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FIBO 2024 – these are the training secrets of the fitness stars

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FIBO 2024 – these are the training secrets of the fitness stars

The FIBO fitness trade fair will take place in Cologne until April 14, 2024. Hollywood star Ralf Moeller and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer reveal in an interview what is important in their training.

Thousands of fitness fans visit FIBO at the exhibition center in Deutz every year. This year, Hollywood star Ralf Moeller (65) and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer (54) are among them. In the interview, the two tell us their fitness secrets.

FIBO 2024: Ralf Moeller is mainly vegan

Ralf Moeller is not only an actor, but also a former bodybuilder and Mr. Universe. “First of all, it’s important that you’re willing to do sport and torture yourself a little,” he explains. Age doesn’t matter – anyone can start exercising at any time. Especially in old age, regular exercise also improves quality of life – it’s not called “keeping fit” for nothing.

“And then it is important that training only accounts for around 30 percent of success, 70 percent is nutrition. You should do exercise, strength training, and 20 to 30 minutes of cardio three times a week. Eat little but good quality meat and lots of vegetables.”

The 65-year-old has been living a predominantly vegan lifestyle for years – every now and then it’s okay to have an ice cream or a good piece of fish. “I leave out beef and other meat. “Eating too much meat can promote osteoarthritis,” he says. Since he says he has been eating 80 percent vegan, he feels “more energetic and lighter.”

What is his favorite exercise for men and women? Moeller has to smile: “Where do you have the most fun? Which is suitable for both? For men and women? What could that possibly be, what could be fun? That’s a trick question.” But we meant normal sport.

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Möller is convinced that going to sports with someone can help. Then we can motivate each other better.

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer wearing a power suit in space

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer can also give valuable fitness tips. We also met him at FIBO. He describes himself as an “all-rounder” when it comes to sports. Maurer: “I like to ride my bike, swim, run and also like to go to the gym.”

His insider tip: “Electric sports, the so-called EMS training. You wear a suit through which electricity flows. You can find it in gyms and I also had it with me in space. The electricity makes training more effective, so it is good for people who are short on time. 20 minutes of EMS training is about the same as one to one and a half hours of normal training.”

FIBO 2024: Sport, even in space

Why fitness is so important for astronauts? “In weightlessness in space, muscles become weaker. The body breaks down and the immune system is also stressed. “It’s a matter of substance,” Maurer explains to us. “In space, we do at least two to two and a half hours of exercise a day, one hour of cardio training and one to one and a half hours of weight lifting – to counteract this.”

And what can we on Earth learn from the training of astronauts in space? “Since we grow old in space as if in fast motion, we can, for example, observe how osteoporosis develops – the loss of bone density due to aging – and how we can stop these processes. We can then apply these findings on Earth,” said the astronaut.

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By Alexandra Miebach (mie)

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