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This is a story about one of the world’s greatest basketball players, a great football club, Chinese counterfeiters, and a highly respected Newcastle company. Oh … and an initially skeptical journalist. We received a media release this week that a company called AOK Health, based in Maryville, Newcastle, has signed a contract to ship yoga mats and exercise balls to Liverpool FC’s new training base. It wasn’t that we didn’t believe that Liverpool’s top athletes are doing yoga. You really do. We saw the pictures. But we were concerned that every man and his dog want a slice of Liverpool that has just won its first league title in 30 years. And we couldn’t imagine why Liverpool would source yoga mats from Australia. England has sports stores, doesn’t it? It turns out that AOK Health makes exercise equipment for top athletes. This is not the type of gear you buy from K-Mart. We hadn’t heard from AOK Health, but they are well known in the business community. You have been exporting for 25 years. Bradley Wilson, managing director of AOK Health, said the company is working with German soccer giant Bayern Munich “to provide some information on training methods for a sophisticated mini-trampoline system used for agility training by soccer players”. Bradley doesn’t just sell exercise products. He invents it. “I’m a sports scientist by profession. I worked as an aerospace engineer for many years when I couldn’t get a sports science job in Australia,” he said. [The penny finally dropped for us about here!] “One of my specialties was biomechanics, so I worked as an engineer for 10 years before I founded this company. It was a meeting of opportunities and minds.” The news release we received added that Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James, the Miami Dolphins NFL team, and Irish mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor also used AOK Health exercise balls. [This made us double down on our initial scepticism] “The LeBron James – his agent bought this retail online. We shipped it to America and didn’t realize it was for him. A friend of mine sent photos of him carrying the ball to and from the gym,” he said. Elite personal trainers around the world buy AOK products. This is how Conor McGregor came about. NFL teams like New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are among other teams known to use AOK practice balls. Bradley recognized the potential of exercise balls a long time ago. “When I started doing this, there weren’t any gym balls in the world. All of our research and development work [research and development] has graduated from Newcastle University for the past 25 years, “he said.” What we created at Newcastle University was the world’s first anti-burst ball. It takes 1000 kilos of charge. If you were to pierce it with a nail it would only slowly sink rather than burst. “That was in the 1990s.” Much of our ball technology has been stolen by the Chinese, especially in the last 10 years. “he said.” They reverse engineered our forms and copied all of our designs. “I’ve put a lot of secret tags on our products to make sure we can identify them.” The Liverpool deal came about after some players used AOK equipment. “They contacted us before Christmas to see if we could brand some of our products for them,” he said. AOK Health has sent 50 of its Duraball Xtreme training balls and 50 training mats [we call them yoga mats] to Liverpool FC. Liverpool star striker Mohammed Salah once celebrated a goal with a yoga pose to show how old discipline had helped his game. “I’m a yoga man. I do yoga and it just popped into my mind,” Salah said at the time. Liverpool stars will use AOK equipment in the gym and on the go for away games. The famous Liverpool logo was etched onto the yoga mats with a laser machine, which stabilized the ink to prevent smudges. “It sticks perfectly to the foam,” said Bradley. He came across the laser machine on a project for the Hunter Medical Research Institute. [Can this story get any better?] “I could have searched for 20 years and couldn’t find it. It was just a coincidence.” IN OTHER NEWS: Did you know the Newcastle Herald has the latest news, daily email newsletters and more while you are with us? Stay up to date on all the local news – sign up here

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Big name: LeBron James on an exercise ball invented by a Newcastle company.

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This is a story about one of the world’s greatest basketball players, a great football club, Chinese counterfeiters, and a highly respected Newcastle company.

Oh … and an initially skeptical journalist.

We received a media release this week that a company called AOK Health, based in Maryville, Newcastle, has signed a contract to ship yoga mats and exercise balls to Liverpool FC’s new training base.

It wasn’t that we didn’t believe that Liverpool’s top athletes are doing yoga. You really do. We saw the pictures. But we were concerned that every man and his dog want a slice of Liverpool that has just won its first league title in 30 years.

And we couldn’t imagine why Liverpool would source yoga mats from Australia. England has sports stores, right?

It turns out that AOK Health makes exercise equipment for top athletes. This is not the type of gear you buy from K-Mart.

We had never heard of AOK Health before, but they are well known in the business community. You have been exporting for 25 years.

Bradley Wilson, managing director of AOK Health, said the company is working with German soccer giant Bayern Munich “to contribute to training methods for a sophisticated mini-trampoline system used for agility training by soccer players” .

Bradley doesn’t just sell exercise products. He invents it.

“I’m a sports scientist by profession. I worked as an aerospace engineer for many years when I couldn’t get a sports science job in Australia,” he said. [The penny finally dropped for us about here!]

“One of my specialties was biomechanics, so I worked as an engineer for 10 years before I founded this company. It was a meeting of opportunities and minds.”

The news release we received added that Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James, the Miami Dolphins NFL team, and Irish mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor also used AOK Health exercise balls. [This made us double down on our initial scepticism]

“The LeBron James – his agent bought this retail online. We shipped it to America and didn’t realize it was for him. A friend of mine sent photos of him carrying the ball to and from the gym,” he said.

Elite personal trainers around the world buy AOK products. This is how Conor McGregor came about.

NFL teams like New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are among other teams known to use AOK practice balls.

Bradley recognized the potential of exercise balls a long time ago.

“When I started doing this, there weren’t any gym balls in the world. All of our research and development work [research and development] has been at Newcastle University for 25 years, “he said.

“What we created at Newcastle University was the world’s first anti-burst ball. It takes a load of 1,000 pounds. If you pierce it with a nail, it will go down slowly instead of bursting.”

That was in the 1990s.

“Much of our ball technology has been stolen by the Chinese, especially in the last 10 years,” he said.

“They reverse engineered our molds and started copying all of our designs.

“I’ve put a lot of secret tags on our products to make sure we can identify them.”

The Liverpool deal came about after some players used AOK equipment.

“They contacted us before Christmas to see if we could brand some of our products for them,” he said.

Bradley Wilson with the yoga mats and an exercise ball went to Liverpool FC.

Bradley Wilson with the yoga mats and an exercise ball went to Liverpool FC.

AOK Health has sent 50 of its Duraball Xtreme training balls and 50 training mats [we call them yoga mats] to Liverpool FC.

Liverpool star striker Mohammed Salah once celebrated a goal with a yoga pose to show how old discipline had helped his game.

“I’m a yoga man. I do yoga and it just popped into my mind,” Salah said at the time.

Liverpool stars will use AOK equipment in the gym and on the go for away games. The famous Liverpool logo was etched onto the yoga mats with a laser machine, which stabilized the ink to prevent smudges.

“It sticks perfectly to the foam,” said Bradley.

He came across the laser machine on a project for the Hunter Medical Research Institute. [Can this story get any better?]

“I could have searched for 20 years and couldn’t find it. It was just a coincidence.”

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