Meghan Markle called it "the best thing you can do for your body"

Never heard of a Megaformer? To start, it’s a total-body workout that celebrities like Meghan Markle, Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen swear by. Some call it “Pilates on steroids”, which may sound like an exaggeration. But it is indeed a challenging workout that involves slow movements, resistance and long holds on a Megaformer machine—resulting in increased intensity in every movement and makes your core muscles burn oh-so-good.

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The Megaformer is a highly efficient, low-impact trainer to tone and sculpt your body, but it’s not equipment that you can find in any gym. In fact, H-Kore is the only Lagree Fitness studio in Hong Kong that offers Megaformer workouts in their Central and Quarry Bay locations. Alternatively, you can mimic the Megaformer workout—and get the same results—at home.

In this week’s Monday Motivation, we teamed up with H-Kore fitness instructor Allison Hester to demonstrate signature Megaformer movements and at-home alternatives using gliders and hand weights to challenge and transform your body.

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Stay tuned for upcoming Monday Motivation episodes to get more pro tips from Hong Kong's best personal trainers and yogis to get you motivated. 

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