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Fit Fact: Plyometrics Burn Fat Fast

Posted Aug 24 2008 7:05pm

Plyometric Jumps Plyometrics isn’t anything new (it has been around since the 70s and is also called jump training), but it has been gaining popularity thanks to celebrity trainers, like Jason Walsh. He helps Jessica Biel blast over 100 calories in 10 minutes with plyometric workouts. The explosive bursts help you build speed and power, cause your heart rate to rise quickly and will burn more calories in less time.

Add a few 30 to 60 second intervals of plyometrics to your next strength training routine for an added fat blasting boost. Here are three exercises to try:

Step Hurdle: With both feet together, jump forward and backward over a fitness step.

Med Ball Jacks: A standard jack, but with a modification on the arms–hold a medicine ball with both hands pushing it up above your head as your legs jump out and pull it down close to your chest as you jump together.

Switch Steps: Start with your right foot on the step and left foot on the floor. Then reverse the position of your feet and alternate quickly between the two positions.

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