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You know what I love about fitness? The possibilities of the ways to move your body are seemingly endless. Every time you think they can’t possibly think of a new fitness concept, the next new craze comes along. I love being able to try all the new fitness classes so when the Blog Squad was invited to try out Lagree YYC, you know I was all over it.
Lagree isn’t technically a new fitness fad. It started in 2001 but truthfully, I just recently heard of it. And until I did a class I still had no clue what it really was. So in case you have been living under a rock like me, I’ll explain what it is.
Lagree is a low-impact full body conditioning workout. The point of the workout is to work on small muscle groups, move slowly with continuous tension and burn out the muscles. It’s performed on a megaformer machine. Which is one crazy contraption with a lot going on.
We were very lucky to have a great instructor who gave us an orientation to the megaformer and the overall concepts of Lagree. She was also very patient with fixing our form and putting up with some of our shenanigans. I can’t help it if it’s a little fun to swing on the machine. But I learned my lesson quickly when I slammed the machine into my own leg. I’m still rocking a pretty big bruise from that. Life lesson – respect the machine.
The class focuses on one muscle group at a time before moving onto the next. Movements are slooooowwww. Each move is done in sets of 8. So you contract out for 4 seconds then in for 4 seconds, and we’re talking Mississippi style counting. Once you’re in a position, you’re there for a while. One minute for upper body and core exercises and two minutes for lower body. Believe me, two minutes feels like a lifetime when your legs are shaking uncontrollably.
The great thing about the class is it can be done by all fitness levels. The platform is weighted and you can adjust it to be harder or easier. I like that this allows you a way to see measurable differences as you take more classes and get stronger.
So what were my thoughts on the class? Honestly, it wasn’t really for me. Similar to how I feel in a yin yoga class, I found the slow pace didn’t entertain me enough. I prefer classes that are faster paced to keep my mind busy and the clock flying by. But like I said, that’s why fitness is so great, there’s something for everyone. Just because it’s not for me, doesn’t mean it’s not for you. It’s definitely something I recommend giving a try.
As for the Lagree YYC studio, it was a beautiful space. There are only 12 megaformers in the room ensuring a small class size. They have a nice locker room with free lockers and private change rooms. Heated underground parking is available for free (a big plus considering we visited when it was -30 degrees outside).
The first class is free to try. After that, there are class packs and monthly membership options. There is a drop-in fee but at a steep $35, the class packs or memberships are a much better deal. They also offer great discounts for students.
Thank you to Lagree YYC for hosting the Calgary Blog Squad, I loved getting to try out something new.
Have you ever tried a Lagree class? What’s a fitness class you’re excited to try out?
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