CELEB WORKOUT SECRETS
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.