Why bother going all the way to a gym when the gym can come home? That’s the newest mantra of the tricity’s fitness freaks with enough dough.
Home gyms and personal trainers are the new fad in Chandigarh and its satellite towns, as more and more people attempt to achieve the size-zero figure or bulging biceps in the comfort of their homes.
Trainers and equipment sellers say there is an increasing number of clients who opt for gyms at home as it allows the entire family to keep fit in their own time, without having to worry about the tricity’s worsening parking woes or even stepping out of the house and battling all that traffic.
This has led not only to many new shops selling gymming equipment, but also to a new crop of trainers charging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000, or even more, a month from these private gym owners, for hour-long sessions held five days a week.
With multiple clients, the money is big. A marker of that is how at least one personal trainer in Chandigarh visits his clients in a BMW, no less!
A basic home gym can cost anything between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, depending on the equipment bought. There are around 10 stores that sell such equipment in Chandigarh alone.
IT executive Rubina Suri, 25, is among those who have set up home gyms and hired trainers. “At times I used to feel lethargic when it came to visiting a gym for daily workout. The comfort of working out at home, in your own space, is incomparable. Besides, with a personal trainer, I receive ample attention which helps me achieve my fitness goals quicker,” she said.
While constructing their houses or even renovating, many people earmark an area especially for a gym that usually includes equipment such as a treadmill, set of dumbbells and elliptical machines.
About the business, the proprietor of Metro Fitness, Sector 7, Chandigarh, Rajesh Bajaj, said, “We sell 200-250 fitness machines a month, ranging from cross trainers to cycles to treadmills.” About the trend, he adds, “Paucity of time and increase in the prices of fuel are the major reasons why people are setting up home gyms.”
Arun Mahajan, proprietor of Max Fitness, Sector 34, sells 100 treadmills and 80 elliptical trainers every month in addition to other equipment. “I can guarantee that the people who work out at home gyms get better results,” he said.
“My clients who have home gyms include bureaucrats, businessmen and even housewives. I charge Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 a month,” said trainer Garry. Sudhir and Vikram shared similar stories.
Another Chandigarh-based personal trainer, who did not want to be named, said, “A top business tycoon pays me Rs 30,000 a month. My clients include some women who engage me for getting the size-zero figure. There are youngsters too who yearn for bulging biceps.”
Ashish Nagrath, 45, who runs a personality development institute and is a resident of Panchkula, has a home gym too. “At a public gym, you have to wait for your turn at each machine, or even look for a trainer to guide you through the sessions. At home, there is no such thing. I can work out for as many hours as I want,” he explained.
Interestingly, even the trainers at regular gyms admit that personal training is more effective. Pushp Preet Singh, a gym trainer, says, “I firmly believe that personal training leads to greater weight loss in a lesser time span. We take the client’s medical history into consideration and frame diet charts for them. Another perk of personal training is that we instructors get to know what exactly the client is looking for.”
Though membership fees charged at general gyms is lighter on the pocket, people prefer personal trainers. Gurpreet Kaur, front desk executive, Body Zone, says, “We offer a monthly package to clients for Rs 8,000 per month. The duration of the sessions is 45 minutes to one hour.”
The quest for personal attention during workouts can be gauged from the fact that Body Zone launched a ‘Personal Training Studio’ in 2014 to cater to the demand of tricity fitness freaks.