If your New Year’s resolution is to whip your body into shape and you’ve got $4,400 burning a hole in your pocket, then we have good news: Celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson is bringing her GOOP/Gwyneth Paltrow-approved workout to Steamboat Springs’ Elevation Dance Studio in March.
Anderson’s studios—which cost $900–1,000 a month (but one includes a blow-out bar; just saying)—are only in New York City and Los Angeles, where there’s a larger supply of fanatics willing to shell out $1,000 a month for a gym with a blow-out bar. Luckily for Tracy disciples living elsewhere, she occasionally takes her show on the road via Vitality Weeks, which are long weekends that cost even more.
But Gwyneth’s personal trainer (Paltrow is also Anderson’s business partner) doesn’t come cheap, and Anderson’s reputation—or maybe Gwynnie’s abs—have earned her a diverse list of celeb clients. Big name members of the TAMily include Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, Victoria Beckham, Tracee Ellis Ross, and a flock of Victoria’s Secret angels.
So what’s so special about the Tracy Anderson Method (TAM)? It’s different from most conventional workouts, which tend to focus on larger muscle groups, in that TAM digs deep into the accessory muscles. There’s a lot of time spent on your hands and knees, kicking and thrusting and twisting and exhausting those smaller muscles to create a leaner look.
If little Steamboat Springs seems like an odd choice for an exclusive, super-upscale, celebrity-endorsed workout class to take place, well, it is. Anderson has hosted Vitality Weeks in Aspen (duh) over the years, but this time she’s eschewing Aspen in favor of Steamboat.
“I am a country and community girl at heart,” Anderson says (via a representative) of why she chose Steamboat. “I have worked really hard in my life in big cities to find the human connections that make me feel more in touch with nature instead of the material connections that make me feel farther from nature. To me, Steamboat isn’t sleepy, although the Sleeping Giant is the most majestic view. It isn’t trying too hard. It isn’t anything other than authentic, and its authentic beauty and all of the fun that comes with it with people that appreciate it keeps bringing me back.
“My brother-in-law found Steamboat 10 years ago, and I knew it was on my list of places I felt a true connection to that was more than just passing through. When I host a Vitality Week I have to feel a sense of authenticity for me to do my job well. I feel it there and I am excited to share it with my audience. I love it more every time I go.”
Anderson is bringing her Vitality Week to Steamboat Springs March 19-22, 2020. Here’s what you’ll get for the $4,400 price tag—plus an additional $1,000 if you want a mat near Tracy’s—as well as more affordable ways to exercise like Gwyneth.
Steamboat Springs Vitality Week
What you get: Tracy, up close and personal, in an intimate setting. With daily two-hour-long workouts, Tracy-led lectures, Q&A sessions and a farewell dinner with the woman herself, it’s all Tracy, all the time. Note: lodging is not included in the $4,400 price tag. Yes, seriously.
Online Studio Subscription
What you get: Stream the studio classes—led by Anderson and her top trainers—in the comfort of your own, much less fancy “studio” (aka living room). New classes are posted each week at three different levels, meaning everyone from novices to hard-core athletes will find a challenge.
Cost: From $12.99 on Anderson’s website; less at retailers like Target
What you get: A workout for everything. Anderson has post-pregnancy, teen, dance cardio, trampoline, boot camp, and more DVDs that target those smaller muscle groups. (Fun fact: some were filmed in Gwyneth’s home workout room!) Metamorphosis, a body-specific, 90-day program that changes every 10 days, is many people’s gateway drug to TAM.