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Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

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Give Tracy Anderson a break.

Everywhere I turn, I'm seeing people bash her style, call out her methods, and paint the worst overall picture of the woman possible. I still don't see why.

The girl's clearly made a booming success of her fitness career. She's worth 110 million dollars, and she's the owner of a large company, no, a large enterprise based in the entertainment capital of the world, with her name plastered front and centre. Business owners, small or large, would do well to take a few nuggets of advice. She's currently the person in the fitness industry with the highest net worth. She must be doing something right.

And it shows that she is. Any personal trainer knows that the pinnacle of your career is reached when you start training celebrities. I mean, they're celebrities. They do movies and appear on the screen. They obviously need different training than the average person. Do you know how much better you need to be at what you do, in order to get a hold of a celebrity client? Tracy's got like, 25 of them.

If you still doubt that she's a cut above, just look at her methods. Of course, she keeps some of the things she knows shrouded in secrecy. You can't share all your methods (when you're good at something, never do it for free -- the Joker from Batman taught me that). But the stuff she does share with the public makes it pretty obvious that she's the real deal. She strays from "basic" training, because celebs aren't "basic" people. Her stuff is different. In my studies, I've never thought of combining dance moves with dumbbell training in order to improve my fitness. It just never came to me -- and if it did, I'd be a millionaire right now.

It makes sense when you think about it. Those large barbell exercises train surface muscles while the smaller movements with the three pound dumbbells train the deep muscles that make you look more toned and athletic.

Athletic. You know, like, athletes.

If the Bills used some common sense and employed these methods, they could finally start winning some games. I always see footage of them training with their silly presses and cleans and squats, and then going out and getting beaten on the field. People, the answers are right in front of us and we're not taking advantage.

To make sure that what I'm saying actually has some background, I'm literally sitting here with an open anatomy book to the pages of the muscular system as I write this. It looks like a big road map. There must be at least 70 muscles through the body in total - I'll even stretch to say 80 (if you flex hard enough, you'll see). How could anyone commit all of that theory to memory? Understandably then, the people out there who rely on barbell movements are just doing what comes easy, and you can't blame them. Hell, I sure know I couldn't memorize a whole 80 muscles.

So process of elimination would lead one to conclude that the muscles we don't pay enough attention to are the ones Tracy apparently zeroes in on with her unorthodox moves, instead of the big bulky surface muscles we train when we squat and press. Tracy says all men want to be panthers -- that is, machines that function. What's functional about squats and deadlifts?

Also, I'm sick and tired of the pompous "strength coaches" who defame the girl, with their callous opinions strongly entrenched in the bastion of "exercise science". It's just a method to create leverage and have a sustainable argument because these books say so, and you can't argue with books. America may be the fattest country in the world, but they're not the dumbest country in the world. I mean seriously - If there was someone telling them for years now that squatting and deadlifting and pressing were the keys to making them fit, don't you think they'd just listen?

What's all the hype around strength training anyway? The term "strength coach" obviously implies that their job is to coach a client's strength, and not transform a client's body. Being the most out of shape country, America needs to put strength training on the backburner, and should try to remember that they're the most powerful country in the world, and focus more on looking the part by transforming fat into muscle, and getting toned.

Plus, those books that strength coaches read to get their knowledge are nothing but merchandise too. They were written by people just like Tracy (but way, worse - some of them don't even have six packs!) trying to sell their product, who clearly didn't know how to build as big and successful an enterprise as Tracy did, and erroneously thought their years of schooling or practical credentials would help their cause, but their efforts were short, which is why those books didn't make it all the way to TV (which should be the goal). If they truly were the real deal, they'd be everywhere.

And did I mention that there's like, 80 muscles in the human body? Really. Who can expect to remember all those muscles?

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training for the masses, all while lifting no more than three pounds to get the job done. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

A very painful reality.

If you're not training celebrities, and you haven't gotten on TV, you've still got a way to go before you're a true "fitness guru". Get with it.

In her 4 foot 11, 96 pound frame, she's got the weight of the fitness world resting on her shoulders. It's a shame she doesn't lift anything more than 3 pounds when she trains.

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