Fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson’s revolutionary method can give anyone—regardless of their genetic shape— strong, lean muscles and create balance where there is imbalance in their body. Tracy knows this, because she’s done it to herself—and thousands of others with more than two decades of scientific research and content development.
Tracy has helped countless celebrities transform their bodies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alessandra Ambrosio, Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie, Robert Downey Jr, Olivia Palermo, Hilary Rhoda, and even Miss Piggy. The beauty of the Tracy Anderson Method, though, is that people everywhere can get access to the same training, and the same perpetually evolving regimens as the red carpet’s biggest stars, either in one of the Tracy Anderson studios—or in their own living rooms.
THE GENESIS OF THE METHOD
After moving to New York City on a dance scholarship when she was 18, Tracy gained 40 pounds, which she could not shake from her 5’ frame. While her mother is built like a ballerina, her father has battled obesity his entire life, and it was this genetic predisposition—coupled with hormonal shifts—that undermined all of her efforts at the ballet bar. Despite over-exercising and under-eating, she could not budge the weight. Despairing, she abandoned her dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
At the time she put her dance dreams on hold, Tracy was married to a pro basketball player who was participating in a rehabilitation league in Puerto Rico for his ailing back. There, she met a doctor who was attempting to ease the strain on the large muscle groups in athletes by strengthening the small, accessory muscles. The concept resonated deeply with Tracy, and she threw herself into his research: While the proof was crystal clear, activating the small muscles—and keeping them consistently challenged—was a huge task. Thanks to her background in movement, Tracy knew she could find a way.
THE FORMATION OF THE METHOD
After years of research, self-testing, and refinement, Tracy had completely transformed her own body—and given shape to an early version of the Tracy Anderson Method. She took her findings to Indiana, where she assembled a test group of 100s of women. Over five years, she created custom workouts and diets—which she overhauled every 10 days to keep the accessory muscles consistently engaged—and tracked and graphed her findings. While all of the women came to her with wildly different genetic backgrounds and body types, Tracy gave each and every one of them long, lean muscles.
In short, she had figured out how to harness and deliver the elusive dancer’s body.
THE BRAND EVOLUTION
In 2006, after the birth of her second child, Moses, Gwyneth Paltrow found herself lugging around an extra 20 pounds: While she had always been fit and health-conscious, she couldn’t lose the weight, despite turning to all the exercise regimens that had worked for her in the past. While filming the first Iron Man movie in 2006, Gwyneth began working with Tracy—and lost 11 inches in the first 10 days. Stunned, Gwyneth determined that every woman should have access to Tracy’s method, and the two became business partners.
Over the past two decades, the Tracy Anderson Method has grown and evolved, though the basic premise remains the same: Tracy continues to develop thousands of new routines to ensure that no client ever plateaus.
Tracy conducts her first research study in Indiana
Detox Weeks begin!
The first Tracy Anderson Dance Cardio DVD is released
Tracy invents her first machine: The Hybrid Body Reformer
The Tracy Anderson Studio City studio opens in LA
Tracy meets Gwyneth in London
Tracy starts the printed legging craze
Tracy designs a trampoline workout
Tracy and Gwyneth appear on Oprah!
Tracy and Gwyneth become business partners
Tracy and Gwyneth cover Gotham magazine
Tracy goes on a world tour with Madonna
Tracy brings her Iso Kinetic band system to the studio
Tracy launches Sweaty Betty in London
Tracy invents the Cube apparatus
Tracy covers FitnessRX magazine
A treadmill workout for Molly Sims is created
The first Tracy Anderson x goop workout video is shared with GP's readers
Tracy invents The Super-G Floor
The Tracy Anderson Tribeca studio opens in NYC
The Metamorphosis DVD program is released
The Tracy Anderson Water Mill studio opens in the Hamptons
The Pregnancy Project DVD is released
The Post Pregnancy 2 DVD is released
Hello, Instagram! Tracy's first post
Tracy's 30-Day Method book is published
The Perfect Design DVD Series is released
The Tracy Anderson Brentwood studio opens in LA
Tracy is a guest on E! Fashion Police with Joan Rivers
Tracy and Gwyneth partner with AOL for The Restart Project series
Tracy named Us Weekly's Most Stylish
Tracy launches a men's workout program
Tracy brings her trampoline workout to the public
Tracy partners with Microsoft for Xbox 360
The Unleash Your Inner Popstar DVD is released
Tracy and Jennifer Lopez promote Lena Dunham's new book
Tracy walks in the Red Dress Collection Show at New York Fashion Week
Tracy Anderson classes pop up in Las Vegas!
Tracy covers Health magazine for its May and Summer issues
Tracy goes online! The TA Online Studio is born
The Tracy Anderson East Hampton studio opens in the Hamptons
Tracy makes a cameo in Nicole Richie's show, Candidly Nicole
Tracy trains Miss Piggy in the premiere episode of The Muppets
Tracy and BCRF launch Move to Cure
Tracy partners with Target to launch CLEAR Bars
Tracy Anderson is the premiere business featured on CNBC's Follow The Leader
Tracy speaks at Oprah's OWN U
Tracy Anderson studio pops up in Miami!
Tracy and Jennifer Lopez team up for Ain't Your Mama Body Challenge
Tracy Anderson studio pops up in Dallas!
Tracy announces Total Teen, her first DVD program for teens
The Tracy Anderson 59th Street studio opens in NYC
The Tracy Anderson Method covers People Magazine's Half Their Size issue
The Tracy Anderson Show debuts on SiriusXM
Tracy partners with Alessandra Ambrosio for The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Tracy's Total Teen book is published
The Tracy Anderson Madrid studio opens in Spain
Tracy is named one of Inc. Magazine's top 100 female founders
The work-in begins with The PER4MANCE Program
The Tracy Anderson Studio City studio reopens
Tracy takes reign as CEO
Tracy becomes a GIPHY
The Tracy Anderson x Barneys New York collection is released
The first issue of TA Quarterly is printed
Vitality Crystals land in the shop