Ahead of the Royal Wedding, Business Insider checked out the workout Meghan Markle called “the best thing you can do for your body” — and it was easy to see why she’s a fan.
Studio Lagree, a gym used by Markle in Toronto, just launched a new London location at £30 a class ($35 in the US).
The Megaformer machine provides an intense full body conditioning workout using slow movements.
One of the studio’s trainers told BI how you can get a taste of the workout at home with 4 simple exercises.
Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle is known for her strong stance on feminism and her habit of breaking royal traditions and smashing stereotypes.
She’s also known for her enviable physique, including toned arms and long, slender legs.
Apparently, Markle owes her figure partly to Megaformer — an intense full body conditioning workout that takes place on a moving machine.
She’s been quoted calling Megaformer workouts “hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” and is said to be a fan of Studio Lagree, a provider with three locations in London.
Lagree launched a new studio at the city’s Nobu Hotel in February, so Business Insider went to a class to see what the fuss is all about.
Robert Lepone, Managing Director of Studio Lagree UK, said Markle was “a very regular visitor to the King Street location in Toronto when filming in the city for Suits.”
Other A-list clients include Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Sophia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Calvin Harris, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, various NBA players from the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and even Ben Stiller.
And with promises of strengthening the body, toning and elongating the muscles, improving endurance, jump-starting the metabolism, burning fat, increasing flexibility and postural alignment, and “restoring the body’s natural balance,” it’s easy to see the appeal.
The machine looks pretty intimidating…
The 50-minute class takes place entirely on a Megaformer machine, which, lined up alongside a number of others, looks incredibly intimidating upon arrival.
There’s a lot of information to take in ahead of your first class. The machine is built to combine pilates, cardio, and strength-training — but it’s your core that takes the biggest hit.
…but you’ll get a good explanation
The Megaformer has three components: front and back platforms and a carriage which moves between the two.
There are numbered lines on each part, so you know exactly where your hands and feet should be planted during each move.
There are also springs attached to the carriage which allow you to add and remove resistance throughout your workout.
Here’s a video showing the machine in motion:
Source:: Business Insider