She may have many imitators, but there is only one Tracy Anderson, who has revolutionized modern fitness with her years of research and ingenuity. Today my gorgeous (inside and out) business partner breaks down a new dance cardio routine from her upcoming DVD Unleash Your Inner Pop Star to try to get us beach ready for spring break/summer, the right way. And, if you have to do it faster than that (plug your ears, Tracy) we have tested every possible cleanse we could get our hands on to reset and detoxify our systems after the long winter (and shed a few pounds). See Tracy's in-depth interview and our even more in-depth detox guide below. And why stop there? We've rounded up all the best hair removal intel we could gather. Get those legs out.
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Tracy Anderson's 5-Minute Dance Cardio Workout
In a few short weeks, Tracy Anderson is launching a long-awaited Dance Cardio DVD, Unleash Your Inner Pop Star—and we, for one, couldn't be more excited. Besides full sequences, she's breaking all the dances down step-by-step (if you've tried her dance cardio before, you'll appreciate the schooling). Here, an exclusive sneak peek at what's to come.
Tracy Anderson Fields Our Questions
Q. Why is your dance cardio different than other cardio programs? Why are you so opposed to swapping in long runs or spin class instead?
A. We are all unique, and we are all born with a variety of weaknesses, including physical imbalances and challenges. These tendencies to move and build muscle in a certain way are made more pronounced throughout our lives: We are how we eat, we are how we move, and we will continue to be challenged by what we neglect.
If something is out-of-balance with my health or in my body, I don't believe in embracing it—I believe in fixing it. This is a tough conversation for all of us to have with ourselves, and a hard middle ground to find: It's easy to alternate between wanting to accept ourselves as we are, full stop, and then becoming obsessive, or seeing this as an exercise in vanity.
It's really neither: It's about making our bodies strong, balanced, and cohesive. It's paramount for our long-term health.
During my early years of research on the body I had many subjects who ran or cycled: The imbalances this created were noticeable in many bodies (not all). When you are trying to achieve balance, yet push the body to call upon the same muscles to fire in the same ways, again and again, it's only natural that your body would respond by building those muscles up in an unbalanced way. Those physical achievements eventually wear.
The body responds incredibly well to consistency with strategy: Start your child at golf at three, and there's a good chance he'll become an incredible golfer if he follows the rules. The same holds true for our fitness. Trend-hopping with workouts leaves little room for design or achievement. It's not negative, and it's a wonderful thing to move with passion, but it's definitely a free bird approach. If you backpack your way through life, you'll have many great experiences; if you go to medical school you will become a doctor. It's obviously a question of values, but I believe the dedication and consistency involved with the latter is probably a better life-long strategy.
I wanted to create a cardio component that involved calorie burn, mental connection, focus, and coordination. My specific dance aerobics program is incredibly challenging on all levels, without stop and go—it allows you to penetrate enough to fight real problem areas and control weight. And perhaps most importantly, it doesn't interfere with the design of the body because you're not firing the same major muscles, again and again. It's very difficult for people to learn to move their bodies well, as most of us disconnect in college and find it hard to get it back again. My dance aerobics takes time to learn as the brain must participate, but it really does forge an incredible mind/body connection.
Q. What's the ideal amount of exercise someone should aim to get every week? And assuming that time is limited, what's the first thing to prioritize?
A. Are you sure you want me to answer this?!? Nobody ever wants the truth when it comes to putting in the time. With my method, I really like people to execute four to seven days a week; I feel like six is the magic number.
It takes time to build cardio endurance, but that's no excuse for not starting: I like to get people to a high-performance, low-intensity steady state of regular cardio where the brain is actively participating. This cardio formula protects healthy muscle mass and burns body fat stores instead. In time, the cardio can become more and more vigorous, with even better results.
Getting the right balance of cardio is sometimes tricky, as too much, or the wrong flow can increase cortisol levels, which burns muscle tissue. I'm always thrilled when I get a client to accomplish a good cardio routine, since the body reacts really well to it. When performed consistently, it becomes a wonderful compliment to all of my muscular design work instead of a confusing variable. In an ideal world, I like 30 minutes of cardio with 30 minutes of muscular structure work; if you don't have a full hour, choose 30 focused minutes of one or the other.
We at goop love food, to the extent that we spend our days trying new restaurants and test-driving recipes. Every once in a while, we like to give our digestive systems a break and do a good old-fashioned detox or juice cleanse. This is not about weight loss (though it's quite possible you'll shed a few pounds), but rather a way to reset and restart.
The Goop Rules To Cleansing
COLD-PRESSED This method of extraction doesn't oxidize or degrade the ingredients and keeps nutrients and enzymes more intact.
ORGANIC For obvious reasons, fruits and veggies should be free of pesticides.
RAW & UNPASTEURIZED Raw pressed veggies that haven't been heated maximizes the nutrients.
WHENEVER POSSIBLE, NO HPP High Pressure Pascalization (HPP) is a method for preserving food without using heat. Bigger cold-pressed juice companies will use this to extend the shelf life of juices, allowing them to distribute to grocery stores and ship them. It's not always possible, but we prefer juices without HPP.
HOW WE PREP:
It's impossible to jump right into a cleanse without some diet clean-up first. The week before, we start eliminating caffeine, sugar, dairy, and meat: These goop Make's are full of helpful recipes for easing in and out of the week: Detox; It's All Good; Winter Detox; Lunch Bowls. Of course, juice detoxing may not be for everyone. If you're a novice or have any questions, you should check with a physician before starting a juice cleanse.
HOW WE GET THROUGH IT:
We always start each cleanse morning with a glass of warm lemon water. Throughout the day (depending on how many juices we need to get through), we supplement with herbal teas, hot water with lemon or ginger, and room temperature water. We find light exercise and colonics help things along as you're shedding toxins from your system. It's also very useful to have a cleanse buddy and to stay scheduled and busy, particularly around meal-times. Cheat Sheet: While you're really not supposed to eat while juicing, if you're in a bind, try some cucumber or celery slices with lemon and a touch of Maldon sea salt, or a bowl of warm vegetable broth (especially good if you're cleansing in cold weather).
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This is one of GP's main go-tos for her twice-yearly cleanse—it makes her feel high and amazing. That said, it had the opposite effect on a novice goop cleanser, and probably shouldn't be attempted unless you do a pre-cleanse the week before, or are proficient in the art of detoxification. It's unlike other options in that their Signature calls for about double the amount of drinks per day: 13 in total (it's a lot to get down) many of which are brewed from esoteric ingredients like reishi mushroom and fermented chlorella. The package also includes laxatives and liver cleansing antioxidants, making it all a bit more intense. They've recently launched a nicely-priced supplement set which they can ship overseas—it just involves mixing or buying your own juices. Meanwhile, the price of the juice cleanses just went down by about 30%.
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This brand-new, cold-pressed boutique juice operation—co-founded by Blaire Molitor, who recently moved to Minnesota from Southern California—offers two levels. The juice is made on-site every day (you can watch it being pressed through a large window overlooking the kitchen), and it's admittedly delicious. The chocolate almond milk is insane, and they include a bit of apple in their root and green juices to sweeten them up, making either cleanse fairly painless.
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