Fitness Trend: LIIT not HIIT

HIIT (or high intensity interval training) has been growing in popularity over the last few years. It’s quick, easy to add into your routine at home or in the gym, and there are plenty of YouTube videos to guide you through it. But people are now worried about the long-term impact of the high intensity style of workout. Enter LIIT, the new workout trend…

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When it comes to working out, tennis has always been my favourite way to stay fit, but I always love trying out the latest fitness trends, too. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts have been everywhere for the last few years, but this year, the LIIT (low intensity interval training) trend is set to take over. This is because while the HIIT method can have great results in terms of shaping up and getting fit in a short space of time, it can have a negative long-term impact if you’re not careful. I spoke to Loui Fazakerley, Personal Trainer at Third Space, to find out more.

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Why LIIT not HIIT?

“The LIIT method of training is increasing in popularity and rightly so, as HIIT classes have gradually been taking a toll on the population. While HIIT can significantly improve your fitness when done in moderation, too much can also potentially lead to burn out and injuries too.

“This is where LIIT can be beneficial. As it’s a lower intensity form of training which is easier on the joints and not so stressful for the central nervous system, it’s a safer alternative to HIIT while still being beneficial for your health and fitness. For a well-rounded and safer routine, I would recommend alternating between HIIT and LIIT classes along with adding some mobility focused training into your week as well.”

Where can we try it?

“Third Space offers a couple of classes which apply methods of LIIT training. Examples of these include: Method, a 45-minute full body conditioning workout designed to sculpt and tone the arms, legs, glutes and core using resistance bands. Each exercise is performed at varied tempo variations which will enable full muscle fibre recruitment to help strengthen muscle and improve range of movements.

Bars and Bells in another strength-based full body workout class available at third Spaces which have characteristics of LIIT Training and focuses on lifting. During the class you will work with heavier weights and lower reps to develop full body muscular strength to build a lean, athletic figure. Pilates and Yoga also apply methods of LIIT Training, which are available to do at Third Space.”

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