By Evelyn Leckie
WHEN Snezana Pezzin faced the news that all gyms were to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, she decided to quickly adapt to keep her clients healthy and connected.
The Sentience Personal Training owner had been running her Yarrambat based business for over 11 years, before having to close the doors.
“The weekend before the government’s announcement we had to think about it and we started getting messages from our members saying they were upset about losing their happy place,” Ms Pezzin said.
“Members were saying our small personal training sessions were their only outlet and they didn’t want to lose their connection with our small community.”
The personal trainer decided she wouldn’t give up and within 48 hours, she created an online version of the business to help members train at home.
“The sessions have been great so far, we meet up at certain time slots and members log in early to debrief and check in,” Ms Pezzin said.
“When we catch up we all share stories and realise we’re all sharing the same heartache.”
Ms Pezzin said the timeslots she created for live workouts could still be booked through the members’ usual app, and helped them have some routine despite being stuck at home.
“Keeping our members active and lifting their mental health and wellbeing is what’s driving me everyday,” she said.
The exercise expert said she was still able to watch members online and make any corrections if needed.
“We’re using anything our members have in the class for weights or stretching, and I’m able to instruct online to ensure the workouts are entirely safe,” Ms Pezzin said.
She said since the pandemic, exercise was being used for mental health and wellbeing more so than the physical benefits of exercise.
“I think this industry will see a huge shift towards wellbeing and paying attention to your overall health and immune system,” she said.
To keep fit at home or join the Sentience Personal Training community, phone 9436 3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.