New Fitness Studio in Poway

By Steve Horn

A new Jewish-owned fitness studio, Studio40, has hit the town in the epicenter of downtown Poway.

Owned by Glace Ziperovich, the studio will blend a form of exercise called the Lagree Method, which fuses Pilates with other forms of physical fitness such as strength training and cardio. It will be the first studio of its sort in Poway.

Ziperovich, whose family lives in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, grew up in Brazil and has a Sephardic Jewish background. Today, her family attends services at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway.

Ziperovich moved to the U.S. 21 years ago and found her tribe, explained Ziperovich. “I connected with many Jews who made me feel welcomed and linked again with my heritage and I married within the faith,” she says.

Coming to San Diego has reinvigorated Ziperovich’s connection to the faith, she said, and she has offered her son a Jewish upbringing, as well.

Sebastian Lagree, the French-American inventor of a device called the Megaformer, which sits at the center of the fitness method, serves as the namesake of Lagree Method. He created it due to his own experience fending off exercise obsession, hoping to craft a workout regime which keeps people healthy and able to achieve fitness within a reasonable and sustainable time commitment window.

“The Megaformer is a spring-based resistance machine adjustable to all levels of fitness and fuses key elements of Pilates providing a high-intensity, low-impact workout, adaptable for men and women of all ages, body shapes and fitness levels,” said Ziperovich of the equipment.

Taking a Lagree class for the first time with a friend, and then trying it again under the tutelage of Lagree in Los Angeles, Ziperovich says she got hooked. And from there, the rest is history.

“I immediately fell in love with the method. It was exactly what I was looking for,” she explained. “Celebrities in LA are obsessed with the method and I hope to get the community excited about the method as well.”

Classes at Studio40 will last, as its name implies, 40 minutes. Attendees can expect to walk away feeling like they got a solid workout, while also craving more, Ziperovich detailed.

“The workout strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles, improves endurance, jump-starts metabolism, increases flexibility and postural alignment, and restores the body’s natural balance,” she said. “Studio40’s goal is to help your mind and body reconnect with your spirit, so you can live a life that inspires you to be the absolute best version of yourself. I believe strong mind leads to a strong body! The body achieves what the mind believes.”

The gates will open for the first time this month for Studio40, on an appointments-only basis.

“I want to create a place where everyone feels comfortable, encouraged, welcomed and most of all feel good in small group size,” Ziperovich said of what she hopes patrons can expect at Studio40. “I envision highly-capable, charismatic instructors to lead the classes to motivate every client to reach their full potential.”

Studio 40 is located at 13557 Poway Road. For more information, email Info@studio40.fit or visit www.studio40.fit

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