While working out at home has been eye-opening (I now appreciate so much more the benefit of bodyweight and low-weight exercise), it is also nice to get back into the swing of things with more complex equipment and heavier weight at a gym! I am so excited to be partnering with Nylo Fitness, Tribeca NYC’s ONLY fully private 1 on 1 personal training studio.
Here’s what you can expect if you choose to work with me. Once we are in contact (you can reach out via email, by filling out my questionnaire, or via Instagram), I will set up an entirely free consultation call. We will talk briefly about your past experiences, any medical/injury history I should know about, your current level of fitness, and your goals. We will discuss whether your goals have any timelines or conditions attached to them. All of this information will help me to plan a fully customized workout that is appropriate for you, your body, and your goals. Then, it’ll be time to hit the gym!
We will meet at Nylo (279 Church Street, TriBeca NY) and head up the stairs where we will be greeted by one of the co-founders, Sean or Elena. Sean and Elena are the perfect balance of professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and downright hilarious – you’re going to love them immediately! Once we are checked in (upon your first visit you will just need to show proof of vaccination), I will give you a brief tour of the facility including the spacious and fully stocked locker room.
You will have the chance to change your clothes in the locker room if necessary, hang up your coat in the coat closet, and do any last-minute preparation (whether physical or mental) for the session. We will head over into the fitness studio, taking off our shoes before entering in order to respect the cleanliness of the floors and equipment. You are welcome to wear gym shoes in the studio, so long as they are designated for gym use only and are not used on the pavement outside.
From there, our session begins! It has been specifically curated by me to align with the goals that we discussed, as well as respect whatever nuances your body needs at this moment. My workouts (and subsequently my programs) are thoughtful, and I do my best to make sure things stay fresh and fun for you! After all, I truly believe that health and fitness should not feel like a chore, and that the right workout and nutrition plans can build a very sustainable healthy lifestyle that will put you on the fast-track towards your goals!
The studio currently includes 3 power racks (which can be used for squatting, benching, and shoulder pressing), 4 adjustable benches, a rower (erg), an assault bike, a ski erg, pull up bars, multiple pull up bar attachments (i.e. rings), plenty of free weight plates and dumbbells, a full set of kettlebells, foam rollers, TRX cables, multiple different bars including a hex bar, various bands and cables, and so much more!
I am so excited to get started with you and begin setting and achieving goals. There is no better better time than right now to start curating for yourself the healthy lifestyle that you imagine. Even if you are already on that journey, no matter what your experience level, allow me to share with you my experience and learned techniques that can help you be even more efficient and enhance your lifestyle even more!
Curious if it works? Don’t take it from me! Here are some of my success stories 🙂
I started working with Madeline in February 2021. Before the pandemic, I had been doing a decent amount of cardio (3/4x per week) but had really let things go since March 2020 and had started feeling the effects of it on my body. I reached out to Madeline and she put together a workout plan for me, as well as helped me plan out my macros and calories to put me in the best place to reach my goals. The food plan and workouts were very reasonable and fit in my schedule easily. I never felt like the tasks I had to do to reach my goals were not attainable.
Part of my day to day prior to this journey was going out to eat a decent amount of the times, both for social and personal enjoyment reasons. Madeline helped me learn how to continue to do so while also reaching my goals. I was also able to incorporate my favorite foods like pasta and other carbs into my diet as well while going out so I never felt like I was fully restricting myself. She also helped me plan some meals in advance when I knew I would be going out a lot in one week to ensure I had room for all my meals, and helped estimate macros of foods when I went out as well so I could properly track my intake.
I was also traveling a lot when I reached out to Madeline, so I needed a flexible workout routine that I could do whenever and bring along with me. The tools Madeline recommended were transportable so that if I needed to travel with them, it was no problem. Madeline was also available to hop on video chats with me to work on form or any other questions I had about the workouts.
5 months later and I am seeing the best results I have ever seen from working out. As someone who played competitive sports growing up and tried all the workout classes imaginable, this has easily been the best body transformation I have ever gone through.
I went from weighing 141 lbs and feeling very weak, to weighing 117 lbs and feeling stronger than ever! Not only do I look very different, but I feel so much better. The best part about working with Madeline is she gives you the tools to do the work on your own, so that you can make this a lifestyle change that is easy to implement. I highly recommend her services!
I had the opportunity to start working with Madeline in November of 2020. Off the bat I was shocked by her ability to incorporate me and my goals into her lifestyle, making them her goals as well. I immediately felt like I wasn’t alone on this journey, and my biggest supporter also just so happened to be my trainer. We began by speaking very casually about my previous workout history (or lack thereof), and any injuries I previously had as well. Through this she spoke to me about how she was planning to incorporate my goals and experience into a workout plan, while also making sure to be mindful of my injuries. I wasn’t an easy client for her to take on as I had previous shoulder, hip, and knee injuries from playing sports throughout my childhood. She immediately began me on a regimen that pushed my boundaries but was tailored by her to remain within my area of comfort. This allowed me to begin my journey without being extraordinarily intimidated, which was vital to my success. Initially, I was terrified that I was going to give up, and not be able to follow her workouts. She provided me endless support and motivation, making sure I had the knowledge and confidence to move through her program successfully.
I began with Madeline during the heat of COVID, which is something that I was afraid was going to hinder my progress. I feared this would make me a difficult client for her to manage, given that we would never be able to work in person. She quickly proved me wrong and made me feel comfortable and supported by offering video, facetime, text, and phone support at a moment’s notice. She provided me with personalized turf workouts, home workouts, HIIT workouts, ab workouts, and cardio workouts all on top of weightlifting workouts. Any way I needed her; she was there.
Our day-to-day plan usually looked like this; Madeline would set up my workouts weekly by entering them on an excel sheet we shared. This would include the muscle group we would target, the exercise, the reps, the rounds, the weight, and a detailed description of what the actual movement would look like. She would make sure to include cues, form, and safety precautions in her workouts to make sure I did them correctly and was avoiding further injury. Included in my daily schedule was stretching and warm up exercises she had me do to avoid injury and increase my cardiovascular abilities. She would have me review my workouts quickly, and I would follow each day’s schedule when I went to the gym. This was LIFECHANGING to me, because for the first time in my life, I stepped into the gym feeling an extraordinary amount of confidence. Every single day I knew what I was doing, how I was doing it, and what it should look like. This took so much anxiety out of going to the gym for me and gave me the confidence to go through workouts I would’ve never considered doing on my own. Madeline’s attention to detail and knowledge of exercise science was evident from the outset of our relationship.
Being that I had started the journey with injuries, there were adjustments that needed to be made. I had trouble with certain exercises over time because of these injuries and explained this to Madeline. Immediately she began altering my entire workout plan to only include pain-free movements, while not sacrificing progress. Her ability to modify programming and meet her client’s needs continues to amaze me. Because of the skills she possesses, she changed my plan so that I never needed to stop working out, and was able to improve regardless of my injuries. My strength, endurance, and speed skyrocketed over the course of our time training together. I was pushing my body to limits I didn’t even know existed and was moving weight I never thought I could.
Through my experience working with Madeline, I gained a confidence unknown to me ever before, a power I didn’t know I could possess, and a love for fitness I never thought would happen. She changed my life for the better and provided me with skills and knowledge I will be forever grateful for. It was an absolute joy working with Madeline, and I am forever grateful for our journey together.
My experience with weight loss has been a difficult journey until recently. My lifestyle requires me to eat out a lot. My job requires sitting in front of a computer and reading and typing all day. I work from home so I do not walk to a train or walk from a parking lot. When I am done working, I am usually cooking or doing laundry. Needless to say, I don’t get a lot of exercise. I am also in my late 50’s. It’s not surprising that I would have a problem managing my weight. I was at least 40 lbs overweight. You may be thinking that 40 pounds is not much, but I am only 5’1” tall. On a small frame, 40 pounds is a lot of extra weight. I have tried dieting and failed. I joined a well known weight loss organization and managed to lose weight. The meals were expensive considering how small the portions were. I had to supplement the meals with salad or vegetables. I had to go to weekly weigh-ins. When I stopped going, and tried to make my own meals, the weight creeped back on. This was when I knew I needed more than a packaged food regimen that didn’t work well with my lifestyle of eating out. I needed to understand why I was gaining weight so I can be in control. I decided it was time for a weight loss coach.
When I signed on with Madeline, I committed to being honest about my eating habits. I kept a daily log of everything I ate so she could analyze and form a plan for me. I quickly learned how to calculate the calorie content in food and also how to maximize meals for satisfaction. Yes, all of this can be learned on one’s own. What takes years to learn is how to calculate calories in foods prepared in diners and restaurants. I wasn’t about to bring my scale to a restaurant so I can weigh my food. I certainly wasn’t going to ask the chef to measure how much oil, butter or whatever goes into cooking a meal so I can calculate the calories. This was where my hands were tied. Aside from ordering shrimp cocktail and salad (with the dressing on the side) every time I went to a restaurant, there really was no way I could know how many calories were in my meal. This is where having an experienced weight loss coach really comes in handy.
The attention I received from Madeline was the reason I was able to lose the unwanted weight without the stress and disappointment of trial and error failures. When I went to a restaurant, I simply took a picture of my food and would send it to Madeline. She would tell me how many calories were in it. This helped immensely. I was able to decide how much I should eat to stay within the calorie amount I had set for that meal. I would also take a picture of the leftovers that I did not eat. Madeline would let me know how many calories I had actually consumed. If I knew ahead of time which restaurant I would be going to, Madeline would find the menu and give me suggestions as to which items were a good choice. We would discuss why and how to calculate the calorie content. I learned an enormous amount of information in a very short time. This took the stress out of eating out and led to my success in keeping the weight off. I went from a size 8 to a size 2. I get countless compliments on how I look and my husband tells me I look like I did when we first met. I feel satisfied. I eat anything I want. I adjust the portion sizes to fit the calorie content. I never feel deprived. I am now working on an exercise program and Madeline is helping me with that as well. I enjoy making my own meals too.
I highly recommend having an experienced and knowledgeable weight loss coach to help you lose weight. Our conversations were laid back and I never felt as though I was being judged in any way. This was truly the best investment I could make for my health and my self esteem.
I was 197lbs (~30-40 lbs over my normal weight) with postpartum anxiety and depression while managing a 4 month old baby. We had our baby during the peak of the pandemic which meant there was no going to the gym especially with a baby. I felt hopeless and knew something needed to change when I couldn’t even get up off the floor as I held my newborn son. Also, I had a C-section which further weakened my core strength. That’s when I decided to reach out to Maddie to get help! On September 2020, Maddie started me on a plan for both nutrition and exercise to get me back on track. By July 2021, I was back to my normal weight of 165lbs with muscle and flexibility!
Maddie built me a meal plan based on what I like to eat so that I could maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. For 3 days I took pictures of what I ate and sent them to Maddie. She then formulated a meal plan that would work with my lifestyle and preferences to lose 1-2lbs of weight a week. The meal plan was easy to understand with the flexibility to choose my carbs, veggies and protein depending on the meal and day. For example, she put lean or non-lean meat with how many grams I could eat for certain meals so that I could still have my steak on certain days! I was also able to eat a little bit of dessert everyday as well! Throughout my journey I would ask Maddie if I could swap certain things and she would always re-organize my plan to fit my needs for that week. She was also my accountability buddy – I would let her know how I did against the plan daily. This helped me to stay on track with my meal plan as I have a huge sweets addiction. As time went along, I learned how to swap certain items in my meal plan and eventually was able to hold myself accountable which was a huge win.
Maddie built me an exercise plan that fit my schedule as a mom of a newborn. I started with basic warm ups and exercises 3x a week while my newborn napped and/or my husband had the baby. I really struggled with all the exercises in the beginning, but I got better at them as I kept my persistence. I even was able to touch my toes by the end of it, which is huge mobility progress for me! Maddie was so supportive and gave me the confidence to keep going despite my challenges. I also sent her videos of my form to see if it needed correction or if I felt like I was having trouble performing the exercise. If I really was not able to handle an exercise, she was able to provide me with modified versions or other exercises to target the same muscles. I felt great and the best part was that I became able to pick up and hold my son anywhere with no issues! I say this now as I sit here crying because that was one of the biggest rewards I could have received! Later on as Covid transmission decreased, I felt confident enough to go back to the gym to work on my strength even further.
Like any change, there were ups and downs and I gave into my cravings on occasion, but Maddie was with me every step of the way to ensure that I stayed on track to hit my goals. I was able to fit back into my jeans and chase my baby who grew to be a happy toddler. I’m happy to say that now we are expecting baby #2 and I know what to do now after birth to get myself back on track if needed. Maddie’s program really gave me the peace of mind I needed without feeling like I was deprived of what I wanted. I feel at peace that I have control over my habits and can look back at her meal plans if I ever get led astray. I really can’t thank her enough and would recommend her to anyone!
I’ve known Madeline Danza for many years but it wasn’t until 2017 that I asked her for help in the gym. I grew up doing ballet so for a large part of my life I was in very good shape, however, as I got older my schedule was no longer conducive to spending hours at the ballet studio every day. I had a gym membership but I was incredibly intimidated by the weight machines and wouldn’t even think about touching the free weights so I mainly stuck to the cardio machines. But, no matter how much time I spent on the elliptical or treadmill, I was just not seeing the results I wanted – I knew I needed to build muscle if I wanted to look leaner but I really had no idea how to put together any sort of strength training plan or how to do anything properly. Madeline heard my concerns and was enthusiastic about working with me to help me achieve the results I wanted. Madeline’s plan for me can be broken down into three components: 1) weight training, 2) dietary plan, and 3) support.
Madeline knows her way around the gym and is extremely knowledgeable about all things health & fitness – it is evident that this is her passion and she loves helping others reach their goals. What I loved most about working with her is during our first few meetings together she was meticulous about taking the time to teach me proper form. This really appealed to me because given my dance background I knew how important proper form was to prevent injury and since I was already nervous about using free weights I wanted to be certain that I was doing things the right way. I worked with other trainers in the past and they didn’t explain proper form, so I never stuck with it because I never gained the confidence to attempt lifting weights on my own. That was definitely not the case after working with Madeline. My confidence working with free weights has increased tenfold and I even feel comfortable testing out new things on my own now because she gave me the foundation of knowledge that I was desperately lacking before.
The physical training plan that Madeline created personally for me was broken into three phases, with each phase consisting of three weeks. I enjoyed the separate phases because it kept things familiar enough that I felt comfortable, but also provided good variety. She trained me how to do each and every move in the plan and made sure to explain which muscles each exercise should be targeting. This really helped me visualize muscle engagement throughout training. Madeline created a shared document that both her and I could access detailing my workout plan for each day of each week. She included descriptions and notes that we discussed during our in-person sessions so I could easily refer back to them. The document helped me keep track of the weight level I was using each day so I could track my progress over time. I will never forget our first session together, we were using a 20lb barbell so I could learn to deadlift and I was sore the next day even though we weren’t even doing full sets! By the end of phase 3 I could deadlift 60lbs, which was a huge increase for me, and a few more weeks after that I was up to 80lbs. Lifting not only increased my strength but also increased my motivation to go to the gym. I used to dread the gym because I found cardio so tedious, but now that I lift weights I like competing with myself and trying to lift heavier than I did the week before.
For my dietary plan Madeline set me up to be in a mild caloric deficit. I didn’t want to lose a ton of weight but wanted to shed about 10lbs while also building muscle. She had me track my macros and we did high protein, moderate carbs, and low fat. Prior to working with Madeline I had tried to track macros on my own but I didn’t know how to properly set my daily targets and quickly abandoned the plan. Just like with the weight training Madeline explained to me why the targets were set the way they were and she emphasized that I should really listen to my body. What I liked about Madeline’s approach is that she really believes in balance. I’m Italian and love food (especially food involving carbs) so she always stressed that if I felt like I was burning out on my meal plan to have a cheat day or even eat intuitively for a week to take a break from tracking. This really worked for me because if I feel like I’m depriving myself too much it always backfires and then I end up overeating. Even though I was in a caloric deficit I was never ever hungry, in fact, some days I even came in under my targets because I was so full from eating enough protein. I successfully lost the 10lbs but even more satisfying I gained muscle definition. With both the physical training plan and dietary plan Madeline set me up to be largely self-sufficient which I really loved. This also made my results very sustainable because now if I fall off the wagon for a few weeks I know not all of my progress will be lost and I know how to get myself back on track. In the past if I skipped a few days at the gym or caved on my diet I would abandon all my progress because I felt like I had failed. Madeline empowered me to break this self-destructive cycle. I feel like other trainers want you to be dependent on them but that was just not conducive to my lifestyle. While I was working with Madeline I was also working full-time and going to law school at night, so it would have been impossible for me to rely solely on another person to workout with because I was often in the gym really early or late at night. That being said Madeline was always checking in with me to see how I was feeling. She was always immediately responsive to any questions that I had. There were times, especially in the beginning, that I forgot how to do a certain exercise and she would walk me through it over the phone/via text. She shared all her favorite macro-friendly recipes with me and we took a trip to a health food store together where she showed me some good options for protein supplements and BCAA’s. Madeline is a very supportive person in general which made working with her very easy and enjoyable! I was never scared to ask her a question and she was always incredibly patient. Thank you for everything Madeline – I’m so happy with my results and I look forward to continuing to get stronger!
If you’re looking for fitness programming only, look no further! As a NASM Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, I specialize in strength programs utilizing free weights, machines, cables, and bodyweight to achieve your strength, performance, and aesthetic goals. I have the ability to train with you in-person at an independent studio in TriBeca, NYC, virtual via video chat, curate programs for you that you can do on your own, or a combination of all three! Training sessions can always be booked ad-hoc (whether in person or virtual), and bundles are available at a discount
My programs start at a minimum of 4 weeks long and are fully customized to take into consideration your goals, preferences, experience level, schedule, and equipment available to you. Each week I update the program to include appropriate progression to ensure consistent movement towards your goals. After 4 week, I revamp the whole program to add variety and more advanced and complex movements as appropriate. This package is virtual, in the sense that you will be executing the workouts on your own and I will be available to answer any questions and offer virtual form advice. While largely virtual, I am highly invested in making sure that you are executing the moves with correct form to ensure injury prevention and maximum progress. To become comfortable with your form, in the beginning I highly encourage sharing videos of you executing the movements, or scheduling a couple of training sessions with me (whether virtual or in-person) for a more hands-on experience. You will always have the ability to schedule sessions on an ad-hoc basis, or as a package of their own for a discounted price per session.
Fitness programming packages begin at $150 for 4 weeks. Inquire with me about customizing your plan tailored to your needs and budget. Click here to fill out my questionnaire so we can get started!
Ad Hoc Personal Training Sessions
I offer both in-person and virtual personal training sessions, which can either stand alone or pair with a fitness and/or nutrition program. Not only do training sessions allow for me to assess and correct form so you can benefit maximally from your training and prevent injury, but they also make the training program fun and even more successful! Training sessions will allow me to asses form and difficulty level to make well-informed decisions for the appropriate intensity level of your workouts/program to ensure progress without burnout or injury. Sessions will also help to hold you accountable and push yourself past plateaus.
Sessions can be held at a Nylo Studio (an independent fitness studio in TriBeca), the gym in your apartment building, or outdoors if weather permits. Virtual sessions are $60 per hour, and in-person sessions are $100 per hour (with a potential travel fee of up to $50 depending on the length of travel required). Inquire with me about bundling sessions to get a discounted rate per session. Click here to fill out my questionnaire so we can get started!
If you already have your favorite workouts that you are comfortable with, or even if you are just looking to push off starting a workout regimen a little bit longer (I get that!), I offer nutrition programming that can be used independent of a fitness plan. I don’t believe in “diets,” per sei, because I believe that sustainable results come with consistency, and diets by definition are made to be temporary. With my program, we take the lifestyle that you currently have and enjoy, and we modify it to be more in-line with your goals. The nutrition guidelines are highly customized, and the goal is to fuel your body appropriately to energize your workouts and achieve body composition goals (whether that means building muscle, losing body fat, or both)! Building your plan will begin with a week-long assessment (free of charge) to allow me to get to know your current eating habits and preferences. Once I have an understanding of your current nutritional status, I can begin to put together your customized weekly plan based on your flavor preferences, needs, goals, and preferred style of cooking (or not). I refresh the standard nutrition program on a weekly basis to provide for variety and to take into consideration any upcoming events that we should plan ahead for.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, I am informed about nutrition guidelines that couple well with your training, whether it be strength, endurance, cross-training, or training for a specific sports season. I am not a registered dietician, so if there are any particular health concerns that you are looking to solve with proper nutrition, I can help to direct you towards the appropriately specialized professional to help.
Packages range between $150 and $400 for 4 weeks. Nutrition packages are highly customized and there are many different ways we can adjust my level of involvement, so inquire with me about exactly that you are looking for from a nutrition plan and I can give you a more specific quote tailored to your needs and budget. Click here to fill out my questionnaire so we can get started!
Fitness & Nutrition
The most effective way to achieve your health and fitness goals is to attack both fitness and nutrition simultaneously, since the two are so deeply intertwined, Proper nutrition is crucial for fueling your workouts, as well as replenishing your muscles with what they need to recover and get stronger post-workout. The services offered for fitness and nutrition are the same as what’s detailed above, but if you package the two programs together you can save money!
Packages begin at $250 for 4 weeks. Inquire with me about customizing your plan tailored to your needs and budget. Click here to fill out my questionnaire so we can get started!
I am SO excited to announce my partnership with Agogie, Wearable Resistance! I found this brand organically through a wellness email newsletter that I subscribe to. Ironically enough, the email this brand appeared in was an old one, and during the beginning quarantine, I had committed to catching up on ALL of my emails (don’t ask me if my inbox ever hit zero) . In another lifetime, I might have skipped over the headline advertising wearable resistance leggings, but given the fact that we are all trying to get creative with our methods of staying active and fit while gyms are closed and everyone is doing their best to stay home, I was intrigued by the concept. I wound up ordering the pants that week, and fell in love with them as soon as I put them on. I wrote an honest review on my Instagram, which the leadership at Agogie read and liked, and the rest is history!
Agogie has found a way to sew resistance bands right into the leggings, so there is added resistance with every single movement that you make. There are two levels of resistance available, +20lb and +40lb. One of the things I love about the concept of wearable resistance is that it works to activate your muscles and strengthen your natural movement patterns while you are just living your life, so the things you are already doing can simply be done with a little more oomph – cleaning your apartment just became your new favorite workout! As an added bonus, low impact consistent resistance helps strengthen stabilizer muscles, which can rehabilitate tendons and joints.
I will cut right to the chase and let you know that my discount code “MADDIE” will get you $20 off at checkout! I give you ALL the deets below, but check them out for yourself – they have options for both men and women!
It makes sense that Agogie will become a go-to for athletes when they train (to take an example, Agogie is to a track athlete what the baseball donut is to a batter warming up during a game to help with speed), but what about other people? Agogie wants to use its platform to not only enhance training for a variety of existing athletes of all levels, but also bring the concept of fitness to a community of people who wouldn’t normally indulge. I am so thrilled to be a part of this mission since it so closely aligns with my personal fitness goals through my blog! For example, for a long time I have been trying to get my mom into the gym with me. Whether the reason be that she doesn’t have time, she feels uncomfortable with other people seeing her while she works out, or that she doesn’t want to touch communal equipment, I have not yet been successful. Once I discovered Agogie, I decided that I HAD to get my mom to try them. I did successfully get her into the pants (I may or may not have had to bribe her with the promise that she would get a feature on my blog & Instagram), and we started with just a walk around my parents’ upstate house so she could get a feel for them. By the end of our walk, she was doing squats for fun! The pants solved a lot of the barriers to entry for her when it comes to the fitness world:
No need to worry about having extra time, because the pants give you the opportunity to add resistance to your day-to-day activity
No need to worry about the discomfort of entering the fitness world as a beginner and facing judgment from others in a gym
No need to learn and operate equipment, because the bands themselves effortlessly work without you having to do anything other than moving your body as you normally would.
*Less* of a need to worry about the the risk of injury that comes with heavy weight training and use of machines. The leggings are low impact, and are about as risky as body weight activity. I do want to stress that body weight activity is still risky! A wise person (I don’t remember) once said, “treat every weight like it could hurt you.” Whether it’s the 5lb plates that you are adding to your squat bar, or the weight of your own body – always take the responsible precautions because it is important for the health of your body!
After my momma tried the +20lb leggings, I asked her about her experience. Here’s what she said:
“When I first saw the leggings, I thought they might be uncomfortable, but boy was I wrong! I wore them the whole day and they felt like regular yoga pants! The support was evenly distributed and the placement of the resistance bands was so perfect that I couldn’t tell they were there at all. They also looked flattering, and no one could even tell they were different. The following day, after my walk with Madeline, a quick squat workout, and then wearing the pants the rest of that day, I could tell that my legs had been worked out, but not to the point of being uncomfortably sore. I put them in the washing machine and hung them to air dry and they still looked as good as new. I would definitely recommend these pants, and I can’t wait to try the +40 lb version!”
Here’s my review (on the +40 lb resistance):
Function – These do EXACTLY what they promise – create more of a challenge for body weight movements. I immediately noticed the added difficulty on my morning walk and run, but the effect was amplified when I did my stairs workout and body weight leg workout. The leggings are great for moves that have a lot of range of motion in your legs, and also when your leg straightens out entirely at some point during the move. Bonus, they proved excellent for abs (especially leg raises).
Look: I was the most concerned about this, but honestly, I think they look normal! They have a bit of a jogger look and the fabric scrunches, more so at the bottom. The stirrups at the bottom leave a hole by your achilles, and the rest of the pant travels into your show, so it felt kinda like a baseball uniform (not that I know what that’s like at all) (and this is also not a bad thing). You can also wear taller socks if you don’t love the look of the bottom of the pant.
Comfort: They’re obviously not as comfortable as your favorite pair of buttery leggings, but I didn’t find them particularly uncomfortable at all. The waist band is tight to help hold the pants up, but it is also thick enough to properly disperse the pressure so it was very comfortable. The leggings are designed very well. The ankles are also tight to keep them from riding up, and I found the elastic around the ankle to be the least comfortable aspect of the legging. Aside from that, once I had them on for a few minutes, I hardly even noticed the difference (until I started moving, obviously!) The fabric is also light and breathable, so I didn’t feel like I was overheating at all during my workouts.
Overall, I think that these leggings really do add enough resistance to make body weight exercise and day-to-day activity significantly more challenging. I think it’s great that Agogie makes two different levels of resistance, so the +20lb version can be worn all day, to add subtle challenge to daily life, and the +40lb version can be intentionally worn during a body weight workout, bike ride, run, or any other activity that utilizes primarily the lower body. In addition to the weight training that I already do, Agogie has already become another integral part of my lifestyle, and I find myself reaching for them every week as soon as I get them out of the wash!
Don’t forget that my code “MADDIE” will get you $20 off your order at checkout! I hope you love these pants just as much as I do, and are as excited as me to see what this brand continues to revolutionize in the future of fitness!