To get over my recent weightlifting slump I decided to come home to try out a couple of different workout videos today instead of heading to the gym.
First Up: Tracy Anderson Mat
This workout incorporates 3 parts: lower body, arm, and core. The “method” is essentially doing 25 to 30 repetitions of movements that target minor muscle groups so that you look like a “teeny-tiny dancer type”.
I’m not gonna lie, it is harder than it looks. The workout is all about muscular endurance and there were many points throughout the DVD when I thought that my limbs were going to fall off because they`re not used to this type of training. While I did feel tired during the exercises, in the end I didn`t end up feeling like I got a very great workout.
Several things annoyed me about this video. First off, Tracy kept talking about how “you want to be teeny-tiny”. To the point where I wanted to reach into the screen and shake her and tell her to shut the fuck up. That`s how I really knew that her method is not for me. Actually, Tracy, I don`t want the body of an underfed 12 year old boy. I don`t want limp upper arms that I can wrap my hand around. I don`t want to lose my big muscular legs and ass.
Tracy stresses in her video never to lift more than 3lbs. Her reason: it will lead to bulky muscles and stray from the teeny-tiny dancer type that she doesn`t seem to shut up about. This bothers me for multiple reasons. 1) Women do not have enough testosterone to be able to bulk-up like a man does. 2) Like I said, her “method” is about endurance. No matter how much weight you are lifting, by doing as many reps as she does you are not going to gain mass (or strength for that matter). 3) The muscle groups that her moves target are all minor muscle groups that will not gain mass in general (let alone through endurance training). When is the last time that you saw someone with hugely muscular inner thighs? Exactly.
Aside from the fact that I pretty much hated her entire workout theory, Anderson`s videos were not exactly instructive. She spends most of the time just doing the routine and, losing herself in her own teeny-tiny mind, seems to forget that she`s instructing. There are very few cues before she changes her moves which is especially annoying during the core work when I`d rather not crane my head to see the screen. I often found myself continuing with one exercise while she had already moved on to something else. Another issue I had with her teaching style is that she rarely explains proper form which is not helpful for an uncoordinated, non-teeny-tiny-dancer-type such as myself.
As you can tell by my long-windedness, I was not impressed by this workout. I won`t be doing it again.
If you more opinions of Tracy Anderson`s method (which are pretty much the same as mine) check out these posts. I wish I would have read them before.
Can I Change My Body Type? (That`s Fit)
DVD Review: Tracy Anderson Mat Workout (FitSugar)
The Tracy Anderson Method Workout DVDs (Fit Bottomed Girls)
The Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout DVD Review (Vent Park) – hilarious.
I know, now you`re wondering what my second workout was aren`t you? You`ll have to wait until Thursday to find out 😉