As cities go, we think Berlin is a pretty good place to be a runner. There is a good selection of neighbourhood parks, we have an enormous airfield designated a public park at Tempelhof, and surrounding the city are unlimited forests and lakes, stretching out like a huge carpet. Just take a look yourself next time you are flying in or out of Schoenefeld Airport.
Sometimes it’s not so easy weaving through the crowds to reach your desired “green space” to run. Then there’s the weather. In summer it can be too hot, and winters are so cold cold and grey. Somewhere in between is the ideal time to start clocking up the km’s. But, what if you are just starting out?
Last week we dropped into #Adidas’ new training centre in Kreuzberg, where they really do seem to offer a viable solution to these problems.
Tucked away behind a Petrol (Gas) Station on Schlesische Str, a single-story building and a collection of shipping containers you’ll find changing rooms, showers, a yoga studio, cafe, an outdoor running track, medical aid and professional advisers waiting to help you with all your running needs.
In addition to these facilities, #RunbaseBerlin is offering an impressive number of training sessions every day of the week to help you achieve your goals. Choose from Yoga, Calisthenics, HIIT, Strength, Stretching & Mobility, Breakletics, Meditation. The schedule changes weekly, so there’s hardly a chance to get bored. There is a charge for these workouts and #Adidias offer a good selection of payment options from hassle free Pay-As-You-Go to Unlimited monthly membership, for the more dedicated and committed!
Naturally, there are plenty of training runs too. Choose their sunrise runs on weekday mornings, or their tailored sessions at the weekend. If you are new to running, there are plenty of “starter” sessions, where trainers incorporate short spells of running with strength training, to help build your foundations for running.
#Runbase’s location lends itself well to some beautiful scenic runs too. Just around the corner there is access to waterside routes along the Landwehr Canal or the River Spree that leads down to Treptower Park and Spree Park – some of my personal favourite running routes. Plus, all the training runs are free. Yippee!
And if all that exercise is making you hungry, you can sit back and relax with a bite to eat and a drink in the Lab Kitchen where the chef offers a seasonal selection of local and organic foods that are nutritionally balanced for a healthy lifestyle. I opted for the Active Matcha, blended with coconut oil and dates. It looked delicious. Unfortunately for me though, it’s an acquired taste that I haven’t quite acquired yet.
Naturally, a branded training centre is bound to offer plenty of opportunity to part with your well earned cash, and #Adidas have cleverly converted one of the shipping containers into a Private Running Store just for you. Simply book an appointment and you can have the store to yourself, complete with sales staff who can offer running gait analysis and tempt you with all the kit you thought you’d never need. The store also has public opening times if you want your visit to be a little less “personal”.
#Runbase has popped up in other cities too. London, NYC, Boston, Tokyo, Shanghai, so there is plenty of opportunity to keep training wherever you are.
Check out their website for all the latest class information, prices and facilities here #runbaseberlin.
This post was not sponsored.