Runbase Berlin

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Four Fab Apps

Did you make a new year’s resolution to get in shape? Tech can help! Here are our favourite apps. Try them and to see if it helps you to get fitter and healthier this year?


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Map My Run

This is the mobile app we use the most. It is great for runners of any ability. It does all of the usual tracking and logging that you would expect from a running app such as distance, calorie burn off, pace, nutrition etc. but what we love most is being able to trace our routes on the maps. You can save all your data, and share your routes with friends even access you friend’s routes. We love to refer back to old runs to see how we have improved. We also use it to map races we take part in as well.

iPhone/Andriod: FREE

 

NTCNike Training Club

It kind of feels wrong telling you how good this app is – it could put us out of a job, but, we love to help you keep active, and we highly recommend the NTC collection of workouts.
This app features more than 100 full-body, 15, 30, and 45- minute workouts from athletes, trainers, and celebrities. There are video demos and audio instructions ensuring you receive step-by-step information to get the moves right. NTC3Choose a targeted workout: Get Lean; Get Toned or Get Strong. Are you Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? Choose your fitness level to make sure the program matches your ability as well as you goals. The app measures your progress in number of workouts, minutes logged, and average calories burned. We use it to supplement our weekly training schedule and we absolutely love it!

iPhone/Andriod: FREE

 

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Noom is a weight-loss toolkit that helps you to set your own goals and track your progress. It helps you form healthy habits through daily tasks, meal logging, and exercise tracking. Log meals and workouts while the integrated pedometer counts your steps all day. Noom offers daily health and wellness articles and healthy recipes too. The food log is colour-coded, which quickly teaches you which foods are really healthy (and which foods aren’t). It has a huge food database, loaded with nearly one million foods, making it’s easy to find and log what you are eating.

Did you know, people who keep food diaries, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, lose an average of 6 pounds (2.75 kg) more than people who don’t keep a record of everything that they eat? Just knowing you need to note it down can really help you to make better food choices.Noom

iPhone/Andriod: FREE

 

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Looking for an alternative to NTC? Then look no further than Daily Burn, which provides a very comprehensive library of fitness programming. It includes instructions and example videos on everything you could possibly need – yoga, weight training, circuits and stretching.
We love the demos. The fitness trainers ensure that you’re using the right technique throughout your entire workout. The app will also allow you to connect wirelessly with most Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors, allowing you to check you are working to your maximum ability and recovering sufficiently too.
You can access a lot of DailyBurn’s videos free of charge, but for a monthly fee, your upgrade will give you unlimited access to the entire library of workouts.

iPhone/Andriod: FREE