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!