The start of the new year provides just the right amount of motivation to kick-start your fitness goals, but the freezing temperatures are enough to deter almost anyone from heading to the gym. So how can you keep up with your resolution without stepping foot outside? We turned to fitness expert and founder of Lagree Fitness, Sebastien Lagree, for his best tips to break a sweat indoors during the winter.
Many celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama are fans of the enhanced reformer machines designed by Lagree. But the formula behind their amazing results is that, "these machines are very complicated to help you perfect simple exercises," thereby streamlining the workout process, he explains.
Furthermore, when choosing moves, "the basics always prevail and I really love the lunge," Lagree adds. "You’re going to work the inner thighs, outer thighs, the glutes, the quads, the hams, and abs. It’s the perfect exercise."
If you're house-bound, you can still firm up by adding a few extra minutes to your workout. "These moves may not be your favorite exercises, but you can easily get in a good workout at home by also adding planks and pushups," the fitness pro explains.
And you don't have to spend your entire evening doing reps after a long day at work. "The thing that I always try to stress with people is you can have a great workout in any amount of time. You don’t have to work out for an hour," says Lagree. "You can work out anywhere and for any amount of time. It does not have to be an hour. With this mentality you are more likely to stick to your routine." In fact, he pointed out, "25 minutes is better than zero minutes. Five minutes is better than zero minutes."
Lagree has even applied this philosophy to his Proformer and Megaformer machines, which provide a total body workout without spending an entire morning in the gym. And with his newest creations he's taking things a step further: "The workout on the Supraformer will be 25 minutes, and the workout on the Iformer will only be 15 minutes." Sounds like they're right up our alley.