The mental benefits of Lagree fitness:
Do you know that many celebrities have been using the Lagree Method, such as Sophia Vergara, Michelle Obama, Zac Efron, Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle? Exerting on the Megaformer you are getting a full-body workout that increases flexibility, strengthens your muscles, and improves your endurance. However, the truth is the workout has only just begun once you start to feel your muscles begin to shake. Your legs, arms, and abs aren’t the only parts of your body getting stronger — so is your mind. The most important gains you receive from Lagree Fitness are mental.
Have you ever found your mind starts wandering during a fitness class? Your body may be going through the motions, but you’re thinking about what you’re going to eat for dinner or how annoying your coworker was today. You don’t have the luxury of a wandering mind during a Megaformer workout. You are forced to focus on the now because you have to listen to the instructor to understand how to do the moves correctly. Not only that, you are tuning into how your muscles are feeling and responding to those movements, so you have to concentrate. The amount of focus you use during your Lagree Fitness class translates into your daily life.
When you leave your Lagree Fitness class at Studio40, you may be surprised to find that there is a slight bounce in your step despite the gloomy weather. This is for several reasons. Of course, exercise, in general, is going to lift your mood, as your body produces endorphins. There’s also the fact that you are doing something positive for self-care, which is always a great way to make yourself feel better. Lagree Fitness simply makes you feel more confident. Your posture gets better, enabling you to stand tall. When you learn all the things your body can do, you can’t help but to feel better about who you are. This overall makes you a more positive person.
The ways your body becomes stronger are apparent to everyone else, but you might find yourself happiest with the ways your mind is becoming stronger. The Lagree Fitness workout is comparable to a combination of Pilates and weight training. When you come in for a Megaformer workout at Studio40, you know you are doing something that’s good for your body and mind.
Exercise, in general, is beneficial to helping you get sounder sleep, but this is especially true after a Lagree Fitness workout. This is because it requires so much physical AND mental energy to perform this 40-minute workout. Not only are your muscles exhausted, so is your brain.
You never want to stop learning, and the Lagree Fitness workout ensures that your brain is flexible and ready to take on new information. You don’t get bored on the Megaformer. Every class is different and requires you to challenge yourself mentally and physically. This translates to a brain that is hungry to learn more.
Regardless of whether your priority is in physical or mental gains, you can get them all here at Studio40 Fitness.
Why men should try the Megaformer:
It’s All About the Core
Are you chasing after the elusive six-pack? Doing all those sit-ups isn’t going to cut it. If you’re looking for enhance your core strength, it isn’t enough to simply do isometric exercises that target the abs. When you go to a Lagree Fitness class, you are using your core the entire time. Every move we do in class involves the core, which means if you’re trying to strengthen your core, there is no better option. This is why a Lagree fitness workout is not only great alone, but also as a cross-training plan with sports.
Flex Your Flexibility
Though this is not always the case, in general, women are more flexible than men. This is an area that is worth to focus on, because when you are more flexible, you are able to take your athletic performance to the next level and move about your daily life more comfortably. In terms of improving your flexibility, there are few better fitness options than Lagree Fitness. It allows you to increase your range of motion, become more flexible, and helps prevent injuries through our workout program.
Build the Muscles You’re Neglecting
You know which muscles you want to work on, so you probably have a workout plan when you hit the gym targeting those specific muscle groups. In addition, as you go about your daily life, you tend to do the same movements again and again, building those specific muscles as well. During a Megaformer workout, you are working muscles you may never even realize you have. The first time you experience the shaking that occurs during a Lagree Fitness workout, you’ll be able to recognize it — you are getting stronger in places you didn’t even know had muscles!
You have to be entirely focused on the workout when you’re doing it. This is because you have to do every move precisely to maintain proper form and get the most out of your workout. It also centers a lot around breathing, so it promotes mindfulness is a similar way to yoga. This means that a Lagree Fitness workout is not only an incredible way to strengthen your physical body, it also has powerful effects on your mind. Taking a break from life's daily grind to focus in on a tough workout, is an incredible way to enhance your focus, which translates to other areas of your life.
Some men stay away from the Lagree method because the movements are slower than what they are used to at the weight rack. Trust us, just because it doesn’t look like your traditional workout, it doesn’t mean that it is easy. In fact, this workout is extremely challenging, and many people consider it the hardest they have ever done. Regardless of your preferred form of physical activity, adding Lagree Fitness into your routine is an incredible way to enhance your performance across the board.
Put aside any preconceptions about the Megaformer workout and come try it yourself! You!
Fueling Your Megaformer Workout:
Regardless of when you decide to jump on the Megaformer, to truly get the most out of your workout, it’s important to be thoughtful about how you’re fueling it. We need food for our bodies to function optimally, so more important than anything, make sure that you are eating at least a quick snack before you come into our studio. That being said, there are some food choices that will make your workout go smoother, and others that will leave you uncomfortable. In this post, we will go over some good options for fueling your Megaformer workout.
Eating a Full Meal
First off, if you will be eating a full meal before you come in for Studio40, it’s best to eat between an hour and two hours before class. This gives your body plenty of time to digest while still providing you plenty of energy for your workout. What you eat specifically can vary, but you want to make it a balanced meal with protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Protein and fat both burn slowly, providing much-needed energy to help you maintain stamina. They also require your body to work a little harder to digest, so don’t wolf them down 15 minutes before your class!
In addition, while carbohydrates provide great, quick-burning energy, most people find that eating too much before class isn’t necessary because you aren’t putting in as much aerobic work. You are the expert on your own body. Eat what you digest well and gives you the energy you need to power through an intense workout.
Here are some ideas for great pre-workout meals:
Salmon and broccoli with lemon-butter sauce.
Spinach salad with chicken, avocado, and your favorite veggies.
Lettuce-wrapped turkey burger with cheese.
Lentil soup with a roll and butter.
Tofu scramble with veggies and a side of peanut butter toast.
Eat a Small Snack
Alternatively, you might opt for a small snack 30 to 45 minutes before your class. This is a good idea if you are doing an early morning class and won’t have time to let a full meal digest, or you haven’t eaten in a few hours and you need a boost of energy. If this is the case, you will want to focus more on getting carbohydrates that you can quickly digest so you can put that fuel to good use immediately, as well as a small amount of protein to aid your muscles.
Here are some pre-workout snack ideas:
Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced banana.
Greek yogurt with berries.
Your favorite fruit with a handful of nuts.
Oatmeal made with milk and fruit.
Hummus and veggies.
Apple and nut butter.
Your favorite protein bar.
In addition to making sure you’re getting enough food, you want to make sure you are staying hydrated. Drink water before, during, and after your workout. If you struggle to drink just plain water, consider slicing up some fruit and putting it into your water bottle for a lightly flavored beverage.
We hope that these tips help you get the most out of your Megaformer workout. If you’re interested in trying the Lagree Method you can schedule your classes and also try other classes we offer like yoga, hip-hop and high interval intense training (HIIT).
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