Lagree vs Pilates. Pilates has been around for a while, and Lagree seems to be growing in popularity. Since they have similar principles, it's not uncommon that there's some confusion about what sets them apart. In this article, we'll talk about each of them, and cover the main points of difference between them.
The differences between Lagree and Pilates
What is Pilates, and what are its main features?
Pilates is a versatile workout, that’s been around for 100 years. The overall goal of the modality is to promote strength and flexibility.
Part of its popularity comes from the fact that Pilates can be done with or without equipment. Some exercises require the usage of resistance bands and the “Reformer” for added intensity. The Reformer is a machine made of a system of springs, ropes, pulleys, and a carriage. While, for other exercises, all you will need is yourself and a mat.
Pilates is also popular as a complement to other sports due to its highly adjustable intensity level. Pilates will almost always allow for a good stretch and strengthening of muscles.
In Pilates, a lot of attention is given to building flexibility and to strengthening the core - two key components of a healthy and active body. The workout itself is composed of deliberate, controlled movements. For that reason, Pilates can be a great rehab workout. Great for those looking to get stronger and to recover after an injury.
What is Lagree, and what are its main features?
Lagree’s apparent similarity to Pilates is not a coincidence. Lagree is a newer workout, that’s derived from Pilates. It was developed by Sebastien Lagree, with the intent to create a higher intensity version of Pilates.
Some Lagree movements can be done without its signature machines, but mostly Lagree is not meant to be a “no equipment” type of workout. The “Megaformer” is a modality staple, and it's meant to be a higher resistance version of the traditional Pilates Reformer while keeping the low impact on joints and soft tissues.
The Lagree workout is composed of slow and small movements, as well as static poses, conducted in circuits of a few minutes. It’s a workout that targets the whole body, usually focusing on a body part in each section of the class.
Lagree also gives a big emphasis to cardio, besides the strength, resistance, and flexibility component that it inherits from Pilates.
Lagree vs Pilates: clearing out all misconceptions
Both modalities are similar in some aspects. However, there are a couple of common misconceptions about them:
- Lagree exercises target many muscles at the same time, while Pilates only focuses on one muscle group at a time.
This is not necessarily true. The reality is that a lot of Pilates exercises actually require you to engage your whole body as well. If you attend a Pilates class, your instructor is likely to include exercises of all kinds, including some that target the whole body at once, just like it happens with Lagree.
- Lagree works at a much slower pace than Pilates.
Even if Lagree is known for its very slow tempo which aims at getting maximum contraction and engagement, it is not true that Lagree is slower than Pilates - it all depends on the trainer. In Vital 7™, we prioritize slow, methodical, controlled movement in every class we teach. After all, control of movement is one of the founding principles of Pilates.
So which of the modalities is the right one for you?
Due to the points of similarity that the modalities have with each other, it's normal to be confused about the topic. The one you should choose will highly depend on your preference.
- Lagree is a higher intensity workout, originated from Pilates. It cannot be performed to its full extent without equipment. It's known for its slow tempo and emphasis on time under tension. It is, however, not necessarily slower than Pilates. If you are looking to join a larger group class, and you want to work with heavier resistance, then Lagree might be what you are looking for.
- Slow reps and control of movement are also essential components of effective training, and especially important for students who seek Pilates for rehabilitation or injury recovery purposes. Pilates can also be done literally anywhere, since it still allows you to get a good workout in, even without the use of equipment. So if you prefer the flexibility of a program that works with or without equipment, then Pilates is probably the right fit.
- In case you’re not sure, then you should definitely try both. Pilates and Lagree can also act as a great complement to each other, so practicing both is a good option.
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