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.

XO!

KP Girls Kelli, Eva, Katrina, Lauren, Dawn, Jenn and Maggie

Be a KP Girl or Guy! www.kppilatespluslb.com. Tell your friends!

Strength in numbers.

Cliché? Yes.

True? Also yes.

A study published in the Journal of Social Sciences found that people are drawn to the healthy behaviors of people around them – including the women and men they work out with.

In other words, getting fit in a pack works.

Ask anyone who reserves a class at KP Pilates Plus and they’ll tell you: the Lagree method is the toughest workout around. It’s the most effective. And it’s the most rewarding, especially since you’re in close proximity to other nine people who are also working hard to completely change and sculpt their bodies. We support and encourage each other in every single class with the help of our awesome certified Lagree Fitness instructors.

Those are some really cool things. And, for 30 days, we’re taking those feelings of community and camaraderie a step further.

Join us for the KP Pilates Plus third Annual Mega Strong Challenge. Between Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, March 2, we challenge you to complete 20 Lagree Megaformer workouts in 30 days.

That is five days a week for 30 days. Seriously.

What’s more, if you join the challenge you’ll give up alcohol, sugar, grains, dairy and soy for a month as embrace the renown Whole30 nutrition plan. The idea of the 30-day food program is to eliminate unhealthy cravings like sweets, caffeine and booze to restore a healthy metabolism, heal the digestive tract and balance the immune system.

Sign up in the studio, where you also can pick up copies of the Whole30 meal plans. They include options for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans.

Everyone at KP wants you to get healthy and in shape for spring by committing to the Lagree method and Whole30 to give your body a much-needed, healthy reset.

What’s more, we’ll do it together. Everyone who completes 20 classes next month is automatically registered to win awesome prizes – including a free month of classes. The KP Mega Strong Challenge lets you set your own goals and push your peers to succeed as well. We’ll all track how many times we come class on a chalkboard at the studio.

You can do anything for a month. Including this.

See you Feb. 1.

About KP Pilates Plus 

KP Pilates Plus is the only Lagree Fitness studio in Long Beach, California. We are conveniently located downtown along historic Pine Street, a thriving urban area recognized for its fitness facilities, healthy food options and exciting nightlife. KP Pilates Plus also offers sweat-inducing indoor cycling classes to complement your Lagree program. Questions? Email Kelli at info@kppilatesplus.com.

Lagree Fitness will give you fast results, slowly.

Confused? Keep reading.

The instructors at KP Pilates Plus and Lagree studios around the world count don’t count reps. Instead, they time the duration of each movement.

The idea is to move through each exercise on the Megaformer at a controlled, slow tempo – it’s called an “effective tempo” by Lagree founder Sebastien Lagree – for a minimum of four slow counts.

Working out at an effective tempo forces the activation of the body’s slow-twitch muscle fibers. That’s the stuff that burns fat, boosts endurance and ultimately creates a well-defined physique.

What’s more, the Lagree method requires participants to stay in each movement for at least 60 seconds per upper body exercise and 120 seconds per lower body exercise, with no rest periods.

It’s a killer for sure. And four slow counts for a minute or two can feel like a lifetime. But it’s so worth it.

Many workouts encourage super-fast, explosive movements to encourage calorie burn. But the truth is, moving too quickly allows the body to use momentum, which poses the risk of injury and diminishes results.

Slowly igniting slow-twitch muscle fibers, though, burns a ton of calories – and keeps burning them for 24 to 48 hours after you leave the studio.

Pretty amazing, right?

Check this out: slow-twitch muscle fibers are not prone to bulking. That means giving your all – slowly – on the Megaformer will transform your body into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine.

So sloooooow doooooown ALREADY!  See you in class.

About KP Pilates Plus 

KP Pilates Plus is the only Lagree Fitness studio in Long Beach, California. We are conveniently located downtown along historic Pine Street, a thriving urban area recognized for its fitness facilities, healthy food options and exciting nightlife. KP Pilates Plus also offers sweat-inducing indoor cycling classes to complement your Lagree program. Questions? Drop us a note at info@kppplb.com.

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