Fitnessweek at Stanglwirt (ad)

Two weeks ago I got to spend a few wonderful days at the Stanglwirt Hotel in Tirol, Austria: A trip filled with fun outdoor workouts, amazing food, spa time and lots and lots of laughs ♥  I was invited by Cover PR to a fitness bootcamp under the cool motto “using nature as a gym” with a few other blogger girls.

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I was so happy when I heard that this event is taking place at the Green Spa Resort Stanglwirt in Tirol, not only because I fell in love with that area on many skiing vacations when I was younger but also because this hotel is such a unique place based on family, tradition, sustainability and quality, showing that green tourism is not only possible but definitely the way to go. The family Hauser has always placed importance on responsibly handling the environment and our resources while building up this 12000m² hotel. It’s constructed with local materials and fueled with renewable energy. They also work in partnership with the WWF to reduce their ecological footprint and got honored as “Leader of Sustainability” by the Global Wellness Summit last year. Not to forget it’s just the most quaint and cosy place – with the friendliest and most courteous staff. It’s open all year round so perfect for both summer hiking vacations or for those that love winter sports. While I was there it kind of seemed like a cute little village where everyone can find their own space and an activity they enjoy whether it be chilling by the pool, getting a spa treatment, training in the 500m² fitness garden, taking a riding class and so much more.

I especially fell in love with the gigantic spa area that has lots of different saunas and pools which is sustained only by using a heat pump system with the mountain spring water – how cool is that?

Since going vegan but especially during the last months I have been educating myself intensely on sustainability and environmentalism, overthinking many aspects of our system but especially my own ways and choices – and finally making changes in different areas of my daily life. Therefor I am really happy to find companies and in this case hotels that treat our beautiful planet with respect and find new ways of doing things. Tourism plays a really important role in Austria and it’s amazing that the Stanglwirt shows that it is possible to offer such a high standard of hotel business in a greener way and thereby not only sets an example in eco-tourism but also hopefully inspires many guests in a positive way.

When I arrived on Monday we were welcomed so warmly at Stanglwirt that I couldn’t help but instantly feel at home. In my beautiful room waited a snack or “Brettljause” as you would say in Austria and a big bottle of kombucha – as if they know me 🙂 The bed you guys was a DREAM and from my balcony I had a wonderful view on the mountains.

 

In the afternoon we had the first workout with our trainer Svjetlana who is not only a super fit badass but seriously the biggest sweetheart. We had a light studio sessions to prepare our bodies for the coming days, consisting of bodyweight and band exercises. Afterwards I took the spare time to explore the spa area and wind down in the sauna. From all the options I chose the 95°C sauna and a salt grotto followed by diving into the ice bath.

In the evening we got together for a lovely 8 (!) course dinner and were joined by Anna, daughter of Balthasar Hauser who built the hotel as it is today and Ramona from the marketing team. It was so lovely to hear all the stories about the family Hauser and the history of Stanglwirt. You can just tell that everything at this place is done with authenticity and genuine care. And the food tasted amazing – we could choose between an omnivore, vegetarian and vegan menu.

Talking about food: The breakfast buffet was a dream! Filled with everything you could wish for and again there were so many vegan options: lots and lots of fruit, all kinds of seeds, nuts and dried fruit and even coconut yogurt. I never struggle to find plantbased meals when traveling but the range of delicious options at Stanglwirt was next level.

Tuesday after breakfast we had our first cardio session: boxing! It was my first time ever and guys: I’m hooked. Björn, who is a personal trainer and boxing coach at Stanglwirt, lead us through a nice warm up, taught us some basics and then we finished off with an interval circuit at the end. When I’m doing better I definitely want to get into boxing or kick boxing – I had soo much fun! It’s not just an amazing full body workout that engages muscles all over your body but also a great outlet for emotions and stress.

After a quick shower and fruit snack I headed to the pool with Linda to soak up some sunshine. We were blessed with a clear blue sky and over 25 degrees and I could feel how my batteries recharged.

Later in the afternoon we had our second workout: We trained with Svjetlana on a meadow at the foot of the majestic mountain “Wilder Kaiser”. You guys know that I love working out in nature and that view made me so happy. We did some functional training consisting of lunges, squats, kicks, planks and co.

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At dinner time we were joined by two girls from Triumph, which was our main sponsor for the week and we all had a wonderful 4 course menu together – all vegan! Avocado entree, a white bean coconut soup with truffles, filled kohlrabi and couscous or smoked tofu on spinach and tomatoes and for dessert a chocolate strawberry concoction. Again: I was so impressed by all the plantbased options at Stanglwirt and you could definitely taste the quality of not just the produce but culinary art of their chefs.

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On Wednesday I got up super early to catch the sunrise. Max, our photographer, and I met at the beautiful pool area to take some shots there. Practicing yoga while the sun is rising and seeing the peaks of the mountains slowly lighting up in front of us was definitely one of the highlights of this trip.

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Overflowing with gratitude I headed to breakfast with Max and I had lots of mango, apricots and berries to fuel my body for the day.

Our first workout was a cardio circuit. Svetlana showed me some great low intensity alternatives to the jump squats, burpees and high knees so I could do the full circuit without raising my heart rate too much. She has experience with adrenal fatigue as well so she knew exactly what I’m dealing with. I’m so grateful for her tips and guidance – not to forget all the amazing conversations we had…

A wonderful addition to our workouts was the Polar A370 we received to test that week. It’s my first fitness tracker and especially right now it is so useful for me because it measures my pulse 24/7 so I can monitor the intensity of a workout more precisely and make sure I don’t go too hard which could worsen my health state. But also in general it’s so important to exercise at the right intensity and differentiate between short interval sessions and longer trainings to build endurance at a lower heart rate (“zone 2”!). I used to think that in order to get faster I have to train fast – but far from. Building a solid base with low intensity training is highly important and helps massively with improving your performance and fitness.

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I can’t wait to be back at full strength so I can get more serious about my training again. I still dream of running a marathon one day… With the tracker I will be able to set up a training program and analyse my progress.
The A370 also counts my steps which I have been quite obsessed with lately haha. I love trying to get at least 10000 steps a day – do you have a step goal as well? Another great function is the Polar Sleep Plus which gives feedback on the duration and quality of my sleep and you could even set it up to send you app notifications.

You can find more information on the Polar A370 here (German) and here (English).

In the afternoon we went up the mountain for a beautiful hike with the whole team. We walked to the alp “Stanglalm” where we had a picnic and enjoyed a few precious hours in the sunshine together. The peaceful silence up there and the incredible view from the mountain were filling my heart. It also threw me back to my childhood years when I went hiking with my family… There is something so magical about spending time in the mountains.

My Thursday was all about regenerating. We started with a 7am calm yoga class that instantly helped my sore muscles. After another great breakfast I got treated with a wonderful Thai massage, that was honestly one of the best massages I ever had, even compared to the ones I enjoyed in Thailand.

Later I headed out for a slow recovery jog around the village. I skipped the cardio session in the afternoon and instead had a therapy session with the psychologist at Stanglwirt. Yes – they have their own psychologist there and we had such a good conversation about my burn out / adrenal fatigue, being hypersensitive and the pros and cons of social media…

Our last evening was simply amazing and made goodbye tough on Friday morning. We had so much fun together and I swear if I didn’t already have a sore belly I would have after laughing so much!! 🙂

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Much thanks again to the whole crew, to the Cover PR girls for organizing this wonderful week and especially to Stanglwirt for having us. I will most definitely come back soon ♥︎

 

 In collaboration with Stanglwirt, Polar & Amazon. || Pictures by Maximilian Baier

 

207 thoughts on “Fitnessweek at Stanglwirt (ad)

  1. Ines says:

    Hört sich echt schön an ! Überhaupt finde ich es toll wenn sich Leute treffen oder neu kennenlernen und dann noch ein paar schöne Tage miteinander erleben und neue Freundschaften entstehen können☺️ Die Uhr hört sich auch sehr interessant an ! Sehr toller Post❣️

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  2. Juliane Konrad says:

    Was für eine tolle Woche, Danke liebe Jil, dass du uns immer auf deine Reisen mitnimmst. Nicht nur in andere Länder, aber auch deine eigene Reise als Mensch! Du bist unglaublich inspirierend und kannst deine Gefühle und Gedanken immer wunderbar ausdrücken.

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  3. Hannah says:

    Liebe Jil, deine Worte berühren mich immer wieder aufs Neue! Ich finde es wahnsinnig mutig und total inspirierend, dass du so offen mit allen Herausforderungen und Situationen, die auch schwer sein können, umgehst. Danke für die Errinnerung daran dankbar zu sein, sich selbst zu lieben, seine Träume zu verfolgen und mutig zu sein. Ganz liebe Gruß, Hannah

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  4. LindaHentschel says:

    Das klingt so wundervoll liebe Jil 🌈 und durch deinen Insta Post bin ich jetzt super neugierig auf den Tracker. Vieeicht kann ich mit ihm auch radeln 😍
    Liebe Grüße und danke für alles Jil ❤️

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  5. Cassandra says:

    Ich schaue jeden Tag deine Instagram Story, weil die Landschaft in der du zurzeit unterwegs bist einfach total schön und auf eine Art und weiße sehr inspirierend ist.
    wünsche dir noch viel Spaß dabei, die Welt zu erkunden ❤️

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  6. Lisa says:

    Wow, du findest einfach immer die richtigen Worte, ich folge dir noch nicht sehr lange aber ich finde deinen Account super inspirierend. Ich habe mir, seit ich mich auch mit dem Thema vegane Ernährung auseinander gesetzt habe, ein paar Bücher bestellt, die sich mit den Auswirkungen auf die Gesundheit und eben auch auf die Umwelt, usw. Beschäftigen, gekauft. Danke für deine tollen Beiträge, mach weiter so 😊
    Liebe Grüße

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  7. Fiona says:

    Ich finde es so bemerkenswert, dass du uns an deiner Reise teilhaben lässt. Es ist inspirierend, deinen Weg und deiner Entwicklung zu verfolgen. Seit deiner Umstellung auf die vegane Ernährung bin ich nun schon dabei und freue mich auf jede Neuigkeit deinerseits. Bleibe dir treu, Jil. 🙂

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  8. magdalenahoess says:

    Wow, wie toll die Reise klingt!! 💕 Und ich finds wirklich super dass der Stanglwirt seinen eigenen Psychologen hat, das sollte es wirklich bei mehreren Hotels geben – Wellness und Gesundheit sind eben ganz klar nicht nur für den Körper super wichtig, sondern vor allem auch für die Seele.
    Liebe Grüße aus Bayern! 😘

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  9. Hannah says:

    You are a true inspiration, especially your strength & wisdom.
    Außerdem kannst du so gut mit Worten umgehen. Ich bin immer extrem gefesselt von deinen Texten.
    Much love
    xx Hannah

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  10. Jenny says:

    Danke für diesen ausführlichen Bericht! Ein Aufenthalt im Stanglwirt wäre auch mein Traum! Und dann auch noch ein 8-Gänge Menü! Das hört sich alles so traumhaft an! Toller Blogpost!

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  11. Aly says:

    Das klingt nach einer so aufregenden Reise. Ich empfinde dich als echt Inspiration und es ist so schön zu sehen, wie viel Lebensfreude du ausstrahlt. Du wirkst auf mich immer so als hättest du deine innere Mitte gefunden dass gibt mir unendlich viel Zuversicht, dass die Chance auf ein glückliches Leben wirklich besteht. Danke Jil.

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  12. Tanja says:

    Wünsch mir schon so lange eine polar Uhr 😍
    Beim nächsten 5h spinning marathon in meinem fitnessstudio könnte ich den Tracker super gut gebrauchen 😋
    Außerdem ein richtig schöner Blog Beitrag! Irgendwann will ich auch mal beim stanglwirt Urlaub machen ☺️ Die Mischung aus Sport und Action plus Entspannung ist genau meins 🙌🏼

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  13. Paula says:

    Ich finde diese Tracker echt super cool, doch leider sind sie auch etwas teuer und da ich noch Schülerin bin und noch nicht so viel Geld verdiene wäre es echt toll bei deinem Gewinnspiel zu gewinnen!
    p.s. Ich finde deinen Blog echt super schön und deine Reise in LA war echt einzigartig, toll dass wir alle die Möglichkeit hatten dies zu verfolgen! Du bist so inspirierend 💫🙈

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  14. Helena-laila says:

    Das klingt einfach atemberaubend toll! Das Hotel und die Bilder sehen auch wunderschön aus. Irgendwann mache ich auch mal solch’ eine schöne Reise.😊
    Die Uhr hört sich natürlich auch sehr praktisch an!😄

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  15. No says:

    Das hört sich fantastisch an – da wird man doch ganz neidisch, wenn man selber nur am lernen ist 😉 Sport ist da die einzige Lösung, den Kopf frei zu bekommen und komplett abzuschalten – dafür ist dieser Tracker ja genial 😉
    Liebe Grüße aus NRW
    No

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  16. irem says:

    Jil du bist einfach so inspirierend, das ist der Wahnsinn!
    und oh mein Gott das hört sich soo toll an! Mir hätte das auch so gut gefallen – alles was ich liebe innerhalb einer Woche – wow! 😍😍😍
    Über den Tracker würde ich mich soo freuen 🙈
    Liebe Grüße!

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  17. Franziska Schwanitz says:

    Wow Hammer so inspirierend, du hast mich dazu gebracht wieder vernünftig Sport zu machen und gesund zu leben. Danke dafür!! Es geht mir so viel besser. Die Bilder sehen toll aus, ich hoffe ich kann dort meinen nächsten Urlaub verbringen. Über diese Uhr würde ich mich super freuen. Ich glaube sie wäre ein totaler Motivationsschub. Weiter so ich freue mich über weitere Post. Deine Franzi

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  18. Lisa says:

    Traumhafte Bilder. Dieses Stückchen Erde scheint prädestiniert für erholsame Tage zu sein ❤️. Und ja, wie ich bereits bei Instagram schrieb, die Polar wäre der perfekte Ersatz für meine alte Forrunner.

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  19. Giulia says:

    Wow, das ist ein echt schöner Blog-Beitrag :)! Du, die Kulissen, das Wetter, alles so schön! die Bilder sind einfach der Wahnsinn und danke, dass du uns daran teilhaben lässt 🙂

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