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The Price of Tracy Anderson Studio, aka Gwyneth's Gym in New York

Gym Gossip: Details on Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth's Gym

Last January when asked if you would want to join Gwyneth's gym she was planning to open with her trainer Tracy Anderson, most of you were not swayed by the celebrity affiliation.

Well, the inner workings of the gym have been revealed, and for starters it is not a gym — it's a studio. Let's start with the cost of joining the gym studio. The initiation fee ranges from $790 for a six-month membership to $1,500 for a full year. The monthly fees are $900 a month. For that hefty price, you can choose from 85 classes offered weekly, featuring cardio dance aerobics, which Gwyneth described by saying, "It's fun because it's not like you're running mindlessly on a treadmill." And running is something Tracy thinks you should never do, since she believes running creates too much bulk on your backside, and "a bulked-up bottom is not a pretty one." But I digress. To see what else you get for $900, after the break.

Unfortunately, Anderson will not be taking on clients at the Tribeca studio. She splits her training time between the two stars that made her famous, business partner Gwyneth and Madonna, whom Tracy and staff refer to as M. However, members will receive personalized attention from her staff. Every member receives a customized program every 10 days, which is good since it is recommended that you work out at for at least 30 minutes, but preferably 60 minutes, six days a week. Whatever you do, don't supplement Tracy's work with yoga. Tracy wants your undivided attention, and has forbidden her star clients to practice yoga.

If you cannot make it to the Tracy Anderson Studio, you can try her method with a free mini webisode. Since the gym is out of my budget, I think I am gonna head out for a run. What about you?

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nikke212 nikke212 5 years
please stop this punishment
lollofit lollofit 7 years
It's pretty common for a dance studio to be called...well, a studio. Sounds like that's what it is. Why do people spend tons of money on anything every month? Luxury, image, prestige... whatever. People spend tons on a gym for the exact same reasons they buy designer shoes and handbags. Not such a huge deal and no one seems to be so critical of that.
Mich1210 Mich1210 7 years
Hey everyone! I have to say I am like Tracy, 5'0 and have had a hard time looking long and lean. I have been working out hard core for 16 yrs., with running, tae bo, spinning, step classes, elliptical, weights, you name it, I have tried it! I am in excellent shape but never had that long, lean look until I started her mat dvd. I have reached amazing results in the past month. BUT, I still run, do taebo and yoga in conjunction. I love to sweat and feel like I am doing something for myself, my mind and my body. My point is, all you need is $29.95 for her video,not thousands of dollars to achieve results at her studio. It's working for me! :-)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Running is a great form of cardio and in case Miss TA never looked at long distance runners, they have some of the thinnest and leanest bodies. Regarding yoga...since when does yoga cause you to bulk up? What's wrong with gaining flexibility, lean flat muscles, better alignment and posture and reduced stress? To trash tried-and-true exercises shows her complete lack of exercise knowledge. I think she's actually encouraging osteoporosis in her clients.
hellojello hellojello 7 years
I have said this before and I will say it again, do a google search on Tracey she has an interesting past. The cost of the "studio" membership is extremely high, especially when you look at the present economy, I hope that they lose their shirts. From what I can tell her "nothing above 3lbs weight routines" acts more like a weighted cardio and is not weight training. This only works if you put the 100 repetitions in for each move, who has bloody time for that? Secondly, her bit about no running???? Have you seen her body......she has NO butt, to the point that it is not attractive. Also, the bit about no yoga, people who do power yoga and Bikram yoga seriously have some of the best bodies (in terms of muscle definition without being overly bulky). She clearly only cares only about vanity and doesn't strive to promote any kind of fitness level.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
The people that pay for this advice must be real winners. I would love to look like a twig without any muscle. Especially for $900 a month! WHAT A BARGAIN! Being an athlete, runner, or actually lifting real weights is not going to make you bulky you misinformed babbling idiot!!
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
Funny,just came back from my morning 8-mile run,plus planning to do my strength training tonight (with at least 10 pounds weights:)...was reading this article thinking how some talentless,clueless people like her even get recognized.I guess being in a right time,in a right place having connections and knowing right people.Seems like her studio will be great for some rich,lazy gals who hate running and sweating (due to working out with a full make up) and prefer staying inside air-conditioned studio lifting 2 pounds weights.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
Runningesq -- NWM = Nike Women Marathon. This is a popular race in SF area. They did the random drawing a few months back, and our team got lucky this year [We entered last year, but did not get picked]. It is expected to be around 22,000 participants for both 1/2 marathon and full marathon participant. Race day is Oct 18, 2009.
EllePixie EllePixie 7 years
Alright, I usually let Tracy go on her wacky tips, but telling people not to o running? WTF? When I started running my butt was the FIRST thing that starting going away, and who wants a flat butt? So I had to counteract with a ton of squats. I'll stay with her idea about arms because I used to swim and my shoulders and arms bulk easily with lifting...but the running thing? Sigh, Tracy. That just made me mad. Also, I have the DVD of her cardio dance, and I did it like, 3 times. Mainly because it's just jumping around and doing some moves repetitively for like 45 minutes at a crazy pace that I don't even see anyone pulling off. I think I would do it for like 10 min...and I usually work out 5 days a week so I'm not out of shape. She's starting to lose her (continuing to lose) her credibility FAST. Goodness.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
lydialee -- which race is NWM?
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I actually did not find any difference on my butt from running, and I ran about 35 miles per week [I am increasing my mileage now to train for NWM - 16 weeks count down ...] I think it really depends on your body type. And running is the best cardio workout for me compare to swim/bike.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
I agree with Shebelle. I'd rather look like Jessica Biel than Gwyneth. I think muscular definition is sexy. Also, I have a little butt, so I love how the treadmill bulks it up.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
God, I can't stand Tracy Anderson. The only reason anyone even listens to her at all is because she's now associated with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her fitness philosophies are so ridiculous and completely WRONG that I can't believe anyone really buys into them. No running or yoga? Please. When I was running 12-13 miles a day, my butt was definitely shapely and round, but if I wasn't running, I'd have a flabby pancake-flat butt...hmmm, lemme think, which would I rather have?? Women don't bulk up from working out; the only way you can get really big is if you train a LOT (a la Madonna) and take supplements of some sort. And I don't even consider Madonna to be that bulky; she's more ripped than anything else. If you have little body fat, you'll have defined muscles and you'll look more "bulky" than those skinny-fat models that a) don't exercise at all and b) have fat covering their muscles and hiding any definition they would have. And I also can't believe people would waste $900 a month plus initiation fees to be brainwashed by this chick. I hope her stupid gym (oops, I meant "studio") goes under REALLY fast.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
She's clearly a douche.
janetmouse janetmouse 8 years
I'll gladly take running and yoga any day!!
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