Saints meet Zuu in pre-season
THE SOUTH Burnett Saints hit the track on Tuesday for their first pre-season training session.
Sharon Sheridan from Cultural Fitness took the group through an introductory Zuu fitness circuit, and the players certainly knew about it.
"Zuu is about liberating human movement, so let's say you use a lot of weights to build muscle you still can't use that muscle in a full range of motion," Sheridan said.
"You see people lifting weights for the majority of their lives, and they'll come into a Zuu session thinking they're reasonably fit but within the first five minutes realise they're not.
"The fitness is a whole other level, these guys might do a lot of running but (Zuu) stops you in your tracks. There's a lot of movements we use that diaphragm you so it cuts your breathing down."
The primal-inspired movements are designed to get athletes back to their roots, utilising the body as it was intended.
"It's hard to explain, it's something people need to experience themselves. You can't sugar coat Zuu."
Sheridan will work with the Saints over their pre-season, and hopes the sessions will be a springboard for an improved 2017 campaign.
"This is going to increase their speed and stride - their kicks will go further because it powers their legs, helping them perform at 100%," Sheridan said.
"It's improving agility and the ability to move the body the way it's supposed to, and it's going to reduce the number of injuries through the season.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the team and hopefully help them have a fantastic 2017 season."
Zuu focuses not just on the physical, but pushing the mental barriers that people run into when they reach their physical limits.
"Zuu also teaches mental resilience, it builds the mental strength to push that little bit further," Sheridan said.
"It facilitates team talk and communication to build the rest of the team up when they're feeling like they can't keep going.
"Zuu is something that will always challenge you. The fitter and strong you get Zuu will always progress, you can't plateau."