BODYTEC’s founder and avid cyclist on why he’s such a fan of his beloved EMS training.
Having worked his whole life in the European Soccer Industry and coming to South Africa in 2007 to work in the lead-up to the Soccer WC 2010, Boris was initially sceptical of EMS training. He experienced his first EMS training session on a business trip to Germany in March 2010 when a friend of his opened up a Bodystreet studio in Munich and invited him for a trial. “This one EMS training session in Munich and the efficacy of the training concept convinced me to change my career path. Instead of moving to Brazil for the next Soccer World Cup, I opened up BODYTEC City Bowl in March 2011, the 1st EMS studio in South Africa,” he says.
Initially doing a lot of trail running, Boris injured his knee while trying to keep up with his wife and co-owner of BODYTEC, Sandra, without any luck, and instead chose to focus on cycling. As a recreational rider, Boris isn’t too focused on serious training, but is passionate about staying healthy and enjoying his sport. “I work on my strength – I never skip my weekly EMS training session at BODYTEC,” he explains. “And I make sure that I also include a good HIT strength training session in between.” Boris found that EMS training has increased his muscle strength and endurance. “At a certain age, strength training is very important for your body to improve, or in my case, try to maintain good core muscles and posture,” he says with a smile.
Boris fondly remembers the toughest “event” of his sports career; “Andrew, the owner of BODYTEC Steenberg decided on a festive evening that we are racing the African-X trail run, against Sandra and her friend – it’s a three day trail run in Elgin/Grabouw with an average of approximately 30km per day and quite some elevation,” he explains with a laugh.
“Unfortunately, I have to mention, we already lost about 30 minutes on the first day and in total we only came into the finish 1 hour and 45 minutes after our opponents! Hence my flourishing cycling career now.”
A few favourite routes that Boris enjoys are along the ocean from the City Bowl studio at the Foreshore to Sea Point, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and up Chapman’s Peak, and on a good day down to Noordhoek. Boris says that saving on equipment isn’t a good idea; “Buy a decent bike and just enjoy the freedom of riding a bicycle!”
Boris is the founder of BODYTEC South Africa and owns BODYTEC City Bowl.
To book a EMS training session at the City Bowl studio, email [email protected].