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Tracy Anderson CaTApult Arms

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Areas worked: Arms
Equipment needed: None

Yes I know it’s an ultra short video, but any content is great, non?

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Tracy Anderson Balance is Key

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Areas worked: Arms and legs
Equipment needed: None

I think that Tracy taking the time to record these videos for reimagine was a really nice thing to do. Although I personally haven’t experienced not being connected to myself, I’ve heard that a lot of people experience it when they’re unwell, their hormones are changing or they’re pregnant/have just had a baby. This is full of lots nice stretches and it doesn’t really feel like a workout, except maybe in your arms. In one of the moves the move isn’t quite the same on both sides- she misses the dip and the reps aren’t the same for a few of the moves either.

Other videos in the Reimagine Series: Keeping Joints FlexibleCreating Circulation

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

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

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Tracy Anderson’s Muscular Structure DVDs in Order

Tracy Anderson Workout Add Ons

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

Tracy Anderson CBS Pregnancy Workouts

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Frist Trimester
Start time: 1:12
Time: 1 minute
Areas worked: Stomach
Equipment needed: None

Such an easy move and you’ll feel it working your stomach.

Second Trimester 
Start time: 2:10
Time: 1 minute
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: None

These moves are really nice and easy, definitely not as taxing or as complicated as some of Tracy’s other exercises.

Third Trimester 3:35
Start time: 3:35
Time: 1 minute
Areas worked: Arms
Equipment needed: 1lb hand weights

This is such a simple arm workout and there are hardly any reps so it’s easy peasy.

Tracy Anderson Creating Circulation

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Time: 4 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Chair

Tracy filmed these workouts for Reimagine which helps those with cancer. If you don’t have cancer these moves are still beneficial in helping with your circulation. This specific workout is designed to help prevent blood clots, but also has the bonus of toning your body. All of these moves are nice and easy with only 10 reps each. Tracy really breaks down each move and you have a chair to aid your balance. Enjoy!

Other videos in the Reimagine Series: Keeping Joints Flexible, Balance is Key

Every Single Tracy Anderson Muscular Structure Workout

Tracy Anderson LEAF 5 Moves to Boost Your Confidence

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Time: 3 minutes
Areas worked: Legs and stomach
Equipment needed: None

This is such a cute little video, I really love the music! A lot of these moves you would’ve seen in streaming, although the wrapped lunge to arabesque is similar to a move Tracy had JLO doing in 2011- see the segment here. The moves vary in difficulty with the wrapped lunge to arabesque being pretty easy but the hip sit and single arm plank being more challenging, it will raise your heart rate and work your stomach. With some of these moves you’ll have to think about where you position your monitor such as the splits move where you’re facing away from the screen and the bridge and plank where you flip over. There’s a detailed breakdown of the moves and Tracy explains why each move is good for your confidence here.

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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.