Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis Workout – 10 day review

by Deena on April 4, 2013

So what does one do when they realize that summer is only a few months away, that their 40th birthday will follow not too soon after that, and that they’ve fallen into a rut with their exercise routine? Well if you’re like me you sign up for the latest fitness craze to hit the infomercial circuit; Tracy Anderson’s metamorphosis workout series. I’m not sure why I picked this workout over others on the market – but I found myself going to her website and using the body type calculator to figure out whether I was omnicentric, abcentric, hipcentric or glutecentric. The results showed I was abcentric – so that’s the DVD set that I ordered.

Upon receiving the DVD set the first thing I did was review the workout summary which basically says that you need to do both the cardio and muscular structure work 6 days a week. The phase 1 Metamorphosis set is 90 days long. Both the cardio and the muscular workouts are a half hour each. The muscular structure workout changes every 10 days, the cardio remains the same for the entire 90 day series.

The instructions ask you write down your body measurements and current weight for tracking results over the upcoming weeks. While I didn’t sign up for the workout series to necessarily lose weight (it will be a side benefit if it happens), I really wanted to just tone up all over prior to swimsuit season.


Day 1: I started with the cardio DVD which Tracy refers to as a dance workout. Personally to me it’s more like doing various jumping exercises for a half hour. Picture jumping jacks, straight jumps, cross-over jumps, etc… After what seems like a significant amount of dancing around, I look at the clock to realize it’s only been 5 minutes and think I am never going to make it through an entire ½ hour. However the next time I glanced at the clock it was 20 minutes into it and I knew I could push through to the end. I want to say that I did not ease my way into this workout – I went full force the whole time (that point will come into play later). By the end of the video I was drenched in sweat, incredibly thankful to be done with that part, and wondering how I was going to now do the muscular structure workout.

So I put in the 2nd DVD with the muscular workout – It starts with you standing up for an arm workout, some standing ab work and then moves to the floor for mat work the remainder of the time. I will admit I had a much tougher time with this workout than the cardio workout. Most of the mat work is done on all four – so while you are doing an insane amount of leg lifts on each side you are also holding your body up on your arms the entire time. I kept having to stop and stretch out my arms and back by moving into a yoga baby pose. I did make it through the entire workout but did not complete nearly the number of reps that she did in the video.

One thing I want to mention about the videos because it caught me off guard at first. Tracy does not cue during most of the workout. So the first couple times you perform the workouts, you’re really having to concentrate on what she is doing so you don’t completely miss something. It’s not so bad when you are doing the cardio because you’re standing but for the mat work it can be challenging. Not cuing may be brilliant on her part – because you are so focused on following her that time passes quickly and then by the time you know the routine the last thing you want to hear is the same voiceovers each day. Also if you decide to join me – I’d recommend just playing your own music in the background to keep you moving since the music on the video isn’t that great.

On Day 2, I woke up and every muscle in my body was sore from my neck down to my calves. That’s when I figured something must have been working… I haven’t been really sore from any workouts in a long time. So I pushed on and completed my two workouts for the day.

On Day 3, While the rest of my body seemed to start to adjust to the new workout – my calves were not having any of it. I spent the entire day hobbling around and looking ridiculous. I even whined some to my husband that I must have pulled something… to which he just shook his head and said “um no you’re probably not used to using those particular muscles“. So I focused on really stretching out throughout the day. And that evening, I decided to do the workout but at lower impact – hoping that by not jumping constantly it might resolve my calf issues. I also went on Tracy’s website to see if others had the same issues when they started… turns out others did. And the recommendation was exactly what I was doing with the lower impact and lots of stretching.

Day 4 – Day 10, By about day 5 or 6 my calves seemed to adjust to the new workout and I was able to resume with the increased intensity level. Each day I noticed that the mat work that I’d have to stop constantly the first day to stretch out my back and arms during got easier and my number of reps increased. I should mention that 2 of the 10 days I opted to run on the treadmill for my cardio workout vs. doing the dance video. Personally I needed to change it up in order to not get bored or lose motivation. The mat work I had no issues completing daily as I liked seeing how I was progressing. I do think the cardio workout had an impact on my running. I found that I had more endurance and could run at a slightly faster pace on the days that I chose to run.

There is an eating plan as part of this program, to date I have not followed the eating plan but I did lose 2 pounds. Of course I can gain or lose 2 pounds in a day depending on what I eat so we’ll see if the trend continues as I progress. Tracy does say that you should follow the eating plan for the weight loss part of the program… and I may try it over the next few weeks as the program progresses but for now I felt like the workout changes were enough.

Tomorrow I start the next muscular structure workout in the series. I’ll provide an update on day 20 of how things are going. I know a few people mentioned that they were thinking about trying this workout series also. I’d love to hear from you if you decide to join me or are already an expert J

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Laura August 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Ugh. I’m eating her applesauce right now and it’s not good.
None of the nutrient boost food is any good.

I think eating real food is important for your well-being, not mushed up baby food style of perfectly good food. I’m over this, and it’s only been half a day.

admin August 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Hi Laura,
I didn’t follow the nutrition guidelines for the Metamorphosis program. I eat fairly healthy as is and wasn’t looking to lose weight as much as tone muscles 🙂 Have you tried the program? Or you’re just trying her meal plans?

ruth September 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

my friend and I have been doing the video for a week..i was wondering what I was doing at 56 ..thinking I was going to kill myself with this video LOL…I would really like to know how did you think about the tracy Anderson video workout and food diet?

Joy September 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

This is my fav routine,Nothing makes my legs and butt look more toned.
Even bought the continuity workouts that follow.

mickj November 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I am reading that many of you are adjusting the workout with music, mixing up cardio and altering the food plan, seems that’s what you paid Tracy Anderson to provide. No cuing is not good as it means you have to study the video before you can hit the ground running. If you are using your own music you could always mute the cuing.

admin November 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I apologize for the delayed response. I did continue the program up until school got out for summer… Then my kids wanted to work out with me. I have boys and they decided this workout wasn’t for them so we did Insanity for the summer. I will pick it up again shortly and provide updates along the way.


Careshia July 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for this review. I just started Metamorphisis this week. Your reviews is one of the more positive ones. I’m thinking we have similar exercise styles because it doesn’t bother me that much that she doesn’t do a lot of cueing and I too play my own playlist over her video. I’m going to keep it up. I felt like I did better with the cardio today. Her eating plan has sparked my own version of the eating plan. If nothing else, I haven’t driven through a drive-thru since I started. I would love to hear if you stuck with it.

Tina August 25, 2013 at 12:59 am

I am on day 2! I am following the food plan. I am very sore and am looking forward to seeing my body change. How are you doing on the plan?

Margie May 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Thanks for the great input. I started using her Mat Workout DVD, Tracy recommends that anyone interested in doing Metamorphosis try this out first for about a month to prep up for that program. Those crazy arm exercise she does are insane! They look easy but, about I have to admit I wanted to cry my arms were so sore and those leg exercises, so many of them! On the flip side, after doing her workout I did my 2 mile run and because my body was already warmed I was ready to go. Surprisingly, I knocked off 5 mins off my time! I was shocked! All those stretches she did really helped. So I cant wait to read more about your progess and see if this a program I want to start. From what I heard this is supposed to be a lifelong committment…

melanie May 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

hello there, im so excited about your review…I have a question though. how many calories per day is her “eating plan”?

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