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Introducing The Megaformer
By K. Aleisha Fetters
“The class is really difficult, so don’t get frustrated. After a few sessions you will start to get the hang of it and it will get easier and you’ll feel so hardcore,” I told an intimidated-looking woman who was about to attempt her first class at SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone).
A recent addition to the New York fitness scene, the SLT studio finds its inspiration in celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree’s Megaformer, which I like to call a Pilates reformer on steroids.
The Megaformer is an exercise machine with a sliding carriage connecting two stable platforms. You perform exercises by sliding the carriage in slow, controlled movements with resistance from connecting springs and—most importantly—your own body weight. Adjustable handlebars along with cables with handles and foot straps allow for a ridiculous number of exercises. I’ve been to about 10 classes now, as part of my #SpringShapeUp, and I’m learning new gravity-defying moves in every single session.
Megaformer workouts are largely based on the principles of Pilates, but they have a serious emphasis on strength training and cardio, too. During each workout, you move quickly from one exercise to the next for maximum muscle-sculpting, heart-pounding benefits. So just forget about “breaks.”
“You are stronger than you think you are,” the instructor (who looks like her abs were painted on) shouts above the pounding music. I repeat the words in my head, over and over, until I honestly believe them.
I am stronger than I think I am. And with four SLT workouts a week, I’m getting even stronger than that. I can feel it in my workouts, see it in the mirror, and sense it in my determination. My body’s transforming, and I think my mind is, too.
Want to try a Megaformer class? Check out the list of Megaformer locations to find a class near you.