Celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson debunked common weight loss myths on the Sept. 1 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Anderson, who trains Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, said crunches do not flatten your belly and you don’t need to stretch before you work out, as improper stretching can lead to injuries.
Tracy, who is not a fan of bulky muscles on women, previously said running doesn’t not aid weight loss — a controversial stance that raised eyebrows among the fitness community.
“While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a ‘problem area’ — even on women who are genetically thin,” Anderson wrote on Gwyneth Paltrow’s health/fitness website, Goop.
“Running a marathon is a real and measurable accomplishment, but if you’re looking to lean out and lose weight, training to complete 26.2 miles isn’t going to give you the physical results you crave.”
Tracy, who herself lost 30 pounds just six weeks after giving birth to her second child in 2012, says women should strive for long, lean muscles that can only come from lifting light weights (three pounds maximum) at high repetitions.
“While bulkier muscle looks OK on women in their twenties and thirties, it doesn’t age well,” said Anderson, creator of the best-selling workout DVD, the Tracy Anderson Method.
Tracy’s exercise tips contradict the advice of most fitness experts, who recommend that women lift heavy weights and shouldn’t be concerned that weight-lifting will bulk them up.
“I have occasionally designed programs for men that incorporate kettle bells, but I would never recommend them to women, even for women who are fans of bulkier muscle lines,” says Anderson.
“Kettle balls are also unnecessary, since you can easily get the benefits of incorporating weight and motion in a way that doesn’t add bulk or put your body at risk of injury … The sooner you build a long, lean, and feminine arm, the more sustainable the results will be — and with no sacrifice in strength.”
Tracy revealed all her weight loss, workout and diet secrets in her book, Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method.
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