We love listening to stories and we find inspiration from people in all walks of life and across industries.
In this blog post series, "About us", you have the chance to learn more about the people behind Thailand’s premium boutique studio for personal and semi-private training; HAUS No3.
This week we had a chat with our latest addition to our team of coaches; Lothar Markert.
Read below to find out how he ended up in Thailand, what his go-to healthy food is and the lessons he learned from competing at national level in taekwondo.
Hi Lothar, please tell us a little bit about your background;
Lothar: "Sure! I'm 29 years old, from Germany. I grew up in a town called Düsseldorf with my dad, mom and younger sister. My mom is from Korean heritage and she moved to Germany in her early twenties. My sporting background comes from Athletics, where I mainly participating in explosive events such as short distance sprinting, hurdles, long jump and high jump, and martial arts. Taekwondo was the sport that I excelled in the most and I was at National team level in Germany in my teens. The pressure to compete at that level was sometimes hard to handle but today I’m grateful for all the things the sport taught me about hard work and discipline."
How did you end up living in Thailand?
Lothar: “My friend Danny from Germany. who was already living and working in Thailand at that time advised me to try my luck in modelling and introduced me to an agency. I took the opportunity and went there for the first time in 2013 for a period of 3 months. At that time, I was still a student, but the people I met and the opportunities I had during my trip opened up a whole new world for me and made me want to go back as soon as possible. So, after I graduated from University in 2015 I went on another trip, spending time in various countries throughout Asia. I realized that Bangkok was the city I want to stay in, because among all countries I have been, it just felt like home to me.”
What did you study at University?
Lothar: "My major was in Mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University (Aachen is a city 2 hours away from Düsseldorf). I like physics and mathematics but it turned out that working as an engineer didn’t felt right to me, so I kept looking for other fields to find my purpose."
How does having a degree in mechanical engineering help you in your job as a personal trainer?
Lothar: “Exercise is basically nothing else then putting your body in certain positions where it can resist and work against forces that come in a specific angle and intensity. Nothing else then the forces you have to consider when you want to design a machine. I think University developed my mind to be able to think in abstract way recognizing forces and how they behave on the body while moving.”
What people do you follow and take inspiration from in the fitness industry?
Lothar: "I like to follow people like Pavel Tsatsouline, Steve Maxwell and Christopher Sommers (gymnastic bodies), among others. They all talk about the same thing; establishing a solid foundation first and mastering the basics before you do anything fancy. Building your body from the ground is a philosophy that makes sense to me and is also more or less what we do at HAUS No3."
How would you word your own philosophy towards fitness and health?
Lothar: "I think we forgot to enjoy movement. We used to move and play as kids all thetime, where did that go? If we can find that connection again to something that is soessential to the human nature, it will not only improve all aspects in our life, but also meetgoals such as weight loss and improving aesthetics naturally, simply as a bi-product. There isa great quote and it goes: Follow your heart and your body will catch up.So when I train at HAUS No3 I always strive for ways for my guests to find enjoyment andappreciation in movement by making the session not too hard, and not too easy, trying tolet them feel the flow. And once you see the first results you will be unstoppable anyways.
Are there any changes in the fitness industry in general that you would like to see?
Lothar: "I think the mainstream fitness marketing overall is out of whack. The image and body fixation is way too predictable and the focus is overly emphasized on the looks in my opinion. I understand that this type of marketing attracts and sells but at the same time I think creativity is lacking since more or less everyone in the industry is trying to market by using the same voice, message and style."
How does your own training regime look like right now?
Lothar: "For the time being my goal is hypertrophy (muscle gain). My lifestyle allows me to follow a very consistent training regime consisting of deadlifts, squats, pull-ups and pressing movements. On top of that I also make an extra effort in making sure I’m eating enough calories to support my goal of increased muscle. But rather than being focused on the aesthetics (I know it will come sooner or later) my attention and energy goes to perfect the skill required moving the barbell or any exercise I am doing.”
Do you have any tips to share for eating healthy in Thailand?
Lothar: "For me, eggs is always a go-to food. I order it at restaurants as a side order or I’ll stop by any 7-11 to buy boiled eggs. Another tip I have regarding convenience stores is to shop for healthy items and combine them in to a complete meal; such as chicken breast, brown rice, kimchi and boiled eggs. I use this strategy whenever I’m crunched for time and need to eat."
Do you have any other hobbies besides fitness?
Lothar: "I like to learn in general, and reading and writing is great for that. I have my own blog that I use to express my weekly thoughts. When it comes to reading, one of my favorite subjects is to study philosophy and mindset. One book that I recommend is “Man’s search for meaning” by Viktor Frankl. The reason why I like this book so much is because he addresses some main key points that I like to live by. The book talks about how you are in charge of your own actions, that we always have the freedom to react and interpret whatever life might throw at us.”
Now, down to the final question. Imagine you were limited in options to only do 3 exercises for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
"Striking (read; punching) = Because it can improve coordination, timing, endurance, balance and power. It’s also a great stress release and for me personally just a lot of fun to do.
Deadlift = There’s a reason why this lift is called “the king of exercises”. Almost nothing challenges the entire body and specifically the posterior chain at the same intensity as the deadlift. I especially like the fact that it has less vertical loading and therefore compression of spine compared to many other barbell exercises. You train so many things at once like your overall strength, posture and nervous system, it’s such a high return of investment and gives you the best bang for the buck.
My last exercise, or activity, is running. I love the fact that you don’t need any equipment, you can do it anywhere and it’s social since you can easily run together with friends. It’s one of those movement that are clearly in our DNA so I think if I had to limit my workout options that running would naturally keep me fit and healthy".
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We hope you enjoyed to get to know Lothar, some of his thoughts and background.
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