Friday last week a handful of members of the Blog Squad were invited to take a class at Lagree YYC.
I hadn’t heard much about Lagree before attending, and I’m glad Natascha gave us the run down before kicking off the class.
The Lagree Method was developed by Sebastian Lagree. After University he moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment (duh) yet his career as a personal trainer took off. Through his training he developed the Lagree Method and also designed the Megaformer (similar-ish to the Pilates reformer) which is used throughout the class.
Once we filed into the studio and had claimed a scary looking Megaformer for ourselves, Natascha gave us the run down of the bits and bobs on the machine.
The middle section of each machine moves and the resistance can be changed by changing the number of knobs (attached to a spring for resistance). Yellow knobs add approximately 10 pounds of resistance and red knobs add approximately 30 pounds of resistance. Before each exercise we were cued as to how much resistance we should add to the machine.
After the intro, we set up on the machine and got the class going. Each exercise consisted of a 4-count extension and a 4-count contraction, repeated at our own pace (but slowly) for one to two minutes before moving on to the next round.
We started with core work which was hard. I mean, I know core is hard, and I thought I had some pretty decent core strength from attending barre regularly, but apparently not. Once my core was seriously angry with me, we moved to lower body.
We started with the left side of our body and did lunges, single leg squats, outer thigh and glute work, and inner thigh work. Then we moved to the right side of the body. I honestly wasn’t a big fan of this approach. I felt by the time we got to the right side, my left leg was more tired and it made holding form more challenging. I much prefer to work one side and then the other, or have a bi-lateral exercise in between.
After lower body, we did some upper body that consisted of using cables to work out chest and triceps; however, we didn’t work into biceps. I’m a big believer in working opposing muscle groups, and I’m not sure if that was skipped because we were moving through the class slowly, or if that’s normal.
Overall, I definitely could feel it after working out; however, I did notice we didn’t perform much in the way of a warm up before diving into core, and I did find the pace of the workout to be rather slow. I understand the philosophy is to fatigue the larger muscle groups to enable us to strengthen the smaller stabilizer muscles that can often be overlooked, but felt the consistent slow pace (and lack of beat from the music to help us) to drag a bit. I also believe all exercises should be done with correct form and control, but I think varying the count and movement would make for a more enjoyable class.
I think I’ve filed Lagree under the category of “good for you, not for me” of exercises. I wanted to love it, buuuuut I didn’t. I’m not sure if attending more classes would change my opinion of it, or if it’s just not my jam. Should I attend additional classes and change my mind, I’ll be sure to let you know!
What you should know
Address: 5123 Elbow Drive SW
Parking: first 90 minutes are FREE
- First class FREE
- 1 week intro $50
- Drop in $35
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Have you tried Lagree? What were your thoughts?
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