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As professional HIIT fitness instructors, sore and tight muscles comes with the territory.
We use Trigger Point foam rollers and the STX stick daily to avoid injuries. The result, we have never missed a class due to injury since opening in 2011. It works!
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Beach fitness, stretching and body weight exercises to energise your soul.
Enough with the indoor germ infested gym routines. Step outside and change your life with the positive energy of nature.
V1 FITNESS outdoor fitness classes at the beach. Try it once and you'll never want to go back into the gym again.
To find out more about personal training with a V1 FITNESS instructor, contact us today.
Bulletproof futuristic helmet reportedly being tested by British SAS
Bulletproof helmet created by Devtac of Japan. We don't need one, but we sure would love to have one!
So it comes down to your ability to run? We couldn't agree more.
That's why RUNNING is and always has been a fundamental part of the V1 FITNESS self defence training in Cyprus. Do your own research, no martial arts or so called self defence system in Cyprus offers anything like our V1 FITNESS professional running coaching, weekly running events and organised endurance running events.
NOTE: For us at V1 FITNESS, Run - Hide - Tell should be Run - Escape - Fight, common sense and historical statistics on similar attacks clearly demonstrate a need for being more proactive in your escape. The UK message of 'stay put' and wait for uniformed personal to rescue you is for masses who prefer to live their lives as sheep. Many of the people who tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell tower fire were also told to 'stay put' and wait for rescue. DO NOT WAIT - KEEP MOVING AWAY FROM THE DANGER AND IF NECESSARY FIGHT YOUR WAY TO SAFETY.
Do you prefer to be a sheep or a warrior? Book a self defence lesson.
Can't run 1, 3 or 5 km flat out should your life depend on it? You really need to get real about fitness and self defence. Book a beginners running lesson today at V1 FITNESS.
Learn about gun safety at the first tactical firearms training camp in Limassol, Cyprus.
No previous experience necessary, the course is for anyone wanting to learn how to shoot pistols in a tactical settings.
Requirements to applicants.
Dates of course, coming soon...
You may also be interested in our Cyprus Boot Camps.
To get better balance, power and agility, kickboxing is king among workouts. Experts who have studied the sport say nearly everyone—even older people who might shy away from such things—can benefit from throwing a punch.
Unlike most other types of exercise, kickboxing emphasises powerful movements. Power is different from strength, and for older adults, it's an even better predictor of mobility and their risk for falls, says Kurt Jackson, an associate professor of neurology and rehab science at the University of Dayton in Ohio. “Pure strength is what a weightlifter uses, but producing power is about both force and speed,” he says.
Kickboxing training tends to involve shorts bouts, two to three minutes long, of intense, repetitive movement—like hitting a punching bag over and over again and kicking and kneeing a pad someone else is holding. “If you look at the research on high-intensity interval training [HIIT], you see these short, intense periods of activity can have big benefits,” he says. Some research shows that even very brief stretches—just 60 seconds—of HIIT can offer the same gains in heart and lung health as 45 minutes of less-intense exercise.
Kickboxing has been shown to improve fitness, power, flexibility and agility, according to a study of healthy men in their twenties who trained three days a week for five weeks. The men in the study improved their upper and lower body power by about 7%, while shaving off more than a second from their time in a 50-meter dash.
It also torches a lot of calories. One study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that the kind of punching-and-kicking combinations used in Tae Box or Women's Kickboxing Classes “cardio kickboxing” burn more than eight calories per minute—about the same amount you'd burn while swimming.
The sport can also improve coordination, even in the most extreme cases. Jackson studies the neuromuscular benefits of kickboxing training for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition in which poor communication between the brain and muscles can lead to falls or problems with activities that rely on multitasking, like walking and talking. Kickboxing helps strengthen neuromuscular control in people with the disease in ways that improve balance, mobility and dual-tasking activities, he found.
The benefits likely apply to older adults as well. Kickboxing improves both types of balance that the body requires—anticipatory and reactive—and better balance reduces risk of falls or muscle weakness. “Anticipatory balance is something you use when you can see a need coming, like when you’re stabilising yourself to reach up into a cupboard,” Jackson says. Reactive balance is the type of mind-muscle coordination you need to catch your balance when you trip, or when life throws some unexpected object your way.
Those skills are useful before you hit old age. If your workout routine relies on lifting weights, running or yoga, your neuromuscular system may not be tuned to handle the kind of dynamic motion required for sports—even the ones you do just a few times a year, like skiing or pickup basketball. “You see these people step or twist wrong and suffer major tears,” Jackson says. “Kickboxing training is a great way to avoid those types of injuries.”
As with most other forms of vigorous exercise, if you’re a newbie, it’s important to ease into kickboxing gradually. “If you have a bad knee or some other limitation, it’s important to have a coach or sports massage therapist who knows how to adapt a kickboxing program to your needs, and who will introduce it in a controlled, systematic manner,” Jackson says. Start slow, and you'll get the most benefits in the end.
Garrotte scene from Jack Reacher movie
Garrotte training we love. Visit V1 FITNESS Limassol for advanced methods of self defence training. Regular self defence classes with improvised Garrottes and practical training on striking dummies.
1. Tactical torch
NEVER leave home without it. Once you start to carry one, you be amazed at just how often you will use it. Light up your path to your vehicle at night, to your front door, while walking dark side roads at night. And of course, it can be used as an impact tool with great effect for personal self defence.
2. Personal attack alarm
For the same reason that home alarms work so well at deterring criminals, a personal carry alarm will draw attention to your situation. Add to your keyring and it's always with you, useful LED light on many of these alarms adds further uses to staying safe.
3. Ice scraper
Better than TigerLady which is not legal to carry. This everyday item for cleaning your windscreen is legal to carry and simple to use. Summer carry excuse? No reason you can't carry for cleaning bugs off your windscreen all year. Natural grip and instinctive striking motion that may just save your life. Very effective as a fast reaction striking tool for women AND men.
4. Scream whistle
Similar to the personal attack alarm, we recommend you carry both. The scream whistle gets above man made noise and is incredibly load. Better in rain too than personal attack alarm, cannot malfunction due to getting wet. The one item you would wish yo had if buried under a collapsed structor caused by natural or man made disaster. ALWAYS keep this item on you and make sure all family members have one, children too.
5. All steel Parker Pen
Made famous by James Bond. This beautiful writing instrument can be used as a highly effective striking tool to the face and neck. We do not recommend you buy the tactical pens with glass breaker ridges at each end, or the one's with firearm manufactures logos. These are likely to be confiscated at airports and may even lead to you being detained for further questioning.
Place a drop on Co2 opening valve with every change. Essential maintenance for your Co2 blowback and non blowback pistol.
Available at V1 FITNESS, Limassol. Price €12.
The ultimate survival tool in a state of collapse
Think of it as modern day sword fighting.
Beginners combat machete classes now running Monday to Friday at V1 FITNESS.
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