Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the gym in Munich in 1983

The history of Thomas Sport Center from then until today

The story of Thomas Sport Center and Fitness in Munich begins with Albert Busek und Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opened the Sportcenter in 1983 . Today Thomas Sport Center offers everything one can expect from a premium Health Club & Gym in Munich and is a specialist for group fitness, classes and weight loss programs.
  • The beginnings with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Albert Busek
  • Stefan Sportcenter
  • Stefan becomes Thomas
  • Thomas Sport Center today
  • Partner-Club for the University
  • Corporate-Fitness
  • Partner-Club for the Police Sports Department

The beginnings with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Albert Busek

In 1983 Albert Busek, mentor of Arnold Schwarzenegger and internationally known as the „father of bodybuilding“ and the fitness industry as a whole, opens the Health Club and Gym in Munich, that will set a standard for decades to come. Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomes the first members in an opening speech – a photo of this occasion decorates the wall of the Bistro in Thomas Sport Center to this day. Many national and international VIPs shaped their body`s at the Sportcenter (then “Busek-Sport-Center”), first of all Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Thomas Gottschalk, Felicia Weathers, Fritz Egner, Eisi Gulp, Alfons Schubek, Ralf Möller and many others.

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the opening of the gym in Munich in 1983

Studioeröffnung mit Arnold und Albert 8.2.1983
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Arnold Schwarzenegger bei der Eröffnung des Studios München

Stefan Sportcenter

In April 2004 the name changes to Stefan Sportcenter Stefan Kellerbauer takes over the Sportcenter with the determination to continue the tradition and gear up the Sportcenter for the demands of the new century. Arnold Schwarzenegger, at this point in time dieser Zeit Governor of California, congratulates via personal mail on this occasion (please klick Schwarzenegger Graphic to view details). Back 1983 Stefan Kellerbauer was inspired by Albert Busek to establish Health Clubs and Gyms all over Germany. Amon these, two Gyms in Munich:

SSC I – Unterhaching, Grünwalder Weg 8a | SSC II – München, Rosenheimer Straße 145h

Statement from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Stefan Kellerbauer – The original can be found in our Studio.


Dear Stefan,
I couldn’t be happier to learn that you are the new owner of Busek-Sportcenter…
… Congratulations on your Grand Opening and good luck to you and your wonderful new endeavour. I look forward to visiting Stefan Sportcenter for a workout on my next visit to Munich.
With best wishes and warm regard.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor congratulates by letter to Munich in 2004

2018 – Stefan becomes Thomas

2018, a new era beginns: under the new name of Thomas Sport Center, the renowned Munich Health Club is re-launched. New Fitness Equipment is installed, all areas modernized, free Wifi, Chip-Access and a new Training Concept is established.

Thomas Sport Center - Today

Thomas Sport Center today offers everything one can expect from a modern Health Club

Thomas Sport Center is the specialist for Group Fitness Classes in Munich Haidhausen: Zumba, Jumping, Brazil Butt, Body Pump (Les Mills), Cycling, Tae Bo, Yoga, Pilates, Healthy Back (WS), Flexi-Bar and many more classes are taught by some of the best instructors in Munich.

For your Cardio-Fitness Training over 40 Units of state-of-the-art equipment from Precor Life-Fitness and Concept II are available (Traedmills, Crosstrainers, Cycles, Steppers,Rowers…). A Cardio-Theatre provides news, film and music for entertainment during the Endurance-Training. A high-tech ventilation system provides the Cardio-Area with 100% Fresh Air.

For your Strength-Training a large selection of strength equipment (Precor, Cybex, Icarian and Gym 80) and a separate Free Weigths section (several Smith Machines, Bench Press, Cable Cross Over, Squat-Racks, and Dumbells up to 55 Kg…) fulfill every need.

A Wellness-Area with Sauna, Steam, Bio-Sauna, heated benches, a large resting-area , massage and sunbeds offer the customers the opportunity for a “time-out” close to home.

Club-manager Noel Schulz, Jun. Manager Bruno Berg and a dynamic and certified team of fitness professionals have made it their ambition to offer all guests service of the highest quality and cleanliness. „At Thomas Sport Center we help each individual to reach their personal goal“. Thomas Sport Center is not a „chain“, but an owner-managed company and is known for personal flair. Many members have been here “forever” and the team works together since many many years. You will find real sport and not cosmetic fitness. Thomas Sport Center is always among the first to present new trends (like Zumba, Brazil Butt, TRX… ).

Due to the down-town location, the completeness of the facilities, ample free parking and an excellent day care for the little ones, Thomas Sport Center is a favorite meeting place for the Munich fitness community and as „cosmopolitan“ as you will find in Munich.

Target Group: Men and Women of all ages who really want to work on their fitness.

Partner for the University of Applied Sciences

Thomas Sport Center is the official partner for the University of Applied Sciences (DHPG). The DHPG is recognized throughout the German speaking countries (D, A, CH) as the leading institute for basic and continued education in the Health and Fitness sector. All Thomas Sport Center staff are qualified and certified at DHPG. Thomas Sport Center also provides its facility as a „learning ground“ for selected seminars of the DHPG. The Partnership of Thomas Sport Center and the University guarantees a high level of knowledge and competence in the Thomas Sport Center team.

Corporate Fitnes in Thomas Sport Center

The Thomas Sport Center Corporate-Card (US: „Super-Card“) offers companies big and small a very attractive, tax-free and cost-effective solution for Company Fitness. In addition, Thomas Sport Center offers a range of services to companies, including Stress-Management, Health-Risk-Analysis, Ergonomic Education and much more….

Partner of Police Sport Department

Thanks to a close partnership with the police sports club, Thomas Sport Center members are able to join PSV’s swimming and sports group for a modest additional fee. Further information in the TSC 2.