Tracy Anderson

Entrepreneur

Venice, Calif./Sag Harbor

She may be known for transforming her celebrity clients’ bodies into lean, camera-ready machines, but Tracy Anderson is much more than a physical trainer. The former dancer intensely researched real ways to reach a toned, fit physique more than a decade ago and developed her signature system: the Tracy Anderson Method. She’s traveled the globe with her star clients (Madonna, Jennifer Lopez) and treks between her three fitness studios (with business partner Gwyneth Paltrow) in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Los Angeles. Anderson also has several workout DVDs for those who want to try her unique fitness regimen and don’t live on the East or West Coasts. In April 2013, Anderson, Paltrow and hairstylist David Babaii debuted a members-only blow dry bar in the fitness guru's new Brentwood gym.

  • On September 25, 2012
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    What are Tracy Anderson’s favorite travel destinations?

    I love Budapest. I love Prague. I love Bora Bora. I love the Maldives.

    I love Paris, and I love the big wonderful kind of fast-moving cities. I also love Vienna too. Prague and Budapest, to me, both had this really kind of magical feeling about them where the architecture is a little bit more mysterious, but in a really magical way. I really loved both of those cities.

    I also live in Sag Harbor, N.Y. and in that city there are great shops, but you can’t really tell that they are a Gucci or something like that. In Prague, it’s like that — they really respect the history of the architecture and they don’t allow commercialism to come in and kind of make it their own brand. They really respect the history of the city. The integrity of the city is really intact and the streets are really magical. And I felt the same way in Budapest.

    I really love Tokyo as well. When you go to Tokyo, there’s an electricity that is so fierce, yet the people are so lovely that I felt comfortable. But maybe it’s because I am from Indiana so I love that comforting feeling. When I travel I can go and be adventurous but I’m much better off when the people are nice or the atmosphere is cozy.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What was the best trip Tracy Anderson ever took?

    I took my son to Costa Rica to the Osa Peninsula, which is very underdeveloped.  There is a little place called Lapa Rios there. We didn’t stay at the resort — we actually stayed in a home — but we went to that resort a lot because you don’t really want to explore the rainforest by yourself and they have the most wonderful guides. We did a night hike and going there is a great way to explore the rainforest. It’s really spectacular. There’s not a store in sight.

    The Costa Rica trip is my favorite trip of all because my son loved it so much. I also got engaged on that trip. It was a very special trip.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    How does Tracy Anderson stay motivated to work out when she travels?

    You have to prepare yourself to be able to do your workout, but stay focused with the program that you’re with. It’s bad to be in a program — especially a program like mine — and then just do the elliptical because it’s sitting in the hotel gym. That’s why I love the convenience of DVDs. I think that if you have a DVD you love, you need to take it and put it on your laptop.

    Sometimes new environments can help reenergize. So it’s kind of fun to have your workout in a new environment because you can connect to yourself and to the place more. Sometimes if it’s some place beautiful, it’s a whole new experience. Other times, you’re traveling for business and you’re stuck in a little hotel room. Don’t be afraid to move furniture; don’t be afraid to ask the hotel for help.

    But I do think that if you’re traveling someplace that has wonderful hikes or other things you should take advantage of the physical activities that cause you to explore.

    I think the worst thing is when you go somewhere amazing and you want it to be a great experience, then you come home and you lost some of your results. And you can lose results quickly. I do not think that anyone should diet while they’re on vacation because one of the best reasons to get your workout in while you’re traveling is so that you can enjoy the food from different cultures and different places.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    Does Tracy Anderson travel with her clients?

    I did two world tours with Madonna and she’s such a hard worker that we’d be in three countries in one day sometimes. When she goes on tour, it’s not like we’re relaxing — we’re working. She’s just a machine.

    I’ve traveled with Gwyneth [Paltrow] a lot. I’ve traveled with a lot of my clients. But then I also send my trainers. I’ve got a trainer who went with Jennifer Lopez around South America. I’ve had trainers with Shakira all over the place. I send people everywhere because after I did three years with Madonna, my son had had it. He’s just now over it enough to be like “wow my passport is cool and I did see some cool places.” But for the first year I had him home, he never wanted to leave again. I was nervous that I scarred him, because travel is so wonderful.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What is Tracy Anderson’s advice for female entrepreneurs?

    I love to support other women that are doing something great in business and that are going out there for themselves. I think the biggest thing for anybody who’s an entrepreneur is you have to do something you believe in 100 percent — you can’t be swayed. No one’s advice, no one’s criticism can derail you. Your product, your service or what you’re creating has to be like a family member to you. You have to have something you really believe in and that’s the most important thing.

    The second most important thing is that it has to be something you’re passionate about, something that you really love. I think you need to find the perfect temperature of providing for yourself and your family, and loving what you do. You need to love it and realize the commitment that you make because being an entrepreneur takes serious commitment and it takes serious ups and downs. You’ve got to be willing to stand by it in the low times, too.
  • On September 25, 2012
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    What made Tracy Anderson create her own lifestyle brand?

    It’s interesting where I ended up because I never wanted to be in the fitness business — that was never a goal of mine. I was a dancer. There was a need for something in the industry that didn’t exist, and I needed it to be able to do the career I wanted to and it just wasn’t there. So I did it out of a passion to help women who struggle and it initially started with a focus on girls who go to school for dance and don’t have a genetically stickly thin figure. But then when I did my years of research, I realized this problem plagues women of all ages, from all different careers, backgrounds, whatever — this desire to have a body in the best proportion that they can have it in, through exercise and a through a healthy lifestyle. Really it was just a need to help women. It’s that simple.

    I’ve been doing it for 13 years — 13 incredibly focused years. When I was pregnant with my first child I shifted my focus. That turned into real research and then years and years of developing the content to support the research, which is no small task. So it’s not like it was a part-time fun thing of mine — it was a mission.
  • On September 25, 2012
    Tracy Anderson answered the question: Tracy Anderson

    Does Tracy Anderson travel with her clients?

    I did two world tours with Madonna and she’s such a hard worker that we’d be in three countries in one day sometimes. When she goes on tour, it’s not like we’re relaxing — we’re working. She’s just a machine.

    I’ve traveled with Gwyneth [Paltrow] a lot. I’ve traveled with a lot of my clients. But then I also send my trainers. I’ve got a trainer who went with Jennifer Lopez around South America. I’ve had trainers with Shakira all over the place. I send people everywhere because after I did three years with Madonna, my son had had it. He’s just now over it enough to be like “wow my passport is cool and I did see some cool places.” But for the first year I had him home, he never wanted to leave again. I was nervous that I scarred him, because travel is so wonderful.
  • On September 25, 2012
    Tracy Anderson answered the question: Tracy Anderson

    What made Tracy Anderson create her own lifestyle brand?

    It’s interesting where I ended up because I never wanted to be in the fitness business — that was never a goal of mine. I was a dancer. There was a need for something in the industry that didn’t exist, and I needed it to be able to do the career I wanted to and it just wasn’t there. So I did it out of a passion to help women who struggle and it initially started with a focus on girls who go to school for dance and don’t have a genetically stickly thin figure. But then when I did my years of research, I realized this problem plagues women of all ages, from all different careers, backgrounds, whatever — this desire to have a body in the best proportion that they can have it in, through exercise and a through a healthy lifestyle. Really it was just a need to help women. It’s that simple.

    I’ve been doing it for 13 years — 13 incredibly focused years. When I was pregnant with my first child I shifted my focus. That turned into real research and then years and years of developing the content to support the research, which is no small task. So it’s not like it was a part-time fun thing of mine — it was a mission.
  • On September 25, 2012
    Tracy Anderson answered the question: Tracy Anderson

    What made Tracy Anderson create her own lifestyle brand?

    It’s interesting where I ended up because I never wanted to be in the fitness business — that was never a goal of mine. I was a dancer. There was a need for something in the industry that didn’t exist, and I needed it to be able to do the career I wanted to and it just wasn’t there. So I did it out of a passion to help women who struggle and it initially started with a focus on girls who go to school for dance and don’t have a genetically stickly thin figure. But then when I did my years of research, I realized this problem plagues women of all ages, from all different careers, backgrounds, whatever — this desire to have a body in the best proportion that they can have it in, through exercise and a through a healthy lifestyle. Really it was just a need to help women. It’s that simple.

    I’ve been doing it for 13 years — 13 incredibly focused years. When I was pregnant with first child is was when I shifted my focus. That turned into real research and then years and years of developing the content to support the research, which is no small task. So it’s not like it was a part-time fun thing of mine — it was a mission.
  • On September 25, 2012
    Tracy Anderson answered the question: Tracy Anderson

    What made Tracy Anderson create her own lifestyle brand?

    It’s interesting where I ended up because I never wanted to be in the fitness business — that was never a goal of mine. I was a dancer. There was a need for something in the industry that didn’t exist, and I needed it to be able to do the career I wanted to and it just wasn’t there. So I did it out of a passion to help women who struggle and it initially started with a focus on girls who go to school for dance and don’t have a genetically stickly thin figure. But then when I did my years of research, I realized this problem plagues women of all ages of all, from all different careers, backgrounds, whatever — this desire to have a body in the best proportion that they can have it in, through exercise and a through a healthy lifestyle. Really it was just a need to help women. It’s that simple.

    I’ve been doing it for 13 years — 13 incredibly focused years. When I was pregnant with first child is was when I shifted my focus. That turned into real research and then years and years of developing the content to support the research, which is no small task. So it’s not like it was a part-time fun thing of mine — it was a mission.