HEALTH HACKS | The Perfect Energy Snack!


As you may have noticed, I love foods that combine healthy fats, carbs, and protein!  These flavorful bites combine dates, peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil!

Dates have anti-inflammatory properties, are great for digestion, boost brain health, and are a great source of ENERGY!  Raw honey, also a great source of energy, has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.  Coconut oil can help regulate metabolism, boost your immune system, and can help fight candida (hello post-Halloween candy binge).  And peanut butter, because everything is better with peanut butter!

Energy Date Bites

3 cups dates (remove the pits)

1 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup raw, organic honey

3/4 cup organic smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Throw everything except half of the shredded coconut into a food processor or blender. Once combined and smooth, form the mixture into 1/2" balls and roll into the shredded coconut.  These are best kept in the refrigerator.




FITNESS HACKS | You don't have time to NOT exercise

Think you don't have time to workout?  The benefits of regular exercise far exceed just having nice biceps or a lifted booty.  Regular exercise has lasting health benefits across many physical aspects!  It is a common thing for people to feel they "don't have time to workout."  Just as with anything in our lives, if we feel it is important enough, we MAKE the time.  Especially in today's technologically-dependent lifestyle, we all are spending much more time sitting than we are moving, and spending a lot of our time looking at screens (phones, computers, tv, tablets).  This can have lasting NEGATIVE effects on our health and social interactions. 

Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of getting in some extra movement:

Regular exercise controls weight

Exercising burns calories, and with the Lagree Fitness method on the megaformer, you leave class CONTINUING to burn calories long after class!  The more intense the workout, the more calories you will burn.  Weight loss, and reversely weight gain, is all a numbers game of calories consumed and calories spent.  Exercise helps to balance that out.

Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

When you exercise you boost HDL or "good" cholesterol, and decrease unhealthy triglycerides.  This has the benefits of keeping your blood flowing smoothly and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.  Regular exercise can also help manage a wide range of other health problems including stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis.  Also, with better balance and strengthened core, you reduce your risk of falls.

Exercise improves mood!

Regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress and leave you feeling happier!  When you exercise, certain feel-good chemicals are released from the brain leaving you happier, more relaxed, and improves your focus and learning which can result in you being more productive.  When you start to feel good physically, it also improves your confidence and self esteem.

Exercise boosts energy

Have you ever felt winded going up a flight of stairs, cleaning the house, or carrying in the groceries?  Regular exercise can improve your muscular strength and your endurance.  When you are physically active, you are delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your body and you're helping your heart to work more efficiently.  When you heart and lungs are working more efficiently, you have more energy to do your day-to-day tasks.

Exercise promotes better sleep

Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and can also help you sleep deeper!  Better and more sleep has many health benefits in and of itself.

Our workouts at Motivate are short, effective, and FUN!  It's also a great way to get away from the screens and make some new friends!  Just try to get in more movement in whatever form you choose!  It can be dance, hiking, walking the dog, or even standing at your desk instead of sitting; all of it will benefit your health.

I like to think of my exercise time as an appointment I am making for my health, just as you would for the dentist or a physical.  We have these bodies for a short time!  Why not make the most of it by being physically able do all the fun things life has to offer.  Future you will thank you for making the time.



HEALTH HACKS | Get your strength training AND your cardio!

Ever wondered how the Megaformer compared to other fitness equipment?  Hear it from the man himself, Sebastien Lagree, on the many benefits of exercising on the Megaformer.  We strive for muscle synergy with, at times, hundreds of muscles working in one exercise.  Our workouts are zero impact on the joints and eliminates repetitive movements which can cause wear and tear.  

Lagree Fitness targets the slow-twich muscle fibers.  These are your longer, leaner, muscle fibers that actually use body fat as their source of energy.  These are the muscle fibers that will cause you to leave class continuing to burn calories long after your workout!   

Go get your cardio junkie friends and do them a favor by introducing them to the Megaformer!

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.