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If you want to take your fitness to new heights, inches up might be more important than inches off.

If your competitive edge is what gets you to the gym, then plyometrics (jump training) is the thing for you.  

While plyo is also great for getting lean, the way it conditions the body to produce fast, powerful and explosive movements can improve sports performance like no other.

When we jump, muscles are stretched for a split second - essentially spring-loading them like pulling back a sling shot - then released. This kind of movement forces the muscles to contract with significant force, giving you an explosive movement. The result is toned, athletic muscle development.

Targeting certain muscles with enough plyometric training has been proven to result in faster running, higher jumping, harder throws and stronger hits. 

TJ, a plyo poster boy (see above photo) found this out first hand.

“I started doing GRIT routinely about 6 months ago. Before then I was just going to classes occasionally but I was getting back in to basketball so I thought plyo would help with my jumping and shooting. I went from 60 centimeters  on my standing jump to 80 centimetres, and for my forward jump I was on about 2 meters and now I can do 3 meters easily.”

Jumps aren’t the only things getting high in plyo. Research into heart rate during different types of training shows plyometrics can get you very high. Controlled testing on heart rates in LES MILLS GRIT™ Cardio, Strength and Plyo showed they all got pretty damn high but Plyo was through the roof. 

If getting high isn’t your thing don’t rule out plyo yet, there are plenty of other great benefits. Click here to read more or try a class for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. 

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