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Sculpt Studio’s Take on Megaformers, Lagree Method, Fitness & Health

 

Why Leaders in Business Choose Lagree Fitness

What does the CEO of Apple, Vogue Editor-and-Chief, and a former President of the United States all have in common? All attribute exercise as contributing to their success. Tim Cook, Anna Wintour, and Barrack Obama all mandate exercise as part of their weekly, if not daily, routines So what is it that fuses fitness to productivity to create a supercharge “performance hack”? John Ratey, a psychiatrist at Harvard Law, acclaims fitness to be ‘the single best thing for your brain regarding mood, memory, and learning.’ Knowing the importance of and benefits from regularly working out, why do we choose Lagree Fitness? One word : Efficiency. Lagree focus your efforts to provide optimum benefit. Physical fitness can be categorized by these five basic elements: Cardio, Strength, Endurance, Body Composition, and Flexibility. While many workouts try to integrate some or most these elements into an overall workout regiment. Lagree fitness incorporates all elements in each movement so that by the end of each 50 minute class you have successfully optimized each and every movement to efficiently achieve maxim benefit from all the five elements. from your efforts. Below are key features of why leaders in business choose the Lagree Fitness Method as their choice in working out.   Exercise keeps you alert and focused – In order to get all the benefits of Lagree Fitness, you must learn to effectively stimulate the body.  We coach our clients to maintain constant and effective muscle stimulation. The muscles must stay “on” the whole time.  That takes focus and determination. Reduce stress – To achieve effective muscle stimulation, there must be effective intensity. When the body is working so hard, it requires more oxygen, therefore breathing is essential.  Breathing can help burn stored body fat during exercise in addition to releasing stress.   Overcoming obstacles faced in high performing occupations-  Overcoming business challenges in fitness language could be described as improving anaerobic threshold levels.  Most of our training is in the aerobic state but every once in a while we may be required to push our limits.  The more fit you are or the longer you can stay in aerobic state and therefore pushing up your threshold levels.  It’s about working hard and passing and overcoming what we did not think we could achieve.  The end result is the best feeling in the world. Stamina – One of the attributes of being physically fit is cardio respiratory endurance. Keeping your heart rate elevated at a safe level for a sustained length of time during training, staying in the aerobic zone is how we improve cardio respiratory endurance.  An uninterrupted 50 minutes of Lagree Fitness taught at Sculpt Studio will stimulate your cardiovascular system. Boost your confidence Another attribute of physical fitness is muscle endurance.  This is the ability for your body to keep working during continuous movement.  Ironically, In order to perform without fatigue, you need to train the muscles to fatigue.  Lagree Fitness works the muscles to failure. Feeling stronger and physically fit is a huge boost of...

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How the Lagree Fitness Method Unleashed this Golfer’s Game

In celebration of August’s National Golf Day, we have put the spotlight on Adella Lerner,  TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm’s 2016 Golf Player of the Year. Below is Adella’s first-hand account of why the Lagree Fitness Method is her secret to unleashing her golf-game. This isn’t just any workout. Each 50-minute class strategically targets the muscles I use on the golf course. I quickly noticed the benefits of Sculpt’s Lagree Fitness classes.  The classes not only enhanced my golf performance but became a lifestyle within itself. It is no surprise I have been with Sculpt Studio since their doors first opened. When I first started using the Megaformer™ I knew that I had to mentally and physically challenge myself. The Instructors happily made modifications where I focused on the mini wins (rather than losses) throughout my progress. It’s funny because when you feel better physically your mind awakens. I believe that stamina starts with your perception and determination to ‘push through it.’ This full body workout effectively combines strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility training in each and every move. Classes are designed to help me reach effective muscle stimulation (muscle failure) with minimal impact to my joints. Strengthening my core has improved my swing speed and muscle balance in golf. The most rewarding aspect of this workout is the results you see by just showing up to classes each week. I wouldn’t have the stamina and endurance that I have today without working past the early stages. Sculpt Studio has taught me to show up and give it my best effort in every class… In golf, it’s about making the most of each moment – winning is just a bonus! I am now very competitive because I feel stronger. I actually like to embrace that feeling of being pushed to hold a little longer than I want to. As Jill (instructor) says,”it’s that right kind of wrong.” That feeling throughout my muscles is a reminder I am becoming the strongest version of myself. I started taking classes when I was 50 years old. Now, I feel better than I did when I started. I really would say this like drinking out of the fountain of youth! Try your first class today by clicking,...

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A Runner’s Journey to Regain Strength

Sonia’s first-hand account of how she regained strength using the Lagree Fitness Method and why she’ll never “run away!”

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Let’s Get Physical

We have brought in the music professional, Glyde Productions with DJ Ralph for our Mega Mixer – Fit + Sip this Friday, June 16. In the spirit of this event, we have dug a little deeper to see why it is music gets us up and moving! – Here’s what we’ve learned!

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One Strong Mother

Sculpt Studio want you to know – you’re a MEGA MOM, a MOM BOSS and someone who is incredibly special. We hope you’ll stop by our studio, for an effective Lagree Fitness Method workout on our patented Megaformer™ and connect with one of the MEGA MOMS you’re likely to meet at the Studio.

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Self-Defense Seminar Sneak Peek

Kelsey Lindsey took our Self-Defense Seminar in the past and gives personal takeaways and tips that would be helpful for those thinking about attending this month’s event.

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Put Your Heart Into It: Valentine’s Day and Every Day

You probably already know what you should be doing to keep your heart and body healthy and strong, but like most of us wonder how to fit in all this fitness with so many competing demands on the hours in our days. We’ve got you covered here in Bethesda.

At Sculpt Studio, we combine cutting edge equipment and exercise science with passionate and caring instruction.

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Sail Through The Holidays With Sculpt

DECEMBER DOUBLE DOWN (Why It’s The Smartest Holiday Treat) Most of us don’t need a scientific study* to know that holiday food and drinks can pack on the pounds (*though here’s one if you do). But did you know that you’re likely to lose only 50% of that holiday weight gain in the typical New Year’s resolution-driven fitness frenzy? The smarter strategy is to get out ahead of that potential gain by doubling down on your workouts, especially the type of workout that gives you endurance + strength + balance + cardio + core all in one efficient package, like we do in our Megaformer™ classes at Sculpt Studio — because who among us can resist every tasty holiday treat? Read here for tips from last week’s Washington Post on navigating the nutritional challenges of holiday parties without sabotaging your health. Know this: you’ve worked hard all year earning your fitness gains. The end of the year is a time when too many of us are tempted to suspend all the good habits that got us this far, and take a “holiday” from working out and watching our diets. What’s terrible about that m.o. is that the end of year holidays can be among the most stressful periods of the entire year — with many more demands than time or energy to meet them. Add to that a body stressed by poorer nutrition and less exercise and it’s no wonder we get frazzled! We care about your health, your strength and your resilience and want you to sail through the holidays at the top of your game. So forget about taking a holiday from good health — now is the most important time to actually increase your fitness routine. We’re here to help you have fun and get real results. Come double down with Sculpt in December.  We’re celebrating every client who can *double* the number of classes they took in November, and welcome newcomers to the Sculpt family to set their bar and beat the resolutions-rush of January. Do you truly want to treat yo’self this holiday period? Then get sweaty, get sore, and come back for more. Double down in December....

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Feel the Power of Beets – Build Your Stamina

Guest Blogger: Vincent Renner, Tasty6 Amazing Benefits of Raw Beet Juice While the initial reaction I get from people who try our beet juice STAMINATOR is that they either love or hate Beets, the scientifically researched health benefits are truly amazing. And hence make it important that we all try to show the Beets some LOVE! And while many love it and for others yet it is an acquired taste, it is a further amazing how speedy and easy it is to unlock the benefits once you integrate beets into your diet. It has only been in recent decades that scientific research has focused on the health benefits of BEETS as a “functional food”, and the benefits are mindboggling (1), (2), (3): Proven to improves blood flow to your muscles & increases stamina; Very high in antioxidants and nitrates; Good for cardiovascular health as it lowers blood pressure significantly and manages hypertension; Lowers oxidative stress and inflammation; Beets juice increases Stamina by significantly improving Blood Flow – allows for better use of Oxygen, improves Brain functioning and reduces Blood Pressure Beets contain high amounts of nitrates, a compound which improves blood flow throughout the whole body, including muscles, the heart and brain. Increasing nitric oxide in the blood vessels allows blood vessels to open up further and thereby enhances uptake of oxygen. Beet juice “…improves muscle efficiency and endurance exercise” and “…improves performance during intense intermittent exercise” (3 In addition, it has been shown that “…dietary nitrate may be useful in improving regional brain [blood delivery] in older adults in critical brain areas known to be involved in executive functioning” (6). Finally, “… beetroot juice supplementation [is] associated with a significant reduction in systolic Blood Pressure” (2), Beet Juice as a high source of Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Agents Beetroot is a rich source of “phytochemical compounds, that includes ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids and flavonoids”(1), and one of the few sources of the betalains, which are strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities and are being investigated for “…helping with reduction in oxidative stress, chronic inflammation such as liver disease and arthritis and cancer (4)(5)”. Just 5 oz of Raw Beet Juice a day needed to get the necessary benefits Research shows that with just 3 to 5 oz of Raw Beet Juice not large quantities are needed to obtain the beneficial effects to beetroots, but rather 3 to 5 oz of raw beet root juice a day (7). While often it is best to eat the whole fruit or vegetable to get all the nutrients and fiber, beets when cooked or fermented may loose some of the vitamins and anti-oxidants. Drinking raw beet juice may allow for maximum nutrient availability and easy absorption. Are There Any Side Effects to Drinking Beet Juice? People who have naturally low blood pressure should use caution when drinking beet juice, as it may lead to an unsafe drop in blood pressure and make them feel lightheaded (7). Also, the red betalain pigmentation of beet juice color your urine and bowel movement red, which is harmless. The nitrates found in Beets are naturally occurring and convert to safe nitrites in your body, and have nothing to do with the unhealthy nitrites used in preserving meats. Conclusion: LOVE the BEETS – be a STAMINATOR Raw Beet Juice is...

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Let’s Get Deep For A Minute: Bone Deep

RSVP for “Bone Up On Bones” HERE October is Bone + Joint Health Month. Bones support your body and allow you to move. They protect your brain, heart, and other organs from injury. Bones are an essential part of fitness and good health.Sure, bones are structural, but they are by no means fixed or static! They are living, growing tissue, just like your muscles. The health of our bones dictates the types of activities we are able to do every day. Bone degeneration can happen without us even knowing it. Making matters worse, for men and women alike, after age 30 you are naturally losing bone tissue faster than you make it, unless you have a bone building plan. Bones respond to physical activity by growing stronger. In fact, the National Institutes of Health cites physical activity as one of the 3 most important ingredients for strong, healthy bones! Engaging in consistent strength-building, weight-bearing exercise is one of the best things you can do for your bones.   Why Are Megaformers™ Best For Bones + Joints?   The Lagree Fitness Method performed on the Megaformer offers that unique combination of intensity (the kind that challenges muscles and rebuilds bones) and joint-friendly movement in each 50-minute session.  Sculpt’s Lagree Fitness workouts on the Megaformer are the best combination for long-term total body fitness and mobility, not to mention the quick results and changes in strength level Many forms of exercise are either intense (but jarring), or joint-friendly (but mellow); few workouts offer the rare combination of intense on muscles but easy on joints.   LEARN MORE ABOUT THE METHOD + THE MEGAFORMER AT SCULPT   The good news is that anyone can make positive lifestyle and nutrition choices that can slow down and eliminate many of the risks of developing bone degenerating diseases. Read on for expert advice from this month’s guest blogger from Restore Motion Physical Therapy, Reshma Rathod, PT, MSPT, MBA.   Ms. Rathod will be here next week with her colleague, Carrie Cothran, PT, DPT, MS, in connection with our wellness workshop Sculpt Your Health: “Bone Up On Bones” at Sculpt Studio in Bethesda on October 26th @7:00pm. Come with questions for our experts, and afterward talk to Sculpt Studio Founder, Mary Farber, about how you can be bone + joint-smart on the Megaformer™.   Bone Up On Bones By: Reshma Rathod, PT, MSPT, MBA Most of us know very little about our bones – they are hidden and not painful until we break one! So let’s start with some anatomical facts and bone up (get the facts) on bones: At birth we have 300 immature bones; some of these join up; adults have 206 bones. The human hand has 27 bones; the face has 14. The longest bone in the body is the femur (thigh bone) which is about 1/4 of your height. Did you know that humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks? During our lifetime, our bones are in a continual cycle of breaking down and rebuilding. Bone strength represents the integration of bone density and bone quality. Most women will reach 90% of their bone mass by the age of 18 and their peak bone mass by the age of 30 which emphasizes the importance of bone growth...

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