Plus personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, offers tips for targeted exercises to fix problem spots

By Tim Nudd
Updated December 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Credit: Courtesy Redbook

Maybe she’s born with it. Or maybe a trainer whipped her into shape.

After giving birth to daughter Apple in 2004, Gwyneth Paltrow got back in shape quickly. But after having son Moses two years later, she had trouble losing the baby weight.

Enter Tracy Anderson. Without bothering to butter her up, Anderson quickly went to work on the Oscar winner.

“She was this force from the second I met her,” Paltrow, 40, tells Redbook in its January issue, on newsstands Dec. 18.

“She pulled my pants off. I’ll never forget it. She was like, ‘Oh, my God, wow, I just am so surprised, because you look so good in clothes. I wasn’t expecting this.’ ”

Anderson takes a targeted approach to weight loss, identifying areas that need work and tailoring an exercise regimen to address them. Among the tips she offers Redbook readers:

• Those with heavier thighs and hips should work their upper and lower body equally, and limit the stair-climbing workouts, lunges and spinning.

• To lift and tone your bottom, dial down the running and spinning and do more back and side leg lifts that require flexing your glutes.

• To balance out a thicker core and bust, quit the Pilates and yoga and focus instead on high-impact aerobics, planks and fast-moving arm exercises.

A catered approach worked for Paltrow. “It did such wonders for my life, my confidence, my sex life, everything,” she says.

Anderson adds: “When you feel your best, you’re more confident in bed, It’s not lights-out, under-the-covers sex. It’s more like, ‘Take a look at this!’ ”