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Interview on Red Bull OCR Athlete Thomas van Tonder and his experience of BASI Pilates

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

EnerchiFitness took some time out to ask Red Bull OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) Athlete Thomas van Tonder what his experience of Pilates has been. With the devastation of not being able to compete in the OCR World Championship due to Covid-19, Thomas turned to ultra-distance trail running. Along this journey, he recognized he needed more functional movement and a greater focus on stability and alignment. He invested in BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates to work on his weaknesses and improve on his strengths. Let’s listen to what he has had to say about Pilates.

How long have you been doing pilates

I have been doing Pilates for just over two months now - I had never done Pilates before.

Has Pilates helped your running and what has it done for your running?

It has drastically improved my stability in motion and the awareness of posture that directly translated into more efficient running. It gives me a more comfortable and faster run.

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