The Lagree Fitness Method, created by Sebastian Lagree, has pilates lovers buzzing about this new “Pilates on crack!” However, the Lagree Method only resembles pilates because of its use of the Megaformer. Created by Sebastian himself, the Megaformer looks similar to the Pilates Reformer with its spring weight resistance, movable carriage and strap and pulley resistance bands. As an avid Pilates fan and teacher myself, I am blown away by how the new method can make pilates seem like a walk in the park!
The Lagree Method totes it’s workouts will benefit all of the 5 Elements of Fitness
- Cardio Vascular Endurance
- Muscular Strength
- Muscular Endurance
- Body Composition
The Core Principles of the Lagree Method
- Progressive Overload
- Slow Controlled Movement
- Constant Tension
- Multiple Muscle Group Recruitment
Megaformer vs. Pilates Reformer
These principles are similar to that of a Pilates Reformer workout. However, the method in which they apply these principles incurs a different physical response that that of Pilates. The induction of a Cardiovascular Endurance Response by way of the use of the Time Under Tension and Muscle Fatigue Principle is a key differentiator.
These principles are THE challenge of the Lagree Method Megaformer workout. Each exercise is done with slow controlled movement under consistent resistance similar to that on a Pilates Reformer, but the key is doing the exercise until muscle fatigue vs. simple repetitions. I cannot under emphasize the “slow controlled movement” aspect. To do a compound movement such as a forward lunge with a bicep curl four counts lowering down and four counts to return upright is killer! This slow count movement is then paired with the Time Under Tension per the principle, performed no less than 40 seconds. Burn baby burn! This principle is key to hypertrophy or developing muscle mass. And lean muscle mass! The consistent use of the eccentric or lengthening muscle movement (also used in the pilates method) is the key to developing a long, lean physique.
The consistent use of the eccentric or lengthening muscle movement (also used in the pilates method) is the key to developing a long, lean physique.
Moreover, most exercises in a class are choreographed with quick transitions or recovery times and performed uninterrupted for 60 or more seconds. This is the time period at which the body will produce an aerobic response and increase the heart rate. The quick transitions will keep the heart rate elevated throughout class resulting in calories burned!
Megaformer classes are held in 25, 30 and 50-minute sessions. They average fitness level woman can expect to burn 400-600 calories in a 50 minutes class vs 300-400 in the same duration traditional reformer pilates class. As a response to the popularity of Lagree Method classes, Pilates powerhouses like STOTT Pilates and Balance Body are launching more athletic-based conditioning classes and incorporating cardio via a trampoline style plyometric workout. However, the Lagree Method still is the only workout on this reformer style equipment using the slow movement with the Time Under Tension to Muscle Fatigue principles.
This surely is not your Grandma’s Pilates class!
You be the judge—try out a Lagree Method workout and feel the difference first hand! This surely is not your Grandma’s Pilates class! This is a new twist on resistance based strength training and it’s the hottest new workout for athletes and celebs and now is available to you! Find your Lagree Method workout here.
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