Fitness influencer Sophie Guidolin says she’s been met with a massive backlash over her new “virtual gym”.
The 32-year-old mum of four from Queensland, Australia, created the space so that she could film exercise routines for her 500,000 Instagram followers and the subscribers to her online fitness course The Bod.
It features premium workout kit from specialists AlphaFit and is to crated to twi in with The Bod’s hot pink branding.
But, says Sophie, some former fans have slammed her decision to buy a room to use as her own personal gym. She’s been called “out of touch” because the gym isn’t accessible to anyone else.
‘I haven’t always had the ability to work out at a gym and I understand the battle many women face when it comes to exercising,’ she told the Daily Mail.
She says the new space, which cost her some 100,000 Australian Dollars (about £53,000) will enable her to share her fitness expertise with busy women around the world who might not be able to get to an actual gym themselves.
“To ensure I can provide new workouts and challenges for all The Bod followers online, this will be a space that I can show you how to train, workout virtually together and more,” she says.
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Sophie says she was inspired to research nutrition in her late teens after developing gestational diabetes when she was expecting her first child.
After experiencing massive weight gain while she was expecting her second child she became addicted to the rush of exercise and has gone on to share her love of fitness with the world, writing nine diet and exercise books and launching her own Flourished and Fulfilled, as well as online fitness and nutrition programme, The Bod.
Sophie broke up with Married At First Sight’s Jake Edwards last year and currently believed to be dating Gold Coast police officer, Hayden Sumners.