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In keeping with our efforts to get moving again in January – here’s a list of some of the best gyms and fitness outlets in our beautiful city.

Stockholmers are nothing if not fit and you’re spoiled for choice as far as what sort of gym you like to frequent and the sort of workout that gets your heart pumping.  Whether it’s spinning, yoga, aerobics or an old fashioned bodybuilding gym that you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. 

World Class Gym

Offering both private and company memberships, World Class Gym is full service – you’ll find pretty much all your fitness needs taken care of here.  January is a great time to grab a deal on your new membership. Babysitting services available.

11 gyms across the Stockholm area.

SATS

SATS has the most locations in Stockholm and offers a wide range of classes, along with the obligatory weights.  A variety of membership packages are available to suit both your budget and your needs.  Babysitting services available.

Over 40 locations in the Stockholm area.

Friskis&Svettis

This is the one for the Swede inside that is bursting to get out.  You won’t find LA-style gym bunnies here; it’s more down home, friendly and an enormous amount of fun.  Children’s classes and babysitting available.

15 locations in the Stockholm area.

Sturebadet Spa Bad & Gym in Stockholm

Credits: Tuukka Ervasti/Imagebank.sweden.se

Credits: Tuukka Ervasti/Imagebank.sweden.se

While it’s the poshest of the lot, Sturebadet doesn’t play around when it comes to fitness. The surroundings are legendarily beautiful, with a pool, gym, and full service beauty treatments available for booking.  A spa day always includes: Robe, towel and slippers. As well as access to the relaxation area, pools, saunas, gym, and fitness classes.

Opening hours -

Weekdays: 06.30 am- 10.00 pm

Weekends: 09.00 am- 07.00 pm

Spa Day prices-

495 SEK Mon.-Thurs.; 695 Fri. & Sun.; 895 SEK Sat.

2 people 895 SEK Mon.-Thurs.; 1195 SEK Fri. & Sun.; 1595 SEK Sat.

Address: Sturegallerian 36, 114 46 Stockholm

Tel: 08-545 015 00

Email: info@sturebadet.se

Centralbadet

Located in central Stockholm in a serene garden just a few steps from busy Drottningatan, Centralbadet offers a swimming pool, sun roof, gym, bar, restaurant and the “relax” -baths, saunas and Swedish massage.  Memberships available, as are single day visits. The restaurant is notoriously good.

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 07.00 – 21.00

Saturday: 09:00 – 21:00

Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00

Entrance prices:

Sunday – Friday: 220 kr

Saturday: 320 kr

Students/seniors: 120kr (only Mon.-Thurs. before 3pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Credits: Dennis Wong/flickr  

Credits: Dennis Wong/flickr

Address: Drottninggatan 88 & Holländargatan 11

Tel: +46 (0)8 545 213 00

 

Power Club Gym

Classic gym equipment with personal trainers, solarium and wireless internet.

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday 06.00-22.00

Prices:

Year pass – 269: – per month

Day time year pass (06.00-16.00) – 199: – per month

Morning time year pass (06.00-10.00) – 129: – per month

Address: Holländargatan 31

Vasastan, Stockholm

Tel:070-046 14 61

Email: info@powerclub.se

Delta Gym AB

Founded by a former Mr. Sweden, this is where the bodybuilders of Stockholm go for a serious workout, along with top models and celebrities.  You probably won’t recognise them, though, as Delta isn’t for people watching or strutting. Wear your scruffed up workout clothes and be prepared to sweat.  A wide selection of both free weights, machines, bicycles, treadmills, step-up machines, rowing machines. They also offer solarium, massage and serving in the cafe at street level.

Opening hours:Credits: Fitness First Germany/flickr

Mon – Thurs: 07-22

Fridays: 07-20

Sat & Sun: 10-18

Prices:

Full Year Gym Card – 4200 SEK

Monthly Gym Card- 500 SEK

Half Year Card – 2500 SEK

1-Time Training Pass – 100 SEK

10x Training Pass – 850 SEK

Address: Hälsingegatan 5

Vasastaden, Stockholm

Tel: 08-30 86 52

Email: info@deltagym.com

                           Credits: Fitness First Germany/flickr

 

Fitness 24seven

Exercise whenever you want for as long as you want at any 24seven gym. This gym is good for those of you who have a tough time fitting into regular gym hours.  It’s also for those who have their own individual exercise routine, although group training is available at 2 facilities in Stockholm, Högtorget and Regeringsgatan.

Opening hours: 24 hours/day everyday

Monthly Prices:

Daytime pass (06-16) – 99 SEK + 199 SEK fee

24/7 – 199kr + 199 SEK fee

student -169kr + 199 SEK fee

retirees – 99kr + 199 SEK fee

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Puls & Träning

Over 40 locations in the Stockholm area.  Prices vary depending on location, but all memberships require a 400 SEK starters’ fee.

Opening hours:

Everyday 05 – 23

 

Nordic Wellness

Nordic Wellness is growing and they’re popping up in some unusual locations, particularly the suburbs. There’s the usual range of offerings we’ve come to expect and as they work hard to grow the brand there are some great membership deals. Babysitting services available. 11 locations in Stockholm. 

 

By: Kristan Coleman

Updated: Carmel Heiland

 

 

At YLC, we know how hard it is to buy a man something for Christmas. Luckily, we’ve teamed up with Suitopia to provide something really special: a tailor-made suit!

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Suitopia was set up in Sweden to fill a very under-provided for gap in the market. Aleksander Lund and his team have successfully provided trendy men with made-to-measure tailoring at a reasonable price. 

Just like a visit to a tailor, each suit is made to fit so that customers can create garments that have a personal feel and are unique. The options when designing the garments are many: the general shape, fabric type and colour, number of buttons, vents, pockets and so on. You can even get special stitching on the lapel or your own monogram!

Suitopia can even arrange sales events at businesses, schools and organizations. If you want us to come to you and show off our products and help with the measurements please contact us at sales@suitopia.com.

If all this has got you in the mood for a new look, please fill in our survey for the chance to win a tailor-made men’s suit for you or the man in your life. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to write down a gift idea for men, with a link to it, in the comments area; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey to win something earlier, all you need to do is write down a gift idea for men, with a link to it, in the comments area* – easy-peasy!

 

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNER OF A FANTASTIC TAILOR-MADE SUIT IS: RUMILA

Didn’t win? Be smart and order a swish suit at Suitopia today!

Fine Print:-

At Suitopia, the customer enters their own measurements. Use the clear photos on the site to understand exactly how to do this.

Suits take 3-4 weeks to be delivered.

For those unsure what the fabric will really look like, in daylight, on the bus to work, in the church, a pack of fabric samples can be ordered and the cost deducted when a suit is ordered.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways

 

YLC has scoured the motorways and traversed the retail parks for the best south of-the-city retail plazas that will ensure you stay warm and cosy while you shop. Retail therapy just got even better – and winter-proofed too!

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Freezing temperatures, snow and icy winds are but a breath away and before you know it, thermals are tattooed to your body and it takes a hour to head out the door because of the mammoth task of wrapping countless woolly items around your head and torso. If it wasn’t so life-alteringly important – i.e. you need an LBD for Saturday night and little Rosie really would look cute in a new padded onesie – you probably wouldn’t even bother.

If battling against howling Arctic winds just to get your shopping fix seems beyond unbearable, it may be time to turn to the city’s indoor shopping malls. Where everything is under one roof and toasty indoor car-parking cuts down your shiver-time to a mere few seconds – to nil if you have a garage.

So whether it’s an underpants shortage, you have a hankering for handkerchiefs or you’re just potty about pot plants, Stockholm’s out of city shopping plazas have it all. And, if you thought all shopping malls are the same, think again. We’ve found smaller independent brands, eclectic charity shops and a wealth of wonderful dining experiences for your delectation and delight.

 

Nacka Forum

Top highlights: Lucky kiddie-winks; Nacka Forum is home to one very famous toy store, Hamley’s. The London-born toy shop is over 250 years old – the flagship in London’s Regent Street opened in 1760 – has a subsidiary branch right here in Stockholm.

Definitely one for fashion-lovers, Nacka Forum has top fashion brands in abundance. Send your hubby to check out the newest techy-stuff at Media Markt or sporting goods at Stadium while you check out Mango, Vero Moda, Thernlunds and Zara.

Eateries: Head to Neko Sushi or Soup Time for fresh, nutritious shopping-fuel or Forums Pizzeria for family-friendly lunch deals.

Opening times:

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Parking: You’ll be happy to know the car park is totally gratis for 3 hours. That’s free! And with 1,900 parking spaces, getting in quickly and easily is bound to be worry-free.

Transport: Nacka Forum is located about 5 miles south-east of Stockholm. For those who travel by car: Take Värmdöleden – Route 222, exit toward Nacka C. Buses run from Slussen.

For all you seafarers and marina-types, Nacka Forum is even accessible by boat from Lindingo, Slussen and Nybroplan. Check http://www.nackaforum.se/W/do/centre/hitta-hit for more information.

 

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Bo Derek

 

Liljeholmen 

Liljeholmen offers city shoppers three floors of shiny, modern retail to explore. Even the car park is an exciting discovery. A mix between a cave and a disco, this underground provides 900 parking spaces, hidden away from the nasty winter weather.

Highlights: ICA’s deli is well worth a visit for its well-thought out design and wide range of sumptuous, high-quality preserves, cheeses and meats.

“We try to make it cosy, to have an atmosphere,” ICA’s Deli Manager told YLC. “We’ve also got plans to serve warm foods here.”

With Jul just around the corner – as if you needed reminding. Check out fine cosmetics company Stenders, which sells a plethora of luxurious pampering products such as massage oils, scented candles, essential oils and hair care for “the ultimate at-home spa experience.”

Also check out French chain Oliviers & Co. which sells a fantastic range of Mediterranean products including olive oils, truffle products, authentic pastas and vinegars sourced from family businesses in Italy.

Eateries: Liljeholmen caters for international taste-buds with lesser-known Thai, Asian and Indian outlets alongside popular restaurant chains Zócalo and Forno Romano.

Opening times:

Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00, Weekend 10:00 – 18:00, Food 08:00 – 22:00

Parking:

Two hours free parking every weekend (when shopping in Willes and Kvantum with a minimum spend of 100 kr) and 900 secured parking places. During the week: 10 kr per hour.

Accessible by tram, bus and tunnelbana. Check: www.sl.se for more travel information from where you live right to the front door of the shops.

 

Skärholmen

A little further afield is this relative oldie (but still a goodie) shopping galleria. This year, Skärholmen or SKHLM celebrated its 45th anniversary and with ample parking and all the obligatory brands in one accessible shopping hub – ICA, Coop, System Bolaget, H&M and Ahlens are all here – there’s plenty more reasons to celebrate.

Highlights:

Eurekakids (www.eurekakids.se ) is a Spanish toy brand that offers play and learning: a carefully selected range of fun, good, secure and stimulating products for young ‘uns.

A big plus for bargain hunters is the Myrona just outside of the main mall. This popular charity store sits on two floors and has a large furniture section for the discerning bargain hunters and collectors.

Check out two-floors of bookworm heaven at En Anna Bokhandel and Skärholmen library (The library has about 60,000 books and other media for children, youth and adults.)

Eateries: Jensen’s Bøfhus, Forno Romano, and Asian Pong as well as cafes, ice-cream and juice bars sit together in one central food court, so there’ll be no arguments as to who wants what; perfect for keeping the whole family happy.

Opening times:

Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Transport:

By car it takes about 20 minutes from downtown Stockholm or Södertälje to reach SKHLM. There are  3,000 parking spaces, and here you can park for free for five hours . Take the T-Bana red line towards Norsborg or if you’re travelling by bus, several bus lines stop right outside SKHLM. Check www.sl.se for customised route planning.

 

Kungens Kurva

Kungens kurva has everything with a capital E: in fact, there are 400 companies in the area including 150 shops, as well as countless restaurants, cafes, hotels and a cinema. Toys ‘R’ Us, Media Markt, Elgiganten and XXL all have stores here.

With many of Kungen’s biggest stores outside, it might be worth a sharp blast of wintery winds from car to store, especially when considering the bargains to be had. If you don’t fancy braving the weather, head to Heron City for indoor shopping.

Top highlights: The MQ Outlet store is definitely worth a visit when considering clothing and accessories here are priced at a budget-saving 30 – 70% discount.

Arken Zoo at Kungens kurva has for hire a dog bath equipped with an ergonomic shower, professional blow dryer and trim tables, where you bathe and blow-dry your dog in peace and quiet.

Eateries: Find chargrilled delights at Greek Kolgrill in Heron City, or watch your lunch being freshly prepared by Thai chefs at Bamboo South.

Fancy making a day of it? Heron City even has a bowling alley, children’s playground and 5D cinema.

The need to know details:

Heron City opening times:

Monday – Thursday 06:30- 00:00, Friday 06:30 – 01:00, Saturday 07:30 – 01:00, Sunday: 07:30 – 00:00

All car parking here is free. Should you be arriving on alternative transport, you’re in luck. The big IKEA here offers free bus rides during the week from Central Station to IKEA every hour starting at 11:00. Or take the T-Bana to Fruängen and then bus 173 to Skärholmen.

 

So, there you have it. YLC’s guide to warm and toasty indoor shopping for the whole family in Stockholm’s outer metropolitan area. And no need for thermals.

Happy shopping!

 

Victoria Hussey

A self-confessed country-girl, Victoria swapped English village life for city-living in Stockholm in April 2013. She has spent the last five months swotting up on Swedish fashion and grappling with an increasingly Stockholm-influenced (namely black) wardrobe. Victoria enjoys travelling to far-off lands, alternative music and wishes someone would invent some kind of socially-acceptable breakfast ice-cream.

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You pratar lite svenska, you wear skinny jeans and drink coffee from 7-Eleven. Why do you still feel like the protagonist in Where’s Wally? YLC’s Kirsten Smart has one answer on how to get into the beanie-covered heads of the Swedes.

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So you’ve decided to learn Swedish. Hurra! The next step is deciding whether you’ll go for private, one-on-one lessons or a public, group setting like SFI, both of which have their costs and benefits. Private is more expensive and it may be difficult to find a good, reliable teacher who can cater to your specific needs. Government-funded programmes are generally free, but the classes are often large, meaning there isn’t the one-on-one attention and everyone needs to march at the same pace, regardless of whether they are faster or slower learners.

Many jump straight into SFI because it’s free (private lessons can be very pricey), incentivized, challenging and effective.

But if you’re fresh off the boat and still looking at the metro map upside down, SFI can be somewhat daunting.

“I felt as though I was chucked into the deep end at SFI. Everyone in my class was speaking pretty fluent Swedish when I arrived and I felt like I was bringing the class down. I wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I’m so glad I stayed as I caught up quickly, but still, it was a somewhat brutal experience at first!” Australian, Vicky, tells YLC.

Moving to a new place where you don’t know the language is hard. It’s like starting high school all over again; you so badly want to fit in, make friends, know how things work and be fluent in the local slang.

You ultimately want to feel comfortable in your new surroundings; which is why schools have orientations, fun days and mentor programmes.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone did all this for you when relocating to Sweden? They would teach you the language, show you where to buy groceries and let you in on inexplicable inside mysteries, like why cheese seems only to be sold in bulk and how “oj” can be used as an apology. They would provide a helping hand and a sympathetic ear, making your transition to Sweden as seamless as it could possibly be.

Enter Nina Mumm.

 

Mumm’s the word.

Nina  offers language lessons (one-on-one or group both in person and over Skype), cultural training (in which she provides insight into everyday life in Sweden and covers Swedish values, attitudes and business culture) as well organises free, Monday morning fika sessions for expats to meet, mingle and munch. Additionally, she organizes cooking events, day trips, museum visits and girls’ nights out.  She has studied Psychology, Languages, Linguistics and Bilingualism and uses her entire skill-set in providing the ultimate package for expats.

Of course, you don’t have to do the whole shebang. You can pick and choose what you’d like to sign up for and if you want to join in on the fika sessions, there is absolutely no obligation to take Nina up on any of her services.

In my opinion, the amazing thing about Nina is that she cares about you. She may not know you from Henrik, but she actually wants you to be happy and settled.

When I tried out one of her private language lessons (she offers a free lesson to anyone interested in learning with her) I felt as though I was sitting down with a friend who was extremely well-versed in all things Swedish. Not only did she give me a relaxed and informative lesson that she had catered to my level (which is somewhere between confused hamster and Swedish toddler), but she also asked me about my family and interests and doled out sage advice.

In fact, she even provided insights into Swedish quirks that irk (why in the heck do so few Swedes own a microwave?).

Nina explains that Swedes…just do life a little differently. Many foreigners enter a Swedish work environment and become frustrated with meetings that seem to go nowhere, lunches that last hours and whole summer months where business is put on the back burner. However, Nina encourages expats to rather go with the flow than try and change the system. Because, let’s face it, the system works; things still get done.

According to Nina, the key to integration is “patience, curiosity and an open mind. Having a positive attitude and building a new social network also helps.” This is the kind of inside information that sets Nina apart from regular private language tutors and overwhelmed public ones. She prides herself on giving her students her undivided time, attention and expertise in a non-judgmental, helpful way.

Truthfully, there are plenty of viable, economically conservative options available to aid you in the quest of becoming a Swedish language master (some of which may even have you nattering like a native within a matter of months), but if you’re looking for a gentler, more rounded experience, Nina has got to be the best of the best.

Now aren’t you glad I didn’t stay Mumm?

 

**If you have any queries, you can contact Nina by phone on +46707368127, or email at info@ninamumm.se. For more information, visit her website or Facebook group.

 

Kirsten Smart

Kirsten blindly followed her husband from South Africa to the land of snow and snus in 2011 and proceeded to procreate. When she isn’t discovering the 101st use of the humble wet wipe, she can be found writing adjective-laden articles for YLC.

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move&balance provides movement and fitness training for all ages in English. Whether your need is children’s dance classes, corporate fitness events or teacher training – Pernille illeris provides it all.

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Founded in February 2013, move&balance is a young company – yet its history goes 9 years back to Denmark 2004, where Pernille illeris for the first time established her own company under the name  Krop&Hop.

Following two very successful years in the Copenhagen area, Pernille relocated with her husband and three children to the rather warmer Dubai, where the business continued to flourish and expand, now within the expat community of the United Arab Emirates.

By the time Pernille left Dubai in 2011, Krop&Hop had more than 150 international customers – kids, adults and schools! Since moving to Sweden – Pernille has been determined to take up and continue this work in Stockholm. Which is good news for Stockholmers!

Classes that Pernille offers include (click on the links below):

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Kids Classes

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Educational Counselling

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At move&balance joy and passion are core values. As all classes run in English most customers are from the English-speaking community in Stockholm. This makes move&balance a place where you not only get to exercise but also get to meet other English-speaking children and adults and become part of an expat network in Stockholm – although of course Swedish children and adults are welcome and do attend.

Why not join in the fun and get you and your family fit!

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Full Disclosure: This article is sponsored by move&balance. At Your Living City, we only choose to work with partners that we feel would help our readers; these select few are chosen for our sponsored articles.

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle choices can be like matters of the heart – it often takes a few tries to get it right. At YLC, we aim to give our readers insight into healthy lifestyle options available in the city – be they related to food, leisure or exercise. In a bid to get Healthy in the City this June – we tried out Crossfit training.

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“You’re half-way there, only 25 burpees left – you can do it,” shouts Karl encouragingly.

Karl is my Personal Trainer. And he’s the reason that I’m jumping up and down in a gym on Södermalm in Stockholm. I grit my teeth and try to do as he says. How on earth did I get myself into this?

Let’s start by admitting that I am rather a lazy, comfort-loving person. Many who know me would scoff reading this, saying that I am exaggerating, as I am always busy doing something – and they are right. But truth be told, it takes a lot of self-discipline. Left to my own devices, without my inner drill-sergeant, I would sink back into the sofa or curl up under the duvet, reading novels and eating chocolate all day. I kid you not – I’ve seen it happen.

 

 ’Without my inner drill-sergeant, I would sink back into the sofa, alternatively curl up under the duvet, reading novels and eating chocolate all day.’ 

 

Also, as what I do for a living largely consists of tapping away at my laptop, I spend a lot of time sitting down. I was starting to realize that it was time to get fit. You know in that way that people seem to be who do serious exercise – things like running. At 36, I feel I’m getting to a ‘use it or lose it’ situation. And I don’t like to lose anything unless it is lingering post-pregnancy weight.

Today my exercise largely consists of yoga. Seeing as my yoga of choice is Bikram – which is done in 40-degree heat – I am pretty resilient. But now I wanted something kick-ass. As an ex-dancer, I had always previously turned to Aerobics. However, last time was when I was in my 20s and I feared that Aerobics (is it even called that any more?) had moved on from then. And after having two kids, so had my pelvic floor.

I was also getting tired of shouting at myself – and had started to not pay attention to my inner drill-sergeant.

“Get up off that chair and go for a run,” I would tell myself. Upon which, I would turn the page in my latest glossy and pour another ice-tea. Well, you get the idea.

So change was needed – and it came in the opportunity to try Crossfit, a form of exercise using constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, a form of training that has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

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Let’s just say that Karl is a lot better at this than me. For now.

I made an appointment to see Personal Trainer Karl Gullö, from Crossfit Södermalm, on Tjärhovsgatan, close to Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. After booking the appointment I felt enormously pleased with myself. For about 10 minutes. Then I was terrified. What had I been thinking? Crossfit is for people who are serious about their training, I thought. Would I even survive? Karl the PT seemed to think I would. I decided to take his word for it.

Shortly before arriving at Crossfit Södermalm, as I was ambling down the street trying not to look scared, the heavens opened and I was utterly soaked.

“This better not be a sign,” I muttered and skulked surreptitiously down the corridor. Sort of dragging my feet. Just a little.

But there was no need to worry; because although the workout was hard, Karl made sure that it wasn’t overwhelming. He told me he would start me off on a workout called Cindy. This conjured up images of blonde American women with big hair and a Southern accent – which felt harmless enough – and off we went. Before I knew it, I was doing pull-ups and sqauts and all sorts of serious exercise.

 

‘Cindy, it turned out, was not anything like a softly-spoken southern belle’

 

But Cindy, it turned out, wasn’t anything like a softly-spoken southern belle, but meant that I needed to complete as many rounds of 5 Pull-ups, 10 Push-ups
 and 15 Squats that I had time for in 20 minutes. By five minutes in (5!) I felt I disliked Cindy intensely. Fifteen minutes in, I wanted to slap her.

Ok, I am going to tell it to you straight – it wasn’t at all easy – but it was definitely doable. And I felt great afterwards. Cindy might not be my BFF but she was a much-valued acquaintance.

I had also been worried that I would be terribly sore. But the exercise felt natural. This is the “secret” of Crossfit training –  that it mimics everyday movements. Also it’s a high-intensity workout, which means that twenty minutes a day is more than enough time to do it.

“Our goal is to create an individual who is highly adaptable to everyday problems – like walking up stairs or lifting your children,” Karl told me.

And according to Karl, anyone can do Crossfit.

“Crossfit is only a fancy word for solving “everyday problems”, so in reality you are already doing it. Since it is adaptable training, I could bring in a sixty year old to compete with my twenty year old clients. The only difference is that they would exercise in a way that would be relevant for themselves, at their own level.”

Although quite young, Karl has been doing Crossfit for several years. He was always certain of what he wanted to do with his life and enrolled into PT training straight after finishing high school. He got himself a proper Crossfit Certificate and is today in charge of the Crossfit gym in Södermalm, where he also works as a personal trainer.

Having moved to Sweden from the UK when he was four and educated in Sweden, the UK and Italy, Karl wants to attract more English-speakers to the gym and hopes to be able to start up an English Facebook group for new members.

“Let’s just say I enjoy diversity. If you want training in English from someone who knows what it’s like to be in a different country from your own and don’t feel comfortable going to a big gym – you’ve found your man!”

For someone with a full-time job as well as two small children, the fact that Crossfit offers me a full-blown workout in as little as twenty minutes is a major plus. Even I am known to have twenty minutes spare. Also, it isn’t always necessary to be in the gym to do your workout.

‘As long as you can work with your body weight and have a barbell, you can do anything.’

 

“Crossfit doesn’t need any expensive machines or big spaces to practice. As long as you can work with your body weight and have a barbell, you can do anything. In other words, at the gym, on the beach or when you’re travelling – we will make your training work for you, wherever you are,” says Karl.

The second time I went to see Karl, I had my 7-year-old in tow after a mishap with the childminder left me in the lurch. Although of course not actively encouraged, this was not at all a problem and while I skipped rope and sweated and did burpees, my offspring was busy climbing up and down a rope in the gym for the whole duration. Happy as the proverbial Larry.

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Knackered – but not beaten.

While in the gym, I also had encouragement from other members who seemed to believe I could do it, just as much as Karl did. They convinced me as well. According to Karl, there is a vibrant Crossfit community and the relationship between the trainers and the members is one of the things that make Crossfit training so special.

“When you train at a traditional global chain gym, you usually just become one out of thousands of members. We have around 200 members and everyone is an individual. We take care of your needs and help you meet your goals,” says Karl.

In July, Karl and his colleagues are planning a ten-week boot camp where members come to the gym twice a week to learn the proper techniques as well as get into shape. Otherwise it is recommended that new members, such as myself, have at least ten hours of personal training to learn how to lift and move correctly.

“This way you will learn how to program your training to achieve your goals and have someone to give you that extra push on an early Monday morning. More importantly we teach people the right mechanics,” says Karl.

But once you know what to do, it IS possible to do your exercise wherever you are and whenever you have the time. Another benefit to being a Crossfit member is that you get access to the Facebook group where daily Crossfit workouts are posted along with videos on technique and performance.

And I have to admit that there is no way I would have been able to motivate myself to the same degree as Karl does when he is telling me what to do. My own inner drill sergeant huffily retreats to the back of my mind for the duration – not needed.

As part of out new series Healthy in the City, YLC we will be giving you regular Crossfit training updates over the next few weeks, with suggested workouts and what benefits they have. YLC readers who want to try out Crossfit can also book four PT– hours with Karl (in English) at a 50% discount (value of 2,000 SEK).

Click here for more information on Karl or Crossfit Södermalm.

 

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Studies show that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, alleviate gas pains and constipation and help them sleep more peacefully. Luckily for English-speaking mums in Stockholm, Yogabellies is a UK based company that provides baby massage classes and just happens to have 2 trained baby massage instructors based here in Stockholm.

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Baby massage is available for infants from newborns until mobile and it is a wonderful opportunity for quality time to bond with your infant while gaining a host of emotional and physical benefits for parents and baby.  For example infant massage can alleviate trapped wind, soothe colic or alleviate constipation, ease teething pain and help unblock baby’s blocked nose. It can also alleviate the effects of postnatal depression and help mothers have a more positive interaction with their baby.

Yogabellies is a UK based company that provides baby massage classes and just happens to have 2 trained baby massage instructors based here in Stockholm. Karen Plummer teaches baby massage in central Stockholm and Elspeth Lamont, who is currently on maternity leave teaches baby massage and Yoga for children. For more details on Yogabellies and the classes Elspeth and Karen teach see www.yogabellies.co.uk.

 

Thinking of buying the perfect piece of jewellery for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Be aware that all that glitters in Stockholm is not pure gold. It takes a lot of research and an expert eye to ensure the best possible quality at a reasonable price with the lowest environmental impact. Luckily Guldalliansen (The Gold Alliance) has done the work for you. They are an association that gathers authorised goldsmiths of the highest calibre to ensure that you find an excellent trustworthy craftsman near you.

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Why you should use Guldalliansen to find your jeweller:

They are the best in their chosen field

Being a goldsmith takes time, energy and a passion for the craft. It takes 4 years alone to complete the initial apprenticeship and a further 10 to qualify as a ‘master’ goldsmith. All the goldsmiths listed with Guldalliansen are authorised jewellers with superb knowledge of their craft.

They are 100% trustworthy

When making an expensive purchase, it’s necessary to feel that you are in good hands. Guldalliansen jewellers adhere to the laws and regulations that ensure the proper treatment of bullion. If you are interested in selling your gold, using a Gold Alliance authorised jeweller means that you can be assured of an accurate, honest assessment true to the current market price. Remember that you can also use your old gold to create something new, or use it as payment for a finished piece of jewellery. Ask any jeweller from Guldalliansen for advice.

They are environmentally sound

Not all jewellers are interested in how gold is disposed of, but as a consumer, it’s becoming more important to give a gift that does not impact heavily on the environment. The Gold Alliance works with all its goldsmiths on the environmental management of precious metals and conservation of natural resources. Since they work exclusively with recycled gold when they create new jewellery  the impact is good for both the environment and your wallet.

 

Go to Guldalliansens website to find your local goldsmith

 

Our featured goldsmith from the Guldalliansen is Michael O’Dwyer, an Irish goldsmith and gemologist, who moved to Stockholm four years ago for love. He seemed an appropriate person to quiz about Valentine’s Day:

Q: What’s the significance of Valentine’s Day to you?

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A: One thing that many people don’t know is that Irish people have a special connection with St Valentine himself, whose final resting place is in Dublin. A famous Irish preacher, John Spratt, wowed all the Catholic officials in Rome with his fantastic oratory. Pope Gregory XVI was so impressed that he bequeathed the remains of St Valentine to John and they were placed in the church to Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Whitefriar Street that he was building. They’re still there today and many couples flock there for special services on the day itself.

Q: What do you think is a good Valentine’s Day gift for a lady?

A: Jewellery. Pink is always connected to love, so maybe a pink piece of jewellery, a pendant for example. If a man wants to surprise a woman, an easy thing to do is a pendant or a pair of earrings. Then they don’t have to guess on the finger size so the women can wear it straight away.

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Q: And for the gentlemen?

A: So many answers. Watches or a nice pair of cufflinks are always popular and are useful gifts too. In Sweden, a diamond earring is getting more fashionable but not every man likes that!

So, if you want to take a piece of advice from Michael and give the perfect piece of jewellery to show how much you care this Valentine’s Day, use Guldalliansen to find the best craftsman near you!

 

 

Full Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Gold Alliance. At Your Living City, we only choose to work with partners that we feel would help our readers; these select few are chosen for our sponsored articles.

If you are new in town, want to meet other international people, or just learn a new skill or take a class, here’s a list of courses taught in English happening in early 2013.

For an English speaker in Stockholm, it can be hard to build the perfect social group. A great place to meet others is a one of Stockholm’s courses taught in English. We have searched the web, asked around, and have done are best to put together a list of courses tailored to Stockholm’s international group. Enjoy!!!

Here’s a list of classes you can ‘gift’ to your friends, family and even yourself.

Classes taught in English in Stockholm

If you are hosting or know of any other courses taught in English, please either email us about them or leave a comment below.

 

Classes run in English Starting in Early 2013

ART / CREATIVE CLASSES

Painting for Young People (Age 16 +)

Folkuniversitetet

Come and try different materials, learn basic techniques and develop your creativity. We will go through the basics of materials and techniques, works with common tasks and ideas.

Starts Thursday January 31st to April 18th and runs for 10 weeks

Thurs evenings from 19.00–21.15

Cost: 1650 SEK

For more information, click here

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Oil Painting

Folkuniversitetet

Explore the many possibilities for expression and development offered by painting! Paint still life and use our own ideas for pictures.

Starts Thursday January 31st to April 18th and runs for 10 weeks

Thurs evenings from 19.00–21.15

Cost: 2150 SEK

For more information, click here

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Improv. (Beginners level)

Theater: Improvisation & Co. in Odenplan

This class teaches the basic fundamentals of improvisation – spontaneity, listening, accepting and responding.

Date: Wednesday February 6 – April 24th from 19.50 – 22.05

Hours: 30

Instructor: Joshua Lenn

Course fee: SEK 2450

To sign-up go to the following link: http://improco.se/im.php?m=2&c=8&cn=Improv&p=63

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Improv (Continuation)

Theater: Improvisation & Co. in Odenplan

This class takes the basic fundamentals of improv spontaneity, listening, accepting and responding to the next level and focuses a lot on scene work, long form formats, genre work as well as theater sports.

Date: Wednesday February 6 – April 24th from 17.30 – 19.45

Hours: 30

Instructor: Joshua Lenn

Course fee: SEK 2450

To sign-up go to the following link: http://improco.se/im.php?m=2&c=8&cn=Improv&p=82

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Cake Decorating in English

Hej Sugar, Karlbergsvägen 54, 113 37 Stockholm

Susan Wright shares her wonderful skills in sugarcraft with 4 courses in English (click on the link for more details):

Introduction to cake decorating - Full day on either April 13th, May 4th or June 8th from 10:00 to 16:00

Fairytale Forest cupcake course - Full day on either April 20th or May 18th from 10:00 to 16:00

Introduction to Sugar Flowers - Evening course on either April 15th, May 6th or June 3rd from 18:30 to 20:30

Cute teddy bears – an introduction to cake modelling - Evening course on either April 29th, May 20th or June 10th from 18:30 to 20:30

For more information, click here

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Creative Painting

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 113 59, Stockholm

This course is not about learning how to paint. It is about the exciting discovery of how painting and art making could help our deeper thoughts and silent feelings take shapes and forms and surface. It is about discovering the uniqueness of the creative expression when it is driven by our own emotions. Suitable for beginners and advanced.

Starts Friday February 15th, 2013 and runs for 10 weeks

Fri afternoons from 15.00–17.15

Cost: 2975 SEK

For more information, click here

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Acting Workshop

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 113 59, Stockholm

Acting for beginners. The course will help you to be more confident in yourself, have fun on stage and learn some theatre keys with a mix of improvisation and drama methods.

Dates: Starts Saturday March 2nd from 10.00-13.30

Days: Runs for 4 weeks on Saturday mornings

Cost: 1450 SEK

For more information, click here

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Photography without Photoshop

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 113 59, Stockholm

Would you like to take great pictures but do not have enough basic skills? Do you have a digital system camera but do not really know how to handle it? If so, this is a Suitable course for you.

Starts Thursday March 7th, 2013 and runs for 8 weeks

Thurs evenings from 17.30–19.45

Cost: 3600 SEK

For more information, click here

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Photograph your baby

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 113 59, Stockholm

The course is designed for people who are on parental leave and who want to learn the basics of photography with a focus on taking portraits of your child. For children up to 12 months.

Starts Thursday March 7th, 2013 and runs for 5 weeks

Thurs afternoons from 13.30–15.00

Cost: 1350 SEK

For more information, click here

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Guitar for Beginners

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 113 59, Stockholm

The beginner’s level works with different fingering techniques and accompaniment. You will learn chords and the basics of reading music.

Dates: Starts March 9th to April 13th from 11.00-13.15

Days: Runs for 5 weeks on Saturdays

Cost: 1775 SEK

For more information, click here

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Creative writing

Medborgarskolan Hagagatan 23a, Hagagatan 23, Stockholm

The goal of this class is to find your own unique voice and to bring out the storyteller within you.

Starts Tuesday March 19th, 2013 and runs for 4 weeks

Tue evenings from 18.00–20.30

Cost: 1 232 SEK regular

For more information, click here

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Writing your memoir – Telling our stories

Medborgarskolan Hagagatan 23a, Hagagatan 23, Stockholm

Creative writing is one of the best ways to explore and record your live’s stories.It is stimulating and Fulfilling way to express yourself, and you’re never too young or too old to discover its wonders.  In this class you will discover your own unique voice and bring out your inner storyteller

Sunday April 19th, 2013 from 10.00–15.00

Cost: 750 SEK

For more information, click here

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Creative Writing and Narrative Theory

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 11359 Stockholm

English is one of the world´s major literary languages. Do you want to write in English, and learn its major narrative theories? Course Goals:

1. To familiarize participants with linguistic and narrative devices

2. To provide a historical background on compositional theory

3. To develop personal skills and writing styles

4. To introduce writers to the complexities of the publishing industry.

Dates: Starts Monday Feb 11th to 29th April, 2013 from 18.00–21.15

Days: Runs for 10 weeks on Mondays

Cost: 4090 SEK

For more information, click here

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Music Production: Mixing Approach & Techniques

Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45, 11359 Stockholm

This course is aimed to educate musicians who record Their Own music in a project studio, the mixing techniques distressed by professional mix engineers.

Dates: Website states ‘Prel. V.4-7’

Days: Runs for 8 weeks

Cost: 5900 SEK

For more information, click here

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FITNESS/SPORT CLASSES

Two Day Beginners Yoga Course in English

Yoga Point, Inedalsgatan 21, 11233 Stockholm

This course will teach you the basics of Yoga and prepare you for Level 2 Intermediate classes. You can also choose to stay practising in Level 1 classes enjoying its balancing, stress-relieving effects. Bring your yoga mat here if you are recovering from injury, depression, sickness or if you just prefer slower tempo, relaxation and want to learn deeper meaning of Yoga.

Dates: 19th & 26th of January from 10.00 – 11.15am

Days: Runs for 2 weeks on Saturday Mornings

Cost: 390 SEK

For more information, click here

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Intermediate Yoga in English

Yoga Point, Inedalsgatan 21, 11233 Stockholm

Vinyasa yoga taught, but all classes are different according to the topic of the day and energy levels of the students. The teacher often combines several styles of yoga but is also inspired by martial arts, dance and using prana, the life force, as a basic fundamental source for the practice. 

Days: Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 18:00 to 19:15

Cost: 10 sessions (drop in course) – 1300 SEK

For more information, click here

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OMamma Course – PrenatalYoga in English

Yoga Point, Inedalsgatan 21, 11233 Stockholm

Prepare for labour by maintaining flexibility in the muscles as well as building strength to ensure easier labour and post-partum recovery. Yoga can be started earliest on preg. week 12 or any other time of the pregnancy. Post-Natal mOMs can return to their regular Yoga practice trough Baby&Me course two moths after the birth. 

Dates: Staring from 21st January, runs for 7 sessions

Days: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:45 to  10:45

Cost: 950 SEK

For more information, click here

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Yoga in English:

Yin Yoga – Medborgarskolan  - Gångsätra gymnasium sports hall

When it comes to physical activity. yin yoga complements the dynamic (yang) yoga styles by focusing on connective tissue, joints and muscles, which you usually do not activate when exercising. The positions are held for several minutes allowing a gravity affect in a soft and comfortable way.

Dates: Starts January 13th from 17.15-18.45

Days: Runs for 17 weeks on Sunday evenings

Cost: 2500 SEK

For more information, click here

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K Yoga

Aktiv Hälsa 4 TR, Marcusplatsen 7 (across from Dieselverkstaden) and Dieselverkstaden, Marcusplatsen 17, Sickla, Musik & Danssalen, 3 TR

K Yoga offers Hatha yoga courses in English but they have not put next year’s dates up yet. Keep an eye on their website.

Currently 1200 kr for 8 beginners classes or 160 kr for drop in classes

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Skandinavisk Yoga och Meditationsskola

Västmannagatan 62, close to the Odenplan t-bana station

Yoga, relaxation and meditation at the Skandinavisk Yoga och Meditationsskola. No previous knowledge of yoga is not required for the beginner level classes.

March 18th – June 10th (no classes 1/4 & 25/4 to 17/5) Monday nights, 19.15 – 21.30 (9 classes) Price: 1590/1290 SEK

For more information, click here

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Meditation

Walking Meditation – Breath walking. Medborgarskolan Lindingö, Stockholmsvägen 62, Lindingö

A passport for both body and soul. We walk in silence and carry out various activities in the five-minute periods. Includes stretching and short meditation. No experience required.

Weekly Course from April 2nd (breaks for Easter in 14th week)

Tuesdays, 12.00 – 13.00 (10 classes)

Price: 995 SEK

For more information, click here

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Pilates

Pilates Light – Medborgarskolan  - Ansgar Church Multi hall one floor down, Odenvägen 3, Lindingö

For beginner and intermediate levels. You learn the Pilates system which functions as a tool for daily life. By practicing Pilates, you gain strength, flexibility, and improved posture. Through a combination of stretching, muscle extension and endurance at a relaxed pace, you will be strong and supple and improves your posture quickly and efficiently.

Weekly Course from January 14th (breaks for Easter in 14th week)

Mondays, 11.30 – 12.30 (16 classes)

Price: 1885 SEK

For more information, click here

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Qigong

Medborgarskolan Lindingö, Stockholmsvägen 62, Lindingö

Through breathing exercises and harmonious movement activated qi, life energy, and you get the flexibility and feel inner peace and balance. No experience required.

Weekly Course from January 15th (breaks for Easter w/b April 14th)

Tuesdays, 11.00 – 12.00 (16 classes)

Price: 2400 SEK

For more information, click here

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OTHER COURSES

Lidingö

Lidingö your new home – Medborgarskolan Lindingö, Stockholmsvägen 62, Lindingö

If you have just moved to Lidingö and would like more information about the beautiful island, than this lecture is for you! They will introduce Lidingö to you: where to shop, restaurants, archipelago trips, clubs, museums, Swedish customs, nature walks.

Make your first friends and meet people in the same situation.

Monday March 11th 2013 19.30–21.00

Cost: 195 SEK

For more information, click here

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Evening Fishing

Evening Fishing – location to be confirmed (meet at Lindingö shore)

Learn the theory and practice of this Swedish recreational sport. Equipped with a fishing rod and the right bait, we venture out to Lidingö shores to fish.

Tuesday March 16th 2013 19.30–22.30

Cost: 495 SEK

For more information, click here

 

Article and Research by Hannah Bradley

Photo Credit: LexnGer