A Chat With Tracy Anderson

The infamous trainer shares brilliant health and fitness tips, some very candid thoughts on single motherhood, her career highlight, and more.


We’ve always been in awe of Tracy Anderson. And not just because she’s responsible for the slamming bodies of Gwyneth and J.Lo (and, um, her own).

It goes way deeper than that: She’s 100% self-made. She’s dedicated to improving the mind-body connection in all her clients (yes, even the non-famous ones) in a very real way. She’s wildly successful and deeply nurturing – two qualities you rarely find in the same person. This woman knows how to get results. With bodies, with business, with a soul-satisfying girls night (yes, complete with pizza).

Don’t believe us? Ask the #TAmily – the self-named Instagram group that’s obsessively devoted to the Tracy Anderson Method and have the abs and peace of mind to prove it. Leave it to a busy mom to create a program that’s sustainable for, well, busy moms. Her approach is holistic (never a quick fix), and damn does she know her stuff when it comes to the body, exercise, nutrition, and weight loss.

When we asked her what she would recommend for a “friend” still carrying baby weight 3 years postpartum, she said, “That’s a 911 emergency! She needs to get on my program! I understand putting yourself last, but you need to be strong so you can take care of your kids and be healthy long-term.”

Noted (wink).

And NBD, but along with all of the above, Tracy’s a very hands-on single mom to Sam (17) and Penny (4).

Read on for her brilliant health and fitness tips, some very candid thoughts on single motherhood, her career highlight (tear), and so much more. Meet the force and a truly beautiful person inside and out – the one and only Tracy Anderson.

Working Mom Challenges

I fight for my right to be there 100% for my kids the way I want to be, but it doesn’t come without a fight – and that’s unfortunate. Being a mom shouldn’t be a roadblock to success in the workplace – we need more support and flexibility.

On Balance

I really believe in support systems – people need people. I lean on the those I know I can truly count on. I rely heavily on my assistant and my nanny so I can be a present mom, but also be there for my work. It’s okay to structure your life and surround yourself with people you give and take from, whether that’s friends, your own parents, sitters, etc.

Parenting Style

All moms have been blessed with bringing new life into the world, and it’s our responsibility to do our part to remain whole and healthy so we can be there for our kids. There’s too much over-scheduling and competition going on – we should respect that they’re all individuals, and give them space to find their own way and figure out who they want to be. I wish more moms would let nature lead a little more.

Relax Time

I don’t go to spas, get my nails done, indulge in facials… I don’t even really take vacations. I relax with my kids. I’m not opposed to a glass of wine and a good movie. And food – I love chocolate and french fries. I really love pizza. I love eating out at great places with friends.

On Dating

If you are a single mom and dating, you need to be careful about who you bring into your life. I was dating someone, and had my second child with him. She’s the biggest gift, but if I had taken more time, I wouldn’t have brought him into my life – he wasn’t right for me. I encourage other single moms to feel empowered and to make the right choice when it comes to that. Because anyone you bring in, you’re bringing into your child’s life too.

Career Highlight

I have to say actually it happened in the last year. My followers named themselves the #TAmily on Instagram, and when I saw all the women around the world who have been transforming their lives through my work, it touched my heart more than anything I’ve ever done in my career. I’ve seen them show up for themselves and for each other in their own homes and cheer each other on. Their lights are all shining so bright – they are my career highlight.

Career Lowpoint

The toxicity that comes with being a celebrity trainer creates this stigma that I’m unattainable and only work with certain people of a certain status. It plays into the insecurities of women, and that’s the opposite of who I am and what I am. Every woman should want to be herself, look like herself, and celebrate herself – not want what celebrities have. It’s just the wrong marketing message. And it’s not the celebrities fault!

Dream Client

I train my dream client, JLo. She’s kind and remarkable, not entitled, and has worked very hard for everything she has accomplished. She shows up for workouts and doesn’t expect me to be Tinkerbell and work magic – she is loyal and respectful of my work. What I give to her, she uses to inspire people with her talent. And when her kids walk in, she stops and takes care of what they need, and then we continue on – I really respect that.

Her Pregnancies

I was 23 and gained 60 pounds when I had my son, and I was 38 and gained 38 pounds with my daughter. I was under a lot of stress and got gestational diabetes with her, so I was on a very strict diet.

Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Women shouldn’t have weight gain in their brain space while pregnant. If you’re eating McDonalds every day, well, that’s a problem because everything you put into your body affects the baby. I say, eat what you crave but don’t overeat and make sure you’re putting highly nutritious foods into your body.

Who Knew?!

All those hormones that relax your joints and body during pregnancy stay in your system for 6 months postpartum, so they help you on the flipside when you start working out, making it easier to sculpt things back into place.

Her Postpartum Workout

My post pregnancy series is tailor-made to wake up muscles that have shifted in your body or atrophied during pregnancy and strategically pulls everything back into a strong starting position, so you’re set up for success to truly get your body back.
*Fun fact: She shot the video 11 weeks after giving birth!

Nursing Cravings

If you nurse, your food cravings can be quite strong for bread and sugar. While nursing, you metabolize sugars differently, so while I believe in putting the best quality of food in your body, I think nursing moms should give in to what their body is craving.

When You Neeeeed A Donut…

When you’re craving sugar in the form of a cake/donut, do the following:

  1. Have a conversation with yourself – is there another option that would satiate the craving?
  2. Try a Peter Rabbit pureed food pouch – they’re actually really good, low calorie, and often do the trick. At the very least, you’ll eat less of that donut.

You’ve Got To Mooooove

I encourage a lean protein, healthy carbs, and veggies diet. You will lose a certain amount of weight right away, but that will stop before long without exercise. At which point, every day you don’t exercise is another day you are staying the same weight.

Go Ahead, Eat French Fries

Throw fresh potatoes in this brilliant air fryer which uses no oil. So much better for you and they taste great!

If You’re Carrying Baby Weight 3 Years Postpartum…

Not only does exercise help you physically, but it also helps with postpartum depression and other things that surface mentally when you let go of your physical self.

  1. Find a doable, sustainable exercise plan. I love my streaming videos for moms because they can do them at home whenever they have a break – having to go to the gym can be a huge roadblock.
  2. Make other “friends” through the network, so you are held accountable and can support each other through this.
  3. Every day you don’t exercise is a day you don’t lose weight, so be incredibly mindful of what you put in your mouth on those days.