Sports in everyday life: Body friends in Osnabrück make employees fit

(from left) Patrick Jochmann (Managing Director), Marie Bäumker (Company Health Manager) and Nina Nöll (Marketing and Sales) are part of the Body Friends team. / Photo: Groenewold

Due to the corona pandemic and the time in the home office, many employees are affected by back pain or limited mobility. Kropsvennerne, a fitness start-up from Osnabrück, would like to remedy the situation and, in addition to leisure courses and personal training, also offers company sports to motivate colleagues to play sports together.

The body friends collaborate, for example, with the company Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. In the company’s sports challenges, employees are motivated to participate in sports activities every week. The body friends want to differentiate themselves from classic company sports offers: “Basically, our offers are just as much about the company’s health management. But we have a fresh, modern concept and approach the participants in a completely different way. For example, we do not offer back exercises, but after training, “he says Patrick Jochman, founder of Body Friends. “Our location here in Lauten Speicher does not necessarily look like a classic health center either. We also have other equipment here, such as kettle bells (kettlebells) or ropes. You will not find classic devices like Pezzi balls or Terra bands here. “

Communicate fun in sports

In the spirit of the name “Body Friends”, the focus is on enjoying exercise and a sense of community: “We have not set ourselves the goal ’10 kilos in 10 weeks’ or any other sporting goal, but want to convey joy through exercise. also a social component of our training.As a result of the corona pandemic in particular, many people have noticed that this sense of community is lacking in the sport, “says Jochmann.” knew their colleagues digitally.Business sports are a great opportunity to make contacts.It is also easier to motivate oneself to exercise in a community.If the sport is fun, people like to come back and maybe take more (physical) friends with him. ”

Body Friends Studio in Lauter Speicher at the harbor in Osnabrück / Photo: Groenewold

Study in the Loud Store

Under the motto “Sports. It does not matter. Where.”, The body friends started in 2014, then still with a mobile concept: “We packed a pickup truck full of fitness equipment and then drove to the districts and to the companies. The desire for a permanent location is however, increased over the years. We needed a place where training could take place in all weather conditions, be it snow or thunderstorms, “explains Jochmann.” It was not so easy to find a place that suited us. This was love. at first glance. The space has almost the character of a museum and fits into the urban area. “

The stairs – A first challenge

The location itself is already a sporting challenge as the studio is located on the fifth floor. “The many steps up the stairs are already a challenge. But participants can also see immediate improvements if, after weeks of training, they are less breathless when they arrive on the fifth floor, ”explains Nina Noell, who has worked at Kropsvennerne since April 2022. To make the many steps easier to handle, a fun motivational slogan hangs on each floor. The devices were also all deliberately selected: “There is a story for each tool. We have always thought about whether the device would fit in here and whether it would motivate people.”

Motivation to go on the fifth floor.  / Photo: Groenewold
Motivation to go to the fifth floor / Photo: Groenewold

Exercises in different levels of difficulty

The wide range of offers must appeal to both young and old. “We have less equipment here than one would expect in a classic gym. We offer a wide range of exercises for this purpose. Our trainers do not run out of imagination, the space and the equipment offer lots of inspiration,” says Jochmann. is something for every sporting level. “We are very good at meeting the needs of the individual. We have at least two to three variations for each exercise, which represent different levels of difficulty – there is the right intensity for everyone.”

Further information about the offer of body friends can be found at www.koerperfreunde.de.

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