What To Expect In Your First Lagree Pilates Class

Chances are good you’ve heard of Lagree Pilates. You probably have a friend who can’t stop talking about how much Pilates has given him or her the best abs of their life. And maybe you’re ready to try it out for yourself. 


While excited, you may also be feeling a bit intimidated. New workout classes can be like that, especially with something that’s as unique as Lagree. This workout involves equipment you’ve never used before and terminology that’s foreign. 

But don’t let that fear get in your way. We are willing to bet that after just one class, you’ll be hooked and begging for more. 


To help you feel more prepared for your first Lagree class, we’re sharing some things to expect. 


The most important thing of all? Have fun! You’re obviously taking a class to get a great workout, but it’s supposed to be fun, too. 

A quick look at Lagree

This workout is a high-intensity but low-impact workout that uses a machine called the Megaformer. It’s essentially like a Pilates reformer on steroids. 

The Megaformer has springs and different levels of resistance that allow you to control your workout. You can start off with lower spring levels (your Pilates Platinum teacher will guide you) and work your way up as you get more comfortable with the class. 


Every Lagree class is a full-body workout that targets muscles you probably didn’t even know you had. 

What to expect in your first Lagree class

Your Pilates class will be filled with people of all sizes, shapes, ages, and levels of expertise. That’s one of our favorite things about this workout – it’s for anyone, really (except kids). 


Let your instructor know that it’s your first class so they can take you on a quick tour of the machine. This also helps alert them to be on the lookout throughout class to see where you may need some extra guidance. 


Keep in mind that everyone started at the beginning. Everyone feels a bit lost on their first day of class. The terminology is totally new, and the machine is unlike anything else. Don’t be nervous if you feel confused or feel like you aren’t doing things correctly. Your Pilates Platinum teacher is there to help! And look around at others in the class to see what they’re doing, too. 

What to wear

Wear comfortable clothes you would wear for any workout. You’ll need grip socks as well to keep you stable on the machine. Those can be purchased ahead of time or in the studio when you show up for class. 

The Megaformer

Like we mentioned, this machine will be totally new to you, and that’s okay! A quick run-through with your teacher will give you a great start. And the more you use the machine, the more comfortable you’ll get. 

The length

Most Lagree classes are around 45 to 50 minutes. We know this sounds short but trust us – you will be dead by the end of class. You’ll get a workout unlike any other in less time, which is one of the reasons people love it so much – it’s incredible efficient! 


Each class has a legs section, arms section, and core section that vary in length depending on the routine your instructor puts together. Speaking of which, no two Lagree Pilates classes will be the same. (Another reason why this workout is a favorite.) Each class offers a different experience that goes through different movements so you’ll never get bored. 

The terminology

One of the challenging things about Lagree is getting the hang of the names of moves. Be gentle on yourself at first – we all started out not knowing any of the terms. You’ll learn them in time. 

To help you get a jump start, here are some of the common ones you’ll hear in class:


    • Platform. This is the non-moving part of the machine that you’ll be standing on, sitting on, kneeling on – all kinds of things. The front platform is what you’ll open to change your springs.
  • Springs. These springs provide different levels of weight and resistance. The more springs you load on, the harder the workouts will be. Your instructor will let you know how many springs to put on for each workout. They’ll also give you modifications to make it a bit easier if you’re new. 
  • Carriage. This is the part of the Megaformer that moves back and forth. 
  • Reverse. This refers to any move on the machine where you are facing the back of the machine rather than the front. 
  • Wheelbarrow. This is a core workout where you place your knees on the platform and push the carriage out and pull it in, keeping your arms straight. 

The shake

The Pilates shake is famous, and something we live for. It means you’re doing it right!


Pilates is all about slow, controlled movements with constant tension. And doing this causes the Pilates shake. These are tiny tremors in your muscles that signal you’re working them to their maximum. Don’t be afraid – embrace the shake! 

Breathe and listen to your body

Since Pilates is a slow-moving class, it’s important to stay connected to your breath and listen to your body. Take it slow and modify exercises when you need to (your instructor can help you with this). 


You won’t be as good as the regulars in your first few classes, but don’t worry! You will work your way up to their level. Be kind to yourself and take things at the pace that feels right for you

The endorphins

Lagree Pilates will have you feeling a serious high after class, despite your sore and shaking muscles. All of this is what you want! The feeling of accomplishment after your first Pilates class (even your 100th!) is a feeling that can’t be beat. 


This workout will always push you, but leave you feeling incredible. 


Always remember to have fun, stretch, breathe, and be patient with yourself as you learn. In no time you’ll be a regular in class and feeling more strong and confident than ever!