Lagree Fitness was based in part on the ubiquitous Pilates, it’s a high-intensity workout that can bring great results as long as you’re willing to exercise hard. Pilates is still around and going strong though, which poses a few questions. Is Lagree a replacement for Pilates, an inferior Pilates, or just something you should do alongside your Pilates?
Lagree fitness was developed by Sebastian Lagree over the course of 15 years. A former pilates instructor, Lagree saw that his clients were often combining their pilates workout with other, more high-intensity workouts. They simply weren’t getting everything they needed from pilates alone. Lagree thought he could do better. What if he took everything good about pilates and infused it with the many health benefits of a dynamic, high-intensity workout? That’s how the Megaformer, and with it, Lagree Fitness, was born.
Pilates is a fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Since its inception it has become one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, with over 11 million people regularly engaging in Pilates worldwide. Pilates focuses on using deliberate, controlled movements to develop core strength. There are a number of ways to practice Pilates, ranging from simple exercises with resistance bands to more complicated moves using a machine known as a “Reformer”.
The Advantages of Lagree Fitness
- Wider range of motion. The Lagree Megaformer is highly adjustable. This allows you to perform exercises in a number of positions, including standing positions. Pilates, in contrast, is mostly done lying down, limiting the number of muscle groups you can target.
- High-intensity. One of the main advantages of Lagree Fitness is that it keeps the intensity high. Lagree Fitness can really get your heart pumping in a way that pilates can’t. There are a number of benefits to high-intensity workouts including more fat loss and lower blood pressure.
- More resistance. The Megaformer has twice the number of springs as a traditional Reformer. That means that even the strongest participants can still be challenged.
- Better for injuries. Although Lagree is a more intense workout, it’s also better for those who are injured. This is because you can perform a much wider variety of moves on a Megaformer, allowing you to target specific muscle groups and avoid further straining injured areas.
Is Lagree Better Than Pilates?
Pilates and Lagree Fitness are both excellent forms of exercise. They are both safe and proven ways to improve your core strength, flexibility, balance, and muscle tone. That said, Lagree Fitness simply provides better results when it comes to fat loss, cardiovascular endurance, and strength. While there are many advantages to Lagree Fitness, that doesn’t mean Pilates is completely obsolete. The intensity of Lagree doesn’t suit everyone and those who are older or just want a light workout may be better off with the slow, methodical nature of Pilates.
So, there you have it. The main differences between Lagree Fitness and Pilates are:
- the intensity
- the range of motion
- the level of resistance.
We recommend that people try Lagree Fitness, even if they have no experience with Pilates. The sheer variety of moves means that there’s something for everyone here, from complete beginners to seasoned fitness veterans.
Ready to try Lagree Fitness in New York? See the class schedule here.