The Body Lab pilates+ specializes in Lagree Fitness, the regime of choice by Hollywood’s elite, celebrated athletes and people who simply want the most kick-butt, shirt drenching and fun workout around. The 50-minute, intense total-body workout, done on the patented MegaFormer, uses slow and controlled movements with constant tension to work your slow-twitch muscle fibers to failure…yes, failure. This workout is unlike anything you’ve ever done and the results are amazing. Not only do you burn an average of 600 calories per class, but for the next 20-24 hours after class, your metabolism is increased so your body can repair the muscles. The workout is designed for all fitness levels. It’s the job of our certified trainers to make sure that modifications are given, proper positioning is taking place and that you have an intense, challenging workout without risk for damage to your joints or muscles. With hundreds of moves and resistance options, every class is different so you will never get bored. Additionally, because of the versatility of the exercises and the tension, your body won’t plateau, which happens often with other workouts. After class, you will hate us, but then you’ll want to hug us….with your toned arms and tight abs.
Slow and Controlled Movement with Constant Tension
The movements are performed slowly and with control as this forces the muscles to stay contracted throughout the entire range of motion, which is a key factor in promoting strength. The constant tension recruits more muscle fibers and is a very efficient way to “wake” up muscles that have become familiar with traditional exercises.
Every class is designed to work the muscles to failure. Muscular “failure” happens when the muscle can no longer move or contract concentrically. Your body will start by recruiting your slow twitch fibers first, as the set progresses and those fiber weakens, your body will recruit your fast intermediate muscles fibers (type 2a and 2b); finally, your body will recruit your fast twitch fibers.
Intensity is the amount of effort required to do the work. The workout at the Body Lab is very intense without putting stress on the joints or the spine.
We work multiple muscles at the same time through compound movements. Aside for being extremely time efficient; working multiple muscles at the same time burns more calories than isolation exercises; develops core strength faster; stimulates balance and body coordination better; keeps the heart rate up; and builds strength quicker than isolation movements.
Stretch and Rest
At last, it is only during the “resting” time that your body is actually getting stronger. During the rest and recovery time, your body is releasing all the hormones necessary for tissue repair and strengthening. Many people think resting is a joke. It’s not. Your body will not change without active recovery time.