Tracy, who herself lost 30 pounds just six weeks after giving birth to her second child, says women should strive for long, lean muscles that can only come from lifting light weights (three pounds maximum) at high repetitions.
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,” wrote Anderson.
Tracy also said running isn’t ideal for weight loss, saying sculpting your muscles with light weight-lifting is better for getting rid of trouble spots.
“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,” she wrote.
Anderson revealed all her weight loss, diet and workout secrets in her book, Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method. Tracy trains Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, who’s hotter than ever at 45.