UP village opens gymnasium only for women; DM calls it state’s first
A dedicated gymnasium for village women has been inaugurated in Bijrol village of Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh.
Baghpat district magistrate Rajkamal Yadav, while inaugurating the gym last Saturday, said it was the first such dedicated gym for girls in the state and six more gram panchayats of the district had sent him requests for similar gyms in their areas.
The gym has six equipment for multiple exercises. Yadav said over ₹6 lakh was spent to develop the gym. “We can expand it further after seeing the response,” he said.
Fitness enthusiast Priyanka Sharma of the village has been deputed as trainer in the gym. Sharma had demanded a gym for the village in a ‘Jan Chaupal’ with Meerut divisional commissioner Surendra Singh way back in March.“It was for the first time in my career that a village girl demanded a gym,” said Singh who immediately approved it and directed Yadav to work on it.
The gym is being run in two shifts -- 5am to 11am and 4pm to 6pm. Sharma, herself a mother of three children with a passion for fitness and sports, said, “I have a dream to bring a medal for the country like Mirabai Chanu.”
She said many village women joined the gym to lose weight. “We seldom get the opportunity to attend a gym because of hectic home life but availability of gym in the village would help us access it for fitness,” said Rekha and Anita of the village.