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The Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout DVD (2008)

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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 (906 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F2HZHI
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1,240 of 1,275 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first review...love the Mat Workout... January 1, 2009
Format:DVD
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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465 of 491 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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265 of 304 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! September 30, 2008
By Januare
Format:DVD
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
Good follow along routine. I recommend it.
Published 4 days ago by Barbara
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not helpful for me
Published 5 days ago by Andrea Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick at it! You will get tiny!
I love TA especially this work out. It works, who cares if she doesn't speak much or does some moves more on one leg than the other, just start with the other leg the next... Read more
Published 7 days ago by C. Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars ... video for about 3 weeks now and I do love it.
I have been doing this video for about 3 weeks now and I do love it.
Published 9 days ago by Cali Yedinak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The wife likes is,,, what else is there?
Published 12 days ago by fritzon
3.0 out of 5 stars A little better than "meh"..
I got this with a yoga mat (really just wanted a new affordable mat but for the same price, this one came with a DVD). I don't love this workout. Read more
Published 16 days ago by clementine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I challenge anyone to do her arm exercises and not have burning arms immediately!
Published 21 days ago by Supermodel
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Arm section impossible
Published 24 days ago by joanne perry
4.0 out of 5 stars For lookin' good on the dance floor
This video is well done; it is a good routine to get every part of your body worked out. I WISH it was divided up so I can click to different parts when I'm short on time. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jean
1.0 out of 5 stars If your not a dancer
Unless your a dancer it's pretty hard to follow
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
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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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