Her arresting looks have been trending and earned her the tag ‘sexiest’ cop in town and now, 26-year-old police constable Emma Brenda Wanjiru reveals to PULSE why she chose to become a police officer, her love for fashion and music and why “Team Mafisi” cannot get a piece of her When auditions of a popular music reality TV show were called in 2010, Emma Brenda, the now talk-of town girl and Nairobi-based police constable took up the challenge trusting that she would sail through. Since her childhood and into her days as a teenager at Ngiriambu Girls Secondary School, the now 26-year-old beauty was known for her singing prowess and her love for fashion.In fact, everyone believed that she would be a music star. “I never succeeded in joining TPF (Tusker Project Fame) as the notorious judge Ian eliminated me during the second phase of the auditions.Besides, it was a nice experience that opened my eyes to a world of many possibilities,” she tells Pulse during this interview.
And why the athletes who train there often cross the finish line first in major marathons?
“It’s due to the fact that winning athletes often live or train at altitude (Kenya's highest point is Mount Kenya) where the air is much thinner and their bodies have to work harder to run, lift, throw or jump,” says Bruce Kirk, a high-altitude training specialist who helped pioneer the concept of coaching Olympic-level gymnasts at 10,000 feet.
“When athletes return to sea level after a stint at elevation, they’re significantly stronger and more powerful due to the increased mass of their circulating red blood cells.” That effect only lasts around 10 days to two weeks, but that’s long enough to give most athletes the competitive edge in competition. Well, very few regular guys (outside of the mountain time zone) are going to go jetting off to the Rockies to train for a month in order to see a boost in our performance—no matter how impressive that might turn out to be.
Hypoxico’s gear works by producing oxygen-reduced air to simulate altitudes of up to 21,000 feet—that’s slightly greater than those at summit of Mount Mc Kinley or Camp II at Everest.
The version meant for home use includes a generator, tent and a workout kit (mask, pulsox, breathing bags).
To get started, you’d turn the unit on, adjust the altitude setting and wear the mask while biking, using an elliptical or a treadmill.While you exercise, you breathe normally into a mask, which is connected to a generator the size of a business traveler’s carry-on luggage and pumps oxygen to you.The alternative for those of us in the rest of the U. is to simulate the experience of working out at elevation by using high altitude training equipment.“The basic concept behind simulated altitude training is it provides you with the advantage of living and training in the mountains,” says Matt Eckert, an executive at Hypoxico, one of the nation’s only altitude training equipment manufacturers.“The effects altitude training may have on your body include an increase of endurance, reduced recovery time, weight loss, as well as a natural increase in HGH and red blood cells.Your capillaries, mitochondria, blood and oxygen capacities also change, letting you workout harder.” So how does the equipment actually simulate going for a jog or playing a game of basketball on a mountain peak?