Bal Harbour

Spring 2016

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If Tracy Anderson's life could be summed up in one song, it would definitely be "I'm Every Woman." The inventor of the Tracy Anderson Method—a weight-loss/fitness-training technique that has garnered fans from Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal—she's an infinitely successful entrepreneur with a string of eponymous gyms and a series of popular exercise DVDs. Here, Anderson talks about empowering women, her philanthropic passion—the Breast Cancer Research Foundation—and her namesake method. Why is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation important to you? My business partner and CEO, Maria Baum, is a breast cancer survivor and one of the smartest, most kindhearted people I know. I am for women, and to empower women their physical self needs to be aligned with their intellectual and emotional selves. What have you learned from BCRF? Too much, but one compelling fact is that daily exercise is the only common denominator in disease prevention. It's vital that we move and move properly. What do you think is the hallmark of a Tracy Anderson group experience? I believe in strong messages and leading everyone who wants to work out for a good cause. I promise that anyone of any age or fitness level can participate. You only need to be willing to not judge yourself or others, and trust that I've got you. How do men take to the Tracy Anderson Method? They usually think it's a girl's workout until they come to a class. Then they leave calling me a beast because they didn't know they had muscles like that! Has your own approach to exercise changed since having children? Yes. I do it without fail, and communicate to them why I do, so that our culture becomes healthier as a whole. Wearing so many hats, you must get exhausted. Is there a song that gets you going? Sia's 'Unstoppable.' That's apt! Given the opportunity, where's your place to escape? Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Where do you go for retail therapy, and what are you eyeing? Bal Harbour Shops—seriously—and I have been to a lot of places! My favorite designer is Victoria Beckham and I love Tata Harper's skincare line. If you have one wish, what would it be? That women would stop wanting to look like actresses and models. It's a waste of time and energy, and sucks away your own beauty. What is your personal mantra? Never miss out on the opportunity to be the real you. 96 BAL HARBOUR CORE VALUES Fitness phenom Tracy Anderson reveals the passion behind her namesake method. BY KATE G. WEAVER-GIBBS "Daily exercise is the only common denominator in disease prevention. It's vital that we move and move properly." PHOTO BY MICHAEL BLANCHARD Anderson at the BCRF Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink event I understand you're bringing your signature method to Bal Harbour Shops. What can we expect from the pop-up studio? A full expression of the Tracy Anderson studio experience; my triple calo- rie burning floor, heat and trainers leading you through classes I've de- signed. There will be the opportunity to work out with me via a real time video streaming platform and a boutique that showcases my favorite apparel. Why Bal Harbour and why now? Bal Harbour is an unparalleled, well curated shopping experience so when I discovered the team was pas- sionate about health and disease prevention, I was in. This will be a chance to partner with an iconic destination to create awareness for the BCRF. For more information and class bookings, visit

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