It’s not uncommon for LIT Method newbees to walk into the studio with the misunderstanding that the low impact training will be a leisurely hour-long workout. However, as many come to realize within the first five minutes, this class is no walk in the park. As co-owner Taylor Gainor puts it, “LIT stands for low impact training, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t high intensity.” Gainor isn’t exaggerating.
What is it?
The class is centered around water rowing machines. One of the common misconceptions Gainor and Justin Norris (co-owner) hear often about working out is that it requires a treadmill or weights (which were my thoughts exactly). But I will admit, the class was a nice alternative to my usual 30 minutes on the treadmill. According to the owners, rowing provides a balance between working out the upper and lower body. However, don’t expect to be rowing like a Viking for entirety of the class. Each session involves rowing and a combination of TRX and resistance bands that target core strength, posture, endurance and flexibility, followed by foam rolling. “We are the ‘weightless’ workout that allows you to tone and shape your muscles without any risk of injury,” said Gainor.
What am I getting myself into?
With so many workout fads popping up, it’s hard to differentiate the ones that will actually teach you how to burn calories safely from the ones that will leave you seeing a chiropractor. When developing the methodology for LIT, Gainor and Norris wanted to create a safe and effective workout that is minimizes the impact on ones and joints, while sculpting and strengthening muscles. The workout is also designed for those who may be recovering from injuries. “We believe in building you, not breaking you,” said Gainor.
The two had met in 2012 while working at a studio in Beverly Hills, and not only became business partners but also life partners. Although the pair doesn’t have any current plans to expand in other cities, they have tips for those who may not be able to attend a class. For a good lower body workout the pair suggests air squats, glute bridges, lunges and curtsy lunges. As for the upper body, inch worms to pushups, commandos, plank to should taps and the traditional pushups. When targeting your abs bicycle, oblique crunches and V-ups are recommended.
Maybe it was the EDM playlist or the fact that the studios rowing machines changed colors after every stroke, but it felt as if I were in a trendy, sweaty aerobic club (in the best way possible). Regardless, if it was the motivational instruction or the brand-spanking new studio, there’s something about LIT Method that everyone should try at least once.