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LAGREE FITNESS VS PILATES

Lagree Fitness is NOT Pilates.
Period.

THE LAGREE METHOD IS FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT THAN PILATES

THE LAGREE METHOD, AS WELL AS ALL OTHER LAGREE FITNESS EQUIPMENT, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT THAN THOSE OF PILATES.

THE LAGREE METHOD IS NOT PILATES

THE LAGREE FITNESS METHOD IS THE ONLY METHOD WHOSE EVOLUTION IS ENDLESS.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAGREE AND PILATES?

While Sebastien Lagree may have been inspired by the well-known Pilates reformer, due to its spring-based design, the Lagree Fitness Proformer, Sebastien’s first machine, largely differed from the reformer. For Sebastien, the reformer demonstrated the benefit of variable tension, and he quickly recognized that variable tension was innately able to make any movement low impact. But, The Lagree Method, as well as all other Lagree Fitness equipment, have always been and will always be fundamentally different than those of Pilates.

Since its birth in 1998, The Lagree Method has differentiated itself from any other type of exercise, combining both high-intensity bodybuilding techniques with low-impact qualities, both of which Pilates lacks. The union of these two fundamental techniques allows Lagree Fitness clients to achieve rapid results after taking just a few of these body-shaking classes.

While the differences are vast, it should be noted that Pilates was originally created as a one-on-one method whereas The Lagree Method was created for group training. In addition, Pilates was created for wellness and with an intent to heal, which is why Pilates is often used as a form of physical rehabilitation. In contrast, Lagree Fitness was created to strengthen, tighten, and tone the muscles quickly and safely, which is why the method is often referred to as “Pilates on Steroids,” “Pilates on Growth Hormones,” or, as referred to in a show titled Working Women”, “Pilates for important people.” While these references are funny, they could not be further from the truth. Let’s get into the specifics.

THE DIFFERENCE IN PRINCIPLES

PILATES IS BASED ON THE 7 FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

BREATHING

Breathing through the workout is essential

CONCENTRATION

Concentrate is key

CONTROL

Control the movement

CENTERING

Work from the abdomen

FLOW

Exercises are performed in a sequence

POSTURAL ALIGNMENT

Maintaining good posture

PRECISION

Perform the exercise perfectly

THE LAGREE METHOD IS BASED ON THESE 7 PRINCIPLES:

EFFECTIVE FORM

Correct body alignment is necessary for safety and effectiveness

EFFECTIVE RANGE OF MOTION

A correct range of motion is emphasized, which is absent in Pilates

EFFECTIVE TEMPO

The Lagree Method ensures every exercise is performed slowly and without momentum, which is a principle absent in Pilates

EFFECTIVE DURATION

The Lagree Method utilizes Time Under Tension which is a bodybuilding training technique not present in Pilates

EFFECTIVE TENSION

The Lagree Method uses “progressive overloading,” another bodybuilding training technique, which is also absent from Pilates.

EFFECTIVE TRANSITION

This principle is absent from Pilates but is crucial to Lagree since the method is a muscular endurance workout. Essentially, there is no time between movements

EFFECTIVE PLANE OF MOTION

This principle is also absent from Pilates

WITH SUCH AN ARRAY OF DIFFERENCES, COMPARING THE TWO VERY DIFFERENT WORKOUTS IS SENSELESS SINCE THE GOAL OF EACH METHOD DIFFERS TREMENDOUSLY.

CONTROLLED REPS PERFORMED AT SLOW PACES DEMAND MORE FROM THE BODY

The famous Lagree-count, which consists of no less than eight seconds, does not allow for participants to utilize momentum while moving through each exercise. Instead, participants must use muscle groups in a slow, controlled fashion, which demands more metabolic work per unit of time. This extended amount of time that muscles are placed under tension produces rapid results for participants.

BALANCE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS FLEXIBILITY

The Lagree Method places a large emphasis on balance as a fundamental for achieving real results in a quick amount of time. Focusing on balance allows for participants to avoid and prevent injuries. This quality, unique to Lagree Fitness, has helped many avid Lagree Fitness goers heal from chronic back injuries and other issues. Through years of research, Sebastien Lagree has found that balance training has proven to be more effective than strength training.

THE LAGREE METHOD BORROWS THE BODYBUILDING SUPERSET FOR EFFECTIVENESS

As a fitness guru fascinated by and passionate about bodybuilding, Sebastien Lagree has borrowed the superset method and made it part of what makes The Lagree Method considerably different than Pilates. By utilizing the superset method, Lagree Fitness goers move through shorter classes, heightened intensity levels, and a safer way to take their muscles to failure without the spotter that is typically needed in traditional bodybuilding.

THE LAGREE METHOD DOES NOT EXCLUDE CARDIO

Circuit training is a large part of what makes The Lagree Method critically different than Pilates. Lagree Fitness participants are required to move from one movement to the next with minimal rest time between. This keeps the participant’s heart rate up and demands cardiovascular growth—which, of course, results in more calories burned.

Pilates is not meant to be a cardio workout, so typically a participant’s heartrate will remain under 90 BPM. On the other hand, The Lagree Method ensures users will hit the anaerobic threshold and a heart rate over 145/150 BPM when performed correctly.

LAGREE FITNESS PUSHES YOUR BODY OUT OF ITS COMFORT ZONE FOR AMPLE RESULTS

The Lagree Method places quite a large emphasis on overloading the different muscle groups as a means of attaining rapid results. During this process, the muscles are forced to grow beyond their current state, increasing the amount of resistance, time, and intensity a participant can handle. Added movements, slowed movements, and minimal recovery periods help participants achieve results faster than any other workout method.

EXPERIENCE THE LAGREE METHOD TODAY: FIND A LAGREE FITNESS STUDIO NEAR YOU

While Pilates places a large emphasis on rehabilitating muscles by stretching larger muscles and strengthening smaller muscle groups, The Lagree Method focuses on intense bodybuilding techniques combined with no to low impact movements. The result? Fast results that never allow participants to plateau. Each class can be modified for even the most experienced Lagree goer, making this method the perfect one for those seeking a complete body transformation.

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