Paging damage control!
Celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson upset a lot of moms – including one of our own Babble bloggers – by declaring that women don’t take care of themselves and their figures properly during and after pregnancy.
She told DuJour magazine, “A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing.” She went on to comment about clients who come to her with “disaster bodies” from not exercising their way through all three trimesters. Tracy, herself, gained 60 pounds with her first child but stayed fit during her pregnancy with daughter Penelope, born in May.
Addressing the backlash, Tracy appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to apologize for her remarks and clarify what she said she actually meant.
The workout guru said with a sheepish smile, “I’m so mortified! It sounds so bad when it comes back like that. It’s not what I meant.”
She went on to explain that she has spent the last 14 years creating original workout content for women everywhere to help them look and feel their best. “So the last thing that I would do is judge a woman, especially after children.”
Tracy, who admits that her first time returning to the gym after having Penelope was “a demoralizing experience,” went on to defend her stance that pregnancy shouldn’t be a time for overindulgence. “Research is really telling us now that for women to have empty calories going in our bodies during pregnancy, we’re setting our baby up in the first nine months for the rest of their life.”
She urged moms to trust their instincts about what to eat. “We as women have to listen to our own bodies, have to listen to our cravings. Our bodies will tell us what we need for sure. And I exercised very conservatively during my pregnancy.”
All well and good. But was this really an apology? Her quotes “sound bad” because they are harsh and judgmental, not because they were misinterpreted. There’s no “nice” meaning of phrases like “disaster bodies” and “let their bodies go.” If that’s what’s going through a trainer’s mind when she looks at a client, it’s no wonder women let their gym memberships expire.
Tracy may sincerely want to empower mothers by showing them how to lose the baby weight, and of course it’s not healthy for pregnant women to overindulge. But it’s hard to relate to a mom who not only gets paid to help other people stay in shape, but who also helps perpetuate the ideal that mothers have to slim down as quickly as possible in order to be admired.
If we want to celebrate Hollywood moms, maybe we should save our applause for stars like Jenna Fischer, who values cuddle time with her son more than she does daily two-hour gym sessions. Jenna should sit down with Tracy and tell her that motherhood isn’t a race to see who can squeeze back into skinny jeans the fastest.
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