Designed by fitness guru Sebastien Lagree, the Megaformer workout Involves an Ever-Changing Series of Exercises to build a strong, lean physique quickly and safely.
Five Key Requirements to Achieve Physical Fitness:
The ability of a muscle to exert force during an activity. The key to making muscles stronger is working them against a resistance, whether that is weights, gravity or springs.
The ability of a muscle to continue to perform without fatigue.
The ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel during sustained physical activity.
The range of motion around a joint. Flexibility in the joints can help prevent injuries through all stages of life.
The relative amount of muscle, fat, bone and other vital parts of the body. A person's total body weight may not change over time but his/her body composition might change as a result of gaining fat and losing muscle (or vice versa). The bathroom scale does not adequately assess body composition. It will not differentiate between fat mass and lean muscle mass.
Key Elements of Corelab's Megaformer Training to Help Achieve a High Level of Physical Fitness:
A muscle will only strengthen when forced to operate beyond its customary intensity. The load must be progressively increased in order to counteract the adaptive responses of the muscle. Progressive overloading is the foundation of muscle growth and strength gains and an intrinsic part of the workout. The Megaformer enables progressive overloading through the use of variable spring-based resistance and a repertoire of increasingly challenging exercises.
Slow and Controlled Movement
All of the exercises in the class are taught at a slow and controlled pace. The lifting and lowering phases of any of the exercises should span at least 4 seconds to eliminate the use of momentum. Lifting slowly and with control, forces the muscle to stay contracted throughout the entire range of motion and this is a key factor in promoting increased strength. Another advantage of slow and controlled movements is the lower risk of injury compared to other methods of lifting; many joint injuries occur from lifting weights too quickly.
Intensity is the amount of effort required or the amount of energy required to do the work. Corelab's workout is intense due to minimal rest times and constant resistance, but it is carefully designed to minimize stress on the joints and the spine through proper form and slow and controlled movements.
Corelab's Megaformer workout works multiple muscles at the same time, making the workout incredibly time efficient while increasing the calorie burn compared to isolated muscle exercises. There is also the added benefit of developing core strength faster through the need to stabilize that body throughout our full body exercises. This additionally aids in improving balance and coordination.
EPOC is short for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. It represents a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake subsequent to strenuous activity through which the body attempts to restore itself to a pre-exercise state. EPOC is accompanied by an elevated consumption of fuel (including an elevated consumption of fat). The EPOC effect is highest soon after exercise and diminishes over time, with some studies showing EPOC lasting up to 38 hours after exercise. Studies have shown that the rate of EPOC is correlated to the intensity of a workout. Accordingly, Corelab's workout keeps the intensity up throughout to maximize the subsequent EPOC burn.