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

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC--SAVE YOUR MONEY

    Let me just break it down for you. The 30 Day Method works like this: You work out for 1 1/2 hours per day (a cardio/muscle training combo) for 30 days straight (no days off!) and you follow a strict, limited calorie, no-carb diet for 30 days. This along with doing no other exercise (yoga, running, Pilates, etc. are off-limits) and Anderson promises a completely transformed body. If you didn't already figure it out, OF COURSE WORKING OUT 90 MIN A DAY AND A RESTRICTIVE, NO-CARB DIET FOR 30 DAYS STRAIGHT WILL TRANSFORM ANYONE'S BODY, BUT WHO THE HELL CAN DO THAT REALISTICALLY???

    In fairness, Anderson gives ample warnings throughout the book that this will take hard work and dedication. She says that you will feel like you have the flu for the first few days, but the hard work will pay off. Now, I'm not lazy or undisciplined, but I'm also not rich or famous either. Has all that working with celebrities made Anderson forget that the rest of us with jobs, kids, etc. don't have 1 1/2 HOURS EVERYDAY or time to feel like I have the flu for a few days? What should I do for those days, hire a babysitter and miss work? Come on! She also says to buy a set of "cheap mirrors" to put up in your living room to watch yourself during your workout. Really??? Okay, I get that she wants you be able to do the moves correctly, but that's just ridiculous.

    Don't get me started on the DVD. Seriously, with all those movie industry connections, Anderson should have been able to find a decent editor. The muscle work portions are okay, but they demonstrate the move, tell you how many reps to do and then move on. I guess the idea is to do the move on your own, but when you're just starting out, it is EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING to have to pause the DVD every 30 seconds or so to do your reps. THEN comes the cardio, which is divided into 2 supposedly different 10 min workouts. Not only do they look exactly the same, but they are the silliest routines I've ever seen. It looks like someone in their bedroom bouncing around to music, with no discernable pattern/structure whatsoever and incredibly choppy editing that cuts in the middle of one move to the next without warning. Anderson touts herself as a former dancer which makes these "routines" all the more pathetic.

    Now for the good! I felt more energetic the first day I did the cardio/muscle work, though I did not do as many reps as prescribed and only did the cardio for 30 minutes instead of 40. I also did not follow the eating plan (no way!). The next day I felt sore in places I did not know I could, but in a good way, so I plan to continue the exercise routine albeit with some days off and probably for 45 minutes instead of 90. I don't need to look like a supermodel, so if I just become more lean and toned, I'll be happy.

    Bottom line, there may be something to the accessory muscles thing, but all in all this is just not realistic for the average person.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    2 out 3 is not bad

    I bought this book with little hesitation as I have 3 of her dvd's and have seen good results with her workout. I was more interested in what she had to say about the eating portion of her diet. As she says multiple times, this is a boot camp and her suggestions on what to eat during this 30 day period is that- it is something I can't personally follow as it just doesn't seem to be enough calories or enough nutrition to keep me going. As a positive, I enjoy the 2 work out sections of her book/dvd and look forward to her recipes and plan on incorporating them into my weekly menu.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    I did this boot-camp consistently for 30 days. I was off and on with the diet part. When I did the diet, the pounds melted off quickly-6 pounds in the first 6 days. I never missed a day of her muscle design series and I did the cardio for most of it. I developed shin splints early on (even though I've been a heavy runner most of my life). I think it was because I didn't have a wooden dance floor. I searched the internet and found one at Terrence Taps. I ordered a large one. Problem solved! 3 months later, I'm still 10 pounds lighter and my body is completely transformed. I've worked out at the gym, ran 6-8 miles 3 times a week, power yoga, bikram, you name it. It's amazing!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Fabulous

    Is it a tough workout, absolutely, but I love it!!! I sweat tons, and I've lost two inches off my waist in three weeks, so who can do it? Well I am, and I'm not a fitness guroo. I am an average mother who struggles to make the time to work out.

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