Tim: Returning to Fitness in Tokyo
Samurai Sports would not happen without the men and women who keep fit and challenge themselves! In Snapshots, we ask a few questions to the men and women who excel and explore outside their comfort zones, in Japan and abroad.
How would you introduce yourself? (2-3 sentences)
My name is Tim, 26, and from Germany and France. Before coming to Japan, I was working as a Marketing and PR manager in Shanghai, as well as doing freelance photography for various event agencies and organizers. After taking a decade-long hiatus from any and all sports, I found my way back to it because of increasing health issues; and now, I can't for the life in me figure out why I stopped in the first place!
How do you pursue an active lifestyle?
There are three key ingredients to my active lifestyle:
1. Calisthenics: Since I travel a lot and love learning new ways to control my body movement, calisthenics (also known as bodyweight training) is my go-to sport.
2. Community: While working out by myself allows me to focus on progressing safely, having a supportive community with whom you can evolve, challenge yourself, and share experiences with is pivotal to maintain my motivation - especially when I'm feeling down. This is why I have joined SOGO Fitness (Tokyo), Spartan Race (Japan and worldwide), and the NerdFitness Academy (online).
3. Sharing and giving back: The fitness community has been exceptionally kind to me and helped break through my barriers (both mental and physical). I have now reached a point where I can help others do the same. Currently, I'm pursuing a personal trainer license and researching Fitness Gamification as part of my Game Design studies at Uppsala University.
Tell us about a fitness or sports-related item/gear/equipment that you love.
My favorite piece of gear is my Camelbak because it keeps me hydrated and holds my FX-Sport VRX headphones, as well as a copy of the Convict Conditioning series by Paul "Coach" Wade, and my trusty suspension trainer.
Whether it’s in the studio, on the road, or at the pool, we know you’re working hard to log those training hours - and we want to learn more about you! Give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured next - or better yet, email us with how you would answer the questions above.