trains many a star, including Sela Ward, Renee Zellwegger,
and Jennifer Stallone.
to the altar
Fitness trainer, Tracy Effinger '91 offers workout advice to soon-to-be-marrieds
For anyone who wants to shed extra weight and tone up, you can
find a practical roadmap and a great pep talk in Tracy Effinger
'91's new book, The Wedding Workout: Look & Feel Fabulous on
Your Special Day. Even though it's written for brides-to-be, The
Wedding Workout could be used by anyone desiring a more intense
regimen. The book encourages readers to "make [exercise] a
fun part of your life, not something you feel controlled by or negative
about," says Effinger, who has been a fitness trainer in Hollywood
for seven years and owns the body to prove it.
Over the years, she has helped many a celebrity get in shape for
their latest film or TV appearance, including Amy Brenneman and
Renee Zellwegger. She boosts Sela Ward's energy during their mid-day
workouts on the set of Once and Again, and she trained a pregnant
Jennifer Stallone up until a week before her baby was due. "I
get people in shape. That's what I do. I don't take it lightly,"
says Effinger. "If you are ready to work, we're going to get
to wherever you want to go."
Effinger, who is single, and one of her noncelebrity clients,
Suzanne Rowen, decided to write The Wedding Workout as Rowen herself
was trying to get in shape for her own big day. The authors offer
readers a workout schedule, encompassing stretching, weight training,
aerobic activity, and nutrition, that, if followed by brides-to-be,
will make them look and feel better in time to walk down the aisle.
A psychology major at Princeton, Effinger is part therapist as
a fitness trainer and author. The Wedding Workout "has a spiritual
approach to it as far as what's healthy for each person," explains
Effinger. "A realistic goal is to become a fitter, healthier
you, not to expect to look like Claudia Schiffer," write
Effinger and Rowen. Their book "encourages women to embrace
their femininity, to strive for the body they want in order to feel
sexy and confident," says Effinger.
Known for her isometric class that uses little or no weights and
relies primarily on one's own body resistance, Effinger has been
featured in dozens of magazines as well as on morning TV shows.
Los Angeles Magazine's "Best of LA" issue tagged her class
as one of the top 100 things to do in L.A. "It's a full head
to toe workout," says Effinger, who teaches six days a week
at Workout Warehouse in West Hollywood. "It's very deep and
very thorough. I emphasize posture and elongating muscles and working
from the inside out." She pulls from ballet, yoga, weight training,
martial arts, military training, and other fitness maneuvers. "My
class is intense and difficult. It's kind of like a metaphor for
life," says Effinger, who competes in 5Ks and 10Ks. "I
like seeing people change and grow in their self-confidence, and
I like being a part of that. You can change somebody's life through
Sports and fitness have been a part of her life since she was
little. Before attending Princeton, she played soccer and basketball
and ran track. But a shattered ankle kept her from competing at
Princeton. The injury "was sort of a blessing in disguise,"
says Effinger, who explored painting and acting at college. After
college, she pursued acting, heading to the Actors Theatre Louisville,
one of the top regional theaters in the U.S., and then to California.
To make ends meet, she started teaching fitness and loved it. Although
she still lands guest spots last year she played a martial
arts instructor on Judging Amy acting hasn't "evolved"
for her, she says.
A modern Renaissance woman, she paints, mostly in oils, every
day, and has shown her work in two galleries. After September 11,
she organized two art auctions, Art Heals, in Los Angeles and New
York, raising almost $300,000 for the victims of the attacks.
With her book selling well, she's already looking to other projects.
She's writing a talk show on body image issues, and she's brainstorming
on ways to combine art, fitness, and charity. Says Effinger, "I'm
really good at all different things and a single achiever in none.
I've made a career out of doing all different things."