Precision Toning

Tracy Anderson
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Ballet/Barre

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I am a high-intermediate/low advanced exerciser in my mid-forties. I thought I'd try doing the Precision Toning DVD 10 times after completing Meta Omnicentric. The routine isn't as tough as some of the Meta levels, but it's longer (56 minutes) and a lot easier to follow!

This is definitely Tracy's most user-friendly DVD—she actually counts all the reps (staying even on both sides!). Some of the rep counts are in voiceover, but it's still great to not have to crane your head around to watch her when on all fours. The chaptering of each section makes it easy to break up—I work from home on some days, and I like to do arms/abs in one 30-minute AM session, then legs/butt in the evening. I need to follow the DVD to do the arms/abs, but I wrote out the legs/butt section so that I could do them while watching TV (or being outside on my porch).

I really like this DVD and am glad I bought it.
I am now using it occasionally as an add-on while I move on to Continuity—the arms/ab sections in Meta are a little too short sometimes.
Here's a break down of Precision Toning:

Precision Toning: 56 minutes

Arms: 14 minutes
9 minutes of un-weighted arms
5 minutes of weighted arms with 3lb weights + on knees with 5lb weights

Legs: 14 minutes, requires chair | 25 reps per move
1_Deep knee bend, then lift right leg into side leg lift at hip height
2_Lean over chair, extend leg at hip height, kick out to side at double time
3_Stand on one left leg. Bend right leg into attitude slightly in front of left knee, raise to side and kick straight.
4_Twisted deep knee bend, then lift right leg into an attitude lift
5_Kneel on one leg. Other leg in front lunge position. Extend leg to hip height and kick—then tap foot back in front lunge position. Lean on chair seat during move.
6_Stay kneeling on one leg. Other leg lunges to side, touch floor with right hand, then extends straight behind butt.

Butt: 15 minutes | 40 reps per move
1_Get on all fours, and invert right knee. Kick right foot up while dropping one hand to the elbow with each rep.
2_Stay on all fours, but move right leg to back corner. Drop left elbow to ground. Kick right leg up to sky, tap back down, repeat.
3_Stay on all fours with leg in back corner and left elbow on ground. Move right leg to leg in “windshield wiper move” — turn knee out at top of attitude leg lift.
4_Drop to both elbows and pulse right leg in attitude lift
5_Extend right hand out to side in a T position. Left arm is bent with elbow on ground. Invert right knee and pulse leg straight up (you are balancing on the left side while the right side is moving/destablized).

Abs: 13 minutes | 20 reps per move/each side
Ends with four plank moves (the plank moves move too quickly for me, so I do them at my own pace.)
1_Drop one leg down onto the side of the thigh, then kick that leg out to a side diagonal. Repeat.
2_Drop one knee down to floor, then kick the foot/leg back up to sky. Repeat.
3_Drop into elbow plank. Twist/drop down to the left side. Elevate back up, then twist/drop down to the right side. Repeat.
4_Stay in elbow plank. “Run” by dropping the right and left knees down quickly in succession.

Instructor Comments:
Tracy is so much more normal and positive in this DVD — she explains each move and even gives form pointers. The form pointers are quite helpful. No pouting or sex-kitten faces. This is her most "normal" DVD—she is serious by friendly and encouraging.