Had the pleasure of going to Milan for a long weekend in mid-January 2014 to attend a fitness convention held by the training system founded by Scott Sonnon and led in Europe by Alberto Galazzi (featured in Mens Health Italy last year). However, I decided to make a long weekend of it and seeing as though the weather was likely to be miserable I needed some indoor activity to engage in.
Just so happens that I came across a place called Roman’s Club Milano on Instagram a few month ago. This place is the most amazing little wellness clinic I have ever come across covering everything to enhance the health of body and mind. Here you can have a workout, then go for a massage, get your hair done (maybe your nails and eyelashes too) then relax in the spa area for a steam, sauna (with a quick herbal tea break) then leave the place as good as new, feeling like a completely different person.
Antonio I believe runs the club and speaks very good English but I spoke to other personal trainers like Canadian-born Derek and Gianluca (my lookalike) and had some great chats, sharing ideas.
Italy is home to Tehnogym, one of the most established manufacturers of fitness equipment and with that inherent pioneering and innovative Italian mentality their latest inventions are designed to lead the culture and not just follow it. Look at this example of an old technogym chest-pressing machine where you have little choice but to sit and little choice but to grab hold of the handle in a specific position.
Now look at the new style machine where you now have the choice to stand in order to create more ground-engagement and more core-engagement. You have the choice to slide the handles up and down so this helps create more ‘dynamic movement’. No need for me to elaborate on that caption which seems to be the buzzword in the fitness culture at the moment.
Naturally, Romans Club is fully furnished with the latest technogym toys and I managed to play around with them. Firstly I show you some different back-exercises going conventional, unilateral and even going across the body.
Next, I demonstrate this new leg machine where I perform my favourite leg exercise the step-up. Using resistance from a cable on the stepper means that my stability is constantly challenged throughout the movement especially when you only pull one side. It also makes a difference if you pull the resistance with the hand closest to the front-leg or the opposite leg. This exercise has great carry over to running I believe because in one single exercise you work on strength, stability, fluidity and posture. Just see for yourself and you’ll know what I mean.
Antonio was very welcoming and my time with him shows how fitness is not a chore or burden but a uniting force. If you are in Milan for a weekend in the Summer or fashion week take a trip there and email them before going and you will get treated like a guest (just to clarify you will still have to pay a fee but that can be negotiated with Antonio).
Will leave you with some more images of this beautiful facility. Ciao!!!