Bodystreet opens Microfitnessstudio in the Holzweg

A new type of fitness studio opened in the Holzweg on Friday (19th April, 2013).  The “microfitnessstudio” run by Carolyn Cozzo is part of the “Bodystreet” chain of fitness studios and it is called “micro” for a reason – because it is small.

There is, of course, a reason for it being so small.  In fact, the studio only has 100 square metres of floor space and two machines.  But these machines are the key to the training on offer.

Carolyn Cozzo, Dennis Gomez and Petra Aravena on the first day at Bodystreet in the Holzweg

For a start, training is by appointment.  Each training session lasts 20 minutes and is accompanied by a personal trainer who, because there are only two machines, only has two people to train.

And then there is the machine itself, which rather than using weights or force to train the muscles uses something called “electrical muscle stimulation” (EMS).

To train with one of the machines you first have to put on a special jacket which is then connected by a cable to the machine, as well as straps on your legs and upper arms and a waistband.  Under this you wear a special undergarment to help conduct the electricity better and also for hygienic reasons.

When the current is applied, different levels can be set to stimulate the muscles by different amounts, with the preferred settings stored on a chip card.  With the muscles stimulated, the training begins.  Apparently 20 minutes of training under these conditions is the equivalent to a 3 hour traditional workout, making it more suited to someone with a tight schedule.

Carolyn Cozzo demonstrates the EMS training at Bodystreet

Carolyn Cozzo demonstrates the EMS training at Bodystreet

One 20 minute session is also the amount of time that the studio recommend training each week and their prices reflect this.  They offer 6, 12 and 18 month contracts based on exactly that model: one appointment per week, with the price per week starting at €19.90 and going up the shorter the contract length is.

Anyone who prefers not to commit themselves to the weekly appointment can instead buy a card for 10 sessions and book these on an ad-hoc basis, but this pushes the price up to €49.90 per session.

The good news for AllThingsGerman readers is that the trainers speak a variety of languages, so at present they can offer sessions in English, Spanish or Italian.

Obstwerk – Fruit for all occasions in the Ackergasse

A new shop opened in the Ackergasse in Oberursel yesterday: Obstwerk.

Obstwerk started out 3½ years ago in Ober-Eschbach providing services for corporate clients such as fruit baskets or catering for meetings.  However whilst still providing these services the business has now moved completely to Oberursel.

The shop offers fruit on a smaller scale for people in the town and is located directly opposite the Alt-Oberurseler Brauhaus.

Starting with just simple fresh fruit cut into bite-size pieces, the range also includes dried fruits, syrups, and Joghurtbecher [Read more…]

Stadtladen open during Brunnenfest for comments and ideas

Petra Würfel, Ute Meissner, Arnold Richter and Hans-Georg Brum outside the Stadtladen

Petra Würfel, Ute Meissner, Arnold Richter and Hans-Georg Brum outside the Stadtladen in the Strackgasse

The Stadtladen in the Strackgasse will be open during the forthcoming Brunnenfest to hear comments and ideas about the future development of Oberursel, known as STEP: Stadtenwicklungsplan

It will be open on Friday 1st June and Monday 4th June from 12 noon, Saturday and Sunday from 10am, and stay open each day until 6pm.

Further details about STEP and a discussion forum will be on-line from Friday at this address:

New opening times for Tabak Carree Rhode

Tabak Carree Rhode in Camp King  have new opening times starting on 2nd May, 2012.

These are:

Monday to Friday
7.30 – 19.00

7.30 – 18.00

Sunday Shopping

Epinayplatz in OberurselThe shops in Oberursel’s town centre will be open on Sunday between 12 noon and 6pm due to the Autos in der Allee event taking place in the Adenauerallee.

Bonjour Provence opened today in the Strackgasse

Local market stall holder Bonjour Provence! opened their new shop in the Strackgasse in Oberursel today.

Bonjour Provence on their opening day in the Strackgasse in Oberursel

Bonjour Provence! is coming to the Strackgasse

Bonjour Provence - two weeks to go until the opening in the Strackgasse

Local market trader and on-line store Bonjour Provence! is opening a new store at Strackgasse 9 in Oberursel.  The grand opening is set for 31st March, 2012.  The photo shows the store with just two weeks to go, and inset is the stall at the Hessentag last year.

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