Tracy Anderson is arguably Hollywood’s most sought-after celebrity trainers. Tracy’s list of celebrity clients includes Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, Courtney Cox and Kate Hudson. In this interview, Tracy talks about fitness misconceptions, how to stay motivated and diet tweaks that work for anyone.
Some say that working out 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day is enough to stay in shape. Does the 30 minutes a day/3 times a week workout rule go for everyone?
Tracy: Absolutely not. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a trainer will tell their clients that they can see results with only putting in 30 minutes, 3 days a week. To get results it takes dedication and hard work. I recommend that everyone put in at least 5-6 hours a week of exercise; whether it’s an hour a day 5-6 days a week or two hours a day 3 days a week. It is so important to get your body moving everyday.
People are sometimes set by back genetics in the weight/body department. Your rule is that your genes do not have to define you, correct?
Tracy: My goal when I started this Method going on 12 years ago was to be able to take any woman from any genetic background and get them to their tiniest strongest point, and I have proved that time and time again with my clients. Genetics can certainly play a role in your body’s shape which is why I customize every program based on my client’s problem areas.
Many are under the misconception that you can “see your abs developing after just 1 workout”. How long does it take to see results when you are aiming for a toned look?
Tracy: Whether you have a week or six to get in shape, consistency is key. If you want to see those results, you have to be diligent and work out at least five or six days a week.
It is so easy to lose motivation and give up when you don’t see immediate results. How can we keep ourselves motivated?
Tracy: The great thing about my Method is that the workout is constantly changing. Every 10 days my clients get a new program which keeps everything fresh and keeps the muscles guessing. Not only will people get bored of doing the same workout over and over again, but their muscles will stop responding and they’ll plateau.
Each person should follow a personalized diet, but is there a generalized healthy snack menu that anyone can follow?
Tracy: I don’t believe in long term diets that are super restrictive, but I do believe in eating healthy. If you have an event that you’re getting ready for, cut out all processed foods and dairy as they mess with the digestive system. Instead focus on lots of greens and lean proteins. Also try to limit alcohol to only one glass of red wine; you’d be amazed at how many calories are added with just one alcoholic beverage.