Before I begin, I just want to point out that I realize the photos of me on the machine are extremely dorky. Hey man. Take me as I am. So, I’ve been going to Core40 in San Francisco for about a year now, and it’s one of my favorite studio classes to take because its quick, efficient, and fun. Only 40 minutes of intense muscle burn! The Core40 Studio has both spin classes (shoutout to my sister-in-law, Stephanie Jensen, one of the BEST spin instructors!) and lagree pilates classes on the M3 Megaformer.
So what exactly makes lagree different that traditional pilates? Simply put, lagree is much more intense, with more weight resistance and increased targeting on more muscle groups at one time. For example, I can be in an “elevator lunge” and be working my legs, core and arms all at the same time. From Core40.com:
In Pilates, you typically take breaks between each set of exercises (similar to a Yoga class). The Lagree philosophy is that shorter transitions lead to a quicker burnout and a shorter workout (less time, more intensity).Use slow movements (to target slow twitch muscle fibers, scientifically proven to burn more fat), resistance training (to build muscle strength), continuous tension (via spring resistance) and constant engagement of your core (on a moving platform) to push your muscles to maximum exertion and keep your heart rate elevated throughout.
There are several studios in San Francisco, but I love the SOMA studio because it offers special “Ramped” classes which is even harder. The reformer basically has an electric ramp attached, and it changes the angle of the exercises, creating more intensity and a bigger burn. YAS please.