I have had my eyes on Megaformer fitness studios for a while now.  Although the massive piece of equipment with all it’s springs and handles might look a little intimidating, it’s supposed to be an insanely effective workout.  Also known as the Lagree Method {after Sebastian Lagree who invented this fantasical piece of equipment} think of a pilates reformer on steroids that uses resistance to give you a total body workout.  As luck would have it, the week I decided to sign up for Classpass is also the same week that MEGAfit joined Classpass.  It was basically meant to be.

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Location:
MEGAfit is not a new studio, but they are new to Baltimore.  Located in the fells point neighboorhood it was a very short drive for me, but it took some time to find parking.  So if you’re close enough to walk, do it.  If you’re driving in, just give yourself enough time to find a place to park.  Because if you’re anything like me, parking in the city brings out major road rage and un-patient-ness.  Not a great way to start the day.

The one room studio is on the 2nd floor, above The Handlebar Cafe, and shares space with Barre Studio.  It was a little confusing to navigate at first if you come up the stairs like I did vs the elevator.  The one room studio with room for 7 machines might at first appear small but the size was perfect, and honestly less intimidating for this newbie.

Price: $$$
Because I signed up with Classpass I’ll be honest here I didn’t take a look at prices until the next day when I was thinking about going back.  This type of class is not cheap.  However, after one class I can already understand the addiction.  I guess there can be worse vices in life than expensive fitness classes right?

Take advantage of their new client prices which are $22 a class or 5 classes for $99.  Otherwise you’re looking at $32 for one single class {um, wow} If you have any intention of doing this class on a regular basis I’m going to say get yourself the largest package.  20 classes for $460 which is good for 4 months.

It’s IS worth noting that while this may seem expensive compared to other classes I am used to taking the price range is comparable to similar studios such as SLT or Solid Core.  MEGAfit actually comes in on the cheaper side of the spectrum, AND bonus it’s super close.

Schedule / timing:
What led me to MEGAfit was actually the fact that I wanted to a class around 8 or 9am on  Saturday.  I was browsing through Classpass and all it’s great filters and up popped MEGAfit.  As mentioned above I have been DYING to take a class like this so I hopped on it right away.  Aside from weekends, there aren’t a ton of classes offered meaning, there aren’t a lot of after work choices.  That being said the evening choices are at least past 5pm and would be late enough that I could get there after work.

Megaformer setup

Overall impressions:
Robin, the owner of the studio was teaching that morning, and she super sweet and very helpful.  She went over the anatomy of the Megaformer, how to adjust the springs, move the carriage, adjust the handles and where all the other pulleys and cables were.  It’s a serious piece of equipment!

Like any new fitness class, the first 5-10 minutes are {for me} completely awkward as I try to grasp all the new movements and terminology while at the same time awing over the students who flawlessly execute one move after another.  After that initial phase I started to get more comfortable, the moves felt more fluid and I could tell I was getting a really good workout.

The class starts with core {which I am terrible at} and then moves to lower body focusing on one side, then arms followed by lower body focusing on the opposite side.  You finish up with some light stretches.  As hard as it was and as much as I struggled, I also loved how it made me feel and it went by surprisingly fast.  Unlike other classes like spin or yoga where I sometimes find myself wondering, “O-m-g when is this going to be over?” I was actually surprised that class was ending because it flew by so fast.

I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad sign that multiple people told me after class, I was defintely going to be sore the next day.  After all the new things I’ve been trying, I’m actually not surprised anymore when my body wakes up the day after and is hating on me for find new muslces to torture.  However I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t hurt to walk {quads}, laugh {abs}, or brush my hair {arms}.  I did find I was sore in my adductors {inner thighs}, and pecs {chest} which is not surprising at all because I rarely, if ever, work those muscles.

If you are someone who is used to doing quicker, more intense workouts {think weight lifting or HIIT training} the hardest part for you will be to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n.  Think of the slow speed as your resistance instead of a heavy weight.  A super slow movement at a light resistance can be as effective as a fast movement under heavy weight.  Why?  With heavy weights you can use momentum as a fallback and often times not do a move with good form.  In Megaformer classes momentum is discouraged so you can really focus in on the muscles being worked.  I will admit this was really challenging and I probably didn’t go slow enough.

All in all, killer class and would love to go again, but getting super hung up on the price.  I may just need to hang onto my Classpass membership for the sole fact that it makes Megaformer fitness more accessible for me.  If you have the means to do so, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out MEGAfit Baltimore.

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Want to catch up on all the other studios I’ve been visiting?  Rev Cycle Opens in Brewer’s Hill, Mpower Yoga Studio {the one where I try my first barre class} and 9Round Kickboxing.

I’m curious, when it comes to gym memberships and studio fitness classes at what point is a class too expensive?

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I first learned about Hungry Harvest through a work volunteer event.  Giving back to the community is a huge piece of what it means to work for Under Armour.  This past summer my team was able to participate in a week long giveback event at one of the cities schools. We helped fix it up, host a field day for the kids, and Hungry Harvest was there to donate produce to any families who wanted to come by and grab a bag for their family.  We got to work right along side Evan the Founder and CEO and learn more about the business.  I walked away from that event wanting sign up right away.  {Although as you can tell it took a few more months to finally pull the trigger.}

I signed up at the beginning of January and we have been getting weekly shipments for just about two months now.  I was sold from the very first box, but still wanted to give it some time to see if the novelty would wear off after a while.  Spoiler alert, it did not.

Wesley sniffing the hungry harvest box

How It Works

Signing up online is pretty fool proof.  As in this majorly tech un-savy lady is able to figure it out.  Select the harvest you want to receive and fill out your information and you’re good to go.  I initially wanted to select the Full Organic harvest, but was afraid it would be too much food I wouldn’t know what to do with.  Instead we picked the Mini Organic Harvest.  Your delivery day and time will depend on your location.  And don’t be worried about recieving a box full of your most hated fruit or veggie, or even worse something you might be allergic to.  You can fill out the “never send” section with anything you are particularly averse to and you won’t ever receive it.  I opted to leave the “never send” and “always send” boxes blank.  I was considering this a new adventure, a chance to be challenged by new things.

What I love about Hungry Harvest

  • It comes right to your door.  Or in my case the front lobby.  I was initially worried that because the delivery time slot is 6:30am – 11:30am that I would be waiting around for the delivery before I could start my day.  Not the case at all.  Most weeks the box is delivered before I even wake up and Wesley and I go get it first thing.
  • I am forced to come up with new and creative meals for the week.  I basically feel like I’m on an episode of Chopped every time I open my box.  Except with out all the stress.
  • It makes my meal prep & meal planning so much easier.  Think about it half the work is already done for me, now I just have to figure out how to cook it.  Because I want to make sure we are using every last bit and not letting anything go to waste I make sure everything is planned out ahead of time.
  • They email you the list every week on Thursday so you can get started planning.  Not only that but there is a link to read about why there was a surplus of each item, and recipe suggestions for how to use the items in your box.  There are also great add ons you can select on a week to week basis like a onions, garlic or bread from local bakeries.
  • Less food waste and more good for the community.  Not only are you helping find a home for perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste, but for every box purchased Hungry Harvest is able to donate food to help those in need.

What I don’t love

  • We had one week where we did not receive our box, as it was dropped unloading off the truck.  Although customer service contacted us right away they were only able to re-delivery it on Monday.  That timing didn’t work out for us so we opted to just not get charged that week
  • Although produce is recovered it’s rarely “bad”.  It’s most likely not the “ideal” shape or size for grocery stores, or there is an excess surplus and items need to be moved out.  That being said there have been a few occasions where items were not as ripe as I would have picked myself {avocados and mangos} and one week we had a box of strawberries that were a little past their prime.
  • One week we did receive something that even I could not fathom what to do with.  I’m all for creativity but sometimes even I get stumped.  Seriously – what even is this thing?  {Full disclosure as stated above Hungry Harvest DOES sent a list with each harvest.  You will not receive anything that you literally do not know what it is.  This veggie in particular was something I researched the heck out of, but ultimately could not figure out what to do with.  Or remember what it was called…}

So basically a whole lotta awesome and not really a lot of bad stuff to stay.  I am absolutely loving the service, not only for the chance to get more creative but their customer service team is fantastic and the mission they stand behind could not be any better.  My meal prep has never been more creative and I can’t remember the last time I really enjoyed cooking so much.  Not to mention I FEEL so much better because we’re eating so many more veggies.

Want the inside scoop on some of the recipes I’ve been making or how I make my meal prep as quick and efficient as possible?  Leave me a comment & let me know!

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Right after I hit publish on last week’s post I realized I need a new fitness routine.  When I schedule workouts it’s always the same two classes by the same two instructors.  While it’s great that I’ve found something I love its starting to feel stale.  I need a challenge!  I’m also struggling to figure out how […]

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin It’s mid February, which means if you set a health or fitness goal at the beginning of the year you’re probably doing a little self check in right about now.  And you realize you’re either kicking ass or realizing your fell off the boat a little bit.  So I’m going to […]

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