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Werner Kieser, who was featured in Dr.Darden‘s latest HIT-book passed away May, 19th. 2021. He was 80 years old.
About Werner Kieser
Werner Kieser died of heart failure in the night of yesterday, Wednesday. As recently as Tuesday, he had visited the Kieser Training studio in Zurich Enge together with his wife, Gabriela Kieser, MD. It was the last strength training session of his exciting life. Werner Kieser (* October 18, 1940 in Zurich; domiciled in Lenzburg) opened his first strength training studio on Kanzleistrasse in Zurich in 1966. Today, the company operates more than 160 fitness studios with a focus on Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Werner Kieser’s wife, Gabriela Kieser, MD, is a formative co-developer of Kieser Training and provided the medical backbone for the health-oriented company. Werner Kieser learned the trade of a carpenter as a young man and engaged in amateur boxing in the 1950s. In a boxing match he suffered an extremely painful ruptured pleura, whereupon a friend drew his attention to the possibilities of strength training, which was almost unknown at the time. His pain disappeared within a few days with simple dumbbell training. For Werner Kieser, this experience was the impetus to offer strength training to friends - and later customers. First of all, he bought a book on welding to make simple dumbbells and metal benches. Gradually, he expanded what was at first a decidedly simple dumbbell studio into a chain with innovative machines. In 2017, he and his wife sold the company to longtime CEO Michael Antonopoulos and board member Nils Planzer. Until the last day, he tinkered with new strengthening possibilities for the human body, even for muscles that are difficult to train, such as the pelvic floor, foot, hand or shoulder muscles. The media gave him various titles, such as “back guru,” “back pope,” “strength apostle,” “fitness pioneer” or - due to his “less is more” concept“
( source: kieser-training)