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Excerpt — High-Intensity 300

An Introduction to Intensity

As I mentioned in the introduction, this book is not meant to be a review of research studies on the benefits of high-intensity training (HIT). I want you to jump in, start training, and get the results you are looking for. However, it’s always good to understand the thinking and mechanisms behind any training plan you engage in.

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The Depths of Hell and Crazy 8s

There may be no exercise better suited for improving vertical leap than the depth jump. There also may be no exercise more demanding on your ankle and knee joints. Be sure to have mastered box jumps and bounding drills before taking on the depth jump. And when you do tackle this movement, start off on a low box (12 inches [30 cm] or lower), and limit the number of contacts until you gain experience with the exercise.

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The Ranger, El Diablo, and Redemption

You’ve learned the movement patterns, built up strength, worked on conditioning, and improved lagging body parts. Now it’s time to put it all together and see what you can do with all the work you’ve put in. These 40 workouts combine aspects from all the training you’ve done up to this point for the ultimate expression of performance.

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