In an interview, former skating star Katarina Witt told about life as an athlete in Corona times. She also talked about weight and weight loss tricks.
- Katarina Witt was Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988 and four-time world champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) in figure skating
- today she appears regularly in various TV talk shows, is an actress (“Jedermann”), guide writer and socially engaged
- If you have accumulated corona kilos, she advises a personal trainer or a fitness membership to bring the weight down to the previous level
“I delivered when it mattered, and now I have my own timing and I can handle it well”: Former figure skater Katarina Witt (56) reveals in an interview with spot on news how she keeps fit. The two-time Olympic champion is now also the owner of a sports studio and explains how she experienced the pandemic.
What is ex-ice queen Katarina Witt doing today? The video will tell you.
Katarina Witt on losing weight in old age: “More work than when I was 20”
During the pandemic, many people worked from home and the gyms were temporarily closed. What are the consequences?
Katarina Witt: Body weight increased during the Corona period, many people gained three to five kilos. There was also a great lack of movement among children and young people. New studies from America show that we as adults now sit eight and a half hours a day – and children ten and a half hours! This means that they are already building much less muscle than the generations before them. Pretty bad start for later! From the early 20s, muscle degeneration begins again – if one does not actively counteract it.
There really needs to be complete rethinking here, sports need to start in early childhood. Exercise also helps children’s mental development because there is a lot more oxygen coming to the brain. We as adults also feel this. If I have a performance or need special concentration, I always try to at least run in advance to get my brain going.
Does it get harder to shed excess pounds as you get older?
Witt: Yes, the metabolism is slower. Losing weight is more work then than it was when I was 20. I was able to increase my sports quota in a short time and quickly lost a few kilos …
Katarina Witt recommends a personal trainer or gym
What is your advice to people in their 40s who are untrained but would like to start training?
Witt: My advice is to get a personal trainer or join a gym. I do not think it’s that easy to just get started. If you are new to the sport, you should definitely seek advice. From the dentist to the hairdresser, there are professionals for everything, and the same should apply to sports. Beginners can first figure out what suits their current physical condition and work with the trainer to devise an appropriate plan.
Has your gym become normal again?
Witt: Yes. Of course, everyone is asked to continue to handle the situation responsibly and, for example, keep their distance. But my mission is: The sport must never be closed again.
Katarina Witt on her weight: “I no longer have the ideal size”
What other experiences do you draw from the Corona period?
Witt: That it is harder to plan long term. Businesses in particular are now being asked to respond and respond even more to the situations. I would still like a lot more housing from the politicians. That they trust the entrepreneurs in this regard, and not just patronize them. It has been very difficult for the whole fitness industry. Closing it all down was, in my opinion, a fatal mistake. Without active sports, there is virtually no stable health. And you should have trusted the sports industry and not just beaten it all up and shut it down completely. But I do not think it will happen again.
Have you always lived healthy and consciously even after your active career?
Witt: When I was chairman of the board of the 2018 Olympic Games, I traveled all over the world for almost two years at a time. And I was always on the plane, had a lot of meetings and conversations, which always involved food and often more than a glass of wine. I gained weight because the stress of my appointments prevented me from taking enough care of my health. It was a lesson to me that I have handled this differently since then.
Of course, today I am far from my discipline back then, which I was used to as a competitive athlete. And that’s okay with me too. I delivered when it mattered and now I have my own timing and I’m fine with it. Even though I no longer have the ideal dimensions.
Kati Witt goes jogging, does cardio and muscle training
Other things are more important now. It is important for me to be in shape and feel good. I run regularly and in my gym I try to do cardio, muscle and mobility training two to three times a week. Afterwards, I always feel so good that it motivates me for the next time. As the saying goes, your fitness level determines your age. Well, I want to grow older healthy and as a role model motivate a lot of people to do the same.