Celebrity fitness expert Tracy Anderson dishes on her favorite ways to staying in shape all season long, especially when it's time to bust out your bathing suit. See her five tips here.
Want to get J. Lo’s booty in four moves? Tracy Anderson is known for sculpting some of the best celebrity bodies around (Beyoncé, Gwyneth and Madonna are just a few others she’s worked with), and while she can share some of these moves designed to target and tone your body, don’t expect a quick fix.
"The worst thing we can do—women to women—is make each other think there is a quick fix or dangle some beautiful person in our faces and be like, 'You want what this person has? Here’s how you get it. Look to me to see how you get it,'" she said.
While raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation this weekend during a Tava dance-inspired workout session at Bal Harbour Shops, the fitness expert shared a few of her tips on getting the bikini body you’ve always dreamed of in a way that's not only realistic, but will also last you after you achieve it.
Make Time for Daily Physical Exercise
“We are meant to move. Just to deal with digesting stresses, you have to connect yourself physically and be able to purge all of that,” Anderson explained. Any type of movement is a step in the right direction, but if you’re catching the latest episode of Real Housewives while taking a leisurely stroll on a treadmill, you’re distracting yourself and not working as hard as you could. “I don’t talk during the class because then I’m taking from you and distracting you, and making it more about me,” she said. Staying focused helps make the most of the time you spend exercising to really get as much out of it as possible.
It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint
“If you’re going to get bikini-ready, and you go for a quick fix like a juice cleanse, you’re going to lose weight. Then you’ll go out on the beach, and want to have chips and guacamole and a margarita, and you’re going to gain two more pounds than what you even lost on the beach that afternoon,” she said. Instead of relying on these quick solutions, look more toward long-term goals and routines, working day-by-day on your health inside and out, including exercise and diet.
Sweat It Out
“The best thing you can do is understand that you need to sweat. Living in Miami, you have the heat and humidity on a platter for you...it’s not even about detoxifying, it’s not even about water weight. When it’s uncomfortable, [your body] turns on its temperature-regulating system, which means that you burn more calories while your body is just trying to get comfortable," she continued. "You need to be sweating during your workout and staying focused to understand that if you start a strategic exercise program now, then you’re going to look better in your bathing suit this year. But next year, you’re going to be bikini-ready, if you stay with it,” she said.
Say No to Carbs & Yes to Organic
“The easiest no-brainer is you’ve got to cut out carbs. It’s lean protein and vegetables if you want to really drop and see the skin come back to the muscle,” she divulged. “But the skin’s not going to come back to the muscle if you’re not doing any strategic muscular structure work.”
While Tracy spent a year as a raw foodist and thought that was the way forward, she realized it wasn’t the best diet for her body. And as for fads like smoothie bowls, they’re not always a great breakfast pick if you’re trying to lose weight, since they’re chock-full of calories. What’s most important overall whether you’re blending, going raw or roasting, is making sure the food you’re consuming is organic, she says.
Don’t Skip Your Workout
When asked what the one thing everyone should do in our everyday routines, Tracy responded: “One hundred percent, don’t skip your workout. If you’re not circulating, not connecting, and not moving, everything you’re putting in your system becomes kind of irrelevant.”
On the flip side though, over-exercising can be just as bad as not exercising enough. As soon as Tracy hit 40, she quit doing multiple workout sessions a day. “Too much exercise can cause accelerated aging just like not enough exercise can,” she said. “There’s a sweet spot finding the balance between too much and not enough exercise.”