Sunday, February 27, 2011

Body Image Debate...

 I've been looking into the Tracy Anderson Method and her Metamorphosis systems as a source for work out ideas and I came across this article by British columnist Philip Robinson the in Daily Mail which knocks Gwyneth Paltrow's diet-fitness regime. Tracy Anderson is her personal fitness trainer who also trains a whole slew of stars like Madonna, Shakira, and Nicole Richie. The basic gist of the article is skeletal thin is not hot and men like women with "wobbly bits". He wrote (about the actress' lifestyle): "In short, you cannot achieve this. Do not try. If you do, you’d better start by dropping all semblance of humour and start by taking yourself about as seriously as God. On, you can see Gwyneth living the dream, glowing with good health and knocking up a cake in the sort of kitchen that exists only in the pages of glossy magazines"

From: Tracy Anderson Method Studio flyer

 In parts I agree and disagree. I believe in indulging and I believe being truly sexy is about about living life to the fullest in all aspects. And most people should know that these celebrities' livelihoods are based on their looks and they have all the time and money to pamper and tweak themselves. It isn't realistic for the average person. However, I disagree that women aim to achieve their body-image goals to please men. It may be shallow, but sometimes we want to look good in clothes (or without clothes) for ourselves. It's about confidance and a whole lot of exercise physiology leading to the benefits of being active and eating healthy for the mind-body-spirit. Everyone may have their differing opinions, but I feel the goal is to love and work with the body we got and enjoy taking care of ourselves. If I want to browse though the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine or choose to wear makeup, it does not mean that I hate what I am. I just think Irina Shayk is pretty hot!

 And back to Tracy Anderson, she is petite at under 5' tall but she looks like this:
 But for a $1500 initiation fee and $900/month for her program, I would rather collect Chanel handbags and may have no choice but stick to YouTube. :)

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