We want to write to you about the past 10 km Birrel race in Prague. The reason why we are writing about this is because we have a friend who has trained specifically for this event. His name is Massimo and he is a founder at PragueMorning.cz, an online newspaper and media agency based in Prague. It was the first race he was going to complete and he approached us back in July for some advice on how to prepare for the event. We gave him a very basic running regime to follow and some extra advice on how to prepare through GoFit.
As some of you might know GoFit allows you to experiment and diversify your training regime. You can use the service if you want to try a special class like Bouldering or yoga. Massimo already had a gym membership but he wanted to taste other activities outside of his gym. GoFit was a solution that it was looking for. He could never find a solution with which he was able to test different yoga Studios and CrossFit classes as he wanted to test these. All at discounted prices.
He trained at Ivengar Yoga Studio for some nice stretching sessions and at the Spartangym where he experienced some proper ass kicking conditioning.
He was able to cope this training schedule with his daily schedule which also included working at the office but also traveling around Prague for meetings. With few clicks he could find the closest studio, buy a pass and workout.
What was the result? Massimo was exposed to new studios that he did not know about before.
Through GoFit (the only Prague fitness aggregator) he found different options that suited his training needs.
What next? We had a bet if Massimo was going to be able to run the 10km below 50minutes. The bet was that the losers would pay for a pizza at pizza Amuni. http://unsplash.com/photos/HNneO7u4ucwHe won… thanks also to Gofit…
While the summer season approaches we thought it would be beneficial to list some of the unique benefits that GoFit has been bringing to you since its first inception so that you can maximise the best that you can out of it.
Flexibility in your decision
GoFit is flexible, no question about that. It has been built to serve you and your daily/weekly schedule. You are able to access a unique network of facilities any time of the day. You don’t need any membership, card or pay hidden fees. It doesn’t matter when you purchase a pass all you need to know is that you will not be asked for any membership reference. Further, it is really practical if you are travelling either for pleasure or for business. All you need is your booking reference that you receive via email from us. You can now swap the below average hotel gym for something proper that can give you the confidence that you need.
Value for money and time
GoFit brings value for money. You can access studios and facilities at discounted prices. You will not be paying the prices that others do when they purchase a pass through other portals.
GoFit brings value for time. With our system you can find your studio is short time. You won’t need to spend interminable hours in front of a computer to find the best facility. We have calculated that it takes you on average 3min 34 seconds to search, book you pass and receive you email confirmation. A clear 56min24seconds save on your time.
Variety of fitness facilities
GoFit is Prague’s first aggregator of facilities. Our system aggregates into one different gyms, yoga studios and swimming pools. From your phone you can have access to this aggregator. You do not need anything else. Different facilities in one go. You can now go one place and at the same conditions go to another with no headaches.
GoFit is in other words a unique aggregator of the best fitness studios, classes and sports experiences that you can access whenever you want and in whichever way you wish all from one account.
One has to consider that regular fitness activity doesn’t just help you to achieve an immediate aesthetic result, i.e. to have a flatter belly for men or a nicer silhouette for ladies.
Medical advice has now proven that regular exercise can be used as real medical therapy – especially when living as an expat: health is definitely something you shouldn’t take easy!
That’s why we decided together with foreigners.cz to organize a sport meet up and as the weather is almost summerish it happened outside in the park. And you know what? We had loads of fun while exercising.
Our first sport meet up happened last Saturday in Stromovka park, which is a beautiful park in the Holesovice district.
We were lucky to have some great weather which just supported the great day we had. Our sport meet up started at 10am with a nice and calm yoga session conducted by Alice, an amazing yoga teacher from Yogalive studio in Prague. Together we welcomed the day and got ready for another sports challenge.
After yoga we had a little break and we continued with a 45min cardio, which was a little bit challenging but ended up with loads of laugh. As we have been in really good shape and mood, we all went for a nice 4km run around Stromovka.
After 2 hours of exercising we all sat down in the park and exchanged our thoughts about the event and life. We all had a great funny day, met new people and decided to organize a furthersports meet up soon – but stay tuned it will be with picnic after!
In the meantime, check our website and foreigners.cz and stay tuned to our next sport meet up.
On 7th of April two members of our GoFit team took part to the Prague Half Marathon. The race occurred on a lovely spring day of April which as one may expect highlighted the beautiful colours of the Czech capital. This year almost 12,000 people took part to the race.
A half marathon is a complicate race itself to prepare for. One might think that just because it’s not as long as a full marathon that it might be less complicated. Well, let’s make this point very clear. If taken seriously a half marathon is a very difficult race to prepare for and to complete. This is of course if you prepare properly with a goal time in mind and following a proper schedule.
The Prague one takes you around the loveliest parts of city centre. If you like fast paces, then this is the race for you. Barely uphill at all and pretty flat it is one of the fastest half marathons that you may be doing at some point in your career. Already back in 2012 the winner completed the race in an astonishing 58:47 which is still one of the fastest times ever.
The organisation, RunCzech, was as usual very efficient arranging for plenty of water stations and health stations alongside the tracks ready to provide runners with anything. Even this year the organisation provided for everything a runner could need. A truly great experience for a race which this year celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
If you have not yet attended this half marathon and you are looking for something characteristic, then Prague is the place for you. You will be astonished of where you will be running, close to Charles Bridge, the Jewish historical Area and all along the Vltava river.
The Prague Half Marathon is the first of 6 races that RunCzech organises in the Czech Republic. All of them are worth completing.
GoFit will definitely be attending next years one but in the meantime see you next month for the full marathon! More to come about this event!
In the meantime HAPPY RUNNING!
51 Days to go!
The best way that I have to test if I am ready for a marathon is to actually run the half marathon. I figured this out by reading a great book about running written by Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
I know, I know it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out by yourself but I must admit that Murakami’s book is one of the best about running. Prague’s half marathon is fascinating for several reasons. One, is because it has been my first half marathon and secondly because the city is flat and allows for a nice steady fast race. The half marathon will allow you to see several parts of the city that I consider amazing. In chronological order if you decided to take up the run you will see the following spots:
Stating point – Namesti Jan Palach – This is right next to one of the most beautiful musics that one can imagine, The Rudolfinum. If you are in Prague for a couple of days I strongly advise you to go for a visit here. I have only seen something as spectacular in Palermo when at Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Continue reading Prague Half Marathon Part II
7th April 2018 is an important date for me. It is going to be the date on which I will (fingers crossed!) be running the Prague Half Marathon.
Before then (25th March 2018) I will be running the Stramilano for the 3rd time. It is a race that I hold at heart. I enjoy the city and the race normally starts off the running season. Overall Half Marathons are my thing; it is where I get into the zone. I love the right balance between running fast and also a fairly long distance. Everything seems to fit together when I do a half marathon, both mentally and physically. Maybe because it does not require the same training as a full marathon, maybe because I am more built for shorter distances, but so far it all comes naturally. I have completed full marathons but these require proper full immersion training (and talent). I do not know what it requires to complete a good half marathon. One would say good training, loads of repetition runs (bring them on!!!!) but instead of the usual advices I would like to share my personal touch on half marathons. It might be that you have read it already somewhere else but this is mine and by all means don’t hesitate to let me know your comments!
1) Ask yourself why do you run. What motivates you – What are your core values, beliefs & objectives? At this moment I am reassessing everything. 2018 is my year for doing that. My objective is to understand once and for all which type of runner am I and to concentrate my efforts in improving. Continue reading Half marathon Advice – Part I
In our previous lives, some of us at GoFit have been exposed to the Czech real estate market and have worked with many (and many…) real estate agents.
However, very rarely we have come across an agency that takes care of your needs like this one. Normally, if you would be searching for a flat in Prague you would instruct an agent that would just find you one. Continue reading Are you an expat living in Prague and need help? Get in touch with Foreigners ASAP!