9.29.2011

Metamorphosis | Level 1

So I've officially finished Level 1 of Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis program.  It's a 90-day program where you workout for an hour a day, six days a week.  It also includes a pretty strict "dynamic eating plan."  Let me tell ya, I have some thoughts on this business.

PROS
-- First, I'm not going to tell you my starting weight/inches but I will tell you how much, if any, I've lost.  After 10 days of working out (not consecutively), I've lost 1 inch around my hips.  That's it.  Nothing else.  No weight, no other inches.  But!  For just 10 workouts out of a 90-workout program, that ain't too shabby.  Also, I'm not doing the cardio as frequently as you're supposed to and I'm not following the meal plan.  (I'll explain why in the 'Cons' section below.)  I have no doubt that if I were following the workout program exactly as it's laid out, I would've definitely lost more.

-- The strength workouts are actually kinda fun.   Don't get me wrong, they're challenging and you will be sore the next day, but they're also very doable.  You only use 3-pound weights.  According to Tracy, you never need more than 3 pounds.  I was skeptical at first but because the moves are fast-paced and meant to target smaller muscle groups, the 3 pounds actually is enough.  These moves aren't your standard bicep curls, shoulder presses, etc.  No, these are strange moves that you've probably never done before.  While I do think the 3 pounds is challenging, I could see someone naturally stronger going for 5 pounds.  Probably not more than that, though.

-- Even though I haven't lost much in terms of inches or pounds, I do think my body is overall more toned.  I can definitely feel muscles in my arms and legs that I never noticed before.  Just you wait till I get that 6-pack.  (Actually, don't hold your breath...)

CONS
-- The meal plan.  If you can call it that.  That thing is ridic yo.  I don't see how anyone can follow it and still have energy for the workouts!  The weeks alternate between Nutrient Boost and Body Reset.  During Nutrient Boost weeks, you're basically eating juice and/or veggie and fruit purees.  During Body Rest weeks, you get solid foods but not much of them.  For example, Day 3's lunch is grilled chicken breast and an apple.  For someone who actually moves during the day, that ain't gonna cut it.  You're also not supposed to add any salt, butter, oil, seasoning, etc to your foods.  Yeah, right.

-- The cardio is boring and it kinda hurts my knees.  You are supposed to use the same cardio dvd over and over again throughout the whole 90 days.  The same routine, 6 days a week, for 90 days.  Shoot me now.  Plus, it's very high impact.  You're basically jumping up and down, bouncing all around, for 30 minutes straight.  Think 3rd grade jumping jacks dance party.  "No thank you," says the knees.  I stopped doing it after the 4th day.  I'll do some other form of cardio instead or I will just do the strength routine.

-- Tracy gives you little to no direction during the workout so you have to really pay attention and just kinda figure out the next moves.  There's no warm-up, no cool down.  You just go straight into the workouts and she moves quickly so you have to be on your toes (literally and figuratively).  And a lot of the moves are leg lifts where you're down on your hands and knees so looking up at the TV every few minutes kinda gets annoying.

(Side note:  I let Molly out to run around while I was working out last night.  She was fascinated by the leg lifts and kept coming over to check it out.  Whenever I lifted my leg, she stood up.  And when I brought it down, she sat down.  Every time.  Leg up, Molly up.  Leg down, Molly down.  She did this about 5 or 6 times in a row until I started laughing and she ran away!)

Overall, I think the program is working so far and would probably be even more successful if I followed it like you're supposed to.  The cons are not anything major so they definitely don't outweigh the pros.  I'll keep you updated as I move to each level so we'll see if that holds true for the full 90 days.  Fingers crossed!!

Wanna take a trip to the Gun Show?  Oh, yeah!

Well hello wittle bicep.  Where've you been all my life?

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9 comments

  1. oh my word your dog cracks me up. keep up the good work!

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  2. Wow look at those muscles Haha. It's nice when you make headway in these kinds of things. I really need to get off my lazy blogging butt and do something like this too.

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  3. love the molly loves your workout! i'll definitely be interested to hear about your experience after the 90 days. keep it up!

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  4. Haha your dog wanted to feel the burn too;) too funny! Good luck and keep up the good work!

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  5. 1 inch in 1 week is pretty good! I am doing Meta, too! I'm not following it as written. I do 1 day Omni Meta, 1 day Bodyrock.tv, and 1 day running. Then I take a rest day and repeat. I am loving the rotation. I totally agree with your review. I did Dance Cardio once and said screw that. The Dynamic Eating plan is more like modified fasting! Can't wait to hear your results.

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  6. Wish you best of luck girly! I need to get on the exercise bandwagon myself!

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  7. Have you ever done Jillian Michaels? I do her Ripped in 30 and it's AMAZING! I definitely noticed a difference, and I never followed the meal plan, and it's only 30 min. Bam.

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  8. Good Lord, I can't imagine sticking to that eating plan. I'd start eating my arm or something. No wonder Gwyneth is as skinny as she is.

    Good luck (to Molly too!) with it all. You're more dedicated than I.

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  9. I am so happy you included a section about Molly. I was hoping she was somehow involved:)

    Two tickets to the gun show? I vote yes:)

    *Erin

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