Tracy Anderson is on the cover of Health Magazine. I’m not sure at what point she became this like, huge celebrity, but most things I’ve heard about her revolve around shaming women (even pregnant women!) into fitness and kind of this, trendy extreme version of health. Anyhow, here are the highlights of her interview:
On Gwyneth Paltrow’s best advice:
“She shared with me that her father once told her that when someone shows you who they are, believe them. Don’t try to justify the times they were great, because the times when they weren’t is who they really are.”
On when we learn to stop hating on ourselves:
“When we give ourselves permission to celebrate our own beauty. It’s one reason why I love Lena Dunham as a client. Her objective is not to become a size 2. It’s to feel more connected to herself and to feel healthier and be balanced in her life.”
On pushing boundaries:
“We are wrapped in bubble wrap. We think that making it through the pain cave is putting our workout gear on and getting to class. Now, I’m not knocking any level of showing up, but I think many people are stuck in preschool with their bodies. Going for a walk is like going to preschool—but you could go to college, you could get your master’s degree.”
On giving in to cravings:
“I just can’t eat lean protein and vegetables every day of the month. I love french fries, I love pasta, I love food—there’s not a potato that I do not love.”
On her advice to those reluctant to start working out later in life:
“It’s never too late to show up for your health. You can be in the best shape of your life at any age.”
On the importance of staying focused:
“Keeping your mind engaged is key. Period. A good marker: If you can make your grocery list while you’re working out, you’re not engaged.”
Q: So when will we stop hating on ourselves?
When we give ourselves permission to celebrate our own beauty. It’s one reason why I love Lena Dunham as a client. Her objective is not to become a size 2. It’s to feel more connected to herself and to feel healthier and be balanced in her life. If she wants to have pizza with her boyfriend, then she’s going to have pizza with her boyfriend. She’s not in a race to be something that she’s not, and that’s one of the things that make her so beautiful.
“Stuck in preschool,” very classy. That and TWO Lena Dunham references make this…just what I expected.