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Published Tuesday Apr 21, 2020 by Madison Ford

CORE40 Insiders: What is Lagree Fitness?

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If you’re looking for a high intensity and low impact workout, it doesn’t get any better than the Lagree method at CORE40 Studios. Sebastien Lagree is a former personal trainer and bodybuilder who developed Lagree Fitness, an innovative high intensity, but low impact, full-body workout. The workout is for both men and women and is usually done on a specially designed machine called the Megaformer (also known as the Lamborghini of reformers). The equipment is made up of platforms and handles that are used to stimulate the body and address all physical fitness needs including strength, endurance, cardio, flexibility, core, and balance.

CORE40 Megaformer class

Since the shutdown period began, CORE40 has been serving up virtual at-home Lagree inspired workouts on their Instagram (@CORE40), which, many have said, are much harder than they anticipated without the machine. Even without the equipment, the principles of a Lagree class will leave you shaking and sweating, here’s why...

Pace

A Lagree class is based on slow controlled movements to work multiple muscle groups at once. When you engage more muscles in a short period of time, your body burns energy for longer (think of it like your body working out continuously, even after your session is over). A slower pace will also activate your slow-twitch muscles, which lead to muscle shakes that are familiar to all Lagree method advocates.

Transitions

In Lagree classes, you move quickly into the different moves that make up a class, even though the exercises are performed slowly and with muscle control. Shorter transition times lead to a quicker burnout and a shorter workout.

CORE40 Megareformer class

Stability

With slower exercises in a Lagree class, you can expect to use your core stabilizers more. “Why would you want to do that?” Well, your core muscles are activated for better balance, and, as you age, maintaining good balance is essential for long-term health.

Muscle focus

Lagree classes target many muscles at the same time. When you are in a lunge, for example, you have the option of working both legs, your core, abs, and your arms all at once.

Don’t take our word for it. Check out the CORE40 At-Home Lagree Workout live on our IGTV! Optional props: sliders/towel and weights to amp it up. 

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Madison Ford
CORE40
About the author
Madison grew up by the beach in San Diego California. In 2019, she moved to Amsterdam to launch the first ever international CORE40 location. She started as a Studio Manager for CORE40 6 years ago and has worn many different hats with the company.
Madison believes human connection is vital for success in all areas of life, including health & wellness. Her friends love that she brings a calm outlook to even the most stressful environments, she enjoys writing, and her Instagram feed (@madsworldz) is filled with pictures of her beautiful cat, Queen Wilhelmina.
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Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

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Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

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Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.