Perhaps you’ve heard Lagree referred to as “Pilates Plus” or “Pilates-inspired”. What you may not know is that although there are some similarities, these two workouts are actually quite different.
Sebastien Lagree did garner his inspiration for the Megaformer from the traditional Pilates Reformer; however, Lagree fitness is an exercise all of its own. If you’ve tried Pilates, give Lagree a try and see for yourself how different they are.
Differences Between Pilates and Lagree Fitness
noun: a system of exercises using a special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.
Pilates was created in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates and quickly became popular among dancers as a method of training and rehabilitation. There’s no denying that Pilates, like nearly all forms of exercise, offers some great health benefits. (Those include core strength and stability, improved posture and balance, flexibility, and the prevention and treatment of back pain.) Pilates transformed the life of fitness guru Sebastien Lagree himself. But it has some major drawbacks too – it lacks several key elements that we humans need to achieve maximum physical fitness. Those key elements include strength, cardio, and muscular endurance training.
The bottom line is that Lagree offers a much more comprehensive workout on a machine that in my opinion is far superior to the Pilates Reformer for delivering fast, transformative, long-lasting results.
The extensive benefits of Lagree include:
- increased muscular strength and endurance
- better cardiovascular efficiency
- increased bone mineral density
- increased metabolic rate
- improved body composition
- enhanced postural alignment and balance
- balance of extrinsic and intrinsic strength
- better upper and lower body coordination
- prevention and delay of muscle loss due to aging
- weight loss
- better muscle tone and definition
- enhanced flexibility
- more lean muscle mass
- reduced stress
- better body image, self-esteem and self-confidence
Only the “real OG’s” at Barre Yo know that “Barre Youngstown” originally started as “Bootybarre by Laura”. Back in the spring of 2013 and fresh off of baby #2, I went out on a limb and got trained in bootybarre when they came to Pittsburgh for a teacher training.
Back then, nobody knew what bootybarre was! “Barre… like where you get a beer??” That’s what I said too! But one day that spring, my hairdresser Anna (like they tend to do) listens to my dismay at being bored at the gym, missing dance, wanting to lose my baby weight…and all of sudden says, Hey I saw this on Facebook! You should do this! (shows me an ad for bootybarre on her phone).