After five months of closure, gyms opened their doors on September 8 last year.
The owner of a gym in Gardanibagh, Amit Kumar, told this newspaper that he continued to suffer huge losses due to low footfalls. “Only 5% of our members, who are mostly teenagers, come to the gym on a regular basis. Besides, only a handful of them have opted for membership renewal,” he said.
Amit added, “Those, who visit the gym, prefer exercises like push-ups, jumping jack and high knees that can be done without any equipment.”
The manager of a Kankarbagh-based gym, Ashish, however, claimed that the members began coming back after the announcement of the Covid vaccines. “We have set different timings for different members in order to avoid crowding. We also sanitize the gym frequently,” he added.
Divyanshu Shekhar, the owner of a gym in Patliputra, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has made people more health-conscious. We provide diet charts that help boost immunity.”
Meanwhile, fitness enthusiasts evoked a mixed response. 23-year-old Harsh Shrivastava, who lives in Gardanibagh, has not started going to his gym due to Covid-19. Hence, he exercises at home with his trainer’s help over the phone.
Boring Road resident Keshav Suman, who is a fitness enthusiast, said, “Covid has not vanished. I am, therefore, following all the safety norms and taking care of myself.”
35-year-old Ritu Jha is also taking all necessary precautions in her gym. She pointed out, “I use a sanitizer, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.”