If you love (or even just tolerate) exercise, the two names you need to know right now are Tracy Anderson and Kayla Itsines. Both these ladies are the THING on the fitness scene, boasting an impressive list of celebrity clients between them. Here’s our tale of the tape, if you will, on the differences between the two women taking the workout world by storm:
Celeb clients: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Robert Downey Jr.
Known for: Muscle research, helping Paltrow bounce back after her second child, opening studios nationwide Specialty: The Tracy Anderson Method of exercise involves activating small muscles and keeping them consistently challenged.
Early career: According to the bio on Tracy’s website, she gained 35 pounds after moving to New York City on a dance scholarship at age 18. She soon developed a system to lose the weight herself, and then researched the method on hundreds of women of varied body types and genetic backgrounds to be sure it could work for anyone.
How YOU can train with her: DVDs, monthly streaming workouts and even two-day crash courses in certain cities.
Product line: Tracy also sells chic apparel and even equipment to help you make the most of your workouts.
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Background: Personal training
Celeb Instagram followers: Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel, Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice
Known for: Building a massive fitness-related social media presence (4.3 million Instagram followers!), developing the 12-week Bikini Body Guide or BBG program
Specialty: Nutrition and cardio, with an emphasis on abs, arms and inner thighs — the most common complaints of her clients.
Early career: Kayla Began as a personal trainer in Adelaide, Australia, but learned clients weren’t seeing results with traditional methods. So she started her own company, published an ebook and ultimately accrued a huge social media following.
How YOU can train with her: Download her app to “sweat with Kayla” for less than $5 a week, and join her worldwide community for motivation and support.
Product line: Kayla sells some gear, like this water bottle, on her website (make sure to switch to U.S. dollars!). She also endorses Polar heart monitors for her trainees to keep their workouts on track.
It’s clear both these ladies have already made waves in the fitness industry and they’re not done yet. Be sure to check out their Instagram and Twitter feeds for more inspiration.