Lagree is one of the fastest growing workouts in the fitness industry. It has earned its reputation because it is unique in the way it offers such a high intensity workout, all with low impact on your joints and connective tissues. The method focuses on core, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. Some moves can work as much as 600 muscles at one time! Lagree is unlike pilates in the way it balances these high intensity movements with the low impact nature.
Created in 1998 by Sebastien Lagree, from the beginning Lagree has differed from Pilates. Often revolving around an idea of wellness, Pilates was created with an intent to heal, which is why pilates is often used as a form of physical rehabilitation. Lagree was created with the intention to strengthen, tighten, and tone the muscles.
SO, WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES?
One of the biggest differences between Pilates and Lagree is the machines that are used for each. Pilates uses a classical Pilates reformer, while lagree uses the megaformer (often called reformer on steroids). On each of the machines, there is a different muscle focus that comes with each workout. Pilates focuses on one specific muscle group at a time. As you might have noticed with lagree, many muscles are being targeted at once in any given move. Transitions also greatly differ. when you're doing classical pilates, breaks are taken imbetween movements. In Lagree, transitions are fast and meant to be smoothly connected together. This is why transitions matter! The faster you transition and get into the next move during class, the harder you will work and ultimately the most results you will see.
THE 7 PRINCIPLES
Both Pilates and Lagree were founded with 7 principles.
Pilates principles are Breathing, Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow, Postural alignment, and Precision.
The Lagree Method is based on Effective Form, Effective Range of Motion, Effective Tempo, Effective Duration, Effective Tension, Effective Transition, and Effective Plane of Motion