Enter fitness zone
`Get Fit', the new multi-zone fitness centre in Banjara Hills, is an interesting destination to charge your body and soul.
RHYTHM STATION: An aereobic class in progress. Photos Satish. H
WORK YOUR body is the new mantra of the newly awakened figure-conscious in the twin cities. The mushrooming of state-of-the-art fitness centres and the rising membership graph in existing gyms is a marker in this direction.
The reasons why people are taking to the multi-stations and treadmills are varied. For a wannabe model, an intense regimen of bodybuilding - weight training, especially working on the chest, biceps and shoulders to bulk up required muscles, would be a chosen norm.
People are slowly waking up to the fact that fitness is not just about having a toned body; it is the mental discipline that the endorphins, released by a 45-minute regular fitness regimen, bring. And the drill could be brisk walking at your own pace, a sprint if you want to build up on endurance levels or the more detailed aerobics and weight training.
And `Get Fit', on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills is the latest on the fitness block. The fitness centre offers options like `Power zone' the body-building arena with multi-station, leg curls and inclined benches, `Heart zone' housing tread mills and stationery bikes, `Rhythm zone' the aerobic floor, `Trance zone' for yoga and Tai Chi.
BODY TALK: Multi-stations for overall toning.
"We have an advantage of location. People can combine a workout at the gym with a brisk walk or a jog at the KBR Park across the road," says Mohammed Azharuddin of `Get Fit'.
A management student, Azharuddin decided to open the gym, "to cater to the basic necessities of an executive. When I came back to the city 18 months ago, I was searching for a decent gym that offered basic facilities, good equipment and clean ambience, which, in fact, motivated me to open a gym. With the IT industry growing and people coming to the twin cities from overseas and across the country, I thought it would be a good idea."
Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with an exclusive ladies batch in the afternoon, the place attracts a mixed crowd. College students, models, film personalities, housewives and techies are seen working out under the guidance of the personal trainers here. "Our U.S.P. is that the members are taken care of. You need to give pep talks to the people for the initial one to two months till they begin to accept fitness as a way of life. You should take them through the process slowly, beginning with cycling to warm up followed by basic stretches. Once the individual reaches the required flexibility levels, you start with muscle endurance and resistance exercises, and gradually move to the aerobic levels for fat mobilisation," says Azhar, who is currently appearing for the coveted American Council on Exercise (ACE) exams.
"A healthy and clean diet makes cutting down excess weight easier. The idea is not to make it an effort that people leave half way through. You can eat anything but in a sensible manner. Weight loss works on a simple principle energy intake versus energy spent. This again depends on the lifestyle of an individual and can be regulated with a holistic approach," he says. The gym offers different packages. Apart from a joining fee of Rs. 500, the monthly fee for the Power zone is Rs. 750. You can opt for the `Heart zone' and `Power zone' combined for Rs. 1,000.
"The place is well equipped and it helps exercising different muscles. The charges are reasonable and the place has good trainers," says a member, Swami, currently in the city from New York. People come to the gym not just for its pro set up, but also because of the individual care, as members fondly say: Azhar bhai ka gym apna sa lagta hai (Azhar bhai's gym looks our own).
If you find diet charts unbearable, want an individual weight loss guide and think you need a breather, check out `Get Fit', Hyderabad Gymkhana, Road No.2, Banjara Hills, Tel: 23554959, 98850-98750.
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