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Days are getting longer, sleeves and skirts are getting shorter – and whether you'd like to look better lakeside or work out your anger that it's STILL snowing in April, there's a workout out there for you. Find the right one with Somuchmore*, a card that lets you book a variety of Berlin wellness and fitness studios all over the city.
*All the following studios can be booked via Somuchmore.
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Eager to make martial arts more appealing to women, Jing Röttger and Yi Chung Chen sought to combine modern combat sport training with yoga and meditation, infused with a flare of their own Chinese background. The result is an artistic mix of Zen philosophy, refined teas and vigorous workouts. While the Tai Chi and meditation courses focus on controlled breathing and clear head space, those looking to get really physical can try the mixed martial arts class “Woo!Zen”, an intense workout with elements of kung fu, Muy Thai, and cardio set to upbeat dance music. If relieving stress through a punching bag isn’t your thing, the aforementioned ceremony will allow you to sample high-quality teas before purchase.
CrossFit Werk in Wedding is the original of four ‘boxes’ where you can find an hour-and-a-half class and the infamous "workout of the day". The boot camp-style workouts are done in an eight-person group so the coaches can give you personal attention, correct your form and provide encouragement while you do your squats, pull-ups, burpees (a push-up/jump hybrid) and whatever else the trainer decides that day. The small class size means plenty of opportunities for bonding with your fellow partners in pain – or, if you prefer, some friendly competition. You’ll feel sore the next day, but don’t give up. Get fit so you have enough energy for all the sightseeing and partying.
A Finnish-style oasis in Prenzlauer Berg, this lovely, small wellness lounge boasts a spacious sauna complete with a sauna Guss (herbal remedies tipped onto the hot coals: the effect is sizzling), a cold dip tub, a Zen-like bamboo garden, a reading lounge and, last but definitely not least, a couple of great and affordable masseurs (who also specialise in prenatal massage). Thursday is women-only day; kids are welcome.
Remedy is a little hub of fusion wellness tucked away at the Mauerpark end of Schwedter Straße. Here, Berliners can treat themselves to a personalised regimen of pilates, yoga and ‘body work’. After your sweat session – or instead of it – drop into the pleasant cafe to flush out your liver with a glass of celery-apple-lemon-ginger juice with mint, or simply a comforting combo of homemade cake and coffee. Remedy also periodically runs 'New Mother' programs.
On a lofty top floor, enjoy celestial views as you move through your sun salutations – and a spa including sauna and massage rooms. "Shiva Shakti Yoga in English” explores a full range of yoga methods ranging from fiery poses to vinyasa meditative flows. Or brush up on those languages and attend a class offered in French or Spanish. Especially accommodating to new mothers, “Yoga with Babies” allows for extra bonding time with your baby or put your older ones in “Yoga for Children”. With over 20 instructors and up to 11 classes a day at all times, you can discover what works best for you.
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