I get asked all the time for recommendations of places to workout in Seattle, so as I discover and try studios that I like, I want to make sure there is always a space on the blog to share the love for my fellow Seattle fitness business owners. The latest studio I’ve tried has been Studio 45.
Studio 45 offers Lagree fitness classes. Lagree fitness is a format similar to reformer Pilates, that focuses on low-impact exercises revolving around the MegaFormer machine. At first sight, the machine is intimidating, but once you get the hang of using it, it’s an incredible tool.
If you’ve been reading The Balanced Berry for any amount of time, you know I’m all about being as efficient as possible in the fitness department. I spent years hoofing it on treadmills for hours, and these days, ain’t nobody got time for that. I was initially intrigued by Studio 45’s promise of a full-body workout in 45 minutes (my personal sweet spot for workout length) and was excited to give it a try.
When I first tried Studio 45, I visited their University Village location. I signed up for a 6am class and was bleary-eyed, and a little intimidated, but on my self-proclaimed “self-care day” I knew a low-impact workout would be a good way to kick things off.
I’ll be honest you guys – it. Kicked. My. Butt.
But in a very good way. I can jump, burpee, snatch, swing, and clean with the best of them. But when it comes to slowing down and feeling the mind-body connection behind each movement…let’s just say I’m still a work in progress. For 45 minutes I pulsed, stretched, wobbled, shook and felt really challenged. The movements seem so simple, but when they are sequenced and flow one after the other…it is quite the workout.
Since it was my first time at the studio, the instructor Ann (who was awesome!) was really attentive and offered modifications to help me get the most out of the class for where I’m at. The 45 minutes flew by, and by the next day, I was definitely feeling it. While I don’t think I’m a Lagree-everyday kind of girl (I just love my weights and burpees too much), I’ve definitely enjoyed incorporating more of this low-impact format into my routine to help balance out some of my higher-impact movements. #longevity
In addition to the University Village location, Studio 45 is opening a second studio in Fremont so there are now, even more class options available. If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking for a good challenge, I definitely recommend giving Lagree at Studio 45 a try.
Photos by Kate Miller Photography
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Studio 45. I received complimentary classes to try. Opinions are always my own.
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