Happy New Year! I hope your first few weeks of 2019 have been healthy and happy! But wow… guys! I have been running around like crazy since January 1st. All of a sudden our wedding is around the corner (4 months!) and I haven’t been putting in the prep work I should be.. more on that later though. I’m planning a “Day in the Life” post for later this week, but I wanted to share my progress with you about my year long cross-training challenge!
I put a poll up on my Instastory (@handarrowfit) on New Year’s Eve asking you for your input as to what format I should try first for my cross-training challenge. I offered up the options of cycle or Megaformer: and Megaformer won by a landslide. Seventy-eight percent of you wanted to hear more about this method, and also see what happens when I take it consistently for the next two months. So here we go!
Have you heard of the Lagree Method? Or Megaformer classes? The Megaformer machine itself and the technique/method of class were both created by Sebastian Lagree in 2001. There are over 300 Megaformer locations worldwide.
Your movements on the Megaformer are performed as slowly as possible. The concept of Lagree is that slow, controlled movement under constant tension leads to effective muscle stimulation. By keeping the muscles under constant tension, and transitioning quickly from one exercise to the next, you achieve a workout that is both cardio and strength training, from start to finish.
The interesting thing about Lagree: is that you may have a studio in your hometown and not know it. Since Lagree licensed studios are not a franchise, they can vary by vibe, name, class offerings (etc.). I tried one in Charlotte called HSM Core, and LOVED it!. SLT s a VERY popular one in New York City and I plan to try it the next time I’m up there. Some studios mix the megaformer with a second piece of equipment like at Transform Colorado they mix it with the “versaclimber” and at Sculpthouse (in Atlanta) they add a treadmill.
The Megaformer studio in Asheville (Scorch Fitness) is located in the River Arts District and I was secretly hoping you would choose this format for me to try first. The workout is awesome and the owners are the KINDEST and most amazing people I have met in Asheville. When I told them I was going to own a barre studio in town they welcomed me with open arms and asked if I’d like to collaborate with them. This is basically unheard of in the fitness industry which is known for being SO competitive. I was afraid they wouldn’t let me continue to take classes with them.. but instead we hosted a JOINT Pure Barre and Megaformer class last week! They really live the mantra "community over competition" and that's just so cool and inspiring to me!
Tomorrow I will meet with Dr. Reena Newton at Get 2 Know your Body for my first body composition analysis and first round of pictures. More to come! Thanks for following along with me throughout this project! At the end of every week I’ll post my workouts for the week, and how I’m feeling throughout the week. I plan to keep my diet as consistent as possible as well to keep that from messing with my data throughout the year <3
Have any questions for me? I am SO excited to get started! More to come very soon I promise!
Have you started a cross training, or fitness related challenge for the New Year? Share below!