Resistance opened in 2020 in Chicago’s Wicker Park / Bucktown neighborhood and have been working hard to strengthen and tone thousands of bodies in our community. Our classes are appropriate for all fitness levels. Whether you are a complete beginner looking to start a fitness routine, a professional athlete looking to simultaneously build strength and flexibility, a busy parent looking to get back into an exercise routine or a pilates master looking to push your practice in a new direction – our instructors will guide you through each class at an intensity level suited to your ability and push you to keep improving with every session. All of our instructors are Lagree Fitness Certified with years of experience and diverse fitness backgrounds including strength training, yoga, physical therapy and pre-natal fitness. If you have any questions or specific needs, please send us an email.
The Lagree Method is a high intensity, low impact workout. Exercises performed on the Megaformer utilize a combination of body weight and resistance / assistance from springs to allow many different exercises that improve strength, definition, endurance, flexibility and balance. Lagree uses complex movements that target multiple muscle groups in each exercise. Lagree focuses on slow, controlled movements, keeping your muscles activated for extended periods of time. By performing these exercises at a slow pace, you maximize your muscles’ time under tension, stimulating slow-twitch muscle fibers and increasing muscular endurance and definition. Our instructors guide you through the setup and proper form for each exercise and control the pace throughout the class.
BODY ALIGNMENT In any exercise, proper form is critical to prevent injury and ensure that you are targeting the correct muscles
RANGE OF MOTION Your body engages different muscles at different points in a movement. If your range of motion is too small, it may not effectively stimulate the muscle you are targeting. If you extend your range of motion too far, you may engage the incorrect muscles and increase your chance of injury.
RESISTANCE Your own body weight is a great source of resistance for many exercises. The springs on the Megaformer allow you tune the level of resistance for each exercise to a level that is challenging without compromising form.
DURATION Keeping a muscle under tension for a sufficient amount of time is critical for activating the aerobic system and building muscular endurance.
TEMPO Momentum can help you move weight, but moving weight is not what builds muscle fibers. When you perform exercises at a slow pace, your muscles stay under tension for extended periods of time. Slow movements also help ensure that you maintain form throughout the motion, reducing the risk of injury to joints and muscles.
The Megaformer applies similar concepts of a traditional pilates reformer, but the materials and design allow you to achieve a wider range of motion and perform many exercises that a reformer cannot. Our Megaformer M3K+ machines enable you to perform hundreds of low-impact exercises optimized to target every muscle that you want to sculpt. A series of springs hidden under the carriage allow you to find the perfect amount of resistance / assistance to get the most from each movement. The M3K+ includes updates to the platforms, carriage and bars that allow a greater range of exercises and allow you to find positions perfectly suited to your build. The new Superfast selectors allow you to more easily change the spring, without having to reset the carriage to its starting position.