Borders first in Scotland with Grit

A GYM in Galashiels is the first in Scotland to offer the latest exercise craze to come from New Zealand.

TriFitness, of the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust (BSLT) stable, is running branded group strength and plyometrics classes at its studio at Netherdale.

The Grit series is the latest group exercise class to come out of the Auckland-based Les Mills gym, perhaps best known worldwide for its “Bodypump” classes.

Two BSLT instructors are sharing taking the Les Mills Grit sessions which started on Monday. The sessions are suitable for everyone, said instructor and BSLT duty manager Scott Chapman.

Exercisers in the strength class will use a barbell, weight plates and a bench to target major muscle groups in an intense 30-minute session.

The plyo class uses the principles of plyometrics – power agility training – to increase speed, strength and endurance.

Trifitness will be offering the third series – Grit Cardio, high-impact aerobic sessions with no weights – in the summer.

Scott said: “Each delivers different benefits for individuals to help them achieve personal goals. They’re intense, but really satisfying and people walk out knowing they have worked hard and that they will quickly achieve their goals.

“The plyo series will increase muscular endurance, intensify your energy and increase stamina. The strength series tones and builds muscle, increases weight loss and reduces body fat.

“The smaller sessions, with a maximum of eight people, make it feel more like personal training, but the fact that you are with other people gives it a good group feel which helps to motivate you.

“Anyone will benefit, particularly someone who would be interested in personal training or who needs that extra bit of motivation in the gym to achieve their goals.”

Scott, a Gala A rugby player and personal trainer, has a fitness, health and exercise HND and has worked in the industry for eight years.

He is a coach in the new Grit classes and he leads other group fitness sessions at TriFitness including Les Mills Body Pump, Body Combat, Cxworx and freestyle classes such as boxercise, kettlercise and spinning

BSLT chief executive Ewan Jackson said: “We are delighted to be the first company in Scotland to launch the Grit series bringing the best of what’s new in the fitness industry to the Borders”.

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