Praise be as Tracy has released Video Streaming for Beginners!
Tracy originally released Video Streaming in December 2014- see all the information here. This was Tracy’s most comprehensive workout to date, offering amazing playlists that change with each new workout (no more going insane to the metamorphosis soundtrack), the great atmosphere of being in the class, the excitement of regular celebrity spots (Sally Pressman is a masterclass regular and one week Gwyneth walks through the class and offers us a wave) and the feeling that we (all the real timers) are “in this together” as we are each doing the same workout every week. Unfortunately the streaming workouts aren’t for everyone as they can be pretty long- almost 2 hours, have a lot of jumping and the moves are quite challenging, which is great if you’re up to that level but if you’re a beginner, suffer with adrenal fatigue, are time poor, are getting over an illness or have injuries that prevent you from doing the majority of the moves you can feel really left out. I happen to fall into one of those categories as my bad knees currently prevent me from doing a lot of jumping at the moment so TA Real time wasn’t possible for me (despite having given it a really good go!).
Tracy recommends newbies to the method follow the following route: Beginners DVDs, Metamorphosis, then after level 4.1 she recommends getting onto live streaming (the advanced class) so that’s after over 3 years of doing the method, which involves building up your stamina, strengthening your muscles, becoming familiar with her moves and mastering your form, so it’s not the best thing just to jump straight into, although having said that some people have jumped into streaming without following that complete route (the majority were quite a way into metamorphosis) and have thrived, this won’t be the case for everyone and it is a big investment so you don’t want to go into streaming without being prepared.
Thankfully now every week there will be TWO streaming videos available- the existing advanced masterclasses and streaming for beginners. If this is down to the new CEO she’s a genius.
As with the normal streaming there are two videos provided- Trainer Breakdown and the Masterclass.
This week’s trainer breakdown is taken by Stacey and she gives a much more thorough introduction then is given with the normal streaming videos. She really explains everything in detail and offers multiple modifications for the majority of the moves. It’s worth following the breakdown before you move onto the masterclass for beginners as the angle isn’t amazingly clear on the camera so it can be easy to not follow the moves correctly or mess up your form.
The beginners masterclass is broken down into the following:
- Standing arms
- Step touch dance cardio
- Weighted arms (that include some standing abs work)
- Step touch dance cardio
- Leg work on the floor
The differences between the normal streaming and the beginners streaming is the following:
Duration– the beginners streaming class is only 1 hour long whereas the normal masterclasses so far can go up to being 1 hour and 50 minutes long.
Cardio– the beginners streaming doesn’t involve ANY jumping whereas the normal streaming includes jumping arms, jumping weighted arms and dance cardio. The cardio on the beginners streaming is all step touching with is such a god send for my poor knees!! I’m so happy that I have access to a streaming workout that I’m able to do all the way through without modifying.
Speed of movements– the beginner arms and stretches are performed quite slowly whereas the normal masterclass are a lot quicker.
Complexity and difficulty of moves– the beginner moves are a LOT easier and less complex that the masterclass moves, there aren’t any planks for a start.
Use of ankle weights in the normal streaming classes Tracy employs at least 3 ankle weights per session, with a recent masterclass including 3 ankle weights on ONE LEG totalling in 6lbs with one ankle weight on the other. In the beginner streaming Tracy doesn’t include ankle weights.
This beginners class seems to be less crowded then the other masterclass, maybe because it’s at a beginners level, although Sally Pressman’s still there, I’m not too sure why she is as she’s obviously not a beginner, maybe she was just supporting Tracy.
Compared to Tracy’s other beginner DVDs this workout is harder simply due to the duration- the longest other Beginners workout that Tracy has released is The Method for Beginners Disc 2 which is 30 minutes long. So while the moves aren’t difficult doing this will increase your stamina if you’re accustomed to doing shorter DVDs.
This week’s beginners floor work has a lot of focus on the hips, so moves where you’re lying on your side. The moves aren’t too difficult, the only more challenging moves are one where you push a towel along on the floor simultaneously to moving your leg and a move where you’re kneeling on one leg while the other extends to the side.