Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (my current workout routine)

I have been hearing about Tracy Anderson, who famously trains Gwyneth Paltrow, for years and years, but it took a review on YouTube to convince me to try her Metamorphosis workouts for myself.

If I am not careful about the types of workouts that I do, I tend to get muscular very easily and found that the workouts that I was previously doing were making my body look a bit too athletic for my personal liking.  In other words, I’d prefer to be a little more ballerina and a lot less Arnold (though his appearance certainly works for him!).

I’ve only been at them for about three weeks now (but do not follow her diet plan), and I am already starting to see my muscles lengthening back out again.  And while I am still definitely sporting a bit of muscle, it is much softer looking.

I also incorporate her cardio dance workouts into my fitness routine, and while I usually feel like a giant dork while doing them, they’re really fun.  In fact, the time seems to fly by really quickly.

 Review of Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis

What to expect:

You can expect to work your muscles in new ways using very concentrated movements.  Some of the moves are very awkward and uncomfortable, but the routines are structured so that you gradually work up to the more challenging moves.  You can probably expect to be sore in new places as well.  That has certainly been my experience anyway!

Who can benefit from the workouts:

You can actually select which set of DVDs you want to use based on your own body type, so I’d say that they can really benefit anyone.  I do the abcentric workout, but there’s also hipcentric, glutecentric, and omnicentric options. It’s totally fine if you don’t know what body type matches your own, as Tracy’s website offers a guide.

Who should avoid this program:

Obviously, anyone with injuries or anyone without permission from their doctor to follow a workout regime should not be following along.  If you are after a more athletic sculpted body, I would also say that the program probably isn’t for you.  And finally, if you are someone who likes a lot of instruction during your workouts, you might be discouraged by Metamorphosis.  Tracy basically has you jump right into everything, and her cardio workouts are very fast-paced (although her beginner workouts are pretty easy to follow).   I actually like to watch each new routine through one time before starting, so I don’t get too lost.

Time commitment:

With anything, you have to really put in the effort to see the results.  With this 90-day program, you must be willing to workout for an hour to an hour and a half at least six days a week.  For me, this means waking up in the morning before my children or putting in the time after they’ve gone down for naps or to bed at night.


For these workouts, all you need is a yoga mat, a chair, and a set of two or three pound hand weights.   I’d also recommend choosing an area with lots of space- especially for her cardio routines because you’ll be all over the place!

Things to note before beginning:

As I mentioned earlier, it isn’t a bad idea to watch the routines through before starting.  It definitely helps!  I also recommend previewing some of the workouts on YouTube before making a purchase.


I plan to stick with this program, so if you’re interested, I can give you a progress report in another few months or so.


Have you ever done any of Tracy Anderson’s workouts?  I’d love to know if anyone has ever been to one of her studios!

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  1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have her pregnancy DVDs, and while there are some aspects I like, I can’t say I’m crazy about them.

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