Studio Lagree, YYZ | 4.5

◊ THE CLASS: M3 Fusion ◊


THE RATING

4.5 PINEAPLLES

WHAT TO BRING

  • Grip socks
  • Water bottle

OVERALL REVIEW

Studio Lagree is kinda a big deal. Any fitness studio regular has heard of or (more likely) been to and subsequently become obsessed with, Lagree. Hailing from the fit babes capital of the world {Hollywood} by French American inventory Sebastian Lagree, the workout is a hybrid of HITT and pilates, with the entire class done on an oversized megareformer pilates machine. Despite the fact this is a Pilates studio, the vibe is hardcore and the sweat is real. The class focuses on toning and lengthening your muscles to build a lean physique and don’t be surprised that, even with the lack of heavy cardio, how tough that road is. The class killed us, and there’s no doubt you’ll feel a burn you didn’t think a “Pilates” class could dish up. 

1 PINEAPPLE LOCATION 

788 King Street West, Toronto

Studio Lagree has become massive with studios across Canada, US, UK and Germany. In Canada, they’re all in Toronto and the GTA in Queen East, Forest Hill, King West, and Vaughn Mills (not to be confused with YYC Lagree or Lagree West in Van that have The Lagree Method™). The King West location in TO is convenient to get to being on a major streetcar line and, west enough on King before the ‘pedestrian-only’ rule applies, parking is available on King and neighbouring side streets. They’re located on the second floor which shares an entrance with Italian restaurant Ovest and their sister studio Studio KO

0.5 PINEAPPLE CLASS SCHEDULE + PRICE

Expect to find one hero class; M3 Fusion, which is a 50-minute total-body program on their iconic M3™ machine that fuses cardio, strength and endurance. There’s a few other classes peppered in, like Arms & Abs, Ass & Abs and Back to Basics, which are all pretty self explanatory and also only 50 minutes. The schedule is PACKED with the King West location having classes every hour on the hour starting at 6:00am Monday to Friday, and going until mid-afternoon on weekends. 

Prices

Prices are steep at $32 for a drop-in before tax ($17 for first visit) but crazy enough, that’s pretty standard for Reformer Pilates. They’re literally the mother bear compared to their Reformer colleagues Muse Movement ($34) and Misfit ($30) in Toronto. That said, when you’re paying closer to $40 for a class after tax – that hurts, so it’s ideal to buy class packs to drive down the price. Interestingly enough they don’t have memberships, so if you’re a fan, go for the 20 Class Pass that drops classes to $22 per. They’re also on Class Pass, so that helps. 

  • Single Class Pass: $32
  • 3 Class Pass: $75 ($25 per)
  • 5 Class Pass: $145 ($29 per)
  • 10 Class Pass: $270 ($27 per)
  • 20 Class Pass: $440 ($22 per)

1 PINEAPPLE VIBE

The studio surprised us. For the reputation and price point, we were expecting a pristine, luxe, bright studio. Instead, what exists is a hardcore, dark, and “lived in” kind of space. Don’t expect to find a neon sign and pretty wall paper for the gram. It’s clear it’s just not their first priority – your sweaty workout is.  They share the studio with Studio KO, which in itself adds an element of bad-assery, and the decor is intentionally gender neutral with black leather furniture and red accents. When you climb the stairs and leave your shoes at the door, you enter a bustling studio with the shared sign in desk at the centre and a lobby filled with class goers on their phones, mingling, and wrapping their hands for KO. The change rooms carry the same vibe; a bit cramped with bodies everywhere, but everything you need is included like hair and body products, towel service and lockers. The single large studio is behind a curtain to the right (KO to the left) and it’s filled with the custom made M3™ Magareformer beds with mirrors at the front and back of the studio.

The Crowd

Svelte, sweaty, dedicated, and regulars. Although Lagree definitely makes the effort to appeal to both men and women, we haven’t come across a man yet. The women in our class ranged in age from 20’s to late 30’s but not veering too far from that decade. 

AMENITIES

  • Towel service
  • Showers, washrooms, and personal care products like hairspray, q-tips, elastics, spray deodorant and more 
  • Programmable lockers
  • Filtered water
  • Socks for purchase or they’ll let you borrow (clean) communal ones
  • Retail boutique carrying brands like Toe Socks and Alo

1 PINEAPPLE INSTRUCTOR

Rory Bray

Clearly an ex-dancer, this chick is lean, fit and adorable. Her teaching style is sweet but strong and, like the entire vibe at Lagree, she doesn’t mess around. She was thorough and attentive, taking the newbies aside before class to give a five minute intro to the beds, what she’d reference as the front and back of the room, and any safety precautions (like how to dismount, and not adjusting the weight resistance knobs while at the back of the machine). At the beginning of class she broke down one particular movement we would do half-way through, because she knew it was difficult to explain and she wanted our full attention vs. explaining in the middle of class and loosing us. Liked that. There were a handful of movements that were a tad confusing, but as soon as Rory caught wind of people looking lost she jumped on a bed and showed us the way. She was in tune with the room and was quick to correct form and provide extra assistance wherever needed which is so important in Pilates. Full fruits, girl. 

1 PINEAPPLE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADSIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL

Before we say anything, know this. Lagree guesstimates that an average M3 Fusion class will have you burning 500-700 calories. That’s damn good. One of the biggest differences between a regular Reformer class and Lagree, is the use of their patented megareformer beds which allows them to create a workout that merges traditional Pilates with cardio, but in a low-impact way. You’ll play with the megareformers and their various extremities in different positions to do so. Like standing on them, kneeling on all fours, laying sideways, all while adjusting the springs that control the level of resistance. It’s like a grown-up jungle gym.

Like many styles of isometric exercise like this, the idea with The Lagree Method™ is to work one particular muscle group until fatigue. Our class was ultra leg heavy and we started with an initial leg sequence working the bed from 4-5 different angles on one leg, followed by a section facing the back that focused on our backs, and then finishing with the same beginning leg sequence but on the other leg. The number of sets was the perfect amount to create a fierce burn but not an annoying amount that you would give up or loose interest. Rory was great about counting us through each set and telling us when we were nearing the end – which I appreciated because it helped you gauge how much to give and how much gas to leave in the tank. The 50 minute class went by fast, and it was more difficult than other reformer pilates classes we’ve taken. We worked up a sweat pretty damn quickly, especially if we took Rory’s suggestions for the heavier resistance settings, which we did like one time – so enough said. 

To try this class or anything else on their schedule, see Lagree’s schedule here.

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