7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking a Lagree Method Class


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Pilates has been around for 80-plus years, and it's no wonder that it has staying power. The workout offers so many benefits—it can help strengthen your core, improve flexibility and joint mobility, and build strength. But how do you even start? Beginning any new workout routine can be intimidating.

So whether you're a beginner or a Pilates enthusiast, we asked Mary Miller, an instructor at The Studio (MDR), where a community workout was held to celebrate JoyLab's latest fall collection (now available in stores and at target.com) to share her pro tips for a good workout session. The studio uses the Lagree Method, which is similar to Pilates, but is done on a Megaformer. Here's what she had to say.


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1. Listen to Your Instructor: This way you can learn everything properly. "The Lagree Method [which the Studio (MDR) uses] focuses on overall functional strength: targeting the core, lengthening and strengthening the entire body while maintaining low to no impact on the joints. It takes time to build your strength and core—in general, most people forget or don't know how to use their core, but at the studio, our instructors guide and adjust you through the workout, so over time you will notice the difference whether you are using your core or not. It will make a difference in your workout and everyday life," Miller says.


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4. Hydrate: Miller says this is important before and after class.


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6. Don't Give Up: "Your first few times may be hard and challenging and won't seem to get easier, but you will definitely feel yourself getting stronger, which will get you motivated to come back," Miller says. "You'll start to feel and see the results quickly!"


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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