MAKE YOUR TRAIN­ING LIT

To en­sure re­li­able re­sults in 2019, slow down your work­outs with the lat­est trend­ing train­ing pro­to­col

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

01_ WHERE DO I START?

Spear­headed by mod­ish Lon­don bou­tiques such as Blok, FLY LDN and Equinox, low-in­ten­sity train­ing (LIT) is mak­ing its way to your lo­cal gym’s sched­ule. With its fo­cus on multi-joint body­weight ex­er­cises, LIT can also be an ideal home workout. Clear a space in your liv­ing room and pre­pare to tax your mus­cles.

02_ WHO’S IT FOR?

Trainers at both ends of the fit­ness scale are served by this slow’n’steady trend. “LIT works your mus­cles hard, but doesn’t ham­mer your joints,” says FLY LDN coach Kat Suchet. It’s both a sen­si­ble in­tro to fit­ness and a smart re­cov­ery pro­to­col that won’t leave you sofa-bound to­mor­row.

03_ WILL IT GET ME RIPPED?

No. LIT is the an­ti­dote to get-rippedquick ven­tures. Its cousin HIIT earns re­sults, but can also break your body, hin­der­ing fat loss. In­stead, LIT re­vives your tired mus­cles. You also fo­cus on “con­scious move­ment”, men­tally zon­ing in on each rep to clear away anx­i­eties. “LIT is the best rem­edy for a high-stress life­style,” says Suchet.

04_ DO I NEED ANY SPE­CIAL KIT?

“A good pair of flat-sole shoes will en­sure you feel grounded dur­ing the slow moves,” says Suchet. Vivo­bare­foot Primus Lite trainers (£100 vivo­bare­foot.com) will do the trick. For at-home train­ing, in­vest­ing in a TRX sys­tem (£130 ama­zon.co.uk, right) will ex­pand the range of body­weight moves in your arse­nal.

TREND SE­CRETS LOW-IN­TEN­SITY TRAIN­ING

05_

IS THERE A SIG­NA­TURE MOVE TO MAS­TER?

The Turk­ish get-up. It fires ev­ery mus­cle in your body, yet forces you to work slowly and fo­cus on form. You’ll sweat with­out ever get­ting out of breath (that’s the point). Ly­ing on the floor, press a dumb­bell over­head with one hand. Watch the weight as you roll onto your free el­bow, sit up, drive through your hips and come to a half-kneel. Stand tall, then re­verse the move.

06_ WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?

Treat­ing it like a “workout”. If you’re af­ter yoga’s min­dand-body ben­e­fits with­out the in­cense, then this trend is for you. Just don’t ex­pect all the grunt­ing, ex­ple­tives and dumb­bell-drop­ping you’re used to in your stan­dard class to be met with the same en­thu­si­asm.

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