Karajan’s fitness trainer reveals secretsmain
The sports scientist Günter Traub was a German record holder in speed-skaing and national coach of the US team.
He was introduced to Karajan by Niki Lauda after the conductor suffered a hushed-up stroke in 1979. He subsequently lost use of the fingers in one hand. In an interview this weekend, Traub describes his student as ‘highly motivated’.
‘After my first invoice, Herr von Karajan asked me how the calculation was made up. (I explained) that I based my calculation on the hourly rates for physio and cross-country skiing that are customary in Switzerland, as well as my corresponding travel costs,’ says Traub. ‘You can learn to save (money) from (working with) many rich people.’