In August 2015, I was officially hired as the Creative Director and Lead Trainer of SculptHouse. After my initial meeting with the founder & CEO, Katherine Mason, I knew she was on to something with her idea to combine strength training and cardio using human powered machines. Although we were excited to create a class where the M3 Megaformer and Woodway Curve were used together in 50 minutes, (we are the only studio in the world to combine them!) we had our work cut out for us! You might be wondering what these machines are all about…don’t worry I will give you the low-down!
The M3 Megaformer is the latest version of the Lagree Fitness machines. Although it is often confused with the pilates reformer, these machines are far from the same! Get long, lean muscles with Megaformer™ stability training. Utilizing a spring system that allows for a full range of motion with resistance and counter-resistance, the Megaformer targets every inch of your body with slow and controlled movements that strengthen and lengthen muscles. And you power every movement. Jumpstart your metabolism, increase your flexibility and improve your posture with the Megaformer – all with very little stress on your joints.
No buttons or motors—completely powered by human motion—the NFL-endorsed Woodway Curve us unlike any other treadmill you’ve ever used. Control your pace with the patented curved running surface and nearly frictionless slat belt system, a combination that engages more muscle groups—and burns 30% more calories—than traditional treadmills.
With a few months of trial and error in building the SculptHouse method (and lots of advise and input from fellow fitness professionals—thanks guys!) we developed SculptHouse’s signature workout, the CardioSculpt class! We also found our own flair with the typical 50 minute Lagree class style, which we call StrengthSculpt!
CardioSculpt combines an intense 25-minute strength workout on the M3 followed by 25 minutes of cardio blocks on the Curve. During the Megaformer we focus on targeting specific muscle groups on certain days of the week. For example – Mondays and Thursday will primarily focus on the core and muscles above the core (chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, lats). Tuesdays and Fridays will primarily focus on the core and muscles below the core (glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves). Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays will be an intense but quick full-body workout on the M3 using exercises that recruit several muscle groups at the same time.
The Cardio portion of the class is based on Levels of exertion versus speed or change in incline. This allows each person to get a personalized workout and accommodates all fitness levels so that walkers, joggers and runners feel empowered during their SculptHouse workout. The 25 minutes on the Curve are broken down into 5 minute blocks with active recoveries.
StrengthSculpt is a 50-minute full body workout on the M3. The workout will sculpt biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, lats, obliques, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves with a heavy emphasis on the core. StrengthSculpt is based on the traditional Lagree Fitness method classes on the Megaformer.
CurveCore is a shorter version of our signature CardioSculpt class, a quick 30-minute lunchtime burn combining 25-minutes of the Cruve with 5-minutes of intense core work on the Megaformer!
Come check us out if you haven’t already! First class is only $15! It won’t be long before your SculptIsShowing.Megan Armstrong, Creative Director and Lead Trainer