A new start in Munich!

A new start in Munich!

Simon Conway is an expat from Dublin, Ireland living in Munich for the last 4 years. A corporate advertising sales & account manager by trade and a qualified personal trainer by hobby he took a different career path following a few months research of the fitness industry in Munich and launched Germany’s first personal training and group fitness studio for the International community of Munich. We see how life has developed for the young Irish man during his start up years in Munich. 

What made you realise this could be a viable business for you in Germany?

Well, first off I started doing some part time work for a personal training company in Munich that had a number of English speaking clients. Having realised myself how tough it can be to integrate as an expat in a city such as munich I knew the importance of connecting with people you can relate to on a personal level. This company lacked a particularly level of service and personal connection that I knew expats would automatically warm to. I simply saw a niche at that point for an international studio with the right service and quality training combined. 

So what makes the Evolve Fitness studio different?

Atmosphere number 1. We have created an environment that is unparalleled to other studios in Munich. When an expat steps in our doors we want them to feel 100% relaxed and in a place where they get quality workouts from top class trainers whilst having the chance to meet like minded expats and make some friends! 

What levels of fitness or ages do you cater for? 

All. We don’t specialise or favour one type of client or audience. Our training team have a wide range of qualifications and skills and we look after all age ranges male and female no matter what your goals. We currently have clients learning weightlifting techniques, training for a sport, keeping fit while pregnant or simply needing to make a change in their lifestyle. 

You seem to provide a wide range of classes for your clients from looking at your website?

Sure, As well as personal training the classes have grown in recent months. We now provide 5 different class types to our clients. Circuit training which can include HIIT, functional training, Kettlebell workouts and TRX for all fitness levels. The Pilates and Yoga classes run weekly too. Outside of this our new mother & baby classes have grown hugely in popularity since we launched them earlier this year. We are also into our second year of running both our Ski-Fit and trail-Fit classes where we get clients in shape mentally and physically for the skiing or hiking seasons. So overall now we have a great range of classes in both English and Spanish to cater for all area’s of fitness.

 Simon Conway- Owner of Evolve Fitness in Munich

Simon Conway- Owner of Evolve Fitness in Munich

Do you miss your old career?

Not for a second. I now believe all my previous career experience has lead me to starting Evolve Fitness and has given me the chance to build a dream business while being surrounded by people I appreciate and respect more than ever. My job now encompasses management, sales, marketing and teaching so it covers all aspects of what I love most about business. I don’t like the often 6am starts but I don’t struggle getting out of bed like I used to! I think that says it all about how much I love what I do.

What’s the next step for you and your company? 

When it comes to Munich fine tuning really. We still have areas of our business we need to improve on and some additional services we want to provide clients. Moving into nutrition and relaxation services mainly. Then looking further afield to other cities of Germany where such a studio would be in demand. We want to grow but in the right way. The number one thing that makes us different being our service and atmosphere has to remain regardless of how many studios we open. That’s why having the right team is of huge importance to me.

What do you miss most about home?

People mainly. That small town community feeling no matter where you are in Ireland. I miss the spontaneous conversations I would have with strangers on the street going about my day. However, I would like to think we have created a slice of this in our studio here in Munich. 😊

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Women v Weights

Women v Weights

Dear Ladies,

It’s time to learn about weights. No, I’m not talking about metric vs imperial weights, I’m talking about getting into the gym and lifting those big weights. I realize they look heavy and difficult and there are always men-always-in the heavier free-weight section. But hear me out! Strength training is about growing muscle: You will not “bulk up” because women are built differently than men. Men have more muscle fiber connections and higher fat metabolisms, both due to higher testosterone levels. Whereas women have estrogen which is great for storing fat! (Thanks nature!) While we do naturally have less muscle mass and a little more fat than men, this doesn’t give us a pass when it comes to weight training. Training in a similar fashion as men do will yield similar gains. However, the fact that we have smaller muscle fibers/less overall muscle mass, means that we don’t have to worry about getting “bulky” while weight training! 

Now while you will not get bulky, sticking with pinky weights at high repetitions will not achieve that “toned” look either. Muscle growth requires progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental weight increases. This means getting into the gym and starting with a reasonably heavy weight where you can do, for example, 10 easy repetitions, and then increasing the weight to where you start to struggle to meet that final repetition. Repeat 3 times at the slightly heavier weight and once that weight is the new easy, increase to the next heavier weight! The “struggle” is the production of lactate in the muscles and does lead to muscle soreness sometimes. 

Muscle soreness is a natural part of weight training, but that does not mean you want to feel sore all the time, or worse, pull muscles by doing an exercise incorrectly. Learning how to lift a weight properly is the best point to start in your strength training. Using the techniques of lifting/moving weights correctly will not only help you on your fitness journey but also in your daily life. For example, moving that overstuffed suitcase before vacation could throw out your back! A major bummer. But if you know how to lift, you’ll have no trouble getting it to and from your destinations! 

If you’d like to learn how to lift properly, build your strength and confidence, come visit us at Evolve Fitness for a free initial consultation!

-Danielle Curzadd

Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Coach at Evolve Fitness

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Hike into the Bavarian Summer!

Hike into the Bavarian Summer!

If you’re new to Munich, you may have noticed mountain sports feature heavily in the weekend activities category. Hiking in the spring and summer is an easy activity to get you out of the city to clear your mind, get in some cardio and work on endurance all while taking in some killer scenery. The sense of accomplishment reaching a peak just can’t be replicated. You can easily see your progress as the towns shrink away into the distance and the only sounds you hear are the birds and the steady thud of your feet hitting the path in front of you. While your heart is pounding and legs are burning you’re not only increasing your overall physical health but your mental health as well. According to a report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy, access to nature reduces depression and obesity.

The trains available from Munich Hauptbahnhof make all kinds of trails, from easy to strenuous, easily accessible to all. And you can enjoy the trails alone or with friends, whether they be two-legged or furry and four-legged. Make sure you pack some water, snacks, some sunscreen and an extra layer and you’re ready to go! 

If you’re keen on checking out what these Alps have to offer, my personal favorite is a medium difficulty day-hike from Oberammergau to Puerschling(1566m) and down to the Kolbensattlehuette. From there you can ride an alpine coaster down to the finish. Follow the signs if you want to go all the way, or if you’re a beginner/hiking with small children hike up to the Kolbensattlehuette to look over Oberammergau and enjoy the activities available in the area. 

Not sure about hiking alone as a woman? At Evolve Fitness we have created a fitness program for women who are looking to get more fit for the hiking trails, whether here or abroad, by pairing a weekly circuit at our studio with a monthly hike. At the end of each 10-week session, we have a two-day hike where we overnight at one of the mountain huts. The first of our two sessions is already underway and we’ve just done our first hike in the Ammergau Alps. You can find more information on our website evolvefitness.de/trailfit-club

-Danielle Curzadd

Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Coach at Evolve Fitness

 

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