LAGREE FITNESS™ AND EFFECTIVE MUSCLE STIMULATION
Put simply, LAGREE FITNESS™ is the only workout that EFFECTIVELY combines Strength, Endurance, Cardio, Balance, Core and Flexibility training not only in one session but in each and every move. The key term here is effective. Lagree Fitness™ is intense on the muscles, but low-impact and safe on the joints, spine, and connective tissues.
We offer the Megaformer M2 Group classes at KP. Each client gets their own M2 Megaformer and the instructor will advise the spring load for each exercise during a class to provide appropriate tension and resistance throught the class. The M2 is designed to allow the body to move seamlessly & quickly from one exercise to the next to maintain a higher heart rate with effective intensity which ultimately burns the calories & fat. The M2 allows the body to move with an effective, greater intensity but with low impact on the joints… you will shake, you will quiver, you will sweat, you will have fun and you will become strong. At KP Pilates Plus, there is no telling what you could accomplish!
In order for a training method to be effective, it is important to train at an Effective Intensity. The body needs to reach a certain threshold of exercise intensity to stimulate the body’s adaptive changes. Reaching the intensity threshold depends on many factors such as body type and fitness level, and is different for everyone. When the body is training at an effective intensity and the muscles are being effectively stimulated, the results can be maximized. The Lagree Fitness™ Training Method utilizes 5 key elements to reach Effective Muscle Stimulation:
Lagree Fitness™ uses spring resistance which is variable and allows for peak muscle contraction while reducing the stress on the joints and the connective tissue
EFFECTIVE RANGE OF MOTION:
Lagree Fitness™ focuses on form and each movement is kept within the range of motion that targets the specific muscle or group of muscles.
The Lagree Fitness™ equipment is adjustable to allow for training at different angles to help recruit different muscle groups.
Lagree Fitness™ utilizesslow and controlled movements. None of the movements are performed using momentum. When working with and against resistance slowly, the tension on the muscles stays constant, recruiting more muscle fibers. Slow and controlled movements activate the slow-twitch fat-burning muscle fibers.
Each set is performed for at least 60 seconds to stimulate both the fast and slow-twitch muscle fibers. Transitions are kept to a minimum to keep the muscles working and the heart rate up.
At KP Pilates Plus, you can expect 50-minutes of heart-pumping music, muscle-quivering, and total body strengthening, lengthening and toning in an encouraging small-group setting. Our classes are largely based on the holistic principles of Pilates, but also emphasize the strength training and cardio elements found in other forms of exercise. Using the method developed by Sebastien Lagree and state of the art Megaformers™, Trim Fitness Studio in Lake Forest provides a unique exercise regimen.
We offer the Megaformer M2 Group classes at KP. The M2 is designed to allow the body to move seamlessly & quickly from one exercise to the next to maintain a higher heart rate with effective intensity which ultimately burns the calories & fat. The M32 allows the body to move with an effective, greater intensity but with low impact on the joints… you will shake, you will quiver, you will sweat, you will have fun and you will become strong. At KP Pilates Plus, there is no telling what you could accomplish!
“Comparing Lagree to Pilates is similar to comparing sprinting to crawling.” -Sebastien Lagree
One of the most commonly asked questions remains, “What is the difference between Lagree and Pilates?” In reality, the question should be, “At this point, are there any similarities between Lagree and Pilates?” In short, there are little to no similarities between the two very different styles of exercise.
Although Lagree was first named “Pilates Plus” when Sebastien Lagree founded his company, he soon realized that the style of exercise he offered, which focuses on high intensity bodybuilding techniques and low impact movements, was nothing close to that provided in Pilates, which focuses on rehabilitation through stretching bigger muscles and strengthening smaller muscles.
At that point, Sebastien realized a clear distinction between Lagree and Pilates was necessary, causing him to rename his style “Lagree.” Now, various factors distinguish Lagree as a one-of-a-kind exercise.
DIFFERENCE 1: LAGREE PLACES AN EMPHASIS ON TIME UNDER TENSION (TUT) FOR QUICK RESULTS
Time Under Tension refers to the amount of time a muscle is placed under load or strained during a set. For a body builder, a set of 10 reps should take 15-25 seconds to complete depending on the speed of the lift. Lagree, however, calls for sets to be between 1-2 minutes. This lengthier amount of time demands more from the muscles for a longer amount of time, creating better and quicker results.
DIFFERENCE 2: LAGREE FOCUSES ON SLOWED SPEED AND CONTROLLED REPS TO PREVENT INJURY
Lagree requires that each rep take 8 or more seconds and without any amount of momentum. This ensures little to no risk for injury, and muscles do more metabolic work per unit of time than they would moving fast. In addition, participants often see quicker improvements in strength due to the extended amount of time muscles are placed under tension. This method is useful for beginners as well as it allows them to “wake” muscles that are not accustomed to traditional movements.
DIFFERENCE 3: LAGREE EMPHASIZES SENSORY MOTOR TRAINING FOR EXPEDITED RESULTS
Lagree places an equal emphasis on balance as it does on strength and flexibility. This is because most injuries take place when unexpected forces are encountered. By learning how to balance and incorporating balancing exercises into exercise routines, participants can both prevent and heal from injuries, chronic back pain, and other issues. In addition, expedited results dictate that balance training is more effective and efficient than strength training methods.
DIFFERENCE 4: LAGREE INCORPORATES ISOMETRIC EXERCISE TO TONE AND STRENGTHEN
Lagree places a great importance on isometric exercise, which means muscles experience static, ongoing contraction while joints remain unmoved. In most cases, these types of exercises are completed with an immovable object such as a wall. Results have proven this type of resistance tones and strengthens muscles without altering the length of muscle fibers.
DIFFERENCE 5: LAGREE UTILIZES SUPERSETS FOR THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE RESULTS
Lagree utilizes supersets in each workout, which enforces a succession of 2 or more sets of exercise that each target the same muscle group. This allows participants to save time, increase intensity, and take muscles to failure safely and without the need for a spotter.
DIFFERENCE 6: LAGREE USES CIRCUIT TRAINING FOR CARDIO AND STRENGTH TRAINING BENEFITS
Lagree places a large emphasis on circuit training which means participants move quickly from one exercise to the next for a prescribed number of sets or time limit. This allows participants to achieve both cardiovascular and strength benefits as the heart, lungs, and muscle groups are concurrently working. This method allows participants to achieve the best results in the least amount of time.
DIFFERENCE 7: LAGREE FOCUSES ON ANTAGONIST MUSCLE CONTRACTION TO IMPROVE JOINT STRENGTH
Lagree uses a method referred to as Antagonist Muscle Contraction. In order for antagonist muscle contraction to occur, a set of exercises must demand work from both the antagonist and agonist muscles, and when one muscle contracts, the opposite must relax. (Example: When the bicep contracts to lift the arm, the tricep relaxes.) This allows participants to strengthen joints in order to prevent injury and reduce osteoarthritic pain.
DIFFERENCE 8: LAGREE EMPHASIZES SPECIFICITY TO CREATED STRONG, TIGHT, AND TONED MUSCLES
Lagree places a large emphasis on specificity, which means ensuring each exercise is specific to the type of strength required for each class. For this reason, Lagree instructors should have knowledge of the main types of muscular activity associated with each class, the pattern of movements involved, and the amount of strength required for each movement. While Lagree acknowledges specificity is important, each class will include exercises of general nature to create metabolic response. While such exercises, such as squats, lunges, and push-ups, may not closely relate to specific athletic events, they promote balanced muscular development and provide a foundation for more advanced exercises.
DIFFERENCE 9: LAGREE PLACES EMPHASIS ON OVERLOAD TO HEIGHTEN RESULTS
Lagree ensures participants constantly improve their strength, form, and muscle tone. To do that, participants must overload their muscles as muscles will only strengthen when they are forced to move beyond the intensity they are accustomed to. In order to do this, participants are required to increase resistance, time spent, intensity, or the number of sets. Slowing movements, incorporating additional movements, and reducing recovery periods will also allow participants to overload their muscles in order to achieve results in a quicker amount of time.
DIFFERENCE 10: LAGREE MANDATES A MIND BODY CONNECTION TO INCREASE STRENGTH
Lagree creates more nerve endings by asking the participant to be present and focus on the control of each movement by focusing on the muscles working during each exercise. This connection ensures the creation of more neuromuscular pathways, which results in increased sensitivity and strength.