Wearing the vest of pain – and gain

Saturday October 01, 2016 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
Yours truly is put through the paces in his fi rst Ankorr session last week. I went for my second session this week and can verify that using the Ankorr harness is certainly not easy. 16093028 Yours truly is put through the paces in his fi rst Ankorr session last week. I went for my second session this week and can verify that using the Ankorr harness is certainly not easy. 16093028

SURPRISES can sometimes be painful, and that’s a lesson I had to learn once again a week ago.


I’m not complaining too much about this pain, mind you, because it did at least involve some gain.

When Fitness Revolution gym instructor Maiti Isaac Samson said, “We will try something different,” at our Friday session, I should have figured out that it would be the toughest battle I have faced in my recent fitness regime.

I had overcome some obstacles in the last several weeks but nothing harder than “this.”

Ladies and gentlemen, “this” is Ankorr, the world’s first “animate load harness” tool which works the core, stabilisers, and a far greater number of muscle groups than any other form of training.

Samson received the Ankorr set, made up of a vest and stretchable ropes three weeks ago.

He had a couple of practice sessions with his “generals,” Puna and Gerald, before letting me don that “painful” vest.

I started off well but that bullet start lasted only 30-40 seconds. The rest of the session was excruciating.

The 40-minute session with breaks in between was the toughest training routine I have ever been through.

It sounds easy, looks easy and is somewhat cool because it’s a military-style training but it requires much endurance and willpower to accomplish

It’s the real test of your “never say die” spirit.

The workout I did in that solid 20 minutes of Ankorr superseded my usual daily hour-long session involving an upper and lower body workout plus the normal cardio pushes. Ankorr is that effective.

“Ankorr is the son of Zuu - training used in elite sports and armed forces for a competitive edge. After creating Zuu, founder Nathan Helberg designed another training method which was harder and tested the limits of armed forces personnel and elite athletes,” Samson said.

“It is a training method that can be used by athletes from any sporting code. Ankorr is the most devastating functional harness tool that athletes can use to put themselves through the challenges they need to test their ability to the maximum.

“It is basically doing the same movements that Zuu has, but with a resistant. It’s taking training to a whole new level.”

According to creator Helberg, regarded as the leading primal bodyweight exercises guru, Ankorr’s unique design allows the body’s “anchor points” to move through 180 degrees of sagittal planes (the anatomical planes which divide the body into right and left halves) and 360 degrees of transverse planes.

This, he says, means athletes can move forward under load, spin 180 degrees through their sagittal planes then move in reverse while staying under constant load.

“In doing so, Ankorr pioneers what we refer to as fluid resistance. This is where we can simulate game-specific situations for athletes and field specific conditions for soldiers.

“This prepares them both for operational readiness like never before.”

One of favourite Ankorr moves is the bear crawl: a basic, yet effective full-body movement that increases cardio and strength through range.

“Combine it with the Ankorr and the effects are devastating. Our infamous two-minute drill has left numerous heavy-hitters broken,” Helberg said.

“One minute of forward bear crawls, then spin 180 and work for another minute in reverse.

“Sounds simple, sounds quick – but the resulting shift from the major muscle groups of legs and glutes to shoulders and arms results in a massive blood shunt, and will have you blowing diesel. No knees!”

Samson said those who have tried Ankorr so far in Rarotonga have rated it as the toughest training drill they have ever come across.

“I’m the only one running the Ankorr sessions in Rarotonga and I am planning to get more vests so I can run group sessions,” the qualified fitness instructor said.

“The problem is people sometimes have too much ego when they work out. They don’t want to been seen tired. They are afraid to show failure, but Ankorr is all about testing your limit.

“It’s all about hitting another level when you start becoming complacent with yourself.”

Creator Helberg said Ankorr was not easy because it was the result of many years of hard work.

“It’s been refined through years of arduous, relentless training. Its heritage tells a story, and when you wear it (the harness), that will become abundantly clear.”

A session of 30-45 minutes with Samson and the Ankorr is $20. For groups, it’s $10 per person.

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