It’s time to talk about Tracy Anderson’s Method again because my first ten days of the boot camp are coming to an end. The happy end.
I don’t know how Tracy does it, but it definitely works. I feel and see that my body is changing and my clothes fit differently. My legs are slimmer and my tummy looks as if it’s losing the “insulation”.
It’s not easy, though.
The workout does look simple. You lift your leg here or flick your arms there or perform a few crunches. I watched the DVD first and thought that I could do 40 reps of each move, no problem. I was so wrong! I burned to the core! I completed 20 reps and it was more then enough, I just couldn’t do any more. Once the muscular work was over and done with I had to do 40 minutes of cardio. I only managed 20. I felt fine afterwards, just very tired. As if I haven’t slept for days. Or sort of don’t-touch-me-‘cause-am-grumpy tired. Next morning my body was aching in various places, some of which I never knew of before, and I loved this kind of pain, the satisfying post-workout indulging beautiful agony.
Three days in and I was getting my energy back. I was also able to complete 40 reps of leg work, 60 reps of abs and, oh well, 20 reps of arms. Plus cardio.
And so my life with Tracy continued. After 5 days of puffing I decided to take a day off and give my tired body a chance to rest. If I didn’t I’d probably develop a strong dislike for my daily workouts. From day seven I started varying the number of reps and the length of cardio according to my mood and energy levels.
I guess, that’s the thing about exercise – you need to love and enjoy the process. I exercise for pleasure. Of course, I exercise to be in shape, meaning slim and healthy, but first of all, exercise is a pleasurable past time.
I believe that if you only use exercise as a mean to lose weight or tone up or whatever takes your fancy, you will give up sooner or later. Pleasurable experience, on the other hand, calls for more pleasurable moments, which makes you want to continue and do it over and over and over again. For months. Or even years.
I am not planning to follow TA method for 30 days and then stop. My goal is to tone up my body and also learn new moves and get used to the routine. And then continue training with Tracy and use her other DVDs.
More to come, so stay tuned.
Photo source: Masha Novoselova in Elle UK June 2010 (photography: David Slijper, styling: Karina Givargisoff)