A Review of Tracy Anderson Online Studio (read this before you sign up)

February 23, 2024

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We’re here to answer your biggest questions about the Tracy Anderson Online Studio for home exercisers including, why is this on-demand membership $90 a month (compared to other popular streaming services like Beachbody on Demand which is around $180 for the year)?

This streaming service has been on our list of important home workout programs to review for a while now (because we get asked about it a lot). We finally signed up for it and are excited to give you our thoughts.

In this review you’ll find out what the Tracy Anderson method is, what the workouts in the online studio are like (this streaming workout service is very different than others), how to sign up for the service, the equipment you’ll need, who will love this program and so much more.

On a side note, this review is of the Tracy Anderson Online Studio (her on-demand streaming workout service), not a scientific opinion about the methods Tracy uses. But if you want to read some opinions about her methods, I’ll link out to some interesting articles where you can do that at the end of this review.

So, buckle up and let’s dive in…

Who is Tracy Anderson?

Tracy Anderson is a fitness instructor who developed a unique workout method that’s launched her into a Hollywood fitness instructor and mega fitness brand.

Tracy Anderson holding a dumbbell

On her website, Tracy tells her story of how the ‘method’ was born:

After moving to New York City on a dance scholarship when she was 18, Tracy gained 40 pounds…Despite over-exercising and under-eating, she could not budge the weight. Despairing, she abandoned her dreams of becoming a professional dancer…At the time she put her dance dreams on hold, Tracy was married to a pro basketball player who was participating in a rehabilitation league in Puerto Rico for his ailing back. There, she met a doctor who was attempting to ease the strain on the large muscle groups in athletes by strengthening the small, accessory muscles. The concept resonated deeply with Tracy, and she threw herself into his research: While the proof was crystal clear, activating the small muscles—and keeping them consistently challenged—was a huge task. Thanks to her background in movement, Tracy knew she could find a way…After years of research, self-testing, and refinement, Tracy had completely transformed her own body—and given shape to an early version of the Tracy Anderson Method.

Tracy Anderson

The Tracy Anderson Method exploded around 2006 when Gwyneth Paltrow credited her workout and nutrition plan for helping her shed the ‘baby weight’ she struggled with after the birth of her second child.

Since then Tracy has stacked up an impressive list of Hollywood fans like Madonna, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez.

Tracy Anderson has leveraged those endorsements big time (as she should) and today her brand sells everything from workout videos to exercise equipment, apparel and skin care products.*

*Which is why her website has a lot going on (because SHE has a lot going on).

What is the Tracy Anderson Method?

The method is aimed at targeting and strengthening the small, accessory muscles to achieve a long and lean body (a ‘dancer’s body’).

The workouts focus on repetitive movements, lots of reps, and light weights – the whole point is to fatigue your muscles.

We describe the main workouts she posts inside the online studio as a blend of Pilates, dance and barre (more on the main workouts below).

What is The Tracy Anderson Online Studio?

The Tracy Anderson Online Studio is a streaming workout service featuring weekly workouts led by Tracy Anderson (and other instructors using her ‘method’).

There are several things you need to know about these workouts and the service that makes it very different from other streaming home workout programs you might have tried before*.

*We’d never done a workout by Tracy Anderson before signing up for her on demand service so our angle is as 40-something year-old women who’ve been exercising at home for over 20 years and have reviewed hundreds of other home workouts and streaming workout services (and every workout style you can imagine). We consider ourselves advanced home exercisers.

What you need to know about the Tracy Anderson workouts in the Online Studio (you can skip this section if you’re familiar with Tracy Anderson workouts):

There are no verbal cues during the workouts. This was the most surprising thing for us (because we’d never experienced that before).

Here’s Tracy Anderson’s fancy explanation for why there’s no verbal cueing during her classes:

why doesn't Tracy Anderson talk during class?

Whatever the reason, you need to be prepared to be a few (or more) reps behind her during most of the workout the first few times you do it because it’s not as easy as you might think to ‘mimic her like a video game’.

Most of us found this really frustrating at first. But our advice is to stick with it. This isn’t a reason not to try the workouts.

And now that you know that she’s not going to cue you at all you won’t be waiting for it (like we were).*

*One of the first emails you’ll get after signing up up recommends that you start with the ‘Beginner Mat Class (guided by a trainer). The format of this class is more traditional. The instructor (not Tracy) is facing the camera, there’s no music, and she verbally cues you through an entire workout. We did NOT follow this advice. I recommend that you do.

The main workouts are recorded from behind (and above) Tracy.

the angle you do the online workouts with Tracy Anderson

Of course this doesn’t in any way affect the workouts but it was weird for us. We expected to see her face.*

*You can get a front view of (part of) the workout if you choose to watch one of the other variations of the workout uploaded to your library every week. There’s more about that below.

Some of the classes are recorded in a class setting with other exercisers and sometimes it’s just you and the instructor.

The music is really good in Tracy’s workouts.

We’ve found that we don’t really notice bad music during a workout but when someone has good music (like Les Mills on Demand) it makes a good workout even better. These workouts have great music.

There’s no cool down or ending stretch segment to the workouts.

This was a little weird for us because, let’s be real, after a million leg lifts a girl should stretch out her hips, hamstrings and glutes before calling it a day.

After the workout is over Tracy (or whoever taught the class) sits down and talks about the workout you just did.

We liked that. We had it playing while we did a cool down and stretch on our own after the class ended.

The workouts start off with what we’d call a warm-up that’s mostly a lot of arm swing patterns that are done to the music.

The arm patterns are all very similar with each workout but it’s still a different combination every time so you may never hit every rep with the instructor (at least we never do).

We read somewhere that you’re supposed to feel free and not get caught up with doing the moves exactly with the instructor so keep that in mind because otherwise you’ll wind up really frustrated that you can’t follow the patterns.

After the ‘warm-up’ you may (or may not, every workout is different) pick up light dumbbells (1-3 lbs.) and continue arm swing combinations holding the weights.

The next section are leg raise combinations done on the floor. These are easier to keep up with because there are so many reps of each combination that eventually you get them down.

Some of the routines end with a core section of various kinds of crunches. Keep in mind that you’ll be working your core for a lot of the other moves throughout the workout.

If you have hip flexor or wrist problems then these workouts could flare those up. There are a lot of leg raises and exercises done where you’re supporting your body weight on your hands.

Don’t bother counting the number of reps you do for each combination. There are a lot. That’s all you need to know.

Tracy Anderson with the girl who demonstrates the moves during the workout

What you need to know about the Online Studio service (what it is and what you get)

Every 7-10 days new classes are uploaded to each level. So, about every week you’ll have a new class to try. Each class remains available to stream for 3 weeks an then it’s deleted.

You’ll see one new routine inside the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories.

These are the main workouts you’ll be doing but you can supplement them with workouts from the Elective Library.

But it’s important to understand that all you get with your membership is those 3 workouts a week (one in each category beginner through advanced), plus access to the elective library.

This is very different than most paid exercise on demand services where you have 100’s of routines to choose from at all times.

The beginner routines are shorter (around 30 minutes) compared to longer workouts as you progress to the harder routines (the intermediate and advanced workouts are an hour).

When you open up the main category of beginner, intermediate or advanced you’ll see a bunch of thumbnails. We thought these were all workouts. They’re not.

There are actually 3-4 videos about the main workout, as you can see by the titles. Use the dates to pair up the tutorial videos with the main workouts.

If you want to see the arm combos from the front you can watch them in one of the videos (but not the entire workout), you can see a summary of the leg combinations from the main workouts in another video, there’s a ‘breakdown’ video of the entire class, and if you want to watch the end-of-class-chat you can watch that.

Pay attention to the ‘breakdown’ video.

This video walks you through all of the floor combinations that you’ll see in the main workouts. There’s an instructor facing the camera talking you through each leg combination that you’ll see in the class.

It’s really helpful (but adds another 20 minutes to your workout for the day).

There is an app you can download to access your Tracy Anderson Online Studio membership.

You’ll see offers inside the app that you aren’t actually subscribed to so it’s a little confusing at first.

It’s a better user experience if you login from a computer (in our opinion).

With your membership you’ll also get access to the Community Calls (located under the Conversations tab) which are live chats with Tracy Anderson.

One more thing you need to know about the Online Studio is that you can download the videos to your device for off-line viewing. This is an important (and really nice) feature for people who don’t have good internet for streaming video.

What equipment is used during the Tracy Anderson Online Studio workouts?

The only piece of equipment you’ll need to get started is a mat.

And if you workout on carpet then you can get away with nothing to get started.

If you find you like the workouts and want to do them like Tracy Anderson then you’ll want to invest in some light ankle weights (I suggest you start with 1 lbs.) and light dumbbells (1-3 lbs.).

Tracy sells branded equipment but we’ve been using our own and it’s fine.

Is there a nutrition plan included in the Online Studio membership?

Yes, kind of.

There are weekly menus and a meal planning guide you can download

Do you need a lot of space to do the workouts in the Online Studio?

Yes! You’ll need more space than you realize.

The leg combinations have you rolling back and forth on the floor (as well as doing leg raises behind and beside you) so you need more space than you normally use for a home workout.

Does Tracy Anderson do all of the workouts?

No. She leads many of the classes but her TA certified trainers teach many of the classes.*

*We hesitated to do classes that were NOT taught by TA herself. We felt like we were investing a lot of money to get the classes from the creator herself. However, we eventually started doing classes with her other instructors and were VERY HAPPY with them.

How many calories will you burn doing the Tracy Anderson workouts?

You will burn a different amount of calories than we do. Calorie-burn is very individual based on a lot of factors unique to each person.

We like to track the number of calories we burn and report it in our reviews as a reference number for you. We wore a heart rate monitor paired with a chest strap and sensor when we did several of the workouts to track our calories.

We burned around 300 calories (on average) doing the advanced (60 minute) workouts and less for each of the shorter workouts.

Who’s the Tracy Anderson Online Studio ideal for? What level exerciser?

In our opinion, the workouts in the Online Studio are for women who like low-impact workouts that emphasize toning.

If you love dance workouts, Pilates, or barre routines then you’ll most likely enjoy these workouts.

There are workouts for beginners to advanced home exercisers.

If you regularly skip workouts because you think you’re uncoordinated or if you’re positive you need verbal cuing in a workout then you might want to skip this program.

How much does the Tracy Anderson Online Studio cost?

The cost is $90/month.

How do you sign up for Tracy Anderson Online Studio?

You can sign up using the link on her website.

sign up for the 2 week trial period of the Tracy Anderson online studio

Click here to sign up (we’re not an affiliate)

The best things about the Tracy Anderson Online Studio service

You only need few pieces of equipment and it’s all affordable and easy to store.

The workouts are very unique.

These workouts are ideal for Program Stacking (a method we created where you combine different home workouts in an intentional and strategic way to hit your fitness goals).

You can download the workouts.

What would make Tracy Anderson Online Studio even better?

We miss cuing. It’s challenging to do a workout on your hands and knees without cueing. You can’t see what’s going on.

All that repetition might get boring.

She recommends doing the workouts 4-7 days a week but we’ve been doing them twice a week (using Program Stacking) and it’s been perfect.

You won’t find any workout rotation calendars, which makes sense because you get the new workouts uploaded every week and you’re supposed to stick with those. Again, that can get boring. (And for $90/month, it’s hard to justify buying additional workouts to supplement her membership.)

Definitely check out the FAQ section (it’s newish) before signing up. It’s very helpful.

What’s our recommendation for women thinking about signing up for the Tracy Anderson Online Studio? 

If you’re already familiar with the Tracy Anderson Method then start with the online studio (monthly) before you invest in any of her other products. There’s a 14-day free trial period.

Be careful when you’re signing up that you don’t accidentally pay for the year.

If you’re brand spankin’ new to Tracy Anderson then we recommend you check out her workouts on You Tube, follow her on Instagram and try out the free trial period.

During the free trial period make sure you actually try out the workouts–several times.

Your first workout will be a disaster (if you’ve never done her workouts) so don’t let that one be the only one you do.

Hold off on your judgement about the program until you’ve done at least 3 different routines. (The intermediate routines are our favorite.)

If you sign up, watch the instructional ‘break down’ video (if you have time) before you do the routine the first time. It’ll help immensely. OR do the beginner guided workout.

Is it worth the money?

Honestly, at the end of the day, we have no idea why this membership is so expensive.

The only thing we can come up with is that the Tracy Anderson brand name sells. And people are willing to pay to be a part of something that Hollywood stars endorse.

This program can change your body. But so will a lot of other programs (if you do them).

To put the cost in perspective–Beachbody on Demand is $150-$180 for the YEAR (depending on the promo they’re running), Cathe on Demand is $19.99/month and Les Mills on Demand is $14.99/month and these programs all have hundreds of home workouts you can access at all times (nothing is ever deleted).

So, is this program worth $90/month?

Absolutely, if it’s the program that gets you excited about exercise. 

This program is worth $90/month (and then some) if it’s the program that rings your (exercise) bell. You can’t put a price tag on that.

The decision comes down to you and your needs and budget right now.

We say, if this program gets you excited about your next workout then go for it, you can always cancel before the trial is over.

Additional articles about the Tracy Anderson Method*

*We have no association with any of the authors but did read all of the articles mentioned below during our research for this post.

Dear Tracy Anderson: STOP

I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet

A Logical Argument Against the Tracy Anderson Method

What is the Tracy Anderson Method, Cheryl’s workout of choice?

Tracy Anderson

Articles Recommended for You:


The Class by Taryn Toomey

The B Method by Lia Bartha

My Honest Review of Tone it Up

Les Mills on Demand

Alo Moves

Cathe on Demand

Obe Fitness

The Dailey Method Online

MOSSA on Demand

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  1. Pamela says:

    I enjoyed th podcast, but the cound cut out at @ the 30 minute mark.

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this Pam! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We checked the player on the article and on Apple Podcasts and were able to hear the entire episode so I’m not sure what happened. We’ll keep investigating. Thank you for listening to the podcast! Do you have any topic related to women’s home fitness that you’d like to hear me talk about on the show? Have a great day! Mickie

  2. Rene says:

    No way I am paying $90 a month when I could get multiple memberships for that much money. She may appeal to some people but not your average $ conscious Mom.

  3. Lynn Romano says:

    Hi! I started my trial last weekend, and a whole new slew of offerings came up this Wednesday. Mens, Standing, also 15 min focus. I will try these soon.
    I just don’t see how these are meant to be stacked– Muscle in the morning and cardio after? I can’t locate an FAQ on the site.
    Thanks for this review– I can email you new screenshots for new classrooms..

    • Hi Lynn, that’s interesting! A class for men? Yes, I’d love screenshots. Our team will def sign back up to see what her new offers are! Thank you for the heads up!!

  4. Alyssa Lupo-Zulueta says:

    I highly recommend trying her mat workouts for beginners. I believe they’re available on YouTube, and can be rented through Amazon Prime. She DOES cue and give a lot of explanation.

    • Hi Alyssa, thank you for sharing this! I think anyone who’s thinking about investing in her on-demand service would benefit from the free trial period and from trying out as many of Tracy’s workouts as possible. I didn’t realize you could rent some from Amazon! Great tip! Thanks! Have a great day! Mickie

  5. Gia says:

    I’m signing up! Thanks so much for this honest insight.

  6. Emily says:

    Thank you for this! It was really helpful!

  7. TKG says:

    Thank you for this review! I’ve often wondered what her workouts are about, but was put off by the high subscription fee and the use of such low weights (I’m a Cathe devotee). Doesn’t sound like her style would be for me, thanks for scoping it out for the rest of us.

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