3:21 pm - 01/31/2013

Fitness Post: You too can look like GOOP

Is Your Workout Making You Fat?

This week, I circle back to my partner and fitness guru Tracy Anderson as myself and various cohorts have some questions about diet and maximizing time spent in the gym. Some of these said cohorts have been training for marathons and spinning regularly with odd results and wanted some answers. Another has just a few last holiday pounds to shed. Tracy has very kindly provided us with her insights and a 15-minute workout to use as an add-on to your regular workout or to get you started. Either way, she's freaking awesome. And this week, just in time for Valentine's Day (or if you want to get a jump on Mother's Day), is our exclusive collaboration with one of my fave jewelry designers, Jen Meyer. Give (yourself) the mum necklace. You deserve it.;)


Gwyneth mentioned you have a shake that’s great for getting rid of the last few pounds when you’re trying to lose weight. What goes into the shake and when/how often should we be drinking it?

A:I drink my Wellness Formula Shake every morning.

It has a complete amino acid profile and comes from an all-vegan protein source. I mix two scoops with grass-fed, hormone-free whole milk, fresh coconut water, and a little dark chocolate agave mix. It’s my power milkshake and gets me through my morning, my workout, and my shower. I then eat a light lunch with loads of fresh greens and an early dinner of whatever I want. I am very consistent and that routine has been a key player in my results.

Powders are a great way to add protein to your diet without all the potentially harmful effects of some protein sources. Keep in mind, protein shakes in general should be treated as a meal replacement, not a snack. If you combine two scoops of the shake with water and ice in lieu of breakfast or lunch, you will lose weight and feel great, as it provides clean energy to burn throughout the day. If you add coconut water, fruit, almond milk, et al, you’re packing calories into the drink that can quickly add up and ultimately cause weight gain.

It seems that some people are all about kettle bells while others are diametrically opposed to heavy weight lifting. What’s your stance?

A:I am NOT a fan of kettle bells. Without a truly keen mind/body connection and ability to control swinging weights, you can easily injure yourself: The way that the momentum forces the muscles is a very difficult process to master. And overuse, which comes from constantly swinging in the same rotation, can lead to lasting damage. Kettle balls are also unnecessary, since you can easily get the benefits of incorporating weight and motion in a way that doesn’t add bulk or put your body at risk of injury.

I have occasionally designed programs for men that incorporate kettle bells, but I would never recommend them to women, even for women who are fans of bulkier muscle lines. While bulkier muscle looks OK on women in their 20s and 30s, it doesn’t age well. The sooner you build a long, lean, and feminine arm, the more sustainable the results will be—and with no sacrifice in strength

More Q&A at source
littlemix 31st-Jan-2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
i bought jillian michaels' 30 day shred and i'm going to start this weekend. thoughts on the work-out?
dearpencilpal 31st-Jan-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
so hard the first few times, gets easier, then harder. not too bad when you rationalize that it's just 30 minutes a day.
albeit_ 31st-Jan-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
the first day i did it i cried when it was over lol
patiently 31st-Jan-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
try not to do it every day. i did and saw absolute noticable results but i'm an idiot who is a total beginner and went from level one to level three. my knees haven't recovered. now i'm trying yoga. also don't feel bad if you have to take a few breaks. she's like DON'T STOP NOW YOU CAN DO IT shrieking at you but just tell her to take a few seats and stop if you need to.

Edited at 2013-01-31 08:52 pm (UTC)
invisible_cunt 1st-Feb-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
to echo your last sentence, omg i yell back at her 'SHUT THE FUCK UP I'M TAKE A 10 SECOND BREATHER BECAUSE MY QUADS ARE BURNING, YOU BITCH'
xeroxicide__ 31st-Jan-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I think it's super easy. If you're out of shape you might be tempted to half ass some of the moves but srsly either do the moves correctly or don't bother. The work out is so short that you won't be doing much good by stopping or dragging. Lol well that's my little pep talk but yeah it's a great vid and you actually feel energized to do more after you've adjusted to becoming more active.
deja_vu822 31st-Jan-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
she yells at you a lot, which fueled my anger and made me channel it into the workout. but it wasn't something i really enjoyed doing, so i stopped after a few times.
bmblebeela 31st-Jan-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
i did that for one summer and saw results
but after 2 times of doing it, i hit a plateau sadly :(

that was like 3 years ago though, but it definitely kicks your butt!
i did it everyday though and saw results pretty quick.
the 2nd level is the hardest imo
teenageriot16 31st-Jan-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I did Ripped in 30 and absolutely loved it, it gave my arms so much more definition and now I'm really proud of them.

The thirty day shred is somewhat easier, but the ab work is fantastic.
mysticlady3 31st-Jan-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I have it and I ended up skiping to level 2 cause I got bored of level 1. It is difficult at first but you get through it. I agree that don't do it everyday cause my knees were hurting and I don't want to screw them up.

I suggest you change it up. There is a chart with all these work outs that I do between the 30 day shred, if you want it.
champagnexdream 31st-Jan-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
I like it a lot for the most part but I can't fucking do push-ups so I always get frustrated and quit lol. I even suck at the girl ones tbh.
goooooblue 31st-Jan-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hard as hell but gives you great results if you stick to it. Unfortunately every time I try to do it I get to maybe 10 days in, then get bored and stop. But even after only 7-10 days I saw a big difference.
fluorescentx 31st-Jan-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
LOVE it. I'm onto level 3 now. I was already toned ish when I started but it has done actual wonders for my butt.
slacker_chic 31st-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I recently bought this too and shit is tough! You pretty much have to already work out just to do the 1st program. It's a good workout though, short but intense
sweet_pepper 31st-Jan-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Busted my knees and I heard it did that for a lot of people so be careful :( I did everything properly
myblackass 31st-Jan-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Don't do it everyday if you value your knees.
savemeris 31st-Jan-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm doing it right now, day 17/21. I've had it for years now, but have given up after like 5 days, so this time I'm trying to stick with it.

Level 2 makes me want to cry. I feel like puking during the Circuit 2 cardio, and the squats with V-Flies during the strength circuit 3 are the bane of my existence.

I don't know if I'm seeing the results that I was hoping for - haven't lost inches or much weight yet, but my arms are getting more toned, and i THINK i lost 1/4 inch on my thighs? I also didn't feel like it was burning enough calories so I've started playing Just Dance for a 1/2 hour afterwards, which isn't much but is more than sitting on the couch.

Edited at 2013-01-31 09:13 pm (UTC)
jainypoo 31st-Jan-2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I have it & it's really good, though I'm too lazy for her style of training haha I switched to pilates
ediesedgwick 31st-Jan-2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Watch through the workout first and then google for how to properly perform the movements to avoid hurting yourself. She doesn't really tell you how to do squats or lunges during the DVD iirc, and you should have the technique down before you're doing it in a timed situation.
dubiously 31st-Jan-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I've never gotten past the first week. I just find it really monotonous. By that point I usually end up with some kind of joint pain anyway from doing too much too fast because I'm going to make sure I get immediate results. If you're not already fairly active so your body is used to it, don't think you can throw yourself into this hardcore plus a bunch of added cardio or something everyday. Ease into it is my advice and hopefully you won't get too bored with it too quickly.
arsenicsugar 31st-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I like okay. I just started Week 3, but a warning Week 1 is totally boring. As some other posters said, watch your knees. If you have any pre-existing knee issues, you might want to find another workout. There's a lot of lunges and squats etc. that will mess them up.

I watch the workout on my laptop (it's on youtube!) on mute while watching stuff on Netflix lol.

That said, I personally wouldn't substitute it for other workouts unless you're out of shape and trying to get in better shape. I already workout and all I noticed was increased endurance and better definition in my calves.
americnxidiot 31st-Jan-2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
if you have bad knees/ankles, be careful. after about 2 weeks, i had to stop because the impact made my joints really swollen.
laceandskin 31st-Jan-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I tried to do it twice and gave up both times. Doing the same thing everyday was not for me.
laurie_springs 31st-Jan-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
The 2nd level is both amazing and horrible.

It's great for your thighs and legs and overall toning but if you're in decent shape don't expect a lot of weight loss.
nefertitii 1st-Feb-2013 12:54 am (UTC)
ripped in 30 is better imo

Edited at 2013-02-01 12:54 am (UTC)
invisible_cunt 1st-Feb-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
i have it and did it for like 2 weeks, lol. but i have no motivation to exercise. did it to tone up a bit. i'll get back into it when i'm happier.

but in the 2 weeks i did it, i noticed a significant increase in my endurance, and i was getting some biceps!
holypotatoes1 1st-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Everyone is saying all of this bad stuff about it being bad on your knees but I ended up having the opposite result after I actually stopped doing the workout and took notice of the results. I have a blown out right knee and my left isn't much better. Though the jumping lunges royally pissed me off and angered my knees throughout the workouts after it was all said and done my right knee that used to twist when I knelt down doesn't do it anymore. So it does build up a lot of the muscles around that knee joint. The workout itself felt less impactful than running to me. At least on the knees.
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