An hour after she was due to have arrived at Steps, the Fame-style dance studio in New York, her representative is apologetically explaining what has held her up.
But then Anderson’s famous clients are her fortune: it is Madonna’s rock-hard abs and Gwyneth Paltrow’s long, lissom legs that have made her the personal trainer of the moment, and look set to turn the Tracy Anderson Method, her fitness technique, into a worldwide phenomenon.
The official recommendations from the American Heart Association are to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, and that’s an awesome rule of thumb.
(More can be better, to a certain extent, but that doesn’t mean going with the recommendations — or even doing less exercise than recommended but still being active sometimes — isn’t good for you.) Even if you are exercising all the time, rest is a really important factor: That’s actually when the aforementioned muscle repair happens. Personally, at my most active, I was working out about five to six times per week (two Cross Fits, one yoga, one Pilates, and a cardio session).
Working large muscles helps you achieve many solid fitness goals.
Anyway, I can attest that when I started focusing my workouts almost exclusively on movements like squats, clean and jerks, snatches, and push presses, the smaller muscles in my arms became more defined than ever, even though I hadn’t done a single bicep curl or tricep dip in months.
Plus, it’s a true joy right now to be able to lift your suitcase into the overhead bin of an airplane without needing anyone’s help.
Believe me, I’ve done the teeny-tiny-movements-with-teeny-tiny-weights thing, and while I did notice a bit of definition, I could barely lift my cat.2.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to take the same approach to life outside of procreation.
As an ACE-certified trainer and Refinery29’s director of health and wellness, I’m here to urge you — .
Anderson says that less is more, and large muscles are a roadblock.