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March 8, 2014

tenderbuttons:

Flawless Choreography (by Beyonce)

Prayers (almost) answered.

Let’s do a whole dance cardio series like this, mmmkkkkkay Kimme and Ashley…?

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January 26, 2014

fuckyesbeyonce:

Beyonce & Jay-z performing “Drunk In Love” at the 2014 Grammys.

Dance cardio inspo.

(via maye)

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June 26, 2013

This is why I like to watch Beyonce concerts while doing Tracy cardio. ‘Cause she is straight-up working out up there.

(via thequeenbey)

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May 7, 2013

Speaking of Tracy … I’ve been working out to full Beyonce concerts recently. This — the “I Am…” world tour DVD — is fantastic, as is Glastonbury. (As a bonus in the latter you get a glimpse of Jay and Gwyneth tearing up during the “At Last” Civil Rights Movement/Obama montage. I do too, every time.)

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February 3, 2013

To the Anon who asked me for music motivation for Tracy workouts: I just danced to this mix and it more than did the trick — plus it’s long enough that I won’t get bored of it too quickly. Tomorrow morning, I’ll find Beyonce’s halftime show on YouTube and dance to that twice over (they’re usually 15 minutes) — I did that last year for Madonna’s and it really got me going. (I mixed it up and sometimes did her dance moves instead of Tracy’s — I also do that with the Single Ladies and Get Me Bodied vidoes, a sight that no one will ever-ever see.)
I also have a pretty embarrassing YouTube playlist that I’ve been adding to for awhile. They’re not all good songs, not by a longshot, but that’s not really the point….
When I’m feeling more hipster than hiphop, I listen to Coketalk’s trntbl. And then there are a few Pandora stations, depending on my mood: Love On Top, Coquette, Jay-Z, Salt-n-Pepa, Abba, Prince, Calvin Harris, Drake, Kanye, Passion Pit, M.I.A., Keri Hilson, Miike Snow….
forwhenifeellikesharing:

For When I Feel Like Sharing A Mixed Tape No.37
Title: ALL HAIL QUEEN B
Description: A mix of Beyonce influences (Phase 1) and her influence (Phase 2), remixes and collaborations (Phase 3), covers and those who have sampled her voice (Phase 4), and her best hits mixed within. Each section has songs representing the others phases, but that was the conceptual approach. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN! IMPERIOUS REGINA!
Track List:


Beyoncé & Jay-Z - “Crazy In Love”Teena Marie - “Lovergirl”Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, & Solange - “Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix)”The Brothers Johnson - “Strawberry Letter 23”Beyoncé - “Work It Out (Studio Version)”Tina Turner - “What’s Love Got To Do With It”Janet Jackson - “Nasty”Beyoncé - “Ring The Alarm (ID Intro & Edit)”Jennifer Hudson ft. Ludacris - “Pocketbook”Rihanna - “Breakin’ Dishes”Jazmine Sullivan - “Bust Your Windows”Lauryn Hill - “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”Beyoncé ft. Big Boi & Sleepy Brown - “Hip Hop Star”Sade - “Soldier of Love”Solange - “ChampagneChroniKnightCap”Missy Elliott ft. Beyoncé - “Crazy Feelings”Sonnymoon - “Yes 2”Destiny’s Child - “Emotion”Beyoncé - “Diva”Chelley - “Took The Night”Destiny’s Child ft. MC Lyte - “Independent Women (JC Lemay Remix)”Cazwell - “I Seen Beyonce At Burger King”Sheila E - “A Love Bizarre”Beyoncé - “Green Light”The Throne ft. Beyoncé - “Lift Off”Beyoncé & Shakira - “Beautiful Liar”Beyoncé doing Lady Gaga a favor - “Telephone”Angel Haze - “Video Phone”Kelly Rowland - “Motivation”Major Lazer ft. VYBZ Kartel - “Pon De Floor”Destiny’s Child - “Lose My Breath”Nicki Minaj - “Super Bass”Beyoncé - “Halo (Dave Aude Radio Edit)”Michelle Williams - “We Break The Dawn”Diana Ross - “Love Hangover (WDYKTT Remix)”Beyoncé - “Countdown (Hervé Remix)”XXYYXX - “AMAZEME”Damu - “Don’t Cry in My Bed”Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)”Beyoncé - “End of Time”


Length: 2hr 40min
Click the image to listen.
Previous Tribute Mixes:
A.M.I.M.I.A?Prince and His SubjectsOur Videos Were Filmed In Rooms with Ugly WallpaperThis Woman’s WorkPurple Re

To the Anon who asked me for music motivation for Tracy workouts: I just danced to this mix and it more than did the trick — plus it’s long enough that I won’t get bored of it too quickly. Tomorrow morning, I’ll find Beyonce’s halftime show on YouTube and dance to that twice over (they’re usually 15 minutes) — I did that last year for Madonna’s and it really got me going. (I mixed it up and sometimes did her dance moves instead of Tracy’s — I also do that with the Single Ladies and Get Me Bodied vidoes, a sight that no one will ever-ever see.)

I also have a pretty embarrassing YouTube playlist that I’ve been adding to for awhile. They’re not all good songs, not by a longshot, but that’s not really the point….

When I’m feeling more hipster than hiphop, I listen to Coketalk’s trntbl. And then there are a few Pandora stations, depending on my mood: Love On Top, Coquette, Jay-Z, Salt-n-Pepa, Abba, Prince, Calvin Harris, Drake, Kanye, Passion Pit, M.I.A., Keri Hilson, Miike Snow….

forwhenifeellikesharing:

For When I Feel Like Sharing A Mixed Tape No.37

Title: ALL HAIL QUEEN B

Description: A mix of Beyonce influences (Phase 1) and her influence (Phase 2), remixes and collaborations (Phase 3), covers and those who have sampled her voice (Phase 4), and her best hits mixed within. Each section has songs representing the others phases, but that was the conceptual approach. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN! IMPERIOUS REGINA!

Track List:

Beyoncé & Jay-Z - “Crazy In Love”
Teena Marie - “Lovergirl”
Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, & Solange - “Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix)”
The Brothers Johnson - “Strawberry Letter 23”
Beyoncé - “Work It Out (Studio Version)”
Tina Turner - “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Janet Jackson - “Nasty”
Beyoncé - “Ring The Alarm (ID Intro & Edit)”
Jennifer Hudson ft. Ludacris - “Pocketbook”
Rihanna - “Breakin’ Dishes”
Jazmine Sullivan - “Bust Your Windows”
Lauryn Hill - “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”
Beyoncé ft. Big Boi & Sleepy Brown - “Hip Hop Star”
Sade - “Soldier of Love”
Solange - “ChampagneChroniKnightCap”
Missy Elliott ft. Beyoncé - “Crazy Feelings”
Sonnymoon - “Yes 2”
Destiny’s Child - “Emotion”
Beyoncé - “Diva”
Chelley - “Took The Night”
Destiny’s Child ft. MC Lyte - “Independent Women (JC Lemay Remix)”
Cazwell - “I Seen Beyonce At Burger King”
Sheila E - “A Love Bizarre”
Beyoncé - “Green Light”
The Throne ft. Beyoncé - “Lift Off”
Beyoncé & Shakira - “Beautiful Liar”
Beyoncé doing Lady Gaga a favor - “Telephone”
Angel Haze - “Video Phone”
Kelly Rowland - “Motivation”
Major Lazer ft. VYBZ Kartel - “Pon De Floor”
Destiny’s Child - “Lose My Breath”
Nicki Minaj - “Super Bass”
Beyoncé - “Halo (Dave Aude Radio Edit)”
Michelle Williams - “We Break The Dawn”
Diana Ross - “Love Hangover (WDYKTT Remix)”
Beyoncé - “Countdown (Hervé Remix)”
XXYYXX - “AMAZEME”
Damu - “Don’t Cry in My Bed”
Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)”
Beyoncé - “End of Time”

Length: 2hr 40min

Click the image to listen.

Previous Tribute Mixes:

A.M.I.M.I.A?
Prince and His Subjects
Our Videos Were Filmed In Rooms with Ugly Wallpaper
This Woman’s Work
Purple Re

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January 31, 2013

Tracy on: Tackling New Year’s Resolutions (It’s a Mind Game)


If you haven’t been spending the past few months really exercising (walking the dog doesn’t count!), drinking lots of milk, sitting in the sun, or getting daily massages, chances are that you’re handicapped by low serotonin levels. And unfortunately, it is very challenging to summon physical motivation when this level dips—it’s why you’re losing the tug-of-war between the gym and your reality TV-laden DVR. What’s worse is that carbs can trigger a momentary uptick in serotonin, which is why it can be so hard to kick a bagel-for-breakfast-every-morning habit: We can become addicted to carb-induced highs, which only contribute to the problem. It’s a truly vicious cycle.

But all is not lost, because just as depressed serotonin levels can trip you up when you’re trying to get started, once you begin the process of elevating and regulating those levels through exercise, they’ll be your biggest ally and cheerleader on the road to fitness.

As many of you know, I’ve been devoted to Tracy Anderson's workouts for more than four years now. But that isn't to say I don't fall off the wagon sometimes. Oh MAN do I fall off the wagon.

Take this month. I’ve been somewhat depressed, it’s winter, I can wear leggings and layers and no one will notice that I’m heavier, and it’s still six weeks ‘til my body will see the light of day in New Orleans (vanity is a huge motivator for me). Long story short, I identify 100% with what she says above. It is just really HARD to get out of that rut, and carbs are so easy.

But this week I’m turning it around. I’m doing her Nutrient Boost eating plan (a modified version of the baby food diet) and doing full Meta workouts every day, even when my calves ache because they’ve been so unused, even when I’m sad. In just a few days I can already feel the heavy weight of inertia lifting. I’m not at my bounciest, not even close. And I’ll need to stay pretty vigilant, food-wise, to get where I want to be by early March. But I am reminded of something I once said that I have used as motivation this week:

Give me 14 days, and with discipline, I can get back to my thinnest and fittest. 

Just 9 days to go….

PS: Two big winter workout tips: crank that heat for an hour or more before you workout. You need the room as warm as you can get it. And consider mixing it up with Tracy’s trampoline workout. Dancing on hard floors when it’s cold out is harder, even with the heat on, and may lead to injury. I give my calves and joints a rest once or twice a week.


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December 4, 2012

Like a good sex life, making a long-term commitment to Tracy means knowing when to  mix it up. Here are two new additions to my routine (the ball is used in the mat routine starting with 2.1 I think).

Like a good sex life, making a long-term commitment to Tracy means knowing when to  mix it up. Here are two new additions to my routine (the ball is used in the mat routine starting with 2.1 I think).

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December 4, 2012

Anonymous asked: Hi there. I recently purchased the Tracy Anderson Dance Cardio for Beginners, however I did not take into account my entirely carpeted apartment. After just one run through I'm thinking carpet + Tracey might be a bad, ankle-twisting combination? Do you do the cardio on hardwood floors, or is carpet doable?

Oh dear! Carpet + dancing is a terrible combination, I’m afraid. Even the slightly uneven floorboards in my apartment aren’t great. I much preferred the fake-wood Pergot floor in my last apartment — it had some give, which is easier on your calves and joints. 

That said, after about 5 months of doing Tracy religiously I STILL ended up in a boot for six weeks with a stress fracture in my third metatarsal — “dancer’s fracture.” The lesson there is that it may take longer for the small muscles and ligaments of your feet to get strong enough to perform the routines than it does for your cardio-vascular system to be up to the task (ie, I pushed myself too hard).

And of course the real lesson is that Tracy is not fucking around (as her lawyers make clear during the medical disclaimer that precedes every DVD). So you are smart to be wary of injury. It’s a very real possibility.

You’re in luck, though. Tracy recently released a mini trampoline cardio workout. I’ve been using it (mixing it up with dance cardio and mat work) for two weeks and enjoy the rest it gives me from the constant leaping onto hard wood floors (which I find especially difficult in winter, though I try to over-heat our living room before working out). 

And the best thing for you is that you can do it in a small, carpeted space. 

Buy a trampoline here (either size is fine, though on her site she sells a 40”), the DVD here, and find a free, full-length trampoline workout from Tracy here.

Good luck! And remember: you can do it.

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June 11, 2012

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION ALERT!
I’ve only ever asked this once of y’all — and you helped me make it to the finalists for a climate change video competition — and now I’m asking again: please vote for my picture on Facebook in a Tracy Anderson detox week in the Hamptons contest. If I win I’ll share all her tips with you! 
Nota bene: please vote even if you’ve already liked it on Instagram…. Because after reading the fine print, I learned that Instagram likes don’t count (grrrrrr).

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION ALERT!

I’ve only ever asked this once of y’all — and you helped me make it to the finalists for a climate change video competition — and now I’m asking again: please vote for my picture on Facebook in a Tracy Anderson detox week in the Hamptons contest. If I win I’ll share all her tips with you! 

Nota bene: please vote even if you’ve already liked it on Instagram…. Because after reading the fine print, I learned that Instagram likes don’t count (grrrrrr).

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April 10, 2012

Trying to do Tracy … trying.

Trying to do Tracy … trying.

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