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So this was FIBO 2016IN CASE I MIGHT BE YELLING AT YOU: THAT IS BECAUSE IT WAS SO LOUD AT FIBO. Thus, it was perfectly acceptable to yell at your opposite if you wanted to understand each other at least a bit. Especially when you had to settle for a language that isn’t the native language of any of the speakers. Well, by now I have become accustomed to speak quieter again. I only have flashbacks now and then. But what else was there to experience at this year’s FIBO, apart from hoarseness and tinnitus? aerobis recounts the FIBO for you.
Records are made to be brokenMaybe you can still remember last year when FIBO set a new record for the number of visitors? If not it doesn’t really matter anyways because this year FIBO set a new record yet again with 153.000 visitors, of which 83.000 were professional visitors (source: fibo.de). The number of exhibitors has also increased by more than 200 and was now a record of 960. This cements the special standing as the world’s biggest expo for fitness, wellness, and health. We were (obviously) right in the middle of it – as a Cologne-based company the FIBO is a home game for us. Additionally, we had so much fun the last times we were there that there would be something missing without FIBO.
Functional Training all aroundTo mix it all up a bit we changed the layout of our stand for this FIBO. This time you could see and try products on all four sides, divided by product category. The most crowded side was devoted to the revvll PRO. Since the revvll challenge was such a big success last year we thought we challenged the visitors again this time. The exercise, however, was different than last year. While you had to pull in 2015 you now had to push the rope over your head. The triceps of the brave competitors will certainly appreciate it ;) In case we do another challenge next year (and why wouldn’t we?) we might change the rules and don’t set a time limit. How about a race where you need to finish a certain amount of cycles and we measure the time you need? This could be fun and even more exciting. If you have any suggestions for the next revvll challenge please let us know in the comments below! We are open for (almost) everything.
What else did aerobis show?Even though the revvll PRO took the center of attention again our other product lines also received great interest. Especially the Battle Ropes attracted a lot of attention, at least that is my personal impression. And despite the fact that we have them in our portfolio for several years now. It seems the challenging strength endurance training with the battling ropes has finally made it into the mainstream. And speaking of endurance training: the video we shot at FIBO for our Battle Jump Ropes, the 3 m long skipping rope-version of our Blackthorn Battle Ropes, has had the biggest impact on Facebook out of all of our posts during FIBO weekend. If you have seen it you will understand why ;) We didn’t only show well-known products, of course, we also had some news to show. One of the new products would be the aerobis Rucksack XL which offers more than enough space for all your functional training equipment with its carrying capacity of 50 l. The water-resistant material keeps your equipment dry even in bad weather and the padded bottom makes sure your delicate equipment like the revvll PRO is safe. For all of you that tend to have not enough space in their backpack the aerobis Rucksack XL presents a welcomed alternative and is definitely worth a look. The second new product we showed at FIBO for the first time ever: the alpha.bands. Sure, everybody knows powerbands. And there is hardly any kind of equipment that is as popular right now and so versatile. Whether you use it as a support for pull-ups or an additional resistance for bodyweight exercises like squats or push-ups – powerbands are much-loved training tools that let you better adjust your functional training to your own demands. But what do alpha.bands by aerobis do differently in comparison to regular powerbands? Quite a lot, actually! For once, the alpha.bands are significantly smaller and lighter than comparable powerbands without giving up any strength or resistance. All five resistances of the alpha.bands together weigh in at roughly 550g (1.1lb) while comparable powerbands weigh about 2000g (4.4lb) (in a set of 5 resistances). Additionally, the material is anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, and made in Germany. But more about the alpha.bands in a blog post coming shortly.
Ready for 2017!Even though FIBO is really demanding and exhausting we had a lot of fun. We have met so many cool people and received so much positive feedback for our products and our philosophy. Although next FIBO should really be a little quieter acoustically we love to come back. Sportive greetings, Benjamin
A couple of days ago I had a talk with my girlfriend and her brother. She had gotten a new handbag for her birthday and her brother was wondering what the jute bag was for that came with the handbag. My girlfriend explained that you put the handbag into this jute bag when you put it in your cupboard. This revealed an elemental difference between women and men to us: men only have one bag and they use it every day, independent of the weather, the outfit or the hair. Men don’t put their one bag into the cupboard. My girlfriend, however, has several handbags for different occasions. One for shopping, one for the evening, one for holidays, and one for festive events (and then some more, for … reasons). Since 2012, there is now another reason to have more handbags that is independent of gender stereotypes: the Handbag Throwing World Championship 2015. Our headcoach Fabien visited Jens Vatter, the coach of the German national team of Handbag Throwing, and got some useful tips on how to train for this unique event.
Interview with the German national coach of the Handbag Throwing World ChampionshipJens Vatter is a successful personal trainer from Cologne, speaker for several education institutes, and passionate athlete. He trains the German teams that compete against teams from Italy, France, the USA, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, and many other countries at the Handbag Throwing World Championship. Even though this is primarily an entertaining event that is supposed to promote international understanding and tolerance, the competition aaspect of it all is certainly there. So we asked Jens how athletes can prepare themselves for the four different throw classes. “The most effective throwing technique is similar to discus throw and should be practiced in that movement pattern”, says the national coach. “Especially for strength development, you should train with a light additional weight”.
The training video for new records in the Handbag Throwing World ChampionshipIn the following video, you can see the interview and a tutorial that will help you achieve new records in handbag throwing. As a training device, Jens uses our blackPack ESY S Sandbag with 5 kg of training weight. The handbags at the HBTWCC weigh 2 kg for men and 1 kg in the women’s class. If you don’t want to miss this special event you should swing by the Moviepark in Bottrop-Kirchhellen on August, 1st. You can find further information on the homepage of the HBTWCC. We will definitely throw a blackPack ESY S around in our FuncMove GYM and see how we would perform in the world championship. We will post the results in the comment sections below soon. Sportive greetings, Benjamin
Dennis Siver is one of the best european fighters in the featherweight class and the first German fighter ever to sign a contract with the UFC.
aerobis has been a partner for a while now. Next to former sponsoring we have recently equipped Dennis with functional training equipment like the aeroSling sling trainer and the blackPack ESY S sandbag. For June 20th, Siver’s next fight is scheduled at UFC Fight Night in Berlin. His opponent across the octagon will be Tatsuya Kawajiri.
We have asked him what role functional training plays in his training, what thoughts go through his mind right before a fight, and what he expects from his next fight and from himself.
MMA contains elements from very diverse martial arts like wrestling, jiu jitsu, karate or, as in your case, taekwondo and judo. How do you get all of this in one training day? Do you focus more on the fighting styles that you have been doing since before your MMA career or do you try to implement everything at least a bit?
Dennis Siver: I have to keep my training very flexible and reaching all across MMA. With judo alone, for example, you just can’t keep up. As the name suggests – mixed martial arts – you have to be ready in all aspects of the game. I train a lot wrestling, grappling, and of course stand up.
What does a regular training day look like for Dennis Siver, how does a week look?
– shortly before a fight?
Siver: Training at least twice a day, 6 days a week.
– out of competition?
Siver: I like to grant my body a bit more resting periods but I train at least three times a week, plus cardio training.
How long does the preparation last for a fight? How long is the regeneration phase afterwards?
Siver: The last 8 to 6 weeks before a fight are normally the most intense, afterwards – depending on the fight and the injuries sustained during the fight – the regeneration can be quite long. Most of the times, though, I am back to the gym only a few days after the fight.
Functional training is a growing sector in today’s strength and fitness business. Why is this particular kind of training so important in MMA? Which equipment do you use to get ready for the challenges and demands inside the octagon?
Siver: It is a brutal full body workout, like MMA itself, and that’s why functional training fits our sport so well. I integrate functional training in the form of a circuit training and use sandbags, battle ropes, kettlebells, sling trainers, med balls, and free weights.
From your point of view: Why is functional training, or MMA-type training, not only relevant for professional athletes?
Siver: If you want to tone your whole body, become more fit overall, you should train more specialized. For this, I find the common gyms only suited to a certain degree because you mostly have machines that let you train individual muscles, not the body as a whole.
Do you curse your training from time to time and have to drag yourself to the gym? Is there any time for activities outside the gym?
Siver: I love my job and am thankful for every day. Of course I have a normal social life, although I have some limitations in certain areas like food, for example.
Many fighters also work as coaches in their gyms and pass on their experience to younger fighters. How about you? With over 30 fights in MMA alone you must have a wealth of experience to share.
Siver: I also work as a coach in my gym. It gives me great satisfaction when I see the progress of ‘my boys’.
Originally, you are coming from taekwondo, kick boxing, and judo. Why did you choose to change to MMA?
Siver: Back in the days, you could only see MMA fights on tape. The moment I saw a fight for the first time I knew I wanted to advance and get in the cage!
What is it that excites you about MMA personally and as an athlete?
Siver: The feeling that you have when you step into that cage in front of thousands of fans is great. I live and breathe this sport and I don’t do it to make money. It simply is a lot of fun and even though it might be unimaginable for some, I love it. Even though you have to invest a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.
Do you think that you have to have certain character traits to be successful in MMA? To whom would you recommend becoming a MMA fighter? What requirements do you have to fulfill?
Siver: I can’t really say. There are athletes that are very ambitious and have a high amount of self-motivation. I think that is very important to work on the highest levels all the time.
Nevertheless, I can only recommend MMA for everyone: it is an awesome, fun training and a great escape from your job!
You were the first UFC-signed fighter from Germany and you have been part of the active roster for 8 years now. MMA is still relatively unknown in Germany, though. What would you tell young, aspiring fighters in Germany that want to make it to the UFC? How do you attract the attention of Dana White & co.?
Siver: First of all you have to fight on smaller events and prove yourself. If you can get about 10 wins with no or only a few losses you might have a chance. Only if you have beaten some good competition, of course.
Then you need a good, reliable management that pushes you and supports you 100% so you can completely focus on training and fighting. Being present in the media is also important. Today, the foundation has been laid in Germany. The Bild-Zeitung is fan of MMA, that says it all!
How are the conditions for German fighters compared to countries like the USA where MMA has reached a higher standing? Is it a locational disadvantage to live, train, and fight in Germany?
Siver: No, by now German fighters fight internationally. It used to be different, but nowadays it is no locational disadvantage to fight out of Germany.
What is going through your mind shortly before a fight?
Siver: I am very concentrated, rather focussed than nervous and I am looking forward to finally entering the cage.
Some fighters have said that it helps them if they develop some kind of hate for their opponents. How is it with you? You seem very calm in the octagon. Do emotions play a big role for you right before and during a fight?
Siver: For me, no. Of course, I would have liked to teach my most recent opponent a lesson [Conor McGregor, fight from January 1st, 2015, editor’s note] but unfortunately that didn’t work out. I have my emotions under control and see it as a fair athletic competition!
Your next fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri is scheduled in Berlin on June 20. What do you expect from this fight? What do you expect from yourself? Will we see one of your patented spinning back kicks?
Siver: A fight is always 50/50. One punch can end it all but I will be well prepared and leave it all in the octagon. And maybe a spinning back kick finds its target!
Thank you very much for the interview and lots of success in Berlin on June 20!
Siver: Thank you guys!
Oddly enough, the first fight that I have seen from Siver was exactly the fight that aerobis sponsored him for the first time, the bout in December 2012 against Nam Phan. At that time I didn’t work at aerobis yet and I wasn’t even aware that the company existed. What impressed me in that fight was Siver’s fighting style which was extremely fluid. He completely dominated the fight and chained one combination to another, no matter whether it was a kick or punch combination. I haven’t been following MMA or the UFC for long at that time but this fight really left a lasting impression. Since then I have been watching every event. And I work for aerobis. So for me, these elements all come together again with the event in Berlin on June 20.
I will be sitting in front of my TV on June 20 and watch the event in Berlin. I wish Dennnis and all the other fighters best of luck, that they don’t suffer any injuries, and show the world that Germany is a great place for the UFC! How is it with you? Will you be watching the event? Are you following the UFC (regularly) or are you even in Berlin for the event? Let me know in the comment section below!
And the circus leaves townMy first experience of this year’s FIBO was made in the men’s restrooms. When I innocently entered the room I saw a man standing at the pissoir with his pants down. And I mean completely down, down to his ankles. He was relieving himself with his bare behind completely uncovered, making me quite uncomfortable. Maybe he didn’t expect anyone else coming into the restrooms that early. Or maybe he simply didn’t care. But somehow it also fits quite right to the FIBO because here everyone likes to show what they got. And this holds true not only for the exhibitors but also the visitors. In our FIBO review we will look back on all the things that were shown.
The aerobis standJust like last year, our stand was in Hall 9, the functional training hall. We felt right at home there. We have shown you all the stuff that you already know and many people apparently really love, but also some new stuff like the colored aeroSlings or the brand-new blackPack VEST weight vest. The fact that there were so many visitors coming onto our stand can be attributed partly to our awesome team that was extremely friendly, eager to help, and open, with a bright smile at all times. I think it is no exaggeration to say we had the best team ever. We would like to thank all of our aerobis team members for their world-class support, making the four days of loud music and demanding physical work so much fun.
The revvll challengeYou can sum up the revvll challenge pretty quickly: it was a huge success! Countless visitors have tried their luck and pulled several thousands of rope meters, completely exhausting themselves in just one minute. We didn’t give any guidelines regarding the pulling technique so that everyone could try and find the optimal technique for themselves. However, it quickly turned out that those that pulled with their full body constantly achieved better results than those that relied heavily on their arms and pulled mainly with their triceps. It comes as no surprise that this technique requires much more strength than incorporating your whole body. The winner of the men’s challenge, Matze, pulled with long movements in every turn, putting his back muscles to work and also working with his legs. Only this technique allowed him to set the record to 28 full rope rotations in one minute. Matze can look forward to a brand-new aeroSling ELITE Plus, just like Christiane, the women’s champion, who set the record to 24.5 rotations in the women’s category. Congratulations to both of you!
Our impressions of the FIBOThis year’s FIBO was already the 30th installation of this ever-growing fitness exhibition and it has made two trends pretty clear. On the one side, there is Functional Training. On the other, there is the digitalization of training, whether in form of wearables to help athletes track their workouts and advances, but also in form of computer-aided training equipment and interactive group trainings. Les Mills, for example, showed a version of classical spinning in front of a giant screen where you travel through digital worlds while riding your stationary bike. Even though I myself like to play with my Playstation in my own free time, digital sport doesn’t appeal to me at all. Maybe this comes from the fact that I simply like physical activity on its own. I don’t need motivation of a computer to get me through a workout. However, I am aware that this is not the fact for all people and some might actually need the digital kick in the butt to keep training. In the end, no computer can sweat for you. You still have to do physically demanding exercises yourself. What I have also noticed this year: many young visitors couldn’t quite understand functional training. For most, going to the gym has mainly one purpose and that is building muscles as fast and as massive as possible. Performance only takes second place. But when I can show sling trainer exercises to guys that are clearly more muscular than me (which would be about 90% of all visitors) and I can do it with realitve ease while these guys really struggle, it should make someone reconsider their training approach. I know, a big part of sport’s appeal is the fact that you can improve your looks and that’s great. I for one rather train for becoming a stronger, more capable version of myself and take the assumed improvements in looks as a (welcomed) side effect. This is probably because I am generally more the oppsite of vain, and I have already reached an age in which you have already suffered through one or more serious injuries. Thus, I naturally have other priorities.
Our verdictThis year’s FIBO was a big success for us and he had tons of fun on all four days. We had the pleasure of working in the best team in the world with highly-motivated people, our stand was not bad to look at, and countless visitors have given us their attention. And even if it was just for a minute in the revvll challenge. But how did you see it as a visitor? What were your impressions of the FIBO? How did you like our stand and our beautiful team? What can we improve for next year? Your feedback will help us greatly to give you an even better expoerience at the FIBO 2016! So give us a comment below the gallery!
The Outdoor Gym slogan has always been: go outside! This weekend, however, they all got inside. The regional managers and trainers of Outdoor Gym from all across Germany came together in our new aerobis showroom to receive or freshen up their aeroSling sling trainer and Blackthorn Battle Rope knowledge. Our long-lasting cooperation with the Bonn-based company of Felix Klemme does not only include training equipment, but also imparting the philosophy behind our products. Although there have been some cancellations there were still 21 people participating. Thus, it quickly became really snuggly in our humble gym. After a short introduction to the Functional Movement and how aerobis understands it, the next item on the agenda were optimal utilization and handling basics of the aeroSling sling trainer. Even though the biggest part of the trainers are already using the aeroSling for their daily training for several years now, there were still some ‘aha!’ experiences. The aeroSling is a multi-functional tool that can surprise even the most experienced users with new exercises. The pulley not only offers additional impulses in the form of a slight instability but also increases the number of possible movements and exercises almost infinitely. ‘I have learned some awesome exercises today. This alone already justifies coming here today!’ says Benni Kortwig, regional manager from Moers. After a short lunch break we turned our attention towards the Blackthorn Battle Rope. We were able to use five Battle Ropes of lengths of up to 20 m at the same time. There’s room in the smallest of hovels! All participants were active and had short intervals to test out the different possibilities to make waves and circles in different intensities. But we wouldn’t be aerobis if we didn’t think outside the box and two or three steps ahead. ‘Why use the Battle Rope as a swinging weight all the time? Why not use the own weight of the rope differently? And what about partner exercises?’ were the questions that Fabi, our manager of training & education, was asking. The answers resulted in a lot of new input for the participants. The Outdoor Gym trainers learned a lot but for us this event was also a valuable experience that we would love to repeat in one form or the other. The feedback that we received for our products is invaluable, really! Ultimately, the Outdoor Gym trainers are the ones working with our aeroSling sling trainers and the Blackthorn Battle Ropes each and every day under the toughest conditions – in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The products are exposed to dirt, water, sunlight, and snow constantly and their quality really shines through here. When 22 trainers get together, there is bound to be a workout at some point so we finished the day with a little revvll challenge that reliably burned all the energy that was left. What a blast! We hope that our Outdoor Gym friends had a lot to take away from our training philosophy and basics to fill their training sessions with fun and enthusiasm, regardless of the weather. We, for our part, had lots of fun really putting our FuncMove GYM to the test for the first time. We are already looking forward to the next time! And you, dear reader, please check out Outdoor Gym’s homepage! Sportive greetings, Benjamin
The Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most famous bike races of the world. RAAM athletes need to cover 4.800 km distance and 50.000 height meters as fast as possible.
German citizin Günter Haas participated in this years´RAAM but he was not alone. Besides a professional team he had an aeroSling ELITE with him.
Oliver Hein, Sport professional and Crewchief Team RAAM 2013 GÜNTER HAAS:
“With peak fitness through the world´s hardest race!”
True to the motto ‘anywhere – anytime’ the aeroSling did an awesome job for the team RAAM 2013 GÜNTER HAAS during the Race across America. While Günter was eating up mile after mile on his bike, the whole Crew used short breaks for training to fight fatigue of sitting in the Pacecar and to stay in shape.
“Simply perfect! The aeroSling ensured daily movement training in a short and intense fashion – ideal for our extremly demanding time table during the world´s longest individual timed trail.”
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