Learn more about the team and philosophy behind the Strength:Lab Superheroes programmes
At Strength:Lab we are passionate about sports and sports development for all ages.
Our ultimate goal is to help our athletes to enjoy their training by integrating it as a fun part into their daily routine. We do this by keeping up with and advancing the industry’s latest researched-based training styles, and ensuring that our athletes receive the highest quality of coaching to meet their specific goals. At Strength:Lab we have an undoubted love and passion for sports and sports development for all ages.
The team is led by Jateen Bhana who has a Bachelors degree in Sport Science (Distinction). His studies focused on the determining factors of distance running performance and youth movement and development. Jateen’s knowledge and skills both in the field of Sports Science (and to a lesser extent, Engineering (he has a BSc in Civil Engineering)) helps keep the focus on Sports Analysis, Performance, Recovery and Statistics for all our athletes.
A student of the sport since he began running in high school, he continues to apply advances in sports science to his programmes and workouts. As with his study of sports science, Jateen continues to learn from the athletes and other coaches, both old and young. When not in the gym or out on the running on the road, he is immersed in books on youth development, strength & conditioning and endurance running. Jateen is mentored by Sport Scientist, Simon Brundish (MSc. ASCC. CSCS) the founder and director of Strength:Lab Superheroes UK and the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Youth S&C Coach of the Year in 2018.
At Strength:Lab we have developed a training regime by working with a variety of people, and always love adapting our program to new clients. Jateen has experience in training for, and taking part in various endurance events which include the Comrades Marathon (Silver Medal), the Two Oceans Marathon (Sainsbury Medal) and over 30 Marathons and Ultra Marathons with a Personal Best (PB/PR) of 2:47:47 at the 2013 London Marathon.
We take tremendous pride in guiding and coaching athletes, whether young or old, beginner or elite, to get the most out of their sport and to be the best they can be.
In sports, team work is key and at Strength:Lab we are no different. Our partner Physiotherapist and Biokineticists are Cindy Nel Physiotherapy and MCG Biokinetics respectively. Below, are the profiles of the team that offers the full sports performance package.
MCG Biokinetics, led by Mumtaz Chohan Gani and Stacey Hutchings, have been in private practice for 15 years. MCG are a team of two experienced female Biokineticists who have practices in Parktown North and Houghton. Mumtaz has a Bachelors degree in Sport Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Biokinetics (with honours). Mumtaz previously worked as a Biokineticist at Milpark Hospital and the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Stacey is a South African national cheerleader and she uses her personal experience with sporting injuries when treating patients.
MCG has a special interest in treating back pain, sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. However, MCG is not limited to seeing just these type of patients. We also see patients with chronic conditions, patients with neurological conditions and kids. The MCG team are both physically active and understand the value of a strong team like our partners Strength:Lab.
Cindy Nel Physiotherapy
Cindy Nel is a registered physiotherapist who qualified from the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. She has worked in private sector for 13 years including at the Rosebank Sports Clinic. Cindy has a special interest in Sports and Orthopaedic related injuries. Cindy joined the Saint Stithians College physiotherapy practice as a partner in 2018 and joined the Strength:Lab team in 2019. Cindy is currently the physiotherapist for the South African Women’s Hockey national team as well.
As a runner herself, Cindy has a keen interest in the treatment of runners and other endurance athletes. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach in the management of patients. The treatment of the female athlete is another passion of hers. She believes firmly in educating her patients and arming them with appropriate information.