December 24th 2014
Workout time: 68 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: 3X ankle weights, 2X 1lb weights
An Introduction from Tracy In this week’s video we see Tracy arriving at the studio with her mother and interacting with one of her team members. Tracy reveals that she has filmed some new beginner DVDs- exciting! They must be the ones she recently featured in her instagram:
Trainer Breakdown This week’s breakdown is taken by Lasharna (sorry if that’s spelt incorrectly!) she’s sweet, lovely and gives a very articulate and detailed breakdown of the moves. It’s really great meeting these new Tracy Anderson trainers, they seem like such a nice family.
TA Master Class I did this workout for the first time yesterday, after doing week 1! Yes I did TWO TA Master Classes in one day! Week 1 was online so I did that and then later on in the day Week 2 was uploaded so I did that as well. It actually took me until 1am to finish all the workouts! Please bear in mind though that this was boxing day so I woke up late feeling worse for wear and a tiny bit hung over. I also took loads of breaks to eat and down lots of water.
The class has the same layout as the first one; standing arms with jumps for 2 songs, standing arms with jumps and weights for 2 songs, legs with ankle weights followed by an additional heavier ankle weight, plank abs then standing abs. This class is 13 minutes longer than the first one, probably because it doesn’t include a chat at the beginning and ending from Tracy.
The moves actually seem easier then the first week, which is great! Although Tracy has snook a plank/pushup move in the leg sequence- I really hate planks! I think the moves are easier because there’s less weird uncomfortable/painful sinking forward into your hip moves. Even though the workouts can seem quite long every now and then we are blessed with a few moments for rest, such as when the class put their ankle weights on or change sides.
There are a few songs repeated from the first workout, but other than that all of the music is new.
Yet again it’s difficult to make out the arm moves as the workout is shot from the back, ideally you’d have it filmed from behind a two way mirror- Big Brother style, or a camera in front in the class- in Tracy’s instagram videos of her classes you can see her arm moves a lot more clearly.
When it comes to the film quality, the room seems better lit and the camera doesn’t go out of focus at all. However unfortunately a substantial section hasn’t been recorded, as you can see in the video below:
New #tracyanderson live stream workout misses 7 mins and 47 seconds of footage, see the jump at 40:56 mins in. I brought this up on their Facebook page but they just deleted my post 😦 #tracyandersonmethod #workoutwednesday #badcustomerservice #workout #exercise #livestreaming #toning #muscularstructure
It’s missing 7 minutes and 45 seconds in total, but if you perform the workout in the following way you can get the whole thing in on both sides:
0:00-40:09 Perform the workout on the right side
55:57-58:06 Skip to this section to finish the workout on the right side
22:38-28:16 Go back to this section to see the moves on the left side
42:29- Onwards carry on performing the moves on the left side.
This is less than ideal so hopefully it won’t happen again. What is actually more frustrating is that I wrote on the Tracy Anderson Method facebook page “Anyone else notice on the new workout that after about 40 minutes in it totally skips and misses a load of footage?” to see if anyone else experienced this and instead of apologising or dealing with the grievance, the page moderator’s response was to delete my comment! Really nice way of dealing with your paying customers! Thanks for that! I also emailed them but I am yet to receive a reply. This regularly happens to a lot of people when they seek help or bring up issues they have experienced such as receiving faulty or wrong items/poor customer service or a mis-sold product; their post just gets deleted. I will dedicate a post to the poor treatment a lot of Tracy Anderson customers have experienced in the future.
I forgot to mention that with the video streaming sometimes it stops playing and goes back to the beginning which is a bit irritating, especially if you don’t know the exact time you got up to in the work out so this is a disadvantage over the DVDs.
There are a couple of unanswered questions which are:
- As a new workout is released every 7 days you only need to do each workout 7 times rather then the usual 10, you can see that each workout is once a week for convenience sake but I wonder where the logic of doing a workout 10 times has gone?
- Because you would do this workout every day it’s hard to see where this would fit in with continuity users as if you did these together it would make your workout time approximately 2 hours, with 90 minutes of that being muscular structure. So perhaps this product is just aimed at those who would rather do live streaming then order DVDs, such as if you do a lot of travelling or you’re ordering from outside of the US.