Miss Universe Australia 2019 winner, Priya Olivia Serrao, has been working really hard toning and honing her physique for months to get ready for the biggest modeling event of this year. The Indian-born 28-year-old said that her perfectly toned physique and abs are due to her training method known as “Lagree.”
Serrao said, “It is pilates-on-steroids. I have tried Pilates before and didn’t like it because I didn’t feel I was pushing myself. I like feeling sore and working up a sweat when I exercise, so Lagree is perfect.”
“We work every muscle group to exhaustion and try to bring on the ‘shakes’ so I leave every class buzzing with endorphins,” she added.
Lagree is a machine-based, high-intensity, low impact muscular endurance workout, which is adaptable to practically all fitness levels. This workout is quite effective because it combines your strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and core training in a 45-minute session.
Meghan Markle has also credited Lagree for her physique. She attended regular Lagree classes at the Toronto studio while she was on set for Suits.
Serrao has been attending frequent classes at K-Kore, the only studio offering Lagree in Melbourne. She said she would be continuing to train at K-Kore post win.
Serrao said that she has been working out three to four times a week in order to hone her physique. She noticed results in as less than two weeks of Lagree training.
“I definitely grew markedly stronger every week and also saw an increase in lean muscle mass. I saw a noticeable change in my stomach – in particular, my obliques, which were more defined,” continued Serrao.
When it comes to nutrition, the Miss Universe Australia said she avoids processed foods and eats a balanced diet.
The Australian beauty pageant titleholder said, “I have a pretty big sweet tooth (particularly for baked goods!). I thought I’d aim to cut my sugar intake down drastically and set a target of just one ‘cheat’ day a week but I didn’t stick to it strictly.” Serrao went on to say, “I also intermittent fast (the 16:8 because it fits in better with my lifestyle). I adopted this habit after listening to podcasts by experts on the subject such as Dr. Rhonda Patrick and Sachin Panda who explain the numerous health benefits associated with it such as improved digestion and lower insulin levels.”