Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Meghan Markle's Workout Is All About Challenging Your Body With Micro Movements

By
Share
Ad failed to load

Whenever I think of pilates, I'm 100 percent guilty of envisioning a room filled with Lululemon-clad soccer moms monotonously working to sculpt their pelvic floors for an hour straight. I've been hesitant to really give those micro-movement exercises a try, but honestly, Meghan Markle's workout might just have me reconsidering.

Let's be real, the world is basically obsessed with everything Meghan Markle does right now, so when she revealed one of her go-to workout routines, we all couldn't help but vigorously take notes on the tips she, and the trainers she works with, have to offer.

While Markle has said she loves running as a form of meditation, and she'll never say no to a quality hot yoga class, the 36-year-old actress's ultimate workout challenge involves a fancy-sounding machine called the Megaformer.

Ad failed to load

Since you're probably wondering what the hell a Megaformer is, you'll be happy to hear it's actually not as complex as it sounds.

BodyMethod Hamburg on YouTube

Though the name sounds like some kind of high tech, intimidating Transformer, it's actually just a workout machine created by Sebastien Lagree, the founder of the Lagree Fitness Studio. Lagree's goal, he told PopSugar, is to turn pilates into a more challenging form of fitness by "merging" it with a "more rigorous approach," like bodybuilding.

Ad failed to load

The Megaformer basically combines all of the key tenets of any good fitness plan: cardio, strength, endurance, body composition, and flexibility. Sounds like Lagree has all his bases covered, right?

Since using the Megaformer doesn't require you to do any "explosive" movements, like burpees or box jumps, and you're not necessarily lifting any sort of heavy weights either, you might think that using this machine wouldn't really feel like much of a workout at all. However, according to InStyle, Markle is all about using this machine, and she's obsessed with the low-intensity exercises that the Megaformer challenges her body to move through.

Markle's favorite studio is Pilates Platinum in Los Angeles, which is where she frequently goes to work out on the Megaformer and sweat it out with some unique, pilates-like exercises. The workouts are super low-impact, and the smooth, subtle movements don't put unnecessary pressure or strain on your joints, like other HIIT exercises often do.

Ad failed to load

The Megaformer works by placing constant tension on your muscles, which is why pilates-based workouts done on the machine are much more effective, in a shorter amount of time.

This unique method behind the Megaformer is why celebrities everywhere, including Markle, are so obsessed with it. It's a different approach to something more mainstream like pilates, and it's an awesome way to keep things interesting. Plus, it's been said to not really "feel" like a workout, even though your post-Megaformer soreness would likely tell you otherwise.

Ad failed to load

Lagree told InStyle that each time he creates a new and upgraded version of his OG Megaformer, his goal is to make the workout more effective in a shorter amount of time. That sounds just about perfect for Markle's quickly growing to-do list of royal duties, and TBH, it could be ideal for anyone who doesn't have much time to squeeze in a long sweat sesh each day.

Movements atop the Megaformer are meant to be done super slowly, which causes your slow-twitch muscle fibers to activate, gets your heart pumping, and leaves you feeling the burn for days after the fact.

Bottom line: Even if you can't find a Megaformer near you to use, take a cue from Markle and Lagree during your next workout, and opt for some tightened micro-movements in lieu of your usual burpee combos and HIIT circuits. Sometimes, slow and steady really does win the race.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

These Subtle Red Flags Could Mean You're About To Get Sick, So Here's What To Do

When you're constantly on the move, it can be easy to miss the signals your body is trying to send to you about how you're really feeling. Knowing how to tell you're getting sick isn't necessarily a complicated process. It's more about taking the tim…
By Caroline Burke

These 6 Workouts Can Be Done Right On Your Couch, & Yes, They Do Count As Exercise

Ever have that feeling when you're watching the Olympics like you should be working out, or at least stretching, but in reality you're just laying around eating chips? Yeah, me neither. But if you do ever feel that pull to work out when you're just l…
By Annakeara Stinson

10 Things You Should Say To Your Partner Every Day To Keep The Love Alive

When it coms to love, falling into it is a lot easier than maintaining it. There’s a reason, after all, that it's called "falling" in love, because it's mostly out of your control — the heart just takes over. Because those emotions come so easily and…
By Rachel Shatto

Science Says These 8 Foods Can Help You Live Longer, So Eat Up

If you're looking to live forever, or at least for an appropriately long amount of time, then the best way to get started on your journey toward immortality is to think about what you're putting into your body for fuel. Think of your diet as the batt…
By Caroline Burke

I Live In London & When Guys Find Out I'm American, They Only See Me As A Fling

I first entered the world of dating apps during a semester abroad in London, and I had zero idea what I was getting myself into. I was 21, had only ever dated boys I'd met through work, school, or mutual friends, and my appreciation for romantic come…
By Genevieve Wheeler

Here's Exactly How You'll Fall In Love, Based On Your Astrological Sign

One of my favorite things about learning about my zodiac sign and others' is learning patterns about my behavior that I can acknowledge and use to my advantage. As a Scorpio sun sign, I know I'm typically described as mysterious, drawn to loyal peopl…
By Elana Rubin

These 8 Red Flags Might Mean You're Pushing Yourself Too Hard In Your Workouts

If you live by the motto "no pain, no gain," or you frequently exclaim that your HIIT circuits "hurt so good," you're probably the type of person who challenges yourself to the max during your workouts. And while this isn't necessarily a bad thing, i…
By Georgina Berbari

I Tried Vegan "Spacepaste" & It Looks Like Straight-Up LED Lights On Your Face

As you might have noticed, 2018 is the year for glitter. So many brands have been releasing shining, shimmering formulations like they're going out of style. We're not even halfway through February, and Lemonhead LA has already launched the best glit…
By Kim Carpluk

These "Awkward" Proposal Stories Show There's No One Perfect Way To Get Engaged

There are a few adjectives people use to describe proposal stories that tend to be a bit more common than the rest. You know what I mean. How many times have you heard someone describe their marriage proposal as "magical" or "romantic" or — my person…
By Candice Jalili

This $20 Toy Simulates Pimple Popping, So You Can Save Your Face (But Still Lose Your Dignity)

As a self-proclaimed popaholic, I am not ashamed to admit that I love watching pimple popping and blackhead extraction videos. Call me gross, but I find it immensely therapeutic and satisfying. To all of my fellow weirdos, we’ve been blessed with a n…
By Ariana Marsh

Everyone Is So Thirsty Over This “Photo” Of Obama With Facial Hair

It's been a hot minute since President Barack Obama left the Oval office (though it feels like ages), and a lot of us miss him dearly. After leaving the White House, the 44th president remained out of the public eye for a little while, decompressing …
By Daniella Bondar

Meghan Markle Uses This $13 Natural Wonder To Grow Her Eyebrows Back & You Can Too

Meghan Markle is the world's new go-to celebrity for all things fashion and beauty — she's marrying a prince after all, so she must have some tricks up her sleeve. Meghan Markle's beauty routine is just as intricate as mine, because that's how real s…
By Alison Turka

7 Foolproof Things To Do Every Day If You're Tired Of Being Lazy AF

Being lazy can be oh-so-lovely. Until you start letting life pass you by, and not living to your full potential, then suddenly, it's not so good anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love my weekends when I can stay snuggled up in bed just a bit longer. Hit…
By Marisa Casciano

This Is How Long Most People Wait To Say "I Love You," Science Says

If I had to choose one word to describe saying "I love you" to your partner for the first time, I'd have to go with... hmm, exciting? Nope. Thrilling? Hardly. Terrifying? YES. Exactly. Saying "I love you" for the first time is terrifying. What makes …
By Candice Jalili

6 Reasons To Travel Abroad With Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend In Your 20s

Traveling can be many things: hectic, expensive, and definitely stressful. But with the right people or person beside you, all those troubles kind of just melt away. That's why there are some solid reasons to travel abroad with your boyfriend or girl…
By Alani Vargas

7 Subtle Red Flags About The Way The Person You're Dating Treats Other People

You've done it. Against all odds, you've found the seemingly perfect person. All of your dates have been amazing, filled with endless hours of deep conversation and sweet affections. And how is it possible that you have, like, everything in common? T…
By Lily Rouff

Opal Hair Is The Latest Color Trend & It's So 'Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century'

If you were a fan of the unicorn highlighters or mermaid hair hues that took over 2017, then you’re in for a treat. A new beauty trend has arisen and it's as fantastical as it gets. These photos of opal hair color prove that too much rainbow is never…
By Ariana Marsh