Fitness business The Woodlands Lagree brings new form of exercise to area

To-ong performs a lunge with resistance on the lagree machine. To-ong said she teaches clients how to do slow, controlled exercises so they leave the session feeling sore and accomplished. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
To-ong performs a lunge with resistance on the lagree machine. To-ong said she teaches clients how to do slow, controlled exercises so they leave the session feeling sore and accomplished. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)

To-ong performs a lunge with resistance on the lagree machine. To-ong said she teaches clients how to do slow, controlled exercises so they leave the session feeling sore and accomplished. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The lagree machines use different resistance levels to perform various exercises. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Woodlands Lagree takes clients online by reservation as there is a set number of machines available. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Angelyne To-ong opened The Woodlands Lagree after falling in love with the workout. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
Angelyne To-ong opened The Woodlands Lagree after falling in love with the high-intensity, low-impact endurance workout. To-ong said she has always lived a healthy lifestyle but wanted something more consistent and with noticeable results, so she began to do Lagree.“I tried everything. I wasn’t a yoga fan; I wasn’t a spin fan,” To-ong said.

After practicing Lagree for about four years, To-ong said she decided to open her own studio in The Woodlands in June 2020. The Woodlands Lagree is the first Lagree studio in The Woodlands, she said.

To-ong said Lagree is well known on the East and West coasts, but it is just now gaining recognition in the Houston area.

The technique is named for French Pilates instructor Sebastien Lagree, who developed the workout and opened the first studio in Los Angeles, To-ong said.

“Lagree is so new in Texas and even here in The Woodlands. ... There’s still people who still have not heard of Lagree,” To-ong said. “So I’m still having to spread the word.”


The Lagree method

The Woodlands Lagree has eight certified instructors, who lead full-body, 45-minute classes with music and encouragement.

Lagree uses machines with different resistance levels so users can perform various exercises. The machines have a sliding platform as well as handles, bungees and other moving parts.

A Lagree class begins with core exercises before moving onto arms, legs and oblique muscles, she said. To-ong said the workout uses slow and controlled moves to tone and strengthen muscles throughout the body while increasing flexibility.

“I want each client to know that they just did one of the most challenging workouts there is and they killed it,” she said.

To-ong said Lagree is made for all genders, ages and skill levels. She said her oldest client is 67.

“You can see [a client’s] progress,” To-ong said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s truly mind over matter.”

Delayed opening

To-ong said the studio was originally set to open around April 2020, but the pandemic caused a delay. “I had some waitlist classes even [after] six months of being open during COVID[-19], which was great,” To-ong said.

While opening the studio, To-ong worked as a respiratory therapist, which has been her profession for 16 years. She is still assisting during the current COVID-19 wave but focuses primarily on her Lagree business and hopes to expand to Magnolia in the future, she said.

“For me, it was, ‘I need to do something for my health,’” To-ong said. “I have two kids now, and I want to be healthy for them.”

The Woodlands Lagree

207 East Shore Drive, Ste. 160, The Woodlands

281-603-1991

www.thewoodlandslagree.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7:30-10:30 a.m.
By Ally Bolender

Reporter, The Woodlands

Ally joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Texas State University. Ally covers education, local government, transportation, business, and real estate development in The Woodlands. Prior to CI, Ally served as news content manager of KTSW FM-89.9 in San Marcos, Texas.



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