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Coach Jatt: Strengthen Yourself To Prevent Injury

Switching from high-performancing coaching for the renowned MotoGP superstar Zulfahmi Khairuddin to a sports performance and strength for Adidas Runners Kuala Lumpur and Adidas Malaysia, Mohd Haffizat bin Mohd Sabaruldin from Subang Jaya has certainly earned his versatility in these varied portfolio.

Better known as Coach Jatt, the 32-year-old started running in 2012. Until today, he considers running to be his preferred choice for endurance training to maintain a decent aerobic ase.

ToughASIA recently caught up with Coach Jatt to find out more.

ToughASIA: Can you tell us about your background?
Jatt: I am currently a sports performance coach that prepares my students to be ready for their sports. These may include reducing likelihood of getting injuries or increasing their performances through structured programmes.

I was a former high-performance coach for the Sepang Racing Team and their 2-wheel athletes from 2015 to 2018. That was also the period that local hero Zulfahmi Khairuddin scored the country’s first podium finish at our very own Sepang International Circuit.

ToughASIA: When did you start running and what makes you interested in running?
Jatt: I started running in 2012 and I remember joining a 12-km run. To me, running is a form of endurance training and a means to maintain a decent aerobic capacity.

ToughASIA: Do you run alone or in a group?
Jatt: I usually run alone and occasionally with the Adidas Runners Kuala Lumpur (ARKL) onThursday nights around KLCC, which is pretty cool.

ToughASIA: Where do you usually run?
Jatt: Most of the time, I will just run around my neighbourhood. But if I am training for my half marathon, I prefer the route at Saujana as it has a very unforgiving hill.

ToughASIA: What are your regular running gears and accessories?
Jatt: I will either equip myself with a cap or headband when I run or do weight training. I like to wear a sleeveless tee or singlet when I run, but not tights. My favourite running shoe is definitely the Ultraboost 21. As for a fitness watch, I used to run with a Garmin, but now I am just using my Apple watch, and sometimes, a pair of sunglasses to add some style.

ToughASIA: What is your recommended routine for those who would like to work out at home?
Jatt: It is a bit hard to recommend a routine without understanding a person’s level of fitness and their movement competency as well as training history. But this is my regular routine at home.

Dumbbell Complexes

A1 – Push-press 4-6 reps / side
A2 – Goblet squat 6 reps
A3 – Thruster 4-6 reps / side
A4 – Good morning 6 reps

4 to 6 sets with 1-2 minute rest in between sets and minimal-to-no-rest in between exercises

TRX Circuit

A1 – TRX squat jump
A2 – TRX 1-arm row (R)
A3 – TRX side lunge (R)
A4 – TRX 1-arm row (L)
A5 – TRX side lunge (L)
A6 – TRX push-up
A7 – TRX fallout

4 to 6 sets. 30 seconds of work with 30 seconds of rest in between exercises and 1 to 2 minute rest between sets

ToughASIA: Have you registered for any virtual races this year?
Jatt: I have not but I am definitely looking forward to registering for the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon in December.

ToughASIA: What is your advice for those who would like to work out outdoors during this pandemic?
Jatt: Always follow and adhere to the standard operating procedures. Be accountable and responsible. And if you are just starting out, listen to your body, earn your right to progress so try not to do anything too fast, too far, too much and too heavy as it is the recipe to injuring yourself.

ToughASIA: You have recently tested the JoyMix Pea Protein. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Jatt: I took the JoyMix Pea Protein everyday – after I woke up and immediately after my run. I like to mix it with chocolate milk.

One thing that I have noticed is that I feel less sore right after I take the protein in the morning, and I do not get a post-protein shake gassy stomach issue at all, which is a common issue with regular protein shakes.

ToughASIA: Has the product improved your performance over the course of the two weeks?
Jatt: It is hard to say, but I am definitely recovering better than before, and I will take that as a win! I feel less soreness and I can continue with my programme without affecting the quality of training.

ToughASIA: What does the JoyMix Pea Protein taste like? Do you like it?
Jatt: It isan acquired taste and it took me some time to get used to it. But once you are used to it, it is actually pretty alright.

ToughASIA: Would you recommend this product to another person?
Jatt: If you are in need of a plant-based protein, then the answer is yes. I recommend you to check it out.

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