Remember all of the hubbub yesterday about celeb trainer Tracy Anderson‘s knock against spinning, when she said cycling caused big quads? Well, the jury is sort of out on this one.
I’ve read two contradictory articles: In this ABC News story, Cedric Bryant, the chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise, refutes Anderson’s claims, saying it would be hard to bulk up the quad muscles. However, in an article on the Today Show’s website, Michael Mantell, the senior fitness consultant for behavioral sciences for ACE, offers up a few quotes in an article that supports Anderson’s claim.
Huh? (Might be time to get your stories straight, ACE!)
To set the record straight I tapped one final, ultra-knowledgable source, Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery.
My twitter feed was blowing up this morning. The hot topic: Tracy Anderson telling Redbook magazine, “Spin may burn calories in the short term, but if that’s all you’re doing, it’ll bulk up your thighs.”
This did not sit well with the SoulCycle loving masses.
Anderson quickly changed her story via ABC news, saying: “I’ve never said that spinning makes you gain weight. What I’ve said is that spinning creates an imbalance in the muscular system. It bulks the thigh and butt muscles. You develop mass by working these same muscles over and over.”
Here it is, January 1. It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and the day to start working on your resolutions. But after a holiday season of overindulging, and making the most of ringing in the New Year last night, you probably are less motivated than you’d like to be.
Finding the motivation to stick with your resolutions can be difficult, but we’re here to help, along with some tips from fitness expert Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method.
Anderson’s number-one tip is to stay away from resolutions that are driven by vanity. She told People magazine, “make personal goals based on looking at yourself, recognizing something in your life that is unhealthy that you need to get in check. Look for it within and look to what it is that you really want to accomplish and then how you are going to hold yourself accountable.”
As a guy, I’ve oft wondered how celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Maggie Gylenhall shape their svelte and rockin’ bods. OK, that’s a huge lie, but all three have toned physiques, and they owe it to the blonde, pixie-trainer Tracy Anderson. The spritely fitness mogul has a celebrity client list comprised solely of females— the aforementioned and J. Lo, Shakira, Nicole Richie—but has now decided to help out the dudes.
According to Details Magazine, the “Tracy Anderson Men’s Program” aims to encourage guys that to believe that dance-cardio isn’t emasculating. The trainer has already made guinea pigs of super-studs Matthew McConaughey and Robert Downey, Jr. That’s a tough road to hoe, but if it’s good enough for the literal Iron Man, it’s good enough for me.
What did the Hollywood hunks test out for us? Per a press release, “A typical workout will include a a full0-body warmup, an arm routine, a lower-body workout that employs planks…and a focused core routine that defines the abdominal muscles and works deeply in the transverse abdominals. The workout concludes with high-intensity, agility-based cardio work.”
So, basically, a lot of dancing. (more…)
The second most-watched baby bump (after Kate Middleton) is the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian. Since the announcement of her pregnancy with Kanye West, Kim has been asked about her cravings in every interview.
During an interview with E News, Kim said she is craving “sushi, but I know I can’t really have it, so I’m eating a lot of carrots and celery with lots of ranch.”
According to AmericanPregnancy.org, the highest mercury-level fish (shark, swordfish, ahi tuna) should be avoided during pregnancy, while mothers can have three, six-ounce servings of high mercury fish (white albacore tuna, sea bass, grouper) in a month.
Kim, like a lot of expectant mothers, thought she could get away with eating anything, but she realized it wasn’t a good idea. OpposingViews Entertainment reported Kim as saying, “I used to always say I can’t wait to get pregnant because I will just eat whatever I want, but it’s completely different, I’m like, OK, I want to eat as healthy as possible.”
“You won’t need to lose baby weight if you don’t gain it,” Jillian Michaels has told us. “It takes about 55,000 calories to make a baby. This breaks down to about 200-300 extra calories a day.” (more…)
The best part about this weekend is the fact that Labor Day is Monday and many Americans will enjoy their day off observing the holiday. But before the weekend can officially commence, it’s time to wrap up the week with some healthy news. This week’s HealthBuzz includes several stories, including why you should consider ditching soda, how exercising for 30 minutes is better for weight loss than one hour, and breakfast recipes for a healthy four-day weekend.
30 Minutes of Exercise May Yield More Weight Loss Than 1 Hour
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen followed 60 overweight Danish men for 13 weeks. One-third of the group performed 30 minutes of intense aerobic exercise, another one-third of the group exercised for 60 minutes, and the last group was ordered to remain inactive. The study found that 30 minutes of physical activity helps produce more weight loss than one hour.
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? New Research Points to a Magic Number
It seems people are never getting enough sleep in today’s fast pace society. According to a new study, eight hours of sleep isn’t the magic number for sleep anymore. Find out what the new magic number is!
Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson Attacked in Media
Tracy Anderson is known for providing her fitness and diet expertise to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. This week, she came under fire for some statement she made in DuJour Magazine regarding woman and their post-baby bodies. Tracy appeared on Good Morning America to defend her comments. What was her controversial quote? (more…)
I’ve never had a baby, let me first say that. In fact, one of the things that terrifies me most about pregnancy is that it may change my body forever. Call it narcissistic, I call it “I care about what I look like.” When did wanting to look and be fit become such a crime?
This week, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson made famous by her Method Workouts and string of celebrity client endorsements, came under fire for comments she made in DuJour Magazine regarding women and post-pregnancy bodies. But as the media loves to do, it was all taken a bit out of context.
Tracy was quoted saying, “A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing. I’ve seen so many women when who come to me after having children with disaster bodies that have gone through hell,” she said, adding that they use their kids as an excuse for letting their bodies go.
Sure, at first glance this seems harsh. Pregnancy is difficult and it changes our bodies, and it’s certainly a season in which we put the needs of our baby before our own.
But isn’t she right to a certain extent? My own mother had two very difficult pregnancies during which she gained a fair amount of weight. But as soon as she was able to, she started right back up on her walking routine and got back to her pre-baby weight within a year of giving birth.
To me, that’s normal. So when I see women who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy as a result of eating poorly and being inactive, I don’t feel that bad for them just like I don’t feel bad for myself after week of heavy eating and I’m left a few pounds heavier for it. It all comes down to personal responsibility. (more…)
Blond bombshell Kate Hudson has been gracing the set of Glee lately looking quite scandalous as Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) dance teacher, Cassandra July. The 33-year-old actress is slated to star in six episodes of the sitcom’s upcoming fourth season, according to People Magazine. And fans of the show and Hudson couldn’t be more thrilled.
Hudson certainly has one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood, making her an obvious choice for this skin-bearing role. But what some people may not realize is she’s maintained her stunning figure throughout two pregnancies. A mom with that kind of physique deserves some serious praise.
It doesn’t hurt that the Hudson lives in sunny California most of the time, which allows for plenty of walks, jogs, and bike rides outdoors. But to maintain her toned body, Hudson frequently relies on Pilates sessions with celebrity trainer Nicole Stuart.
Hudson didn’t use pregnancy as an excuse to be sidelined from fitness, even though she did admit to eating whatever she wanted when serious cravings hit. To stay in shape with an expanding belly, Hudson turned to celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, famous for her Method workouts and sweat sessions that cater specifically to moms-to-be. (more…)
Whether good or bad, Madonna always makes news. Her music and career tend to be her biggest attention grabbers, however, her arms seem to pull a close second when it comes to attention. Love them or hate them, Madonna’s arms have a career all their own.
In the last 10 years Madonna’s biceps started making an appearance. About five years ago, the artist’s arms were so cut and lean she began to face a lot of criticism. Whether her arms were the punchline of a joke, or a point of contention, they were always news worthy.
A few years ago when Madonna’s arms were notoriously veiny, sports nutritionist Leslie Bonci told ABC News, “When muscles look that way, it’s often the result of pretty restrictive eating and dehydration… With bodybuilders, the goal is to be sinewy, to make everything stand out. How do you get to that goal? You restrict your fluid intake. But then you might collapse on stage.”
Last night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show proved that age is no barrier to good health. The pop superstar Madonna, now 53, stole the show, looking fitter than ever.
Wearing a mini-skirt and fishnets, Madonna danced and performed with many other big names, including LMFAO, Cee-Lo Green, and Nicki Minaj. Many of her dance moves showed off her mastery of balance that she’s learned after years of practicing yoga. The singer does much more than yoga though to look that great at age 53.
Madonna used to train with celeb fitness guru Tracy Anderson. Anderson created a dance workout routine that helped tone and sculpt Madonna’s body. Anderson even toured with Madonna at times to help keep her fit. Recently though, Madonna has been training with Sadie Lincoln, the founder of Barre3. Barre3 is a ballet-inspired exercise that uses elements from yoga, ballet, and Pilates. (more…)
Tracy Anderson has become famous for creating the Tracy Anderson Method as well as her superstar client roster. Anderson has trained and toned the bodies of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Gisele Bundchen and Julianne Hough. Now, Tracy will be focusing on taking care of her own body as she prepares to welcome a baby with her husband, Matt Mogol. Tracy and Matt were married in September and are expecting their child to be born in May. Tracy also has a 13-year old son named Sam from a previous marriage. Tracy has helped her celebrity clients get their bodies in shape for movie roles, special events and she has helped them get their bodies back after having a baby.
Fittingly, Tracy Anderson has created a post-pregnancy workout. Famous trainers like Anderson have the same sort of goals as the rest of us when it comes to pregnancy weight gain. Tracy gained 50 pounds during her first pregnancy, so she will likely be monitoring her diet and fitting in some exercise to avoid gaining too much weight this time around. Some guidelines for a healthy diet during pregnancy include eat a variety of healthy foods, increase your calorie consumption by about 100 calories per day during the last six months of pregnancy and increase key vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Getting those key nutrients can be done through a prenatal vitamin you have discussed with your doctor along with also incorporating more foods that contain vitamins A, C, B6, B12, folate, calcium and iron.