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Method Acting

By Phebe Wahl

Photography by Mikey DeTemple | Styling by Jacqueline Zenere

07.06.17

Sag Harbor’s Tracy Anderson of the Tracy Anderson Method hits the airwaves this summer, bringing balance to wellness seekers everywhere.

"I HAVE DEDICATED my entire career to this space,” says fitness and wellness guru Tracy Anderson of her mission to help her clients achieve true balance. “I felt that fitness had a real psycho-physiological content gap before I created my method. While there has been mindful practice since the beginning of humankind and the awareness of how to develop muscular strength, there wasn’t a place for prescription content based on strengthening and balancing the availability of the entire muscular unit—how to get the access through the mind and from what parts of the self.” Anderson strives to “take the guesswork out of why trends fail you, diets depress you and deep physical connection scares you.”

With a client list that reads like a who’s who of the most enviable physiques in the entertainment industry (such as Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and, of course, longtime collaborator and Goop guru Gwyneth Paltrow)—Anderson goes beyond sculpting a camera-ready body. “Healing... people so they truly have a life process that lights them up and supports them is what I am most passionate about,” she offers. “I didn’t want to start a business or have a fitness career, or be a trend,” Anderson explains. “I really wanted to heal people, including me, who felt physically disconnected and to contribute to the fitness world in a dedicated and impactful way that would help everyone.”

For Anderson, the voyage to wellness has been a wandering yet enlightening path. “After I completed my first study, which lasted five years, I was so happy that I became good enough at designing other people’s bodies, and even my own, that I felt like I could eat anything,” she shares. “I had to really evolve into being the example of nutritional balance that I expected my clients to be. I fell into some extreme practices in the name of ‘disease prevention’ and ‘health,’ but learned how one size doesn’t fit all in nutrition either,” she says.

“If I can find a little slice of beach that is private, I love being on the beach with my family,” says Anderson. Jasmine black polka dot bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez

Today, Anderson hopes to encourage everyone to eat a more balanced diet. She also recently launched two new flavors of her all-organic TA CLEAR Bars. “My focus now is on educating people on the quality of food, encouraging or maybe even shamelessly begging those who can afford to support organic farming to shop only with that standard to help move the needle in the right direction from the top,” she says. “We all deserve access to healthy food instead of the dirt-cheap processed chemicals of processed food company CEOs who drive Teslas while they are poisoning their consumers,” Anderson says.

Anderson’s endless energy is a source of inspiration, indeed. The mommy mogul has had a blockbuster year: She opened a new studio on the Upper East side with a TA Cafe full of organic options; has a robust #tarealtime streaming service, an expanded series of Vitality Weeks in the Hamptons and protein shakes on offer at The Golden Pear locations this summer—and began a SiriusXM talk show, The Tracy Anderson Show, which launched June 19.

Anderson’s choice to call the Hamptons home for the past decade is no accident. “I really love to be in nature, and I don’t love crowds,” she says. When not on set with her megawatt clients, most mornings Anderson can be found teaching at her Water Mill studio. “That is my happy place,” she says. A regular at local haunts like Naturopathica, The Green Thumb farm stand and Provisions, Anderson has carved out a happy and healthy life for her and her family on the East End.  

Tracy Anderson makeup by Kim Weber