Using JSSA Flexbands is paying off for Springbok rugby players.

Teboho "Oupa" Mohoje practising for his debut in the Springbok Team
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje practising for his debut in the Springbok Team

IT HAS been a “dream” few weeks for Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje as he continues his meteoric rise.

The dream peaked on Tuesday when Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer told the flanker that he would be part of the Springbok match-day squad against on Saturday.

Just last year the 23-year-old was playing Varsity Cup rugby as captain of the University of Free State Shimlas side.

Now the lock-cum-flanker is on the brink of making his Bok debut should coach Meyer bring him on this weekend.

PIERRE SPIES WORKING HARD TO RETURN FULLY FIT IN 2015

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In the mean time, Pierre Spies, Bulls captain and Springbok  No 8, wants to make a strong impact when he returns fully fit in 2015, which could be his final season in South Africa.

Spies has had a nightmare run with injuries in recent years, with thumb and bicep surgeries forcing the Springbok and Bulls No 8 to spend long spells on the sidelines.

“I’m about halfway through with my recovery plan. I should be ready to play by the start of the 2015 Super Rugby campaign.”

Spies knows it won’t be an easy return to the Springbok fold with the tough competition among the loose forwards. He is using JSSA Flexbands as part of his rehabilitation program and he believes this will motivate him to make a stronger comeback.

Flexband rehabilitation programme speeds up recovery.

Sue Dempsey suffered serious injury to her left ankle. With broken bones and torn ligaments, she pent 13 weeks on crutches and was preparing for a long road to full recovery. However, following a recovery program using Flexbands, she can walking normally again – after only five weeks! During rehabilitation, Flex Bands® offer a safe and effective method for restoring strength. The range of motion can be changed easily to isolate specific muscles and to vary stimulus on the muscle, promoting muscle growth and thereby increase muscular strength without overloading or damaging joints.

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!

JSSA Warrior in training: Heinrich’s progress

During week three of the Warrior Intermediate Programme, things got tough and the tough got going!

On days 1 and five, Heinrich completed:

  • 122 pullups
  • 375 pushups
  • 750 situps
  • 6 km run

As if this was not enough, on day six he cycled 25km, ran 7km and then cycled another 10km.

On Saturday, 26 July, Heinrich had the opportunity to measure the benefits of this training. He competed in the Spur Anatomic Schools Mountain Bike race, in which he previously only produced average performances, never being fast enough to complete the third and final lap. This time, he completed the entire race, came fourth in his school and 37th overall.

JSSA Warrior Program: Conditioning & building muscles without risk of injury

Heinrich Carstens (16), is following the JSSA Warrior Fit preparation program to increase his strength and fitness for karate and adventure racing and to develop upper-body muscles in a manner that is safe for a still-growing teen.

Stretching
Heinrich stretches his back muscles after Warrior drills to prevent stiff muscles
Back stretch
A deep stretch for back and shoulder muscles after a hectic set of Warrior drills

The program consists of a 4 week beginner phase, 4 week intermediate phase and a 12 week final phase. Heinrich successfully completed the beginner phase and is now in week 2 of the intermediate phase, and the results are showing:

  • 7cm increase in chest circumference
  • 1,25 increase in biceps
  • 1cm increase in thigh

Heinrich completed week 1 of the Intermediate program which included, among other exercises,

  • 220 pull-ups
  • 300 push ups
  • 600 sit ups
  • 100 JSSA warrior drills
  • as well as 9km running

ALL done in just 2 days. Hooya Heinrich! Visit this site again tofollow his progress

 

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