Green, center, leads an exercise class on Thursday, Nov.
13, 2014, during a preview class at The Body Lab in
Leawood, Kan. The studio, which opens in December 2014,
offers an intense Pilates workout using machines. Green
is the studio's director and head trainer.
CITY ó Thanksgiving is full of gratitude and second plates,
but it also launches that time of year when fitness takes a
backseat to end-of-year bucket lists, calorie-pushing parties
and epic moments in shopping.
Friday might make you sweat, but I know I will quickly
backslide on my health goals if I donít start finding new
ways to engage myself now. The Body Lab in Leawood, Kan., is
my latest fit adventure.
studio specializes in Lagree Fitness, a Herculean approach to
full-body conditioning created by fitness guru Sebastien
Lagree. Popular in Los Angeles and New York City for more than
10 years, the workout is new to Kansas City.
all about the Megaformer, a machine with straps and handles
that slides and glides and really should come with a safe
word. To all my "Fifty Shades of Grey" fans, the
Body Lab could easily be the exercise edition of the Red Room
workout designed to make you shake. Sometimes you stand on the
machine, sometimes you lie down or hang off of it. But
everything you do is slow and controlled and in front of a
mirror. Selfie time? No.
the muscles to failure is the point. Itís at those moments
when you think you are beaten down, when life has handed your
swag to you in a brown paper bag, that greatness can be born.
where you get stronger and push harder. I cling to that
sentiment as Piper Yi, Lagree Fitness master trainer and
former "Survivor" contestant, adjusts my hips to sit
a little lower so that my legs quiver. She is in town to train
the trainers and I luck out and get a session with her during
events related to the recent opening of the studio. Sheís
hard-core, and only Taylor Swiftís "Shake It Off"
can soothe me. Yes, I admit it. Taylor Swift motivated me
through the motions.
doing the "Catfish," on your tippy toes, bent over
in a pseudo plank-squat, using your core and legs to move the
machine back and forth, Taylor Swift sounds like an angel sent
from the heavens to help you achieve all things.
convinces me that shaking is a good thing.
be nervous," she says. "Be excited. Everything we do
on the machine, although itís intense, it is low impact on
your joints. It looks like a crazy torture device with straps,
curves and pulls, but if youíre going to work out for 50
minutes, there should be cardio, endurance and strength in
every single move. It should work all of your muscles, even
the little ones you donít normally work. It should make the
weakest links stronger."
itís like Crossfit and Pilates had a one-night stand and
Lagree fitness is their lovechild. But trust me: When youíre
sitting on top of the machine, hanging halfway off doing a
"mermaid crunch" and you reach one hand up for the
sky, you might call for your mommy.