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Review of Workout DVD by Madonna's Trainer: Tracy Anderson Dance Cardio Workout

DVD Review: Tracy Anderson Dance Cardio Workout

Years ago, I used to dance around, high impact aerobic style to Madonna's first album (sing with me "I'm burning up, burning up for your love"), so I find it humorous that over 20 years later I am dancing around my living room with Madonna's trainer. Well not actually with Tracy Anderson, but with her new Cardio Dance Workout DVD ($30).

Anderson believes that dance cardio is the perfect aerobic workout for creating long, lean muscles and a feminine, toned physique. When dancing you work your muscles from a wide variety of angles as opposed to running or biking, which are repetitive in one direction, which in her opinion can create bulk. This workout is high energy dancing, dare I say high impact aerobics, full of hopping, jumping, high kicks and even the 60s dance step the Pony. The eight combinations that make up the workout are like a jazzy version of petite allegro (the jumping section of a dance class). Even though it is high energy and full of movement, I was able to dance almost full out in my tiny living room.

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Tracy begins the workout with a brief explanation of her fitness philosophy, and tells you that you should do this workout four to six days a week. Then in a very detailed, but unfortunately music free section, Tracy breaks down the movement of the eight cardio dance combinations. In this 47-minute section, she teaches the combination facing away from you so you watch her back, just like you would in an actual dance class. She also shows you the moves once from the front so you get a feel for the dance. Learning the combinations is a workout unto itself, since you dance and hop around, which is why I was confused to have a five minute warm up follow this section and appear at the beginning of the actual dance workout. You can follow the 45-minute dance workout section with Tracy facing you or facing away from you. I found it much easier to follow her back, since this is how I learned the combinations. The camera work for the workout section is a little busy so if you don't have the movements down, which you won't after just one viewing, you might find yourself bouncing around until you catch up with Tracy. There is no cool down stretching section at the end of the workout, which my legs really needed after dancing for a total of 90 minutes. Since Tracy rarely talks during this section, it felt like I was having a personal dance party in my living room, or in her beautiful dance studio.

This DVD is challenging and my legs are feeling it in a good way today. There is little chance of you getting bored with the DVD since the dance steps are complicated and fun, and I think it would take multiple viewings to really learn them. I would love to take one of her classes in person because the group energy of dancing would be very motivational and maybe I would run into Madonna or Gwyneth if they were in LA.

If you want to dance your heart out to get your heart rate up, you can purchase this DVD from the Tracy Anderson Method website.

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Chichi-Kix Chichi-Kix 6 years
Love the Tracy Anderson DVD's, but I absolutely hate that she faces away (turning her back). While it might give the dance class feel, the only reason it works in dance class is because there are mirrors reflecting back. I found this feature incredibly distracting. Don't like paying to watch someone's rear end, but I did like the workout once I could do it without following her. Wouldn't recommend this for non-dance lovers, but if you want to try it, be don't be disappointed or frustrated if you can't pick up the moves right away. Commit to trying it out a few times before you judge. Also, highly recommend trying it with a fellow non-dance-y friend. Will help. :)
NotThatGirl NotThatGirl 7 years
I ordered her mat workout a couple months ago and I noticed huge changes in my body. I was also eating healthy, doing cardio and was consitently about working out to the dvd every other day. I just order this dance once for the days I don't want to head to the gym. I want to mention that I did wait about a year before I ordered it though, there were so many fishy reviews. Too many 5 star reviews that all sounded the same and too much like an infomercial endorsement. I can say through my experience it worked wonderfully for me and I love it, but I think being consistent with diet and exercise (whatever program that may be) will give you results.
WorkintheBod WorkintheBod 8 years
I found a hilarious and even informative review of Tracy's Mat workout on in the Reviews Park. It's like 10 pages long and funny!
chulamama chulamama 8 years
feeling like a bit oh' squishy mama of 2 : i would love the look of gweny's bod : i bought the mat and dance workout CD and have done the mat a few times : and i think it rocks ... i had to actually pause a few times ( which i never had to do with a workout dvd). and i felt it major in my shoulders and abs. she def. wants a committment of 4-6 times in each tape is around an hour. Ive tried the dance one and you def. have to learn the moves : she does a great job explaining it : though, so it makes it fun. It will just take a while to get them down pat to become an actual 'cardio' workout for me. Ill re post if i get some results ....
dlmslp dlmslp 8 years
i bought this and it didn't stick with me since i don't like bouncing around in classes. i do think this is an excellent cardio workout, but i would rather get my cardio through taebo, jogging, or the elliptical. the latter two she advises are too repetitive, but i just don't enjoy bouncing around on my toes that much. i do however really like her mat workout i recently purchased from her site. i am already starting to see slight definition in my arms after 4 workouts. it is really different and tough.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I'm totally going to buy this DVD! $30 is high, but if it's fun enough for me to actually do it, then it's worth it. I have a ton of unused DVD's sitting on top of the tv right now that I don't do because they're boring. Dancing sounds like fun! And I saw her on Oprah, and she sounded interesting!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I started playing around with her shoulder work outs (the one without weights) every morning before my shower, and I used really low weights at the gym doing her method, and bam, I got round shoulders! My shoulders are really looking so much better! I bought her mat workout, and I'm gonna start doing that once I get over this flu. And I'm not fake! I've been on Pop forever! =P Seriously girls, try it out! I'm getting my sister into it too.
EllePixie EllePixie 8 years
$30 is a lot for one workout DVD, but I will admit, her body is sick (in the good way). I wish this were on Amazon.
JLMac JLMac 8 years
Not even kidding but are some of the commentors on here fake? As in, "Hi I work for the Tracy Anderson DVD company and I'm posting fake information so people will buy the DVD" Just saying...seems fishy when you become a member the same day this post was written.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I saw Tracy in a movie theater once, and simply by LOOKING at her I instantly dropped 20 pounds! I would definitely buy this DVD. Also, she pays me to go on sites like these and write comments with lots of exclamation points!
Alli-Cat Alli-Cat 8 years
I saw her and Gwyneth on Oprah this week and this was a work out like I have never seen. I, too, am in my 30s after THREE kids, and the body is out of wack and jiggly. I would love to look as half as lean as Gwyn, so I am thinking of giving it a shot. Glad to see some positive reviews. I did Jillian Michael's DVD and I could hardly keep up...not to mention Jill didn't shut up the whole time and it annoyed the crap out of me. If Tracy doesn't talk, I am so cool with that! Thanks for the info, girls!
JayneO JayneO 8 years
I've been doing Tracy's Mat DVD for a little over a week now and I've seen great results. I haven't tried the Dance DVD yet. I actually feel bad for her about what happened in her past. I read the "letter from Tracy" in the bio section of her website and it says that she's paid back everyone and goes into some details about what happened in her past. I hope she can get back on her feet! Her Mat workouts are unlike anything I've ever tried before - I LOVE them!
whatley whatley 8 years
I did Tracy's bootcamp at Reebok and had so much fun! I lost 12 lbs in 3 weeks. It was the most original and different workout I have ever done. I have been doing her DVD's ever since and continue to drop - I would highly recommend! I have already bought the new ones!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
30 for one DVD? no,tks
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
workout dvd collection already massive. i love dancing, but i can just as easily set up my own playlist and shake it in my living room without spending $$. besides, i go to a dance studio every now and then for workout. i'd rather get the energy of the class than the 'buy my routine' smiling face on TV.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Who wants Madonna's body? She looks gross.
hoosiergirl98 hoosiergirl98 8 years
I think she may have trained Madonna and Gwyneth in the past for a hot minute...and clings to that 'fame' to promote her workouts and classes now. Correct me if I'm wrong??? Not sure I'll be buying a DVD from someone with little/no formal certifications whose mugshot has appeared on TMZ.
Katikins Katikins 8 years
I think she is a fraud for sure. Yes, she looks fantastic and I'm sure Madonna and Gwyneth swear by her, but frankly, after all I've read about her I have a bad taste in my mouth. She sounds like one of those trainers that would berate her clients (well, the non-celebrity ones at least) and not be a positive factor for someone trying to get in shape. Not to mention, no cool down or stretching after a workout like that? Everyone, even us non-trainers knows you have to stretch and cool down after any workout - especially an intense one like this. Bleck - thumbs down on Ms. Anderson and her "method".
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I wouldn't buy this just because of the bad rep she's been getting about her being a fraud etc etc.
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