Turn Your Living Room Into a Pilates Studio With This 4-Move Workout
You don't need to buy a Megaformer for your house to get a great Lagree-style workout at home. In fact, you can do many of these moves with slider discs (or wash cloths or paper plates!), a booty band for your ankles, and an exercise ball. These small, inexpensive, and practical at-home equipment pieces are ideal for creating the sliding motions and resistance of a Megaformer.
"We have several clients that have asked for on-the-go Lagree fitness moves that could be done off the Megaformer while traveling," said Melissa Hennessee, owner of Trim Fitness Studio Lagree Method in Orange County, CA. "While there are several exercises that can be done on discs, I think the most important tip is to move as slow as possible in each movement. Slowing down movements to at least a four-second count will activate the 'slow twitch' muscle fiber, make the movement more challenging, and increase the heart rate."
What's also great about these moves is that they're all low-impact. Trim trainer Natalie Franks told us that "after a career-ending soccer injury followed by five knee surgeries, I was left hopeless as most forms of exercise led to excruciating pain. The Lagree method was the only workout that helped me regain strength, endurance, and balance while protecting my knee." Natalie created this low-impact, at-home workout to target the legs and abs in a way that won't hurt your joints, but will still totally burn those muscles.