Everything You Need to Know About P.volve & HILIT
Since the beginning of P.volve, the foundation of our method has been low-impact, high intensity and strengthening exercises for the entire body. And as an ever-evolving fitness company, we’re always finding new ways to properly communicate that method with our community.
In the same way that we are bringing in faster-paced workouts like p.sweat to add more cardiovascular exercise options to the program, we're adopting the term HILIT, or high-intensity, low-impact interval training, to refer to our method that's brought results to thousands of people everywhere.
HILIT is a simple way to explain the movements you’re used to seeing in class or a streaming video. Think about planks on the floor with gliders—it’s high intensity because you’re using your entire body, but still low impact because your joints aren’t being compromised. In fact, they're being strengthened! When you build strength and stability in muscle groups that surround a joint, you are protecting your joints whereas abrupt force from exercises that require higher shock absorption done improperly can compromise the joints.
It’s not just each movement that falls under the HILIT umbrella either; the entire class is structured in the same format too. Each block of work will have moments of intensity, building to a climax on one side, but then you switch to the other side to give your body moments of rest and recovery. Additionally, we're always mindful of how many reps we do so that form is never compromised.
HILIT is similar but different from its counterpart, HIIT, or high intensity interval training. HIIT and HILIT both hold the same levels of intensity, but where they differ is in the impact. With HIIT, you’re likely to find a lot of jumping like burpees and squat jumps. While these could be great for a cardio burst and sweat, if done improperly you are more prone to exercise-induced injuries. Instead, our low impact HIIT movements allow you to tone, elongate and strengthen the muscles without any extra pressure on the joints.
And don't fret—just because your P.volve workout is low impact doesn’t mean it’s no impact. The very nature of the words “low impact” might make some think that the workout is easy, but in reality, it means super focused movements that target specific muscle groups for real results. In the simplest terms, it’s efficient fitness. Even science says that shorter bursts of higher intensity work are more beneficial and deliver better results than longer workouts at decreased intensity.