| June 8, 2015 | People
Gwyneth Paltrow: We’re being featured on the cover of Hamptons magazine. I imagine it must feel a little bit more personal than doing any other magazines. What is your connection to the Hamptons?
Tracy Anderson: Funny you should ask that of me, since you’re responsible for introducing me to [the Hamptons]. But the Hamptons is where I’ve called home for the last eight years—ever since we first started working together on your lovely body for the first Iron Man. You, of course, have a beautiful home in Amagansett, and were lovely enough to bring me and my family out for the summer to continue our work together. We just have never left.
GP: I remember you always saying [your son] Sam felt such a special connection to the Hamptons. Do you remember what specifically that was for him?
TA: I do. The first summer that we were here was the first time he ever took up surfing. He was absolutely obsessed with it. We had to listen to this band, Yellowcard, and this specific song on his way to his surf lessons. I would drop him off at his surf lessons before I would come to your house to train. My 16-year-old son, he’s an old soul; the Hamptons is such a special, charming place—he really just got that.
GP: You have a different perspective than I do because you’re a year-round Hamptons person; we go summers and we come to our house for Christmas—it’s a vacation house for us. What is it like to live here all the time?
TA: I think that because I grew up in a very small town in the Midwest, it feels good to me. As our method and our business have taken off, there are different aspects to what I do, from being a teacher to a creator. At the end of the day, [the Hamptons] felt like where I could really slow down. And when you’re a year-round local, it slows so way down to the point where half of your favorite restaurants are not even open.
GP: What are your favorite restaurants?
TA: My favorite is Tutto il Giorno. It is open year-round but not every night. The place I pretty much feed myself year-round is Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Chop in Sag Harbor. They care so much about the products they put in their shop. They have gluten-free crackers—finally—for my family. I’m not a chef like you are; I can make a meal, but the kitchen becomes a disaster—it’s really not worth it. They make such great things to take home and heat up for your family—from meatloaf to lasagna to fish; I love it.
GP: What stores and restaurants do you frequent?
TA: The Topping Rose House is just a really special spot; La Fondita, which you introduced me to years and years and years ago—I’ll never forget you ordering a beer, tacos, that creamy, milky drink—you were so excited about it. I find myself at Flying Point Surf & Sport a lot—I wear these little surfing watches I get at Flying Point, and I find cute little sweats there. I love Sagtown Coffee, super-charming place.
GP: Do you have—I need to know this—any manicure spots, facial, massage, or beauty salons out here that you like?
TA: I have a massage person whom I like, but she comes to my house. I’m the worst person to ask for this. I don’t get facials, I don’t get massages; I just did a gel manicure yesterday for the very first time in my life.
GP: We’re opening a new Tracy Anderson Method studio in East Hampton in addition to the studio in Water Mill. What are your thoughts and feelings about that?
TA: I’m really excited about it. For me to have more space and be able to put in the floor that I love... When people come [to the Hamptons] for the summer, it’s an opportunity for them to try something new. The new space is going to create a very specific experience because [the Hamptons locations are] our only gyms where we allow people to come in and take one class; you don’t have to be a member. The content I’m working on for [the new studio] is even more classes where we’ve got the support for our clients who really know all the dances, and we’ve got a new style where people can just jump in whether they have taken the method or not.
GP: To me, you’re a total fitness expert. You look like some kind of swimsuit model, but you’re really a scientist. That’s how I see the Tracy Anderson lifestyle. [You know the regimen,] the food combinations, and the best exercise clothes, but you also have such great style. All of that will be available at the new East Hampton studio.
TA: I’ve been working so hard on it; we’ve got so many cool things happening. You’re right, it is a total support system for people to have the tools to create balance. If you need to lose weight, if you want to make sure you’re balanced everywhere and you’re able to perform, the food really matters. [And what you wear to work out really matters.] If you’re just in a crummy T-shirt with spit-up on it from your baby, then your performance is not going to be what it can be. We will have the space in the East Hampton location to be able to launch it all, including 3 Green Hearts [a healthy living program], which I’m really excited about. [It came about] because, along the journey, we’ve always understood how important [food is] to our bodies is; it’s a complete marriage with the fitness. As people become more aware of organic foods, the importance of eating things that are whole and nutritious [becomes clear]. That’s really what we’re going to start with 3 Green Hearts.
GP: Will you be filming the streaming classes from the new East Hampton studio?
TA: I film the streaming service every week from wherever I’m teaching. Of course, I will be in East Hampton a lot and we will definitely be streaming from here. I’m really excited about it because a lot of the streaming audience has become such a cool support system for one another. They’re [even] planning a trip to the East Hampton studio. The streamers who have been doing it at home, all over the world, can come together and actually take part in [a class] live.
GP: You also have a charity initiative coming up?
TA: Last year we hosted the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s big event out here and I helped get a lot of our great clients—including you—to design paddleboards for it. Our partner and CEO, Maria Baum, the third of our 3 Green Hearts, is a breast cancer survivor and she does a big event every year called Paddle & Party for Pink. They get people in a paddleboarding contest and then have a huge gala in the evening, all to raise money for breast cancer research. That’s another thing that I find really cool about the Hamptons in the summer: It’s become a really great place for people who have the means to support charitable causes to come together and celebrate and raise awareness and do things for the greater [good].
GP: You’ve influenced so many of the fitness methods that are popular now, but are there any other methods that you’ve been influenced by?
TA: Absolutely—from Jazzercise, which is not too invasive on the body, to step aerobics classes. I took all of them, because when I was a dancer, I tried everything to get that body. That’s when I realized you are how you move. When I started to develop [the Tracy Anderson Method], it was all about making everything work [together]. That was really the key. But if I didn’t have exposure to Jazzercise and movement and ballet and tap and jazz, I wouldn’t have had the tools to start creating the movements. And even today, I just stopped at the Sports Authority and bought two step-aerobics steps for a client. Am I doing step aerobics classes? No, but still, there’s value in a lot of different things. The thing that I have the most issue with is the communication about what the different methods do. There’s a lot of different boutique ballet fitness classes, but you have to really consider that dancers are being thrown in the air, they’re doing partner things, they’re leaping, they’re doing all of these other elements that are not incorporated. Dancers don’t spend all day at the barre.
GP: Are there any fitness methods that you don’t recommend? I know you told me once not to only do the elliptical. Why don’t you like fitness methods that rely on one repetitive motion?
TA: Because I think that when people want to feel balanced and connected, they shouldn’t overdo anything. Many people don’t know what is going to make them feel balanced. If someone is pushing a ton of weight or if they’re slinging things in the air or cycling, they’re wearing down their joints. They’re compartmentalizing the larger muscles that are bone movers and they’re actually creating further imbalance in the body. It’s not even that your little muscles don’t activate; you’re charging up the same larger muscles over and over again. I see women all the time who say they run 15 miles a day but their butts are saggy. You’ve got muscles underneath the glutes that are inactive. There’s no reason for them to work right now because your glutes are crazy strong. That’s not what is going to lift your butt up. It’s just purely an education. I’m fine with anybody wanting to do whatever they want; it’s just about understanding what you’re actually doing with your body and what the result is going to be.
GP: What is the worst day you’ve had with me?
TA: The worst days for me are when we get an e-mail or a call or something and we have to [concentrate] on the business and it takes away from our student-teacher time. Those sessions really bum me out.
GP: What about the best?
TA: I’m super proud of the way you learned the dances. It was not something that was in your normal practice, even though I know you always exercised before. Usually with people in your position, who are iconic entertainers, who have to learn lines and have to learn choreography, the last thing they want to do is learn more choreography. This is not even something that was in your immediate wheelhouse, but it was something I needed to do to get the results I wanted you to get. The way you stuck with it and didn’t complain; I will always be so proud of you for that.
GP: Somebody came up to me in the Brentwood gym, and she said, “I’ll see you at some award show the night before and then, first thing in the morning, you’re here. You never miss. How do you do it?” I shared what you said when I first started the method: If you’re going to do it properly, you have to do it several times a week. When I started, I was doing it six days a week because I was trying to get in shape for Iron Man. I remember there was a certain point when I felt like I was going to cry. I just physically and mentally couldn’t do it anymore. It was just too hard for me. You said to me, “Don’t even think of it like that. It’s not an option. It’s like brushing your teeth. You get up and do it.” I had such a powerful shift that day. You showed me how to take the option out of it and make it something you do for self-care as a woman who wants to feel good in her body and feel healthy and feel strong. That was a really inspirational thing that you said to me that has really helped me and I share with other people.
Tracy Anderson Method, 903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 212-965-1408; 30 Park Pl., East Hampton, 212-965-1408
Launching in the Hamptons, 3 Green Hearts offers healthy, organic meals on the go.
“We are moms. We are nurturers. We understand the demands of dreaming big. And we want nothing more than for you to have access to the healthy, happy lifestyle you so deserve,” says Tracy Anderson of 3 Green Hearts, the new company she is launching in the Hamptons with friends and business partners Gwyneth Paltrow and Maria Baum.
At the onset, 3 Green Hearts will provide healthy, organic meals such as made-that-day juices and smoothies, gluten-free pastas with herbs and roasted tomatoes, quinoa salads, grilled salmon, fsh tacos and kale ravioli, available as take-out from Anderson’s new East Hampton and Water Mill studios. “I’m a major foodie so there’s also going to be frosting shots, but the frosting is made without all the processed things that really hurt us,” says Anderson. “I’ve figured out how to make the best cookies that have no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no nuts, no eggs—all the main common allergens. It’s also about me being able to settle the infammation fre that is so many bodies.”
Anderson decided to launch the company after recognizing “gaps” in her practice as a leading ftness trainer. “I see people showing up for their workouts and the ones that get the insane results are the ones where I’m doing their food too,” she says. “All of the ingredients [in 3 Green Hearts meals] are organic and everything is sourced to the highest standards of food quality, that we know is vital for us to get out of this processed, de-natured world that we live in with food. If I can get a lot of the additives or the common allergens out of people’s diets, then I can help them lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, vitality, and energy. It’s just about food that is going to optimize people.”
Eventually, the plan is to offer 3 Green Hearts meals at other Tracy Anderson studios, then evolve to also include green cleaning products and beauty products that are paraben free. Says Anderson, “If I can be a part of making it easy for people to eat natural foods and be able to feel like they can lead a natural lifestyle and have it be affordable, that to me is really key.”
photography by renÉ & radka styling by robert behar at opus beauty
beauté: on gwyneth: Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil ($48),
Hydrating Floral Essence ($85).
WellNest, 125 Main St., Sag
Harbour, 8799-4600. Juice Beauty
Lash Defining Mascara ($19),
Reflecting Gloss in Fig ($15). Ulta,
350 Route 110, Huntington Shopping
Center, 271-2817. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42). 27
Hampton Salon, 27 Hampton Rd.,
Leonor Greyl Voluforme ($36). 27
Hampton Salon, see above. on tracy:
Caudalie Divine Oil ($49). Whites
Pharmacy, 81 Main St., 324-0082. La Mer Crème de la
Mer ($85). White’s Pharmacy, see
above. Fresh Sugar Honey Shine Lip Treatment
($19). White’s Pharmacy, see above. Redken Stay High 18
Gel to Mousse. A Studio Day Spa,
10 Main St., East Hampton,
Photography by René & Radka/
Hair by Adir Aberger at
Makeup by Kira Nasrat at
One Represents using
Hair by Kristin Halvorsen.
Makeup by Rob Scheppy
for Cloutier Agency.
Manicure by Tracy Clemens at
Opus Beauty using Dior Vernis.
Home provided by Douglas
Elliman Real Estate, 2121 La
Mesa Dr., Santa Monica
Listing Agent: Tracy Tutor Maltas,
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