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Athlete of the Month: May 2015

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Jason Booij


Who is Jason?

I am a competitive age group triathlete that enjoys the hard work and dedication that goes into training and what you get out of it. After joining the Exercise Solutions team over two years ago seeking for some proper guidance and wanting to be top of my game I have managed to achieve a lot whilst still having a balance in life, training and work. Recently I was awarded an elite license and that is something that has always been on my list of things to do, at least race a few times in the elite category and see what I can do. With a full time stressful job, the mix of both training and work are never easy but you make a plan and it’s worth it in the end, so let’s see what I can do in the 2015/2016 season!

RACE ACHIEVMENTS Racing Calendar 2014-2015

  • Awarded Ironman All World Athlete (Top 5% of my age group worldwide at Ironman and Ironman 70,3)
  • Bela Bela (1st place 25-29 year)
  • Tri rock Durban (9th overall, 2nd age cat)
  • 5150 Germiston African championship. (2nd place 25-29)
  • Trinity sports Triathlon series (3rd overall)
  • Gauteng champs 11 January 5th place, I qualified for SA champs and made Gauteng triathlon team.
  • Selected for Gauteng Triathlon SA champs in 1ST May in East London- 2nd place 25-29 Ag, 8th person across line.

When did you join Team ES?

In early 2013. I decided that that was time to get more serious and focused with my training.

Favourite Workout Fuel:

Gu Roctane

Favourite killer session from your coach:

  • Swim- pyramid sets
  • Bike – Some crazy interval sets
  • Run – Friday morning hill repeats.

My favourite cheat food/meal is:

Pizza and beer!!

My biggest accomplishment/ result to date:

Coming second at SA Champs and Qualifying for World Champs in Chicago in September.

What puts Exercise Solutions apart from other coaching and high performance centres out there?

A lot, I think the major factors for me is the environment in which we train. There as many quality athletes at ES and training alongside them really helps to motivate and push yourself. The team culture is another really big factor for me, there’s no drama or issues and just a really great bunch of people looking to train hard and improve. The hands on coaching is also a really big draw card as there are always coaches constantly monitoring sessions and seeing how you progress thought the sessions as well as season. Also what i really like is that ES caters for all ability of athletes, from beginners to much more serious competitors, it’s a great place for any athlete to improve.

What are you big 2015/2016 season plans?

ITU World triathlon Champs in Chicago in September for now, I’m really focusing on that this year and will give ironman 70.3 another shot next year.

Sponsors to date:

Puma running.

Last words:

Cheers to a kick ass 2015/2016 season, see you on the road!


Mr. Active teams up with Exercise Solutions

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David Katz joins the successful exercise scientists and sports physiologists as their running coach

Based up in Johannesburg, David Katz and Exercise Solutions are teaming up to take your training to the next level. While not reinventing the wheel, they place a big importance on testing. Knowing how your body and heart operate is the best way to get the most out of your training. A sports Journalist and Producer by trade, David “Mr. Active” Katz has been actively involved in South African media for close on 10 years. His real passion however is Health and Fitness. Through his Mr. Active segment on Saturday mornings on Radio 702 and Cape Talk 567 over the last three years; he has continued to share this passion, while growing his own knowledge. David has been running for over 10 years, but advanced this love with his first half marathon, at the 2007 Two Oceans. Since then he has gone on to run a host of half’s, a hand full of marathons, and attempted a Comrades Up Run. Discovering heart rate based training has taken his running and health to the next level.

Exercise Solutions started up in 1995, the brainchild of Zac van Heerden, former Portugal, Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns conditioning specialist. Zac has build a team of experienced sports physiologists around him, that cover various aspects of assessment; including heart rate testing, body composition, biometrical analysis, and musculo-skelekal testing.

Exercise Solutions, has helped countless athletes to not only achieve but better their goals. From Comrades marathon to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, from IronMan to the summit of Kilimanjaro, let us help you put “your” bodies science to work.

You can find out more information on the website www.exercisesolutions.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Exercise_s /Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exercise-Solutions