My third quarter 2018 review

My third quarter 2018 review 900 600 Hans Muench


July marked three significant events:

First, my 60th birthday, which I spent in the Schaffhausen clinic preparing for my first back surgery on the 13th. After three months of pain and various methods to alleviate it, there seemed to be no alternative.

My birthday cake

Part of my recovery training programme

Recovery has been slower than I had anticipated, possibly caused by my decision to take a pre-scheduled trip to Amsterdam (for meetings with my client Virtuagym and visiting some boutique studios including Saints & Stars and People’s Place) and Munich (to see my two grown up children Julian and Felicia). I managed to walk over two kilometers in one day, but it seemed to be “too much, too soon”.

My daughter Felicia has landed her first job after graduating



In early August, my mother turned 92 I travelled to Toronto with Julian and Felicia. We visited the Rogers Cup Masters 1000 tennis tournament with her, both of us in wheelchairs being pushed around by me kids. We saw a number of great players, including Canada’s Dennis Shapavalov, Edwards, Dimitrov and Schwarzman.

Gregor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Rogers Cup

My Mother Paula with her signed photos of idol Roger Federer

Watching tennis with my mother

In September my regular travel pensum resumed, with three trips and 15 days on the road in five countries. My first trip featured:

  • A visit to Riga, Latvia to have lunch with Vidmantas Suigzdinis, CEO of Impuls/Lemon Gyms and visit two of his clubs.
  • presentation on a boat that docked in Helsinki (at the invitation of Eleiko, the Swedish fitness manufacturer with a 60 year history) then
  • I sailed to Stockholm where I spent two days taking in the city (and visited several health clubs as well as having a meeting at the headquarters of Friskis & Svettis, ranked 11 among European health chains.


Hans and Vidmantas in Riga

Hans and Marko of Eleiko in Helsinki

Boat to Stockholm

Ari Kalijisto of K&F Magazine and Hans in Helsinki

Stockholm old city

Bjorn Borg advertising

Balance Fitness Club, now part of SATS

Outside Statue outside of Stockholm shopping mall


Mid-September I travelled to Saarbrücken to lecture in the MBA programme of the German University for Health and Prevention.

One of my MBA students

MBA lecturing at the German University of Health and Prevention

From there I travelled to Munich to visit the new headquarters of  the Body & Soul chain, have lunch with my daughter Felicia, and visit the newly opened Prime Time Fitness boutique studio across from Viktualienmarkt, the iconic fresh produce market, which of course has a beer garden.

Prime Time Fitness

Eleiko Setup at Prime Time Fitness

Beer garden close to Viktualienmarkt in Munich

My final trip was to Amsterdam, Netherlands for meetings with clients Virtuagym and Club Joy as well as visiting the FW Top show in Houten (20 minutes south of Utrecht).

Pedal power at Amsterdam airport, charging your phone by cycling

Hugo Braam, CEO of Virtuagym presenting at FW Top

Winston Squire and Hans at FW Top

Virtuagym booth at FW Top

From there I flew again to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest with my kids and my older brother Guff who was taking a German course there.

My brother Guff with me, my daughter and Tilli and Julian with Lisa at the Hirschgarten beer garden

Oktoberfest in Munich

Living 20 minutes from Zurich and 30 minutes from the German border town of Konstanz, I frequently visit these towns for various reasons. Yes, I am one of the so-callled „Einkaufstouristen“ who live in Switzerland but go shopping across the border. We benefit from getting the VAT (MwSt) back on our purchases in addition to the (often significantly) lower prices in Germany. We visited a wine festival in Meersburg as well, a fifteen minute ferry from Konstanz.

Our favorite fish dish on Reichenau by Konstanz

Alphorn group at Wein festival in Meerburg

Weinfestival in Meersburg

Harbour of Konstanz

Meersburg vista overlooking Lake Constance


October has three trips and four events planned: the Aufstiegskongress in Mannheim, Germany, followed by the DIFG meeting and Bodylife Awards (both in Düsseldorf) and finally a week in Portugal for the IHRSA European Congress and a few days in Porto, which has now become of Europe’s top destinations. Happy traveller!