When I first started with Tracy Anderson’s method, there were no ankle weights. It hasn’t been that long since she has added them to her method. Many of you have asked me about the reason behind it and if you should be worried about getting bigger. I am not Tracy Anderson so I do not want to speak on her behalf. Therefore, I will share my own personal opinion about it.
Tracy is known for not lifting more than 3lb during her arm series. This is all you will need to get lean and defined arms. ( Believe me when I tell you, it is a GAME changer.) In Method’s Mat DVD introduction, she says that you should never lift more than 3lb, or otherwise your muscles will be grow bigger, and that is not what she is after.
While the ankle weights are a relatively new addition to the method, it seems to be very effective, as to the results she wants to achieve. When you ask me if it will bulk your legs up, I would feel comfortable saying NO. Tracy’s method will sculpt you body to be stronger and leaner and not bigger and bulkier. She has researched and studied for many years for this. In a Goop interview , this is what she says about weights:
“The primary arm series that I designed for my workouts should be executed with three-pound weights for women. This is because the accurate execution of these movements creates a beautiful design and activates key muscles in the shoulder girdle and arms. During my years of testing, I found that three-pounds was ideal for these very specific movements.
When you just lift heavy weights with your limbs as a lever against your core there is a depletion, which causes micro-tears in your muscle fibers. Training muscles by lifting heavy weight creates a cycle of repairing, rebuilding, and ultimately, muscle growth. Yes, this creates strength—but in isolation, and in a compartmentalized way.” (Paraphrasing Tracy Anderson in a GOOP interview)
I have read on some articles that Tracy recommends you to only add ankle weights when you feel like you can do all of the repetitions on both legs. If you are not there, then I would say, work on your moves and add ankle weights later on. You will still see changes.
In streaming, she always starts her leg workout with 1.5lb and then adds 3lb ankle weights. You can purchase her ankle weights on her own web page : www.tracyandersonmethod.com or you can purchase these 1.5lb on amazon and the 3lb here.
Hope this post is helpful.
Stay healthy and keep moving.