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Hi Janice - I can't believe I missed this post, since you sound very similar to me! Since May 2010 I've lost 48 pounds and am finally at a BMI I can live with. I'm female, 43, 5'8", 159 pounds, and carry my weight in my middle and lower body (hips, thighs, butt and stomach).
Like you, I wanted to tone up and get some muscle definition, but wasn't sure which system to get. I went with the Omni since I want to tone everywhere and I haven't been disappointed. I'm currently on day 12 and I can see muscle definition in my hamstrings and my thighs are definitely more toned than before.
The workouts are challenging - I won't call them hard but you'll for sure feel like you've worked out when you finish. The movements and angles are unconventional, but the system focuses on the smaller muscle groups, whereas most other workouts target the larger muscle groups, so of course these would be moves that are unfamiliar to me. That's a good thing.
There are no other people working out with Tracy - it's just her. And the music is instrumental and kinda edgy I guess, but nothing I'd listen to otherwise. You can turn off the music and listen to Tracy's voice only (she doesn't do a lot of talking, so it'll be quiet if you choose this option), listen to just the music, or have the music and Tracy.
The arm segment starts with no handweights, then progresses to using 3lb weights - never more. I really appreciate that since I'm not a fan of heavy weights or resistance bands, and TA doesn't use either of those.
The standing ab work will for sure take some getting used to - lots of movements you've likely not seen in a workout dvd, but effective. The mat ab stuff is killer - lots of leg lifts and arm movements with one move that feels like your obliques are being squeezed!
The real hard workout is the leg muscle exhaustion series. I can ALWAYS feel the muscles TA is targeting - that's how effective these moves are. You'll repeat the exercises on the right and left and I've found the only way to ensure both sides get an equal workout is to alternate the starting side each day. I've been pleasantly sore after each workout - never to the point where I felt I couldn't walk - those kind of workouts are just counter-productive to me - but I can always tell I've worked out.
I can't give Tracy all the credit - I do TurboFire for my dvd cardio workouts - I don't use Tracy's cardio at all. When I watched Tracy's cardio, it seemed a little too unstructured, but after doing her regular workouts and becoming familiar with how she wants me to move, I'm thinking of giving it a try. You might like the cardio if you like dancey kind of moves.
Keep in mind, everything I'm saying is about the Omnicentric workout only - I don't know what the other workouts are like, but I imagine they're just as good.
Although I've read good things about the meal plan, I don't use it. I eat pretty clean and am not actively trying to lose weight necessarily - I just want to tone up what I have. I have a lot of cookbooks, so I always keep anything that has recipes, especially if I paid for it! and I may try out a couple of the recipes from time to time.
Whew! So sorry for the long post, but I usually look to reviews and/or posts from real people when I'm trying something new and this is the kind of info I'd like to get, so I thought I'd pass it on! Good luck to! DC
Edited by: DEECEEWIS at: 9/25/2011 (17:07)
My name is Janice and I would like to tone up my muscles with the Tracy Anderson System. I am not sure which Metamorphosis system I should get. I think I am either Omni or Abcentric. I carry most of my weight around the Middle, so I am thinking I need the Abcentric System. I do need to tighten up my arms and thighs and round out my Butt so I was also thinking I need the Omni System which tackles the whole body! I have lost 40 pounds over the past year and I think I need to lose about 25 more, but I am not sure since when you have good muscle tone, you can weigh more and still look good. In that case, I think I need to lose at the very least, ten more pounds. I want to build up the muscles in my arms and legs and lose the fat around my middle. Any suggestions about which System I should pick. In the commercial, she says that which problem did you have even at a normal weight. When I was thinner and younger my arms and legs were thin and my hips were narrow. I have narrow shoulders and my Butt can get flat when I am not working out, I don't have a cynched in waist even when I am thin and I have battled with the belly since the first time I gained weight. I am thinking .I need the Abcentric because that describes my problems the best. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you for any advice you can give me.