Tracy Anderson Introduces Her “Men’s Only” Method

04.02.2014

LEISURE

“Exercise is good for everyone if it is balanced,” says Tracy Anderson, the entrepreneurial force behind her namesake health plan – “The Tracy Anderson Method.” “Running is not good for [women]. Lifting weights over and over is not good for us. Overuse of your joints is not good. Compartmentalizing your muscles, making them bigger and bigger and bigger, is not good for us. This is not the animal we are meant to be,” she says. Instead, Anderson, who has already established a cult following with the ladies, believes in balance, something she’s implemented into her results-driven routine. Anderson, whose method up until now has been targeted towards women, has recently introduced a program geared specifically for the guys. Here, Life+Times talks to the whip-smart businesswoman about the process behind her brand.

Life+Times: Tell me a little bit about how you even started with The Tracy Anderson Method?
Tracy Anderson:
I did what it takes to create a real fitness method. I probably actually set a gold standard of what it takes to set a real fitness method. I did a five-year research study with 150 women and measured them every 10 days and I created original content and sequencing for each of them and navigated them.

L+T: With these women, what were you measuring?
TA:
I wasn’t measuring BMI or typical measurements. I was measuring based on the idea of how to create balance where there is imbalance in the body. I told them everything they needed to do. They knew they were guinea pigs. They all transformed like Stepford wives. They all did the work, but they all transformed completely. That word of mouth spread like wild fire. This was in Indiana.

L+T: Are you careful about what you eat?
TA:
No, I’m smart about what I eat. If I ate a tablespoon of Yak Butter, which has 800 calories in it, or if I drank a diet soda – what would happen? If you asked 100 people in the middle of America the following question – “Will I gain more weight if I ate a tablespoon of Yak Butter or drank a soda?” – unanimously they would say Yak Butter. But they’re wrong. Your body has no idea what the hell to do with the soda, so this floats through your body, and it stores it as inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly.

L+T: Alright, I know the women go crazy for you. But what about your recently launched “Men’s Program.” Can you tell me a little bit about it?
L+T:
Men want to be panthers. They want to be machines that function. Right now, it’s all about being ‘skinny ripped’ – you want to look good in a tailored suit. It’s important for men not to overdevelop.

L+T: There’s clearly a big difference between your program for men and women – right?
TA:
Men and women are very different. Men go through one hormonal change in their life, women go through at least four, however, we both have over 600 muscles in our body and the brains connection to firing those muscles is the same. If you walk out on ice, both of our brains recalibrate and help us. The amount of work that I have done carving out the relationship between the brain and the muscles, is incredibly beneficial to men as well as women and kids as well as teens. Let me tell you, there is not a women that you can put in front of me, that I can’t make every dream come true for her on her body if she gives me her time and trust. I’ve taken that approach and have developed the same mentality for men.

L+T: There’s also this whole psychological approach to your method too.
TA:
Our muscles and our brains are the only tools we have. We can’t change the vessel of our body. You have free will – what are you going to do with these tools? Make it part of your life – smart, sustainable, lasting, that is going to feed you and last.

L+T: You must get stopped on the street often by people who have said you’ve changed both their bodies and outlook. What do you make of this?
TA:
Totally. Someone actually stopped me the other day that cried to me for 30 minutes about how I changed their body. Recently I was in a store and someone heard my voice and they stopped me and told me that they recognized my voice because they watched my DVD’s every morning. I loved that as I really feel like I put myself as your teacher in your living room.

L+T: Do you feel as if you’ve established a brand?
TA:
If you develop yourself and if you want to be a long lasting brand, you have to be the person that would create your brand and be happy doing it for a single person and not necessarily thousands and thousands of people. If not, you are manufactured and I believe you don’t have what it takes.

L+T: Do you still teach?
TA:
I love teaching for 20 people. At this point in my career, I don’t have to be like “Unless 1,000 people are showing up at a detox weekend, I am not moving.” In fact, my favorite thing to do is to go to my TriBeCa studio and teach a master class. I do this often.

L+T: The members must love that.
TA:
I did yesterday, and I’m doing it tomorrow. I do it randomly, but the members know. I have to be able to connect to the people I change and I have to be able to say “OK, I am going to move like this now. How are they following me? Is the language I’m speaking able to be accepted? Luckily, they’ve responded and I couldn’t be prouder.

For more information on Tracy Anderson, click here.

  • Antonio Valladares

    This woman clearly has zero education on this topic and is making a living by deluding her followers and making shit up.

  • headxplode

    This whip-smart business woman needs to go back to the basics of sentence construction. Is this a purposefully humorous or satirical piece? Does the author secretly hate Tracy Anderson? She come off looking the proper fool.

  • James Russel

    Proof that anyone can make a buck off bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    This… I… wow. I… I don’t even…. Yak butter? Floats around as inflammation? Skinny ripped panthers? My brain just shit itself.

  • Al Roth

    Well that was the biggest waste of 10 minutes ever. This lady obviously doesn’t know a damn thing.

  • sss

    strong stupidity in this article

  • Hugh Myron IV

    Your understanding of human physiology is the equivalent of a snail’s understanding of the universe.

  • Hugh Myron IV

    Your understanding of human physiology is the equivalent of a snail’s understanding of the universe.

  • http://katwhitfield.wordpress.com/ Kat

    She thinks she did science. That’s cute.

  • Jcole

    my brother was reading this and now he is dead because of all the stupidness…

  • Miscbrah

    Just post nude pictures and stop trying to convince us you’re smart.

  • not happening

    Lol oh wow. First of all, not even a tablespoon of pure fat has 800 calories in it (which is the most caloric dense thing there is). Second of all, diet soda doesn’t do that

  • Jeff Seid

    Strong sloot

  • Condron Fitness

    Yale Breslin, you can’t tell me you didn’t proofread this article before publishing and thing to yourself “holy shit this woman is a complete imbecile with no clue what she is talking about”. Because if you didn’t then I suggest you find a new profession.

  • risingphoenix73

    tl;dr. but srs 99% of what she said i think she completely made up.

  • risingphoenix73

    brb eating all yak butter and losing weight. on a more scientifically accurate note…

  • disquisit

    Crazy sloot

  • Ryan

    This woman knows absolutely fuck all about anything. What a waste of oxygen.

  • Abaddon

    Tracy Anderson: you’re an idiot.

  • Eric Lee

    “Your body has no idea what the hell to do with the soda, so this floats through your body, and it stores it as inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly.”

    Floats around? What the fuck? Which part of the soda is floating? Where is it floating? What keeps it afloat? Why doesn’t it sink?

    And according to you, 0 calories= 800 calories…..somehow. Waste of time reading this article.

  • Alejandro Reyes

    WOW!!!!! I mean really WOW!!!! The level of lunacy she expresses is truly profound. The top picture says “NO ACCESS” and I would interpret that as no access to the 3.5 pounds of grey and white matter in her cranium. Every time I read her mad libs it’s both a comedy and a tragedy. Shakespeare would find inspiration in this shit.

  • Anonymous

    stopped reading after that soda comment. *floats away*

  • David Driscoll

    Could I get a link to the research study please – where was it published?

  • sammiewilkinson

    So that’s why I’m not shredded as phuck, dat dere soda imflammation keeping my abs hidden, mind = blown

  • LP

    brb becoming skinny ripped so I can suck more penises.

    lol no thanks jeff

  • Mark Nutting

    The scariest thing is that she believes her own crap. And what comes out of her mouth is just baffling. Where does she come up with this stuff?

  • Erinmarie Christian

    O,o Men, PLEASE do not listen to any of this. No. Just NO. MOST ridiculous statement ever : L+T: “Men want to be panthers. They want to be machines
    that function. Right now, it’s all about being ‘skinny ripped’ – you
    want to look good in a tailored suit. It’s important for men not to
    overdevelop.”
    What in the actual FUCK?!?!

  • Heather Baker

    I think she nailed it with the Stepford Wives comaprison. She obviously knows what she’s doing…no not about fitness and health.

  • Carl Lanore

    Anderson an open suggestion to you before you speak about our evolution and physical tendencies read a book.. start with Dr. Daniel Leiberman’s The History Of The Human Body.. you are clearly uninformed and should not be directing others to follow you! – Carl Lanore – Super Human Radio

  • Yhwh Christo

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a load of total fucking bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did this chick get ONE goddam client?????????? AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! God bless this poor child!!!!!!

  • Nug

    This woman is clearly a moron and has no idea what she is talking about.

  • Rich Holmes

    thank you for this answer, youve made my day :) )

  • neil brown

    She`s a mentalist.

  • Larry Waters

    So, a Tbsp of yak butter has 89g of fat?

    The lack of education displayed by this idiot is astounding.

    This just proves that a fool and his money truly are soon parted.

  • keli Roberts

    This kind of makes me happy….in a strange way….she comes across as a complete and utter moron and since she is just that…it makes me smile

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of science, I would expect empirical data to reveal a very strong positive correlation between the financial success of people like Tracy Anderson and the declining intelligence of society as a whole. Really sad that people actually think they’re “learning” from someone who can’t be bothered to advance their personal education in their own profession.

  • Myron Gainz

    fucking retarded

  • Your mum

    Shut the fuck up and stop teaching people bullshit.

  • leslee

    the editor should be really embarrassed of publishing this!!!! Celebrity trainers are idiots

  • TKfitness

    Does she have any background in exercise physiology, health…or fitness? Is she certified…I do not understand how she gets seemingly educated people to hire or listen to her?? what am I missing?

  • Carrie Haines

    I feel the same way Keli. This woman clearly has no idea what she is talking about. I would love to see her credentials. Laughing all the way!

  • Guest

    Wouldn’t it be something if she read these comments that are obviously being made by feel fitness educators and professional? I would love to know more about her education and credentials. Who wants to read her research case study?? I DO I DO!!!

  • Carrie Haines

    Wouldn’t it be fun if she were to read all of these comments that are clearly being posted by true fitness professionals and experts? I would love to know more about her education and credentials…oh and I would love to read her case study!!

  • June Kahn

    Keli, I agree totally. Shame on Health Magazine for this article. The sad thing is that the general public is going to believe some of this nonsense. We educators are just going to have to work harder to get the right messages out there. Health Magazine, the general population looks to you for credible information. Perhaps you should have a better screening process for whom you feature as your fitness editors.

  • keli Roberts

    June, this article isn’t in Health, but she is their fitness expert and has a regular column and monthly workout.

  • http://www.junekahn.com June Kahn

    Thank you, Keli for bringing this to my attention. My sincere apologies to Health Magazine for stating it came from there. I did know that she is their fitness expert and has a monthly workout. My statement still stands regarding screening for fitness experts. She is looked up to by the general population and that is what scares me most.

  • Liam Thomas

    How can a tablespoon of anything have 800 calories in it?

  • Daniela Beltrao Barnes

    This is a joke… Right?

  • Jennifer Galardi

    to my lovely EDUCATED ladies. it’s a battle i’ve fought every day. educating people to see what she sells as NONSENSE. especially since i teach barre, and what would be considered by most, a discipline in the same category as TA’s workouts. it’s a tough fight as she has big marketing dollars and we’ve bred such a culture of insecurity among women in this country. but anyone that knows a damn knows who is the real deal. (that would include you two!) shine on. xoxo

  • Dylan Lucas

    Okay I first read this when I was stoned, and I thought it was a joke article and I laughed my ass off. I just read it again sober. This… this bitch here is retarded. When I read the first few sentences and saw “Running is not good for [woman]” I knew this article was f***ing dumb.

  • Anonymous

    The only truth in this article is that I want to be a panther. Panthers are badass

  • Matt Wright

    “…inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly.” Yes, and you don’t understand it at all.

  • Lisa G

    You are an incredible (or incredulous) moron.

  • Lisa G

    HAHA.. best reply yet!

  • Sara Wilson

    I am not sure what credentials she has but, she lost me when she said lifting weights is not good for us. As a personal trainer I am 100% certain that there is scientific evidence that in fact lifting weights is good for you and actually can slow bone degenerative diseases, especially for women.

  • Sara Wilson

    I am not sure what credentials she has but, she lost me when she said lifting weights is not good for us. As a personal trainer I am 100% certain that there is scientific evidence that in fact lifting weights is good for you and actually can slow bone degenerative diseases, especially for women.

  • Sara Wilson

    I am not sure what credentials she has but, she lost me when she said lifting weights is not good for us. As a personal trainer I am 100% certain that there is scientific evidence that in fact lifting weights is good for you and actually can slow bone degenerative diseases, especially for women.

  • Bill Harmon

    WTF!!! what you’ve just said… is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul…

  • Ryan

    This! Hahahaha

  • moose

    This article is retarded

  • moose

    This article is retarded

  • Niurka M. Garcia

    lol

  • Acuchics

    You made my day and week also. Thank You :)

  • Bobby Wisenberger

    That is horribly degrading! Those snails didn’t deserve to be compared to her.

  • Mareike Miller

    The stupid is strong in this one…

  • Keith

    Wow are you dumb. Panthers? lol really…. DId you draw that conclusion from 25 years of studying 150 men every 4 hormonal changes? Wake up!

  • Luke Leaman

    Oh Tracy….SMH

  • Luke Leaman

    That’s because she IS a proper fool

  • Guest

    :)

  • gorana

    jaooo breeee

  • http://sigmanutrition.com/ Danny Lennon

    “so this floats through your body, and it stores it as inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly”

    The irony of the “needs to understood correctly” part is gold.

    Trying to remember the last time I read a piece as inaccurate and worthless as this.

  • Rick Stransky

    commenters, get over yourself. ug!

  • Michelle Lotz

    Not ONE single positive comment! Lol. Epic fail.

  • Holdin27

    I want to be a skinny ripped panther eating Yak butter in a tailored suit! Where do I sign up?

  • Jonathan Wilson

    Twat waffle at it’s worst. I think I just caught rabies from her moronity.

  • Victoria Lauersdorf

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. She is teaching the exact OPPOSITE of what women should believe in and how they should work out. Life and Times, for shame.

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