Delhi gyms do not train kids
The HT City page 1 story on Saturday about a four-year-old in Mumbai visiting a gym instructor to get a toned body, has elicited shock and outrage from readers and gym owners in Delhi. “Sometimes we get over enthusiastic about our kids but if such things are not well-managed under proper supervision, things can go very wrong. In our fitness centre, kids below the age of 16 are not allowed. There have been requests from children from 13-15 years of age after parental motivation to join the gym, but only those suffering from extreme obesity issues have been allowed,” says Vikram Aditya Bhatia, country head, Fitness First.
“We do not entertain anyone below the age of 14, and even then, weight training is a big NO. Strict parental consent is required. Only one or two kids in early teens have approached us in the last six months,” says Vikas Jain of Club Fit Line. “I hit the local gym regularly and have not seen a kid work out. They accompany their parents on weekends, but even then, it is scary to have them around with such heavy equipment. That is why they are rarely allowed inside,” says Fahim Huda, a reader who called after reading the story.
“No matter how much I love my child, I can not put him under such risk,” says Shuchita Dass, mother of a five year old boy. Internationally, too, there are strict regulations on the entry age of gym members. Meanwhile, Satyajit Chaurasia, the celeb trainer who is training the four-year- old Ronak Vitha clarified, “The child undergoes regular medical checkups and he is not being asked to perform any strenuous exercises. He does simple stretches, dips and yoga aasans. No weight lifting and no crunches. It will only promote growth, not hamper it. I’m very conscious about no harm to his body.”