Why Low-Impact does not mean Low-Intensity

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Many people hear “low-impact” and think of water aerobics or people walking around the mall. However, low-impact does not mean low-intensity! Nor does it mean low results. In fact, you will be surprised just how quickly your body will develop due to the control and quality of the progressive movements that will give you a whole new body. People all over are finding that this is the key to long term health for your body and as time goes on, we are convinced you are going to see a large shift towards the Low Impact High Intensity Training methods.

Low-impact simply means reducing the stress on your joints. When your joints don’t have to do the work, your muscles will-allowing you to build lean muscle quickly and effectively. The way your muscles are working will get your heart rate up and burn fat, there’s really no need to jump around! Personal trainer Justin Norris puts it this way, “You’re saving your joints for longevity, but you’re still getting into that fat-burning zone-it’s the best of both worlds.”

Low-impact workouts are also injury-preventive. There is no pounding on your body, there is no pressure on your joints, and it’s less strenuous on your muscles. Instead you will spend more time fine tuning muscles that are not commonly worked and in turn your larger muscle groups will become stronger as a whole. You increase the strength in your stabilizing muscles as well because you are constantly engaging your core. Additionally, low-impact workouts will further your range of motion and increase your flexibility which is also helpful in preventing injuries.

Pilates is a high intensity, low impact style of working out. One of the benefits of pilates (and most low impact workouts) is that it increases your state of mindfulness because you are working your body extremely hard through a flow of slow and specific movements. By doing so, you become more aware of the muscles that you are working which allows you to focus on both strengthening and using the proper form. Practicing mindfulness will, over time, increase one’s coordination throughout a work-out due to the strengthened stabilizing muscles and an increase in balance.

“People want to walk out of the studio feeling like they got a good workout, but also feeling good in their bodies.”

-Brookelyn Suddell

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