Yep, Tracy Anderson Is A Babe Inside And Out

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Every generation has their respective fitness guru. There were the Jane Fonda VHS days, the Billy Blanks Tae-Bo movement, Richard Simmons and all his sequin Spandex glory — you get the picture. And, while their respective workout regimes certainly got stay-at-home moms in front of the TVs kicking, punching and sweating, there’s certainly no one (or nothing) quite like Tracy Anderson. We’re talking a regime heavily backed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, oh and Madonna. So, yeah.
And, while she may have evolved with the times — her DIY workout vids are now on DVD — after creating more than 160 tapes, the basic premise remains the same: a high-intensity workout geared to re-sculpt your body and, well, re-shape your life. Granted at-home work outs in front of your plasma aren’t for everyone, you can usually find us Monday, Wednesday, Friday (and sometimes Saturday or Sunday) at one of her four studio locations in NYC or L.A. She’s got both coasts covered, so we have, like, no excuse for not getting our asses to the gym. For those who admittedly aren’t the most, uh, coordinated and need a break from the bike (SoulCycle addicts, unite!), we highly suggest wrangling up your friends and doing one of Anderson’s classes. Trust us, the embarrassment always subsides after a few minutes of one her iso-kinetic band system-focused classes and you’ll spend half the time in a daze staring at Anderson’s mad abs. Did we mention she’s had two kids?
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She slipped into her usual get-up of Aviator Nation sweatpants and some itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny bikini and took us out back for an impromptu paddle down the Canal. And, though Free City and flannel may be her mainstays, Anderson definitely knows how to dress outside the gym. With some coffee in our system, we kicked it with Anderson, quizzing her on everything from those epic playlists (she does the music herself, FYI), her personal food rules (protein shakes every day, fresh nutmilk and no gluten) and more.
Not to get all gushy and sappy or anything, but the more time we spent with Anderson, the more inspired we got. After all, this is the woman who changed Paltrow’s life and post-baby bod eight years ago. And, she’ll quickly make you abandon those I-don’t-have-the-time-of-day excuses. “I tell [people] that I hope they learn how to juggle showing up for themselves better," says Anderson. "It’s a choice. Period. You are how you move, just like you are how you eat and how you speak. Learning to speak straight for yourself is sometimes one of the most life changing accomplishments.”
The folks over at The Coveteur love playing to our voyeuristic side, and each week, the OG closet invaders will let us peek into the designer-laden digs of their — and our! — favorite tastemakers. Just one warning: The lust-worthy displays may cause an undying impulse to hang your jewels on your kitchen sink’s faucet. Now, let the swooning begin!
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"I am not a light traveler. Even though I travel a lot, I don't mind traveling with a lot. And, I don't mean cases of Louis Vuitton luggage dripping in gowns; I mean every provision for a 'what if' travel emergency. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, water, snacks, reading, sweats for days, options for any climate, and enough chargers to power a block!"

Bag, CHANEL
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"I created the Tracy Anderson Method to fill a huge gap in fitness content. Fitness was all about becoming stronger in a way that created further imbalance or build, instead of looking into balanced strength. After 15 years of research, development, testing, and creation, I felt like I could really transform people in their living rooms. I did 11,690 different exercises for the first 90 days of Metamorphosis and have filmed three years since. That is honestly what it takes to really support the hopes and dreams of what people desire for their physical potential."
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"I am in love with Fruzsina Keehn; she is an amazing jewelry designer and has the sickest collection of cuffs that I live for. My biggest splurges tend to be vintage pieces, like a black CHANEL dress that I just wore was made for me, or Loro Piana cashmere is just the most yummy luxury."

"[When not working, I prefer] heels, but wedges. My favorite shoes are my Mou boots or any Chloé wedges."

Clutch, Prada; Earrings, Fenton
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"I really love fashion, but if I ever try and get 'talked into' a look, I am miserable and it shows. I really don't pay attention to trends. I reach for what I am genuinely attracted to. People have always tried to push me into their idea of what I should look like or be like, and that just never works. I have a real attraction to any white, vintage hippie tops and any delicate white cotton anything really. I love well-crafted black dresses too. I live in worn, worn sweats and I love a great flannel."

Top, James Perse; Pants, Aviator Nation
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"I tell [people who say they don't have enough time to work out] that I hope they learn how to juggle showing up for themselves better. It's a choice. Period. You are how you move just like you are how you eat and how you speak. Learning to speak straight for yourself is sometimes one of the most life changing accomplishments."

Sweater, TOMS

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"Gwyneth and I met eight years ago. She came to me to help her get her body back after [her son] Moses. She was a dream student from day one. She showed up for me and my work and for herself. I think people would be surprised to know how genuine she is and how huge her heart is. She is incredibly loyal and she understands what it means to honor friendships and commitments in the most important ways. She is also really down to earth and surprisingly very very funny. We wanted to do The Restart Project to showcase women who have been given some of life's most challenging circumstances, and with little to no resources they manifested positive change to their lives and the people that counted on them. We wanted them to be heard."
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"Einstein on Peace by Albert Einstein, Stefan Sagmeister's Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far, and Dr. Habib Sadeghi's book WITHIN are my favorite books. My favorite movies are Auntie Mame, Shallow Hal, Sense and Sensibility, and anything with Will Ferrel in it."

Hat, Juicy Couture; Earrings, Dannijo
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"Honestly, [my most memorable career moments] are when I am caught off guard by someone on the street. I get happy tears a lot when my work supports people to feel more connected and comfortable in their own skin. It is really powerful. I don't create an escape; I've created a deep connection and every time someone leans into me as an expert and shares their story with me, it's my favorite moment over and over again."

Top, XiRENA
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"Le Mieux and Tata Harper are my favorite skin care lines. I love Bio Elements Kerafole mask, I like Laura Gellar and Claudio Riaz's makeup lines, Butter cheek color, and love Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick and am obsessed with Bobbi Brown Beach scent. I use Original Sprout hair and body care, all paraban free. I also use prtty peaushun."

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"Each day I wear two rounds of Aviator Nation sweatpants, good hYOUman T-shirts, XiRENA bras, Free City sweatshirts or flannel, Nike Shox and Mou boots by day and at night. Faith Connexion jeans, or Chloé boots too. For evening, I love Victoria Beckham and Nina Ricci."

Bag, Il Bisonte; Bra, XiRENA
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"My mother was a ballerina. I naturally followed in her footsteps and grew up dancing about in her arms before I could walk. She is very theatrical and magical. She gave me the tools to be unstructured enough in movement for me to create content based on the perimeters in science to reach total balance in one's body."
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"I do my protein shake every day. I make fresh nut milk with two scoops of my protein powder and two pitted dates. I don't diet and I don't gorge. I am really consistent. I eat organic but don't cut out any food groups. I just don't eat any gluten.

My guilty pleasure? I eat chocolate every single day and I really love wine."

Top, XiRENA
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