For those of you who don't know, Tracy Anderson is currently one of Hollywood's most in-demand fitness trainers for women. She promises that strict adherence to her special method of diet and exercise will result in a "teeny-tiny" feminine physique. She is most famous (or infamous) for stating that women should never lift more than 3 pounds because that will create bigger, bulkier arm muscles. Instead she recommends all women work their arms like this: Teeny-Tiny Arms Series. In addition to traditional weight lifting, Tracy has also railed against yoga, running, pilates, and just about any other form of exercise that is not the Tracy Anderson Method because they all can cause unsightly muscle growth. Of course, it can be argued that muscle growth is a perfectly natural adaptation to training, but Tracy could always counter with the argument that callus formation is a perfectly natural adaptation to friction but who wants big old nasty calluses all over their bodies? So there you have it.
If the whole "bulky, manly muscles" thing isn't enough to deter women from ever lifting anything much heavier than a can of soup again, Tracy has now revealed in her newly-released, thoroughly unreferenced book Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible that weight lifting is downright unhealthy for your heart. On page 28 she writes: "...you're building muscles that are more prone to injury. You're tearing down your joints. You're destroying your structure. And your heart probably isn't happy about it." And before you think that yoga is safe, consider this pertinent piece of information again from page 28: "...too much Downward Dog can lead to vascular damage."
And on that note, I'm going to start getting my affairs in order. I've been lifting weights and practicing yoga for close to 20 years; a heart attack is surely around the corner! I just hope they make caskets big enough to accommodate my bulked-up corpse...