The Tracy Anderson Method of Exhaustion


Here I am, having tried one of my two chosen workouts as promised. The “winner” for last night’s sweatfest was Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis series. It’s a multi-part set that comes with dance cardio, “transformation” exercises, and some literature to help support the program. Ideally, the series is recommended to be done for 6 days a week, following a strict diet plan.

The daily session is composed of 30 minutes dance cardio followed by 30 minutes of one of the transformation (i.e. toning) exercises. The dance cardio remains constant, while the type of toning workout changes every 10 days. Thus, the number of transformation videos included.

“A Study in Ropeless Jumping” would be an apt alternate title to Tracy Anderson Method’s 30-minute cardio workout. I’m now officially a believer that anyone is capable of losing weight from the cardio alone, simply because of the non-stop jumping. Tracy’s video has no warm-ups. She just gets right on moving at a dizzying pace. I felt like vomiting a few times. It’s definitely bloody murder on first-timers, unless you’re Manny Pacquiao.

After the initial half hour of nearly collapsing, I forced myself to continue with the transformation video. The first 10 days are devoted to arms, abs, and ass: Triple A. And the girl just doesn’t quit. She does one movement and repeats it for an eternity, exhausting the entire right side with a variety of specific movements. Then it’s the left side that gets beat up. No wonder she doesn’t have an ounce of fat!

I can tell you right now that this workout WILL work you out. But I can also tell you that I won’t be doing it for 6 days a week, unless I plan to get sent to physical therapy really soon. Maybe once a week of this is good enough for me. I plan to switch this up with other instructional videos per session. Thank goodness for that.


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