Would you like to have arms like Michelle Obama? How about abs like Calvin Harris? Then say goodbye to your old workout routine and hello to the Lagree Fitness Method. It seems as if everyone—including Michelle and Calvin—are embracing this innovative workout and flaunting the results.
Meet the Megaformer
Workouts are centered around a machine called the Megaformer (no relation to Optimus Prime). Sebastien Lagree worked closely with engineers for two years developing the machine that, let’s face it, looks a bit like a torture device. But using the Megaformer is far from painful. Sure, your muscles may twitch as you are engaging them. But this is a low-impact, high-intensity workout with little chance of injury. Every move on the machine encompasses the five aspects of physical fitness:
- Body composition
The machine features stationary platforms at the front and rear, with a carriage that slides between the platforms. Printed numbers on the machine make it easy to know where to place your hands during the Pilates-inspired movements.
How to Get Started
Lagree classes are plentiful in metropolises like LA and NYC and are making their way across the rest of the country. Enter your zip code into the studio locator to find one in your area.
Each session typically lasts 40 or 50 minutes. During this time, you can expect to do warm up and cool down movements with a series of sweat-inducing exercises sandwiched between. Even though you are holding positions for four counts, the transitions are quick and get your heart racing.
Once you have mastered the basic movements, you can increase the intensity of your workout by adding springs to the machine for more resistance or lifting your hands to test your balance. Instructors will talk you through each movement, explaining options for every level.