Sally was interviewed by Edition_01 Journal for the new leggings launched by Tracy Anderson.
I started doing the method in L.A. in October of 2009. Since then, I have done nothing else. I was hooked from day eight and saw that the shape of my stubborn thighs had finally changed. After 28 years of trying absolutely everything, all I needed was eight days with the Tracy Anderson Method. I’ve never been injured and I have never gotten bored; I have only continued to progress and see changes in my body, even after two and a half years. I do it in a private, I do it in a class, I do Tracy’s Master classes, but I also do the Metamorphosis DVD’s for months at a time while away at work. Tracy is brilliant and is tirelessly working on new ways to torture – I mean, CHALLENGE – women and their bodies. She understands how to make your body look its very best, no matter what your genetics dictate.
What did your fitness regime involve before TAM?
Before TAM, I literally did everything! I ran, I did the elliptical, I did spinning, I did kickboxing, I did cardio kickboxing (tai-bo) I did yoga, and I did cardio-barre. So, I mean I literally have done everything!
Which parts of your body have changed the most since taking up TAM?
My whole body has changed since doing the method. And best of all, it CONTINUES to change. I see pictures of myself before, and it is entirely different, like I lost my baby fat or something. My arms have a different shape – they are toned and compact. My waist and abs are completely different. My waist comes in now and my abs are feminine and defined with lower abdominal muscles (the lower V). My thighs, which were my BIGGEST problem my whole life, have wrapped in and shrunk and become lean and my butt got tighter and lifted! With all of that, I feel strong, sexy and confident. My body is a machine that can do some crazy stuff, but it also looks womanly and sexy doing all of those things.
What parts of your body do you like? Why?
A favorite body part… that is a tough one. We all have good days and bad days. I love my arms. Some days I am just really stoked about the whole package. On good days I like my stomach. On really good days I like my butt and thighs. Then there are those OTHER days, when it all looks like it needs work.
What’s your favorite indulgence?
My favorite indulgence is one word: FROSTING. Vanilla and sugary are the only requirements.
At first, when you started TAM, did you find it difficult to work it into your life? Even when you are busy, how do you find the time?
Tracy suggests two hours a day of workout: 1 hour of muscular structure and 1 hour of cardio. That is definitely a lot of time and a lot more time than most people spend working out. When I’m filming it is really challenging to make the time. However, you do the best with the time you DO have and don’t stress about wishing you had more time. Some weeks I can work out 6 days, some weeks it’s a challenge to workout 4 days. Some days I have two full hours, other days I can only do an hour. But I do what I can. I have woken up at 5:30am to work out before work and I have come home and done a workout at 8pm. I have also come home mid-day to squeeze in a workout on a break. However, another important thing that Tracy has told me is to listen to your body. If your body needs the rest, give it rest. But there is a fine line between when your body really needs the rest and using laziness as an excuse to not work out. A veeeery fine line!
Where does your motivation come from?
Personally, I have a lot of motivation, I always have. I have an inner drive and a lot of willpower, especially when it comes to physical things; I can kind of push and muscle through almost anything. But I would say that, on those really hard, long, exhausting days, my motivation comes from my experience of how much better I feel when I work out. Sweating, getting my heart rate up, getting out the toxins, just moving and the artistic connection to music all of it feels so good and is so good for you and makes you feel so much better. When I think about what else I would do in that time: eat (probably things that aren’t good for me) or watch TV, I’m much better off moving my body during that time. Put simply: if there’s something you can do that ALWAYS improves your state of being after you do it, why would you NOT do that?!?
What advice would you give young women hoping to make it in Hollywood who may not have the ‘typical’ Hollywood look?
There is no typical look. Zooey Deschanel vs Reese Witherspoon vs Katherine Heigl: everyone looks different. The most important thing I’ve learned in my years in this business and on numerous red carpets: No-one is perfect (except Gisele, who really and truly is!). Everyone has flaws and everyone sees themselves as flawed. Step one is accepting that. Step two is understanding that now that you know you’re not and can’t be perfect, you should focus on being the best YOU that you can be. The best YOU is happy, confident, comfortable and HEALTHY! In the pursuit of perfection health goes out the window so often. That is the biggest no-no. Be healthy!
What was the last thing you bought?
The last thing I bought was some great summer stuff from JCrew. But I have my sights on some new Louboutins. Eeek, no purchase yet!
What are the essential clothing items for a ‘full workout uniform’ – from the trip to the gym, to the workout itself to meeting friends for a coffee after?
A full TAM workout uniform is extensive. For me, I need leggings that are flattering and comfortable (I love Nike Pro Fit Combos), cushioned socks, super supportive shoes (I love love Reebok zig-nanos), a sports bra, a long sleeved t-shirt that is fitted but with an open neck, and a tank top to change into after I sweat through the long sleeve shirt. Sometimes I need a second pair of shoes because I sweat so much it feels like I have a puddle in my shoes when I’m mid-way through cardio! If I have plans after, I need to shower and then I probably have shorts or skinny leggings and a top to show off my post-workout tone! And, most likely some comfier shoes because I’ve worked my feet to oblivion!
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