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Inches up can be more important than inches off. Basketballer TJ Noon proves how LES MILLS GRIT can take your sporting performance to new heights.

TJ Noon is a basketball loving Kiwi who’s taking his hoop shooting talents to the next level with a little plyometric magic.

“It was about six months ago that I started making LES MILLS GRIT a regular part of my routine,” he explains. “I was getting back into basketball so I wanted something that could help improve my jumping and shooting. I thought LES MILLS GRIT Plyo could be good.”

It turns out TJ was right.

“I went from 60cms on my standing jump to 80cms. For my forward jump I was on about 2m meters and now I can do 3ms easily.”

It’s no surprise that TJ’s jumping prowess has come on in leaps and bounds. Plyometric training targeting certain muscles can result in faster running, higher jumping, harder throws and stronger hits. It conditions the body to produce fast, powerful and explosive movements, improving sports performance like no other.

Plyometric training works by stretching the muscles for a split second – essentially spring-loading them like pulling back a sling shot – and then releasing them. This kind of movement forces the muscles to contract with significant force, giving you an explosive movement. The result is toned, athletic muscle development.

Jumps aren’t the only things getting high in plyo. Controlled testing on heart rates during LES MILLS GRIT™ Cardio, Strength and Plyo workouts showed they all got pretty damn high, but it was LES MILLS GRIT Plyo that sent heart rates 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 LES MILLS GRIT workout for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. Find a class or try at home using Les Mills OnDemand.

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