You know that a MEGAfit class is super-challenging and like seeing the results in the mirror, but did you know that there is science behind the megaformer workout?
MEGAfit coaches teach their classes according to the patented Lagree Fitness method. Sebastian Lagree, creator of the megaformer and the exercises performed on it, developed the megaformer to work using differing amounts of spring tension. The spring tension enables users to keep a muscle under constant tension throughout the duration of each exercise. Our coaches are constantly monitoring the pace of each move to ensure that the tension doesn’t benefit from momentum- this is why we are repeatedly telling you to slooooowwww down. The exercise is also timed to work each muscle group to failure. The constant resistance forces your body to recruit more muscle fibers than many traditional exercise programs, which results in a more toned muscle.
Brad Schoenfeld, an assistant profession of exercise science at New York City’s Lehman College, has published upwards of 60 academic papers on every aspect of resistance training, and says “to me, resistance training is the most important form of training for overall health and wellness.” He and many others have studied the effect that load bearing exercise has on the body and determined that this type of exercise causes the bone and muscle surrounding the bone to get stronger and counter the effects of bone resorption (bone loss) as adults age. He postures that “while you can achieve some of these bone benefits through aerobic exercise, resistance training is really the best way to maintain and enhance total-body bone strength. (Why Weight Training is Ridiculously Good for You, Markham Heid, Time.com June 6, 2017).
In a study conducted by Mark Peterson, an assistant professor of physical medicine at the University of Michigan, strength training was determined to improve insulin sensitivity among people with diabetes, help lower high blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol levels and positively impact many other metabolic issues. A study from the University of Connecticut linked regular resistance training to significant drops in inflammation. Furthermore, using resistance has been shown to counteract many postural deficits.
If you still aren’t convinced, consider this quote from Perterson- “maintaining strength later in life seems to be one of the best predictors of survival. When we add strength….. almost every health outcome improves.”