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!
I have been working with Tracy's dvds for about 4 months and have seen noticable differences in my muscular structure. She definitely knows what she is talking about - proof is in the pudding, so to speak. She very clearly states that it is essential to "learn" the workouts, and she also states that the results are in the details. So, even if she isn't giving constant instruction, paying attention to the subtle angles and placements of limbs can and does make a difference in results. I have a dance and fitness background and I can attest to the fact that Tracy's method is different because it doesn't bulk. I have a problem with this big time, and I'm not bulking! Having said all this, Listen to your body - be smart! Start slow, if you need to, to avoid injury and to get used to the movements. If you need to, watch or read tutorials on movements or excersises you don't understand. Also, if you have low back pain, make sure you are supporting with your core (center, abs). Try starting with less reps and always stop if you feel "bad" pain. I have suffered for a long time from sciatica, so all her hip and glute work is challenging for me, but having strenth around the lower back is important for stabilizing the hips, so I do what I can and I am definitely getting stronger (no bulk) and defined. My arms are finally looking slim again - yay! So, I am saying that any result worth getting takes time and diligence. If Tracy's method isn't your cup of tea that's fine, but for me it is delivering what it promises, so it's worth the effort of making sure Im doing the excersises how she intends them to be done. Otherwise, i have noone to blame but myself ;-)
I love this dvd. It's somehow both really easy.... and yet really hard. Making it great for non-fit and fit people alike.
It's easy in the sense that it's easy to follow. Tracy goes into detail on how to do the moves precisely and she doesn't go too fast (except in the ab section which I'll get to later). If you're just starting out you can just do the workouts without weights or pick and choose from the 4 sections to move more slowly.
If you are very fit you will still get your butt kicked though as she will recommend you use weights and you can do more than one section at a time. My butt and lower back muscles have always been weak so the butt section is something I could not go move through all the way even without weights. Only after 2 1/2 weeks of doing the butt section every single day was I FINALLY able to move through that 15 minute workout all the way through (although I still get out of breath by the end of it). You really get to appreciate just how friggin' strong this petite little woman is watching her do all these moves without breaking a sweat AND while using 1.5 lb weights on her ankles!
The ab section moves really fast. She warns you of this when she starts this section. I'm guessing she was running out of time on the DVD or something so she tried to cram the Ab section in there by moving super fast. I have the VLC player on my computer and I am able to slow the playback down a couple of notches so that I can learn the moves. Eventually I'll be able to do it full speed.
This is a great workout! I am a longtime fan of yoga and pilates but have fallen in love the Tracy Anderson Method. Due to an old back injury (compression fractures) I have been unable to run or do cardio of any kind for years. After I turned 30 yoga was unable to keep me in the shape I wanted - this DVD has filled the void! I am not disciplined enough to utilize the diet TA recommends in her book but am very happy with the results of the DVD on a bi-weekly basis. I read a few reviews stating the DVDs did not include enough instruction but I feel they are just right. To me, there is nothing worse than a chirpy, continuous voice telling you what to do during your workout :) She gives instruction, never stop moving and is easy to follow.
I seldom write reviews but felt compelled as this workout so kicked by booty (in a good way) that I wanted to let others that might be looking for a good workout know about it. I am relatively fit, athletic, thin and toned and this still kicked my butt. I can feel my body changing as I work with this program and am aware of muscles I didn't know I had. For those that might find this too challenging, I would say that you can do this at the pace you can handle by doing the amount of reps you can handle and then fast forwarding if necessary. Allow yourself to work up to it if necessary. I tend to get bored with regimented workouts but thus far, I find this particular workout engaging enough (perhaps because I can feel it working). I would definitely recommend this to anyone to who is serious about getting in shape.