“Playing sports, but also making friends” (Brecht)

Until late last year, you can find Deketelaere at the shooting range where officers teach how to handle a firearm safely as a firearms strength specialist. “I love teaching, I love teaching people something,” he admits. From now on, he gives himself eight months to realize his dream. “I have saved enough free time to make my passion my job.”

The new training center is fully equipped for strength training. † © Elke Lamens

Dominique Deketelaere graduated from Artesis Hogeschool in 2014 with a BA in Physical Education and Recreational Exercise, with a specialization in Fitness and Personal Training. “In addition, until 2016, I practiced various martial arts such as jiu-jitsu, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing, and participated in international competitions. I also taught in clubs. In September 2019, personal training started as a secondary profession to help athletes improve or help non-athletes achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Training center

He now wants to make it his main occupation, but due to the pandemic with various lockdowns, it has become a bumpy road. “We couldn’t do anything for about a year. In the summer of 2020, I organized training sessions in small groups in the municipal park. I rowed with my oars, but it was a success.

Dominic can now also give group lessons on an area of ​​250 square meters.

Dominic can now also give group lessons on an area of ​​250 square meters. † © Elke Lamens

It definitely tasted better than that and when a few sheds in the houses on the Vaartstraat in the center became free, he took the opportunity to set up a training center there. We had to wait for a real opening of the aura gauges to authorize it again. “The space is now six times bigger, from 40 to 250 square meters. I can now offer group lessons as well as personal training at home.

With body control, Deketelaere doesn’t just want to get people to exercise. “You can also make friends through sports. Every two months we also organize an event, a full day of sports on a certain subject. Everyone should feel at home here, I coach here people from 17 to 60 years old. Most of them come from Brecht and the surrounding area, but I already train people from Mechelen and Basel by word of mouth.

Body Control in Vaartstraat can finally fully open its doors.

Body Control in Vaartstraat can finally fully open its doors. † © Elke Lamens

In this way, Dominic takes a step closer to his dream. “I have dreamed of opening my own fitness center since I was eighteen.” This plan didn’t just come out of nowhere, because it already has the permit in its pocket. “At the corner of Nollekensweg and De Biest, a new building will be built where I can set up a fitness center. However, the project was put on hold due to the pandemic. In the meantime, I already have more space here for people training and expanding body control.

He is assisted by Elaine Dryers, physiotherapy graduate and nutrition coach, and his wife and trainer, Carly Van Eckelpoel, also in charge of management. Body Control offers a discovery package of five group lessons for only €25.

The new Body Control training center is ready.

The new Body Control training center is ready. † © Elke Lamens

(all Lamens)

www.bodycontrolbrecht.be, Vaartstraat 31, Brecht

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