A healthy lifestyle wasn’t always important to me. Until the early twenties, fast food and convenience products used to be an integral part of my diet. A pack of chips or biscuits in front of the TV and ready-made meals from the microwave were not uncommon. The weekends have been the highlight of the week and were celebrated extensively. At that time, I was an enthusiastic floorball player and exercised up to four times a week. In retrospect, that was probably the reason why I didn’t go up like a roll. However, I had big problems with acne, which, of course, I didn’t associate with my lifestyle and which I treated with heavy medications.
When my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the tide turned. Not straight away, because at the beginning I could not imagine what this diagnosis would mean. Multiple sclerosis only became noticeable to me when my mother could walk worse and worse. Even today I remember situations in which I blameful thought why my mother could not walk normally. Lifting one leg in front of the other is not that difficult, I thought. Today I’m ashamed of these thoughts, but at that time I didn’t know any better.
When I went on a four-week trip through New Zealand with my mother and my brother in 2008, the full consequences of their fate took hold of me. Because we were always on the road together, I realized what it would be like if you gradually lost your health. During the journey, I developed an intense desire to understand. To understand why our mother has to suffer this fate. To understand why some people get sick and others don’t. To understand how our body works and what keeps us healthy. I had many open questions and started looking for answers and especially for ways to help my mother. This was the beginning of my healthier life.
At that time, I had just finished my apprenticeship as a computer specialist and started my studies at a university of applied sciences focusing on IT security. If I had already known at that time in which direction my heart and my passion would lead me later on, I would probably have studied sport or nutrition. In retrospect, one is always smarter, and thus, I completed my studies and, besides, further education as a nutritionist according to the standards of the German Nutrition Society (DGE).
During my studies, I switched from team sports to individual sports and started with weight training. In the beginning, I was somewhat reserved and later on, more extensive, if not obsessed. I visited the gym almost every day and nearly became part of the inventory. As usual in the fitness industry, I started taking supplements at some point. In the beginning, protein shakes, and later, all kinds of powders and pills such as BCAA, creatine, NO-Booster, fish oil, zinc, magnesium, and more. Fortunately, I never became interested in harder substances. Nevertheless, I swallowed my pills for a reasonably long time without really knowing whether all this was good for my body and whether it would have any positive effect at all.
I began to think intensively about the various supplements and realized that a lot of smoke is made for nothing or at least not much. The benefits are sometimes questionable, and some supplements are anything but healthy. I reconsidered my behavior, began to read science books, and reduced consumption to the essential substances I was sure from studies that they would not harm me. Other people in the gym soon became aware of it and asked me for my opinion about the usefulness and uselessness of certain supplements. This is how my first experiences with coaching came about.
After finishing my IT studies and education as a nutritionist, as well as after in-depth research on various dietary supplements, I felt pretty confident about what a healthy diet should look like. As it turned out later, this was only partially true, and when asked how I could best help my mother, I found no useful answers.
Somewhere on my path from one clue to the next without knowing where I wanted to go, I got a push in the right direction. A person unknown to me at that time came across my website while searching for coconut oil. She contacted me and asked if I would like to know more about fruit, vegetables, and berries in capsules. I remember as if it had been yesterday how I thought at that time that nothing evil could hide behind fruit and vegetables and agreed to the meeting. As it turned out, it was the right decision, because this meeting changed my future significantly.
In 2013 I discovered the company Juice PLUS+, which offers pure herbal food supplements. These include capsules containing the essence of 30 kinds of fruit, vegetables, and berries. Through this product, I became aware of orthomolecular medicine, which states that we have to supply our body with all the necessary nutrients to keep it healthy. I realized that the key to a healthy diet not only lies in the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, but instead in the supply of all essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, phytonutrients, which are found only in plants.
Since then, I have read numerous studies, articles, and books about the health-promoting properties of various foods that I have tried on myself. For me, many illnesses have lost their horror, and I have realized that our genes do not determine a long and healthy life, but a healthy and balanced diet will. After all, you are what you eat.
During this time, the subject of exercising was always with me. On the search for the optimal training, I read some books about different training methods to increase strength and muscle growth. I tried out what seemed logical to me and sometimes had more and sometimes less success. I never had any ambitions to participate in competitions. I only trained for my ego.
During my studies, I was looking for ways to improve my budget. In the fitness center where I trained, I had the opportunity to teach TRX© group courses, because the owner wanted to build up the service. For this purpose, I attended the TRX© instructor course and got to know functional training. Again my horizon was expanded in a positive way, which later turned out to be very useful.
At one point in my development, I came across the statement that prevention consists of three pillars: nutrition, exercise, and recovery. In terms of recovery, I was not doing well at the time, as I slept an average of four to five hours and kept pushing my body. I realized that the way I lived did not suit my striving for health. So I started to rethink, and my focus shifted from more muscles to more well-being.
At this point, I realized that I couldn't just focus on nutrition if I wanted to help people live a healthier lifestyle. At least I had to include exercise in the equation as well. Due to the positive experience of teaching group classes, I knew that I enjoy working with people and that I have a flair for it. So I decided to study to become a personal trainer and to make my passion my profession.
In 2016 I completed my education and tried to establish myself as a personal trainer in the highly competitive market. This was very difficult with a limited budget. I offered TRX© group courses and tried to sell personal training outdoors. This progressed sluggishly, and I made little progress. I enjoyed working with my few clients, but I didn't feel any satisfaction. I didn't have the impression that I was making a difference. I also didn't have the resources to drive the business forward with the strength I needed due to other commitments and in addition to my main job.
Surrender is not in my nature, and so I tried other methods. I set up a training room and hoped that with a fixed location and some training equipment, I would be more attractive and thus be able to attract more people to my services. Although my assumption was correct, and I was able to win some additional customers, this change did not bring the desired success. The revenues were not constant enough to take the step of giving up my job in the IT industry. It also became apparent that my girlfriend and I would sooner or later live apart, and that was not an option.
After some time of thinking, we found a solution with which we could fulfill the wish to help as many people as possible to live a healthy lifestyle without endangering a harmonic private life. After more than a year of work, we were able to develop a unique program of training and nutrition that can be used anywhere in the world using an app. Our Get and Stay Fit offerings, as described on this website, were born.