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The Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout DVD (2008)

3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (897 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (897 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F2HZHI
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1,232 of 1,267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first the Mat Workout... January 1, 2009
I am in my 30s and have been a lifelong on and off exerciser(gym, treadmill, mostly The Firm videos)... About a year ago, I had an a-ha moment and realized that I was having a hard time "sticking" with working out, because with my Firm videos I wasn't really seeing good results and they were boring me to death!

That's when I switched over to yoga/pilates/barre workouts which I have truly enjoyed and have provided me with results...however, I had plateau'ed and was (coincidentally) thinking of how I could supplement with dance cardio when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow and TA on Oprah. After some research I ordered the TA Dance Aerobics (older dvd) through her studio...and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go for it with the Mat WO as well, even though I had promised myself to not spend any more $$ on tapes for a little while.

This has to be my #1 favorite DVD I own now. I have been doing it about three times a week and also doing the dance aerobics dvd. I have lost some inches over the past month even though I took a lot of days off and haven't had the best diet due to the holidays.

Here are some things I wanted to point out to anyone considering purchasing the Mat DVD:
* This is an intermediate-advanced workout. Newbies should expect to take it easy and definitely don't plan to be able to do this 4-6xs a week at first! You could hurt yourself (I am thinking mainly with the arm/shoulder portion) due to overtraining.

* The arm workout is a ~~standout~~ feature of the TA method. I have very rounded shoulders, I believe due to poor posture and bad genes. It took me almost one month before I was able to get through the unweighted arm session (I think this is a sign of how weak the smaller muscle groups were in my upper body).
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463 of 489 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars has many problems, but nice change of pace January 4, 2009
By S. Kim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the negative AND positive reviews. This isn't going to be for everyone. At the same time, it's possible to get something out of it if you're willing to accept the video's shortcomings.

Overall, I'm glad I got it. I can use it in conjunction with my fitness regimen.

I'd read the reviews before I bought, so there were no surprises - I could enjoy it for what it's worth: a good change of pace, very 'dancer-ly'. It reminds me of portions of the dance classes I took in high school / college, so maybe that helped me. The concept of "accessory muscle" training makes a lot of sense, and I can incorporate that into the rest of my fitness.

After doing the workout three times in nine days, I'd actually noticed some toning. It's a much more fluid form of movement and exercise (than, say, step aerobics or kickboxing), and therefore helps my poise and core. As a disclaimer, I hadn't done much training in a couple months, so probably MANY kinds of resistance training would show results.

I mostly appreciate all of the arm sections (REALLY works my shoulders). Unique, fun moves. I also find great value in the unique horizontal ab moves.

As many have said, there is VERY minimal instruction, and that can be frustrating and laughable. Much of the time, you can figure it out - but it will require you to really look closely and really connect with your body. If you want a lot of guidance, just pass on this video.

For me, lack of instruction is especially a problem on the leg work, because there seem to be more variables in form - (feet pointed? knee in or out? how to align leg? back twisted?). You really have to go through trial and error to see what details work best.

With Ms.
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264 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! September 30, 2008
By Januare
I am so happy I ordered this. I have known about Tracy for some time and after seeing her on Oprah was pleased to see there are DVD's available.

It is only Tracy doing the workout, which makes me feel more like I have a personal trainer. Her directions and comments are appropriate and the music corresponds well to the moves. The changes can be quick but with repeated viewings, I don't see a problem in picking them up. It's much more graceful than any run-of-the-mill workout. In fact, I would go so far as to call it "purposeful movement" rather than exercise. I can definitely say it's something I will look forward to doing rather than dreading. Also, there isn't a lot of babble and bubbly encouragement, which I'm grateful for.

I can't imagine a muscle that isn't worked during this routine. It is a challenge and if you're just starting out, just do what you can and work your way up to it. It will take me some time to be able to do it as effortlessly as Tracy does.

The contents of the Disc are: Mat Intro - 1:02, Mat Workout - 57:28 (Includes warm-up and cool-down), Gwyneth Interview - 0:56, Tracy Interview - 2:56. You need a basic mat sized area, mat if you are on a hard surface, 3 lb weights and a chair. It starts with warm-up then standing legs, standing abs, standing arms, standing arms with weights, mat legs, mat abs then finishes with cool-down.

One caveat - During the floor ab work, make sure that your hands are simply supporting your head or there for placement rather than lifting it. She does keep a distance between chin and chest and mentions it, but if you're not familiar with the move, it may appear that she is lifting her head with her hands a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy with my purchase, recommend!
Published 3 days ago by Blythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is a great video, I bought it in addition to the post pregnancy one, which I actually prefer more. It is great even years after my last child. Read more
Published 24 days ago by emily
5.0 out of 5 stars :) try it, you have nothing to loose -
purchased Jan16.2014
used once or twice. until this week Aug.16.2014

I have many other "exercise" tools that have traveled with me over the years, that I was just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
this lady is a con artist! there is no such thing as spot training!
Published 1 month ago by Tammie Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars ... some of the reviews saying that Tracy doesn't give good...
I agree with some of the reviews saying that Tracy doesn't give good instructions but her method works and I recoment it ,its not easy workout but you can see results fast if you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by justyna musial
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good.
Published 1 month ago by kathleen lavallee
5.0 out of 5 stars You will feel your muscles after this workout!
Really like Tracy's mat workout. But beware it is not for beginners at all. Lots of reps for an all over workout. The abs and arms are especially thorough.
Published 1 month ago by debs11
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps with pregnancy aches and pains.
Initially purchased this DVD to use post pregnancy but wanted to preview it first. I've still got 3 months until delivery but I'm pretty good at modifying most fitness plans to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JBH
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says if you do it correctly
I have been working with Tracy's dvds for about 4 months and have seen noticable differences in my muscular structure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent total body mat workout
Very delighted with this mat workout. This works your total body and is not complicated to follow. You will feel the burn in your muscles which is a good thing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen B
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New Workout DVDs
I highly recommend Tracy's new perfect design workout series. I'm an advanced exerciser and liked what Tracy's Mat video workout did for me but had had plateau'd with it. Her new series reawakens all those accessory muscles in a BIG way. I have still only done the full first "beginner"... Read More
Feb 28, 2010 by Colette |  See all 3 posts
results after time period of use
The Mat Workout was the first that I felt compelled to review as it is my fav DVD right now (as I have heard is the case with many other women right now). I don't ONLY do Tracy's stuff as I stated several times in my review and in the comments that follow. I just was recently introduced to... Read More
Apr 23, 2009 by S. Levesque |  See all 19 posts
Tracy and cardio
Late post: I run and do her rebounder cardio found online. I have had great results with my lower body, and have not bulked up at all (I did bulk up from heavy weights and squats which I used to do). As stated in my review, the legs section is the only portion of her video that improved my body.
Mar 30, 2011 by J. Lyon |  See all 3 posts
Tracy Anderson New Dvds 2010
I've been doing Tracy's Mat DVD for almost 6 months, and I love it. I received the 3-DVD Perfect Design Series about a week ago and have done the beginner DVD 3 times. It really works different muscles - especially butt, hips and thighs. It's difficult for me to get through the leg routines,... Read More
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