The Tracy Anderson Guide to Madrid
The trainer to Hollywood's hottest bodies, Gwyneth Paltrow and J. Lo among them, shares her travel tips for Madrid, where she recently opened a Tracy Anderson studio.
There are few trainers who are responsible for more of Hollywood’s hottest bodies than Tracy Anderson — Gwyneth Paltrow, J. Lo, Nicole Richie and the list goes on. But when she isn’t working on celebrity abs with her signature mix of sculpt and cardio dance, the fitness entrepreneur is overseeing a growing empire that includes seven stand-alone studios — the latest of which recently opened in the Salesas neighborhood of Madrid. Although she has always had a presence in London, this is the first full Tracy studio outside of the United States.
“When my friend Magally Padron de Capriles and her family presented the opportunity to be a part of their innovative and groundbreaking project at LAMARCA, I knew right away that this was where I wanted my next studio to be," says the fitness guru, "I have had a strong audience in Spain for many years."
Whether you are heading to the Madrid Film Festival, or taking a break to soak up some Spanish culture in this cosmopolitan capitol, here are a few of Anderson's must-try spots to hit (in-between workouts).
WHERE TO STAY:
Located just a few minutes walk from her studio, the Urso Hotel & Spa is a former palace that has been converted into a chic city escape where contemporary furnishings blend seamlessly with neo-classical details. “It is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a trendy hotel close to my new studio,” says Anderson, who comes to the studio to both train instructors and teach classes. In addition to 78 plush and serene rooms, the hotel boasts a subterranean spa with a hydro massage pool and hammam that are perfect for soothing sore muscles after a workout. If this hotspot is all booked, opt for the nearby Only YOU Boutique Hotel or Urso’s sister property the equally as in-demand Totem Hotel, located in the Salamanca area.
WHERE TO EAT:
The Roots healthy deli concept is also part of the LAMARCA building, and according to Anderson, “they really know how to take care of you! You’ll find delicious, healthy food with locally sourced ingredients, and they steer away from chemicals and added sugars.” From açaí bowls to gluten-free muffins, this is the perfect place to fuel up pre- or post-class, as well as a welcoming corner spot for grabbing coffee or any of their in house beverages to-go. For lunch they have a large selection of build-your-own bowls with mix-ins like black rice with lime, organic chicken and crispy garbanzos.
“This tiny restaurant in Salesas is like eating at your grandma's, only it's healthy," she says of charming and cozy veggie-forward café Olivia te Cuida. Choose from their list of daily specials like aubergines with tahini and pomegranate or a pulled beef stew with orange gremolata. With a nice selection of healthy offerings that change daily, it’s a place you could come more than once. Try one of their homemade loaf cakes for a dessert splurge.
For top-notch seafood (mariscos) and raw bar options, head to Cannibal, where the focus is on creative interpretations of ceviches, crudos and tartares. There is also a cooked menu for those who prefer their fish a bit less raw, as well as non-seafood options featuring Galician beef. Reserve in advance or grab a first-come-first-serve seat at the marble and black lacquered bar. This is one of Anderson's go-to spots — “if I'm looking for a great ambiance, service and amazing seafood with friends.”
From Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia comes Bibo, a Madrid offshoot of his popular Marbella-based restaurant. Located in the chic neighborhood of Salamanca, the vast menu offers nearly 80 different dishes meant to take you on a trip around the world without ever leaving the comfort of this elegant and glowing space — the design incorporates over 7,000 lightbulbs. His inventive approach to regional classics are reflected in the Spanish omelette made with okonomiyaki mushrooms as well as the creamy ham croquettes with tomato powder. “The salt fish is one of my favorite dishes, as well as the guacamole and the ceviche.” She also says not to miss out on the dessert menu “a true experience, they make the ice cream right in front of you!”
WHERE TO SWEAT AND SHOP:
When it comes to working out after a night of tapas, the place to be is, of course, is her namesake Tracy Anderson Studio. Located in the LAMARCA building, the studio space contains all of Anderson's patented innovations including the Iso-Kinetic Band System and the Super G Floor. The 185-square-meter space (about 2,000 square feet) offers the full range of Tracy Anderson Method classes and private training to both members and non-members, as well as a locker room. It also has a curated selection of her favorite apparel and accessories.
Completing the LAMARCA experience is The Lab, a curated concept store that carries both athleisure and ready-to-wear brands that are hard to come by in Madrid. For transitioning from working out to walking around, there’s LNDR, a favorite of the Hadid sisters and Kendall Jenner, as well as Laain Sport. Other names on offer in this bright and airy shop include Re/done, Jason Wu and Golden Goose. Books from Taschen and products from Rudolf Care, an açaí-based beauty company complete this one-stop-shopping spot.