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The Blue Bulls Super 15 Training Squad benefits from JSSA Flexband conditioning

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Flexbands – ready to put the Bulls to the test….

The Vodacom Bulls are in full preparation for the Super 15 series. Here fitness coditioner, Andre Volsteedt is putting them through their paces, using various JSSA Felxbands, while Coach Frans Ludicke keeps an eye….IMG-20150316-WA0005 IMG-20150316-WA0007

JSSA ring of Fire
The JSSA ring of Fire – explosive power and strength

JSSA Warrior, Heinrich Carstens still going strong.

After a December break, Heinrich Carstens (16) is again hard at work, striving to complete the Seal WOD training programme. In week 5 on day one he completed the following in just 40 minutes:

10 tricep push ups

10 regular push ups

10 wide grip push ups

7 sit ups

7 reverse crunches

7 half situps

All of the above in one 2 minute set x 20 sets.

Hooya! Well done Heinrich.

Heinrich with his JSSA trainer, Pierre Assor.
Heinrich with his JSSA trainer, Pierre Assor.

3rd Place in SA Schools Adventure Racing for JSSA Warrior

Heinrich Carstens, a grade 10 pupil at  Noordheuwel Hoërskool was part of a four-person team that recently came third at the SA Schools Adventure Racing Championships. The race was a gruelling event in the beautiful but mountainous Magoebaskloof area involving a total of 60km cycling and 20km running, rafting, pushcarts and orienteering. The day of the event dawned minus the warm weather that the Lowveld is known for. It was rainy, misty and icy cold and tough muddy conditions tested participants both physically and mentally.

“Completing the race was one of the hardest things I have ever done”, said Heinrich “my warrior training at JSSA paid off, giving me the physical fitness and mental strength to endure and finish the race”.

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JSSA Self Defense Boot Camp

On 4 October JSSA hosted another self-defense boot camp. “Changing your mind-set from defensive to offensive defense and understanding how to use your attacker’s energy against him is crucial in a self-defense situation” says Pierre Assor, owner of JSSA.

Controlling an attacker by manipulating his arm
Controlling an attacker by manipulating his arm
Blocking an attack
Blocking an attack

 

South Africans live in a violent society where cultivating the skills to defend yourself in a dangerous situation is an essential life skill. JSSA aims to teach clients basic hand to hand combat skills to empower them in an attack situation.

Self defense boot camps are held every first Saturday of the month.

BOKKE with JSSA Flexbands down under

The Springbokke took their Flexbands with them in preparation of their big game down under.
The Springbokke took their Flexbands with them in preparation of their big game down under.

SARU has long ago realised the value of Variable Isotonic Resistance training and uses Flexbands as part of their players’ functional conditioning programme, as is evident from this image captured during the Bokke-preparation in Australia. Pierre Assor from JSSA regularly assists with injury rehabilitation and conditioning of SARU rugby players.

JSSA demonstrates how Flexbands can be used to improve speed and power in karate

On Saturday, 9 August, Pierre Assor from JSSA demonstrated the potential benefits of Flexband training to a JSKA  karate Training Squad . The variable isotonic resistance encountered with Flexband training as well as the ability to focus on training specific movements offers incredible benefits to practitioners of all martial arts where flexibility, balance, speed and power are crucial to good performance.

Karate demands strength, agility, flexibility and balance, which must all be developed from a young age.
Karate demands strength, agility, flexibility and balance, which must all be developed from a young age.

As Flexbands support muscle and joints during exercise, this is a safe and effective way of training even young karateka with very little risk of injury.

Shoulder presses with a Flexband requires control throughout the entire movement,  forcing the engagement of core muscles to maintain balance, while building shoulder and upper body strength.
Shoulder presses with a Flexband requires control throughout the entire movement, forcing the engagement of core muscles to maintain balance, while building shoulder and upper body strength.
Pulling against each other, challenges balance and forces all participants to engage core muscles while at the same time building upper body strength with push ups.
Pulling against each other, challenges balance and forces all participants to engage core muscles while at the same time building upper body strength with push ups.

JSSA Warriors in training

Heinrich Carstens (16) now entered  the advanced 12 week program of the JSSA Warrior challenge.  Day five of this tough program involved pyramids of 1 to 10 and then back down 10 to 1. (This means pull-up x 1,  push ups x , sit ups x 3 , followed by pull ups x 2, push ups x 3, sit ups x 4 etc, amounting to a staggering total of 110 pull ups, 220 push ups and 330  sit ups in just under 50 minutes! This was followed by 10 x 8 count body blasters and 2 minutes each max pull ups, push ups and sit ups with a 3 minute recovery in between each.

With Heinrich is CJ Botes, grade 11 in Monument, who has now also embarked on the JSSA warrior challenge as part of his rehabilitation program, after injuring both knees in rugby.

Push ups in action - perfect control, ensuring the maximum benefit in terms of exercise and preventing any injuries.
Push ups in action – perfect control, ensuring the maximum benefit in terms of exercise and preventing any injuries.
Sit ups
Sit ups

Since starting the program, Heinrich has seen an incredible increase in strength and speed, enabling him to cut the time it takes him to an cycle 20km by half and drastically improving hie speed and power in karate!