In case you didn’t know her name, it is Tracy Anderson. Her client list is impressive to say the least and with names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham under her tutelage, she must know what she is doing, right?
I mean, just look at her clients. They are thin. They are rich so they only use “the best”. They are famous, so they MUST know what they are talking about, because being famous means that your opinion counts as fact, doesn’t it??
To some in the media it does. The Daily Mail in the UK ran a story about how Cheryl got in shape and even had quotes from Tracy Anderson in it.
“Instead of working the main leg muscles, I worked the tiny ones around Cheryl’s thighs. This pulls the big leg muscles in and makes her thighs look slimmer, she looked amazing in those tiny shorts.”
Sounds great? This statement is nothing more than waffle.
I’m not sure which tiny muscles she is referring to that ‘pulls the big leg muscles in’: the only thing that comes to my mind is a cramp.
A cramp pulls my leg muscles in. Maybe when I’m having a cramp, my legs look amazing but I’m in too much pain to notice? Next time I have a cramp, I’m getting a pair of tiny shorts.
Tracy also states that;
‘Women should never lift more than three pound weights or they’ll get bulky’
Woah, woah, woah, hold on there Missy! 3lbs will make you bulky?
Ladies STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN NOW! Put them down before you get bulky! Also, no more carrying shopping bags please. And that coat you wear has to weigh at least 3lbs? Be careful, or wearing it could give you quads like a shire pony.
She doesn’t like running or traditional cardio either;
‘While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”
What does a feminine muscle look like?
It must have a snazzy dress sense or something?
…imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”?
So the fat around your waist is actually a muscular imbalance? I wish I knew which muscle that is, because once I get it rebalanced I can solve the world’s obesity problems.
Anyhow, it’s not just her training methodologies that leave a lot to be desired. The diet plan that features in her ‘30 Day Method’ is equally alarming.
A presenter for the BBC’s Watchdog programme actually followed the programme and diet plan for the full 30 days.
The results were as expected and the weight loss as promised.
It was the blackouts and dizzy-spells with constant hunger and a sluggish digestive system that was an unexpected bonus.
She had the diet plan checked by Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, and the results were shocking.
Calories were around 700 per day which is far too low.
It was low in iron which can lead to anaemia.
It was lacking in absorbable calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and osteopenia too – something that Gwyneth Paltrow has been diagnosed with. (Coincidence?)
Protein levels were low.
Even the vitamins that are available cannot be absorbed since there is no fat present in the diet to act as an absorption vehicle, so they will just be excreted from the body.
All this on top of Tracy’s recommended exercise regime of 2 hours per day 6 days per week for the rest of your life.
The thing you need to realise is that celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us.
They have the added pressure of constant media attention and criticism to deal with, so when they see someone promising instant results they will jump on it, just like any of us.
Some of the worst diets ever invented came out of Hollywood.
Just because they are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right.
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and Performance