Like so many of Tracy’s moves this takes some getting used to and you may find that one side is easier than the other. It helps if you make sure you keep your supporting hand right under your shoulder.
Another brain challenging move from Tracy, the balancing aspect isn’t actually as hard as it looks, I found the hardest part to be going from plank to one knee on the floor, it feels so unnatural but no doubt that’s building new neural pathways just as Tracy intended.
I love it when Tracy Anderson’s trainers share snips of studio life on instagram, here are some arm moves from an atTain class filmed by Shanee Siracusa
I really like the way these moves are edited to the music, if you’re following along it can get a bit confusing as she swaps sides, I find it easier if you follow all the moves on one side and then switch over.
One night deep into a Tracy Anderson internet rabbit hole I struck gold- a secret (to those outside of Japan) full length DVD that Tracy had released exclusively in Japan!!!
This DVD is tailored to the Japanese market, the workout is performed barefoot and the moves are actually specifically designed for the bodies of Japanese women. This workout most noticeably differs in that there is a neck section, which Tracy hasn’t included in an of her other workouts.
It’s strange seeing Tracy’s dainty little feet when she’s working out, but it’s actually really helpful as we’re able to see the position of her feet, such as when she’s pointing her toes during the exercises. This makes me wonder why she wears trainers for muscular structure work when she didn’t used to when she first opened her gyms.
There’s a Japanese voice over throughout the DVD but you can still hear Tracy speaking in English in the background, as a bonus if you do this DVD enough you’ll learn how to count to 30 in Japanese!
On the front and back of the DVD Tracy wears berry coloured shorts and matching lipstick, a black bra top and weirdly enough her chunky Chloe wedges, which makes you wonder if there was a stylist for this look.
The DVD comes with a cute little booklet (which I can’t read) which explains each section of the workout and has accompanying pictures of Tracy. Tracy looks super cute wearing a white sports bra and pink shorts with pink lipstick and no tan (perhaps to appeal to the Japanese market?) and in the other pictures she wears a patterned sports bra, black leggings and berry lipstick which is definitely a different look for her.
This DVD is very low budget, it’s shot inside her old New York studio, the lighting doesn’t look great, I question whether a stylist was involved as her workout outfit is a bit haphazard, but then again the poor lighting/picture quality could make the outfit look worse. There is also minimum/no airbrushing on the pictures of Tracy, although it makes the DVD look less professional it’s quite refreshing as you get an idea of what she actually looks like.
During the intro and end of the DVD Tracy speaks to the camera wearing a bikini/small shorts bikini top combo, which is different to how we’re used to seeing her presented. Perhaps it’s an opportunity for her to show the viewers what the results of the method will give you.
This DVD is at the easier end of the Tracy Anderson workout spectrum as there are no ankle weights, no planks and Tracy talks you through every move. There’s a maximum of 30 reps per move and the moves are all very doable, although I was a bit breathless during the first section when performing the chair moves which go from standing to bending over with a leg lift. Other than that there’s one twisty move that feels a bit awkward and the one with the side of your head and your outer arm on the ground but they’re the most challenging that it gets.
This DVD is divided into 9 sections:
- Leg- which is all standing moves with the chair
- Butt- these moves are performed on all fours with the chair behind you to perfect the form.
- Arm- all of these are standing with no weights, although the moves still kill, probably down to the precision
- Ab/core- these are all standing abs and explained in quite a lot of detail
- Neck- this section mostly seems to be about keeping your shoulder rolled down and back, I had to skip the rolling neck exercise as it made me feel sick.
- Mat/leg- in this move there’s an almost plank, but it’s definitely not as hard as a plank- yay!
- Mat/butt- in this section there’s the move where you’re lying on your outer arm and the side of your head and comedically Tracy says “get comfortable”
- Mat/arm- these are all performed kneeling on the mat with weights.
- Mat/ab/core- these are all sit ups performed lying on your back, I really like these moves and how Tracy is able to really isolate certain areas but putting your legs in awkward positions.
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.