Megaformer vs Pilates Reformer – what’s the difference

A megaformer workout is like Pilates but on steroids. It was dreamt up by trainer to the stars Sebastien Lagree who developed the Lagree Fitness method to bridge the gap between Pilates and strength training. We speak to the man behind the machine…

How is the megaformer similar to the Pilates reformer?

The similarities are they both use a system of springs for resistance and they both use a rolling carriage.

What are the differences?

A bike is a bike, no one can patent the concept of a bike; it’s the same with the reformer. So the difference is in the details. The Megaformer has over 75 published patents! Actually, the Mega has more patents than any other manufacturer has on their version. The platform, carriage, springs changes, cables, handles, etc are all unique features of the Mega which makes it far superior to the reformer which was originally designed in the 1920s and remained unchanged until I came in the picture.

Megaformer vs Pilates Reformer
Photo: Lagree Fitness

What are the advantages of a megaformer workout?

The Megas has evolved to be the ultimate training machine for muscular endurance and core workout. It is designed for quick transition and offers many exercises that cannot be done on the reformer or other Mega copycats.

Sebastien Lagree - man behind the Megaformer
Photo: Sebastien Lagree

Which is better?

The Megaformer is on a whole other level. It’s like comparing a Ford Model T to a modern car. They both will take you from point A to point B, but the experience is not the same. The Megaformer is better than the reformer on every level except the price. The Mega is more expensive and rightfully so. As a matter of fact, 50% of our daily inquiries come from Pilates studios that want to convert.

By Sam

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Is Megaformer suitable for beginners?

Megaformer can be challenging for beginners, but modifications can be made to accommodate different fitness levels.

Can Pilates Reformer help with weight loss?

Pilates Reformer can aid in weight loss by increasing muscle mass and boosting metabolism, but it should be combined with a healthy diet and cardio exercise.

How often should I do Megaformer or Pilates Reformer?

It is recommended to do Megaformer or Pilates Reformer 2-3 times a week for optimal results.

Do I need any special equipment for Megaformer or Pilates Reformer?

Megaformer and Pilates Reformer require specialized equipment, which can be found at a Pilates studio or gym that offers these classes.

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