Gaetano Gatti, the personal trainer with a green heart

Gaetano Gatti, the personal trainer with a green heart

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A "tailoring of well-being": that's how Gaetano Gatti, personal trainer by profession, defines his studio, housed in a large and bright attic in Crema, "where I can devote more attention to my guests, creating the best workouts and work protocols ideal for their needs". But that's not all, Gaetano also pays great attention to the environment: between magnetic exercise bikes, low-consumption light bulbs and strictly recycled paper, the young environmentally friendly personal trainer dreams of feeding on photovoltaic panels and taking advantage of the physical energy that keeps his customers in shape so much.

1) What did the idea of ​​giving sustainable and ecological characteristics to your gym come from?

I've always had an interest in alternative energies and the dream of creating a workplace that is self-sustaining in terms of energy. The idea of ​​giving sustainable and ecological characteristics to my studio came by itself, therefore: it was the right time to be able to develop this project, perhaps because in our culture there is now more awareness about it.

2) What “green” elements did you add to the tools? How do they work and how much do they cost more than the others?

My studio is small in size, about 80 square meters, and I don't need large machinery, but I chose them with precise criteria: I inserted a magnetic exercise bike, which has nothing to envy to the electric ones, a few isotonic machines and many small tools, from free weights to rubber bands, fitballs, gravity machines, cables… They are all equipment that needs the human component and not electricity to be used. The only electric-powered machine is a treadmill (treadmill) which is essential in rehabilitation protocols. In addition to being "sustainable", more functional and more useful, these machines greatly reduce the costs of both maintenance and energy expenditure, bringing them almost to zero.

3) What other precautions for a sustainable gym?

In my studio I have included other small measures, always for a matter of respect for the environment and limited energy consumption. First of all each bulb is low consumption, I only use rechargeable batteries with solar energy charger, the printer paper, toilet paper and rollers are strictly made of recycled paper. In addition, each tap is equipped with a flow reducer to avoid using water unnecessarily and for washing floors and equipment I use, together with detergents, an object that greatly reduces the amount of detergent / soap to be used. Is called Happy Wash and ensures that the molecules inside the water are 'rearranged' according to the polarity they originally had, thus allowing to regain the original 'cleaning power'. It was created using a permanent "rare earth magnet", calibrated between the size of the magnet, the seat area and the correct Gauss power. The water that flows directly onto Happy Wash becomes magnetized and increases its natural cleansing power.

4) What about the furniture?

Having a weakness for the oriental philosophy of life, I decided to orient the furnishings of the gym by following some feng shui guidelines. Obviously I did not follow the whole philosophy to the letter but I took some hints of this to decide what orientation to give to furniture, tools, mirrors, lights in the studio.

The feng shui it is an ancient Taoist geomantic art of China, an auxiliary of architecture, similar to Western geomancy but which also takes into consideration aspects of the psyche and astrology. There is no scientific proof of the validity of his hypotheses. Feng shui literally means "wind and water", and according to supporters of the Feng Shui hypotheses, there are more propitious directions for various activities in the home, in life, and in travel, as well as the shape and color of furniture.

For example, according to the principles of feng shui, a house to be well built should be square or rectangular with no corners or missing parts and with regular shape, it should have a green dragon in the East, tall plants that protect this side, a white tiger to the west which can also be on this side of the plants but lower, a turtle to the north a hill or a large boulder, and the red phoenix to the south which can also be present in a symbolic form, for example a stone with a red thread wrapped around. The south part of the building is the most exposed to the light and heat of the sun, the north part of the house is considered the side corresponding to water and career. Precisely because water corresponds to the most Yin element of the horoscope, it is the most suitable direction for rest. In fact, one of the feng-shui tips is to sleep with your head facing north and your feet facing south. Each direction has a relationship with an aspect of life, family, children, friends, career and fame, help from parents, wealth etc.

5) What do customers say about these measures?

I was pleased to note that all these tricks have not gone unnoticed but indeed more people have told me that the place gives them good feelings, of positive energy. In addition, customers who already think with an eco-friendly mentality, have also appreciated the use of recycled paper, low consumption lights and these small but useful measures that I wanted to adopt.

6) What other changes would you like to include? What advantages would you have? What obstacles do you find?

Over time I'd like to insert gods photovoltaic panels to ensure that everything feeds itself and that there is no need for external users for our business. It is not possible for me to do this at the moment because first I would have to find an agreement with the owner of the building, surely if I had to move to another location, I will have photovoltaics among my priorities. Personally I find it absurd to use other sources of energy when we are lucky enough to have one that is clean, strong and above all free like the sun.

7) In some European cities there are gyms that transform the movement of customers into electricity, would you do it? What difficulties do you face in carrying out this project?

I've been working on it for a few days, already in other European countries there are those who have taken the first steps.

Working in a field where physical energy is king, I asked myself: "Is there no way to transform all this kinetic / human energy into electrical energy?". Searching the web I noticed that there are already small companies that deal with this, in England there is already one gym that produces energy. While I was reading my mind, unfortunately and fortunately always active, several ideas were born, so I started working on the project of "Care4you“: “environment care". It is an ambitious and difficult project to carry out, but I cannot say anything about this yet.

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