Remember that time when Gwyneth Paltrow was 35 pounds overweight? Neither can we, but Tracy Anderson swears up and down that it happened, and that she fixed her.
Anderson told Into The Gloss that she met Gwyneth right before the first Iron Man movie—not long after Moses Martin was born—and was deeply moved by the pitiable sight:
“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.”
It might sound completely ridiculous to say that one pities Gwyneth freaking Paltrow’s figure problems, because photographic evidence from the period reveals Gwyneth looking gorgeous as usual. But Anderson has notoriously high standards and also thinks being a paragon of physical perfection like Mikhail Baryshnikov is “freakishly large.” She even developed her famous training method to avoid the look of a person whose body can do amazing things, because the world’s best athletes are just not aesthetically pleasing enough. Her goal was to “make your body freakishly proportional,” because Baryshnikov is apparently a deformed, unproportional monster.
“I started by analyzing how people at the top of their field all look the same—jockeys, swimmers, Baryshnikov, whoever,” she said. “If you can make your body freakishly large, why can’t you make your body freakishly proportional? No one was focusing on that.”
Many trainers dislike Anderson’s signature method because she maintains that no one should ever pick up anything heavy, ever. But weight training helps prevent osteoporosis, among other things. Sure, doing tiny arm circles for an hour will get some kind of results, but doing anything that long will get results.
But her exercise empire was built around making a person look like a feminine ideal that Anderson Frankensteined together in what sounds like the most depressing collage session ever, nitpicking the physiques of women already conventionally beautiful enough to appear in magazines:
“I went through magazines and things, trying to find examples for … 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.’ I literally had to work out what I thought every woman wanted. But the only piece that I took from an actual person was Gisele’s butt. I laugh about it now, but everybody still wants that butt. She’s pretty timeless.”
Not that Gisele does not have a beautiful butt, but not every woman wants to look exactly the same. Plenty of women have and adore their six-pack abs, and we doubt most Olympians would be willing to swap bodies with anybody. Not even Gwyneth.
Via Into The Gloss/Photo: WENN