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wyneth Pal­trow said it trans­formed her body, while Kim Kar­dashian used it re­cently to get back to her pre-baby shape. The Tracy An­der­son Method, with its vig­or­ous dance rou­tines that in­cor­po­rate more than 3000 fit­ness move­ments, is the go-to work­out for Hol­ly­wood women.

In the process, it’s turned An­der­son into a world­wide brand, with a line of work­out stu­dios in the US and Lon­don, as well as a range of meals, sup­ple­ments and DVDs.

So, is it pos­si­ble for mere mor­tals to get Gwyneth’s legs or arms like Madonna? Not re­ally, An­der­son says, but for two good rea­sons: “Not only do these women work much harder than most be­cause they have to [Gwyneth re­port­edly ex­er­cises for 1.5-2 hours ev­ery day, six days a week], but women also need to re­alise that a lot of what they see in mag­a­zines is air­brushed and ma­nip­u­lated – and trust me, that’s com­ing from a per­son who sees these people ev­ery day.”

The con­so­la­tion is that we can still get our best body us­ing the work­out wis­dom An­der­son has gained from whip­ping celebs into shape. Here are her golden rules: health, but if you’re look­ing to trans­form your body, it’s not go­ing to do much, An­der­son ex­plains. “Any­one who says you can change your body with just three days a week is scam­ming you,” she says. “If you want to be bikiniready, you’re look­ing at [work­ing out] an hour a day at four to six days min­i­mum.” The good news with this method is that you’ll never have to worry about di­et­ing, but the bad news? You’ll have to keep it up to main­tain it. “It’s a sim­ple mat­ter of putting in what you want to get out, pe­riod.” a par­tic­u­lar type of ex­er­cise or move­ment, but it seems the joy is ac­tu­ally short-lived be­cause, as An­der­son tells it, the bet­ter you be­come at some­thing, the less ef­fec­tive it is for your body.

“The brain maps move­ment, so once it feels that it’s con­quered some­thing, your body will go on au­topi­lot, which is why there needs to be enough of a change to your rou­tine and move­ments to keep ge­netic weak­nesses and im­bal­ances awake, alert and en­gaged.”

In An­der­son’s “Method”, the rou­tines change ev­ery 10 days, and are cus­tomised to dif­fer­ent body types and shapes. “You don’t have to change your whole work­out, just some of your move­ments,” she says.

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