If you were to ask Kathrin Messer and Luisa Semmler for a magic formula that can heal just about anything the answer would be very clear: sports! And it was because of sports that the paths of the two women from Munich crossed coincidentally – in a gym.
The close friendship that grew from this encounter resulted in a common project in 2018: Bloomergy|m.
As passionate sports and health scientists and personal coaches Kathrin Messer and Luisa Semmler have been passing on their ample experience and their love for sports to clients of all ages. And the one thing they’re always focused on: making exercise fun.
La Loupe paid them a visit during a training session of “München trainiert” (= Munich trains) and was given insight into innovative coaching concepts.
L.L. / You coach athletes in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and health. How does one train for a marathon in a healthy way? And how does one run 42 kilometres without doing damage to the body?
K.M. / What’s important is to balance body, mind, and nutrition; it doesn’t make sense to isolate and only look at one aspect. And a runner will generally be more successful when they have a clear head and don’t put too much pressure on themselves.
How one gets through a marathon depends very much on the person – each of us is different. The chances are much higher if you participate because you enjoy the sport and bring your own motivation, though. That kind of approach makes it easier to reach one’s goals, as opposed to simply feeling like you have to prove something to someone else.
L.L. / What role does the mental aspect play when running?
K.M. / The mental aspect is really fascinating, actually. Everyone must find their own way: some people relax during a yoga session, others during a power nap. Short relaxation phases, like power naps, are gaining in popularity – so much so that we even do workshops on the topic. Aside from that it’s important to consciously focus on something, which, in our time of multitasking, is more difficult than it sounds.
The most important aspect for a marathon is physical fitness because obviously you need to be in excellent shape. But, of course, the mental aspect can help runners overcome big obstacles. They say that when the body signals that it can go no further it’s really only at 40 percent. So, there is quite a lot of room for improvement – and the psyche plays a very important role there.
L.L. / At “München trainiert” events you are responsible for Warm Up, Cool Down, HIIT, Core and fascia training. What role does this kind of training play for running?
K.M. / Training of this kind is essential. We do a lot of movement-preps and work with dynamic spring movements to make sure the body becomes more flexible and lithe. That’s particularly important for avoiding injuries.
Aside from these aspects the warm-up raises the body temperature to a level where it’s actually ready to perform, thus making it more efficient. And fascia training is something we like to do during cooldown. It improves the range of articular movement and helps prevent soreness. The exercises can be done using a roll, a ball or just the body weight. We have had only positive experiences with this concept. It is our goal to also work with fitness and hobby athletes and leisure time runners of all levels and introduce them to current and alternative ways of training, in the sense of a holistic and sustainable service for ambitious runners. Which means we want to also cater to a target group that may not yet know of its new calling (laughs).
Wordrap with Luisa Semmler:
Gym or training out of doors? We do both, in summer there are outdoor workouts and in winter we’re at the gym.
This is what motivates me to do sports: I grew up with it and that feeling of “I did it!” after a training session always makes me happy.