approved cardio. I still love her program, I just want to get out and about a bit. I’ll keep you guys posted on how it’s goes.
Obviously I haven’t gone into a lot of detail on the specific parts of her method…but, if I did that, this would be one SERIOUSLY long post! I could honestly go on for days about Tracy’s method…I think she’s wonderful and any method that gives you a tight flat tummy and a perky toosh at 40 with two small kids is one heck of a program!! For those of you who are interested, I will dive into the specifics of her program…and how it’s treating me…via future posts.
In the meantime, if you follow Tracy’s method, comment on this post and let me know your thoughts. Do you follow the method full time, or do your incorporate it into other routines? How long have you been working the method and are you pleased with your results? Lastly, if you are interested in her method and have questions…comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them based on my experience. You can also check out her program via her website or take a look at her facebook page…it’s a GREAT resource for TA followers!
Have a FABULOUS weekend!
Health & Hugs ~ Melissa