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Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible

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Did you know muscles get bored, just like people do? And did you also know that there's a 9 out of 10 chance that you're working the wrong muscles when you exercise? With TRACY ANDERSON'S 30-DAY METHOD you don't have to worry--her unique workout will help you drop the weight and shrink your body in just 30 days.

Based on ten years of scientific research and experience getti
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 20th 2010 by Grand Central Life & Style
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AH
I was really excited to win this book in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. After all, who doesn’t have a few pounds to shed? So I decided that maybe I would give this diet and exercise plan a try. I sat down to read and the exercises looked great. (Gwyneth – you do look wonderful). I continued reading and I was shocked when I got to the diet plan.

Kale juice!

She wants me to drink kale juice. For those of you who don’t know, kale is a leafy green vegetable, chock full of vitamins and very good for
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Michelle Styles
Currently on the 30 day Method and it works. The only fairy dust is SWEAT but Tracy delivers. 10 days in and I have lost 14 lbs, plus 16 inches. I have done Jillian Micheals but plateaued and started going up. I was not going there again so I went hard core. Tracy is for someone with a lot of determination and willingness to sweat without making excuses. To do this book, you need to show up.
Tracy uses a 3 pronged approach -- her dance cardio (40 minutes), her muscle strengthening (40 minutes) an
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Taylor
First of all, I am a mom of three kids ages 4 and under, and when I started TAM, I had been spending an hour a day on the spin bike and seeing only marginal results. Two weeks after following the TAM, I'd dropped a whole pant size. Now, six months later, I'm down 15 pounds and feeling healthier than ever. I'm down almost three dress sizes and shrinking out of the clothes I wore in college. I find Tracy Anderson's writing style to be very conversational, like she's just a no-nonsense friend who w ...more
Haley Mathiot
Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method
Genre: Exercise
ISBN: 9780446562041
Published:September 20th 2010 by Grand Central Life & Style
Rating: 4.5

When reviewing fitness books, I look for books that tell the reader how to fully use their bodies. I really like Anderson's method for two reasons:

1. She knows muscles. She knows how they work, she knows how to train them. In the book, the concept of using certain muscles to perform an exercise is clearly explained. This is a crucial part of muscle training.

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Leona Sheehy
There is little doubt that Tracy Anderson has a great figure. But I would have a great figure too if I worked out all day and every day. This book/program is supposed to be a kick-start but it is really hard. Even starting out at 25 reps instead of the recommended 40 you can expect to be really sore. What I don't like about it is the 'every day' aspect. Any exercise book I have read has said that the body needs to rest in order to recuperate, either by day on/day off or arms one day, legs the ne ...more
Penny
I was so excited to receive this book. It was a goodreads win book and it was coming to me at a perfect time. I had quit smoking 5 weeks prior and was excersising to compensate for the weight fluctuation. Unfortunately I found this book unrealistic, and unhealthy. I always get nervous when a fitness "expert" uses words like "perfection" in a promise. This author claims that her method is suited to anybody regardless of fitness level, body size etc. I was completely ready to take on this program ...more
Angelc
This review is of the book only, I'd love say that I tried the exercises and have already seen results after 30 days, but all I've done so far is read!

The premise of Anderson's plan is really interesting. Basically, she uses a three facet approach, strength training, cardio, and a healthy diet. I think the really unique part of the plan lies in the strength training. She targets the body's smaller, less noticed muscle groups to create a long, lean, strong body, not bulk.

The conditioning exercise
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Mary (BookHounds)
I have had this book almost a week now and read it completely through before I opened the DVD. My first impression was that this looks exactly like a toning and shaping class I took in college some--well, let's just say it was a loooong time ago. I loved that class. It combined many of the same methods that Tracy uses in her class. The class that I took was half stretching and half dance. I have never had to much fun in my life while getting into shape. One note, the DVD is in black and white wh ...more
Jennifer
This book was an interesting read. While I believe Tracy's story and her famous clients (like Gwyneth Paltrow) have gotten good results, I am not sure that I believe her claim that you have to ONLY do her method to get the results you want. As a personal trainer, I have seen lots of people get their desired results using other training methods and techniques. I also did not like that she only has pictures and verbal descriptions for the toning exercises that she says are the key of her program. ...more
Sarah Sniderman
The Promise

Do you want a fit, toned body that is beautiful and full of energy? Imagine how amazing it would feel to have a physique that allowed you to move with grace, energy levels that let you keep moving all day, and a body that felt lean and defined. Tune into your desire to be desirable, to be healthy, to feel good in your clothes and sexy naked. You can be slim, streamlined, and feminine. In just a month’s time, you will have completely reinvented the way your body looks and moves, boost
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Bianca
LOVE LOVE LOVE TA!!
This method of exercise and eating has made a drastic improvement to my energy level and the shape of my body. This is truly the answer to the perfect body. You need to put in the hard work and eat the correct food but you see results within days!!
Meredith
Uh yeah. OK. You want me to do what?
Wendy Hines
We've all tried diet books, exercising with still no results and starvation. You lose weight, you gain it back. It's a viscous yo-yo with your life. Tracy Anderson has worked with mega celebrities, and you know some of them look absolutely wonderful. She's also worked with thousands of your average everyday woman.

Tracy is a dancer, but when she was a freshman in college, she kept packing on pounds. She couldn't understand why since her foot was on the barre everyday. So, Tracy started her resear
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Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne...[return][return]....Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method is a boot-camp jump-start diet and exercise programme. Anderson explains her system in three sections, using still pictures, definitions, descriptions and motivational tips. Anderson focuses on muscles in a rather unique manner and I found those quite helpful. Included in the book is a DVD to help the reader with the aerobic part of the boot camp programme consisting of dancing. Anderson offers readers of var ...more
Brittany
I don't think this diet and exercise regimen are all that crazy whatsoever. Maybe the claim of perfection is a bit much, but I think following the exercise and menu plan included in this book could really give dramatic results. I think Anderson is on to something about focusing on smaller muscle groups to help slim women down, and a lot of her moves are very pilates-esque and can easily be done in the home. The 30 day menus provided toward the back include both a regular and vegetarian option, a ...more
Shannon
I am following her program as closely as I can; but not stressing if I only devote 30 minutes a day to it. And I'm following a low carb diet rather than her diet. I buy the premise of accessory muscles making the body look leaner and avoiding bulking up the larger muscles. I like her bluntness and her no nonsense approach; She isn't sugar coating the effort you have to put in. The dvd is more of a guide rather than something like a Jillian workout where Jillian does the exact reps you need to do ...more
Leila T.
I just realised that I never reviewed this book, which is funny since at the time I read it (May 2011), I remember feeling galvanised to kick my butt into gear and DO THIS!

Guess how much of this I've done.

Okay, part of it I feel is not my fault since Tracy Anderson is all like TURN YOUR BODY OVER TO ME FOR JUST ONE MONTH, even if you're an overworked, overweight mother of a toddler who doesn't have time to take regular showers (like me). And because she says ONE MONTH ONLY, that feels like a rea
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Chrissy
1. This is boot camp.
2. Boot camp is not 3-5 times a week, it's every day (eek).
3. I appreciate Tracy Anderson's grasp on the interconnectedness of the body.

I like her theories, researched as they may be. Of course you'll get awesome results if you follow her hard-core plan to a T (and if you're really bitching about your bod, then yeah, you suck it up and put in the effort). But I've stretched out the 30-day method to 3 months. I'm not so sure about the diet or the amount of time to put in. I
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Debbie
This Tracy Anderson book was a really great read. She is an accomplished dancer who used that experience and also dug into the science of the body to create not only some great workouts but also to explain why some workouts work and others don't. Put simply, her solution is to not only engage the big muscles we frequently use in a workout (quads, biceps) but to also include the accessory muscles around those big muscles for a more complete workout.

I have become a big fan of the workouts listed i
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Shannon
I won this book as a firstreads giveaway, but I'm not really sure why I registered for this book. I'm not overweight, I don't have really have a lot of time or places to exercise. Still....

I haven't read this book cover to cover, although there are quite a few anecdotes and stories from the author's life, explaining why she is who she is and the journey to get there. I definitely want to try to incorporate some of her program into my life, as I definitely do need to get in shape. However, fittin
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Jennifer
Ironically, Tracy Anderson is from my hometown, and she has quite a reputation around here. (I didn't know about it until I realized the connection). Her workout is intense, and it really does work. I have gotten through 4 days of her method, and my body hurt in places I didn't know existed. I haven't delved into her food section since it looks pretty intense. I don't know how much to admire her method since my dad was one of her teacher's in high school, and he didn't have glowing things to say ...more
Lyndsey
I haven't actually tried the "30-Day Method." Attempting to stick to a health program for the first time during the holidays is just not a good idea. However, I read through this and it provides many elements that I'm going to try to incorporate into my life. I like the comprehensiveness of the book: exercise routines, menus, FAQs. I especially love that NONE of the exercises need anything more than a chair. As someone who hates gyms, that aspect really appeals to me. The last thing that I appre ...more
Elizabeth
I don't read fitness book and I only got this from the library because I wanted the DVD that came with it. But, I decided to read it and I'm glad I did. Tracy is pretty upfront about how much work it takes to look long, lean, and Hollywood-like. This book is a 30 day program and she asks that you ONLY follow her exercises and food. Now, I'm probably not going to do that, but I know it will be my doing if I'm not Gwyneth Paltrow in 30 days. ;)

Bottom line: informative and honest. I believe it woul
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Emma Kalmbach
I think the concept of working "accessory" muscles which are around the big muscle groups is great for achieving a leaner look. I was excited to commit to exercising at home (convenient) but found it really hard to commit to the 90 minutes (not so convenient) per day that the plan requires. The meal planning was also very limited and my goal was to just loosely follow it. So out of the 30 days I stuck with it for 3 days and then life got hectic and then the book was due back at the library... Wo ...more
Kewannah "Health Kick Chick"
I love the reasoning behind Tracy's workouts (use the under-utilized but supportive "accessory" muscles). However her approach is a little to extreme for someone like me with only a few lbs to lose.

I can barely find 45 mins a day to workout, much less the 2 hours she demands of you for 6 weeks + an unhealthy low cal of pureed food.

However, by all accounts her workouts are amazing and now that I know more about her philosophy, approach and workout styles I'll still checkout her exercise DVDs.
Grumpylibrarian
I liked the actual exercises (in theory) but this was inappropriately offered as an e-book from the library even though it NEEDS to be accompanied by a DVD. Her meal plan is terrifying and while she's against liquid diets, she seems to not realize that "pureed" foods = liquid. Maybe a 30 day cleanse would be ok if she followed it through with a guide to changing habits in the real world, but she doesn't.
Colleen Martin
I'm intrigued by her promise of obtaining long, lean muscle tone by following her "Method", but I don't think she could have come up with a more boring way of telling you how. Black and white pics? Really? The book isn't visually appealing at all, and since her DVDs contain the same information and exercise sequences (and, frankly, are easier to follow), I'm just going to use them instead.
Farheen
Good reading, but she wanted me to quit the gym and just do her stuff at home. The gym is my favorite place in the world, and I need to lift weights. But I will incorporate her leg and butt exercises into my routine. Doing her 30 day method word for word is better for someone who hasn't exercised before, it will be easier than to give up your fave spin class or weight-lifting.
Michelle
I'm rereading this book this weekend. I am going to do the 30 day boot camp outlined in the book this month. I'm not a fan of the layout of the DVD workout; she only does one side, and then you have to stop and go back to do the other. So, I have her other mat workout DVD, and I plan to do that one instead.
I'll keep everyone updated on my progress.
Jennifer
I love Tracy's workouts and hoped to get some ideas on healthy eating from her book but I am not an advocate of eating 7-800 calories a day.

This book does give you incredible insight into her method and the why behind the movements and I enjoyed learning that but the food portion... I like to eat too much to be eating next to nothing!
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Tracy Anderson has trained stars like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Molly Sims, and Naomi Watts, among others. She was a professional dancer who experienced considerable weight gain, began to research her own workout methods to transform her body, and developed the Tracy Anderson Method. She owns studios located in NY and LA and shares her unique workouts through her successful DVDs and ...more
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