TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | STACY W

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How did you find Lagree Fitness and why does it resonate with you?

I found Lagree through my cousin and fellow instructor, Jessica.  She promised me happiness which I had been searching for after 15 years as a restaurant GM.  She was not joking!  After my first class, I was hooked.  Being a former dancer, I found Lagree to be so effective.  My body was on fire, reacting in ways it has not done since high school. I had been struggling to find a workout that kept my body in shape and my mind stimulated. I love the full body workout in only 45 mins too. Lagree makes me happy and happy people are more effective in life!

How would you describe your teaching style?

I strive to be effective as a trainer while offering support and encouragement. I want my clients to leave feeling as though they have accomplished something amazing while feeling great about themselves.

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What's your favorite post-workout nosh?

Lots and lots of water as well as my Arbonne Protein shakes!

If you were to give one workout tip to your clients, what would it be?

My one workout tip is to never give up. During class, it can get tough!  It takes that inner strength to power through the workout and achieve the ultimate goal. Ohhh and bring a towel because you're gonna sweat!

Stacy teaches at our Valencia location.  Check out her classes here!

 

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Amanda M

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

My friend opened a Lagree studio in Berkeley about a year and a half ago and she asked if I wanted to get certified to teach at her studio. I was skeptical because I’m more of an “outdoorsy workout” kind of person. However, about three minutes into the first class I took, I was hooked! My core was on fire and I knew Lagree was the workout I’d been looking for. I started taking taking classes regularly and loved what it did for my body.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I strive to make all my classes challenging and unique. I want clients leaving class feeling really good about the workout they just conquered!

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

I usually go for protein after a workout! I am currently hooked on Isagenix shakes.

IF YOU WERE TO GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It doesn’t matter what your state of physical fitness is. Lagree is for all levels! Your body is stronger than you think it is. Come to class even on the days you don’t want to and don’t be afraid to ask your instructors questions!

Amanda teaches at our Valencia location.  Check out her schedule here!

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Jen H

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I thought I was going to a Pilates studio but it turned out to be a Lagree fitness studio and I was immediately hooked after the first class! The classes were challenging and helped me get stronger physically and mentally.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Challenging but fun... bring a towel. :) 

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST WORKOUT NOSH?

Carbonated anything. I love bubbles!

IF YOU WERE TO GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Every workout is different! Listen to your body and adapt your workout accordingly. Don't be discouraged if you need to go lighter on the springs or need to take a moment for yourself.

Jen teaches at both our Glendale and Montrose locations.  Check out her schedule here!

HEALTH HACK | 10 MINUTE DINNERS

We all know that preparing meals at home is the best way to maintain a healthy diet. But we also all know that sometimes, spending time in the kitchen cooking dinner after a long day at work just isn't ideal. Good news - there are great dishes that can be whipped up in 10 minutes or less that also consider your waistline! Try out these 5 recipes for your next dinner meal:

1. Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad. See recipe here.

2. Quick and Easy Chicken Burrito. See recipe here.

3. Salmon and Herbed Bean Salad. See recipe here.

4. Portobello pizzas. See recipe here.

5. Easy Pad Thai. See recipe here.
 

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Chelsea V

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I've been in fitness for almost a decade and, a few years back, I got invited to a little studio in Ohio, to train their staff in indoor cycling. They also offered Lagree, which I tried out and got absolutely hooked on! Once I started taking classes consistently (3x/week), not only did my body start to look leaner and more toned than I had seen with previous workout styles, but I was also able to rehab old injuries, like my shoulder. I never thought I would be able to do a straight-leg pushup again, but now I can do them.. to a slow four count! ;) I appreciate that this method is all about what you bring to the table, as fas as how slow you take each exercise, and that you can always take it to the next level. It's the ultimate mind/body challenge, with exceptional results.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I once had a student describe my classes as, "challenging, but not demoralizing; a friendly push," and that's pretty much me, in a nutshell. I'm a huge dork at heart, and I've learned that part of what helps those around us be authentic is being vulnerable yourself. You will see me make mistakes, shake in moves next to you (when I'm taking class), and beyond, but I will always try to get both of us to evolve. I love growth-minded workouts and people!

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

Protein, of course! But on a more specific level, I am obsessed with the Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bars, or the Chocolate Supreme protein shake from Earthbar (swap the banana for blueberries, for less sugar). O.M.G. Becky.

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Show up on the days you don't want to. Those days not only keep you accountable, as far as your exercise routine, but they also strengthen your mental resolve. If I'm feeling beat down or exhausted, and I just get myself onto that Megaformer, I always walk out 45 minutes later, knowing that I've still got it. You do, too. Just show up.

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Linda K

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

Fellow instructor Jessica and I have known each other for a long time, when one of the first Lagree studios opened in LA she introduced me to it years ago we would commute down from Valencia just to workout. Now we are so lucky to have an amazing studio in our Valley! It resonates with me because it’s the best workout I’ve ever done. I love that we squeeze so much into just 45 minutes. So many other workouts you waste time with equipment and setting things up and putting things away etc. Who has time for that? At Motivate, you get a full-body workout and you're in and out. I love the challenge and that the classes still kill me after all theses years.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I like to keep things light and fun but challenging. I want to be a part of your fitness journey and help you to achieve your goals and aspire to be the best part of your day!  I know life can be stressful so I hope to help people have some fun and get in some good work. I love seeing people make time for fitness, it’s so important for a healthy and happy life.

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

That’s tough! I love the chicken buffalo bowl at Eat Real Cafe. It has antibiotic free chicken with organic quinoa, homemade buffalo sauce, homemade ranch and celery. Yum!

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Hang in there! Keep at it and don’t underestimate your own strength. You’re stronger than you know and often our brain tells us we can’t do things we actually can do!  Keep working hard and you’ll be so happy you did. You really are worth it! Regular exercise helps your body to fight diseases and helps you to feel happy. You deserve that!

Linda teaches at our Valencia location.  Check out her schedule here!

HEALTH HACK | 5 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST LIFE

As we all try to live our best and healthiest lives, it is always helpful to learn new tips to help us achieve that! So whether your goal is to eat better, work out more or feel less stressed, we are here to motivate you and push you toward your goal(s)! Here are 5 healthy life hacks for you to incorporate in your daily routine:

1) Start your morning with lemon water to help flush your system of toxins.

2) Take a moment in your day to press pause, clear your mind, and meditate. 

3) Always travel with a water bottle so you stay hydrated throughout the day.

4) Leave your cell phone on the bedside table at night to ensure a good night's sleep.

5) Meal prep healthy lunches to avoid poor meal choices. 

HEALTH HACK | BUCK UP FOR BREAKFAST

Breakfast - the most important meal of the day, as we all know. But even armed with this knowledge, there are some mornings where you find yourself wanting to hit the snooze button, get that extra 30 minutes of sleep and just settle for a cup of coffee rather than waking up to make yourself a meal (we've all been there). In those moments, it's much easier to pull yourself out of bed when you have some healthy, delicious and most importantly, easy-to-make breakfast recipes up your sleeve! Good news is that you don't have to do any leg work on finding these recipes; you just have to execute them. Try out one of these 5 recipes your next morning:

1. Sun Butter, Banana & Chia Seed Toast. See recipe here.

2. Healthy Berry Yogurt Smoothie. See recipe here.

3. Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg. See recipe here.

4. 5-Minute Multigrain Cereal. See recipe here.

5. Chilled Overnight Chia. See recipe here.

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HEALTH HACK | POWER UP

How have you been faring with your New Years resolutions so far? Have you been keeping up a good fitness regime? We can help with that! One key tactic of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is eating right. Eating snacks throughout the day is crucial to ensuring you have enough energy to power through a good workout. Something like a power bar is a perfect morsel of energy to fuel you for the day. Try out these 5 DIY power bar recipes:

1. Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars. See recipe here.

2. No Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars. See recipe here.

3. Peanut butter Maple Almond Bars. See recipe here.

4.Super Food Energy Bars with Cacao. See recipe here.

5. Paleo Nut Energy Bars. See recipe here.

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HEALTH HACK | NEW YEAR, BETTER YOU

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we reflect on what a year 2017 has been--how much we have grown, learned and changed--and take all the positives from the previous year into the new year, it is even more important to establish new goals and ambitions. For many, these new objectives revolve around fitness and a stronger, healthier body. And to that, we say YES YOU CAN! Maintaining and elevating your fitness is a continued process and can't be attained in one day. Sustainable change takes time and if you push yourself little by little each and every day, you will see transformation. In this new year, we challenge you to implement these 5 diet/fitness tips in your routine so that you achieve your best self this 2018:

1) Eat breakfast EVERY DAY. 

2) Carry a healthy snack with you wherever you go! 

3) Drink your recommended daily serving of water (it will depend on each person, but the general recommended daily amount is 64 ounces).

4) Take your time when eating!

5) Start your meal with a soup or salad.
 

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HEALTH HACK | HOLIDAY MOCKTAILS

What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Food, family, love, DRINKS. The last subject is almost it's own food group as the holidays are never complete without a bevy of festive beverages. Now, there are plenty of alcoholic cocktails on the web for the merry drinkers that like to get a buzz on, but where does that leave the more health conscious folk who also like a good toast? Worry not, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks that are perfect for the holidays! Try one of these 5 mocktails for your next holiday toast: 

1. Grinch Punch. See recipe here.

2. Candy Cane Sparkler. See recipe here.

3. Apple Cider Fake-tini.See recipe here.

4. Sparkling Pomegranate-Chai Mocktail. See recipe here.

5. Sleigh Driver. See recipe here.
 

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HEALTH HACK | DECEMBER DESSERTS

We are in the thick of holiday season folks! That means festive music, twinkling lights, comforting soups and decadent desserts. Don't be afraid that indulging in a bit of dessert this season may derail your fitness regime--you can whip up a number of winter-inspired desserts that are delectable and not detrimental to your diet! Try out these 5 scrumptious recipes this December:

1. Date Sweetened Brownie. See recipe here.

2. Pear and Quinoa Apple Crisp. See recipe here.

3. Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate. See recipe here.

4. Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies. See recipe here.

5. Caramel-Pear Pudding Cake. See recipe here.
 

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TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Jessica W

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I learned about Lagree through my cousin.  She started her first studio in Hollywood and I went to support and tried her class.  I thought it was so amazing and even though I lived in Santa Clarita I would make the drive down twice a week to get my butt kicked.  I saw pretty quickly the difference it made in my body, and I was in love!  I knew this would be life long love of mine but didn’t know at the time I would get the privilege of instructing.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I would have to say that that I am serious about the effectiveness of my clients' workout but I'm definitely not super serious by nature.  I try to make this already difficult experience a little less with some playful banter to help keep your mind off the burn!

Humbled-  I feel so humbled by the love, dedication and appreciation for each and every one of my clients that come to see me for a great workout. It feels amazing to help others and see their excitement as they progress towards their goals and a healthier lifestyle. These classes are never easy; to help clients push the limits of their bodies and get stronger despite the challenge is beyond rewarding and I am so grateful and humbled that I get to share that with them.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

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Oh, man this is tough. I love food and am not a very good eat-the-same-thing-everyday type of person.  I love ground turkey and rice or on a bed of spinach.  I also love poached salmon and rice. If I can’t get to one of these meals I will reach for my RX Bars (chocolate sea salt is my fave).  Those are just a couple of my go-to foods post workout (unless it's in the morning, then I love oatmeal with fruit or eggs with hash-browns. :) )

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Never be afraid to try new things and reach new goals.  There is always a way to modify things if its too hard, but give your self the chance to try something new!  You might be surprised as to how strong you are getting.  Last but not least, the slower the better in every move and EMBRACE the SHAKE!

Check out Jessica's schedule here!

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Charlene S

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I found Lagree after trying many other types of workouts, everything from barre classes to CrossFit.  I gained a lot of endurance and strength with CrossFit but my body just couldn't handle the heavy weightlifting after a while.  I came across Motivate in doing some research and figured it couldn't be any harder than CrossFit so I gave it a try.  Man, was I wrong!  After that very first session I discovered new muscles that I never knew I had and didn't have to throw heavy weights above my head in order to find them!  I loved every minute of being pushed to my max, not only by the trainer, but mentally for myself. With each class I found myself pushing harder, holding longer and embracing that shake.  I love how much stronger I am now as a result and also enjoy being able to work out more efficiently and much more safely at Motivate.  I always leave with a sense of accomplishment!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

 Intense and Pushing Limits.  I know within each of us, we have the ability to go harder and push farther than we even realize or allow ourselves to do.  We often stop right at that moment where we think it's too hard, not knowing that change is just over the precipice if we can fight to get through the discomfort.  As a trainer, I want to be able to bring that out in my clients while being safe and encouraging.

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

Protein banana pancakes!  Super simple- 2 (or 3!) eggs and 1 banana, mashed and whisked all together, fry it in a pan.  I'll follow that up with a tuna, kale and broccoli slaw with quinoa and sunflower seeds, drizzled with a red wine/olive oil vinaigrette.

IF YOU WERE TO GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Embrace the shake!  Endure and fight through because there’s strength on the other side.

Check out Charlene's schedule here!