I have Tracy's Mat workout and I have tried her Metamorphosis Abcentric. I think this is a great step after her Mat workout. It's harder but it still has a familiar elements of both. It has 4, 15 minute sections focusing on Arms, Legs, Glute and Abs. In the Arms she warms you up with no weights and moves you into weights. She uses 3lbs and briefly 5lbs. This was challenging and fatigued my arms. The 5's topped it off! In the Legs, she uses the chair for standing and floor work. This was challenging and really fatigued my legs. The Glute section was on the floor with the option to use ankle weights. She uses 1.5 lb each and doesn't recommend using anything heavier. I tried 2.5 and humbly and quickly took them off! In the last section, Abs, is done on the floor. I like the option to do just one section or play all. Even though they are 15 minutes each they deliver a good burn and fatigues the muscles. They are challenging! I was sore the next day which is hard to find sometimes! I enjoyed it!
So I had been doing the Tracy Anderson Method for almost two years when I became pregnant with twins in the Fall of 2012. She got me in the best shape of my life, and then BAM! Pregnant with twins!! I took about a year and a half off from exercising, and just took it easy with slow walks and stretching. Fast forward to February 2014.... So when I tried to dive back into her craziness (but you gotta love it, the girl gets you RESULTS) I almost DIED doing this DVD. If you are just getting into fitness or have been away from her method for a long while, I would definitely say WORK UP to this one. Feeling a bit defeated but unwilling to give up, I decided to order her newer "Method for beginners" DVD and also her Post Pregnancy DVD, to use and work at to be able to build up to this one. I don't have a bunch of time during the day with two 12 month olds crawling around, so I devoted 30-45 min to her Method, and did the beginner DVD faithfully for a month as the first program, than month two I devoted to her Post pregnancy DVD (GREAT FOR ABS after pregnancy!!) THEN, this past week was the start of month 3, and I popped this one in my DVD player and I am happy to say, it's still classic Tracy, meaning, super challenging, but do able if you set your mind to it. I will probably work at this one for another month or so, then move on to another DVD of hers.....she is not for everyone, and her moves Will seem strange at first, but if you stick with her for at least 60 days, no matter what your fitness level, your body WILL change. She got pretty rich doing what she does cause her stuff works. I don't do her Method exclusively, but I will say that her programs comprise at least 75% of my exercise time. She is the only fitness personality that has been able to capture and hold my attention for a long period of time, because I get results and she encourages you to constantly change it up. Now, whether that's because she wants us to constantly buy new DVDs, who is to say, but it's not good to keep doing the same moves over and over again anyway. ...I find that too boring, especially if you are an at home exerciser like me. Oh....I also recommend reading her Book if you are completely brand new to her method. I feel like all her diet advice is a bit too crazy and restrictive, but the book is a GREAT Primer to her exercise philosophy and gets you pumped to try her new "wicked" ways.....try it and you'll see! More than likely, you will come back for more like I did.
I thought this workout was going to be cardio be in actuality it is a segmented toning workout (lost one star for the implied cardio).
It reminds me of Tracy's mat DVD, it is about an hour to do all 4 segments which are: 1. Arms 2. Legs 3. Butt 4. Abs
Tracy actually talks you through the moves in this DVD and she COUNTS THE REPS. This is one thing I found lacking in some of her other workouts like Metamorphosis. I have done metamorphosis and this is more difficult then some of the first few levels and less difficult then the last few levels. The pros are that the arms really get a workout here, that is a huge bonus to me. I also appreciate that you don't spend a lot of time on all fours as in the meta videos. That was my least favorite part of meta and I appreciate that it is minimal in this DVD.
You will need the following: Mat, 3 pound weights, 5 pound weights, an armless chair, and 1.5 pound ankle weights
You can either play the entire workout or pick the section that you want. This will be a nice add on to any other workout and especially nice if you want to focus on one area.
I would imagine you could do this DVD and then follow it up with the perfect design series, although she states that this will prep you for meta. For those that aren't ready/willing for the meta commitment this is a good DVD.
No matter what weird exercise phase I get into, I always, always go back to the TA Mat Workout. I heart that DVD so much. In light of that, I took one star off for Precision Toning b/c it is not as friendly to my bad wrists and knees (ie, I have to take breaks and/or modify) like the Mat video is.
In terms of clear direction, this DVD is amazing. I've never minded the lack of counting or direction in her other DVDs (exceptions: Teen Meta, which is pure torture, and Metamorphosis, which is also torture in a repetitive way--and therefore, I can't stick to it).
Also, for those who say this isn't a cardio DVD--well, ok, there is no dancing or running around, but holy crap, if you are ACTUALLY doing the exercises (not half-*ssing it, which is what I suspect a lot of complainers are doing, no offense), you will be gasping for breath by the time you get to the middle of the legs section. I was dripping sweat everywhere by this point (and also frequently cursing. The pain!!!). You will feel your heart racing for hours upon finishing.
This DVD is way harder than the Mat DVD (which I can actually get all the way through, in spite of being 15 lbs. overweight), which comparatively is like taking a 10 minute walk. It's been 2 days since I first did this workout and I am still walking bowlegged and jangly. My thighs are on freaking fire. I am going to try to get through it again tomorrow even though I'm practically tripping over myself from jangly-leg syndrome.