It’s ribbon cutting time at Mantra Fitness OC, and we’re so excited to welcome world-famous fitness founder Sebastien Lagree to our Grand Opening next month!! The legendary Lagree—who transformed the fitness industry with his Megaformer machine and Lagree Method of training—will share in the festivities and bring his own brand of health and wellness through tips, how-to’s, and special class activities. This amazing event will underscore why this French-American fitness phenom is the real deal: he understands body mechanics firsthand—what works and what won’t.
Too Much Too Soon
Lagree has spent decades devoted to fitness and wellbeing, and is passionate about sharing the experience—both good and bad. An early start as a body builder quickly escalated into a nightmare, with an unhealthy obsession for exercise that dominated his life. Looking back, he realizes he spent his 20s over-exercising, strict dieting, and engaging in a hyper-regimented schedule, which included working out 40 hours a week, countless step-aerobics classes monthly, and hitting the gym three times per day. “My life was regimented from 5:30 AM until midnight,” Lagree says. “I was obsessed with bodybuilding and getting to the next repetition.” Not only was this lifestyle hard on his body, he was missing out on life: “It becomes unhealthy when you stop going out...when you start to analyze everything you do (and eat); that’s when you’re going too far.” Lagree’s intense training resulted in struggles with insomnia, overworked muscles, and back spasms. When an X-ray at his doctor’s office revealed the onset of a crossed spine from overexertion, Lagree stepped back and re-evaluated his life. “I started to rest and then I went to a nutritionist and he told me I needed to eat fat,” Lagree recalls, pointing to a dangerously lean diet which was compounding his poor health. “There was no fat in my system.” It was a wake-up call.
The Key to Lagree
The Lagree Method is a 50-minute combination resistance and cardio workout, focused on tightening, strengthening, and toning the body, with form and balance in mind. Spring-based equipment (the Megaformer) allows for training tailored to your range, which is a critical component to achieving results without injury. Using resistance in sequence, spaced with periods of zero gravity at peak muscle contraction, flexibility and strengthening occurs, along with natural muscle elongation. Often dubbed “the next evolution in physical fitness,” the Lagree Method’s innovative approach accomplishes maximum full-body conditioning at a low risk in a short amount of time.
enhanced postural alignment
restoration of the body’s natural balance
In addition, the Lagree Method has been shown to burn more calories by triggering the “post-cardio effect,” which results in a higher continuous rate of calories burned, making the Lagree Method the workout that keeps working!
The Lagree Legacy
Two decades later, with some 300 Lagree-licensed fitness studios across the globe, Lagree currently holds 66 patents in the science and technology field of fitness. The CEO/Founder/Inventor has recently become a filmmaker, too, presenting his documentary “The Future of Fitness,” which examines first-hand accounts of health and fitness throughout our nation. Next up, a new core-burning Supra 2.0 he’s developing...and more and more. For Lagree, it’s a world of updating, tweaking, refining, and finding ways to enhance his machines, aiming always for a “smart, efficient, smooth workout for the user.” Users are clearly happy, too, and their numbers reflect that—the Lagree Method continues to be one of the fastest growing fitness workouts in the industry. From celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, and Sofia Vergara, to countless clients worldwide—including the amazing OC Pilates bodies of our own community—we at Mantra OC embrace our hardcore workouts! What Joseph Pilates founded nearly 100 years ago, Sebastien Lagree has evolved into the perfect workout for our time. Thanks to Lagree’s vitality, vision, and his continued commitment towards innovative health and fitness, we can all benefit from the lasting legacy of Lagree.
Meet the Man behind the Machine at Mantra OC!! Grand Opening Sept. 7, 10 AM-1 PM. Fitness Founder Sebastien Lagree joins our special event...attend a class, raffles, prizes, giveaways, braid bar, live DJ, and more...Mark your calendars; see you at Mantra!
Summer is here and it’s time to shine like the sun! Everyone has a beach body but many still struggle with being able to rock it. Mantra Fitness has put together a few tips to help overcome those insecurities and boost your confidence about enjoying the summer sun.
We love the phrase, “Everyone has a bikini body. You simply put on a bikini and get your booty out in the sun.” There is no need to go to extremes—like crash dieting, juicing, or dehydrating your body—to rock a summer swimsuit. There is freedom to eat, be the weight you are currently at, and have a few extra cocktails. Summer is made to enjoy long days with good company, not stress about what others think of you.
We understand it’s easier said than done. A swimsuit is half the amount of clothing you normally wear and you’re wearing it in front of an audience. That is why we have created these tips to help you strip and feel incredible in your swimsuit.
There is a whole lot of skin showing when you’re in a swimsuit, and using an exfoliant will help it to look bright and glowy. Use a gentle sugar or salt exfoliant in the shower and follow it up with a good moisturizer when you get out. This will get rid of any dry patches and make your skin look hydrated!
This may sound a little odd, but telling yourself you look incredible will train your brain to believe it. Each day as you are getting ready for the day look in the mirror and give yourself three compliments. Say things like, “I am smart! I am stunning! I am perfect the way I was created! I look amazing in a swimsuit! I can do anything I put my mind to!” Get creative and speak what you need to hear. Do it every day of summer and you’ll be shocked at who you become in three months!
It’s NOT One Trend Fits All
String bikinis are not for everyone. Check out different brands and find the one you feel fits well. It may take going to several different stores to find YOUR suit. When you find the one that flatters you most, you confidence meter will go up.
We’re not talking about going and frying in the sun or even hitting the tanning beds. A spray tan is a lot safer for your skin and full of vitamins your skin needs. A darker color can make your muscles appear more toned and improve the appearance of cellulite (if you have any!).
Eat Good to Feel Good
Choose foods that will give you energy throughout the day. Delicious summer fruits and vegetables are in season and cheap at your local grocery store. Make good choices: Leafy greens are healthy vegetables that are anti bloating, keep your stomach flat, and help you feel full. Instead of potato chips or cookies, substitute a fresh peach or a summer salad. Eating good equals feeling good!
Get a Good Sweat Session in
Mantra offers classes every day of the week, morning and evening. Our form of Pilates, Lagree, is designed to burn calories while toning muscle with low impact, targeted exercises. In just a few sessions you’ll see results: your arms get toned, your tummy tightens, and your legs become lean. Check out the studio near you for our schedule and find class times that work best for you.
Fix Your Posture
Even toned girls don't feel their best hunched over. Work on pulling your shoulders back and stop worrying about sucking in your stomach. When you stand tall you look lean and confident. While at Mantra focus on building your back muscles to assist in having great posture. Ask your instructor to let you know when you are doing an exercise that focuses on back muscles and key in.
To all girls with butts, boobs, hips, and a waist, I say, Put on a bikini, put it on and stay strong!
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