I love that this move is so nice and easy!
This recipe is really tasty and filling, I especially love the olives. This meal is wheat free, gluten free and dairy free and is suitable for vegetarians or vegans and if you omit the sherry those following a detox. This is from Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty”.
Makes 2 servings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 1 small red and 1 small yellow pepper cut into strips
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 150g Calasparra rice
- 100ml good quality medium sherry (I didn’t add this)
- 1 teaspoon saffron threads
- 450ml boiling vegetable stock
- 200g shelled broad beans
- 12 mini plum tomatoes, halved
- 5 small grilled artichokes in oil from a jar, drained and quartered
- 15 pitted kalamata olives, crushed or halved
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
- 4 lemon wedges
Heat up the olive oil in a paella pan, or a large shallow frying pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the peppers and fennel and continue to fry on a medium heat for about 6 minutes or until soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add the bay leaves, paprika, turmeric and cayenne to the vegetables and stir well. Then add the rice and stir thoroughly for 2 minutes before adding the sherry and saffron. Boil down for a minute then add the stock and 1/3 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to the minimum and simmer very gently for about 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Do not cover the pan and don’t stir the rice during the cooking.
Meanwhile, pour plenty of boiling water over the broad beans in a bowl and leave for a minute, then drain well and leave to cook down. Now squeeze each bean gently to remove the skin and discard it.
Remove the paella pan from the heat. Taste and add more salt if needed but without stirring the rice and vegetables much. Scatter the tomatoes, artichokes and broad beans over the rice and cover the pan tightly with foil. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Take off the foil. Scatter the olives on top of the paella and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with wedges of lemon.
This DVD is divided into 6X 10 minute sections:
- Arms and abs combined
- Bum and legs combined
Although Tracy has previously released DVDs which can be divided up into smaller sections if you’re pressed for time, this is the shortest of each workout at 10 minutes each, Targeted Training Boot Camp has 3X 20 minute sections and Precision Toning has 4X 15 minute sections. Like the other DVDs, although each section can be a complete workout, Tracy prefers you do the whole DVD. I really like that this DVD is divided up into easy to digest chunks, even if you’re planning on doing the full DVD, it’s less intimidating when it’s done in sections.
This workout is set at a beginner/intermediate level as the moves aren’t too challenging, there are low reps; 10-20 reps of each move, it’s at a slow pace and Tracy really breaks down and nurses you through each move. For those of you used to doing streaming, this is a nice change as each of the moves are explained as you go along, however you won’t get as much of a workout as you do with streaming, but it might be good for days when you don’t want to go at full pace.
This DVD is shot in the same strange pretend Greek Island building location (with towels!) as Slim + Sculpt Cardio, is it supposed to be a spa?! It is nice to have the variation of Tracy being shot outside though.
There are a few awkward moments when the music cuts out for a long period of time, then randomly comes back in. You also hear a plane flying over.
Sculpted Arms and Shoulders
All of these moves are performed while standing up and Tracy employs the use of 5lb arm weights (gasp!) we’re not offered an explanation as to why 5lb weights are ok, instead of 3lbs, I’m really eager to find out why!
Tight and Tone Butt
In this section you will need 1lb ankle weights (Tracy says you can use 1.5 or 2.5, but nothing higher than that) and hand weights. I’m surprised to see Tracy performing squats in this section, she seems to be breaking all the rules!
Firm flat abs
There’s no equipment needed for this section. It’s nice to have a whole section dedicated to abs, very often you don’t get a lot of these in Tracy’s workouts, especially streaming, where there’s more focus on legs. I like the ab stretches and the imaginative positions that seem to target everywhere. I actually found this section harder than the butt, I think it was the planks that made it more difficult.
Long lean legs
For this section you’ll need ankle weights. All the moves involve long extensions of the legs- which would explain the title of “long lean legs”. There’s a move which I really like where you’re kneeling and with the other leg you bounce your heel on the floor seems to engage inner thigh muscles. There’s a scary/crazy standing bouncing side lunge move, that made me feel unstable (this is probably what she was planning).
Upper body express
For this section you’ll need 1lb and 3lb hand weights, the 3lb weights are for holding onto while doing the running plank/mountain climbers. Whereas in the first section all the arm moves were performed standing up, in this section you complete the arm moves while standing, on knees and lying down. There are lots of standing abs moves in this section. There is a super tiring move which involves lying on your stomach on the floor, then pushing up into a plank and then alternating with push up and leg lift, thankfully there’s only a few reps.
Lower body express
For this section you’ll need ankle weights. This is actually harder then the other two leg sections, I think it’s because you perform all the moves on one leg before moving onto the other, keeping your leg held up in between so offering no rest unlike the other leg sections where you swap more between moves.
Tracy demonstrates 3 moves that incorporate a broomstick handle. I really like these moves, apart from making sure the stick stays touching the ground they’re not too challenging. Watching this workout it’s hard to believe that Bethenny works out at the Tracy Anderson studios as her form is so bad! What must she be doing there?! There’s a horrible awkward bit at the end where Bethenny grabs Tracy’s bum and you can just see that Tracy feels really uncomfortable about it and gets giggly and embarrassed. 😦
This move is tricky! I thought I was good with the balance stuff, but this move is definitely hard. It feels like Tracy is moving in slow motion, how does she manage to have her arm lifted for so long? Your brain is definitely engaged in this workout, I’m really looking forward to when I can master this!
In this promo clip Tracy demos 3 plank/push up moves, you’ve probably seen these moves already but it’s nice to get the push up one in. Tracy’s really pushing the exercise attire boundaries by wearing nude tights (pantyhose for those using US English) under her shorts! You can clearly see the waist band around her stomach. Perhaps she’s wearing these for modesty reasons under her shorts- although leggings would work, or just wear leggings? I really thought tights would be uncomfortable to workout in, especially as Tracy has spoken out about how you should work out in comfortable non restrictive clothing, has anyone tried this? It definitely not something I’m going to try, my ladder-free tights are too precious!
This DVD similar to Precision Toning in that the workouts are divided into different sections that each focus on a different body part so if you’re pressed for time you can just complete one of the more bite sized workouts. This DVD is broken into three 20(ish) minute sections: abs, glutes and then finally hips & thighs. You can do each section by itself although Tracy would prefer that you do all the sections together to make it a full workout. Each section involves a warm up and a cool down section and don’t worry arms are included as well.
Although this is called a boot camp the DVD is actually at an intermediate level, with lots of breaks in the workout where Tracy stops to talk you through the moves, so it’s not really a full hour. Although this workout is intermediate, some of the moves are quite unusual so you’ll definitely need to engage your brain.
This workout is filmed in the same industrial/factory setting as Cardio Dance Express, Tracy looks super sleek dressed in black lululemon and her makeup is flawless.
The background music is crazy dance music which doesn’t really fit with Tracy’s slow controlled instructions.
The ab section is good in that there is a lengthy explanation for each move, the reps aren’t too high but that doesn’t mean that some of the moves aren’t challenging.
It’s great that in this workout Tracy talks you through your form, which is really important prep for if you want to progress onto her harder workouts.
In this section Tracy works arms with weights to cool down and stretch at the end, you can really feel the stretching in the abs, which is nice as Tracy doesn’t always do this in her workouts.
Hips and thighs
Although the moves are a bit complicated/challenging, they’re totally doable, I really love that Tracy acknowledges that the moves appear complicated and explains the reasons for why they are designed as they are. There are only a few moves on each side, so while doing this for the first time and Tracy said there’s only one more move before you switch to the next side I blew a sigh of relief, but then was a bit worried once she’d finished the moves on the other side and decided to add the second ankle weight, but thankfully it was just for a simple standing leg move so wasn’t that painful.
You might wonder why the glutes and hips and thigh sections are separated as surely they’re similar movements as they’re all working your legs, however during the hip & thigh section you can definitely feel it working specifically your hips and after the first glute move you can really feel it working deep in your glutes so Tracy’s definitely doing her job! The first move is killer, Tracy really launches you into it at full force.