Why Tracy Anderson Wants You to Look at Your Naked Body In the Mirror
It could have positive effects on your workout
It's time to stop comparing yourself to famous fitsagrammers, six-pack flaunting celebs, and, yes, even that woman who does more burpees than you every single HIIT class.
Tracy Anderson, the creator of The Tracy Anderson Method and a celebrity trainer who works with Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, and Gwyneth Paltrow, wants you to focus on, well, you. (Psst... Did you see the sports bra selfie Lena Dunham posted from Anderson's class?) See, there's a big difference between snagging a celeb-inspired workout and actively trying to turn your body into someone else's. "Too many people are focused on recreating Jennifer Lopez's butt," says Anderson, who recently teamed up with Buick to promote the Cascada convertible. "You're never going to have J. Lo's butt, nor should you want to."
Instead, Anderson wants you to focus on connecting to your body. We know, easier said than done-but Anderson has a tip any (and every) woman can try.
Step one: Look at yourself in the mirror-no, really. "Stand in front of the mirror, naked, and say your name out loud," says Anderson. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know it sounds lame at first, but it's actually a lot harder than you'd think. "Women don't know how to look at themselves in the mirror and say, 'here I am today,' without thinking of a time when they liked their bodies more," says Anderson. "Forget about how you great looked after your last juice cleanse, heartbreak, or stomach flu." Own your body and all of its imperfections, then figure out how to make the changes you want to make-in a healthy way.
The key, of course, is not to pick at every flaw or to compare, say, your butt to the last #buttselfie you saw on Instagram. Don't get us wrong, it's fine to want to sculpt your booty a bit more-but you won't get there by hating on it. "Keeping up with the Jones' (whether it's through material possessions or flat abs) is incredibly toxic," says Anderson. Be proud of your strengths, understand your weaknesses, then move on and start sculpting the body that works for you. (Here are 3 Moves Tracy Anderson Swears By.)