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May 11, 2010



First, kudos to Gwyneth for working so hard. She's obviously very fit, which is fantastic. And props to her for her honesty, and especially for showing herself doing an actual *workout*, with complaints and sweatyness and everything.

But I'm calling bullsh*t on the "No woman should ever work out with more than 3 pounds" crap. Who the heck is Tracey Anderson to tell me what I *should* or *shouldn't* do? I'm tired of these celeb trainers telling me how I'm supposed to train or what I should want to look like. YES, tell me how Gwyneth trains. Tell me what she eats. Tell me how she copes with food cravings. That's great information to have. But don't tell me I should want to look like her. Because I don't. I can appreciate how awesome Gwyneth looks and respect her for her hard work while still holding Jessica Alba (in her "bulky" phase) as my "ideal" and training example. Tell me how to get there *if* it is what I want, but don't tell me it's what I *should* want. That's not up to Tracey Anderson to decide.

Thanks for another great article, Josh!

Glynis Runs

Tracey Anderson is a criminal/con artist who will eventually see her day in Indiana court; therefore, her corny ridiculous workouts never impress me. (Nor does the stupidity of them ever amaze me). As for Gwyneth Paltrow, I've *never* seen her as some sort of specimen of hot body - those catsuits can be designed to make a person look fitter than they are. To me she looks like a noodle, a wet noodle, and should definitely pump more than 3 lbs.

Josh Hillis

Totally agree! I'd take the buff Jessica Alba look over Gwyneth - actually I'd take the buff Jessica Biel look over the both of 'em!

Josh Hillis

The thing is, I think Gwyneth is really going for the wet noodle look! And I've stopped judging which look people want, I'm stoked for people who manage to get exactly what they are going for. Kind of like the Jersey Shore guys who just bench and curl 90 minutes per day. It might not be the look my clients are going for, but I've got to give them props for getting the look that they want.

I used to think Tracey Anderson's workouts were totally stupid too - then I got it, it's just dance cardio - it's a really well marketed dance group exercise class. Jazzercise 2.0

And when I worked at 24 Hour Fitness, I had lots of clients that would pair 2 days of hard strength training with 2 days of dance cardio stuff, and get great results. And they liked it, so it was fine.

I mean, I have clients who run marathons also!

I think Scarlett Johansson was the one wearing the catsuit, and Scarlett looked bangin!

You've gotta tell me, what's the drama about Indiana! =)

Glynis Runs

http://tinyurl.com/3yvcelu That's a link long article in the Indianapolis Monthly about her - it's aptly titled "Getting Ripped" as in OFF. Besides what's in the article, if you do some searching you can find out more about how she ripped off customers in Indianna and LA, ripped off "friends" and family - and basically lied about her whole career. Told people she was the pink Power Ranger, performed in Cats on Broadway, and a zillion other lies. Madonna probably dropped her because she realized what an idiot she looked like for hiring that con and falling for her crap. (There is also a "rant" page where many of her former customers dis her - http://gabsmash.blogspot.com/2007/07/who-is-this-tracy-anderson.html ).

Her program involves, like you said, lots of dance-type cardio and...starvation. She actually promised people that she could get them down to twiggy proportions with no regard to health.

You're right - they didn't put Gwyneth in a catsuit, just Scarlett (and she looks great). I'm a woman & hormonal, so I can be catty and say...that's why SHE was in it and not Gwyneth. :D


*facepalm* You know what? I actually meant Jessica Biel! But I got so angry about Tracey Anderson that I confused them. Duh.


Josh - Really great post. This last Sunday I was speaking to my 61 year old mother on the phone and she told me she just bought wrist weights so she could do this workout she saw on Oprah that REALLY tones your upper arms. Immediately I was like - "do you mean Gwyneth Paltrow?" At which point she was like "Yes!"

My problem with these workouts is exactly what you mentioned - the muscle wasting nature because 99% of people will NOT do the dance cardio (which is what is really taking the fat off) as its just too hard and high impact.

My poor mother believes her arms wobble because she needs to tone. I was like, "listen, do you think your tricepts are hanging or something?"

Josh Hillis

My first pass at this article, originally, was going rip Tracey Anderson a new one.

But on second thought, I'm like, it's Jazzercise, it's harmless.

I think this would be a great workout week:

Barbell Deadlifts 3x5
Dumbbell Press 3x5
Barbell Squats 3x5
Pullups 3x5 (weighted or assisted)

Jazzercise, Nike Rockstar, or Tracey Anderson Method

Kettlebell Get Ups 3x3
Kettlebell Swings (mixed intervals) x 10:00

Jazzercise, Nike Rockstar, or Tracey Anderson Method

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Fun
Joint mobility, yoga, easy hike, ultimate frisbee ect.

I think it's hilarious she said she's the Pink Power Ranger! That's like if I said that before I cut my hair I was Slash from Guns N Roses!

Did I mention I was the guy inside the CGI monster in Cloverfield =p

I'd heard something about the starvation, but I didn't dig down enough to really find out how little food people get on her diet. I'll have to check that out!

But that's one of my favorite things about having people actually *add muscle*, they get to eat more! Seriously, at this point I think being strong makes almost every fitness goal easier.

Josh Hillis

Totally! Really high intensity, on beat, precision dance is actually a hell of a workout. I think it's great when paired with strength training!

It's hard hearing the "new thing" people are trying. I try not to make a face EVERY time someone tells me the new thing they just read! The signal to noise ratio in the media is SO LOW.

Did you ask her: "Hey Mom, have you ever read my blog?"



Ditto what you said Josh
"I just like to have my client's workouts be more efficient than that"
That sums it up in one. Great post mate

Josef Brandenburg

Also, on the do not lift more than 3lbs.

If you do a squat, lunge, or even walk you're lifting all of you... I don't care how skinny you are, you definitely weight a lot more than 3lbs.

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