Fitness Files: Taylor Gainor, co-founder, LIT Method
LIT Method [Low – Impact – Training] was one of the first workouts I tried after having my baby. It is a group workout class offering low impact training without sacrificing intensity. Founded by Taylor Gainor and Justin Norris in 2015, the LIT Method program utilizes a water rowing machine for a low impact cardio experience along with a resistance band training system. I loved how easy this workout was on my joints, I still felt like I got a killer workout without the aches and pains afterward. Continue reading my interview with co-founder Taylor to get the inside scoop on how she maintains a healthy lifestyle when she is not teaching.
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
Taylor Gainor (TG): Fitness has always been a major part of my life, but when I met Justin (my fiance and co-founder of LIT Method) is when things dramatically changed. He was a personal trainer as well and we joined forces as fitness professionals specializing in rehabilitated injuries. Our business began to grow so rapidly that we were no longer able to take on any more clients. We decided that in order to reach a larger audience, we had to expand to group classes. Thus LIT Method was born! LIT stands for [Low – Impact – Training]. Our method is designed to “Build you not break you”. While other regimens can break you down over time, we felt the need to create a sustainable method that strengthens, empowers and corrects you. With LIT Method, there’s little to no impact being placed on the ankles, knees, hips, elbows, shoulders - all of which are prone to injury with other fitness classes. Our method changes the way people approach fitness.
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
TG: A few of my go-to healthy snacks would for sure be Vital Proteins collagen protein powder, Perfect bars and Bonafide Provisions bone broth. It is important to keep your metabolism running throughout the day, and if that means snacking often, I am all about it. I usually start my mornings with hot water, a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar, and lemon. For me, it wakes up my metabolism, does some cleansing, and gives me energy. To end my nights, I love making a cup of bone broth with spices and adaptogens. It is important to ease and calm the mind before bed - this mixture does just that!
NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?
TG: Honestly, I train my mind with Headspace, if you haven’t heard about it go and download it right now in the App store! It is this amazing meditation app, that helps me kickstart my day. I can easily stay motivated because of the amazing BoltCult community that Justin & I have built. We are firm believers in practicing what we preach, and whether that be teaching class or taking class, I am truly motivated and inspired by our community.
NMF: How do you change your body? What are your fitness favorites?
TG: I change my body by practicing what I preach! Justin and I try to do a LIT class or LIT KIT workout everyday. Rowing is incredibly low impact on the body & joints, yet somehow makes the cardio burn so real! Another favorite would be working with a bootie band, who doesn't love to workout the booty?!
As far as fitness must have items go, I would for sure have to say anything from my favorite active wear company Varley. It keeps me feeling confident and ready to take on the world. My lacrosse ball from our LIT KIT is a must-have for me, too, because it is so convenient to travel with and roll out my body when I am on the go. Lastly, any type of Adidas shoes I’m usually rocking!
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