Eva Daily’s voice is soft and soothing, almost Zen-like as she patiently explains how to perform the Lagree movements that make up the workouts she teaches at KP Pilates Plus. But make no mistake: Eva’s classes are intense. She pushes her students to break out of their comfort zones to leave the studio feeling stronger, healthier, and happier. In other words, this yogi brings major results.
Eva teaches more than a dozen classes every week at KP Pilates Plus – the only Lagree Fitness studio in Long Beach. Here, she talks about her love of movement, going from Lagree student to Lagree instructor, French Twists, and more.
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been an instructor at KP? How many years have you worked in the fitness industry?
I’ve been a Lagree Instructor for about three years at KP now. Previously, I was teaching yoga, but after about a year of teaching Pilates I started teaching at another studio as well in DTLA and now teach Pilates exclusively as well as Spin.
Why did you choose a career in fitness? What got you started?
I chose a career in fitness simply because of my love of fitness and moving in general! I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. I love to sing, act, and dance. I found my love of yoga after some ankle injuries from dance left me lacking major balance and mobility. After becoming a full blown yogi, I found the Lagree Method and fell in love! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be hired at KP after being a consistent member of the studio for some time, and was originally brought on to be a yoga teacher, I later became certified to teach the Lagree Method.
How did you find Lagree? What drew you to the workout?
When I first moved to downtown Long Beach I saw the studio down the street and it peaked my interest! I had tried traditional Pilates, of course, but never the Lagree Method. I was never a big fan of traditional Pilates because it lacked the intensity I look for in a workout. I tried Lagree on a whim, hoping that this style would be a bit more intense. I think it’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised!
What’s the best part of teaching Lagree?
What’s not to love, really? It doesn’t feel like a real job most of the time, to be honest. It’s just fun, and hopefully I can be the better part of someone’s day as well as motivate them to achieve their fitness goals or just de-stress!
Favorite Lagree exercise and why? Probably French Twist at the back of the machine for the obliques – because it never gets easier!
What’s on your agenda for 2019?
I recently got NASM certified this past year and am also doing a course for plant-based nutrition through E Cornell University. I hope to expand my knowledge of the body, so I can be better at helping others achieve their goals and start working more with clients one on one. I would also love to own a studio of my own someday, as I think that could be a fun challenge!
March was Women’s History Month. Many of us quietly honored the women we admire; notable leaders, historical figures, fictional heroines, and our mothers, sisters and friends. But what about ourselves?
Women are incredible.
As March ends and April begins, we are grateful for the amazing women who walk into our studio every single day.
Like the client who shows up cheerful and ready to work her ass off in class, even though she is recovering from a traumatic brain injury that changed her life.
Or the first-time mom who happily drags herself out of bed despite being kept up most of the night by a crying baby.
And then there are the new clients who attend their first class a little intimated and uncertain if it’s right for them. The workout blows them away – and they come back for more.
We’ve all been there.
Many women don’t take time for themselves. We try to do too much and often put others’ needs ahead of our own. We put pressure on ourselves to be perfect at all costs. We juggle work, friends, parents, kids, significant others, sleeping, and more – all in only 24 hours a day. There never seems to be enough time.
But once inside 245 Pine, you are all that matters.
The Lagree Method takes focus. The workout makes it difficult to think about anything other than what your instructor is saying and wondering if your legs are going to turn to mush. It’s also a blast. So is the positive energy, friendship and camaraderie in the room.
Come to class. Get stronger. Celebrate being an amazing woman.
And for just 50 minutes a day, put yourself first.
Four years ago this month, “Uptown Funk” was the number one song in the country.
Barack Obama was still president.
And KP Pilates Plus Long Beach opened its doors in downtown Long Beach.
It’s our studio’s fourth anniversary! A lot has changed since then, right? Some good, some bad, some interesting. We are celebrating our anniversary by looking back, giving back moving forward.
Everyone at KP is grateful for our amazing clients. We’ve watched many of you literally transform before our eyes the last four years! The Lagree Method changes you inside and out. It sculps your body, gives you confidence and – at least for one 50-minute class – allows you to completely focus on nothing but yourself.
We’re planning a lot of events this year; many will help local charitable organizations, like our recent Lydia House fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who donated. We ended up with overflowing boxes of clothes and goods, not to mention nearly $700 cash. The shelter folks were blown away by our clients’ generosity.
There’s more to come. We are planning to do more for charity – and host more social events. Speakers, wine tastings, workshops, to name a few. Stay tuned!
If you have ideas for other events, let Kelli or Maggie know. It’s going to be a great year. And here’s the deal, you guys: Commit to the KP Lagree Method and getting older will make you stronger, leaner, more confident and happier.
Happy Anniversary not just to us – to all of you. We wouldn’t be here without the awesome women and men who dedicate themselves to this workout week after week, month after month, year after year.
KP Girls Kelli, Eva, Katrina, Lauren, Dawn, Jenn and Maggie
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