Celeb Trainer Tracy Anderson Dishes On Her New BookPosted on Sep 24th 2010 2:00PM by Kristen Seymour
Jill Johnson, jpistudios.com
Our first question, of course, was why? She already has DVDs available, studios in Los Angeles, New York City and East Hampton, and a list of celebrity clients that would make any trainer jealous. What prompted her to add "author" to her list of accomplishments?
"Over the decade that I've spent creating my Method, it's always been my greatest challenge to be able to keep up with the demand for it. For many years, if you weren't right next to me, you couldn't have it," she said. Though she has other products on the market, she said, "After the first set of DVDs that Gwyneth and I did, I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what did I do? I just put out DVDs, and yes, those DVDs work, but they're not going to work in a couple of months and they go against everything I believe in.'"
She went on to do the Perfect Design series, which, she said brought her at-home clients one step closer to getting her full Method, but felt like "This is 'Star Wars' and I have to go backwards, give them a prequel!" Because, while the straight DVDs worked for a specific audience, there were others who came to her and were too intimidated to just jump into the workouts, saying, "I got your DVD and put it in, and I grabbed a glass of wine and I watched it. I want to do it but it seems really complicated!"
Anderson's hope is that the book provides the education her DVDs are lacking, so at-home clients understand what they're becoming a part of and learn more about the "why" behind her Method.
Since we had her full attention, we decided to ask her about some of our concerns with the book. First up, the meal plan. There's no calorie count given, but could she provide an estimate?
"Not over 1,200 a day, but it really depends," she explained, "It's just not really about the calories, but more about getting nutrient dense foods in consumable portions. When people first do the cleanse, they really feel the detoxification. But the second time, they find they can't even finish all their food!"
But what about the unusual foods? Aren't you afraid including things like escarole and yacón syrup will intimidate people and drive them away? Why not work with foods that are in their pantries?
"First, we need to get people away from their pantries!" she laughed. "These are all fresh, convenient foods. You can get them all at the grocery store. So, if you're going there to get a Lean Cuisine or a bag of Doritos, you can grab these foods instead." And if those foods aren't available? "It's just an excuse, and that's not OK."
She also shed a bit of light on why the carefully detailed Method Muscle Design sequences is so different than the less structured cardio dance sequences,
"I'm results-obsessed," Anderson said. "The muscular structure must be done in order and in the reps I give [in order to get the right results]," all based on her years of research. The cardio is different, though. "I just need you to connect to the music and to your body. I need you to work different rotations and still bounce and lift your body off the ground." So, if the dance looks a little more haphazard than the muscle work, there's a good reason.
Anderson has some big plan for the future, but can only share bits and pieces. "I'm in the middle of a really intense research project right now. I'm always researching and trying to stay ahead of the continuum," she said. She also said she just filed a large, new project, but told us, "I can't talk about it yet!"
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