30 years fitness club “Life” in Brandenburg an der Havel

Brandenburg / H.No inflated bodybuilders moaning loudly as they lift their dumbbells while looking at themselves in the mirror soaked with sweat. The fitness club “Life” on Molkenmarkt is quiet. The monotonous beeps of the sports equipment and the lounge music in the entrance area pick up the guests where they are: somewhere between work-life balance and the desire to stay in shape.

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Bodybuilding on the way down

“Previously, a visit to the gym was more about shaping your body, today health and quality of life are more important,” says operator Torsten Danneberg. A development that gave a new audience: “The bodybuilding clientele has moved into the background,” says Danneberg.

In the 1980s, the sports equipment in the fitness club “Life” was still manual.

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Predecessor for Fitness “Life” in Brandenburg an der Havel

Torsten Danneberg opened his first fitness center with his colleague Dirk Wittich in 1992 on Wilhelmsdorfer Landstrasse. That’s 30 years ago. “People came in training clothes, as you know from movies from the 80s,” the studio operator remembers. But it’s not just fashion that has changed since then. Technical innovations and new fitness trends serve as a mirror of society.

EMS: Electrical muscle stimulation trains all muscles

For example, there is the time factor. Modern man either has a bit of it – or does not want to waste it. EMS promises a means – electrical muscle stimulation. Anyone who used to have to work hard for a thick biceps can easily get electrical impulses transmitted to their body with EMS.

“Then not only a certain part of the body is trained, but all 500 muscles,” explains Danneberg proudly, who helped to develop such a system. The calculation sounds logical: little invested time, fast results.

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The sports offer has largely not changed over the years, Danneberg states. The areas of strength, endurance, training and wellness existed then as they do today. There was even a sauna and a massage area at the first location of the gym.

Sports and fitness are an integral part of Ruby Eich's life.

Sports and fitness are an integral part of Ruby Eich’s life.

“Today, many of our devices are computer-aided,” says the operator of the fitness club “Life”. So free weights and machines had to give way. For example, for the e-gym: “The equipment works like a computer game,” says the fitness club manager. You adapt individually to the trainer.

“You can achieve a certain number of points on the screen, which motivates you to train,” says Danneberg. Laura John, who regularly comes to circuit training, also likes this “gaming effect”: “All my settings are saved and strength measurements are performed on a regular basis,” she says.

The e-gym equipment is user-friendly and intuitive to use.

The e-gym equipment is user-friendly and intuitive to use.

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Real high-tech devices. But they are “by no means frills”, emphasizes Torsten Danneberg: “It is not about following a trend. The things have a training science background and ensure that the customer trains properly ”.

So no showdown à la who is the most beautiful and strongest. Fitness should be fun in the “Life” club and take people away from their stressful everyday lives. Meditative as a computer game, one movement after another – and on to the next device. And if the training is already strenuous, at least everything else should be easy: In a glass room, a counselor puts together different training combinations for the members on a big screen.

With high technology, you can adjust the radiation intensity to your own skin type before going to the solarium.  For gym manager Torsten Danneberg more than a gimmick.

With high technology, you can adjust the radiation intensity to your own skin type before going to the solarium. For gym manager Torsten Danneberg more than a gimmick.

“The audience has changed significantly, and the average age has also increased,” says Donnerberg. Thirty years ago, when he opened his first studio, it was almost exclusively young men who came to strength training. It is now not uncommon for women to build muscle.

“It’s not that physical appearance no longer matters why people train,” says Danneberg, “but there are also people in their 70s who do not want to improve their figure, but want to maintain their performance.” And you can do it best – according to Danneberg, when you feel comfortable in your gym.

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