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What is the MHP+ Studio Workout!?!   
WE are NOT your MAMA's Pilates..in fact our workout is called LAGREE FITNESS.The LAGREE METHOD;  is the ONLY workout of it's kind! Lagree Fitness integrates key elements of resistance and counter-resistance using a system of springs and pulleys in a sequence which allows for periods of zero gravity at peak muscle contraction. The composition of this method is significant in that it encourages maximum exertion while allowing for low risk of injury. The Lagree Fitness method strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles, improves endurance, jump-starts the metabolism, burns fat, increases flexibility and postural alignment, and restores the body’s natural balance. We are NOT what you might expect a typical pilates studio to be. The science behind our workout gets you the results you want! The 5 KEY requirements to achieve physical fitness are:

Muscular Strength: Is the ability of the muscle to exert force during an activity. The key to making your muscles stronger is working them against resistance, whether that be from weights, gravity, or springs.

Muscular Endurance: is the ability of the muscle to continue to perform without fatigue.

Cardiorespiratory Endurance: is the ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel during sustained physical activity.

Flexibility: is the range of motion around a joint. Good flexibility in the joints can help prevent injuries through all stages of life.

Body composition: Refers to the relative amount of muscle, fat, bone, and other vital parts of the body. A person's total body weight may not change over time; but his/her body composition might, resulting in a greater fat gain and greater muscle loss. The bathroom scale does not assess how much of that body weight is fat and how much is lean mass (muscle, bone, tendons, and ligaments). Lagree Fitness will help you loose fat and build muscles. 

Slow and Controlled Movement: The movements are taught to be performed slowly and with control. The lifting and lowering phases of each repetition is at least 4 seconds to eliminate any momentum. Lifting slowly and with control forces the muscles to stay contracted throughout the entire range of motion and this is a key factor in promoting strength. That "constant" tension recruits more muscle fibers and is a very efficient way to "wake" up muscles that have gotten used to traditional methods. Another advantage of slow and controlled movements is the smaller risk of injury compared to other methods of lifting; many joint injuries occur from lifting weights too fast. 

Muscle Failure: Each set is designed to work the muscle to failure. Muscular "failure" is defined as when the muscle can no longer move or contract concentrically. During a session, each set allows you to progress through all 4 motor unit types. Your body will start by recruiting your slow twitch fibers first, as the set progresses and those fiber weakens, your body will recruit your fast intermediate muscles fibers (type 2a and 2b); finally for the last 2 to 20 seconds of the set, your body will recruit your fast twitch fibers. That progressive overloading seems to stimulate the biggest amount of muscle fibers and creates the greatest metabolic response.

Intensity: Intensity is the amount of effort required or the amount of energy required to do the work. Lagree Fitness exercises are very intense but minimize the stress on the joints and the spine. In addition, it's very easy to increase the intensity on the Megaformer due to its counter resistance setting. 

Multiple Muscles: Lagree Fitness works multiple muscles at the same time. Some movements work over 600 muscles at once! Aside for being extremely time efficient; working multiple muscles at the same time burns more calories than isolation exercises; develops core strength faster; stimulates balance and body coordination better; keeps the heart rate up; and build strength quicker than isolation movements.

EPOC: EPOC stands for Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Many studies show that the greater loss of fat happens AFTER the workout! During EPOC the body is restoring itself to its pre-exercise state, and thus is consuming oxygen at an elevated rate. This means that energy is also being expended at an elevated rate (including an elevated consumption of fat). The EPOC effect is greatest soon after the exercise is completed and decays to a lesser level over time. Some studies found measurable effect existed up to 38 hour after the exercise! Lagree Fitness is designed to generate the greatest EPOC reaction.

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