Lagree Fitness vs. Pilates

The Lagree Fitness Method has been getting more and more recognition globally and often mistaken for Pilates.  Although the Lagree Fitness Megaformer has some similarities to the Pilates Reformer, the two workouts are very different.

Even the more contemporary style of Pilates Reformer classes cannot sustain the muscle intensity that the Lagree Megaformer classes include in each session.  The effective muscle stimulation that is achieved in our Sculpt Classic classes is what we are talking about. When you’re on the Megaformer, starting with that first exercise, you begin to feel that (oh oh, this is no joke).  On the second minute/exercise, your body has warmed up. By the third minute, you may begin to sweat!! That is partly the due to the Megaformer itself and the additional functionalities it offers. The other part is due to the Method, itself.

Our own Mary Farber, is the best resource in differentiating the two workout methods.  Mary has over a decade of experience in Pilates Apparatus and has been teaching and practicing Lagree Fitness for the past five years.  Here is what Mary has to say about the two Methods:

“When I went through my Pilates training, I learned about the connection of mind and body.  I learned the basics in moving my body and performing exercises in correct form. I learned how to engage my core muscles and I learned how important it is to focus on full body workouts.  Strengthening the backside of the body along with learning how to engage my abs were the highlights of my training.


When I started practicing the Lagree Method on the Megaformer, I was able to use all that training and knowledge to perform the workout.  Believe me when I say that it has changed the way I think about fitness. This workout has changed my body. This workout has made me a different person, I feel stronger than I ever have before.  I feel challenged every time I get on the Megaformer and it is still a battle that goes on in my head to stay in the poses as long as I can with good form.”

The constant tension on the muscles in our Sculpt classic classes is what Mary is talking about.  The slow and controlled movements keep constant tension on the muscles. Your heart rate increases due to the constant work on the muscles.  Staying in the most effective part of each exercise is when you get the most benefit in each workout session. However, don’t worry about being able to do that right away.  It takes practice. The more you open the mind to understanding the exercises and connecting your muscles to your movements and to your brain, the more you get out of each session.


In conclusion, Lagree Fitness and the Megaformer are truly revolutionary.  Joseph Pilates should be credited for inventing the Reformer and the Pilates Method, which focuses on alignment, rehabilitation, and understanding how to engage different muscles. However, Lagree Fitness has taken those foundations and evolved it into a muscle shaking, core intensive workout that has the benefits of Pilates plus more of a strength training elements including cardio and balance.

We encourage trying our revolutionary fitness approach for yourself by taking advantage of our 3 Classes for $59 – New Client First Class Special!

*Pilates experience is not a requirement for Lagree Fitness.