About Us

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The Body Lab offers an innovative workout specifically designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the body quickly and safely. A unique fusion of pilates, cardio, and strength training, the workout is largely based on the holistic principles of Pilates, but also emphasizes the strength training and cardio elements not inherent to Pilates to achieve muscle definition faster than traditional Pilates and/or weight training alone. All in as little as 50 minutes!

By incorporating the key principles of core stability and blending them with the fusion of muscle dynamics, Sebastien Lagree has created the next evolution in physical fitness. It is the most innovative and aggressive approach to full body conditioning. Moving effectively out of the borders of conditioned stimulus, the workout integrates the key elements of resistance and counter-resistance in a sequence that allows for periods of zero gravity at peak muscle contraction. The composition of this method is significant in that it encourages maximum exertion while allowing for low risk of injury. The workout strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles, improves endurance, jump-starts the metabolism, burns fat, increases flexibility and postural alignment, and restores the body’s natural balance. The member, at conclusion, is left with a lithe and powerful body, resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life.

At the core of The Body Lab training method is the Megaformer™, which represents a significant evolution of the traditional Pilates reformer. It is designed to cater to both upper and lower body muscles, using a system of springs and pulleys to accommodate the resistance and counter-resistance elements of the workout. Under the guidance of a certified instructor, it’s one of the safest ways to strengthen muscles while reducing stress on the joints and connective tissue.

Slow and Controlled Movement

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The lifting and lowering phases of each repetition take 4 seconds or more. The key is not to lift using momentum. A big advantage is the smaller risk of injury compared to other methods of lifting; many joint injuries occur from lifting weights too fast. Another advantage of slow and controlled movement training is that it can be used to "wake" up muscles that have gotten used to traditional methods. One more advantage is the amount of time that the muscle is placed under tension. This could be a key factor in why members have experienced greater gains in strength.

Muscle Failure

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Each set is designed to work the muscle to failure. Muscular "failure" is defined as when the muscle can no longer move or contract concentrically. During a session, each set allows progress through all 4 motor unit types. The body will start by recruiting slow twitch fibers first, as the set progresses and those fiber weakens, the body will recruit the fast intermediate muscles fibers (type 2a and 2b); finally for the last 2 to 20 seconds of the set, the body will recruit the fast twitch fibers. That progressive overloading seems to stimulate the biggest amount of muscle fibers and creates the greatest metabolic response.

Multiple Muscles

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The lifting and lowering phases of each repetition take 4 seconds or more. The key is not to lift using momentum. A big advantage is the smaller risk of injury compared to other methods of lifting; many joint injuries occur from lifting weights too fast. Another advantage of slow and controlled movement training is that it can be used to "wake" up muscles that have gotten used to traditional methods. One more advantage is the amount of time that the muscle is placed under tension. This could be a key factor in why members have experienced greater gains in strength.

Constant Tension

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Our workout keeps the muscle at maximum tension throughout the duration of the exercise. The muscles are not allowed to relax for even a fraction of a second during the rep: the moment the muscle is allowed to relax, the set loses its efficacy. Studies have shown that this type of training is very effective for building strength and muscle definition.

Intensity

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Intensity is the amount of effort required or the amount of energy required to do the work. Intensity can be increased by recruiting the most number of muscle fibers in the shortest amount of time and/or by reducing the time between sets. In other words, a member should either burn more calories in the same amount of time, or burn the same calories in a lesser amount of time or combine both.

EPOC: Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption

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Many studies show that the greater loss of fat happens AFTER the workout! During EPOC the body is restoring itself to its pre-exercise state, and thus is consuming oxygen at an elevated rate. This means that energy is also being expended at an elevated rate (including an elevated consumption of fat). The EPOC effect is greatest soon after the exercise is completed and decays to a lesser level over time. Some studies found measurable effect existed up to 38 hours after the exercise.