Being a Member – Chapter 2: Elke’s Special Discovery

Published on February 27, 2020

As you may know, Friskis is run entirely by volunteers but it is actually our members that represent the heart of our organisation.

Not only do they keep the doors open but it is their enthusiasm and commitment that drives our volunteers to best serve them. We do things together as a group because that is what we are. It is a symbiotic relationship. Every instructor, host and volunteer all began their Friskis career as a member.

For this reason we asked our members to share their Friskis experiences and why they love moving and sweating with us so much.
We are Friskis. These are our members.

Chapter 2: Elke’s Special Discovery

1. How did you find out about Friskis & Svettis?

I came to Brussels in 1998. First I went to a fitness club close to my home but I wasn’t very happy with it because the premises were small and the sessions so overcrowded that it was impossible to move freely as you always had to make sure you didn’t bump into someone else.

A colleague of mine told me about Friskis and I accompanied him to a session. I got addicted at once and have been a member since. Unfortunately, I cannot remember whether it was still in 1998 or in 1999 that I became a member.

2. What do you like most about Friskis?

So many things!!! Here are just a few :

· The variety of different sessions, time slots and venues on offer – all steadily increased over the years.

· The enthusiasm and kindness of the instructors and hosts – and of the other participants.

· The music.

· Last but not least: Friskis is about thrills but luckily without frills! No dressing up competitions, all ages are welcome.

3. Do you have any sessions or instructors you particularly enjoy?

As to the sessions/instructors I enjoy, I have to say that never ever an instructor has disappointed me. At the moment, I only go to the Etterbeek venue lunchtime sessions once, twice or sometimes 3 times a week, so my choice of sessions and instructors is therefore limited.

I mostly go Mondays and Tuesdays (which is most convenient for my work) and during the autumn semester both Daniela and Magda offered great sessions and both are very enthusiastic and very nice persons and therefore have lots of followers (including myself). I also like Sophie’s session very much but currently it’s too much strain on my knees.

In former semesters at lunchtime I went regularly to Lene’s and Senta’s sessions. I also enjoy Birgitta’s sessions. I remember with fondness Anne and her stations sessions. I miss her very much.

Curious to see what has Elke so excited? Then you can join her at one of our many sessions. Don’t forget that we offer 40 sessions a week in 8 different venues.

Check out part 1 of our series:

Chapter 1: Mateja’s Running Experience

Being a Member Chapter 1: Mateja’s Running Experience

Want to share your Friskis member experience? Then contact us by sending an email to with Being a Member in the subject line


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