As a GOOP subscriber I was really intrigued by GP's (Gwyneth Paltrow) trainer Tracy Anderson's new program for the public called Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a 90-day program with 9 discs of toning exercises designed for specific body types, a cardio DVD, and Tracy's recommended eating plan. The body types include Omnicentric for those who gain weight all over; Hipcentric for those with a small waist, big hips and big thighs; Abcentric if you gain weight in the midsection or have a thick waist or Glutecentric for those of us with as Tracy say's a droopy, shapeless behind. I was torn about which one to order. Then I remembered reading GP's comments on how Tracy hanged her "long square butt". I'm built a bit like GP (although shorter) so I ordered the Glutecentric series.
Truth be told I didn't want to part with my money. I thought I would try a few of Tracy's You-tube freebies first before ordering the set for $89.97. Her Sitting Arms segment proved to be very challenging as well as her other lower body moves. Already my butt was lifting.
I've been a long-time T-Tapper but I thought I would give it a shot. Sometimes I like the feel of a more strenuous workout. What can I say I heart endorphins. I find the right amount of cardio helps to combat depression and improves my digestion. Food just sits in my gut if I don't move and burn it off.
I have to tell you I have worked out my entire life. I am no wimp. I have done serious olympic style weight lifting, Bikram Yoga (including the 60-day challenge) and spin and THIS IS THE TOUGHEST WORKOUT I HAVE EVER DONE. The Cardio Dance is actually fun but you need the right shoes. This is a seriously HIGH impact workout. My feet were absolutely killing me! So much so that I had to use a mini-trampoline to do some of the moves. A little angel at Sports Authority told me that it's better to buy a cheap pair of Asics with an arch support than the most expensive pair of Nike or New Balance shoes. I have to say I'm an arch-support Asics Believer now. I've worn a few different styles of New Balance and Nike Shox and my Sportmart dude was right on.
I lost about half an inch from my waist at least during the beginning when I had the energy to do the program 5-6 days a week. Yes, Tracy recommends doing her routine 6 days a week which includes one half hour of dance cardio which is actually more like plyometrics and a half hour of her toning program. I typically workout 6 days a week but I alternate the intensity. I may hit it hard 3-4 days a week and supplement with gentler workouts. Even professional athletes and body builders don't do to their max 6 days a week for months and years on end.
I will say my butt never looked better. GP was right. I also enjoyed being able to eat more and maintain my size. Tracy truly is an architect when it comes to designing exercises that will change your body. The only problem is this program is just too hard and boring. Also there are no warm-ups or cool downs. You pretty much go straight into it. True I am 40 and I work two pretty active jobs, see clients and whatnot. Sometimes doing cardio will actually give me energy and sometimes not . . . After a few months of doing this program I could only give Tracy 3-4 workouts a week and of course my progress slowed.
An exercise program could certainly make you look sexier but if you are hobbling around with an aching back then that's no longer sexy. I was starting to NOT look forward to the workouts. I wanted to break down and cry every time I was about to throw in a DVD. I usually love to workout so this was a new feeling for me! While I appreciate the fact that the toning routines change every 10 days, you are stuck with the same cardio for 90 days which gets really boring. In the end, this workout just became too punishing. I like "eclectic exercise". I like cross training. I like to mix it up. I do believe there needs to be a certain amount of enthusiasm in order to get results. Ever notice when a workout stops being fun the results stop too?
I wouldn't doubt that if you followed this program to a "T" you would certainly lose weight. I will also note that the community forum has some helpful tips too. I admit I did not follow Tracy's diet plan as I felt it was too low in calories for me. I didn't try Metamorphosis to lose weight. I just can't leave the house eating only fruit for breakfast. I do think the foods she recommends are healthy, there's just not enough of them for most of us who need proper fuel. This diet may be fine for a cleanse but not for a busy person who is working out at this intensity.
Usually what has worked for me is the concept of getting so caught up in the fitness programs I love that a great body is just a by-product of my activity and not THE GOAL. My new program will change daily and it will be about "body movement" that I love. Some T-Tapp, walks along the Chicago River, dancing, Kickboxing, hot yoga and yes Tracy's DVD will be apart of the rotation.