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    Default The dance guru who is helping Hollywood's A-list to shed the pounds

    Want to know how 33-year-old mum of two Gwyneth Paltrow lost her baby belly? It's all down to Hollywood's new fitness revolutionary Tracy Anderson.



    Four days a week, for the past six months, Gwyneth has sweated it out with the fitness guru, and it's paid off - the actress has transformed her body, which is tighter and leaner now than it was before she had Apple, three, and Moses, one.

    Tracy's Dancer's Workout is based on an innovative combination of Pilates techniques, diet and aerobics, and promises immediate results - most clients lose nine inches from their stomach and thighs in the first 10 sessions.

    Trained in dance at New York's famous Juilliard college, Tracy designed her own version of a Pilates machine called the Hybrid Body Reformer (both Madonna and Gwyneth have bought one for their homes).

    This machine has a moving pulley system that hits the muscles from different angles, allowing for an infinite number of positions, all of which mimic dancing movements.

    Tracy also regularly sweats it out with Madonna and Gwyneth, using a cardio dance aerobics programme she created to help clients lose fat.
    Using this combination of Pilates and aerobics, Tracy says she can take a woman from any genetic background and turn her body into that of a professional dancer - thin, long and lean.

    "I've changed hundreds of women - even celebrity clients have these kinds of issues, in terms of not liking their shape," explains Tracy.
    "I have changed bodies. If you're a pear shape, for example, there are certain muscles that are weak.

    "If I am training a pear-shaped woman, I have to figure out how to wake up those muscles that are weak, those quads or hamstrings, and pull that muscular structure very tight."
    The key to Tracy's approach is this system of building "in" instead of "out".

    "Pilates works on this enormously strong core, but what it does ultimately is build muscular structure 'out' by building up the major muscle groups in your abs,' she explains.

    "Instead of over-using the major muscles, I focus on the muscles around them.

    "When the accessory muscles are properly developed, they pull in the larger ones, creating a tinier body structure.
    "In this way you can reshape your body."

    Tracy says that what most of us are doing wrong at the gym is too much repetition.
    "Any time you are doing the same movement over and over, you are building and bulking your muscles.

    "It is very important to change your rotations and hit your muscles from different angles.'

    She was her own first client. At five feet tall with a dad built like Danny DeVito, Tracy grew up believing she was genetically doomed to a lifetime of fat.

    "When I decided to do this research, it came from a very emotional place for me," admits Tracy.

    "My dad is obese and when I was around 20 years old my genetics really kicked off.

    "I had a 40-pound weight gain. I was dancing a lot and my body was changing and not in a good way - genetics plays such a strong role."
    Tracy had such great results herself that Tinseltown soon caught on to her revolutionary exercise plan.
    And what's it like to train with the Celebrity Queen of fitness, Madonna?
    Tracy says: "It comes down to whether or not you are a hard worker and someone who puts in 100 per cent. Scroll down for more
    Tracy helped Gwyneth Paltrow (above) shed her baby belly


    "With my workouts, you have to be motivated and consistent."
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    hese days, she even says no to the rich and famous: "I turn down celebrities who I don't believe are committed.
    "I prefer to train with the dedicated.

    While you may not be able to hire Tracy as a personal trainer or afford your own Pilates Reformer machine, you can still benefit from
    her programme at home.

    Just follow the exercises below that she has devised specially for Lifestyle to get a bikini body in no time.


    Try the dancer's workout at home
    You really need to do 100 repetitions of all of these - none of this 20 repeats at a time.
    It doesn't work. But if you can't start with 100, work up to it. Start with 20 and then move to 40 then 60 and then 100. You should be doing 100 within a couple of weeks.
    • Ballerina's Second Position Grand Plies are wonderful. This is where you stand with your heels apart and your feet are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
    Bend your legs while your upper body stays straight. This works your butt, inner and outer thighs and lower abs.
    • For a super-toned abdomen do sit-ups with your legs apart and straight out and on the floor. As you crunch up, lift one leg 6in up in the air.
    Then crunch again and lift the other leg. You want your legs to be apart and not together because as you lift you will hit those tiny muscles by the hips which give great "V-shaped" definition to the abs.
    • Another great exercise to give you definition in those hard-to-reach lower abs is piking.
    Lying down on the floor on your back, hold onto a couch above your head or even the legs on a chair.
    Lift your legs straight up together. Start on the floor and raise your legs together up to 90 degrees and then bring down to 6in off the floor.
    Never let them touch the floor before going right back up again. Your legs should be straight with your toes pointed. And don't let your upper body come up off the ground.
    • For toned arms, raise your arms straight above your head and then bring them down slowly (they should be straight out at your sides in a T position) until they are at your waist.
    Then lift them up again to your shoulder level. After holding for a few seconds lift them up again above your head and repeat.
    You can also try starting with arms shoulder level and straight out in the T position, then with your hands out at your side curl them up like you're going to scratch your armpit with your hands.
    This way you're getting to the top of the shoulder and working your biceps in a long, lean way.
    You're getting at the triceps but also the hook in your armpit to get at that pocket where many women store fat (that little pocket that hangs over on the side when you're wearing a strapless bra).
    After this bring your arms straight up above your head with arms out straight in a 'V' position. • In order to lose fat you should combine these with an aerobic exercise every day, either using Tracy's dance DVD or 60 minutes of aerobic circuit training (five minutes of jumping rope, five minutes of sprinting, five minutes of star jumps, five minutes jumping on a trampoline and then start over again).

    Motivated: Tracy Anderson


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    I really want to try this, they look great.
    My goal is to be happy with my life.

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    This sounds great! I love the idea of elongated muscles-not bulked up ones. I wish I could do this! My motivation is weak!
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    I used to do quite a bit of upper body work with weights and about two weeks after I stopped, it turned to flab. That's one reason this program appeals to me.

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    Sounds like you have to be able to really devote quite a bit of time to this. Not everyone can do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoveFeatheredRaven View Post
    Sounds like you have to be able to really devote quite a bit of time to this. Not everyone can do that.
    Yeah, I don't have 4 free days in a week to dedicate to this, considering that when I go home from work I am already very tired and have many things to do.

    Also, I am sure that if I spent 4 days a week in any other kind of sport (swimming, for example), I would get exactely the same result as with this "new" fitness technique.

    I hate it when someone claims to have a "new, revolutionary" *something* to lose weight and have a good body: in the end it is all down to eating healthy and avoid a sedentary life.

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    Ooohh...there's a DVD!

    Tracy Anderson Studios

    Unfortunately I have too many DVD's already that I don't have time for. I go to the gym in the mornings to run, and get stuff done around the house in the afternoons...then DH is home and I have to make dinner and...well, it's hard to fit in a DVD. I have a great NY City Ballet workout that I've had for over a month and I've only done it once.

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    I want the video.

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    Ooh want it, this sounds good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melyanna View Post
    Yeah, I don't have 4 free days in a week to dedicate to this, considering that when I go home from work I am already very tired and have many things to do.

    Also, I am sure that if I spent 4 days a week in any other kind of sport (swimming, for example), I would get exactely the same result as with this "new" fitness technique.

    I hate it when someone claims to have a "new, revolutionary" *something* to lose weight and have a good body: in the end it is all down to eating healthy and avoid a sedentary life.
    exactly. i firmly believe everyone has his/her own way to lose weight that works for them and they can tolerate. theres no mystery answer. plus-its gwenyth, im sure she can afford personal trainers/nutritionists...etc. and nothing will help her anywayz because shes a pretentious fug woman. plus all these celebs have surgery anywayz. just like kate hudson is supposed to have lost all her weight in 3 months and then oops-her tummy tuck is revealed.

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