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MOTIVATE TRAINERS | Paola

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

About six years ago, one of my best friends, Lacey, invited me to take her mock class as she was currently in training to become a Lagree Fitness Instructor.  I watched a class before getting on the machine. I remember watching the clients in French Twist and thinking to myself, "There's no way my body can do that."  Well, my body was capable, after all.  This workout makes me feel stronger in body and mind.  How can you not get hooked?  Two years later, after becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, I was convinced to become a Lagree Fitness Instructor as well.  I was almost reluctant because I had some doubt about my skills as a teacher.  I ended up falling in love with teaching.  It completes me!

How would you describe your teaching style?

My style is encouraging, informative, and upbeat.  I like to let everyone know what particular muscles they're working and why.  Also, music is everything to me when it comes to motivating people to do their best during their workout.  So I look for energizing beats and I often throw in some confidence-boosting songs to remind people they are stronger than they realize.

Vegan Mac n Cheeze with broccoli!

Vegan Mac n Cheeze with broccoli!

 

What's your favorite post workout nosh?

My favorite post workout snack is a large scoop of Vega Coconut Almond nutrition powder, mixed with a banana and soy milk.  On days when I've trained my legs heavily, I eat a lot more carbs, such as brown rice, yams, or even mac and cheeze! (I'm a proud vegan by the way!)

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

Enjoy the process in the moment.  When you focus on the sensations in your body as you perform each move and remind yourself that those sensations are making you stronger, leaner, and healthier, motivation and determine will follow and you will see results a lot faster than you think!

Catch Paola's class Wednesday evenings at 4, 5, and 6!

MOTIVATE TRAINERS | Lacey M

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!

MOTIVATE TRAINERS | Taeok L

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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 thing....so 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!

MOTIVATE TRAINERS | Sarah H

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

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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!

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!