Teacher interview – Jasper van FC Urban Rotterdam

26 April, 2018 • Tags: , , , ,

We lijken wel een beetje op elkaar – OneFit en FC Urban. Sporten volgens Netflix-model: je zit nergens aan vast en bepaalt zelf waar en wanneer je gaat voetballen. Daar houdt de vergelijking op. Overal lesjes volgen is leuk, maar Jasper van Westing wil gewoon scoren. Letterlijk. Alleen krijg je als starter/ young professional/ superdrukke student maar geen team compleet om wedstrijdjes te spelen. Dat regelt FC Urban nu voor de gefrustreerde voetballer met tijdgebrek. Sinds kort zijn ze actief in de parken van Rotterdam en Jasper fluit, motiveert en zorgt dat er binnenkort overal in Rotterdam wordt gevoetbald!

 FC Urban Rotterdam

Wat is er zo leuk aan wedstrijdjes spelen?

Mooie goals maken! Lekker buiten achter een bal aan rennen, scoren. Wat is er leuk aan voetbal? Het is een volkssport, iedereen doet het, iedereen heeft het vroeger gedaan. Met twee jassen en een bal kun je al beginnen, maar het leukste is als het een beetje competatief wordt.  FC Urban organiseert wedstrijden met een trainer, een Urban Master, we houden statistieken bij en zorgen voor gelijkwaardige teams.

Kunnen voetballiefhebbers dat zelf niet fiksen?

Niet echt! Op een bepaalde leeftijd heeft iedereen het druk en natuurlijk kun je samen een potje voetballen, maar op deze manier voetballen is tamelijk revolutionair. Ik heb vroeger ook bij een vereniging gevoetbald, maar als je ouder wordt, wordt het steeds strenger. Je kunt je de hele week kapot trainen en dan tijdens de wedstrijd op zaterdag als reserve op de bank zitten. Dan baal je. Als je steeds maar geen succeservaringen hebt, verdwijnt de motivatie snel.

Wat doe jij op het veld?

Ik organiseer en begeleid de trainingen in Rotterdam en ik fluit wedstrijden, samen met de andere Urban Masters. Als mensen zich opgeven geven ze zichzelf een cijfer en zo maken we gelijkwaardige teams. Niet iedereen is even goed, maar iedereen heeft liefde voor het spelletje en wil simpelweg scoren en winnen. Teamleden worden vrienden, ze drinken bier na de wedstrijd en appen elkaar om nieuwe afspraken te maken. Dat is precies de bedoeling!

Hoe zit het met met Men Only policy?

Dat is geen policy. Voetbal is nu eenmaal populairder onder mannen, en zonder complete teams kunnen we geen wedstrijden spelen. Maar ik heb goed nieuws: in Amsterdam zijn we nu al bezig met FC Urban Ladies en we hebben al een paar wedstrijden met vrouwenteams gespeeld. Wacht maar af!

 

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“Hack je slaap met yoga nidra”

15 March, 2018 • Tags: , ,

Voor de dag van de slaap (vrijdag 16 maart) interviewden we de Amsterdamse yoga nidra teacher Eliane Bernhard (33) over haar slaaprituelen en natuurlijk haar eigen ‘slaapyoga’-ervaringen. “Yoga nidra is echt sterker dan de beste drugs en alle bewustzijnstechnieken bij elkaar.”

ElianeBernhard

Girl on a mission

“Twee jaar geleden raakte ik burn-out. Ik werkte op dat moment al jaren in recruitment, maar was niet gelukkig. Daarom gaf ik ook nog meditatieles en begeleidde ik mensen als bewustzijnscoach in mijn vrije uren. Ik heb zo lang gevochten en geprobeerd om me staande te houden, maar ik was op.

In die tijd volgde ik mijn eerste yoga nidra-les. Serieus: ik wist niet wat me overkwam. Het was ontspanning op een next level. Dit kan ik gebruiken voor m’n eigen herstel, dacht ik. Het werkte. Tegelijkertijd ontpopte er een missie in me: iedereen móet dit ontdekken. Nu geef ik zo’n zes keer per week les op verschillende locaties in Amsterdam.

Mindfuck

Behalve de burn-out, heb ik sinds mijn 16de ook last het van chronische pijn in mijn rug en schouders. Ik heb lang gezocht naar iets om de pijn te verlichten. Alles in de bewustzijnswereld heb ik geprobeerd. Er is ook zó veel. De grap is dat mijn brein al die tijd bedacht met welke vorm van therapie of yoga ik aan de slag wilde, terwijl de mind vaak de boosdoener is als het gaat om alle stress of problemen. Daarom ben ik ook zo in yoga nidra gaan geloven; daarbij herstelt het lichaam zichzelf.

Mind uit, zelftherapie aan

Hoe het precies werkt? Je doorloopt verschillende fases van bewustzijn in een les. Eerst ga je uit je mind, je lichaam in – bijvoorbeeld met yoga-oefeningen of door het aanspannen en ontspannen van je spieren. Daarna krijg je – net als vroeger – een verhaaltje voorgelezen. Ik neem je mee wandelen in het bos of een dagje naar het strand bijvoorbeeld. Alleen zit dit verhaal vol met hypnose- en visualisatietechnieken zodat je hersengolven worden vertraagd. Het lichaam raakt in diepe ontspanning waarin het zichzelf kan herstellen.

Het lijkt misschien alsof je slaapt, maar je onderbewustzijn krijgt alles mee. Daarom kun je een intentie zetten tijdens de sessie. Mijn intentie is vaak geweest om de pijn te verminderen. En true story: ik heb nu véél minder last. Voorheen kon ik geen 8 uur per dag werken. Nu lukt me dat makkelijk, als ik tussendoor maar een half uurtje ga yoga-nidraën.

Slaaphack

Zo’n twee keer per dag kruip ik nu een half uurtje onder een deken met een yoga nidra-opname. Ergens in de ochtend – liefst na een rondje hardlopen of wat Kundalini of aerobic-achtige oefeningen. En een half uurtje voor het slapen gaan. Dan kan ik erna nog even relaxt m’n tanden poetsen. Als we bewuster met slapen omgaan, denk ik dat we er veel meer uit kunnen halen. Daarom spuit ik mijn kussen in met een etherische spray en heb ik mijn bed zo opgemaakt dat het een feest is om erin te kruipen. En niet te vergeten: ik zet – net als in yoga – een intentie, bijvoorbeeld een heerlijk lange slaap. Ik hack m’n slaap.

Beter dan XTC

Echt, ik vind yoga nidra net zo leuk als Netflix of net zo ontspannend als een bad. Iedere keer ga ik gewoon op reis, zo voelt het. Als ik het niet doe, ben ik echt minder happy en energiek. En dat is ook niet gek, gezien de lijst aan neurotransmitters – zoals serotonine, dopamine en GABA – die erbij vrijkomen. Yoga nidra is echt sterker dan de beste drugs en alle bewustzijnstechnieken bij elkaar.

Yoga nidra flow

Ik heb één tip voor alle OneFitters: als je met yoga nidra begint, doe het dan niet één keer in de twee weken. Heb je geen zin om wekelijks een les te boeken of zit ie vol? Op YouTube vind je sessies van mij of mijn inspiratiebron Kamini Desai bijvoorbeeld, voor tussendoor. Zo zet je het proces ten minste in gang, in plaats van het af en toe wakker te schudden met een lesje. Mijn droom is iedereen overstag te krijgen, daarom ben ik nu een Headspace 2.0 op aan het zetten voor alleen maar yoga nidra. Maar eerst start ik deze maand met een eigen locatie aan de Amstel. Zodra ik die up en running heb, sluit ik natuurlijk ook bij OneFit aan!”

Wil je 3 à 4 uur slaap inhalen tijdens een Deeprelax les van Eliane? Hier kun je terecht:
Ma: 18.00u Sukha Yoga in de Pijp
Woe: 17.00u Thrive Yoga in Oost
Don: 16.30u Sukha Yoga in de Pijp
Don: 18.00u Bluebirds in Oost
Vrij: 12.15u Sukha Yoga in de Pijp

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‘Pilates is niets meer dan een reset voor je lijf’

14 March, 2018 • Tags: , , , ,

Interview met fysiotherapeute en pilateslerares Marleen Broekhuizen

‘Doe niet te hard je best’, is één van de gouden tips van Marleen. Ze heeft er nog meer. ‘Kom terug in je lijf ‘ en ‘Voel wat je moet voelen’. En als Marleen Broekhuizen het zegt, is het waar. Ze is niet zomaar een teacher, maar ook fysiotherapeut,  personal trainer en massagetherapeut en geeft naast therapie barre workout, yoga, pilates,  HIIT in haar eigen studiootje in Lombok, StabilityForYou.

Waarom is fysiotherapie en pilates zo’n goeie combi?
‘Als fysiotherapeut heb ik een nuchtere kijk op het lichaam. Ik zie hoeveel mensen het contact met hun lijf kwijt zijn, en pilates is niets meer dan een reset. Je beweegt alle spieren die je vergeten was, heel bewust en gecontroleerd. Die in je rug, in je schouders. Je strekt alles uit. Veel mensen zijn vergeten hoe goed dat voelt! Langzamer word je sterker, krachtiger, stabieler, en verdwijnen je klachten.  Zes jaar geleden was ik te dik, ik rookte, en ik werkte 70 uur per week. Daar had ik genoeg van. Ik ben les gaan geven, barre, pilates, yoga, zumba, spinning, van alles om weer krachtig en stabiel te worden.

Dat klinkt als een heeeeel langzaam proces!
‘Je moet ‘t op je eigen tempo doen. Sporten is voor veel mensen vergelijken. Kan mijn buurvrouw haar been helemaal strekken? Dat moet ik ook!’ Ze doet het voor: een gestrekt been, nog wat hoger, en hop, een holle rug en een raar gedraaide heup. ‘Iedereen heeft een eigen reis te maken door zijn lijf. Als je anderen nadoet, te hard probeert, of alleen maar jezelf uitput door te pumpen en te rennen, ben je niet bewust bezig met jouw eigen reis, en haak je snel weer af. Het gevolg is dat je al gauw weer lusteloos op de bank zit!

In de studio van Marleen komen geen ‘sportschooltypes’. Haar leerlingen zijn trouw aan Stability For You, en komen er vaak al jaren.  Hoe kom je eigenlijk aan al die fans?
‘Ik hou mijn leerlingen gewoon heel goed in de gaten. Voor sommige mensen is de drempel naar een groepsles te hoog. We beginnen dan met een één op één traject. Door middel van fysiotherapie of personal training en kijk ik naar wat iemand kan met zijn of haar lichaam. Het voelt voor vele als thuiskomen, beetje een dorpsgevoel. Dan beginnen we met een fysiobehandeling, en kijk ik naar wat iemand kan met zijn of haar lichaam. We hebben een dorpsgevoel hier. Je wordt gezien, ook als je er niet bent.

Blijft het een dorp, met al die OneFitters?
Ja! Leerlingen die via OneFit komen zie ik vaak terugkomen. Ik heb zelfs leerlingen die van OneFit overgestapt zijn naar mijn studio en andersom. Helemaal prima. Als je maar blijft bewegen en er plezier in hebt. Het is jouw reis, jouw lichaam, jouw feestje!

StabilityForYou heeft bijna dagelijks leuke lessen Barre, H.I.I.T, yoga en pilates beschikbaar. Bekijk hier het rooster en reserveer jouw les bij Marleen!

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OneFit Teachers: Mike Mulders – “CrossFit is a new lifestyle”

17 January, 2018 • Tags: , , , ,

Only four years ago Mike Mulders made the bold decision to turn his life around and start CrossFit, which literally saved his life. Now as a dedicated CrossFit coach at Powerbox Amsterdam, he hopes to motivate others to lose weight, achieve goals and lead a healthy lifestyle. His inspirational story and impressive transformation make him one of our most inspiring OneFit teachers!

CrossFit Training

Years to live

In my twenties I was taking part in triathlons, cycling, swimming and running. But when I turned 29 I injured my knee and I had to stop everything. My knee was so painful, I took a break from exercise and then it turned into two years. In the end, I thought it was too late to exercise again. For nine years I did nothing and gained so much weight, I became obese. The doctor told me if I carried on living my life this way then I would only have 10 years to live, so I decided to do something about it. I quit my job at the IT company that I worked for and I started training to get my qualifications to be a teacher in the fitness industry. In the end, I found CrossFit.

CrossFit is a lifestyle

When I started CrossFit I couldn’t even do a push up or a pull or anything – I was too heavy. The first month was really hard. I know exactly why some people don’t dare to do CrossFit because in the first three weeks I felt the same. I thought to myself – I don’t belong here, I’m not fit enough, I need to train more and I’m embarrassing. That’s why you have to find the right box that suits you because everywhere is different. At some boxes people like to show off and at others there is a real community. CrossFit is a new lifestyle. It’s food, exercise, it’s community and you share everything. It’s important because everyone will have a point when they will break and you have to support each other and remind people why they started in the first place.

Motivation is key

Four years ago a lot of people told me that I needed to lose weight, but I didn’t do anything until I realized my health had to change. In five years, I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’ve dropped from 130 kilos to 90 and reduced my fat percentage from 38% to 20%. Now my goal is to motivate others. Some people want to lose weight, some people want to gain weight and others want to gain muscle and that’s even harder. CrossFit gives you a solid mindset and anybody can do it. I motivate people by telling them to start easy and scale everything down if needed. There is no pressure because it’s just you against yourself – of course it’s in a group, but everyone helps each other out.  That’s what CrossFit is all about – it’s a community.

Always safety first

CrossFit training is a combination of power lifting, weight lifting, gymnastics and cardio. A lot of people go as fast and as heavy as possible because of the timer, and that’s fine as long as your form is correct. If you’re form is not right then your coach has to adjust the weight. They also need to show you the proper way to do a movement. People say CrossFit is bad for you, but that’s not true, bad posture is bad for you. So quality of coaching is the most important thing for CrossFit, but that also goes for any kind of sport. Beginners should listen well to the coach start at a steady pace. It’s better to keep your form and use lighter weights than go for heavier weights. If I see someone pushing themselves to use weights that are too heavy – I refuse to let them do it and take them off. Safety is first but that doesn’t mean it not fun to train in a group.

If you want to get fit in a supportive community then search for the right CrossFit box for you. If you want to try Mike’s sessions, check out Powerbox Amsterdam.

Written by Laura Court-Jones
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OneFit Teachers: Nicole Cole – “When I dance I can be myself”

Nicole Cole is a student turned full time dancer. Since being discovered on Instagram, she has worked with artists such as Broederliefde, Hardwell, Yellow Claw. She has also danced at Milkshake Festival and Urban Music Festival. But that’s not all, she is also a dedicated dance teacher who is known for her feisty, fun classes – Dancehall and Twerk. Get to know all about her below!

Nicole Cole dancehall

A Gymnast at heart

My name is Nicole, I was born in Poland and I’ve now been in The Netherlands since 2011. I started doing gymnastics when I was five, but at the age of 12 I broke my wrist. I tore my inside ligaments and this injury was difficult to recover from , so focused on dance. I did Modern and Ballet but I always liked feminine styles the best. That’s why when I discovered Dancehall and Twerking, I just focused on that. My favourite style uses a lot of flow work and is sensual, sexy dancing with heels. I just love this power of sex appeal and when I dance I can be myself – this kind of sexy animal!

Instagram star

I work very closely with an entertainment agency ‘April  M Jordan Entertainment’ who discovered me on Instagram. It changed my life, because two years ago I was planning to finish my studies and I always pushed dancing away because not many dancers make it. You can be a great dancer and a beautiful girl but if you don’t meet certain people and the right time you just will not make it. The things that are happening in my life right now are way more than I ever dreamed of. I’ve danced in music videos, at festivals and I also give bookings for pole dancing. I didn’t choose to be a full time dancer, it chose me somehow.

Femininity is a weapon

With dancing, I just love this transition of women from being shy, insecure to confident and strong. When ladies follow my classes, they start to feel more confident in their body. Not only do they become more sexy, but they get more body conscious and body confident; and when you feel more confident you can present yourself better in everyday life. I think that being a women and being feminine is a weapon that you can use. It doesn’t mean every girl should just only think about being sexy and pretty but I believe that if you have the brains, the looks and the charm you should use all of them. Being confident, sexy and smart is the complete package and you should use whatever works to help you in life.

A sexy, intense workout

Deep in my heart I’m a gymnast, it pushes the body to limits and shows the beauty of the human body, so I like to keep my classes intense. I hope my Dancehall and Twerk classes are unique and something you cannot find anywhere else. You get the same workout that you would do at the gym but in a fun and sexy way.  I think many girls can feel intimidated by this, but I’ve also had many ladies come up to me after class saying they actually really liked it because they would never dare to be really feminine in the normal world. It makes them feel a way they’ve never felt before. Plus, there is always someone for the first time. So I don’t mind if you come to my class and half way through you realise it’s totally not for you and sit down. Just come and see for yourself because it’s always a great atmosphere with a great group of ladies and you have nothing to be afraid of.

Learn some smooth moves in Dancehall…

You can learn some sexy routines with Nicole Cole at Chasse Dance Studios and Pole Dance Factory. Lessons vary each week, with different kinds of styles and movements. Reserve a class in Dancehall or Twerk and let your feminine energy flow!

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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OneFit Teachers: Natasha Martin – “Studio 191 is a dream come true”

12 December, 2017 • Tags: , , , , ,

Natasha Martin is a yogi, entrepreneur and creative spirit who had a vision to create a community where people could come together to support each other, have a good time and workout all at the same time. After years of teaching yoga in her living room, she finally found a more permanent place where she could create the studio she had dreamed of – Studio 191. Natasha chatted to us about her glamorous studio, why she’s all about the people and even let us in on the secrets behind its growing popularity.

Natasha Martin

Living room yoga

I have a background in Branding, Marketing and PR – I’m pretty creative. I’ve been practicing yoga since I was really young, so I’ve grown up with yoga in the same way that many Dutch have grown up with bikes! For me it’s a natural way of life. In terms of the studio and teaching, I moved to Amsterdam and quickly began teaching in my own studio. I got really lucky because I had people who believed in me and helped me, so after 3 years in my living room moving my furniture around to make space for extra yoga mats, I finally had a studio. Studio 191 has been open for a year and a half now and we are about to become a team of 40 people. We have amazing teachers and also volunteer hosts who are part of our karma exchange program.

Movement as a facilitator

You know the busier we all get the more we need to help people have a good time, to connect, have friends and workout all at the same time. Movement is a facilitator for community, for socialising and for building confidence. It’s also about health and wellness – but it’s not just that. There’s a big misconception that movement is just about getting physically fit and being healthy but it’s also about mental and emotional health. It’s about being able to understand yourself {and others} better. It’s a very yogic idea but I would reaffirm that your body is indeed a vehicle to your mind and your soul. For me personally, it’s definitely not just about the movement, the play on the word ‘movement’ is actually a huge part of why I’m passionate and why I’m doing this. It’s not to get people in the best shape of their life, it’s to start with that and then try to inspire people to go even further.

A real community

Starting a business in your living room teaches you a lot about community because I wasn’t allowed to put promotional signage outside or on my window, so I literally had to build my classes from word of mouth. I did a lot of community events and got involved with the local homeless shelter. So I’ve tried to keep the great things about being a small studio – the friendliness, the warmth, the authenticity. We do all kinds of different things to build not just a practice and a studio, but something that extends beyond our four walls. We explore what charities we can work with and what can we do within the local community to keep everything fresh. That’s another thing we do, we don’t want things to get stagnant – we don’t want our bodies to get used to one practice; we want our bodies to feel that their physicality, their creative capacity, can continue to evolve with their practice.

Home for everyone

I think people come to this studio because we genuinely welcome everyone. We value and encourage authenticity. We try to create a place that feels like home, and at home feel safe to move and express yourself without hesitation. I work with amazing teachers and our style is basically an expression of our teachers’ knowledge, passions and creative pursuits. We try to hire real people rather than fill vacancies. Encouraging the people you work with to be creative adds to the community and it adds to the offerings we can give as a studio. So actually the brand of studio 191 is the brand of people that embody it and live within it. We believe in encouraging and nurturing creativity. Simple right? It really is. The teachers and the hosts are what makes our community studio feel like home.

Barre isn’t the only way to burn at Studio 191…

Studio 191 offers a variety of different classes based on movement including Barre, Yoga, HIIT and classes for Pre-Natal and Post Natal women. So if you’re looking for something more than just your regular workout, take a trip to Studio 191 to be a part of a genuine community that likes to have a good time on and off the mat.

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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OneFit Teachers: Alina Tuluceanu – “my gift was to be a teacher”

4 December, 2017 • Tags: , , , , , , ,

Meet Alina Tuluceanu a passionate Romanian girl whose dreams lead her to Holland over eleven years ago. Alina was searching for something amazing and found it at Rasalila in Amsterdam, a place where acrobatics, silks and tricks make magic. Read her inspiring journey to loveable teacher and find out more about her unique classes.

A Dreamer

My name is Alina and I’m a teacher at Rasalila. I originally come from Romania, a place where you are expected to get a job, get married, get settled and that’s life. There, I felt that the part of me that wanted to peruse my dreams was gone forever. So I took a bold step came to The Netherlands almost 11 years ago. I set out to find something I enjoyed, I tried out various gyms but I was never pleased since I don’t like training on my own. I joined group classes in the gym, but still it wasn’t for me. Then I found Rasalila. I loved it so much, I started taking all the classes in the schedule, I didn’t know how to do anything but I just wanted to be there. Sometimes I trained almost 25 hours a week.

Hidden Talent

While I was at Rasalila I noticed that I was very interested in analyzing movement. I’ve had many different jobs in the past, but always in the role of a coach. I have a lot of patience with people and I love to see people develop and grow. I believe that you can learn a lot in life but some things you are born. I think my gift was to be a teacher, to share knowledge with others. I took this and completed my training to become a teacher and I’ve now been teaching already for three years.

Passion for People

People are really my passion. I love to analyze behavior and I still want to do something with psychology or anthropology in the future. I want to learn more about how to motivate people so they can bring out the best in themselves. For example if people give up during a class, I’m always looking for ways to be positive and to find something they can do. You have flexibility moves and strength moves. Some strength moves are hard and some people can’t do it, but once they try a flexibility move then they can do it. I think listening to people and being empathetic as a teacher is really important.

Up in The Air

My classes are a soulful, feminine way of moving through storytelling. We breathe through every move and let breath lead the movement. At Rasalila I teach Pole classes and Aerial classes. Aerial Hammock Play is about being playful. It will help you get strong and lean because the fabric helps to create space between your joints and also massages you throughout the class. Aerial yoga is essentially yoga using fabric. You hold the poses a bit longer and you get support from the fabric which makes it accessible for everyone. Aerial dance is really dancing with the fabric. It’s elegant and soulful. It’s amazing how you learn to work with the fabric and use all of your body. I once read, ‘don’t use your body to get into the pose but use the pose to get into your body.’ You can’t trick the fabric but you can use it.

Girl Power

There are a lot of women that come here and very often, they don’t get supported by their men at home. So it’s really important that we emphasis that it’s good to make time for ourselves as women. If you are happy, it makes the people in your life happy. For example, pole dancing is still a taboo in some places and isn’t widely accepted. It’s a challenging sport but women gain a lot of self-confidence by doing it and that is the most important thing at Rasalila. When we use the poles and fabrics the first thing we do is try to get out of our heads, there isn’t room for us there anyway – so we get into our bodies.

Learn an Aerial Flow with Alina…

Alina teaches Pole Flow Beginners, Intermediate and open levels at Rasalila in Amsterdam. She also teaches Aerial Hammock Play (easy flow & level up), Aerial Yoga and Aerial Dance. Even if you’re a complete beginner, book a class and experience a new challenging workout that will make you feel like an acrobatic goddess.

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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OneFit Teachers: Gayan van Wijngaarden – “Train like a fighter”

When we asked OneFitters about their favourite teachers Gayan from Sportcentrum Pleizier was named one of the most popular. His fighting spirit and passion for training are what makes him a great and inspiring teacher. Gayan shared his personal journey from young fighter to entrepreneur and reputable trainer.

Gayan van Wijngaarden

Learning from a legend

I started fighting at the age of 16 at Sportcentrum Pleizier and a year later I went to train at Lucian Carbin’s gym –  he’s one of the most famous kickboxing trainers in the world. I had the honour of fighting for his gym and learning everything from him. At the time I also got into the e-commerce business and worked there for 4 years. I started as a project manager and left as an operational manager. I then decided to finish working there and start my own business in professional training and coaching. I earned my degree in fitness coaching and got all the qualifications I could for boxing. I founded my own company Mon Corps which is mainly personal training but I also teach a lot of group classes in boxing and kickboxing at Sportcentrum Pleizier. I taught my first class at 17 and I never looked back.

Train like a fighter

What I love about being a trainer is teaching people a certain mentality and giving them the opportunity to experience the same type of training I had as a fighter. The difference with the training I give is that it’s more customized to each individual, and you don’t need to be a fighter. Therefore, you can still join my class if you have never had any boxing experience. The kickboxing class is how I would train, but mixed with a lot of HIIT training – so it’s a pretty intense. Most people come to me for a combination of personal training, kickboxing and boxing. Honestly, I think I enjoy being a coach more than I ever enjoyed being a fighter.

Sports are honest

There is a difference between fighters and the people that just want to get fit. For me the most important thing is to look at who you have in front of you and capitalise on that and develop a method for your training. Sports are very honest, I can see what I have In front of me, see the real you and what you are capable of and adjust to that. There is not really a specific method that I use but what I try to do is look at every individual even if I have a class of 30 people, because you can’t teach everybody the same way. I give people the same techniques but apply them in different ways so it suits each individual’s way of training.

Everyone has a fighting spirit

I believe the fighting spirit lives in everyone and the most important thing is to teach people about it and then use it in everything in life not just in a fitness class or sports class. I’m all about functional training and I really don’t like anything that doesn’t have a link with real life. So if you have to go through an exercise that is really hard – it’s comparable to times in life that are hard. This develops character in the right way and it gets you fit, not only physically but also mentally. I think with a strong mind you can develop a strong body, the other way around is very hard.

Work hard, relax hard

The key to a healthy lifestyle is balance. You have to train extremely hard but also relax extremely hard. It goes for everything – training, relaxing, food and alcohol or anything else. But I know it’s hard to think about food, training and drinking enough water when you’re busy. Consistency is also key, if you train every week you’ll start to see results but as soon as you take a week off you’ll feel it straight away. For most people it’s hard to find balance in life but it’s important to try. If people are thinking about joining my class I would tell them that it’s going to be hard to keep up for the first time but try not to get frustrated.  I think I’m a very technical teacher so it’s difficult to get the rhythm, the flow of moving and footwork to begin with because it’s a lot of information. But I think its important people feel like they can ask for help from me or the other people in the class and not be scared to ask questions.

If you feel like learning from a true fighter, you can join Gayan for boxing and kickboxing lessons at Sportcentrum Pleizier. Check the schedule, reserve your spot and fight like a pro!

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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OneFit Teachers: Nienke van Baal – “I find peace in teaching yoga”

Have you ever felt inspired by your yoga teacher? Well that’s exactly what happened to Nienke van Baal. Nienke is a newly trained yoga teacher who loves the freedom that yoga makes her feel inside and out. Nienke chatted to us about her passion for yoga and views about this ancient method in a modern day world.

Nienke van Baal

As a young girl I did gymnastics and dance, I really loved it and did it for a long time. Later on, I finished two degrees, one in Fashion & Management and one in Advertising, Marketing & Communications. Nowadays, I work for Denim Brand Tenue de Nîmes in Amsterdam. I’ve always felt the love for fashion and I still do, but it’s not my only passion. I discovered that yoga gave me an ultimate happy feeling and that’s why I started to combine my work life with practicing yoga. I followed classes by Marlene Henny and she overwhelmed me with her style and way of teaching. I also joined classes by Fleur van Zonneveld and her style is quite similar. I noticed that they had set up a Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course together, so I chose to enter it. for Denim Brand Tenue de Nîmes in Amsterdam.

Yoga is freedom

For me yoga means freedom, in my mind and in the way I can move. What I really like about yoga is that you don’t need a lot for it. You only need your mat and some yoga clothes – you don’t need to talk or be with other people and no one is expecting anything from you. I feel free on the mat and I hope that my students feel that as well. Yoga is the best way of moving my body because it increases balance, strength and flexibility. When I teach yoga, there is nothing else I think about – while in my daily life there’s not a moment when I’m not busy with multiple things. Solely when I teach a yoga class I have a clear mind. I find peace in teaching.

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A spiritual or physical journey

My way of teaching is gentle yet strong and challenging. I use flowing movements between poses to create nice transitions and to work towards more powerful poses. I think a good yoga teacher creates an experience and takes you on a mindful journey, at least that’s what I try to do. It’s about the sequences that take you from one progression to another. I think you’re a good yoga teacher if your students can feel that. In my opinion it doesn’t matter if a teacher focuses on a physical or spiritual level – that has nothing to do with whether they are a good teacher or not, it’s about the journey they create.

The Modern Yogi

Don’t take the yogi lifestyle too seriously, but enjoy it. Yoga is an old tradition that we are doing in a modern world and we have to adapt to that. Sometimes I see people living by what they’ve found in old philosophical yoga books. While I think it’s good to still hold on to old theories, I think it’s nice to mix it with some modern influences. We have to look at the time we are living in and use yoga as a tool to fit into our lives now.

Yoga is not a competition

Yoga is for everyone, but we all have our personal limits within the body. It’s really important to feel what your body is telling you in each pose. Try to not be competitive – yoga is about becoming aware of your own body and accepting what your body is allowing you to do. My Relax & Restore class at Yagoy is great for beginners to learn the fundamentals of yoga.

Why Vinyasa yoga?

If you feel like joining Nienke van Baal for some flowy Vinyasa Yoga, you can find her at Yagoy and Hot Flow Yoga. She teaches Relax & Restore and Hot Vinyasa Flow classes. Check her classes online or visit her website to find out more.

 Written by Laura Court-Jones
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OneFit Teachers: Renzo Poblete – “The future of fitness is hybridisation”

If you have followed classes at Splash, Medico Vision, Sports World or PLTS, then you’ll probably recognise this handsome face! Renzo Poblete is an instructor at many OneFit locations in Amsterdam. He’s known for his energetic classes and motivation to make you sweat! Renzo recently took the time to have a chat with us about his journey to fitness instructor and views about living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Renzo Poblete

Peru to Amsterdam

All my life I’ve been enthusiastic about sports. In high school I was a professional swimmer, I swam 5 hours a day. So when I moved here from Peru over 15 years ago, naturally sports were never far away from me. I was actually training at Club Sportive (now Splash) and they saw potential in me. They gave me the opportunity to start studying to become a teacher, I had never taught group lessons before but I thought it was a great opportunity. It all happened so fast, I started working with them full time and then I was working with every other gym in Amsterdam. Plus, I took part in a lot of conventions all over the world and that gave me a lot of opportunities later.

The secret to being fit

I’m still figuring out the secret to being fit! It’s changing constantly, nowadays it’s more about preservation because we are so busy. I used to find that Step Choreo was my favourite class to teach, but now I find Pilates calling me. Now I’m 40, I have to think a lot about how I spend my energy, I can’t be jumping around all the time. I also became vegetarian not that long ago, which has made a difference to my body, I’m less tired. I think that is going to be the future.

           

Advice for beginners

First of all you have to have a talk with a trainer in the gym. Tell them about your background and if you have any health issues. It’s really important you talk to professionals before you start training so you can maximize your experience and enjoy what the gym is all about. Trainers can match your goals to certain training exercises or classes. If we don’t know anything about you, then there will be a delay before we can actually help. So let a trainer know your goals, it’s the most important thing for beginners.

The future of fitness

My predictions for the future are more high-intensity workouts and less time standing around in the gym. Right now everything is more high intensity minded in group classes but this will probably increase. Hybridisation of things is happening a lot right now. We keep changing, the things that used to work when I started teaching don’t work anymore, so I think there will be more high impact classes, more hybrids of classes and just more of a healthy lifestyle overall.

Renzo teachers Step Choreo, Les Mills Bodyshape, Bodypump, Bodybalance and Reformer Pilates. You can find his classes at PLTS, Medico Vision, Splash and Sportsworld.

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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