Bischofswerda: “Rudi” has made Schiebocker fit for 30 years

“Rudi” has made Schiebocker fit for 30 years

In 1992, Rudolf Eisenblätter opened the first sports studio in Bischofswerda. Even the long Corona break did not fail him.

Rudi Eisenblätter loves his work. He has run a fitness center in Bischofswerda for 30 years. Many of his regular guests have been loyal to him ever since.
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Bischofswerda. Rudi Eisenblätter is by no means stingy with his wisdom. “The big step is from nothing to nothing,” he says, laughing broadly. Instead of sitting on the comfortable sofa, the 65-year-old squats down on the edge of the wide armrest for a conversation, always on the go to the counter at his FiB sports studio in Bischofswerda, almost as if he were in the starting position . for a fuel.

“Fitness in Bischofswerda” he called his start-up 30 years ago. At the time, he was the first in town to open a gym.

Older people in particular are sweating that morning on the machines on the first floor of the multi-storey building on Belmsdorfer Strasse. Rudi Eisenblätter – no one would think of addressing him by his real first name, Rudolf – jumps up. A small elderly lady enters the entrance hall.

“Good morning, Erika,” he greets warmly. The two exchange three personal words. Not quite 30 years old, the 84-year-old comes to endurance and strength training – and not to gossip. Erika Wolf puts on her sports equipment and starts warming up. “Your husband was my class teacher,” the coach says.

His father came to Bischofswerda as a foreign legionnaire

A pleasant silence hangs over the studio, only a few elderly gentlemen chatting quietly between their training sessions on the machines. Meanwhile, Rudi Eisenblätter reviews his life. His biography begins in 1957 in Letmathe, southwest of Iserlohn in North Rhine-Westphalia.

It is a coincidence of contemporary history: in the early 1950s, his father came to the quarantine camp for returnees from the French Foreign Legion in Bischofswerda. The study leader points out the window: “The warehouse should have been over there.”

The first transport with 69 foreign legionaries arrived in Bischofswerda on March 29, 1951, the SED party body “Neues Deutschland” reported at the time. At that time, 70,000 warriors from this mercenary force, half of them Germans, were fighting for France in the Indochina War. This area now includes Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, others fighting in Algeria under the French flag.

Deserters in particular will also have the opportunity to be returned to the GDR. Their arrival may well be used for socialist propaganda. Especially since Chancellor Konrad Adenauer at the same time promotes reconciliation with France – and this dark war chapter should be skipped into the new unity.

Worked as a civil engineer on the railway

For Rudi Eisenblätter, this time is part of the family’s history. His father meets his mother in Bischofswerda, and they go to West Germany together. When her grandparents visit her home in Saxony during the summer holidays of 1967, the young mother simply stays there. “Such guys who have been at war are like Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde, they have a good side and a bad side,” says Eisenblätter. A time in reception camps follows and then the happy return to the small town.

Perhaps it is the experiences from childhood with a father in temperament that arouse Rudi Eisenblatt’s interest in sports, to make the petite boy a muscle man. He boxes, plays football, runs and lifts weights. “Everything was always such that it was not enough for the highest,” he says.

He drives regularly to the club in Bautzen to lift weights. His protégés in FiB still benefit from the training and knowledge of the body. That dream was still far away at the time. In his job as a civil engineer for the railways, he needs electricity. With a crane, he takes care of bridge or track construction outside during assembly work. Then comes the turning point.

A new trainee starts in August

Schiebocker retires from the railway, watches sports studios in West Germany and opens his own “Fitness in Bischofswerda” on February 29, 1992. “There are some who have been with from day one,” says Eisenblätter, who finds his rapid recovery after 20 kilometers on the bike. He is also aware of consistency with his coaches. Some of the team have been with him for more than two decades, like the muscular Jens. The instructor even comes to the studio on the day off, though not on duty, but for training.

Even Rudi Eisenblätt has no concept of sitting still. The two Corona years are likely to let him stay the FiB face longer than expected. There were two interested people for the study replacement, but due to the long closing times and the uncertainty about the pandemic in autumn and winter, the adventurers stay away.

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And what does Rudi Eisenblätter do? He holds fast to his wisdom: “The great step is from nothing to nothing”. A young man begins training as a sports and fitness worker with him in August, and the apprenticeship contract is signed. Schiebocker Fitmacher prefers to be in the starting position rather than wait. And now, after so much talk, nothing is holding him on the couch.

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