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CORE40 instructor leading Lagree class
Fitness
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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Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior 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.