Low-intensity interval training (LIIT) is so much more than a workout trend; it’s a completely different approach to exercise that incorporates wellness and mental well-being into your workout. It trades in the intense cardio and screaming instructor from HIIT in favour of slow and mindful movements.
What is low-intensity training?
LIIT focuses on slow, controlled movements, and the addition of weights and bands increase the resistance to build strength and muscle. When you slow the movement down, you keep the muscle working for longer – which gives you the same burn as you’d get smashing out quick reps in a HIIT class. But the great benefit of LIIT is that it reduces the risk of injury because you have the time to really focus on your form.
What are the advantages of low intensity training?
One huge benefit of LIIT is that it’s just as effective as HIIT for weight loss, but with a reduced risk of injury since it involves less impact through the joints. As you are really working on burning out the muscle, it also builds strength and lean muscle mass. It is a kinder form of training that’s great for people who are already injured too as you can work around injuries while still conditioning our body.
LIIT’s emphasis on FORM and ALIGNMENT means an increase in self-awareness to strengthen the mind-body connection. The mental benefits are just as important as the physical benefits. The slow mindful movements in LITT means you really have time to think about the burn but you learn to push through and that builds mental endurance.
There is a trend of fitness enthusiasts now opting for this more holistic approach to working out - incorporating daily exercise routines that help them recover quicker and manage stress from hectic schedules. LITT’s more mindful approach can also help with reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) which can often spike when doing HITT workouts.
Classes like our Sculpt & Define, Tush N Abs (TNA) and The Ritual Class are perfect examples of a LITT workouts that can greatly benefit and compliment your current fitness routine and well as serve to enhance your performance in your other activities, such as running or cycling.