Fitness lovers alike have been asking about what the differences are between the Lagree Method and traditional Pilates, so we thought we would let you in on the info!
5 Differences Between Pilates and the Lagree Method
- The Machine: Many clients walk in for their first class thinking that the Megaformer is a traditional Pilates reformer, if that was you, don’t worry you’re not alone. There are a few similarities between the two machines for instance the carriage mobility, the handlebars, tension, and the long straps. The two machines differ in that the Megaformer has a wider and lighter carriage, adjustable handlebars for different exercises and modifications, shorter handles at the back for more muscle versatility, and eyelets on the carriage for leg, core, arm and back exercises. Plus, the Megaformer was designed in a way that encourages quick spring load changes and transitions (more on that later!).
- Pace: In a traditional Pilates session you can expect a workout with quick movements targeting your core and fast-twitch muscle fibers, which increase bulkier muscle mass. A Lagree class is based on slow movements which activate your slow twitch muscle fibers. Slow-twitch muscles help enable long-endurance challenges, which burn energy for longer periods of time (think of it like your body working out continuously even after your workout is over).
- Transitions: Even though the exercises are performed slowly and with muscle control, a Lagree workout integrates little to no transition time in between moves. In Pilates, you typically take breaks between each set of exercises (similar to a Yoga class). The Lagree philosophy is that shorter transitions lead to a quicker burnout and a shorter workout (less time, more intensity).
- Stability: With slower exercises in a Lagree class, you can expect to stabilize more. “Why would you want to do that?” you ask, well your core muscles are activated when you are out of balance, which is where stabilizing comes in. The more you challenge your stability, the more you are working your core. Stability is present in Lagree leg and arm exercises, which means you’re working your core the entire class even if it isn’t explicit.
- Muscle focus: Pilates workouts do a great job at targeting specific muscle groups one at a time, while Lagree classes target many muscles at the same time. When you are in a lunge on the Megaformer, for example, you have the option of working both legs, your core, abs, and your arms all at once. Once you’ve built the foundational core strength, you can never plateau on a Megaformer– with many options to modify and tailor the workout based on combining muscle groups and adjusting spring loads efficiently.
By Madison Ford