Tracy Anderson's Workout Studio Was ‘a Breeding Den of Bacteria,’ Former Trainers Allege

Among A-listers and fitness fanatics, Tracy Anderson is a household name. The popular trainer and entrepreneur has built a career around her signature training method. Unfortunately, Anderson is now in hot water with some of her former employees, who claim they were overworked, underpaid, and sickened by the constant heat and humidity in her workout studios.

In a recent exposé published by Business Insider, a number of Anderson’s former trainers accused her of creating an unsafe work environment with “a hypercompetitive atmosphere and disappointingly low pay” — all claims Anderson’s legal team maintains are untrue.

Anderson’s grueling, hour-long classes are dance-based. According to former trainers, they take place in “a room heated to 95 degrees with 75 percent humidity.” Yikes. Allegedly, this led to mold infestations in her New York and Los Angeles studios.

“It was so humid — like a breeding den of bacteria,” one former New York employee told Insider.

Former trainers allege they “were never allowed to stop dancing, even to walk around the room to check on clients.” They were also reportedly required to lead at least four hours of classes per shift. As a result, one anonymous source told Insider she “frequently” developed athlete’s foot and bacterial vaginosis. Both infections thrive in — you guessed it — warm, sweaty environments.

Another former trainer from Anderson’s L.A. studio told Insider she was forced to quit to the unrealistic physical demands of the job: “You can’t pound your body into the ground like that every day. Things start to go wrong. Torn discs. Hemorrhoids. You can’t stand up. It affects everyday life.”

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