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Los Angeles’ new LIT Method workout owes much of its popularity to CrossFit-style classes…but not for the reasons you might expect.

The low-impact, bootcamp-style program is attracting droves of Angelenos who are nursing injuries from joint-pounding exercise programs—whether it’s torn ACLs, jacked-up rotator cuffs, or more—while giving them as deep of a burn as they’d get from other high-intensity workouts.

As personal trainers who work alongside doctors to rehab injured athletes, LIT (Low-Impact Training) Method masterminds Justin Norris and Taylor Gainor have witnessed the uptick in injuries from hardcore fitness classes firsthand over the last several years.

“I’d say about 95 percent of our clients are suffering from some kind of injury,” says Norris. “We wanted to create a program everyone can do in a group environment, with a focus on low-impact—no running, no jumping, and no weights.”

This is a workout that’ll have you drenched in sweat by the time the blasting hip-hop soundtrack ends—no matter if you’re laid up or in peak physical condition.

Instead, the 50-minute classes revolve around water rowers and resistance bands, both of which offer total-body toning with minimal stress on the joints. To ensure that each person is closely monitored, there are always two instructors leading each class, and no more than 14 students. “We write people’s injuries down on their rower so we can modify for them,” says Gainor. “It’s kind of a personal training experience in a group setting.”

Despite all the TLC, this is a workout that’ll have you drenched in sweat by the time the blasting hip-hop soundtrack ends—no matter if you’re laid up or in peak physical condition. Tabata sprints on the rower alternate with squats, lunges, curls, rows, and core work on the floor, and (bonus!) it all ends with some sweet myofascial release. “It’s essential to foam roll your body to break up all the lactic acid and help with recovery,” says Norris. Adds Gainor: “We want you to be able to come every day.”

LIT Method, 8474 W. 3rd St., #214, Los Angeles, CA, 90048, 323-592-3103, litmethod.com

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