We Tried It: LIT, a Low-Impact, High-Intensity Workout Loved by Ashley Benson and Kyle Richards
The LIT Method uses a rowing machine and mat work to tone the entire body
What Is It: The LIT Method (LIT stands for “low impact training”) mixes up cardio on a rowing machine with mat work and resistance-band training for a 50-minute, total body workout.
Who Tried It: Gabrielle Olya, PEOPLE writer and reporter
Level of Difficulty: 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10). The workout is intense, but you do everything at your own pace, so people of all fitness levels can do the class.
To be honest, when I heard the phrase “low impact” I assumed the class would also be low intensity, but I was very wrong! (I shouldn’t have made that assumption when Ashley Benson and Kyle Richards – both fans of the class – are in incredible shape, and I’m sure they work hard for it!)
The class began with a warmup on the rowing machines, alternating between steady rows and sprints. We then moved to the mat area to do arm exercises and squats with resistance bands.
Throughout the 50 minutes, we switched back and forth between rowing and mat work, which included planks, mountain climbers, lunges with resistance bands and crunches.
During the class, an assistant walked around and made sure everyone had the correct form throughout, which was really helpful! Even though it was a group class, everyone got individual attention and help when they needed it.
The class ended with a cool down and recovery using a foam roller. By the end I was super sweaty, and definitely felt like I got a full-body workout.
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“The concept is no running, no jumping, no weights,” co-founder Justin Norris tells PEOPLE. “We’re huge on injury prevention and huge on form. And there’s a method behind it. We hit every muscle group in the whole body. We start with the arms and work our way down.”
“It’s ultimate toning,” adds co-founder Taylor Gainor. “And it’s high cardio, but with no impact on your bones and joints.”
Norris and Gainor chose to utilize a rowing machine as a part of their method because it works both the arms and the legs.
“It creates a balanced workout,” says Gainor. “You’re not just working your legs like on a spin bike or a treadmill. We wanted to create something that can give full body toning.”
And rowing also helps correct the bad posture created by hunching over computers and phones all day.
“Every stroke you do fixes your posture because you’re always retracting,” says Norris.
The Verdict: This class was different from any other workout I’ve taken before, which I loved. Because it was low-impact, I didn’t experience the joint pain I sometimes do after a run, but it was still super cardio-intensive. And it definitely tones your muscles too – I was already sore by the time I got home!