Gwyneth Paltrow’s Trainer Breaks My Heart 8 Times

Gwyneth Paltrow And Tracy AndersonTracy Anderson is famous for two things: training celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and being tragically body negative. Sure, her body negativity is completely reflective of society’s twisted ideals, but she perpetuates them in order to turn a profit.

Today, Into The Gloss posted an essay from Anderson herself that actually broke my heart. Until now I thought she was just a greedy hater, but as it turns out, she has some truly messed up ideas about bodies–her own and those belonging to others. My heart sank line after line. Now all of the sick things I’ve read about her make sense. This depressing essay gives great insight into Anderson’s sad world.

Here are Tracy Anderson’s 8 most heartbreaking quotes:

1) On her body when she was going to dance school:

By dancers’ standards I was fat; by normal standards I was a little chubby—I gained 35 pounds when I turned 19,

2) More of the that…

Because of my body, I wasn’t being taken seriously as a dancer. This was around the time that Disney came to Broadway, so the people at my school were very much like, ‘Maybe Tracy you can play the teapot in Beauty and the Beast.’ That’s not what I wanted to hear.

3) On her diet while she was a “chubby” dancer-

I had what I would consider a normal relationship with food…I wasn’t eating a bunch of food… My mustard and tomato bagel was the one thing I had every day.

4) More about that “normal relationship with food”-

All these years that I’ve owned my body being tiny and how I wanted to be, I still can’t look at a mustard and tomato bagel. I think if I eat that bagel, I’m gonna gain 30 pounds.

5) On her body after she was over exercising (this is one of the worst things I’ve heard someone say about their own bod)-

I looked like I was shoved in a trash compactor and spit out like a Garbage Pail Kid in my black leotard and tights. I’m not kidding.

6) On what she was going for in devising The Tracy Anderson Method-

If you can make your body freakishly large, why can’t you make your body freakishly proportional?

7) On cobbling together her version of  the perfectly proportioned body type to model people off of-

 I had to think: whose butt do I think everybody wants? And before Gisele was even a household name, I cut her butt out of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and I was like, ‘I think every woman wants that butt.’ And then I went through magazines and things, trying to find examples for the rest of the body, thinking, ‘These arms look too bulky. These arms look too scrawny and lifeless. I feel like women want this leg, women don’t really want a six pack on their abs, but they want their stomachs to curve in and then curve out.’

8) On Gwyneth Paltrow when she first started working with her-

She had 35 extra pounds on her. Her butt was long and she had outer thigh problems. Gwyneth is lucky because she’s really tall, so she can hide it really well in clothes, but she had significant problem areas. I felt so badly for her, and thought I could really help.

I want to critique her for objectifying Gisele like that and for saying such negative stuff about Gwyneth Paltrow’s body, but Tracy Anderson is clearly really struggling with body image and has been for a long time. I’m disappointed that Into The Gloss published this piece–it really would be better suited for depressing pro ana tags on Tumblr.

via Into The Gloss//Image via Getty

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    • sha

      idk if i would consider a lollipop head on a twiggy body proportional? but if she felt bad for gwyneth then i would downright make her depressed! i kinda feel bad for her.

    • Cari L. Marvelli

      It’s interesting that she took various pictures from magazine’s – each body part from a different (and perfectly fit?) woman – and pulled them all together to create her own ‘ideal’ body type. Interesting, that she thought she could manipulate her body through exercise to conform to those images, rather than to simply be kinder to herself by accepting the body she already has.

      Yes, we should feel bad for her, but we should also understand that many women think like this.

    • amanda

      While I agree to an extent and am not a huge fan of Tracy Anderson’s, you took many of her statements out of context and even completely misquoted her at certain points.

      • Nora

        You are completely right! I’m shocked that this article was run as it is poorly written and in no way accurate to what the interview was saying. It comes off as very immature, and while I don’t deny that Tracy Anderson may be encouraging body dysmorphia, this article has taken the interview too far out of context to have any credibility.

    • Lily Peters

      Yeah this is pretty silly. So much of “body acceptance” talk just becomes fat-accepting nonsense. Fat IS bad for you and America is so extreme in that direction that someone like Anderson — who obviously is more focussed on this issue than your average person– comes off as extreme for setting fitness goals and meeting them. I’d rather be a slightly obsessive, fit person, than an unhealthy, junk food scarfing, but “self-accepting” person any day. Why should you “accept” an unhealthy, unfit version of your less-than-best self? Your body is your vehicle for navigating life! And ps– Anderson was a dancer, and the reality of dance is that it requires a specific body type. I’ve got no problem with her essay.

      • Fyn

        Actually, her so called “healthy” diet is extremely restrictive, could be deadly 500 calories a day! FYI, your body needs, NO, REQUIRES, at the LEAST1000 calories to function. If you restrict your diet, you have NOTHING to fall back on once fat is gone. Nothing. So your body will start to eat itself.
        So, I can understand that while you may think it’s silly, Anderson is one of the more dangerous personal trainers out there. Plus, she thinks women shouldn’t lift heavy. 5-10 pounds max. Seriously? She had put out more body shaming articles than any celeb out there. Fat IS a serious problem, I agree, but we don’t need “trainers” like her encouraging fad, dangerous diets to women who are already hating their bodies.

      • NickNack

        Fat is bad, but there’s a difference from being obese and unhealthy, and being healthy, just not a stick figure. I’m not thin, but I’m not fat either. I’m average, and I have certain things about myself I don’t like, like all women, however, I am healthy. My cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight are just fine, and I am always deemed healthy by my doctor. So just because someone has a “long butt” or “outer thigh” problems doesn’t make them unhealthy, it makes them normal. People nitpicking at such insignificant things is what makes people feel hideous, and leads to eating disorders. That’s my issue with this. She says she felt “badly” for Gwyneth, but Gwyneth has never been fat. Regardless, of what “context” this was made in, I disagree with her statement on that. People shouldn’t feel bad if they don’t have movie star bodies. Also, thin doesn’t equal healthy. Just because you are skinny doesn’t mean you are healthier that someone that is 10, 20, or 30 pounds heavier.

    • Nicole

      You absolutely took so many of her comments out of context. You should really be disappointed in yourself rather than bashing them for posting the article.