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Home gyms, online training give hope to fitness freaks

Home gyms, online training give hope to fitness freaks

With several businesses beginning to find their feet after the Covid pandemic, the fitness industry, however, is still awaiting resumption. Photo for representation only.

Neha Saini

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 3

With several businesses beginning to find their feet after the Covid pandemic, the fitness industry, however, is still awaiting resumption. With no immediate scope of reopening in sight, the professionals of the industry say that it will be a very slow transition towards the new normal whenever the gyms are allowed to open.

“Though the awareness related to health and fitness has increased during the lockdown, given that people have been consciously working to build their immunity, the business will take quite some time to adjust to the new normal,” said Aman Aggarwal, who is a manufacturer and supplier for fitness equipment.

In the absence of gyms and fitness studios, other alternatives have mushroomed as being fit has always been a prime priority for the masses. As a result, home gyms have captured the limelight and is the new fitness trend among the fitness freaks. Apart from that, personal training through social media platforms and online portals too has come up. A majority of city-based fitness coaches are going for online fitness videos and personalised home training.

“There has been a huge emphasis on fitness and immunity during last few months due to pandemic. People are becoming aware and with social media and online platforms, its easier to train and exercise safely at home. So, a lot of people are opting for online training and classes, whether its Zumba, power yoga, dance-based workouts,” said Preeti Singh, a fitness coach and a dance coach.

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Aman Aggarwal, manufacture and supplier of fitness equipments

The shift towards home gyms has contributed to 300% to 400% increase in demand and sales of fitness equipment used in home gyms, both offline and online. Dumbles, light rods, plates, treadmills and basic gym equipment demands are so high that its difficult to meet with requirement.

Preeti Singh, power yoga instructor

I have been conducting power yoga classes five days a week and we have received tremendous response on our online platform. The fact that fitness industry has shifted to digital platforms to survive this challenging period is what would become the future of this industry as well.

Neeraj Nayyar, gym and fitness equipment manufacturer

The trend of home gyms have provided the boost to business with people inclined to buy basic workout equipment. The sales are promising and would continue to be so if the gyms and health studios do not open for long. The fitness industry was already booming before the lockdown.

Sunil Sharma, fitness coach

People have become more aware about fitness regimen during the lockdown. Until the gym and fitness arenas open, we are giving online personal training and home classes depending upon the safety and assurance by the clients. All the safety mandations including masks, gloves are used while home training. The workouts are done keeping in mind social distancing so only one or two clients are scheduled for home appointments in a day.

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