At Het Atelier in Sint-Niklaas, you work out and relax to the beat of Tunify. The friendly gym and fitness centre also has a sauna and a bar. After 13 years there, team leader Pia Wymeersch knows plenty of members by their first names. She showed us what’s on offer at Het Atelier.
Het Atelier has long roots in Waasland. The business was set up by Ann 20 years ago. She taught group lessons there and expanded the collection of workout machines step by step. While she began with 7 spinning bikes, there are now at least 50, each of them able to measure how much power a member had pedalled up. And by installing a sauna and plunge pool, Ann offered members another exhilarating way to refresh and energise themselves.
Today, Ann only gives a few lessons each week. She handed the business over to Maarten Mareels 2 years ago. ‘He has cleverly built on the work that was already done,’ explains Pia. ‘With one addition: as a personal trainer, Maarten is more gym-oriented. The range of personal coaching possibilities has been expanded and professionalised. It’s become an extra strength.’