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How a Professional Athlete Stays Active During Lockdown

April 29, 2020

Having represented South Africa in Gymnastics, Triathlon and Obstacle Course Racing, Dominique D'Oliveira is an absolute machine. So what happens when you put someone like that in lockdown?

'I am actually quite enjoying it', admits Dom, 'it is giving me time to do the things I never normally get around to, not to mention much more rest than I normally get'.

At the start of the year, Dominique's competitive calendar was thrown into huge doubt, as Warrior Race SA cancelled the her favoured Sprint distance at all of their 2020 events. It was a huge blow, but as the old adage goes ' as one door closes another door opens', and just last week she announced some very exciting news.

'About 2 months ago the South African Gymnastics Federation contacted me to ask if I would consider representing SA at the upcoming PARKOUR World Championships.
At first I was a bit surprised/humoured that they would ask me, having never done parkour in my life!! But when they explained the competition format & reasons for selecting me, I apprehensively but excitedly said yes! With the Warrior OCR Sprint series having been cancelled for the year, this came at the perfect time for me to rise to a new physical challenge'.

For those of you that are not familiar with Parkour or Free Running, it is a rapidly growing sport whereby the aim is to move quickly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing, think the opening scene to James Bond - Casino Royale.

Air D'Oliveira takes to flight

So what does all this, and the lockdown mean to Dominiques's training?

'I am doing much more skill specific training, focusing on learning and mastering the new skills I will need for Parkour. My sessions have become shorter in duration, but much more intense, fortunately my building has a large parking area so I am able to take advantage of that. From both a personal fitness and a coaching perspective, we are able to spend time working on the things that often get overlooked, such as Mobility and Flexibility work, core work, prehab to (hopefully) prevent injuries and rehab for any existing issues. From a business side of things, I have had to move everything online, which meant really stepping out of my comfort zone. I have been recording video content, holding Zoom sessions and have started a youtube channel for my clients. It has been a huge learning process, but talking into a camera does get easier the more you do it.

Aside from all that, I am just really enjoying the extra time to rest and recover'.

If you would like to know more about Dominique, her journey to the Parkour World Champs, or to contact her about training/coaching, you can check her out on instagram @dominique_doliveira or visit her business website

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