Instaphysique brings versatile, fast fitness to Roseville

‘Embracing the shake’ at new studio
By: Mackenzie Myers, Reporter
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1470 Eureka Rd., Ste. 100, Roseville

7 days a week, class times vary from 5:40 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.

$28/class, $12 for first class, packages available

Full schedule and pricing details online


The Megaformer looks like it sounds: a large, intimidating contraption. At $11,000 a piece, the exercise machine’s price is formidable too.

“People come in and think they look like torture devices,” said Amy Brown, owner of the Instaphysique fitness studio on Eureka Road in Roseville. The studio opened in October and has 12 Megaformers for clients to use in workout classes she said described as fast, effective and flexible.

According to Brown, Instaphysique is one of about 100 studios across the globe offering Lagree fitness, a patented exercise routine that combines strength training, muscle-building, cardio, flexibility and balance in 40-minute classes.

Her first studio, on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento, opened May 2016 and offers 57 classes a week. The Roseville location was ideal for Brown because many of her Sacramento clients came from Roseville for classes.

“It fits in my schedule really well and it’s only ten minutes from my house,” Roseville resident Debbie Ryback said. Ryback has taken classes with Brown in Sacramento for about a year after hearing about the program from a friend in the Bay Area.

Using the Megaformer — essentially a sliding platform between two smaller stationary platforms, surrounded by a series of balance bars, foot pads and pulley systems — clients complete slow, controlled movements. Exercises target various muscle groups that may otherwise be ignored in other workouts and the process is high-intensity but low-impact, with no breaks between movements.

“With most high-intensity exercise, you get a pounding on your body,” Brown said.

Her clients instead choose to “embrace the shake” and find the slow exercises to be challenging but doable.

Created in Los Angeles the early 2000s by celebrity fitness trainer Sebastien Lagree, the exercise routine has evolved over the years. The Megaformers in Brown’s Roseville studio are the latest model, the seventh version of Lagree’s original machine.

Brown said the exercise is distinct from Pilates, though Lagree was a Pilates instructor and many clients expect a similar experience when they see the machines. Lagree’s fitness method focuses on adjusting resistance and angles of movement, based on clients’ needs and abilities.

For Brown, the flexibility of Lagree is what drew her in. Around the time the method was just getting started, the Sacramento native lived in Los Angeles and discovered the exercise through a studio in West Hollywood. Having tried Pilates, spinning, boot camps and running, this version of fitness finally got her hooked on working out.

“It was the only workout I never got bored with,” she said. “You never plateau so it’s always challenging.”

For Roseville resident Christina Sorenson, she was impressed by visible progress after four classes. Unlike Ryback, Sorenson is new to the Lagree method and started taking classes in late October when Instaphysique opened.

“I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I’m already seeing results,” Sorenson said. “I’m more toned and stronger than before.”

Sorenson also likes the small-group aspect of the Lagree classes, saying it’s difficult for her to stay motivated when working out on her own because she gets distracted. Lagree has a mind-body connection she hasn’t found in other exercise regimens.

Most of Brown’s clients are men and women in their 20s through 40s, but she has some clients over 70 years old. Pregnant women can participate with modified exercises all the way to term as well, Brown said.

Clients who should be wary of the Lagree method are those who have chronic back pain, severe medical conditions or joint problems, according to the studio’s website.

As for the Megaformer, Sorenson said she was apprehensive at her first class but learned to not be intimidated by the machine’s complicated appearance.

“The instructors are really good at telling you where you’re supposed to be and what you’re supposed to feel,” Sorenson said. “Be ready to work hard but work at your level.”