I don’t know it all. Far, far from it.
I’ve been wrong before. Very wrong. Many times. I’ll be wrong again, too. Many more times.
Same goes for every other trainer or coach in the fitness industry. I’m sure I could find at least one thing I disagree with from every single trainer in the world.
That’s ok though. I still learn from them, and we’ll usually agree on more topics than not. We’re all learning. If we’re wrong, it’s not because we’re trying to dupe anybody. We present the best information we have at that time. 99% of people, this industry included, are genuinely good people with good intentions. We want to help.
Who are the remaining one percent?
They’re the industry’s charlatans.
Charlatans do not have good intentions. They are not in this for lifelong learning and helping others through delivery of the most accurate and beneficial information they can find.
They are in this solely for self-gain.
From the online Free Dictionary:
Charlatan – A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.
That is, charlatans are content to sell false information, empty promises, lies, in order to take your money.
Tracy Anderson, the “celebrity trainer” most famous for gaining the role of Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal fitness adviser, is one such charlatan of the fitness industry.
I do not know her personally, but I am flat out stating that she is not a good person. She deserves to have her name dragged through the mud, and her utter incompetence, despicable lies, and role in setting fitness training back half a century (particularly for females) highlighted for all to see.
Is this just petty jealousy and ad hominem attacks? HAHAHAHA! No. You’ll just have to take my word for it that I am 100% secure about my role and proficiency in this industry.
But I am tired (and I’m sure I speak for many in this profession) of having to clean up her mess. Re-educating folks to undo the damage she has caused.
There are plenty more charlatans in this industry. But Tracy Anderson is a major one, so I’m starting with her. I may or may not get to some of the others (hell, here’s a quick sample for you anyway: Dr. Oz, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, Dave Asprey, Gary Taubes…).
What is the purpose of this?
To have a single post to reference, with as much useful content in one place, to use as ammunition against any pro-Tracy Anderson content you happen across.
Again, I’m sure I speak for most of the fitness profession when I say there’s been countless times that we’ve come across an article promoting Anderson that makes us want to club a baby seal or take a steak knife to our wrists, and we would love to reply to the article systematically ripping it apart piece by piece. But we know that the effect would be mostly futile, and the effort and time spent won’t be commensurate with the reward.
So post a link to this article instead. Because here’s a bunch of quality articles countering Tracy Anderson, all in one place.
Several people, many far smarter than I, have already done the heavy lifting (<– those already familiar with Anderson will appreciate my hilariously intended pun) for me here and put together articles picking apart various aspects of her nonsensical training advice.
Just add the link to every article promoting Anderson that you happen across. Tweet it to her or the article publishers. Post it on her Facebook comments. Everyone do it. Repeatedly. With enough volume, people will have to notice, and start questioning her.
Let’s call out the frauds, hucksters and charlatans of the fitness industry and remove them one by one.
- A Logical Argument Against The Tracy Anderson Method
by Dean Somerset
- Dear Tracy Anderson: STOP!
by Adam Bornstein
- How Women Should Train! My Rant
by Marianne Kane
- Madonna’s Trainer Fights Back
from The Daily Beast
- I’ve Got My Gwyneth Paltrow Body…But The Tracy Anderson Method Left Me So Starved I Suffered Blackouts
from Mail Online
- Tracy Anderson’s Methods Are Dangerous, Damaging and Anti-Feminist
by Dave Hargreaves
- Nice Work Hollywood!
by Tony Gentilcore
- Snuffleupagus Strikes Again…And Again
by Tony Gentilcore
- “No Woman Should Lift More Than 3 Lbs.” In Other News: Boston Based Strength Coach/Trainer Just Went Postal.
by Tony Gentilcore (Yeah, Tony really despises Anderson too.)
- Tracy Anderson’s New Infomercial
by Jonathan Precel
- Alliteration Makes It True! Get A ‘Bombshell Bikini Body In 14 Days’ With Tracy Anderson:
by Kat Whitfield
- Getting Ripped
by Meghan McCormick (Note: This article does not critique Anderson’s fitness advice – though you can make what you will out of some of her quotes – but instead tells her back story of bad business dealings).
Got any other quality Tracy Anderson bashing articles? By all means, please let me know and I’ll update the list. Drop them in the comments section or send them straight through to me if you’re seeking anonymity.
*UPDATE: Thank you to those who have sent me more content which I have now added to the list. Keep ’em coming. Also thanks to everyone who shared this. I’ve been told of it being tweeted to her directly and shared on her Facebook wall, which is awesome!
We’re talking about scam artist to the tune of $110 million here. Let’s do what we can to rid our industry of her so that others don’t fall for her lies.
Thoughts, questions, hate mail, or anything I missed? Feel free to drop a comment below. And of course, sharing this article will naturally help you jump the queue in your wait for karmic justice to start paying out.