What is Higher Ground Fitness all about?
At Higher Ground Fitness we will guide you on a journey towards discovering your best YOU! Using our revolutionary MEGAFORMER full body workout, all fitness levels are invited to join our movement of change. From the moment you walk into our studio you will feel the energy! Our upbeat music will carry you through a 45 minute cardio based workout that will improve your flexibility and balance, strengthen every inch of your body and most importantly leave your SOUL ON FIRE!
What is the Megaformer?
The Megaformer is similar to a Pilates Reformer in appearance (two stable platforms, one in the front and one in the back, with a moving carriage in the middle), but it is certainly NOT the same! Sure, they both offer flexibility and toning, but our machines also provide a high-intensity cardio workout that is amazingly still low impact, so you won’t hurt your joints! While Pilates might leave your core feeling a bit stronger, out Megaformer workout will tone your entire body, leave you shaking, and asking, what just happened…all while begging for more!
What to expect during our 45-min class?
First, thank you for opening your mind, body, and heart to something new…we promise you won’t regret it! This workout is for everyone, yes everyone and that’s because every move, every minute of class can be modified to fit the participant. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, just getting back into fitness, or a retired Olympian, Higher Ground Fitness is for you. Every class is a total body workout and will help improve your strength, flexibility, and endurance, all while tightening and toning you SAFELY. Your first class will be difficult, we won’t lie, but if you stick with Higher Ground Fitness, the view from the top is way better!
Erin Magner from wellandgood.com said it best after completing her first workout, “There aren’t many workouts that inspire such intense highs and lows – such a feeling of accomplishment when you make it through to the other side.”
It’s my first class, can I take Total Body or should I start with Beginner Class?
Well, this is really a personal decision…let me explain. Every Total Body class at Higher Ground Fitness is scale-able and every move is taught with modifications (meaning we can things more challenging or take off some heat). Our classes will always be filled with a mix of Lagree veterans and those still getting used to our Megaformer machines. The biggest difference between Beginner and Total Body is the speed and the duration of class. In Beginner, we will always kick off with a Lagree 101. We will break down the machines (which aren’t as scary as they look), demonstrate a few moves, and take you through a modified Total Body Class. For those a little nervous about our method, this may be the best way to begin your journey at Higher Ground Fitness. On the contrary, clients who want to jump right in are always welcomed to sign up for Total Body as their first class.
When should I arrive to my first class?
Please plan to arrive 10-15 prior to the start of your first class. We’ll give you a quick tour of our studio, answer any questions you may have, and give you a brief overview of our machines. If you’re taking the Beginner Total Body, our intro class, we’ll cover all of the above during your session, so please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes early just so we can check you in!
Who else is trying our Megaformer workout?
Ever wonder why Megan Markel looked so radiant on her wedding day? She claims it was Lagree Fitness, the LA based Megaformer workout that got her ready! In fact, the new Duchess was quoted in People Magazine as saying “Your body changes immediately…give it two classes and you will see a difference.” And she’s not alone. our method, created by a celebrity fitness trainer, Sebastian Lagree is also a favorite of Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian West.
What should you wear to class?
From the ankles up, anything goes, however you’ll be most comfortable in flexible, stretchy clothing. On your feet we require grippy socks. This is for your protection to avoid any slipping and sliding, but also for sanitary reasons. We do a lot of standing on the machines, and while we certainly wipe them down after every class, we think that it is best for all members to wear grip socks! You’re more than welcome to bring your own or purchase a pair at the studio…we have some cute options!
How often should I take classes?
Our HGF Total Body workouts are designed to do exactly what they say, work your entire body! Your muscles will fatigue (which is a good thing), but you’ll need to rest. We recommend taking 3-4 classes per week for the best results. On your non-Mega days, we encourage you to join us for HGF Stretch and Flow!
What if I can’t make it to class?
We have a 12-hour cancellation policy for all of our classes, private sessions, and events. If you cancel within 12 hours of your scheduled start time, you are considered a “late cancel”. For classes booked with a single session or class pack, your late cancel will result in the loss of that class. For clients on unlimited/auto-renew memberships, you will be charged $10 to the card on file for a late cancel.
If you do not show up for your scheduled class you are considered a “no show”. Clients booked with single session or class packs will incur a $10 no show fee. Clients on unlimited/auto-renew memberships will be charged a $20 no show fee.
Occasionally we offer “free classes”. Clients who late cancel for a free class will be charged $5. Clients who no show for a free class will be charge $15.
While we strictly adhere to these policies, we will make exceptions for emergency situations. Please email the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
How does the waitlist work?
When a class shows full, you can add your name to the waitlist, and we will automatically enroll you into that class if a space becomes available up to 12 hours before class begins. You will receive an automated email notification when you have been confirmed and added into class. After the cancellation period begins (12 hours before class) we will do our best to manually add clients from the waitlist into class if a spot opens. We will send a confirmation text notification to your # on file. We kindly ask that if you no longer wish to take this class, please reply ASAP so we can release your machine. You will not be charged for a late cancellation if you confirm you do not want the spot (no shows however will be charged).
What is your standby policy?
Clients are welcomed to “standby” at the studio for fully reserved classes. In the off chance that a confirmed client does not arrive to the studio by the scheduled start time, this person’s machine will be released to the standby client. There are no exceptions to this policy.