Man, how about this Tracy Anderson Method image that’s been doing the rounds on Tumblr this week? Thankfully, when I say it has been doing the rounds what I mean is people are mocking and ridiculing it because the advice is SO VERY BAD.
I didn’t know much about this chick but it wasn’t the first time I’d heard her name come up, usually in the context of being “the worst thing that ever happened in the fitness industry“. I have noticed female trainers and in particular ones who deal with helping eating disorder and body dysmorphia sufferers commenting on how damaging Tracy Anderson’s methods are to women’s physical and emotional health.
So I clicked around and read a few articles and what I found out boils down to that she’s an ex jailbird become celebrity thinness guru, pushing starvation level nutrition and ridiculous exercise theories.
For example, “the baby food diet”. Grown adults are just supposed to eat baby food and that’s it. Now, you guys know by now that any time someone is telling people “you need to stop eating actual food like a normal human being”, there’s gonna be a fight with me. For now though, I just want to address the advice in the image I posted above.
Point by point here we go:
- Avoiding repetition? Why would that be good? You get better at something by doing it over and over again. You produce changes in your body composition by improving performance (strength, endurance) through repetition with increasing levels of resistance and / or effort.
- Only lift weight under 1.5kg? Bitch your handbag weighs more than 1.5kg. I think you just set feminism back by about 500 years, telling women they need to be delicate little flowers who need a man to do anything that requires physical effort for them.
The thing about “bulky muscles” I’ve addressed countless times already. Muscles take up less space than fat, they are not “bulky” unless you very deliberately consume a huge amount of calories to significantly increase in body weight. I’ll post some videos of hot chicks lifting heavy ass weights at the end of this article to completely bust this preposterous fallacy about women getting bulky from lifting anything heavier than a bag of sugar.
I never realised I was a feminist until I noticed how offensive this is!
- Running and spinning (that means indoor cycling if I am up on my fitness marketing terminology) makes you bulky in the thighs and butt? No. Just no. Again, muscles are not bulky. Ever get passed by a cyclist in traffic, wearing those lycra outfits? Is it just me or do they tend to not be enormous muscular physiques on these people? In all honesty I would keep my clients out of spin classes because I see it as a muscle wasting activity, not a muscle building activity. And more muscle is what you want, if your goal is a lean, toned and attractive figure.
- The rib cage thing. Core strength will push out your ribcage and make you bulky. Cunt, are you actually for real? Do you even anatomy? In all my years I have never, ever read something quite so outrageously… just, laughably ridiculous as this. It’s just the dumbest shit I ever heard of… I’m not even going to dignify it with any further response.
- At least 90 minutes per day 6 times per week. Actually I read that for the first few weeks she has you on THREE HOURS A DAY of exercise. Aint nobody got time for that. Especially when her meal plan has you at beyond excessive calorie restriction and suffering the effects of malnutrition. Seriously, I started this website rallying against the unhealthy ‘Very Low Calorie Diet” products on tv and in the stores, but this vile woman has people on about half as many calories as these already dangerous and damaging products.
Now that I think of it… her program is a lot of jumping up and down and she does not want you to train your core. I will have to investigate if she is a shareholder in any company that sells adult incontinence products, because that’s what this is a recipe for (especially if you are a mature aged woman who has had children).
So I was thinking “why on earth would a celebrity get sucked in by this charlatan”, but when you think about it… celebrities seem to be quite vulnerable and susceptible to scam artists. How many get sucked into religious cults, for example? This is a similar phenomenon, I reckon.
So… Tracy Anderson thinks a woman should “never lift anything heavier than 3lbs”, and like I said, that would rule out carrying your handbag around on a date much less carrying your own groceries from the car to the pantry. So how do I think women should train? Well it depends; are you training to be a frail, delicate little flower, or to be a bad ass motherfucker who takes care of her own shit?
My girls train LIKE THIS. (Note my logo on the tanktop).
One of the articles I mentioned earlier, from Movieline:
I will try my best, Movieline! But I’m only one man. A ridiculously handsome man, mind you… but even a man this good looking can only do so much.