17 Jun MEGAFORMER vs REFORMER PILATES
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REFORMER PILATES AND THE LAGREE METHOD YOU ASK?
The Megaformer has finally landed in Melbourne and I’ve been asked many questions about the Lagree Method; the benefits, etc. But the most popular question is: what is that, Pilates? Well, no it’s not. And here are the differences which set the Megaformer apart…
The machine – Megaformer vs Reformer: There are a few similarities between the two machines, for instance the carriage mobility, tension and the long straps. However, the Megaformer itself has “lots of cutouts and handles integrated into the carriage and platform, so you can make very quick adjustments and find the right amount of tension and traction,” according to Sebastien Lagree, CEO and founder of Lagree Fitness. This allows you to contort your body into an endless number of positions, meaning you work your muscles in ways that aren’t possible on a Reformer. And unlike the Reformer, which hasn’t changed much in decades, the Megaformer is constantly evolving.
The tempo is super slow: in a traditional Pilates session you can expect a workout with quick movements targeting your core and fast-twitch muscle fibres. The Lagree Method adopts slow and controlled movements of at least 4 seconds in, 4 seconds out. None of the movements are performed using momentum. When working with and against resistance slowly, the tension on muscles stays constant, recruiting more muscle fibres. Slow and controlled movements activate the slow-twitch fat-burning muscle fibres.
The Transitions are super quick: even though the exercises are performed slowly and with muscle control, a Lagree workout integrates little to no transition time in between moves. In Pilates, you typically take breaks between each set of exercises. The Lagree philosophy is that shorter transitions lead to a quicker burnout and muscle fatigue.
It’s an intense workout: considering all the points above, The Megaformer allows for more intensity than the Pilates Reformer, getting the heart rate up and stimulating more calories and fat burned. So much so that a couple exercises in, you’re already sweaty! Usually in traditional Pilates classes, there isn’t much of a sweat factor. There might be some sore muscles, although not a lot of sweat.
You’re working more muscles in one exercise: Pilates workouts do a great job at targeting specific muscle groups one at a time, while Lagree classes target many muscles at the same time. When you are in a lunge on the Megaformer, for example, you have the option of working both legs, your core, abs, and your arms all at once. Once you’ve built the foundational core strength, you can never plateau on a Megaformer– with many options to modify and tailor the workout based on combining muscle groups and adjusting spring loads efficiently.
You want more: the Megaformer kicks your butt and you will feel it the next day for sure….you will want to come back for more. Guaranteed!