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.



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

Almost 6 years ago, a studio opened up around the corner from my house.  I tried one class figuring I had no excuse since I walked my dog by the place all the time, and immediately signed up for a 3 month unlimited that same day.  Lagree Fitness hooked me because I knew that if I stuck with it I would feel really strong.  It is the only workout I do where I can give it everything I have and not aggravate any injuries.  It is so DIFFICULT but also really supportive.  It's also really fun!

How would you describe your teaching style?

Transitions are always a top priority for me.  I actually write down routines and tweak them for minimal rest so there is usually an element of cardio to my classes.  I also want people to have a good time.  I don't think working out should feel like a chore, it should empower and entertain.  I try to be a cheerleader rather than a drillmaster but I will also let you know if I think you can push harder.

What is your favorite post workout nosh?

A client (Hi Rachael!) recommended Papa Steve's No Junk Raw Protein Bars to me and I love them!  I like the vegan dark chocolate coconut and the vegan banana oat choco chip.  I'm also obsessed with unsalted sunflower seeds right now.

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

Be nice to yourself!  You will not perform the same everyday due to many factors like sleep, hydration, what you ate the day before, etc so do your best and let the judgement go. 

Work out with Lacey Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings!


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

Our very own Motivate trainer, Jasmine, took me along to my very first class on a megaformer long ago.  After only one class I was HOOKED and I made it a priority to go twice a week after that.  I love the feel of the movements and the accomplishment of doing something tough.  My megaformer is usually drenched in sweat and I wouldn't have it any other way!

How would you describe your teaching style?

I want my routines to feel like a dance, so I try to set up the flow of my class so each movement goes into the next.  I also love to keep you motivated and try my best to keep you encouraged to hold that move just acouple seconds longer or put another few reps!

What is your favorite post workout nosh?

A banana and then a Quest bar to splurge on something sweet. ;)

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

You are stronger than you think you are!  Having that mindset can help you push a little harder and ultimately get stronger!

Come dance with Stephen and the megaformer Tuesday's and Sundays!  Check out the schedule here



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

I found Lagree fitness through Lululemon where I currently work, Motivate was a new studio opening and of course my co-workers and I had to try it out! (those coworkers include Jasmine and Stephen!) The rest is pretty much history.  I was hooked after the first class and needed to find a way to get more in-depth with the practice; and so taking class led to teacher training which led me here. I really love Lagree because it pushes me the way dance did but without all of the stress to my joints. I had a lot of Achilles, knee, and shoulder issues from all of the jumping and lifting that I did in my practice and it's amazing how low impact this workout truly is. But it still gives me that extra challenge that I love.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style is fun!  At least for me it is,  because I get to jump around and yell over some Beyonce or JT. I like my music loud, it brings my energy up and it keeps silence out of the practice. I like giving students a chance to escape the burn with a fun playlist when it starts to get really difficult, so I work just as hard on my playlist as I do my routine. I love heavy pushing and arms and I will always try and find a way to incorporate a full body workout during my class. I don't like missing a single muscle!

What is your favorite post workout nosh (or favorite healthy recipe)?

My favorite post workout food is difficult to limit down to one I will limit it to one ingredient that I use so very often.  KIMICHI

Kimchi fried rice

Kimchi fried rice

Kimchi is my favorite way that cabbage is prepared. I do so many different things, I will make soup with it, a morning scramble, I even love it plain!

My favorite way to cook it is as fried rice.  I don't use any oil, instead I pour the juice from the kimchi jar onto the rice and it separates and flavors it for me. I will add eggs, spinach, and some tofu for some extra protein. And top it with kimchi of course!

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

My one workout tip would be to stick with it. Stick with your workout routines that you set, stick to the time the teacher has allocated for each move, stick to your goal you set for yourself before you started. If you trust yourself and the teacher you will truly see a difference in your performance and your progress. It's amazing what a little dedication can get you.

Find Taeok's class schedule here!


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


I found Lagree Fitness back in 2008 when I was a student in graduate school. It was the Proformer then, and now many versions later, my favorite—the Megaformer. I love the method, so much that I was determined to become a trainer to share my love with the rest of the world!  I feel mentally and physically fit and happy after every session. It [being on the megaformer] has been my happy place ever since! That adrenaline rush with a surge of serotonin after every session is what keeps me coming back for more.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I love motivating my friends and clients to help reach their health goals. You will definitely feel challenged during my class but also feel like a million bucks after the class! You don’t get a firm a$$ from sitting on them! You gotta’ work for it! It takes determination and discipline to schedule the time to exercise on a routine basis. What more can you ask for if you could come to Motivateand get a full-body strength training session in under one hour! You really don’t need more time, just more intensity!

What is your favorite post workout nosh (or favorite healthy recipe)?

I call it coconut cardamom bliss—absolutely delicious. It’s so refreshing and hearty for a post workout snack. All you need is a blender and the following ingredients!

1 whole young coconut
1-2 tsp cardamom spice
1 medium banana (or 2-3 raw dates)
8 pieces of raw almonds
Toasted coconut flakes (optional for garnish)

Use a knife to cut open the coconut.
Pour out the coconut water into the blender.
Scoop out the coconut into blender (best with a medium-sized metal spoon)
Place the rest of ingredients in blender
Blend (it’s important you blend first before you blend with ice)
Pour a half cup of ice or more (depending on your liking), blend
Garnish with coconut flakes and serve

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

Find what works for you whether that is Lagree Fitness, dance, or yoga. Do whatever that makes you happy, and whatever it takes to make it a lifestyle and not a chore. It’ll never feel like it’s a workout if you’re having fun. I also get my friends to sign up for classes together so we make each other accountable. You are less inclined to early cancel out of a class when you know you committed to going with a friend! I know that wasn’t one tip, but I hope this was helpful for anyone looking for more motivation!

Find Sarah's class schedule here and experience her infectious energy!

FITNESS HACKS | Is your resolution to be healthier in 2016?

With the start of each new year, the feeling of a fresh start is created.  Using the lessons learned in the ended year, we make decisions to make changes!

Resolutions to be healthier are at the top of the lists.  We've all seen the packed gyms in January, but slowly the numbers decline and eventually we're back to the same folks we saw in December.  So what happened to everyone?

Health is not a fad; it is not something we try and decide it isn't for us.  I have made this journey personally many times.  I'm consistent for a few weeks, get busy with other things, don't see instant results, and quit.  When I had my third child, I was unhealthy and didn't have the energy to keep up with the demanding life of having three young children.  My metabolism changed, I wasn't taking time to take care of myself, and I didn't know how to fix it.   When I started receiving "Are you ok?" questions, I knew I needed to make a change.

I didn't play sports in school, didn't dance, and would definitely not categorize myself as athletic.  The gyms were intimidating; I could handle the elliptical, but that was about it.  My cousin had opened a Lagree Fitness studio and I went to try it out.  It was difficult.  I was incredibly weak.  And the soreness!!!!!  But it was fun and I got to hang out with family while I worked out so I stuck with it.  Then the results came.  I noticed my strength improving, I slept better, I had more energy, and I had muscles and shape that I had never seen on my body EVER!  I gained confidence and pride in my strength and hard work. 

This was 9 years ago.  I had made a lifestyle change;  health and fitness are a part of me and my family.  My kids are proud of how strong mama is and impromptu flex-offs are a regular thing around our house.  Yes, I skip days and yes, I ate my weight in cookies over the holidays, but that's life!  It would be impossible to maintain any sort of discipline for an extended period of time if you're miserable and constantly feeling guilty about your choices.  Set aside time to take care of yourself as something you do as part of the regular activities of your life, just like washing your car, getting your nails done, and seeing movies in the theater.

That's my story and here's my "before and after."


If I can do it, so can you.




FITNESS HACKS | Motivate Tip #1

Catfish, donkeys, spiders, and mermaids?

As you take a class, you'll quickly learn Motivate has crazy names for a lot of our exercises.  Learning these names will enhance your workout tremendously!  Lagree Fitness is intended to not only be your strength and endurance training, but also your CARDIO!  The more you attend class, the more familiar you will become with the names of the exercises, the faster your transitions will become between exercises.  This ensures you keep that heart-rate up and staying in that cardiovascular, fat-burning zone!

When time is taken to transition from one exercise to the next, you are essentially giving your body a break and allowing your heart-rate to decline.  Listening to your instructor's cues for the upcoming exercise will help you transition seamlessly.  This can get challenging and, with the help of your instructor, you'll need to push past your comfort zone. It is when we push our bodies to this threshold that we signal our bodies to change.

Together we will sweat, struggle, shake, and burn.  Together we MOTIVATE.