If you haven't already had the pleasure of getting your booty kicked by her in class in Sarasota, it's time to meet Pascha! Pascha was an original Mantra instructor, trained by Lagree founder Sebastian. After being away for nearly 2 years, she is back and getting herself back into the swing of things on the Megaformer.
Find out what motivates her and how she's getting her Lagree body back. And yes...it's hard for EVERYONE after being off the Megaformer for a while!
What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?
Do NOT give up - make sure to take 3 classes a week and PUSH yourself!! If you are on 3 yellow springs for your arms and have been for a while, PUSH yourself to 4…try it and keep going!!!
Tell us a little about your first few classes. How difficult did you find them?
I just moved back to Sarasota after being away for almost 2 years. Even though I was an original Mantra instructor and taught by Sebastian Lagree himself, I still am trying to get back into shape. The first few classes killed my ass, my abs, my legs and I literally thought my core was going to fall out of my body. BUT I knew that if I kept pushing myself I could get the results quick!!! I am still struggling and I am also back teaching again…which means I HAVE to keep pushing myself! No one wants to come to Mantra and be trained by someone that can't even do their own routine…duh!
What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way?
After pushing myself in class, the biggest challenge is to go to another class the next day and give up.
Are there certain moves you find super difficult?
I am still struggling with the Tailbone Treehugger (or Mega Chest Fly/Chest Fly Crunch...whatever you want to call it!) LORD does my core start burning and shaking!!
Has it been tough to juggle multiple workouts into your already-busy schedule every week?
NO!! I am dedicated to not having my body look like my age. Here in SRQ you are surrounded by 20 year olds with tight bods…that’s motivation for me. Not to mention that if you are going as SLOW as possible and getting that 4-6 count in each rep I don’t have to do much more. I usually walk/skip/lunge the Ringling Bridge if there is no room in a class but other than that its Mantra all the way…along with good clean eating!
What has joining Mantra been like for you, and what kind of support have you received both from your fellow Megaformer friends and the Mantra trainers and owners?
Being back has been great!! I love working at Dr. Lips, but Mantra is a place where everything is put aside and it’s a break for me! The clients, the trainers and the atmosphere (even the swing) make it a fun place to get your shake on! If you aren’t shakin, you aren’t changin!
How far have you come since that first class?
I'm starting to see my abs again, my bungee booty is coming back and my legs are getting some definition..not HD but almost!!!