Sharks Player Lukhanyo Am Has A Message For Budding Rugby Players

Plus, stand the chance to win one of five PUMA JAAB XT trainers!


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Lukhanyo Am started playing rugby when he was 10 years old. “I was in a small school so we were forced to play as they needed the numbers,” he tells us. But the urge to play professionally came in matric, when he realised he had what it took to turn pro. “I grew to love the sport and believed that I could go all the way with it,” he adds.

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Now a Springbok and Sharks rugby player, the 25-year-old is on top of his game. He’s a patriot, too, with his career highlight being the opportunity to wear green and gold. “It meant a lot to me because it was my first top achievement and the belief I had of making it all the way became a reality for me. My first match experience wasn’t the best but that was just the beginning of a new dawn,” he adds.

Lukhanyo, who started his career at the first division, Border Bulldogs, in the Eastern Cape, caught up with MH on what he uses to train, why he’s backing a movement to drive social change, and his inspiration for young men wanting to turn pro one day.

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What shoe do you train in? 

“I train in the PUMA JAAB XT. It has a perfect fit and it is a very light shoe to carry. I like the stretchy material which makes it so comfortable.”

You shared an image of yourself raising your fist “for universal equality” under #REFORM, a social movement by PUMA to drive social change. What drew you to the movement?

“It was a universal campaign where you raised your fist for equality, supporting what was started by Tommie Smith and John Carlos 50 years ago. I believe in the movement of universal equality, so I felt the need to play my part in enhancing its development.”

What’s the next goal in your rugby career?

“To inspire and pave a way for the next generation.”

What is your advice to young men who want to play rugby professionally?

“To be disciplined and hardworking and to have self-belief. If you believe it you can achieve it.”

Train Like Lukhanyo And Win The PUMA JAAB XT

Since its January launch, along with Lukhanyo, the MH team have put Puma’s JAAB XT training shoes  to the test. Between burpees and tyre flips, its extended heel provided some serious support, with the trainer one of our favourites.

We’ve partnered with PUMA, and if you sign up for our new 12-week workout programme, SpeedShred, not only will you get #shredded, but you stand the chance to win one of five PUMA JAAB XT trainers, valued at R1,599 each. SpeedShred also comes with the best nutritionally-sound eating plan for your time and money.

Put in the hard work and in just 12 short weeks you’ll not only be looking at your dream bod – but could be wearing a pair of JAAB XTs, too.

The competition closes on 18 March 2019. Sign up here or below.

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