5 Things You Need to Know About Low Intensity Interval Training (LIIT)

Low Intensity Interval Training might be the workout you need to burn calories.

I’m not so sure about this one…  LIIT, or Low Intensity Interval Training, turns HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training on it’s head.  Basically, you train for a prolonged period of time at low intensity.

At first, this sounds like traditional cardio, but it isn’t.  LIIT doesn’t necessarily mean traditional cardio, it’s more about lower intensity peaks with longer recovery times. So where HIIT might have a 1 minute on at an all out sprint followed by a 30 second or 1 minute recovery, LIIT would be a 90 second jog followed by a 3-5 minute recovery.

I have had great results from HIIT and what I like most is it’s efficiency – you can get a really good workout and improve your fitness dramatically in a relatively short amount of time.  LIIT, doesn’t seem to have that same benefit.

 For a ballpark estimate, during a 30 minute HIIT workout session a 185 Lb guy can burn between 350 and 450 calories.  That same guy can burn the same amount of calories during a 60- to 75-minute LIIT workout session…

I dont think that this is for everyone but for someone limited by injury or for someone just starting out in fitness it may be a good way to ease into things.  I’ll be following up on this one more.


Source: Muscle & Fitness