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Friday, January 21, 2011

Tracy Anderson Method - Metamorphosis

If you've ever wanted to change your body or improve your health, you're not alone. I've never met a woman who was completely satisfied with her appearance and there is an alarming number of women whose ages are younger and younger that are going to drastic measures to achieve the results that they perceive to be ideal.

I've seen women undergo surgery, eat nothing but fruit (seriously, 10 bananas in one sitting), work out tirelessly for hours on end to achieve some mythical perfection.

But what if there was another way?

If you've been following this blog, you'll know that I'm nearing 40. I've never had a weight problem per say. Throughout my teens, twenties and early thirties, I could pretty much eat what I wanted and while I led an active lifestyle, I was never one to break a serious sweat. Yoga has always been my first choice activity. Don't hate me because it didn't last.

Right around my mid-thirties, things began to change and I wasn't thrilled with what I was seeing. Weight gain around my middle, for the first time in my life I had to go shopping for the dreaded "fat pants" and no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to shed those pounds.

Last spring, right around Easter when all the wonderful chocolate filled the store shelves, I realized I needed an intervention. Even the Biggest Loser workouts weren't cutting it. I was firmer but still bigger than I was comfortable with. It's all relative, right? We all just want to be comfortable in our own skin. I had tried everything. Kettle bell which is supposed to be the Russian super training tool that will get you lean and ripped. It gave me a booty for the first time in my life - hence the fat pants, but it didn't give me the long lean look I was after. Running. Walking. Lifting weights. Cycling - ish, never really took to that. But nothing could turn back the clock or reverse what seemed to be the horrid middle-aged spread. And then as if by some miracle, I came across this darling little personal trainer called Tracy Anderson.

Tracy is a dancer and a key component of her method is dance cardio. I've got two left feet and don't love that aspect of the workout, but when I knuckled down and combined it with her muscular structure workout I saw results that I didn't even think were possible in my twenties, never mind at my current age.

I own every one of her DVD's. Everything from the mat workout and dance cardio, to the complete Perfect Design Series. I've even got her post pregnancy video and I've never had a child, but let me tell you the ab series in that video is killer and it works. I have abs, flat ones, for the first time in my life. And I'm even eating cookies again. I know, bad, right?

Back in September, Tracy came out with her book - the 30 Day Method. So I took up the challenge, started this blog and within that 30 day program I lost those extra ten pounds and then some. I got into my skinny jeans.

Over the holidays, I've become a little complacent. Doing my workouts sporadically, eating rather poorly - pigging out a little bit actually, but now it's time to get back on track.

I've gone back to the book and am starting fresh. I'm three days into the workout that makes up the first 10 days of the program and I can hardly walk. But here's the really exciting thing!


Never failing to take care of us and working endlessly to sculpt our bodies in a non-life threatening way (ie without surgery) Tracy has come up with yet another set of training tools that we girls who don't live in NY or LA can use. She's been promising this for months now and it's finally here. Her Metamorphosis program. 

She's designed a 90 day program which changes up every ten days so your progress never plateaus along with a cardio and diet component that is specific to your body type. Can you imagine? Having a celebrity personal trainer who gets results has never been so affordable or so easy. You can even sign up for her at home continuity program in which once the 90 days are up, she'll send you a new DVD to keep the program changing and challenging.

Getting the body of our dreams has never been so available. I won't say easy because the workouts are anything but easy. They are however fun and results oriented.

Once I have received the Metamorphosis package, you can bet that I'll be writing about it and sharing my progress with you. I hope you'll join me. It's always easier than going it alone.

Here's to tiny waists, fit bottoms and defined arms and legs. 
Cheers
Shan 

243 comments:

  1. Hey Alicia,
    If you follow Tracy's online content, the workouts range from between seven to ten minutes each, but there are one or two that are 20 minutes. You can simply do a single workout if you're short on time or group them together if you have more time.
    Her DVD workouts range from 45 minutes to an hour for the muscular structure (I manage about 45 minutes on an average day) and her cardio DVD's are made so that you can learn the routines and do them with the DVD or make your own play list and dance on your own. So again, you can adjust it as your schedule allows. Hope this helps.

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  2. I just order the Metamorphosis Omni DVD package- I'm so excited! I have her Mat DVD and I love it. Have you started your Metamorphosis? Let me know what you think of it so far!

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  3. Eeeee! Brit, I am so excited to start the program but haven't yet. I want to finish up the 30 day method first and then make the transition to it. She has a lovely intro message that just makes you want to work hard and get the results she promises. I'll post details on day 25 and plan to start at the beginning of March. We can start together!

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  4. Hi, I am thinking about ordering the metamorphoses dvd's but have a few questions. How often do I need to do the exercises and can I separate the cardio and muscle workout, do half an hour in the morning and than half an hour in the evening? Also do you know if she has region 2 dvd's? Alma

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  5. Hi Alma,
    The workout is six days a week with one rest day per week. In the packet there is a section where Tracy answers questions, one being about separating the muscle work and cardio. She would prefer that you didn't but if you must it's okay. Not sure if the DVD is both NTSC and PAL, but some DVD players have a switch that lets you choose the country code to adapt for that format. (most computers will give you this option too). It's a question best posed to the team at Tracy's website. Try emailing them at info@tracyandersonmethod.com. Good luck.

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  6. I can't wait to see how you like the DVDs. I'm from N. America but am living in the UK right now, and so the DVD's are really expensive to order. Then again, the only thing I've found that works (and that l like) is Bikram Yoga, which is a whopping $200 a month here in London! The reason I like it is because it is quite similar to dance (I grew up doing ballet). It looks like these DVD's incorporate both elements - keep me posted!

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  7. Hey Laura,
    Yes, Tracy incorporates many ballet moves in the muscle work and her dance DVD's are - well dance. If you can't afford the Meta right now, pick up the book it comes with a DVD and it's a great way to get started.
    Alternatively, I am a total yogi, love it but have some neck and spinal issues that really limit what I can do. But if I can be so bold, may I suggest that you check out the Sivananda Center in London for a practice that might keep you well fit and not break the bank? It's not a hot practice but has some similar postures to Bikram and is very meditative. Good luck and thanks for reading!

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  8. I bought the 30 day method but i found it really hard to upkeep for 30 days. I did end up buying her hipcentric dvd series, im hoping that by being able to take off one day a week it will help. How much do ppl actually stick to her meal plan? I find it really low calorie and also have ppl see good results with the metamorphosis dvds?

    Im pretty excited but I just feel its so hard to make the time during the day/evening to do the workouts. Any tips?

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  9. Hi Daisy. I think you'll have better luck with the Meta program. The workouts are clearly defined and easy to follow so you get your whole workout in, cardio and mat work in an hour and you can just follow along.
    The diet is hard, I won't lie. You have got to judge for yourself how much is enough. On the 30 day method I added a serving of grains each day. On the meta program she adds things like bananas and quinoa and there's a bit more choice, but still pretty lean. If you're struggling to get the workout in, either get it done first thing by waking up a bit early (I am not a morning person so this may not work for everyone) or split it up. Muscle in the AM cardio in the PM or vice versa. Hope this helps and good luck!

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  10. Thanks Shan, so on the meta dvds its not like her 30 day DVD where for the muscular workout she does like 5 reps and you have to pause and finish the rest? The meta workouts she does all the reps with you?

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  11. Yep. She does it all and I can promise you, you'll almost wish she didn't because there's a lot of reps girl! But the whole thing is only 30 minutes so it's doable.

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  12. Shan, I have been very interested in the metamorphosis program but I am also very skeptic on the results. I used to weight 140 lbs and then started the Insanity DVDs. I now weight 115 lbs at 5'1". I love my results but my muscles are not long and lean. I need something that will tighten everything up. Will this 90 day program be able to do that for me? I have read so many negative reviews about this program on how Tracy doesn't explain the moves well and that some of her moves could lead to some long term pain. I just want to make sure that these DVDs are worth the money and that I get the results. Thanks for any info. Jen

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  13. Hi Jen.
    I once heard a wise person say that nothing is right for everyone, but everything is right for someone. I believe that if you have a program that works for you then that's half the battle.
    I'm a fan of the Method. I think some of the criticism may be from her Perfect Design series because it is hard to follow. I've worked with all of her DVD's and most recently her book with DVD and I have gotten results that nothing else delivered, not Biggest Loser, not P90-X, not Kettle Bell, or Ballet.
    It's a combo of cardio, movement and diet that does it I think. Any program runs the risk of injury, it's up to you to know your limits. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Metamorphosis program to you, but I would say that the diet is tough and you will need to bring discipline to the practice, like anything else. Good luck!

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  14. Just looking for anyone's thoughts on the Metamorphosis series because I'm not sure which body shape I should be ordering. My love handles are my enemy, however my thighs have cellulite that I would love to see gone. I don't have super huge thighs but like most women, I would be thrilled if from my knees to my ribs were tight and toned. Is the abcentric enough for me or is it wiser to just order the omnicentric and hit all areas?

    Thank-you so much for any advice!
    Pamela

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  15. Hi Pamela.
    I think the Omni would probably be a good choice, however, saying that, my love handles are or should I say WERE one of my biggest problem areas along with the little ponch just below my belly button so I went with the Abcentric. I too have some dimples on my butt and thighs, but Tracy really works that area hard on the Abcentric program, I was actually surprised. I don't think you can go wrong with any one of them. Just doing her 30 Day Method boot camp has made a difference around my middle and has gone a long way toward smoothing out those dimples.
    Cheers.

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  16. I am so stuck between choosing the omnicentric and hipcentric! I do gain weight all over...I'm 22 years old, 5'2 and 140lbs, but I am more bottom heavy and for my age have quite a bit of cellulite under my butt and on my thighs since gaining 20 lbs recently. Not only do I see it in my hips and thighs but my arms and my stomach are definitely thicker as well...not good. I'm afraid if I get the omni I won't be working my thighs enough to help with the cellulite and trimming them up, and I'm afraid with the hipcentric I won't get enough for my middle. Any advice?

    Thanks!
    Sammi

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  17. Hi Shan,

    Thank-you so much for your response! I ended up ordering the Abcentric so hopefully my results will be as good as yours! I'm really enjoying reading your blog, it'll be interesting to see how I fair in comparison! I'm sure I'll have my buttered popcorn and chocolate moments as well!

    All the best,
    Pamela

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  18. Hey Pamela,
    Lemme know when your abcentric arrives and keep us posted on your progress. The road is not as long when traveled with friends.

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  19. Hi Sammi,
    I want to let you know that I haven't seen all of the metamorphosis programs, only the abcentric that I'm on, but have read responses from others who are doing them. First off you have your age working for you. Because you are in your 20's, your metabolism will probably kick in quicker than mine or women who are closer to 40. I think if you have gained weight everywhere, omnicentric would be the way to go. Trust me Tracy works your butt and thighs in the ab program, in her perfect design series, in her mat DVD, in her boot camp book....it's kind of her thing.
    Plus don't forget that you are going to likely be doing way more cardio than you have been recently and that's gonna help a lot. And the cardio DVD is the same for every program. In addition to those two things, your diet is gonna change too. The weight will come off and the cellulite will be smoothed over. I can say that mine isn't completely gone, but you can't see it unless I bunch up my skin - and that's from boot camp - an all-over body program.
    Whatever one you choose, if you do the work, you'll get the results, I haven't seen anything else like it.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

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  20. Hi Shan,
    thanks for sharing your reviews on Tracy's Method. I am just staring my journey of transformation and want to ease into it slow, I have a long way to go. Is their a specific DVD you would recommend for me to start off with that wont kill me?

    Thanks so much!

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  21. Hi Carrie,
    Tracy's Mat Video is my favorite one by far and I think you can safely start there. While it's a continuous play video, the workout happens in sections starting with a standing leg sequence. It moves on through standing abs, arms, arms with weights, and finally legs and abs on the floor. So in the beginning you may want to work on Standing legs, standing abs and arms without weights first and ease further into it as you get stronger and more used to her rotations.
    It's not easy, none of her stuff is that's why she gets results, but it is definitely doable!
    You won't regret having it as part of your workout repertoire, even if/when you move onto the 30 Day Method or the Metamorphosis programs.

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  22. Wonderful, thanks Shan for the tip. I will let you know how it goes, I feel very inspired right now after reading your blog!

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  23. Hi. I ordered omni on fri 3/4...
    It arrived today 3/10. Just finished both cardio(could only get through 20 minutes(whew!!) My knees hurt and I have a bit of shin pain...I will keep you all posted..committing to the 90 days, we shall see. I am 44, began in 2007 at 165 doing full on biggest loser...I saw results and went down to 139 in 6 months, I was able to keep it off until about like december 2010 but have gradually gained and now back at 163! I really hope Tracy's meta works!!

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  24. Hi all I started the abcentric program on Monday. I have her mat dvd and its such a great video my arms are so toned because of it. I feel like the meta workout doesn't quite exhaust my abs and arms so I do that part twice but not the legs/butt it's really hard. The cardio is hard though. It's killing my hips I can't take all the jumping. Is anyone else experiencing this? I'm hoping that I will get use to it but for now I took a day off and just walked instead. I'm kinda bummed because I've never not been able to do cardio. I'll keep trying though.

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  25. Hi hi! The Biggest Loser is great, I just love love love Bob. He's the best. He didn't get me the results I was after, but I sure did have fun doing his videos. I commend you for getting yourself back on track. December is a really hard time to keep things in check with all the stress and food, but spring is on the way. Spring cleaning means not only the house but also ourselves. Stick with Tracy and I think you'll be glad you did. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress! Well done for getting to it straight away.

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  26. Yah! Another Abcentric. I too love that mat video and her arm and standing ab sequence in it. We must be cut from the same cloth because I too have started doing the arm and standing abs from the Meta video twice too, but those leg moves wear me out! The thing I find with this particular cardio DVD, while easier to follow than some of her others, it is a lot of jumping. It's like plyometrics without the little rest between moves. You will notice a huge difference if you do it 2 to 3 times a week on a trampoline. What a difference in your joints. Try alternating days doing it normally and days on the rebounder. If you don't have one, you can pick them up for really cheap these days and I know Tracy is a fan of them. She uses them in her studios and has even posted a workout video using it. Hope that brings some relief. Stick with it. Sounds like we are close in progress as I am just on my tenth workout today so keep in touch!

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  27. OMG you are so smart!!!! I never would have thought about a trampoline, so now I'm on a mission to get one. Thanks so much. I'm excited to try her cardio again once I get the trampoline.
    On another note, I'm tempted to do her arms and standing abs from the mat dvd before my abcentric workout. Glad you feel the same way about it just not doing enough. Oh and also that the leg portion in abcentric is crazy. I want to cry towards the end! lol
    I will def keep in touch. Good luck and thanks again for the awesome advice, my hips thank you =)

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  28. I laughed out loud reading this comment! I know the cool thing to write would be lol but that just doesn't really cover it. Yes, I want to cry too, but you have to laugh, it's just that kind of pain. It does get easier tho, I can get through it all now without stopping and staring at the TV thinking WTF (that time the abbreviation works, yes?)
    I think the thing we've got to remember about the method is that it's always changing and that's why it works. So while it is really tempting to go back to our beloved mat dvd for that killer arm series, it might be wise to see where she takes us. You and I could both be saying we should have been careful what we wished for over the next 9 dvd's!
    Anyway, let me know what you decide to do and we can compare notes.
    Cheers!

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  29. Just got my trampoline! I'm excited to do it tomorrow. You may be right about us wishing for more I'm just scared that because we did her mat dvd the meta program might not cut it, but i'm gonna stick with it for the entire time. You're right her method is all about changing it up. I'll keep checking in with you, it's nice to know someone is literally feeling my pain.

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  30. Oh and you phrased it perfectly, I swear I stare at the TV when I'm doing the leg part, thinking Wtf but in a good way!

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  31. Eeeee! Briana, I'm so excited for you. The trampoline will open up a whole new world. The 30 minutes almost flies by. (almost being the operative word) Good luck, and yes girl, I do feel your pain. Are we suckers for punishment or what? Can't say we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into.

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  32. Just read about this on Gwen.Paltrow's website. I'm glad I found your blog. My body is tired of The Firm, P90x, Jillian, and Jari Love. I'm needing something that will jolt my body into something new. What can I buy if I can't afford the Metamorphosis right now?

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  33. Hi there,
    Go for Tracy's Mat DVD or actually pick up her Book, Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method - it's a kick start boot camp. It includes the book with a diet and illustrated exercises plus a DVD with both cardio and muscular structure workouts and the MS workouts change every 10 days.
    While the editing on it could use work, it's a great intro to her method, it's affordable and you will definitely be jolted into shape. You can check out some earlier posts on this blog if you're curious because I went through boot camp twice before beginning the Metamorphosis.
    Hope it works out for you, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Cheers.

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  34. Hi Shan, new to your blog! I've been very interested in trying out Tracy's workouts. Over the last year I've been hearing so much about her, and I thought hey, what could it hurt? (Besides my wallet's ego) I've been doing Jillian's workouts for about a year now (30 day shred, no more trouble zones, boost metabolism) and I've seen some really good results with her. I'm not really looking to lose weight, just tone up really, I tend to gain weight in my midsection, but am disproportionate (my top is heavier than my bottom) slightly, and I would love to shape my rear a little more, gain more muscle in my legs, and really get some back muscle. I can't decide on the abcentric vs the glutcentric, I'm defnitely not trying to lose weight in my lower half, just firm it up some more, I'm pretty happy with it overall but only because of Jillian's million squats and lunges! Any suggestions? I'm literally sitting with the order button on Tracy's website yet to push! Very excited, yet nervous to up my workouts from 25 minutes to 1 hour!

    -Marge

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  35. C'mon Marge you can totally do it! Ha, I have all of the same Jillian DVD's and was a huge fan for ages until I got hooked on Tracy. Now Jillian seems like a meanie. (No disrespect to her of course, I think she has a heart of gold it's just her thing.)
    I got results with Tracy that I never saw with Bob or Jillian. (and I adore Bob as well) So far I love the abcentric workout and have no fear, you'll be toning your rear! Her leg series in the first sequences is killer. Glutcentric might be for those that have a more droopy bottom and want to make it a bit smaller but I've not done it so can't say with certainty. I have a flat butt, but it's getting a bit of a bubble to it now, I'm no Jay Lo that's for sure, even Tracy's not that much of a magician, but I can see a diff.
    Don't think you can go wrong with whatever one you choose, plus there's good support on her website and of course you can always come hang out here anytime!

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  36. Thanks so much for the support Shan, I've bookmarked your blog for those not so motivated days, I loved reading through all the helpful comments, and look forward to keeping up with everyone's progress, I'll keep you updated as well (though not so much, hey it's not my blog it's yours!). Can't wait to begin, I'm getting the itch to spring clean my whole body, and we all should keep in mind that even if we don't look like gwyneth or tracy in 90 days, we are still healthier than we were in the beginning, and life is about enjoying the journey :) Good luck, and thank you for the hasty response and advice! (P.S. I'll settle for one of J Lo's cheeks, it will have to do)

    -Marge

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  37. Glad to share the journey with you, Marge. Anytime.

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  38. If you don't mind me asking, how many lbs has everyone dropped so far? I'm really debating the purchase but so desperate to find something that is new and entertaining vs. The whole elliptical treadmill routine. I guess anything that works is def. Worth the price tag. My trouble areas are def my sides (which I used to never have a problem with) and my thighs I hate them lol. Thanks so much for the input this blog is great!

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  39. Thanks Michelle.
    In terms of weight loss I can only speak for myself. When I initially started with Tracy I did her boot camp and lost 12 pounds. I only had about 16 pounds that I wanted to drop so just another pound or two to go and I am at my ideal goal weight, and that's only two weeks into the Metamorphosis (so six weeks total)
    I have read that others had shed more, but that can very well be that they have more to lose. The weight that came off me was that stubborn last few pounds that nothing else could seem to get rid of. If you're not sure about Meta, try her book 30 Day Method, it's the boot camp and it comes with a similar diet plan and a DVD with Cardio and 3 muscular structure workouts. It's affordable and similar to meta.
    Hope that helps.

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  40. Do you think the Meta program is better than just working out to the 'lengthy' Method DVD's?

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  41. I think the best workout is the one that you actually do regularly, whether that means doing the Meta program or the Perfect Design series and dance cardio, as long as you do it.
    But the reason that I love the Meta program is because it's constantly changing every ten days so your body never has the chance to plateau.
    I'm seeing great results so far.

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  42. I totally agree. It probably helps following her diet plan as well. You mention that the diet is similar to one in her book... what variations?

    Do you think the women in the before/after photos just did the DVD's/diet plan or had access to her studio classes? They all look great!

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  43. Has anyone looked into the continuity program for the Meta set? $30 a month seems like a lot, how many are there, and how many months before I don't get them anymore? Is anyone else going to try it? Also, I thought maybe if I just restarted the Meta DVD's and did those on rotation, I could keep in shape instead of buying those continuity DVD's. Would love anyone's input!

    -Marge

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  44. Yep, the diet is quite similar but you have more choices. For example, in the book she tells you what you'll have at each meal whereas on the Meta program you get to choose if you'll have eggs or turkey bacon for breakfast with a choice of fruit. Then lunch is a protein bar and dinner is again a choice between a meat or vegetarian option with a choice of veg. But basically, it's the same content. No fat, sugar, salt, spices, very little carbs - you can have quinoa. Etc. And the Performance Cleanse from the book is like the nutrient boost weeks on Meta.
    I have no idea about the women in the photos, I assumed that they were a trial group much like us and their results were tracked and before and after photos taken, but I could just be naive. Maybe they had access to Tracy and her studio.

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  45. Marge, that's a great question. Tracy says she is busy filming more content right now (there's an interview with her on Goop, Gweneth Paltrow's site) and she has no intention of quitting.
    The idea is that you get one DVD a month with three ten day workouts on it and you pay the $30 a month.
    I am totally greedy for more content, however I am on a shoestring budget, so I'm inclined to do what you suggested and just start the workouts over again once I'm done. That's what I've done with her Perfect Design series and the workouts from the 30 Day Method.
    Have not heard what anyone else is doing so far.

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  46. Just wanted to stop by and tell you that the trampoline has made such a difference! I'm trucking along now and I have no pain in my hips. I can do the whole leg portion of the dvd now and have 2 days left and I start the next phase. How is it so far? I'm a little scared to start that. Lol
    I did sign up for the continuity program just because I love her work outs, I'm addicted and I feel like the more I have the better. I'm hoping that in the newer dvds she will just tell you when she changes to the next move though. I get going and focused and then I look up and she is on to the next. It's my only complaint!

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  47. Hey Brianna,
    I'm so glad to hear that the trampoline did the trick! I'm addicted to the workouts too. You'll have to let me know how the continuity program goes. I can't imagine that I won't get on board with that eventually, like you I am hungry for more always.
    Isn't that funny how she switches moves without ever letting on? I'm the same, if I don't keep count I find she's left me behind.
    Part two is good. The legs are more manageable but the arms are very speedy, I'm concerned I might throw out my shoulder doing them - ha ha. Anyway, think you'll like the abs, they're tough and totally Tracy.

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  48. Hello! I just received my omnicentric in the mail today! I read everything and watched her message and perhaps I've missed something but I'm a little confused on how it's set up. I know I do the cardio dvd 6 days a week, but am I just supposed to do one of the strength dvds a day or do I do all three every day? Do I just keep repeated it? Also every 12 or so days on the tracker it says to start new workout (ex: workout 2, workout 3, etc. up to 9). What does that mean? Sorry for all the questions! Just thought I'd ask since you have the abcentric :)

    -Sammi

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  49. Hi Sammi,
    So you will do your cardio DVD once a day for six days a week for the duration of the program.
    Then you have 3 additional DVDs with three workouts each for a total of 9 different workouts. Start with the first one and do it for 6 days, then take a day off. Do it for 4 more days for a total of 10 days. Then move on to workout number two. Do that for 2 days (because in that same week you've just done 4 days of workout one) then it's time to take a rest day again. Now you'll do workout two for 6 days and rest.
    So essentially you are going to do each muscular structure video 10 times before moving onto the next one, but you are not going to workout for ten straight days. Rather you'll do six days on, one day off. Does that make sense?

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  50. I have just been reading all your comments and I cant wait to order my copy... As i live in the UK where can i order the dvd's or do I have to order them from the Tracy Anderson site..... Thank you..

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  51. Pretty sure that her site is the only place you can do it. There's a telephone number on there too if you aren't able to do it online.
    Good luck, you're going to love it.

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  52. Thanks for all of your feedback! How are you progressing?

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  53. Hey Dina, anytime.
    Seem to be maintaining the results that are a product of all the hard work, so that's quite encouraging. Of course having people like you along for the ride really helps out.

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  54. Hi again...I'm on my 5th day of omni. My knees and wrists hurt quite a bit during transform, also, I was sore first day after but not sore at all ever since. I don't feel like its working...? Your feedback/ comments would be greatly appreciated. .....I'm becoming discouraged!

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  55. Oh no, don't be discouraged. It's only five days. You want to give yourself at least a month.
    I don't know what kind of rotations she has you do on the Omni, but in Abcentric, for the first 10 days we were on hands and knees for almost the whole thing and I was the same. I had a plush blanket under my knees and I paused and took breaks to give my wrists a rest.
    If your knees hurt from cardio, by all means, switch to doing it on a mini trampoline. I use mine at least three times a week to make it easier on my joints.
    Be sure that you are not swinging your limbs through the motions but rather you feel like you are moving through water so that you are using your muscles and not momentum to perform the moves. I do hope this helps you. Hang in there, you will see a difference. I am going to post a few photos of my results so far. I'm no fitness model by any stretch, but you will see the difference. At least I hope so.

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  56. I just got my hipcentric meta DVDs, I tried doing the cardio and I just could do them for eight minutes before I needed a break. I am trying not to quit because of that, my plan in first get used to tracy' s mechanics and then begin the whole serie. I am 33, I have a two year old and a four month old (both with c section) and I am 30 pounds overweight, so even though I still sore a little doing abs I just take it Easy until I feel comfortable to do the 90 day challenge.

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  57. Hey listen, don''t be discouraged. First of all you have your hands full. With two small children I am impressed that you even found 8 minutes! Many girls on Tracy's site say they are starting out with ten minutes of cardio a day. Then adding time on as they go.
    I found what worked for me was increasing the time by 5 minutes each week, but honestly the most I could ever do was 45 minutes. These days 25 for me is ideal but I try to get through the full 30. Sounds like you have the right idea and are being patient with yourself. Way to go!

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  58. Hi Shan
    Have just been reading through all these blog posts - you are a total Tracy fountain of knowledge! I live in the UK so not sure I can get involved with the Meta yet as I think it might be quite expensive for the postage on top but I am quite keen to do it. My issue with it is that I really would love to see what results I can get from my body but I have quite a small appetite and don't really want to over-cardio and lose any weight (I am 159cm and 99 lbs) so do you think I could maybe do the cardio every other day instead of all six days? I still want to do a bit as I know it's good for my heart, but it's really toning up the wibbly legs and 30-something bingo wings! Do you think I would still get good results from all the effort if I am not losing weight?
    Thank you, just trying to decide whether it is worth the cash for the purely toning benefits. I have her mat workout at the moment, I usually only do it once a week and Jillian's 30 day shred on 3 days but my legs are not toned yet!!!
    Laura

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  59. Hey Laura,
    30 Day Shred is great, Jillian is a good trainer, but my money's on Tracy.
    I am in no way an expert and am not sure what to say in terms of not losing weight because fitness is not my area of expertise. But girlfriend to girlfriend, I will say this. I did her boot camp and only managed to do cardio about three days a week and I saw weight loss, but I did try to stick to the diet which I have never done before.
    But I think the program is worth it for just having 9 different workouts and believe me she will work your pins.(legs) So maybe if you eat normally and skipped cardio altogether you'd get the toning you're after without the weightloss. Other girls have reported following their own food plans, not losing weight but still seeing a difference in their bodies.
    Good luck.

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  60. Thanks so much for the advice, I think I am going to go for it and just take it easy with the cardio - Gwynnie legs here I come!
    Laura

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  61. Hi! I was just hoping to get a concrete answer on how long you have to work out each day? How many minutes total I mean? I have limited time and squeeeeeeeze my workouts in at 5am so quick is key for me. How many minutes total will I need to do the prescribed work outs each day? Thanks so much?

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  62. Hello! I did my first day of my omnicentric metamorphosis dvds but I woke up this morning so sore it was literally painful even when I slightly move. I don't feel like I can even do today's work! Did you experience this as well?

    -Ali

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  63. Hi shan!
    So I wanted to tell you that I bought a neoprene waist trimmer to wear during the cardio and I'm telling you my belly is shrinking. When I take the trimmer off after cardio it is dripping with sweat. I know that sounds gross but its pretty amazing. Not sure if you've heard of Brooke Burke but she recommended the waist trimmer and now I know why?
    You are right transform 2 is a killer on my shoulders, no more doing it twice for me. It's getting tough! How are you doing? I'm surprisingly still motivated to do this.

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  64. Hey there, the absolute bare minimum on this workout is 60 minutes. 30 minutes for muscular structure, and 30 for cardio - this doesn't include a warm up or a cool down. that's up to you. But you might consider doing 30 minutes at 5am and 30 minutes at the end of the day? That seems to work for many. Good luck!

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  65. Hi Ali,
    Try to work through it. What happens is that you feel really immobilized and almost flu like (yes it can get that bad) but work through it as gently as you can. If you stop and start you feel the pain over and over, if you continue through (not to the point of injury of course, if you really feel that you can't then don't) a few minutes into the workout those joints and muscles will loosen up and your body will adjust in no time.

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  66. That's cool Briana, I like Brooke. I used to do body ball workouts with the Gunner Peterson DVD's and she was the model. Yes, I have also stopped doing the arms twice, funny. The moves are so fast and so precise that if I do them twice I'm afraid I'll pull something! Glad you're still on board. Well done!! We can do this.

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  67. Hi there...on my 9th day of omni. Not sore at all and I can only do approx 18 minutes of the cardio(can't afford the trampoline yet!) My eating has been on track. I'm really excited but when should I start seeing results?

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  68. Hi there,
    Everyone responds differently and I would imagine that it depends on your current fitness level. People with little weight to lose who want to just tone may take a little longer. Traditionally people who are heavier with more weight to lose may see initial results quicker.
    But I am not a fitness expert. If I were you I'd take a look at how you are performing the moves for MS work and be sure you are doing them with precision, really using the weight of your body against gravity and try to increase your cardio when possible. If your diet is on track then it shouldn't be long. Have you checked in with the TA online community? Maybe someone there has had a similar experience on Omni and can give you a better idea. Or you might try contacting Tracy at info@tracyandersonmethod.com.
    Hope this helps and way to go on getting through 9 days!

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  69. Hi!
    I have just ordered Hipcentric and want to get going. I do train with a trainer 3 x week, lots of cardio and functional training - quite intense...but I want to get to the next level - mainly more muscle definition but also loose those last extra pounds.. do you think doing Meta 3 x a week + PT 3x a week will be enough or should I do the full 6x in addition to my 3 hours with PT?

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  70. Eeeee. The questions get harder and harder. Nothing has worked for me like the Method. I have not seen this kind of definition or weight-loss. What I would suggest you do is talk to your trainer. Tell her/him what you are going to be undertaking and get them involved. I would most definitely do the method 6 days a week as it is designed, but there is no reason that you cannot do three of those workouts in the company of your PT.
    That's just my 2 cents. I wouldn't do 6 workouts with Tracy in addition to 3 with a PT, it's too much.

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  71. Thank you so much for you "2 cents" - it is worth much more to me ;-)

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  72. lol shan I bought that same gunner Peterson core workout. We must somehow be related! I bet we have all the same workout dvds.
    Anyway I noticed on transform 2 that the last part of the dvd she kinda messes up. It was driving me crazy until I realized that she changed up the way she did some of the moves. You'll have to let me know how the next transform series is. Thanks I enjoy being able to share my journey with you. I feel like if I keep checking in with you I'm more accountable to sticking with this. Here's to 90 days.=)

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  73. Briana sounds like we're cut from the same cloth. I have tried em all! In transform two, you just kinda have to put your head down on the left side and do exactly what you did on the right and forget Madam. She does it all wrong. ha ha ha. listen to me, no no no! Tracy you've messed it up! Get that elbow in the ground. I actually got a kick out of the whole thing toward the end, plus you can finish before her if you do it the way she does it on the right, so it's win win.
    I'm glad you're checking in and it keeps you going, keeps me going too!

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  74. These posts have been very informational - thank you! I've been considering purchasing Meta and you've all convinced me to do it! I hope to get them next week - and I've even purchased a trampoline too! I'm set - just waiting for DVDs to begin my transformation!

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  75. Glad we could help. You'll be happy to have the trampoline once you get into the workouts, it will save your joints. Welcome to the fam and good luck with the program. Keep me posted on your progress.

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  76. This is a great site. Thank you! I feel like you may have already answered this question but I'm going to be annoying and ask again. I don't really have any weight to lose but I am completely out of shape and while the weight on the scale hasn't changed much, my clothes fit tighter because I have lost muscle mass. In addition to needing overall exercise, the problem area that has suddenly creeped up on me (now that I've entered the second half of my 30s and have had a child and went back to work) and seems to be getting worse by the moment are the lovehandles/lower back fat. I am also a bit bigger in my belly than I'm used to. I am going back and forth between getting the meta abcentric and the method book/dvd. I don't have great knees due to years of running and I can't afford both the meta and a trampoline right now and that aspect of it is worrisome to me. Diet is not an issue. I eat fairly well and once I'm working out I'm even better. Do you think I could get the results I want (flat abs, get rid of lovehandles/back fat with the 30-day method program? I need something to get me started and target those areas before summer starts when I will hike and bike a lot. I know that the regular exercise I do won't get rid of those stubborn issues but once gone I know what to do to keep them at bay. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance! - Wendy

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  77. Hey Wendy,
    Thanks for your comment. I loved the 30 Day Method so much I did the darned thing twice. My only issue with it is bad editing on both the muscular structure and the dance cardio - if you can get past that, I say go for it. It made a difference in my abdomen. While Meta is more expensive, that would be my first choice because you can target your abs and love handles - she's killing mine at the moment, even more so than boot camp. But I am worried about your knees with both. The cardio is a lot of jumping and if you have a pre-existing condition, it could spell trouble. However, that said, the cost for the nine different workouts alone is worth it in my opinion. Also I picked up a trampoline for $40. So do some checking around on that. Good luck getting back in shape.

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  78. I have just started TAM Metamorphosis Hipcentric. I the past I've had the most success with weight loss on weight watchers. After reading the meta diet, I can pretty much tell I'm going to fail, simply becuase working 60 + hours a week with two kids and fitting in an hour workout a day, I will run out of energy on that few of calories. Has anyone felt they had success with TAM by doing the workout, but not the diet, yet sticking with something that still promotes weight loss, like weight watchers? Thanks!!!!

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  79. Yes yes yes. Don't you worry little mama! There are plenty of people who are doing the program without Tracy's diet and some are even following WW. There is a group on the forum who are not doing the diet and they have all kinds of help and support. I have reached my goal weight now too so am supplementing the diet and not following it exactly. You're going to rock it, just commit to eating healthy and doing the workout, that's key.

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  80. Thank you!!! Your encouragement helps so much :).

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  81. Hi Shan- Love your site! I've been curious about Tracy's workouts for awhile now and when I read on Goop that she came out w/ the Meta, I was even more intrigued! I've always been very active and into fitness/nutrition, so the motivation is definitely there! But, despite eating well and working out regularly (typically 5-6 times /wk), I can't seem to tone my stomach, drives me nuts! So I like the fact that I can purchase the Abcentric dvd, but am still debating? I have heard the diet is very low-cal and hard to follow, so I guess we'll see about that, bu am more interested in the workout portion anyway. Any thoughts/tips would be greatly appreciated! (: Thanks!
    -Alyssa

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  82. Hi Alyssa.
    The diet is tough, no doubt about it. But if you are working from a place of wanting to tone up your midsection, this program is the one. The moves that she has us perform are sometimes radical and you wonder how the heck she thought them up, but every time I feel the workout in a way that's deeper or different than other programs. For the 9 muscular structure workouts alone it's worth it's weight in gold in my opinion.

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  83. Perfect! Thanks, just what I needed to hear to help me make my decision....those abs certainly drive me nuts and I'm always trying to think of new moves to challenge them, so if her moves are as great as you've said, it'll definitely be worth it!(: In terms of the diet, what are your thoughts on foods/tips to help w/ a flat tummy? Like so many of us, I have a weakness for sweets, but I try to minimize carbs (I'll eat high-fiber whole wheat a couple times a week, oatmeal, and quinoa) and eat a ton of fruits/veggies-and allow the sweets in moderation.

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  84. I'm a sugar junkie - so that's the toughest one. On the program there are a lot of veggies and fruits and lean protein. I find that for me personally when I eat bread, pasta, or rice (all the good stuff) I really want sweets after. So they trigger me. One thing that has helped a lot is homemade granola. It's got the carbs, with loads of nuts for protein and it's also got a hint of sweetness to it, so it hits everything at once. Check out the recipe under the heading Granola week. I think it might be in the March archives? You have to eat what you like, but you can learn to adapt. Limit your carbs to once a day. If you're going to have pasta for dinner, stick to egg whites and fruit for breakfast, and veggies with protein at lunch, you know what I mean. Compensate where you can. Good luck.
    You are going to like the abs workouts, there are moves that massage your internal obliques and get to the lower abdomen and love handles in ways you never thought to move your body. It hurts in a good way. TA knows her stuff.

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  85. Newbie here...so glad i found this site! Lots of great insight, but i'm about to go cross-eyed. Sorry if i've missed a post similar to this, but i need your recommendations.
    I have never done TA & don't know which to start with. I'm not particularly athletic, altho i've been doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred the past month & like it so far. (I can finally get thru it w/o taking a break on the cardio.) I know TA cardio will be challenging to say the least & that's ok! But i'm looking for the toning aspects of TA with chiseled arms & more toning in the abs & legs. I'm 6 ft tall, in my early 40s & naturally slender. But- my frame isn't muscle, it's flab & that's what i wanna change! I'm not afraid of the challenge, but am not sure which one to start with?? I'm a fairly healthy eater & probably won't follow the diet anyway...just looking to build some lean muscles. I was set to order meta, but now i'm more confused!
    Thanks for your help!!
    KJ

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  86. Hi KJ, I say if you can do the 30 Day Shred, don't be shy, just dive right in and get on the Metamorphosis program. You get 9 different workouts plus the cardio dvd, so it's worth it.
    Just review the video on her site and choose your body type. You sound to me like an Omnicentric and just want an all-over body and skin tuck and tighten, am I right?
    Her boot camp book is good, but for a few bucks more you get three times the amount of material and the production value is better on Meta.
    Hope that helps!

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  87. Thanks so much, Shan! I will probably opt for the hipcentric. When i have gained weight in the past, it has been on my hips. Also thinking it may help to focus on toning these thigh muscles. I have long legs, but not shapely legs, what a waste!
    KJ

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  88. hey.. ok you've inspired me.. Shan what a great blog.. I've been a big fan of Tracy Anderson and was doing her Mat Method for a while and got great results.. (her arm section and abs is killer.. was also doing her post pregnancy video for extra ab work) I stopped because I went travelling and you know.. you get out of your normal routine. I look at photos before I went overseas and want to cry!! But I'm back and I'm ready to kick my but! I think I'm abcentric as all my weight goes on around my area.. my flat small ass needs work but I read here you get a workout all over on abcentric.

    my question is.. how much lounge room space do you need for the Abcentric... I too have bad knees and shouldn't really be jumping around.. I might get a trampoline. Would you still sweat with a trampoline? I wonder if I would get the same results if I do spin class at the gym.. and the weight and toning work out with Abcentric??? Has anyone had experience with this?

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  89. Hello Eve,
    I use a rebounder because my joints are fragile too, too many years of running in bad shoes. Go to youtube and look for Tracy's trampoline workout. It's not spinning class but it will work you out and do it in a way that won't bulk you up. And if your heart rate doesn't accelerate, you're not giving it all you got.
    Abcentric will whip your traveling butt back into shape, girl I have no doubt about it.

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  90. Hey Shan! Checking in with you! just signed up for your blog excited to get it daily. On another note transform 3 is killing me! The second and second to last leg moves are torture Omg but I'm getting better. I reach day 30 on Saturday so I'm hoping to see some good measurements . Well thanks for keeping me motivated you are an inspiration!

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  91. Wow Briana! Day 30 that's awesome. I know, 3 is mean mean mean! I bet we could try out for the Special Forces after this program and kick some serious ass!
    Lemme know how your measurements go.

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  92. guys could you please tell me if Tracy has wormout and streching on her Methamorphosis Dvd.
    Thank you!

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  93. No, not really. In level three Meta, she's starting to do a small warm up and same with level 4, but there is nothing for the first level and no cool down to speak of.

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  94. Hi Shan-

    I ordered the Meta Omni the other day, Im really excited to start. Do you think that I should get the 30 day and do it first? Or should I just start Meta? I want to lose about about 10 lbs and I have alot of junk to firm up!! LOL. I am going to try the plan and see how it goes. 90 days on a strict eating plan can be very hard but I really want to do it. Im glad I found your blog, it will be really good to have the support once I start.

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  95. Haven't checked in or read any of the blog posts recently, so I decided to swing by. One word-BRUTAL. I couldn't cough without my body hurting after the first day I started, I skipped the weigh in and measurments because personally for my body I like to feel the strength come to me and notice the change by eyeing it, otherwise I get discouraged. Things are going well I would recommend this to anyone! One thing though, the first time I did the strength, I felt like it wasn't pushing my body enough so I just stopped before the legwork was done, when I woke up the next day in with major lactic acid buildup (that pain you get after a good workout) I got so excited, and moving from Jillian's workouts (which I though were tough) to Tracy's I had no idea how out of shape I really was. But I'm performing better in all my physical activities now that it's getting warmer out, and excited to continue my adventure! Sounds like you're all doing well too, keep it up.

    -Marge

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  96. Marge! Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather my friend. Hope you get feeling better. Great news that you are enjoying the workout. Tracy is very different from Jillian so while your major muscle groups may be in shape, Tracy hits the little accessory muscles and they take some time to get used to working. Good job for sticking with it!

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  97. hi Shan, i am planning on getting the meta series, but im skeptic. i have the regular method series (dance cardio workout and mat workout) and i was wondering if the dance workouts in the metamorphosis series are a little bit easier to follow. its not that the dancing is too har, because im a bellerina, but they are hard to catch on to because they aren't clearly explained. any insight helps:)
    -Hannah-Rose

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  98. Hey Hanna,
    If you are already a dancer, you might find the dance cardio on meta a bit too simple. There are no routines to learn, just lots of pretty easy to follow little jumps and taps and small kicks. Not difficult.
    God luck

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  99. I'm not sure which one to go with. I am top heavy and tend to gain in my arms and midsection. What would you suggest?

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  100. Honestly, I haven't tried them all, but I'd say you can't go wrong with Omnicentric.

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  101. Anonymous said...
    I'm not sure which one to go with. I am top heavy and tend to gain in my arms and midsection. What would you suggest?


    I'm built the same way, I would say abcentric, although omnicentric doesn't seem like you can go wrong. But I feel as to be more proportionate you need to put more weightloss excercise effort into your top. It's seemed to begin to work for me!

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  102. Was wondering if someone might help me about selection of body type tapes. The two parts of my body I need the most help on are my sides (muffin top, love handles) and triceps (batwings) lol - don't u love those crazy descriptions?? Anyway, of course, I'd like to firm up everywhere else, too. What would you suggest? Is there one series in particular that has more arm workout, such as in the first mat workout tape?

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  103. Hi Ann,
    I am nearly 50 days into Abcentric and my arms are really starting to be lovely and toned. So you can safely do Abcentric and take care of the old "bat wings" but I don't think it would hurt to try Omnicentric either - either way if you work the program you can't go wrong.

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  104. Hi Shan,
    sorry I have been MIA for awhile. I've been super busy but I've manages to get in every workout but my day 30 measurements were a joke! No change at all, I even gained .4 lbs. I'm hoping day 40 will be better for me. It has been a challenge to do it but I'm still trucking along. I just have no control over my hunger. The harder I work the more hungry I am. So I think that is my downfall.
    I read your blog today and I was thinking the same thing about getting the omni program. I did sign up for the continuity but you are so right about the price and shipping. It's way cheaper to start a new program. I'll give the continuity a try and see how it goes but I might jump on the omni train with you.
    After reading Victoria's review of level 5 I am a little scared!

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  105. Hi Shan,

    I need to loose 20 pounds and get rid of my tummy (which I had since I can remember). i'm 34 and have no children. I have been trying to loose it with "exercise and eating healthy plan" it hasn't worked yet. So I ordered the omni and waiting to receive it. my question is should I do the ab series as well or not!! I kinda want to be ready for summer!!

    thanks.

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  106. Hey,

    I notice this question was asked before, but it seems it was accidentally overlooked. I'm very keen to give this a crack, however, I'm very limited for space in my apartment. I live with two guys and we don't have a television, so, for both reasons, I'm wanting to do it in my small bedroom. How much room does one need for the cardio component? I'm thinking I'll be okay for the mat work...will I? My room is quite small. Cardio on the other hand, could be a problem. Love it if someone could help me out so I know whether I'll just have to stick with running for cardio.

    Cheers,

    Jane.

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  107. Hi Jane,
    Usually more space is required for Tracy's cardio, however in this routine, it is pretty confined. In fact I often do it on my rebounder with a few little adjustments.
    I live in a tiny space and I make it work so am confident that you can too.

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  108. Hi Briana, Grrrrr. Isn't it just so frustrating to work your butt off and not see a change? That's where I am at this week and have been too irritated to post about it! That being said, your hunger is a really good sign that your metabolism is revving up so way to go for sticking with it. And honestly, level 5 isn't all bad. Let me know what you decide to do after your 90 day one way or the other.

    Hello Anonymous, I think you are going to be totally fine with Omni, from what I hear it will kick your butt! Stick with Omni and see how that goes. When I first got Abcentric, I thought maybe I should have gone with Omni instead, but I have no regrets. I think all the programs are fab.

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  109. Hi Shan,

    Thanks for your reply. Sorry, but by 'this routine' are you referring to the metamorphosis series?

    Thanks again.

    Jane.

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  110. Because I was also considering the 30 day package.

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  111. Hi Jane,
    Sorry, yes, by this routine I mean the Metamorphosis program.

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  112. Cheers Shan. I know I'm getting to be a pain in the arse with all these questions...but here I go again...I'm asking seeing as you're a vegetarian. I'm a vegan. Will it be possible to tailor the meta diet to veganism? And just confirming, cause I'm so poor and desperately wanting to get into shape, you really think it'll be okay to do the mat and cardio components in a small bedroom while watching Tracy's instructions on a laptop? Thanks so much for your help. Btw, I just went back and looked at the photos of you post bootcamp etc. you look amazing! Good for you. Envious and inspired :)

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  113. Jane, you are NOT a pain in the arse or anywhere else for that matter. I'll be honest, it's tough being vegan on the plan. I am a bit of a vegan backslider and have turned to eating eggs on the Meta program. Tell you what, email me and I will dig through the 30 Day Method and send you a couple of recipes. I just went on the forum today to ask other veggies for tips and suggestions for week 8 because it is all meat and I am tired of tofu soup!! I am poor too, but trust me, you can do this in a small space. As long as you can stretch out your limbs and not hit anything you can do it. As for cardio, you can jump and skip on the spot so it's totally doable!!
    My email address is oshan2nd@yahoo.ca

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  114. I WISH she wouldn't say, "teeny tiny." I don't want to be teeny tiny. I'm a grown woman.

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  115. Thanks, Shan. Really appreciate all your support and suggestions. I'll be in touch. Keep on trucking.

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  116. You have to remember the market that Tracy is living in. She is surrounded by the little Susan Lucci's and Kelly Ripa's who are no more than 90 pounds soaking wet. People trying to compete in that world want to be teeny tiny. We are all women of every beautiful shape and size and Tracy helps us pull it in and lift it up so everything is back where nature intended it to be before donuts and MacDonald's came along.

    Hey Jane, Anytime girl. I do hope you will keep me posted. I keep thinking how brave you are to tackle this with two guys for roommates. Lock your bedroom door! Ha ha.

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  117. You're quite a fan! I know that market very well. I used to live in L.A. It just seems silly for a grown woman to say "teeny tiny." I bought her program, so I want to be smaller. It's just a point of contention for me, I guess.

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  118. I am a fan, Mary Jo. I have issues with the words chosen for the marketing plan - words like perfection - but at the heart of it, is the workout, the results yielded, and how you feel about yourself at the end of the day.

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  119. Do we actually have to learn routines on the cardio component of Meta? I didn't have the patience (or space) to get through her cardio workout before. I have her 30 day plan and find that cardio more doable and love her muscular structure design.

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  120. Hey,
    If you liked the cardio from the book then you will be pleased with the Metamorphosis dance dvd, no hard routines, little space needed and pretty easy to catch on to.
    Good luck.

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  121. Hey! I am in the process of buying the Metamorphosis DVD package but wanted to check if that includes a guideline/diet as regards food; or is that end reached by the 30-day diet book?

    Thanks!

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  122. I am a personal trainer that competes in fitness competitions. I feel like I have gained to much muscle over the past 5 years and decided to give the TAM a try. I got the hipcentric and boy was I sore. So surprised since I am used to working out 6 days a week for a minimum of an hour. This program goes against everything u r taught as a trainer and I can't wait to see the results. Not going to do the diet. It's never good to go under 1200 calories. I already eat clean and am a healthy weight so I am hoping to lean out. This blog has a lot of great info. Thanks for posting. Kelly

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  123. You're going to love the results, Kelly. Keep me posted on how you do.

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  124. Metamorphosis has its very own diet plan. It is similar to the 30 Day Method, but a little more intense.

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  125. Just ordered omni metamorposis..cant wait until it arrives. I have never done any of Tracys workouts before. Actually I have never consistantly worked out. But after having my 5th child and being almost 40 now. My regular: eating less and only when I am hungry "diet plan" just is not helping me lose weight like it used too. So have to start somewhere. Hopefully this wont be so difficult (since i am new to working out) that I will not continue. But I am motivated as I have never been as heavy as I am now. I need to lose a good 30#. Glad I found this site so I can stay motivated and get some help when needed.
    Thanks
    Tami

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  126. I just began the metamorphosis routine two days ago! The dance cardio seems really hard to follow so I may just stick with my insanity dvds for cardio and then do the 30 minute toning- what do you think?

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  127. Just ordered Tracy's 30-day method and her mat exercises dvd.. Excited! Hopefully i will see results with this. Wondering if `i should have just gone for the omni meta but couldn't really afford it right now. I will get it when I can. Please say it will work!

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  128. Ooooh, hey I think I remember you from a post long time ago. You were getting good results with insanity, weren't you? Yeah, I say do the muscular structure and try to stick with the diet and get your heart rate up, Be healthy that's the main thing.

    Hi Gabby! Of course you are going to see results with what you've ordered. Do the Mat DVD for a couple of weeks first to get the hang of the Method, it's my fave. then get yourself psyched up for 30 day method. really work the program in it's entirety. Diet, cardio and MS, and you will most definitely see results. Good luck to you both!!

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  129. Tami!!! OMG - five children? you are a rock star. doesn't running around after them keep you thin? tracy can be hard to "get" right off the bat, but if you stick with her, her work becomes your norm and you will see fantastic results, I swear by her. Good luck.

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  130. Hey Shan,
    I'm thinking about buying Tracy's Metamorphosis. I had my first baby 8 months ago, and am nearly 20 pounds heavier than I was pre-pregnancy. I did P90X Lean for the 35 days and lost 6 pounds, but I felt like my muscles were getting bigger. I want to drop the pounds and have lean muscles. Is this the workout for me? What are the workouts like? Do you do the cardio DVD daily, along with the workout of the week?
    Thanks,
    Rebekah

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  131. Rebekah,
    Yes yes yes, get metamorphosis. the Method is very different to any other workout. I actually have the definition in my arms that I have always wanted and they look lean when relaxed. no bulk. my legs are lean too.
    You do the workout, including cardio and muscular structure daily six days a week. every ten days, the muscle work changes but the cardio is the same.
    Good luck with it.

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  132. Thanks Shan! You are very motivational! I have a cross trainer at home.. Would it be ok to continue to use it as my cardio along with the mat exercise dvd?

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  133. Here's the thing Gabby, Tracy wants us to do her cardio so that we are not overworking the dominant muscles that want to bulk. However, in the interest of cardiovascular health, I think you should be getting your heart rate up - so do what you have access to. You'll find your body starting to change with the mat dvd anyway. Cheers!

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  134. Hi. I just started the hipcentric. I am on day 5. Tried doing the dance cardio once and did not like it at all. I love to run and do cardio on the elliptical machine. Do you think I could just continue with those two forms of cardio instead and get great results too? ~Trish

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  135. Hey Shan,
    I ordered it! I was wondering, did you have any weight to lose when you started? Or were you just doing it to tone up?
    Rebekah

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  136. Hi Trish, hi Rebekah,
    Trish you will still lose weight of course, but be sure to do your muscular structure first. I am going to write a bit about that today - hopefully.

    Rebekah - Yes, I have lost 16 pounds - in around 7 weeks (I started on boot camp before meta so I am including the four weeks there) and now have been at my goal weight for a little over a month I think. Good luck to you both!

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  137. Hi Shan.
    Thanks for your advise. Do you do cardio on your own or the dance cardio? Why is it important to do the muscular structure first? When you lost the weight were you following the TA meal plan? Thanks so much ;) ~Trish

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  138. Hi Shan,
    I have ordered the Metamorphosis Hipcentric and I am 4 days in (although I just started the eating plan today. Wanted to start it on a Monday). Anyway, I have worked out regularly (5 days a week) for about 3 years. I lost 20 pounds over a year and a half ago and haven't lost any since. I am hoping that her eating plan will help kick that into gear. My question is....I have done the cardio and transform all 4 days and have only been sore in my calves. I thought for sure that my legs and rear would be sore from the transform. Does this mean it's not working and/or I'm doing the moves wrong? I've read other posts about how sore people have been and don't understand why I'm not. Any advice? Also, I just read in the last few posts that you should do the transform before the cardio???? I have been doing the cardio first. Should I switch it up and do cardio second?
    Thanks so much for this blog!! It has been so helpful and it convinced me to order in the first place. I love Tracy!
    ~Carrie

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  139. Hi Trish, I do Tracy's dance cardio and will often do it on my mini trampoline to give my joints a break. Yes I followed her diet for eight weeks - now I follow it loosely. Check my blog http://masteringthemethod.blogspot.com/ day 63 for a link explaining why it's optimal to do your MC before cardio. Cheers!

    Hey Carrie - the diet will definitely kick you weighloss into gear. You may not be too sore because you are already in good shape from working out 5 days a week, but I guarantee that as the workouts get harder and she targets different muscles you will feel it. You might not feel like dying, but you'll know you've worked, hang in there. Regarding doing Muscle work first, only do this if you feel comfortable. Better to do both MS and cardio in the order you want than not do one of them. But I do MS first. Hope this helps.

    Good luck ladies!

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  140. I too have been doing the cardio first to loosen up- why do you suggest the toning first? Do you think the meta toning is as effective as her mat dvd work? thanks! terry

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  141. Hi Terry, Here's why -
    "The body needs to burn through its sugar source first before it taps into the fat," says Iman Nikzad, who runs the fitness program at LA Fitness near Irvine, Ca. "You burn the sugar while doing the weights then burn the fat while doing the cardio."
    I love her mat DVD, but am addicted to meta, have just signed on for the continuity program.

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  142. Thanks for the help, Shan! I did transform work first and then the cardio this morning....it makes a huge difference in how much of the reps I can do. I actually made it through all the reps for the first time! Thanks again!!
    ~Carrie

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  143. Yeah, Carrie!!! Way to go girl.
    xo

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  144. Thanks for your input- I did the toning first yesterday and then the cardio and I agree with carrie- I got thru all the reps! I was the one who was going to skip the cardio dance and do insanity, but I gave the dance a few other tries and I actually like it- don't necessarily do all her moves but I keep moving- just wish she gave more instruction during the dvd!

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  145. That's terrific news! I'm glad you gave it another shot and it's working. Something that I find helps when doing muscular structure is following all the way through arms, abs and the right leg, then go back to the start of the right leg and perform those moves with her instruction on my left leg - rather than doing the left leg with music only.
    Cheers!

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  146. Hi, Shan,
    I have been reading your blog for a little while and you convinced me to take the plunge and order Hipcentric. I just received it and was planing on starting it on Monday. However, on May 22nd, I am leaving town to chaperone my daughter's class trip to D.C. (Lord help me!) for an entire week. I am not sure how missing a week after only two weeks of Meta will affect things. Do you think I should still start on Monday or should I wait to start until after my trip? There is no way for me to workout at all on the trip- we go from 6:45am-10:00pm every day. If I do start on Monday, when I get back would I start all over? I would really appreciate any advice! Thanks- Heather

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  147. Hey Heather,
    When I get questions like this I wish I could email people to tell them about everything. But here, I have to be brief. This experience is a life-changer and I find that if I start and stop something, when I come back, I have less drive to follow it. That's just me personally. Part of the fun of starting is the novelty of it, I'm worried that if you start then stop the novelty will have worn off before you see real results. My gut instinct is to say - have a day or two to rest, eat all the things you think you might miss, then start to eat healthier. Then, when you get back from the trip, you should be more or less in the habit of watching what you eat and will be ready to go like gang-busters! Just my two cents and likely more than you bargained for but I want to see you reach your heart's desire of a fab body! Lemme know how it turns out!
    Hugs. S.

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  148. Shan,
    Thanks so much for your advice- that was what I was leaning toward and you have made me feel much better about it... Although, it is hard to stare longingly at the box, anticipating my (hopefully) new body, and not dive right in! I agree that I will have a better shot at success if I wait, though. Between the end-of-the-school-year dance rehearsals and recitals and endless treks to soccer games, it would be difficult to stay on track with the program- especially the eating part (I am a frequent visitor to drive-thrus right now while we eat on the run!). For now, I will continue to do my current workouts, watch what I eat, and prepare myself for Hipcentric! And best of all, I can have a big ol' piece of my birthday cake on the 20th- woo hoo! Thanks again (and wish me luck on touring- and sharing a bathroom- with a group of 13 year-old girls in D.C.! Heather

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  149. Hello again, Shan!
    Congrats on your weight-loss! I hope I'll be able to say the same in a few months! I'm anxiously waiting for my Omnicentric to come in the mail! I was wondering what the diet is like? I am a breastfeeding mother of an 8 month old, so dieting is kind of tricky. Is it low calorie/low carb?
    Rebekah

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  150. Hey Rebekah,
    It will be good for you to get onto the TA Forum. There are quite a few new moms on there. I don't know that following the diet right now - at least not exactly - would be a good idea because it's restricted and you need to have calories for your baby. But you can look it over and get an idea of how you can adapt your current diet. For example, cutting out excess fats, limiting spices and sugar. Trimming back the dairy and eliminating red meat. Those things will help while still giving you the nutrition you'll need to produce milk.

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  151. Hey Heather, Glad I could help. I know what it's like when the proverbial plate is full and you are rushing around. But just think of the energy and enthusiasm you'll build in anticipation of starting the program!!! It will go a long way to keep you on track once you get into the program because you can look back and remember how badly you wanted to start. Good luck in DC - I do not envy your having to share the bathroom! eeek.

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  152. I heard that all of the videos (omni, ab, hip, glute-centric) are in fact all exactly the same workouts? do you know if this is in fact true? If so, I won't bother stressing about which one to order!

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  153. Hi Shan,
    I recently purchased the book 30-Day Method that came with the DVD, mainly b/c I wanted to try the workout first before spending near $100 on something I'm not sure I will be able to do let alone stick with. I just did my first day. It was difficult but yet I could feel it right away. I wasn't able to get thru all the reps except for the abs probably b/c I had been doing ab work the last few months off and on. The cardio sequence made me feel completely uncoordinated and I used to dance all the time. After a while I just danced to the music and jumped around a bit b/c I couldn't keep up with her moves. I only made it through 1 sequence and not both. Is that bad for my first time? I didn't realize out of shape I was till today. I'm hoping I will be able to keep this up, I do like the fact that I actually sweat pretty good doing this workout. Also I normally walk about 2 miles a day on my lunch, think it would be OK to continue that? I do not plan on following the meal plan mainly b/c I eat pretty healthy to begin with. I don't consider myself to be heavy, I am 5'9 and about 170(no kids yet,just the furry 4-legged kind) but definitely know I need to tone up b/c since hitting my 30s(I'll be 32 in Sept) the weight doesn't go away as easily as it comes. I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds too. :) Hope you are having a fabulous Mother's Day. Thanks for reading this also.
    Amber

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  154. Hello - I have not personally done all the other centric workouts but what I have heard is that between abcentric and omnicentric of the 9 different transform workouts included in the package - 2 are the same - but for the most part I believe they are all unique to that particular body issue. Trust your instincts and get the one you think is right.

    Hey Amber
    People of all levels come to Tracy's method - the ones who haven't worked out in years all the way to the super fit dance instructors and I hear the same thing from nearly everyone - it's HARD!! During the 30 Day Method I think I hit 40 reps only one time. I was happy if I could eke out 20 to 25 to start - some I couldn't even do ten of in the beginning. And the cardio is tough, those little jumps take it out of you. You're on the right track - be patient. Now almost 70 days in I can do 30 reps of the thing I couldn't do 10 of in the beginning. She builds your strength, there is a plan. Keep walking. I do cardio and MS and still hike with my dog every single day - he doesn't take rest days so neither can I. Our 30s are a turning point when the metabolism starts to slow down, Tracy is helping to reverse that.
    You can do this and if you stick with it, you'll be so pleased that you did! Happy mother's day to you too.

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  155. Hi, I've been trying to get the Tracy Anderson method, but haven't been able to afford it and my best friend just finished and got amazing results, she looks fabulous, she is so happy and she gave me her DVDs and everything she is hipcentric and I'm Omnicentric do you think that it's a good idea if a do try this work out. I'm not sure what to do, I'm afraid that if i do it my behind will dissapear and my upper body will be bigger than my lower body, please help me !

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  156. You have a very nice friend! Thank her because she is about to help you change your life. Don't worry about what centric you are - I hummed and hahhed over which one to get and settled on Abcentric - from what I can see on the forum, no matter which workout you do - your whole body will be transformed. My butt has never been better! Good luck with it.

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  157. Hi there. I am getting ready to start the book...am waiting for metamorposis. Am wondering since you are veggie, I get sick of tofu too and don't want to commit strictly to the veggie option. Is it taboo to take what I like from both plans and create a more personal meal plan? Let me know what you think. Linda

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  158. Hey Linda -
    I say go for it. I have taken almost everything on her menu and made it my own in one way or another. I've switched meals around, avoided certain foods (cannot do egg plant at all) and made stuff up. Just keep it low in fat, low in carbs and don't use too many spices. You have a better chance of success with it if you like what you're preparing and eating. Good luck and if you come up with anything fantastic - please write me and share. Always looking for new veggie options.

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  159. Hi there!

    I just ordered the abcentric program and cant wait for it to arrive. I am 38 with a 13 year old son and have somehow gained almost 20 pounds in the last year. Most of it in my belly and ahem, chest. Love your site!

    Chantal

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  160. Hey Shan,
    I just got my package in the mail!! I'm so excited to start Monday (after I restock my pantry)! I talked to my midwife and I think I'm just going to do a lower carb, protein & veggie rich diet! Several websites say I still need minimum of 1,600 - 1,800 calories a day to keep up the production of milk. Breastfeeding can burn upwards of 400 calories a day, so I think that will still work for me. Do you think I'll still see the results I want?

    Also, I'm wondering if you're following the diet exactly? If I wasn't breastfeeding, I'm still not sure I could do all the purees and feel full? How are you doing with the "Body Reset" weeks?

    Thanks, girl!
    Rebekah

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  161. You have got to eat. Sounds like you have the right idea and yes, you are going to see results. If I have, anyone will.
    I bump up my calorie intake, add things like healthy fats (nuts seeds avocado) and substitute veggie options for meat dishes. So not following religiously. But try to keep to it loosely as a guide.
    You'll do great and keep in touch!

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  162. Okay, sounds good. I've decided to try out the recipes this week and see how it goes. I'll just add to it if I need more. I'm so excited to start - I tried DC a few days ago when it came in the mail and I'm STILL feeling it in my calves! Gonna be tough to do it 6x a week, but luckily I have this blog to keep me motivated! Thanks, Shan!

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  163. Thanks, I have really enjoyed reading all the remarks about the Tracy Anderson Method. I had never heard about it until reading Jennifer Lopez interview in People, so I had to investigate. What I have seen during my research is there is no difference in the various body type Meta DVD's or such a small difference, at least three people on other blogs don't notice. I thought I would give it a try. Wonder if you can cancel if you don't like it after the first one?

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  164. Good luck, Rebekah, make sure you eat enough, you are still technically eating for two!

    Hi, Initially the centrics are similar because we are all starting at the beginning but as they progress they start to target your problem area more specifically. I have no doubt you'll like it and it will work for you too. If you order over the phone, perhaps you can ask about cancellation then?

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  165. Do you have any tips for someone whose just starting meta? I'm not terribly athletic and am not a huge fan of cardio..

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  166. Yes. You don't have to be terribly athletic. What you need is patience. Be kind to yourself, take it one day at a time, do your best and forget the rest. It will be overwhelming at times and when it is, come here, go to the forum, lean on the community. It's fun too and once you start to see changes, it becomes addictive. Good luck!

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  167. Hello again, Shan!
    I have returned on Meta Day 3 with great news! Today, after I finished my workout & took my shower, I went to my bedroom to change. My husband walked in and said, "Wow! You look thinner!" Of course, I thought he was just being sweet and trying to encourage me. How could I possibly look thinner after 3 days?? So after he left the room, I headed right for my measuring tape! Sure enough, I'm down 1 inch on my waist and 2 inches on my tummy!!! Are you kidding me?!? In 3 days!? I couldn't wait to get on here and tell you about it! This is such an encouragement for me and my post-baby "love-handles!" Will keep you posted on the rest of my results and am excited to hear more about yours! You are truly an inspiration, Shan!
    Hugs!
    Rebekah

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  168. Eeeeeee, Rebekah!! I have goose bumps! Isn't that the most amazing feeling in the world? I am so happy for you girl. Way to go. I can't wait to hear more.

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  169. Hi to all! My friend is going to make copies of the omni for me. Can I do my own cardio instead of hers? I have tried her cardio in the past and found it to be difficult. I want to focus on my abs and arms. How long will it take to see results? Also I am so busy, work full time, grad school part time and now have to do an internship. I want to make time but am afraid I won't have much time... If that makes sense. How long are the workouts? I need to make time but am so tired half the time! How can I fit it in!

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  170. Hello! I just did my first day of Metamorphosis Omnicentric (I've been told that the good thing about getting fat all over is that it's easier to hide-Hah!). My question is this: since I come from a vinyasa yoga background, I cannot shake the feeling that one needs a cool down and lots of stretching after a vigorous workout. This is missing from the two dvds I did today. Since everything else seems so considered, I'm wondering why this might be? Although the cardio section was hysterically impossible, I feel pretty good otherwise. Thank you for your support.

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  171. Hi I want to order it!! does it really work?

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  172. Hey Shan,
    I know you've been worried about falling off the diet-bandwagon after your Metamorphosis is over (in a few days!!), and since I'm not doing Tracy's diet due to breast-feeding, I've been looking up alternate healthy-eating plans. I recently ordered a book "400 Calorie Fix" (eBay: $10; Barnes & Noble: $25). It claims that if you stay active (30-60 min. exercise per day), you can eat 4 400-calorie meals per day to maintain weight. And let me tell you, these meals aren't dinky!! It has a section on packaged foods, which I am not a fan of, but sometimes fall victim to, and dining out. It is not so much a diet-book, but rather, a healthy cook-book. Love it! I know you're vegetarian, but I'm sure you could use tofu, TVP, beans, etc. in place of meats in the recipes! Just thought I'd share the find!
    Hugs!
    Rebekah

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  173. Tracy's cardio on meta is much easier to follow than her other DVD's so before you jump into anything else, give it an honest shot, you might surprise yourself. The workouts are 30 minutes each, when I am crunched for time, I split them up, Mat work in the am and cardio at nite - try that.

    Hey my yogi pal, I feel the same, yoga is all about balance and stretch - so I do warm up and cool down before and after. I want to be sure that I feel balanced and prevent injury. As for why TA doesn't do this here, I am not sure but I understand that in continuity there are warm ups. Good luck with it.

    To you asking if it works? Only if you work it. It's not magic in a box, you have got to put in the time and make the effort. But the results are pretty much guaranteed if you do that.

    Hi Rebekah, I work in a book store too, so I will have a peek at that. I am also interested in Bethany Frankel's book - just gotta hang in there for a wee bit longer. Thanks so much for sharing and glad you're doing so well!

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  174. Just wanted to share with all of you, I'm totally having a love day today! Happy Saturday!

    -Marge

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  175. Hi,
    I saw the infomercial on this program and it looks great!! For those that have actually been doing it, I have a few questions please. I do not need to loose any more weight (as I have lost a lot)but I really need to tone, tone, tone!!! I am on the verge of surgery at this point. This says it tightens the skin and small muscles to give you a complete toning? I am thinking the omni? I need to tone my arms (the wings), my backside just fell someplace after such weight loss, and tighten up my waist a bit. I work out, but just don't seem to see any results in these areas, just drop more pounds and I really don't want to do that..........thanks Angela

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  176. Angela, I'm turning 40 this summer and I thought my butt was lost forever. Three months into this and I have the best bum of my life. They say there is no cure for cellulite? They haven't tried Tracy's method. If you don't have weight to lose, you can skip the diet and the program will be good for you.

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  177. Marge! Holla! That's fantastic. love days are the best.

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  178. Shan,

    Thanks! That is great to know, I am ordering and doing!

    Angela

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  179. Thank you, Shan, from your yogi pal. I am really enjoying the program and will add in some sun salutations to begin and close with a stretching routine at the end. Really appreciate your blog...

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  180. I have opened the box (last week). I have read the materials and shopped (past weekend). I have watched the Tracy's Tips part of the DVD (5 minutes ago). I am truly afraid to push play on the cardio DVD (now!!)

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  181. That's the way to do it. It makes it feel more like a practice that way as well.

    Don't be scared. Jump in, the water's fine. He he he, you'll get the hang of it soon and be complaining that it's too easy!

    Good luck to you both.

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  182. Hi
    I'm new to this blog and don't have a clue to how I got here. Read it through and want to congratulate Shan - you have an amazing insight.
    I am 53, an ex Reebok fitness trainer, haven't moved a muscle (except my big mouth to eat) in the last 15 years and have 40 pounds of full fat around me to keep me warm like an Eskimo.
    I live in Portugal and really hate my body and it's warm enough to not need eskimo fat.
    Presently I am a Chef and own my own restaurant and guess what I eat the most - DESSEEEERTS!
    So after having bought the video (my bank account is already shrieking!)I find this blog and learn that it's not only the workouts, it's actually STOPPING TO EAT! Now that's nowhere ever mentioned and with all my past knowledge I feel such an idiot for not having thought of it!
    So, I am getting mentally prepared to get going with the workouts, which I love doing anyway (but might actually kill myself now after all this time just cooking and smiling to clients) but the diet part, I am having trouble swallowing the information.
    Is anyone starting the program bnow so that I could go along???

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  183. Thanks for all the valuable info Ladies!

    I've been doing her 30-Day Methond from the book DVD and the MAT DVD on and off since January and have seen and AND sustained results even when I skipped a few weeks of working out.

    I absolutely LOVE her 1st DVD, Mat workout... great results and it's only an hour. I highly recommend it. Tracy definately doesn't do even amount of reps on each side, which can be annoying, but I follow it and burn at least 375 calories during the 1 hour dvd.

    I'm unemployed and I'm still ordering the Hip-Meta because I know it'll work.

    The results I've gotten from her Method are the best and I've been working out for over 15 years.

    Good luck Ladies. X


    Xavier

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  184. Mteresa,
    Yeah, diet is the hardest part of the whole program and you need to psyche yourself up for it because it's a big change.
    If you go on to Tracy's forum, you will find people just starting and you can connect with them for support. Good luck!

    Hi Xavier, yes, the mat workout is my fave too! Love it. Good luck with hipcentric.

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  185. I am very interested in the metamorphosis DVDs, however I need more info! I have a bad knee with some nerve damage to my leg. I am limited in what I can do. I have been modifying exercises for years. Do these videos have alot of squats and lunges? Also, can you just get a leg DVD? I would hate to invest in all that money and not be able to perform most of the exercises! Please help.

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  186. hey you, I am not a doctor nor an expert, but I have an opinion so here it is. Metamorphosis does not have lunges or squats but I don't think it's necessarily your best bet if you have a bad knee and nerve damage because many of the leg rotations are done while on your knees. What I would recommend for you however is Tracy's Mat DVD. It's terrific and while you may not be able to perform the leg exercises that are done while on the mat exactly as she does them, you will most certainly be able to do the standing portion. It's a brilliant workout, my fave by far and the financial investment won't be as steep if it turns out you have trouble with it.
    Just my two cents.
    Cheers.

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  187. Thank you Shan!! I truly appreciate your honestly. We are the same age and sound like similar driven people. I am so tempted to buy her Metamorphosis DVD, but have done so in the past with other DVD series and unfortunately have wasted my money. Funny I looked at that DVD last night. It looks like it might be a better fit for me. I am realizing as I am aging that the exercises that used to maintain my legs are getting more difficult. The function of my knee is great, except when I exercise, the pain is becoming worse. But I refuse to give up! Thanks for your blog. You look amazing!!

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  188. Thank you so much, am out with an injury at the moment so feeling less than stellar but c'est la vie. You will love the mat dvd and I honestly believe that you can do it - at least the majority of it - after working with it for a while - your body will change and you might find things that were challenging becoming easier and more doable. Also, go to a book store and look at Tracy's books. The photos of the movements will give you a really good idea of what Meta is about and you may decide for yourself that you want to go for it.
    Keep me posted either way, I'd love to hear how it turns out, okay?

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  189. *I meant to say book - there is only one.

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  190. I've been doing the meta workout for 30 days now- I actually bought the dvds from a friend- abcentric and I don't necessarily carry my weight there- I love the results- not really sticking to HER diet- just watching(kinda)- her toning for your legs is so good but hard- I like that you switch every 10 days- I JUST WISH SHE WOULD GIVE MORE INSTRUCTION especially for the stannding abs and arms-don't know why she doesn't- don't know if I'm doing it correctly- however do see results- any one else feel the same? TERRY

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  191. Hi Terry - well done on getting through 30 days. Tracy has a specific style. I have the benefit of doing her mat dvd before coming to meta and there is a bit more guidance. Take heart, it does start to come more naturally and you'll get it. I have heard that there is more instruction on continuity, but have yet to start that.

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  192. I have 50 lbs to loose in 5 mos for an event. I am planning to get the hipcentric because that's where most of my weight lies. I do have a big stomach and weight on my shoulder and breasts but I know that will melt when the weight starts falling off.
    Would you recommend hip or omnicentric?
    Liz

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  193. Hi Liz,
    I haven't done all the centric workouts but Tracy strongly recommends choosing the program for your problem area. I can tell you that I'm on abcentric and it's worked my whole body. Good luck!!

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  194. Just received my Metamorphosis DVD package and am ready to roll. I'll be posting my progress through the process on my blog http://luckyinlove2.blogspot.com/

    Any advice for surviving the first week liquid diet???

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  195. Ok I need some honest advice. I just did my first day of Meta-Omni. I BARELY made it thru 6 min of the cardio. I felt like crying I was so dissappointed in myself. I did half of the reps in the strength part. I just dont know how I will ever see results if I cant make it thru even 10 min of cardio. I have 40-50 lbs to lose. Maybe I should try a different form of cardio and keep up with the strength part? HELP. Lori

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  196. Lori, my darling. You are in such good company. Do you know how many people post that they cannot get through even 5 minutes of cario? The first time I did it, when Tracy says, you're five minutes in, I thought "Okay, that's me done!" Also, add reps slowly, you will build up strength over time.
    If the cardio is too much, try doing it on a mini trampoline, it made a world of difference for me. You've got this, Lori, you can do it. It's in you, I just know it is. Patience is the key and persistence, don't quit on us, we want you on our team!

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  197. Lovestruck, my best advice for the first week is to do all your prep in one day for about four days in advance. That way the hard work is done, the meals are ready and convenient and you will not be tempted to cheat. Good luck!!

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