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You Can Workout And Go To Brunch in Tracy Anderson’s New Workout Line

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Tracy Anderson x GILI at QVC

17 May 2018


Finding a versatile piece of clothing that I can wear everywhere is like finding a unicorn. I’ve found shirts, pants, and heels that could work in the office, at happy hour, and for weekend plans all at the same time. But with the exception of an athleisure piece here and there, gym clothes have always just been, well, gym clothes. All of that is about to change. Tracy Anderson, the fitness expert who has sculpted the bodies of A-listers like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, is teaming up with G.I.L.I. (by Jill Martin) for a versatile fitness collection, launching at QVC.

“I’m so excited that Tracy will be joining the QVC family,” says Anderson’s client Gwyneth Paltrow. “I believe that every woman should have access not only to Tracy’s unique method and expertise but to activewear that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and designed to withstand even the toughest of workouts.”

If you’re not familiar with Anderson’s fitness techniques, we’ll just say her workouts aren’t for the weak at heart. She pushes all of her clients to the limit, so workout gear that can keep up is a must. And as a busy mother of two, Anderson appreciates pieces that she can wear everywhere, not just the gym. In this collection, you’ll find versatile leggings, jogger pants, and my personal favorite: bodysuits.

“My favorite part of the collection is the bodysuits,” Anderson exclusively tells InStyle. “The bodysuit is something that’s really timeless. I have been wearing the bright red one with jeans and I love it.”

QVC has always been committed to providing our customers with unique products that make their lives easier,” said Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Buying for QVC about the launch of the collection. “More and more, we’re hearing that our customers are craving activewear that performs well in the gym and looks great when running errands or relaxing with family and friends, which is why we were so excited to work with Tracy and blend her fitness expertise with the G.I.L.I. style that our customers know and love.”

The good news doesn’t stop there. Prices are incredibly affordable, ranging from $24 to $150.

This is the first collaboration for the G.I.L.I. brand, and picking Anderson was a brilliant choice. “I absolutely loved being able to work with Tracy on this collection, combining her fitness expertise with my passion for creating garments for women of all shapes and sizes,” says Jill Martin, Creative Director of G.I.L.I. “I truly believe that we’ve created the perfect blend of comfort, aesthetics and performance.”

The collection doesn’t officially drop until June 5 at 8pm EST. But at least we’ve got a sneak peek in the image at the top.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Trainer Tracy Anderson Has a New Line of ‘80s-Inspired Workout Wear

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16 May 2018

By Meg Storm

Work it, girl! Whether you were a Jane Fonda workout video devotee or just want to dress one, Tracy Anderson (the woman behind A-list bodies like Gwyneth PaltrowTracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez among others) is here to help. The fitness guru has partnered with L.A.-based athleisure brand Heroine Sport on a seven-piece collection of neon bodysuits and paint-splattered leggings inspired by the ‘80s.

“Once upon a time not so long ago I was rockin scrunched suede boots, hand spatter painted off the shoulder sweatshirts, ginormous earrings and jelly bracelets one brighter than the next,” Tracy shared in an Instagram post announcing the collab. Designed with her sweat-inducing workouts in mind, she worked with the Heroine Sport team to ensure the fit and fabrics were up to her standards — while still offering a dose of throwback fun.

So while the collection can’t guarantee you’ll end up with Gwyneth or JLo’s fab physiques, at least you’ll look cute sweating it out. Keep scrolling to see the Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson collection!

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Neon Pink Bodysuit

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson

Proving she’s thought of everything, Tracy had the brand modify its traditional bodysuit to have a Brazilian thong-like backside that can be easily layered with leggings or worn to the beach. $135, shop.tracyanderson.com

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Splash Print Sweatshirt

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson

Perfect for warmups or post-class brunch, this off-the-shoulder pullover is a throwback dream. $155, shop.tracyanderson.com

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Black & Neon Pink Legging

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson

Form-fitting but not suffocating, these blackout leggings include a graffiti-inspired “TA” design. $120, shop.tracyanderson.com

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Splash Print Bodysuit

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson

This silver-tinged suit looks great on its own or paired with the matching leggings and sweatshirt. $135, shop.tracyanderson.com

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Black & Neon Yellow Legging

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson

If you prefer yellow to pink, these are the leggings for you. $120, shop.tracyanderson.com

You’ll Totally Love Tracy Anderson’s New 80s-Inspired Fitness Line

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The celebrity trainer is teaming up with athletic brand Heroine Sports to create women’s workout wear.

16 May 2018


While you may know Tracy Anderson as the pint-sized trainer that helps keep A-listers, including Jennifer Lopez, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Lena Dunham, in camera-ready shape, the truth is the 43-year-old, who is a contributing fitness editor for Health, has a growing fitness empire. Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor: a line of workout clothes in collaboration with luxe athletic brand Heroine Sport.

Officially called the Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson collection, the seven-piece, 80’s inspired line features body suits, leggings, and sweatshirts in neon and metallic hues with a dash of paint-splattering here and a little color-blocking there.

“My mom really inspired my love of fashion as a child of the 80’s— scrunched suede boots, banana combs, ginormous earrings, and an arm full of jelly bracelets, one brighter than the next,” says Anderson who is opening her first international studio in Madrid this month. “One of her best friends hand-splatter painted sweats for my sister and I. They were my favorite sweats.”

As far as partnering with Heroine Sport, it seemed like a natural fit for Anderson. “I was already an organic fan of Heroine Sport’s genius signature bodysuit and lines,” she says, “but after wearing the black bodysuit 100 times in a row I was craving some electric vibes. I asked if we could go full 80’s on their brilliant cuts, and the brand’s Founder and Creative Director Nima Taherzadeh was totally game.”




The apparel, which ranges from $120 to $155—and would surely make the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper extremely proud—is currently available on Anderson’s website for presale and will also be sold in her studios starting in June. And we totally can’t wait to rock these pieces (see below) in Anderson’s next class.

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Tracy Anderson x Heroine Sport Launches

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15 May 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Issue Statement Amidst Staged Paparazzi Photo Scandal (People)
Over the last 48 hours, it has become abundantly clear that Meghan Markle’s father will not be giving her away at her wedding on Saturday. News of Thomas Markle’s absence broke Monday afternoon, following an admission that he had taken part in a staged paparazzi photo shoot, ostensibly for cash. Late Monday, Kensington Palace  issued a statement on behalf of Meghan and Harry. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” said a spokesman. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”

Earlier in the day, Meghan’s awful half-sister Samantha Markle — who’s writing a book about her sister — admitted to arranging the photo shoot with her father, but she said they had good intentions. “There’s a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not,” Samantha insisted while appearing on a British talk show. She claims they did it to combat the media coverage that they felt portrayed him in a negative light. Uh-huh.

This whole thing is so gross and so sad. We just want this weekend to be over with so we never have to hear about these people again.

Grace Elizabeth Is the New Face of Estée Lauder (Vogue)
It model and Daily cover star Grace Elizabeth has landed a major beauty contract. The 21-year-old is the newest face of Estée Lauder, joining the likes of Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner. Grace Elizabeth has her very own glamorous Estée woman to reference, though — her grandmother, who worked the Estée Lauder counter at the local mall where she grew up in Florida. “When you are part of something, it just makes it that much sweeter,” she told Vogue of being part of the brand’s lineage.

Celebrity Stylist Karla Welch Collaborates with Levi’s (Vogue)
Mega stylist Karla Welch, who counts Justin Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross as clients, has partnered up with Levi’s. To celebrate the brand’s classic 501 silhouette, Levi’s has decreed May 20 Levi’s 501 Day and recruited Welch to create a 9-piece capsule collection reimagining some of the brand’s most iconic styles. “Our collaborators want to work with our most classic products and it’s a way to keep them fresh and new and timeless,” said Levi’s global CMO Jen Sey. Standouts from the collection include a fringe-loaded trucker jacket and a long dark denim jacket with nods to traditional workwear.

Karl Lagerfeld Paris Creates Plus-Size Range With Stitch Fix Partnership (Fashionista)
Karl Lagerfeld Paris teamed up with subscription service Stitch Fix for their first foray into extended sizing. FOr those of you who don’t know, Stitch Fix is essentially a personal styling version of Birchbox. Customers fill out a style profile, then a Stitch Fix stylist sends them clothing that they can keep or return. The Karl Lagerfeld Paris capsule includes 15-pieces available exclusively in sizes 14W to 24W. The collection, priced between $39 and $158, is pegged to fall and will be available starting in August.

Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Launches 
Luxe activewear label Heroine Sport has partnered with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson on a seven-piece capsule collection  available for pre-sale today. The collection retails between $120 and $155.

Oscar de la Renta Throws a Mother’s Day Tea for Chic Moms
Over the weekend, airy Tribeca bakery Maman hosted a cadre of well-heeled mommies for a luncheon thrown by Oscar de la Renta. Creative director Laura Kim, Dani Stahl, Maria Duenas Jacobs, Kate Davidson Hudson, Arielle Charnas, and their adorable tots munched on avocado toast and made flower crowns.

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These 3 New Athleisure Lines Are So Good They’ll Make You Want To Work Out

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The Retreat Brands


May 14, 2018

“The Retreat” is a week-long fitness, health, and wellness extravaganza held in Miami that shines spotlights on the top fitness instructors and influencers around the world all the while promoting a healthy lifestyle. And of course, there’s a heavy dose of fashion and beauty shown, too.

How could there not be? Some of our favorite brands are athletic or altheisure brands. No longer do you need to be a gym rat to rock the just-back-from-the-gym look, right?

We headed to Miami and got a sneak peek at new collections and collaborations this season that we are positive will fly off the shelves faster than you can ride that Peleton bike. Heroine Sport showcased there in collaboration with the Tracy Anderson Method, just think Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” music video. While Nux Active and Chill by Will showed us their new seamless collection and rocked the metallic trend. It is time to shop our favorite athleisure lines.

Chill By Will

Brand Name: Chill by Whill

Who: Co-owned and designed by fitness pro Christina Powter and fashion expert Tiffany Noelani

What: Chill by Will brought our favorite deep metallics and ombre to their fall collection, while also introducing a sweatsuit silhouette in forest green that we can’t wait to buy and fun bodysuits and unitards that will be your favorite new workout companion.

Where: chillbywill.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $48-$147

Heroine Sport by Tracy Anderson

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Brand Name: Heroine Sport by Tracy Anderson

Who: Designer of Heroine Sport, Nima Taherzadeh and Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson method.

What: Heroine Sport has created a collection with Tracy Anderson featuring our favorite Heroine Sport silhouettes with the Tracy Anderson flare. With bright colors, splatter prints, and color blocking, this collection is everything we want to rock in our next Tracy Anderson class. Plus every piece in the collection is swimmable!

Where: heroinesport.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $75-$255

Nux Active

Brand Name: Nux Active

Who: Designer of Nux Active, Andrea Nettle

What: Nux Active is our new go-to seamless brand, with Body Engineered seamless knitting technology, these pieces will shape to your body in all the right ways. With muted tones and chic prints, Nux Active is a brand you will want in your activewear wardrobe.

Where: nuxactive.com

Cost: Collection ranges from $55-$124

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Tracy Anderson Launches Activewear

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The celebrity trainer is shaping up our wardrobes…

 15 MAY 2018

Women love Tracy Anderson (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham are all devotees of her body-sculpting techniques). But now the world’s most in-demand personal trainer has launched an Eighties-inspired range of fitness apparel – and it’s rather fabulous. There are seven pieces in the collection, from the super-flattering splash-print leggings, to the cosiest gym-to-brunch sweatshirt, to retro-inspired bodysuits in neon shades. Just looking at them makes us want to go to the gym… which is the idea.

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Here’s The Workout Routine That Keeps Jennifer Lopez in Killer Shape

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May 9, 2018 | Callie Ahlgrim

Jennifer Lopez has been a Hollywood icon for over 20 years, but fans never tire of marveling at her famous figure.

In addition to her caffeine-free, alcohol-free, high-protein diet, J.Lo stays fit and ageless with variety and dedication to her workout routine. Here’s everything we know about how she exercises.

She works out in the morning to get it out of the way.

Lopez has an undoubtedly busy schedule, so in order to keep exercise a priority, she hits the gym as soon as she wakes up.

“I don’t like doing it later,” Lopez told Us Weekly, according to HollywoodLife. “It’s harder to get there when I have my day going already.”

The “Shades of Blue” actress also revealed that she works out only “three or four times a week.”

She makes working out a social activity.

J.Lo’s current boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, a former baseball player for the New York Yankees, told People that they love to exercise together.

These workouts include lifting weights, going on bike rides, taking Pilates classes, and strength-training.

“She is a great jock, a former track star in school, and I enjoy working out with her,” Rodriguez told People.

She uses weight training to target her butt, thighs, and core.

When Lopez is in Los Angeles, she defers to trainer Tracy Anderson, who became famous for the celeb-favored Tracy Anderson Method.

“She gives so much and she’s not one of these performers who think they’re just entitled to a good body and is jumping for all kinds of quick fixes,” Anderson told Women’s Wear Daily. “She’s very aware of finding her own formula and what works for her along the way.”

According to HollywoodLife, Anderson and Lopez often “freestyle” using a combination of arm weights and lower body exercises. They use three-pound weights with “butt and thigh moves that incorporate the core” to “keep those famous curves.”

Her other trainer’s go-to butt exercise is the “platypus walk.”

When the singer is in New York, she works out with David Kirsch, whose clients include Margot Robbie, Kate Upton, and Britney Spears.

To sculpt what is arguably J.Lo’s most coveted asset, Kirsch recommends the “platypus walk,” which he calls a “no-excuses” method.

“The quickest, most effective workout for your butt says is the platypus walk,” Kirsch told Brit + Co. This low squat technique works “the inner thighs and lifts and tones the butt.”

Lopez’s favorite ab exercises are ones that work with a stability ball.

“For her abs and core, we do stability-ball pikes,” Kirsch told Allure.

He added that they also incorporate “stability-ball scissors,” which involves lying facedown on the stability ball and spreading out your legs.

According to Kirsch, Lopez does this routine every day — and even uses a stability ball in her hotel room when she can’t make it to the gym.

Kirsch also told Health that she does side-plank oblique crunches to chisel her renowned ab muscles.

“It’s perfect for when you need to focus on shaping and toning not only the obliques but the entire core,” he said.

Kirsch also recommends spider-man push-ups to tone the upper body.

The celebrity trainer revealed to Self that spider-man push-ups are one of his “go-to strengthening exercises.”

“This is a pretty comprehensive exercise,” he said. “If you’re short on time, you can do it as a standalone move and feel like you accomplished something. You can also incorporate it into your regular upper-body or core workout.”

The challenging, yet effective exercise simultaneously blasts the arms, chest, and core, again using a stability-testing Bosu ball.

The exercise move will lead to results even when you need cut your routine short — which is helpful for someone with a schedule like J.Lo’s.

“The key is less is more now, truncated workouts. The two-hour workouts are gone,” Kirsch told Brit + Co. “When Jennifer comes in we do a 30 to 45 minute workout.”

Lopez keeps her workouts varied and interesting.

According to Kirsch, Lopez does “a bit of everything” — which includes kickboxing, circuit training, lunges, burpees, and ab workouts. She also incorporates HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts into her routine to burn stomach fat.

“Whenever I work with Jennifer, we always work her full body. She likes high-intensity workouts and keeping the variety up,” Kirsch told Allure. “It’s all about shaping and toning the curves that God blessed her with.”

Lopez told Us Weekly that she appreciates having a different trainer for each coast because it allows her to keep things interesting.

“They have two totally different approaches. I like switching it up with my body,” she said, according to HollywoodLife.

Lopez calls exercise a “key to my happiness.”

It’s no surprise that “Jenny from the Block” also uses her passion for dancing to stay in shape — and that it helps her improve mental health as well as physical.

“I am 100 percent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy,” Lopez told HELLO! magazine. “Dance has always been a huge part of my life and taking the time to move my body and do something that’s so good for me is key to my happiness.

“When my confidence is lagging, I dance. There’s something about seeing what my body is capable of and feeling the endorphin rush that comes with a good dance session that really helps boost my confidence and my mood.”

She takes time to rest after pushing herself.

Lopez makes it a priority to stay hydrated and fuel her body with healthy foods. She also gets a full eight hours of sleep every night.

“I love the way working out makes me feel, so I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout. That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day,” Lopez told HELLO! magazine.

While J.Lo is certainly a rare breed, adopting her fun and reasonable approach to exercise may help you get closer to achieving her ageless glow.

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4 Exercises Tracy Anderson Loves To Do First Thing in the Morning

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Give yourself an early-morning boost with this Tracy Anderson routine.

May 03, 2018

If anyone knows how to start the day right, it’s Tracy Anderson. The celebrity trainer and creator of the widely beloved Tracy Anderson Method is a pro when it comes to crafting the perfect workout for clients, whether they’re looking for a sex-boosting routine, a travel-friendly circuit, or a straightforward core blaster.

Since plenty of us have trouble fighting the urge to hit snooze in the a.m., we figured we’d ask Anderson to show us her most energizing exercises that require no equipment and take minimal time to complete. Because what’s better than a full body workout that can be done first thing—and is over before you know it? In the video above, Anderson takes you through a quickie workout filled with four do-anywhere moves that wake up the body and get the blood flowing fast, so you’re ready to take on the day.

RELATED: Tracy Anderson’s 5 Moves to Sculpt a Lean, Sexy Stomach

A trainer to the stars (seriously, she’s worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, J.Lo, and Lena Dunham!), Anderson combines invigorating stretches with strength work to create exercises like sunrise lunges and bridge squeezes with leg tucks in this routine. The result is an energy-boosting sweat session that helps you start your day on a healthy note, without stepping foot in the gym. Best of all, each move targets a different area of the body so you’ll finish the lightning fast circuit feeling toned from head to toe—all before breakfast.

Here’s the plan: complete 30 reps of each of the moves in the above clip on one side of the body, then repeat the entire series on the other side of the body. It will only take a few minutes and you’ll feel extra fueled for the day ahead. Rise and shine!

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Tracy Anderson Teams With Heroine Sport for Workout Collection

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The collection will be sold at Tracyanderson.com beginning May 15 and at Anderson’s studios starting June 1.

By Lisa Lockwood on May 2, 2018

Tracy Anderson has a lot going on in her life — both professionally and personally.

The 43-year-old fitness entrepreneur, celebrity trainer and author, who has two children from two ex-husbands, has been in the news this week as a result of the break-up over the weekend with her fiancé, financier Nick Riley, and the recent revelation that she’s pregnant with their child and in her first trimester. Anderson declined to confirm the pregnancy, but did confirm Tuesday that she’s no longer engaged. Instagram went into overdrive Monday when the news of her split broke, with “We Love Tracy” posts from her fans.

But a few days before those personal revelations, Anderson was upbeat and active as she talked with WWD about the continued growth in her professional life, which includes a collaboration with activewear brand Heroine Sport on a line of workout apparel, as well as expansion of her burgeoning fitness empire of workout studios and related products.

“I started wearing all these bodysuits, and this Heroine bodysuit came to me and I was like, ‘This is the mother of all bodysuits,’” Anderson said.

She explained that her stylist, Karen Shapiro, had brought her a Heroine bodysuit and she wore it every day. “And I said, ‘I need another one. I need 10 of these because I teach every single day,’” said Anderson, whose celebrity clientele has included her business partner Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Tracee Ellis Ross and Nicole Richie.

Once she met Nima Taherzadeh, designer and owner of Heroine Sport — who she said designs gear with such “thought and care for a woman’s body” — they talked about doing a collaboration together. Four months later, the collection became a reality.

The Heroine x Tracy Anderson collection will be sold on Tracyanderson.com beginning May 15 and at Anderson’s studios starting June 1. Everything is made in Los Angeles.

The collection features black and neon pink leggings; a silver splash print bodysuit; a neon pink with yellow straps bodysuit; a neon yellow with pink straps bodysuit, and a black with white splash print sweatshirt. Retail prices range from $120 to $155.

Anderson said she loves the way Taherzadeh cuts and the way the clothes feel. “The fabric is thick enough, and it doesn’t mess with your ability to sweat and breathe. You don’t feel claustrophobic in it,” she said. Anderson tweaked the original bodysuit, cutting them into a thong to wear under leggings so it’s seamless. She said it’s a Brazilian cut that works very well, and they can also be worn as swimsuits.

“I get approached a lot to do my own collection and collaborations with people. I’m very, very focused on designing women’s bodies that go into the clothes. So I’ve never wanted to take my focus off of that. But I felt this was a real opportunity,” Anderson said about the Heroine Sport collection. The deal with Heroine Sport is for one season for now.

Describing what she likes to wear when teaching classes, Anderson said, “My favorite thing to wear is something that supports you and makes you feel good and does not cut off your circulation anywhere. I like leggings that are supportive enough but not too tight. I like materials that help you to break a sweat. Sweating is healthy. We don’t need anti-wick, no sweating. You need to sweat when you’re working out.

“He [Taherzadeh] came into my office, and was so willing to take the pieces that I love — this cut of this bodysuit I’m obsessed with — his collection is very beautiful and stunning. There’s a white one, and a black one and he works with navy.”

She decided she didn’t want to try to fit into what he already had and  thought, “Let’s do something joyful, and a little loud and fun.” She said her mom had a friend when she was growing up who was really into splatter paint. “I was a major Eighties girl; I danced. When I shot this collection, I splatter painted a whole background scene to Pat Benatar, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Culture Club, Wham!,” she said.

“I really care about women showing up for their workout like it’s a performance,” Anderson said. “Why does Beyoncé get to have all the fun on stage with her gear? This is women’s stage, where they get to dance and connect and move. Why shouldn’t they look epic?

“In the summer, with a healthy tan, who doesn’t want a little hot pink or electric yellow?” she asked. “We have the black, too, and we changed the TA logo,” she said. She pulled out one of the bodysuits to show a visitor. “You can wear this with a black, beautiful skirt out at night, no problem. It’s so sexy, what it does to your cleavage is super sexy and I love it,” she said.

Taherzadeh, who launched Heroine Sport in 2014, added, “The whole process for us was so much fun. This was new for us. Heroine Sport is known for clean lines and very minimal use of color.”

Anderson and Paltrow own the six U.S.-based studios and are about to open their first international studio in Madrid this month. The company, founded in 2006, has a robust streaming business, called the TA Online Studio, where it streams classes from inside the company’s U.S. studios to more than 50 countries. In addition, the company has created and produced more than 170 DVDs, including the popular Metamorphosis series, The Pregnancy Project, Post Pregnancy and Teen Meta DVDs. They also create and sell protein shake mixes and TA Clear protein bars. In addition, Anderson launched TA Teen Stream, an online workout program exclusively for teens to complement her latest book, “Total Teen.” She has also designed the patented Iso-Kinetic Band System, The Hybrid Body Reformer, The Super G Floor, The Sprung AB Block and The Men’s High Intensity Machine.

Anderson grew up on a little farm in Noblesville, Ind., and went to college in New York on a dance scholarship at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Anderson had planned to become a ballerina when she came to New York for college. “My mom was a ballerina and still owns the same ballet school to this day in Indiana,” she said. “But I gained 40 pounds at school. My father fought obesity his whole life. My genetics and hormones just shifted. I wasn’t eating a ton, and I just slowly gained and I’m only 5 feet tall. It was really tough. My mom worked three jobs to put me through the other part of school that the scholarship didn’t cover. My parents went through a really traumatic divorce,” she said.

Her teachers were suggesting that maybe acting would be better for her, “but I didn’t want to be an actress. I just truly wanted to be a dancer,” she said.

Anderson felt that she was letting down her mother, even though she never complained. She tried to eat healthier.

“I would go to Crunch Fitness after doing ballet all day. I learned at a really young age that you can work out and if you don’t have the genetics, you don’t understand the formula, it’s very frustrating. You have to learn to detect where the roadblocks are in someone’s body,” she said.

At the time she put her dance dreams on hold, Anderson was married to a pro basketball player, Eric Anderson, who was participating in a rehabilitation league in Puerto Rico for his ailing back. There she met a doctor who was trying to ease the strain on the large muscle groups in athletes by strengthening the small, accessory muscles. The concept resonated with Anderson, who threw herself into his research. She wanted to activate the small muscles to keep them consistently challenged, and based on her background in movement, she tried to figure out a way. After years of research and self-testing, Anderson transformed her own body, and that was the beginning of the method. She took her findings back to Indiana, where she assembled a test group of 150 women, created a strategic muscle exhaustion sequence that changed every 10 days for every single woman, and their bodies changed. “I measured them all in all these different places and found where their small muscles were reacting the least and I created programs based on their coordination and tolerance to make sure they can actually do it,” she said. Her goal was to give them a dancer’s body.

She met Paltrow when she was traveling back and forth between Indiana and her first studio in Studio City. One of Paltrow’s friends was an original member of that studio and when the actress noticed her transformation and results, she asked to meet Anderson to help her following the birth of her son, Moses, and she was trying to lose the baby weight. “It was never my intention to train celebrities; I’m for every woman. She was so sweet and she was expected to start filming the very first ‘Iron Man’ movie,” Anderson said. Paltrow invited her out to the Hamptons for the summer and she trained her. “She came out in that teeny-weeny black skirt,” Anderson recalled.

“Basically, the whole operation grew out of our partnership,” she said. “We did DVDs. She would produce them, and then we would pay the production company back. We wanted it to be affordable. My focus turned then to research and ‘How can I take this vast method where I was literally getting to know you as an individual and bring it to everyone’s living room?’” She said Paltrow always respected her natural growth and “she never asked me to sell out.”

Today, Anderson’s studios are at East 59th Street and TriBeCa in New York; Water Mill and East Hampton, N.Y.; and Brentwood and Studio City, Calif. She also offers private training services in London. Membership at a Tracy Anderson studio begins at $900 a month, with an initiation fee that includes custom programming, unlimited access to Tracy Anderson Method classes and discounts on private training, retail and nutritional products. The studios offer drop-in classes at $45 a class. While she employs many trainers, Anderson teaches classes every day — and there’s a wait list for them.

“Where they go crazy the most is the Hamptons in the summer. They line up for an hour to get in and they literally get into fights,” she said.

One of her biggest challenges in running a studio are the people “who are ripping me off.”

“I have some ex-trainers who watched my content on streaming and rip it off and claim they’re creating their own method,” Anderson said.

Under her program, the routines change every 10 days, whether the person is doing the workout in a studio or in front of one’s TV. Unlike some exercise programs that only target the major muscle groups, Anderson’s Method focuses on the accessory muscles.

“My goals for the business are to continue to give my audience greater access to me, to the content, support and knowledge. For every single woman who comes to me, I’d like their lights to shine as bright as they possibly can. I think women are under a lot of pressure. I want to see them with strength, independence and self-esteem at every age. I want them to feel sexy. I want them to own that for themselves,” she said.

Discussing what additional categories she’s interested in launching, Anderson said, “I do love apparel. I love healthy skin care…I love makeup. I would only do it if it were incredibly healthy makeup you can sweat in. I’ve dabbled in food.” She has another book coming out with Crown Random House. She’s written the book and is finishing up the menus.

Anderson has been through several ceo’s, calling it a “strange position” and currently works without one. “Grace Paeck is running everything. She’s technically the chief operating officer and Samir Jasuja is the chief financial officer,” she said. She added that Paltrow hasn’t been involved in the day-to-day operations for a long time. “She’s doing so much with Goop. She’s such a good mom. I don’t own her. She’s like a sister to me and we do right by each other. We’re really good together. She’s been great to me. She’s still an owner. I call her when I really need her, but more it’s ‘You looked really gorgeous the other night,’” Anderson said.

As for how she manages to accomplish so much, she said, “If you love what you do and you stay focused and you’re doing right with what you know. I’m a real advocate for women. I don’t watch TV. My work is a pleasure, I have two kids and I work. I honest to goodness love it. I love moving with the women.”

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