Now, Lagree. The Lagree technique began in 1998, and I attempted it out for the primary time 4 years later. Impressed by the variable rigidity ideas of Pilates alongside together with his personal bodybuilding background, Sebastien Lagree created the Lagree technique with the purpose of creating a modernized, high-intensity, low-impact exercise targeted on muscular endurance. And he constructed his personal machine to go together with it: the Megaformer.
The 2 machines are clearly completely different: The Megaformer has a back and front sliding platform, whereas the Pilates reformer solely has a (a lot smaller) entrance one. This opens up the likelihood for tons of various strikes—these executed in the back of the machine are usually heavier resistance and more difficult. The Megaformer additionally has a number of units of cables and anchor factors, however no shoulder rests, foot bar or accent tools.
Folks typically do Pilates reformer work in non-public coaching or in small teams in studios—which may make it dear—and take mat Pilates lessons in gyms and studios in group codecs, in addition to by means of varied on-line platforms (making it extra accessible). As for the Lagree technique, there isn’t any mat model, and its lessons have been supposed for the in-studio, group crowd. This interprets to extra pricing choices, comparable to month-to-month memberships or class packages, probably making it a bit more economical than the reformer because you don’t have to simply purchase one-off lessons or non-public classes.
What ought to earlier than you are taking a Lagree technique class?
Okay, in order that’s a fast rundown on what Lagree is, and the way it’s associated to Pilates. If that’s piqued your curiosity, it’s possible you’ll be seeking to take it to the subsequent stage: attending a Lagree technique class.
Whereas I’m not technically an authorized teacher in Lagree—I needed to maintain it as one thing I do only for myself quite than a part of my job—I’ve in all probability racked up 1000’s of lessons over time. However my many years of expertise as a health professional provides me a singular perspective on what new college students might must know to get probably the most out of a category!
Right here’s what I inform my college students and buddies earlier than their first Lagree technique class.
1. Arrive early.
Actually, like 10 to fifteen minutes early, a minimum of. This needs to be customary for anytime you go to a new studio or a new class, as there are sometimes waivers to signal or insurance policies you should hear about. Plus, it is a nice time to get a fast orientation to the house, in addition to alert the teacher of any accidents or issues together with your physique.
However all that is additional crucial for a Lagree technique class (sure, even in case you’ve executed Pilates reformer earlier than!). The machine is completely different, and there are numerous components to study: which is the entrance, which is the again, how the carriage (the platform) strikes, what the black cables and crimson cables do, how one can modify springs, and so forth. By getting the lay of the land earlier than class begins, you’ll spare your self feeling completely misplaced and confused.
2. Convey grippy socks.
Many studios require them, however even when they don’t, I might nonetheless extremely advocate them. Personally, my faves are Toesox.