About 10 years ago, I started doing a lot of at home fitness workouts. The Pilates workouts were some of my favorite. Because of this, when I found Studio 6, I was very much looking forward to their Pilates workout. Well… it’s not quite the same. After reading more, talking with their marketing manager, and experiencing the class, I soon found out that my mid 2000’s Pilates video was a completely different workout than the Lagree method Pilates MegaFormer class at Studio 6.
The above machine is where about 95% if not 100% of this class takes place. It has many contraptions to get you to move and work on muscles you didn’t even know existed. The goal of this workout is to not only tone, but strengthen, and lengthen the body quickly and safely within 50 minutes. With this machine, you will do work that is and is not found in a traditional Pilates class. Many of the moves are very similar, and in addition, you burn more calories and build more strength than a traditional class. The machine is very complex, but does the job in making your body work.
As I mentioned earlier, I was really excited about trying this class. It looked very interesting and difficult, but I was up for a new challenge! The marketing manager I had been in contact with was informative, kind, and excited to have me visit the studio. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to actually meet, but he told me I would be in good hands once I arrived at the studio. When I walked in the door, I was greeted by some friendly faces who were excited to have me there. I asked for the restroom to change in, returned, and asked for a mini tour. The main desk person shared a little about the studio, showed me the merchandise, and told me I had to buy the grip socks from the studio. What? I was unaware of this. I asked if I could just wear the socks I had on- I didn’t want to spend $16-$20 on a pair of socks I didn’t need. She told me no, and that the studio requires grip socks. I was a little annoyed by this, considering I was there to review the place and give them free publicity- good or bad. I wish I had known this before. I looked back at my confirmation e-mail, and it did say to bring grip socks, but I didn’t schedule that class until about 3-4 hours before. I wouldn’t have had time to run home and grab my socks prior to class due to being at work. I think it needs to be communicated better so that clients aren’t forced to waste money on apparel they do not want. After my frustration, I met the instructor who gave me a thorough explanation of the class/workout, and told me how she would guide me through the class. She also told me that they had grip socks to purchase, and ones to rent for $3 a class if you forget your socks. Oh. I thought, hmm… that’s interesting. The front desk girl didn’t mention that to me when I had to buy their expensive socks. I thought, well, that’s going to be something to bring up to my Studio 6 contact. And so, I did. I sent him an e-mail asking what would be customary. He told me that they should have offered the rental socks, but because I was getting free classes, the rental socks would have cost the same amount as purchasing one pair. I understand that, but I wish the girl would have given me the opportunity so I didn’t have to buy an additional pair of what I didn’t need. That experience was part of my first impression, and it wasn’t a good start.
After getting over the sock issue, I decided to focus on the actual workout, and learn this new style of fitness. As mentioned before, my original instructor explained everything. She explained why we were doing each move, what muscles it focused on, and how to do it safely. She had loud music playing in the background, but not too loud to where we couldn’t hear her speak. For each muscle group, we did a multitude of reps- the kind you do when your body shakes, you feel like you can’t do anymore, but the instructor makes you, and you stop when she turns around, but she calls you out in front of everyone because “she can see everything”. Tough stuff. There were so many moves and contraptions on this machine that it is too difficult to explain. I can tell you though, that I was very sore, I felt my muscles work like never before, my body moved in directions that I didn’t know were possible, and I absolutely hated it. ☹ I think I disliked this workout so much because I felt like I could get a good workout without the inconvenience of the machine. We had to do many awkward moves and uncomfortable positions with the machine that in my opinion, could have been accomplished with our own body weight. This workout is not for me. I was given 6 workouts, and decided to only take 3 classes. I had to really make myself get up to go to the second 2 classes just to give a fair review, but each time, I dreaded the drive to the class, and constantly looked at the clock hoping the class would end. Now, I met many people who LOVE this workout and studio. I even have a friend who signed on to be an instructor because she loves it so much. And that is great for her. I’ve learned that I won’t fall in love with every workout or every studio. I think that’s why there are so many versions of exercise. I believe there is something for everyone. I’m just here to find more of what’s out there, and hopefully help you discover what would be the best workout for you. I would still encourage you to try this class. You never know, you may love the machine, and love the challenge. Then again, you may not. You’ll never know unless you try it out.
Information to know!
- Bring your own grip socks!
- If you need to cancel, cancel at least 12 hours in advance, if not, you will receive a $15 late cancel fee.
- No show fee of $25
- If running late, call the studio, if you are more than 10 minutes late, your spot can be given to someone else on the waitlist.
- Girls: wear leggings- you do many vulnerable moves, you won’t want to wear shorts
- 3 locations- Plano, Park Lane, Preston Hollow
- Private sessions offered
- First month prices- Intro 6 sessions- $99, Intro one month unlimited $149
- Non first time members: Various prices- check their website for all; 6 months unlimited auto-renewal- $159/month
- All muscles worked
- Clean facilities
- 2 bathrooms
- Great merchandise to purchase
- Friendly and helpful instructors
- Huge facility in Plano
- 3 locations
- Variety of workouts
- MegaFormer Machine (As mentioned above, I didn’t like it, but you may)
- No showers
- Smaller facility at the Park Lane location
Dallas Park Lane Location
8180 Park Lane, Suite 343 Dallas, TX 75231
The Shops at Park Lane
Upper Level between Whole Foods and Old Navy
Preston Hollow Location
11909 Preston Road, Suite 1412 Dallas, TX 75230
NW Corner of Preston Rd & Forest Ln between Starbucks & Mercury
5813 Preston Rd Suite C 558 Plano, TX 75093
Lakeside Market, next to Weir’s Furniture Store