GET UP AND RUN WITH GoFit

Hi GoFitters!

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…

GoFit’s & Foreigners Sports MeetUp

About 30 people turned up on a sunny Saturday morning in Grebovka to complete a number of sports activities. Looked interesting that all of them were not affected too much by their Friday night but willing to push themselves beyond their limits.

The first session was a yoga session conducted by Alice of Yogalive. It was a relaxing session where Alice conducted the class through various yoga positions, stretching and meditation – relaxation exercises.

We then had Roman Lejcko of Factory Pro conducting a killer conditioning
session where everybody under his guidance enjoyed testing if they were fit
enough to complete a Fat Amy course. Who those who don’t know (and nobody
knew Saturday morning) a Fat Amy is made of a circuit of burpees, squats, crawls, lungees and other exercises that simply make you cry with a smile on your face. Just for information the whole circuit had to be completed within 20min.

We then split the session between those that wanted to go for a 5km run in the
park and those that wanted to have a foam rolling session and listen to nutrition
guidance with the guys from Moosepower  a Czech based company that focuses on providing various services in the field of adult physical performances and mental strength development. As a note 5 people took part to the running session as everyone else were more into a recovery session with Moosepower. A well done for the 5 that did it considering Roman’s session…

Both GoFit and Foreigners are very pleased with the feedback and are considering organising a new one for next month so stay tuned for more info!!!

Thank you again for your warm participation and hope that the recovery went smooth!

A nice chat with Alice of yogAlive

 At what point in your teaching career did you decide to open a yoga studio in Vinohrady?
One day I realised I didnt want to go from a studio to a studio and teach at different places, under different managament and conditions. I felt I needed my own space and environment. And I also wanted to try if I could manage all the duties connected with running a yoga studio.

What was your biggest fear or limiting belief during the process?
Before opening the studio I think I didnt have any fear or limiting belief but after I have opened it I strugled with impatience..

What is your yoga philosophy?
My yoga philosophy is that yoga is for everyone and everyone can find what suits him best. Someone can „only“ practise physical postures, someone prefers meditation and someone else his self-development. But no matter what exactly and how a person includes this into his daily life and routine, it is good. And it helps.

How do you stay up to date in the yoga industry?
I read different magazines and articles in Czech and English languages, attend various yoga courses and check what my competitors do.

What type of yoga do you teach at yogAlive?
In our studio you can join various classes, mainly hatha yoga classes which are usually more relaxed and focused on breathing. Then power yoga and ashtanga yoga which are harder, oriented on strengthening your core and at ashtanga yoga classes also becoming almost perfect by repeting the postures. We offer a a special yoga style, too, called viniyoga whici focuses on back pain and other body disbalances. I recommend this one a lot.

How did you decide upon the name?
yogAlive is a combination of words „yoga“, „alive“, „live“ and my nickname „Ali“.
Thats why it has capital letter „A“ in the middle, which many people, not surprisingly, make a mistake at.

What’s your favourite memory of opening the studio?
It was an opening party. It wasnt big but quite a lot of people came and it was very funny and I think we all enjoyed it. And also my mum was one of my first clients and she still comes to my classes. She is great!

What’s your number one piece of advice for future yoga studio owners?
Dont want to know, what you are going to go through.

What type of students does your studio serve?
We have open and private classes for adults and these are mainly women 18+ but men come, too. We also offer office yoga for people who are too busy or it is more convenient for them to practise in their offices, meeting rooms or other places.

What makes a private studio different/better than a yoga class at the gym?
It is definitely the atmosphere. In a yoga studio, it is quiet, you can light some candles, use essence sticks and also people come to a yoga class only, not any other exercise.

What advice would you give a well-practiced yogi to take their practice to the next level?
To try to bring his knowledge into the real life and his daily routine. That is a challenge.

How do you design a yoga lesson to meet the needs of your yogis?
Almost all postures can be adapted to different levels, so I always ask my students whether they are new to yoga or already have some practise. If they have some health issues, e.g. back pain, knee surgeries etc. and during the lesson I give them advice how to adjust the position to their needs and abilities.

Why is yoga important?
It is not just a physical practise but philosophy and physical exercise is just one little piece of it. It can improve your life in many ways. And it is also a great (and I would say inevitable) complement to other sports.

Kick off winter season with yoga

Most people do not like winter season for the simple reason that they would get sick easily. It starts with a cold that then gets worse and worse. Yoga can be your protective cover during cold months and helps you fight infections and laziness. We all know that feeling of hiding under the bed covers on a cold winter morning, however, do yourself a favor and make the effort to exercise yoga!

Check our 4 simple reasons why you should try it with yoga this winter. Continue reading Kick off winter season with yoga