Many of you have asked me to share my personal training secrets, diet, and TAM strategy… so I have decided to post and share my journey, as a way to help and inspire those of you that have asked for my advice.
I started doing Tracy Anderson Method with her Method Mat DVD in 2009, which at that time, it was the only DVD available. I found her by accident, while reading an article about Gwyneth Paltrow, which I completely love and admire too. I have always been into fitness. I have exercised a lot since I was 16 years old and have had personal trainers on several occasions. I’ve done pilates, spinning, aerobic, weights, etc. The point I want to stress, is that when I started off with this Method Mat I already knew how my body worked and I was aware of the basics; exercise positions, core balance, and so on. As I have explained in my other posts, Tracy is nothing like what you may have done before. So if you do decide to start off with the method, you can probably start off with metamorphosis, as this dvd is old now. Still, I must admit this is probably one of my favorite Tracy DVDs. This got my arms looking so defined :-). I would have never imagined I could have ever had such toned arms but I will go into more detail on next posts.
That is me, in the first picture above, 7 years ago doing Method Mat at a hotel, traveling around Europe, with Tracy :-). In the second picture, that is me now!!
I later purchased her Precision Toning DVD, which was much more explanatory. Hence, it is a good and detailed introduction to her method. I loved it and I recall being so sore the next day. After 2-3 months, I then started with the Metamorphosis DVD. I purchased Omnicentric at first, even though I probably should have started Glutecentric, but I had very undefined arms and abs and I really wanted to work on that first. So I started with Omni, did that for 4 months, and then I got pregnant with my first daughter, so I bought and completed the Pregnancy Project, everyday up until the day I gave birth. After giving birth, I started off with the Post Pregnancy Workout, as soon as my doctor gave me the OK. After two months, when I was feeling strong enough, I moved back to the Method Mat and continued with Metamorphosis. I purchased Hipcentric and alternated between Omni and Hipcentric, depending on the week and my mood, not sure this is Tracy approved, but that’s how I did it.
My secret behind all of this is simply my commitment and my consistency. I have done TAM for around 7 years and a half , non-stop, 6 days a week, even when pregnant. I have not done any other workouts…only Tracy. Definitely, true love, like my daughter likes to say 🙂
I do recommend you start off with the introductory DVD’s that Tracy has,like Method for Beginners, until you familiarize with her moves and techniques. After that, I would move on to Precision Toning or Meta and then sign up for streaming (which is “wow” but you really need to know what you are doing here). Even though, streaming does have exercise breakouts, which are VERY useful, you may find yourself kind of lost if you do not know her method.
I have no diets. I eat about everything. I love carbs. I have no restrictions. However, I do like to eat healthy. I always add vegetables to my diet with some protein. Keeping a healthy balanced diet and not depriving myself from anything, is a much healthier way to engage with my food. My trick is: do not think about dieting and rather get yourself moving and doing Tracy at least 5 to 6 times a week. If you commit you will see changes.
Hope this has helped answer most or all questions. I am not pretending to be any guru of any kind..I am just a TAM follower, lover, and admirer…so I move when she moves…and with streaming in my life, that means every single day!! 🙂