Before I interviewed Tracy Anderson, I pegged her as the woman who made it big training Madonna and who owns an elite studio where white girls who can't jump or dance go once to painfully humiliate themselves (yup, that was me). But she's way more than that. She's the big sister who drags you to the gym wearing matching workout leggings and cares about how you work out. She's thoughtful and she's not just in it for herself. Her new line of leggings proves that. The pic below shows all 4 styles which cater to different body types.
CLICK HERE FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH TRACY ANDERSON
I got to ask Tracy everything I've been dying to know about her. I love her honesty and her approach to being fashionably fit. The fact that she cares so much about how her clients and dvd-home-fitness fans look and feel in their workout clothes is enough for me to call her my new fitness crush!
Q.Everyone knows who you are, not just fitness peeps. How has fame affected your life and what you do?
I find myself so unaware of fame until I am in my sweats in CVS and someone asks if I am who I am and then tells me how much my work has changed their life. I feel lucky because I am known in a way where I am always authentically myself. I teach and help people, so just like any teacher, I love being close with my students. However, I will say that it's a little different for my husband to get used to.
Q.At what point in your life did you become interested in pursuing a career in fitness, as a trainer?
When nothing else worked (and believe me, I tried everything!). I never wanted to be a trainer and go take a certification for all of the fitness techniques that failed me, so I decided to do my own research, stay focused, and take on the serious task of developing the thousands of moves and the systems I have developed so that I am able to fill what I saw was...
Most remember Amanda Beard as a teenaged girl clutching her teddy bear on the Olympic medal stand. And few will forget the tantalizing athletic physique that earned her countless magazine covers in her 20's. There's no question Amanda Beard has lived a very fast and competitive life. But just like any other person in the world, she's hit some walls, made mistakes and tumbled.
I had the honor of interviewing Amanda about her new memoir, which was her way of coming clean to everyone (her teammates, family, fans), including herself.
READ IT HERE --> Amanda Beard's Celebrity Sweat Interview
And just in case you're wondering how I came to meet Amanda, I met her at an incredible event produced by The Moms and hosted at Equinox's Printing House gym location. Since I only had a few minutes to speak with Amanda there, she kindly agree to a more in-depth interview.
I must say, I have never met an athlete who appears more zen than Amanda. She seemed to be...
Q.Amanda, trials haven't even started yet and you're already winning. Congrats on making the NY Times Best Seller list!
I had no idea all the hard work was going to create a New York Times Best-Seller! I’m so thankful and so blessed to have the fans I do. These are people that have believed in me and my career, so I’ve enjoyed meeting them along my book tour in different cities. The most rewarding part of this whole experience though has really been hearing stories of others who went through similar situations in their life and how they have either come out triumphant, or are using my story to overcome issues. That’s powerful; that means I’m making a difference not only in the pool but in life. And that is pretty cool to me.
Q.When we met during your book tour, you told me that it took you 3 years to write your memoir. Why?
At first, I just didn’t know how to use my voice to express my struggles and I wasn’t sure how much of my life I...
She better! Because I'm rooting for this pretty lady who they call the 400M Diva. Natasha took the gold medal home in 2008 for the 4x400 relay and she's been training her heart out in Texas to do it again in London. I was dying to interview her because she's known for her fabulous style on the track.
Read my Celebrity Sweat interview with 2012 Olympic hopeful Natasha Hastings and follow her training tips. Plus find out exactly what was going through her mind while posing nude for ESPN's Body Issue.
IT'S ALL RIGHT HERE --> Natasha Hasting's Celebrity Sweat Interview
Q.I hear you're called the 400M Diva. Is the 400M your signature race and where you hope to be at the 2012 Games?
My specialty is the 400, but I would like to be known as a versatile sprinter. I'd like to be competitive in the 200 as well as a great contributor for the relay.
Q.I'm cutting to the chase, what was it like being in ESPN's Body Issue?
It was a great experience and something that I am grateful for. The staff was phenomenal. I think my pictures turned out great, and it opened a lot of opportunities for me.
Q.What was the most uncomfortable part of that shoot?
Being in a room with new people naked, but they were very understanding and did their best to make me as comfortable as possible.
Q.The best part?
The best part was just getting through it. I felt if I could do this I could do anything!
Q.There's no way you're ever insecure about your body! Or are you?
I am, and I think it's totally normal. Everyone has their days where they just feel...
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