Tracy has released video streaming subscription on her website, which gives you access to her weekly master class. Every Wednesday a new video will be made available and the previous one will disappear.
This is my review of the first class
Dec 17th 2014
Time: 55 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: 3X ankle weights, 2X 1lb weights
I’ve just finished this workout and even with the small movements needed to type I can feel the effects of the workout!
When you gain access to your subscription you’ll have access to 3 videos:
- An Introduction from Tracy
- Trainer Breakdown
- TA Master Class
The Introduction from Tracy is super dooper cute and gives you a quick glimpse into her morning routine- waking up with Penny (we even get to see her NY bedroom!) getting her morning shake and a quick chat with Steven Beltrani her rep. Tracy is mega loveable in this clip and it really feels like she’s talking TO YOU, which is so refreshing as sometimes in interviews you can tell that she gets frustrated with the interviewer/agenda/struggle to effectively convey her message.
Trainer Breakdown. You should view this before you do the TA Master Class. Tracy’s ultra beautiful, friendly, talented trainer Maria Davidson takes us through this and explains the angles in the TA Master Class leg series. You might recognise her from the Good Morning America Beach Body Challenge video. I think I knew I was in for trouble as when I did these moves along with her during the breakdown I found it challenging, I hoped this was down to not being warmed up, now I know this was a very optimistic/misguided hope!
TA Master Class aka The Goods. This starts off with a friendly little intro from Tracy before she gets down to the workout. The music is great- if you want a preview of the workout I’ve posted a couple of snippets on my instagram I would say the music gives a massive advantage to the video streaming over her DVDs. Who isn’t completely sick of the meta music? And for those who have made their own playlists- who doesn’t quickly get bored of them/struggle to find decent music to work out to? Tracy’s is all current, upbeat with lots of dance mixes of chart songs. It really helps you understand and predict Tracy’s rhythms and moves- particularly the standing arms and abs. Whereas with her DVDs Tracy will perform the moves listening to her own playlist but during the edit a different soundtrack is put over the top. Working out TO THE MUSIC is really exhilarating and uplifting and it’ll spur you along and hopefully prevent the urge to roll over and die!
This is purely muscular structure but fear not there’s lots of jumping initially so it’ll feel like cardio. Also the workout is pretty hardcore so initially while your (or my) body adjusts you’ll be ok without the cardio.
Tracy does lots of jumping during the free arms, I maybe over enthusiastically joined in with all of this- my knees are slowly recovering from ongoing problems which means I should only do a limited amount of jumping, but I was so keen to do the workout well I probably did a bit too much.
The standing arms last about 20 minutes and I was sweating by the end of them. It’s good to have such a long arm workout, as those who are used to meta/her shorter dvds will be used to much less arm attention. The arm moves themselves aren’t difficult- a lot her dvd workouts are definitely harder, it’s just the duration, speed and all the jumping that gets you.
The arms are followed by the leg series, then running in plank abs.
It is really fun doing the workout along with everyone in the class, it feels “real”. I’m incredibly jealous that I don’t get to try the bouncy floors, they look like so much fun. Also the sometimes shakiness and everyone sweating adds to the appeal as you’re sweating like crazy at home- NOT looking pretty, which is a stark contrast to working out to a made-up Tracy with a clean polished background in her meta DVDs.
The quality isn’t amazing, the camera went out of focus on a few occasions but it wasn’t that annoying, the biggest problem was the angle. Watching Tracy from above and behind her made it pretty difficult to follow her standing abs and arms, I know she’s stood in front of a mirror but it’s difficult to get a comprehensive view. You know when you watch little snippets of her Vitality weeks on instagram and while Tracy’s looking fierce everyone else around her looks like they don’t know what the hell they’re doing? Well that was definitely me. I don’t know why I ever judged those people! The legs are a lot easier to follow, but still the angle is definitely less than ideal and there’s a particular move where she goes straight forward from a bent knee but because of the way she is positioned in relation to the camera it’s hard to tell what she’s doing. I suppose the breakdown should clarify this, you can always take a glance at what the other students in the class are doing, but then again quite a few of them are struggling too. And I’m so glad that they are! I have to say I have a completely new respect for Tracy and her trainers from doing that class, they are beyond hardcore, as are her students who regularly survive their classes! I don’t know how anyone could regularly attend those classes and not have a perfect body.
This is THE HARDEST TRACY ANDERSON WORKOUT I’VE EVER DONE. So this is definitely not for beginners. To give you some background I’ve done almost all of her non meta DVDs, a lot of her webisodes and magazine workouts and the first few meta workouts. I’m definitely not one of the fittest TAMmers thanks to knee problems that means I can only currently step touch dance cardio. Although I regularly do the Tracy Anderson Method I also do a lot of pilates, yoga and I’m currently doing a flexibility DVD so I don’t get in as much muscular structure as a lot of Tracy users. The most recent Tracy workout that I did was Health and Fitness Get your perfect body which doesn’t include ankle weights, so I think the use of the ankle weights definitely made it more challenging, especially when she doubled up the ankle weights towards the end of the sequence.
If you have done other Tracy workouts and/or her webisodes this will work in your favour as they’ll be a few familiar moves/angles. Some of the moves were easier then others, although quite a few involved some awkward twisting and you could really feel it targeting your hips and weird areas/ muscles that you didn’t even know that you had.
The workout ends with standing abs, which is blissful after all the punishing leg work and you feel like your spine is going back into place. I think my form must’ve been pretty bad and my posture was terrible, I’m sure my pilates teacher would’ve been gutted if she’d had watched me!
Tracy takes her top off at the end of the workout revealing her perfect torso. Once you’ve done this workout you’ll feel you worked so hard you’ll think that you actually now have Tracy’s body. I was disappointed when I took my top off before getting in the shower to discover this wasn’t the case. But actually i’ve got to tell you my body definitely looked better then before I did this workout and that wasn’t just down to altered perception thanks to delirium! If you regularly follow these workouts there’s no way you’re not going to look unbelievably stunning. And your fitness levels and endorphins will be through the roof.