Visionary, Entrepreneur, Entertainer
Born in Bordeaux, France, and raised in Paris, Sebastien Lagree was an introverted child who spent his hours sketching the physiques of buff guys and cars. Sebastien began weight training at the age of 13.
At 17, Sebastien moved to Tillamook, OR and finished high school there. He then went on to Portland State University to study for his BA in business and marketing.
After receiving his MBA from Seattle University at age of 23, Sebastien ventured to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Once in LA, to Sebastien’ surprise, people were wanting to use his services as a personal trainer. Sebastien never had considered a career in personal training. His personal training career took off almost immediately. He later received an advanced certifications in weight training and Pilates. Sebastien became addicted to helping his growing roster of clients to transform their lives, their bodies and their perspectives about themselves. He employed elements of traditional Pilates mixed with weight training and cardio. But as he progressed he became aware of the holes and limitations inherent in the physical fitness methods he was employing.
“I had a deep burning desire to add something new to the mix of personal training – a workout that would create beautiful physiques, with more precision and speed, in less time and that would free my clients from becoming a slave to the workout. A workout that was a one stop shop of the rejuvenating properties of Pilates, the strength building impact of weights, and the revitalizing effects of extreme cardio. ”
Sebastien began to craft the Lagree Fitness Method. He began dreaming up, sketching, conceiving and reinventing his unique version of the traditional Pilates reformer. People told him that he was crazy to even try; that it would cost way too much to prototype, that he should just find a way to work around what was already there. His art informed the science of his emerging method, and at every turn it became obvious to him that to revolutionize fitness it was absolutely mandatory that he create his own machine.
“I believed the myth and lived the lie. I was a ‘gym rat’ for decades, doing all the things that millions of people do daily to lose weight, build muscle, look more attractive and live forever. But, at the end of the day it is a hollow journey. I know what’s missing from our current perception of ‘fitness’. It is not enough to stare into a mirror and see a pleasing image smile back at you. I take a holistic approach to complete well-being.”
“I want to design devices that will integrate yoga, meditation, bio-feedback, heightened levels of physical, emotional, spiritual, sexual, mental and tactile awareness. Anything less will sell my students short of their dreams.
“I’m currently designing devices that will expand the experience of fitness to a level never explored before.”
Sebastien’s revolutionary approach to his passion is embraced by hundreds of thousands of practitioners who attend studios worldwide for sessions that require no more than 40 minutes of intense engagement with his machines and the guidance of his carefully selected trainers who must maintain the standards established by their inventor.
“Look, I am not another pitchman selling things on late night infomercials to make a few more dollars by providing false promises and money back guarantees. Nobody can give back your time and faith that someone has invested in something that might provide a temporary ‘fix’ or none at all.”
“I stand by my research and development. I am going to forever change the way people develop their full potential. I am in this experience till the race has been run.”
Sebastien continues to inspire the fitness revolution towards ultimate peak physical performance with optimal use of time and effort. Backed by the most cutting edge fitness science, Sebastien continues to create concept fitness machines.
“I am fueled to refine my Lagree Fitness Method by my burning desire to marry my creativity with the burgeoning limits of fitness technology. I have helped countless numbers of clients to expand beyond their preconceived limitations – and that just adds fuel to my fire. When you see someone succeed and grow in confidence and strength right before your eyes, and you can feel that they experience themselves as beautiful, what could possibly be better than that? I live by this motto: I have no limits, except for the ones I create for myself.”
Sebastien currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Danielle.
“I knew the moment I met her, that Danielle and I were destined to share our lives together. We married 5 weeks after we met and have never looked back.”
The Lagrees have integrated their lives in a manner that transcends the conventional roles of husband and wife.
‘We do everything together. My wife is my business partner, my coach, my best friend and my muse. She loves speed and adventure. She pilots airplanes, we go shark diving together. Danielle not only understands my passion for my work …… she encourages me to reach further.’
This year, Sebastien will open his first studio in Los Angeles, California which will be run by Danielle. He will complete and publish his extraordinary autobiography and finish production on a documentary on his life and work….and he will begin designing the next generation of equipment that has placed Sebastien lagree at the pinnacle of his profession.
“There are no limits. The only limits that exist are the ones we impose on ourselves”, says Sebastien.