The Tracy Anderson 30 Day Method comes with a book written by Tracy (duh) that explains how she developed her method.
It also features an explanation of the mat work in the included DVD and a 30 day diet plan.
I found this video on You Tube and it gives you a pretty good idea of what the mat work on the DVD entails.
Tracy recommends that if you want the fastest and best possible results you stick to her plan and her plan only for 30 days.
Two days into the program I realised I couldn't be that strict for 30 days for 2 different reasons.
1. I'm 5'8", a busy mother of 4 kids and I need to eat. Her meal plan isn't that restrictive but I'm pretty bad at sticking to any sort of organised diet. I recommend just cutting processed food out of your diet, eating wholegrains for breakfast, boosting your fruits/vegies/lean protein and eating 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day.
2. I just couldn't make myself do the recommended 40 minutes of the dance cardio. It's not that it's complicated, it's just a tad...dull. Tracy just bops and spins in two 10 minute sessions that you are expected to extend to 40 minutes. Even Tracy looks bored while she's doing it.
As for the mat work out?
I LOVED IT. Yup, absolutely loved it.
It takes about an hour and 10 minutes to complete.
It looks deceptively simple (watch the above clip to get the gist of it) but each movement needs to be performed 40 times on each side. You're targeting all the trouble spots - your butt, side saddles, saggy belly and batwing arms. Within a week, my side saddles were significantly smaller.
To all the naysayers who believe you can't get toned without using weights - if you can't feel it and don't see results quickly, then you're not doing it right.
How to incorporate the Tracy Anderson 30 Day Method into your work out routine -
If you need to change your body shape in 30 Days and have the will power to stick to the meal plan, time to do the dance cardio and mat work then you will definitely see significant changes in your body shape.
For me -
I won't be doing the dance cardio work outs again. For cardio, I like to run or ride my bike or do stair work outs at the beach.
The mat workouts on her DVDS I will definitely keep using. They are the only routines that have visibly changed the shape of my legs without the torture of endless lunges and squats.
Other Tracy Anderson DVDs include:
Post Pregnancy Workout DVD
Mat Workout DVD
Perfect Design Series