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Tracy Anderson Video Streaming for Beginners Week 2

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This week’s breakdown is taken by lovely Maria Davidson who cued Tracy in the class. This week’s breakdown is really thorough and also includes details for the abs section which is sometimes left without a breakdown. Like Stacey in week one, Maria offers modifications for the moves. These are for the standing legs section and part of the floor leg workout. Maria is so graceful, flexible and good at moving, and really involves her whole body so it’s really inspiring to work out to and makes you realise that no part of you is static in any of the moves, everything’s really involved, which makes it all the more difficult! Not just physically but mentally you have to be so much more aware and not switch off.

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Time: 49 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights hand weights, 1lb ankle weights, extra support for your knees if you need it

This workout has progressed from week one in that Tracy employs the use of ankle weights, although not all the way through the leg series like she does in her advanced masterclasses and she only wears an ankle weight on the working leg, this is until you get to the abs section where you have an ankle weight on each leg. Like the first beginners class the arms are quite slow and basic and the legs aren’t too challenging. I like that the leg section begins with standing legs which is a nice variation and really means you have to work on your balance. In the breakdown section Maria suggests that you can use something to support yourself while doing these moves which I foolishly sneered at but when following the moves up to tempo in class there were a couple of times when I had to drop the leg I was supposed to be working back down. Even though the moves are all pretty easy, there are a couple of moves that are mean on the knees! So you may want to get some extra support for them; there’s one where you’re shifting backwards and forwards from balancing on your knee and another where you have to do that horrible swivel move on your knee. The abs moves aren’t immediately obvious as there isn’t any crunches or standing abs, but they’re working during the section when you’re leaning back on your forearms and lifting your legs in front of you and the leg move near the end where you’re pulsing in and out. Out of all of the areas worked you’ll feel it most on your hips.

The playlist is quite fun, it includes an upbeat Avril Lavigne track and old skool Britney.

I really enjoyed this class, unfortunately due to a health condition I’m not able to regularly do as much exercise as I’d like to so when I do a longer workout I do find that I have to take some breaks (especially when I did the Transform series- that was killer!) but this was actually really easy and I didn’t have to take any breaks, it was also much easier than level 1 of Metarmorphosis.

Tracy Anderson Video Streaming for Beginners Week 1

Tracy Anderson Video Streaming

Tracy Anderson Streaming TAVA

Tracy Anderson’s Muscular Structure DVDs in Order

Tracy Anderson Workout Add Ons

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

5lb Ankle Weights

424000-zoomI’ve gone back to the dark side!!! Since being introduced to Tracy I’d stuck rigidly to using 1lb ankle weights, but after years of mourning the loss of my glutes I’ve introduced Ashley Black’s rear building exercise into my routine. With this exercise I’ve been building up the weights and today I was ready to invest in some heavier ankle weights. I bought these Spri 5lb Ankle Wrap Weights from Rebel Sports and I’ve got to tell you these are monsters!!! They feel nice and secure, there’s no chance of them falling off and definitely do the job, but with heavier weights you have to make sure that you’re focusing on the muscle you want to target instead of using whichever muscles you can to help out to lift the weight.

Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis Days 1-90.

imageWith the first round of Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis you will receive a cardio DVD and 9 different muscular structure workouts. These DVDs are far better produced then any of Tracy’s previous DVDs- the set is big, light, airy and refreshing and Tracy changes her outfit for almost every new workout, Tracy also SMILES a lot! Previously she was a little pouty, I know this was just because she was concentrating! I certainly don’t look good while exercising. The music is great! Kind of cool 80s sounding with a good bass, definite good workout music. With this DVD you have the great option of being able to adjust the audio options- full audio mix, music only and Tracy’s voice only (for when you get sick of the music but you still need some direction). Tracy’s cues are given via voiceover, which is good as you can tell that Tracy is entirely focused and in the zone and isn’t having to slow her pace to explain the moves.

Here’s the break down:

Cardio

Cardio time: 29 minutes
Equipment needed: None

The cardio routine is similar to the 30 day method in that it’s “freestyle” cardio, so it’s unchoreographed, although it is more difficult as there isn’t as much step touching nor is there a standing abs section in the cardio.

Every Single Tracy Anderson Cardio Workout

Tracy Anderson’s Cardio DVDs in Order

Muscular Structure

Although Tracy doesn’t use ankle weights in these routines in the literature that accompanies the DVDs it says that if you want to speed the rate of your results you can increase your cardio to 60 minutes and/or add ankle weights for the muscular structure sections. These workouts are really doable because they’re only about 30 minutes long, whereas her previous DVDs were about 50 minutes long. The muscular workouts are structured as follows: Arms without weights, arms with weights, floor abs, right leg, left leg.

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More info to follow for all muscular structure sections

Days 1-10
Time: 28 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights, 1lb ankle weights

Thankfully Tracy starts off relatively easy- no planks! This is by no means as beginner as Tracy gets but it’s definitely on the easier end of the spectrum. The arms are easy peasy, the abs are pretty basic, although I could still feel them working. The leg moves you should especially feel in your hip/waist area. It’s not that the moves are difficult it’s the 40 reps that seem to make it difficult. The first 4 moves are definitely harder then the final 2 moves which are lovely and easy, so you have those to look forward to as you near the end of each leg set. Because the workout is only 28 minutes long, even though some of the moves are a bit challenging you know that the workout will soon be over so it makes it doable.

Notes on leg moves:

All fours knee touch floor forward then butt lift 40 40
Knee fanned out extend on that line 40 40
Hydrant but lean forward kick back twice 40 40
Leg out to side bounce and bring in 40 40
Side lunge bring knee in 40 40
Side lunge stretch in and out 20 20

Days 11-20
Time: 32 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights, 1lb ankle weights

Notes on leg moves:
all fours hand behind back knee out to the side and back then extend behind 20 20
cross leg behind knee and extend out to the side on a diagonal 40 40
hold foot and extend to superman 40 22!
plank foot on floor lift leg bent lift leg straight 15 15
plank forearms lift leg diagonally 40 40
on side lift leg straight out in front move to ceiling and then have behind other leg twice 20 16
on side go into star 40 27

Right side: 22:15-31:48= 9:33
Left side: 11:19-22:15= 10:56. Add on 1:23 + 32:20 = 33:43

Days 21-30
Time: 30 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights, 1lb ankle weights

Days 31-40
Time: 30 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights, 1lb ankle weights

Notes on leg moves:
All fours lift alt arm them alt leg 39. 35
Plank walk lift leg 15. 18
Hold foot with opposite leg and then bring to the side 29. 29
Foot out behind you diagonal lift leg bent lift leg straight 37. 39
On forearm bring same foot and arm in together 38 40
On forearms knee fanned out lift 37. 39

Days 41-50
Time: 33 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: 1lb weights, 1lb ankle weights

Notes on leg moves:
knee inverted and forward of other knee extend in that direction 40 42
Knee out to side bent, knee out to side straight and bend on forearm 40 40
Forearm on mat, opposite leg lunge and pulse twice 30 30
One leg straight back lift in attitude kick behind twice 30 (15:44-16:55 1:11) 20(27:26-28:32 1:06)
Toe touch floor sweep around 30 30
Plank one foot over the other bring out to the side (oblique) 20 20
Elbows and knees bring leg up in attitude 40 40

Days 51-60
Time: 33 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: Ankle weights 1lb ankle weights

Days 61-70
Time: 33 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed :Ankle weights 1lb ankle weights

Notes on leg moves:
push up, one knee hit floor 2 different anles then kick up behind 28. 30
same position knee on floor lift then straight leg lift 30. 30
on forearm and hand just knees on floor fanned out lift opposite arm and leg 19. 23
1 forearm on ground, other hand on ground, knees on ground lift back to plank and lift leg 30. 30.
hands and knee extend back diagonally across other leg behind lift and return to hydrant. 40. 40 26:28-28:29 (2:01)
hand and knee on floor opposite leg out behind and other hand holding elbow bend knee turned out and lift calf 40. 40.
lying on back hands behind legs, one leg straight, other bent, extend into a star 40. 39
lying back on forearms lift one leg over the other (inner thigh) 20. 20

Days 71-80
Time: 32 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: Ankle weights 1lb ankle weights

Days 81-90
Time: 32 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs, stomach
Equipment needed: Ankle weights 1lb ankle weights

Tracy Anderson’s Muscular Structure DVDs in Order

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

Tracy Anderson TAVA Handclap

img_6154Breakdown time: 1 minute
Cardio time: 1 minute
Equipment needed: None

In week 95 of streaming we got this fun dance. I like that the music matches the choreography of the dance- handclaps performed to Fitz and the Tantrums “Handclap”. This dance is performed in the newishly opened Church Street studio. This dance is quite simple, although I say that having not mastered it the first time around!  There isn’t a thorough breakdown but hopefully the simplicity of the dance makes up for it. There is quite a bit of jumping so it’s not as low impact as I would like, but thankfully it’s not all the way through. The positive energy from the trainers is a definite bonus and love that one of them’s English 🙂

Tracy Anderson TAVA LDN

Tracy Anderson TAVA D.R.A.M. Cha Cha

Tracy Anderson’s Cardio DVDs in order

Every Single Tracy Anderson Cardio Workout

Tracy Anderson Transform 1

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Tracy Anderson’s Transform series was created exclusively for Xbox One Fitness. The Transform series is similar to Metamorphosis in that every day you do one of the 30 minute cardio components and one of the 30 minute strength/muscular structure components and these progress in difficulty with each level. In each Transform series there are three strength levels and one cardio level.

These workouts were shot in Hawaii during one of the first vitality weeks (I think it was actually called a detox week at the time) not long after Tracy had Penny. Tracy is white blonde and tanned so she looks like a cute baby chick.

Level 1
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Time: 29 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: None

It probably wasn’t a good idea that I did this for the first time following a gruelling cardio workout after not doing any cardio or leg exercises for about a month.

The arm section is much more ridged and staccato like then we’re used to from Tracy, usually her movements are more graceful and flowing. This could be to enable to xbox sensor to more easily read the movements. Also the moves don’t change every few reps like she normally does in streaming, which makes them easier to follow along. The xbox workout is also aimed at men (as well as women) so the moves are slightly more bulking then her usual work.

The arm section is pretty easy, the leg section is murder- well for someone who unfortunately isn’t able to do Tracy/exercise that regularly. It’s hard to believe that this is level one as there are 5 different plank moves and multiple full body moves like push ups. She really doesn’t take any prisoners! Thankfully the reps aren’t too crazy, it’s about 30 reps per move. Some of the moves are a bit easier, there’s a cool flexibility move although it still involves a lot of movement. In quite a few of the moves Tracy struggles with her supporting leg footing, you can see her foot slowly sliding back on the mat on each rep, so she’s constantly readjusting where her foot is, so if you have this problem too at least you’ll know what to do to sort it.

Getting to the ab moves at the end is such a blissful relief, they’re so much easier than the full body moves.

The following day after doing this workout my glute muscles felt so sore!

Level 2
Time: 22 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: Hand weights- Tracy isn’t specific about the weight of the weights, only that you’re able to perform the moves up to tempo and use proper form while still challenging yourself

More details to follow

Level 3
Time: 30 minutes
Areas worked: Arms, legs and stomach
Equipment needed: Hand weights- Tracy isn’t specific about the weight of the weights, only that you’re able to perform the moves up to tempo and use proper form while still challenging yourself

More details to follow

Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure DVDs in order

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

Tracy Anderson Workout Add Ons

Cardio
Time: 35 minutes
Equipment needed: None

Tracy Anderson’s Cardio DVDs in order

Every Single Tracy Anderson Cardio Workout

 

Face to Face with Eva Fraser

face_fitness1I’ve been looking forward to a new Eva Fraser DVD for so long! I’ve gotten really good results from her first DVD- Facial Fitness, but I’ve been interested in having some more material as it can get a bit repetitive doing the same workouts all the time.

This DVD has 3 workouts: basic, advanced 1 and advanced 2. Each workout has a teaching and a workout section, which is good as once you’ve mastered the move in the teaching section you can follow the workout section without having to sit through the lengthly explanations.

Even though Eva is on the front cover she doesn’t physically appear in any of the videos although you can hear her giving the instructions.

In the leaflet that comes with the DVD you’re told to follow each workout for 3-4 days a week for two weeks (although in the DVD Eva says to do each workout for 3-4 weeks…) and then move onto the next one. Once you have completed this you are then advised to complete advanced 1 and advanced 2 once a week (although in the DVD Eva says to stick to it for 4 times a week, until you feel that the muscles have gotten strong and you’re happy with the results, then you can reduce it to twice a week).

This DVD is very similar to the first DVD in that a lot of the movements are the same or very similar and each movement is performed twice.

This DVD gives clearer and more detailed instructions then Facial Fitness, as Eva really guides you through each move and talks about which muscles the move is working and as well as watching the practitioner perform the move there’s an illustration which shows you the direction of the movement and as a result you can feel that the moves are a lot more effective.

Basic workout
Time: 8 minutes
Areas worked: Face
Equipment needed: None

In the basic workout I skipped the ear massage section as I don’t want to pull on my ears too much and make them longer! This fear was instilled in me after watching an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians where Kris Jenner was talking about how long her earlobes had got and that she wanted to cut the bottoms off- ew!

Advanced 1
Time: 10 minutes
Areas worked: Face
Equipment needed: Cotton gloves, something to rest your elbows on

This workout focuses on the eyes, and cheeks and includes facial tapping. Eva says you need to do this workout for 6-8 weeks before moving on (although in the literature it says to do this just for 2 weeks).

Advanced 2
Time: minutes
Areas worked: Face
Equipment needed: Cotton gloves

I’m really impressed with these exercises, I hadn’t done the exercises for a couple of weeks, but when returning to them I could see a noticeable difference the following day- impressed! I just need to keep it up. The “One sided lift” move is pretty tricky to follow, it’s hard to try and coordinate yourself while doing it, but you do feel that you’re really isolating the muscle and surely it’s good that it’s a challenge. There’s a forehead move where I can’t work out what the hell is going on! Particularly as you have to perform it with your eyes closed. You have to raise your forehead without moving your eyebrows- how?! Some of these moves are really difficult as you can’t tell which muscles in your face you’re working and if you’re really targeting the correct area, unlike exercises for your body when it’s pretty obvious when you’re working your biceps etc.

Gwyneth Paltrow It’s All Easy

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This is the follow up to the best recipe book I’ve ever tried- It’s All Good, which follows similar principals in that it’s healthy but doesn’t stick as ridgedly to Dr Junger’s Clean programme as much as many of the recipes include sugar, dairy and wheat. The It’s All Easy element is that all these recipes can be made in under 30 minutes.

Here are the recipes including a review of each one I’ve tried. I’ll update this as and when I try more recipes from the book.

Favourite Recipes

Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs with Parmean and Rocket

Spring Veggie Avocado Toast

Sandwiches

Pan Bagnat

Dinner

Socca Pizzas

Za’atar Roasted Carrot and Avocado

Recipes that I wasn’t personally keen on

Singapore Rice Noodles