Low intensity interval training (LIIT) is the latest buzzword when it comes to burning fat. It takes the same format as a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class – a training period followed by a recovery period, but with a LIIT class, you go from a jog to a walk, rather than a sprint to a jog, and your workout lasts longer.
HIIT workouts usually last between 10 and 30 minutes, but LIIT workouts take up to 45 minutes. Researchers say that LIIT fans still get the calorie burn by shocking their body as they change speeds, as well as other low-intensity benefits, such as increased cardiovascular endurance and less damage to their joints.
Try it in: Gyms such as Third Space London, which have coaches that are familiar with low-intensity workouts.
The new spinning class: VersaClimber
If you want to discover muscles that you never knew you had, a VersaClimber class is the place to do it. You’re in good company too: Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Lebron James are said to be obsessed with this group workout.
This low-impact machine is a climbing wall mixed with a Stairmaster. You walk on the steps and push and pull the handles that are above you with your arms. Through a series of different exercises, including faster reps and squats, you can train your arms, chest, shoulders, back and glutes. As it is low-impact, it reduces any chance of injury.
Try it in: Sweat by BXR in London, which is touted to have Europe’s first dedicated group VersaClimber session.
The new tennis: Cardio tennis