Performed on a ‘megaformer’ (a larger and more complex pilates reformer that gives greater versatility), lagree is an intense workout that has you exercising your balance and control by standing on, dragging and pushing a spring loaded platform. I say ‘intense’ because I have done it. I have done it once a week for six weeks and that qualifies me with an opinion. And, once again, my opinion is that it is ‘intense’.
Working with varying levels of resistance, the slow, controlled moves promote toning, strengthening, flexibility, core strength and lean muscle growth. From an outside perspective, the moves often appear to be rather small and insignificant, but let me tell you that that opinion could not be further from the truth! Surprisingly, it is the smallest moves that pack the most punch. After even just the warm up exercise, you can feel the burn in your core and glutes… and to be honest, that doesn’t ease up the whole way through your session! The heavy focus on stabilisation means your core and glutes are engaged for the entire 45 minute class, even as the arms and legs are being worked (unlike a traditional weight session). Lagree is a challenge even for those who consider themselves to be fit and strong. I heard from a little birdie in the lagree circle that, with the help of some extra spring loading and advanced options where needed, even the strongest of men can be heard whimpering and complaining!
If you are chasing a new total body work out, I would strongly suggest giving lagree a go. Genderless and ageless, lagree is a class anyone can try out!