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  • Actors: Tracy Anderson
  • Directors: Not Provided
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (946 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DL4JVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am so proud that you have chosen to have me as your teacher and design your healthiest body. I have dedicated over a decade to creating the tools, movements, and prescriptions to keep your muscles awake and alert and be able to give you the body you desire. No one in fitness has ever created the collection of content that the Tracy Anderson Method delivers to you. With this program, your results will never plateau or fail you like any fitness programs you may have tried in the past.

This is the first Tracy Anderson Method DVD and is a great introduction to the Method and the muscular structure workouts that you will be completing while on the Method. I recommend that you begin with this DVD first and that you use this workout to wake up your muscles, invigorate your body, and build up your stamina as you gain strong fundamentals in the Method. I offer a lot of advice in the commentary throughout the workout and it is a really comprehensive overview of the Method and an excellent starting point for any level of ability. You should do this DVD for at least 1 month or until you have mastered the entire workout and feel you have gained strength to move to the next level. This DVD should be used in conjunction with the Tracy Anderson Method Trampoline Cardio DVD. The goal of all of my DVDs is for you to become strong enough to begin Metamorphosis, which is customized by your specific body type and what all of my clients do. This is where the magic begins but it is very beneficial to learn the basics of the Method with this mat DVD first. It is crucial that you don't stay on one of my programs too long because then the workout stops working for you and we will lose the hard work and momentum towards your goals. I am so excited to begin this transformation with you!
Love, Tracy

''Truly a miracle. Never did I imagine that in my 30s, after two children, I would be able to change my body to the degree to which I have. Tracy's method works! All you have to do is put the time in and you will see results you never thought possible.'' - Gwyneth Paltrow

''Tracy Anderson's Method has proven to be the best exercise program for my body'' - Madonna

About the Actor

Tracy Anderson started dancing as a child, and at age 18 she traveled from her hometown in the Midwest to New York, determined to realize her life-long dream of becoming a professional dancer. After experiencing a considerable amount of weight gain, she began to experiment and create her own workout methods that led to a complete transformation of her own body.

Alongside her work as a dancer, Tracy decided to study and research muscle structure and specific training techniques. Armed with the knowledge from her research, she developed a computer software program for training to guide her and allow her to keep the balance between weight loss and a healthy body.

After 10 years of extensive research and development, Tracy has designed several fitness systems -- including bands, bars, and cubes. These systems challenge the small muscle groups by offering resistance as well as forcing the body to rely on its balance. Tracy also designed the Hybrid Body Reformer, an apparatus that uses a fusion of aerobic and dance movements, to re-engineer the muscular structure. The overall mission of Tracy's method is to strengthen the smaller muscle groups so that these muscles can pull in the larger muscles -- which results in a lean figure that is not bulky. Tracy's method has transformed the bodies of countless women to their tiniest, strongest points, and she has helped her clients achieve toned and defined bodies with smooth and firm skin.

In order to share her technique with people around the world, Tracy has released three top-selling fitness DVDs and Her Perfect Design Series I-III, Beginner Dance Aerobics and Dance Cardio II are available on tracyandersonmethod.com. Additionally, Tracy's book, Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible is available for purchase. Tracy's latest project, Metamorphosis by Tracy Anderson, was released in early 2011. This unique approach to at-home fitness training offers 4 different series of DVDs based on 4 different body types. It is a 90-day program and consists of 1 disc for every 10 days of muscular structure work and a dance cardio DVD. Upon completion, you can enroll in Continuity, which continues with a new disc of muscular structure work every 10 days (for your body type) and a new dance cardio DVD every 90 days. Purchase of Metamorphosis allows access to an online community and the kit also comes with measuring tape, nutrition guide, and a workout tracker.

Tracy's list of celebrity clients includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Courteney Cox and Kristin Davis. She is constantly developing new moves, routines, and techniques to ensure that her method stays fresh. Tracy has studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and a summer location in the Hamptons. Trainers are also available for private training in London.

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I personally love that she doesn't talk a lot since you have to do the DVD 4-6 times a week to get the results you want.
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It's really hard to explain how it works, but all I can tell you is that you'll get it if you do it enough.
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1,284 of 1,323 people found the following review helpful By S. Levesque on January 1, 2009
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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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484 of 514 people found the following review helpful By S. Kim on January 4, 2009
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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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269 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Januare on September 30, 2008
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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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