There's a certain sort of magic that can be found in the gym room. There’s music blasting, the people on their treadmills hobbing up and down to the rhythm of the beat and the energy! The weights in the corner lead a lonely existence until their takers come along. But what attracts people to this seemingly magical place, causing the fitness industry to continue to see a growing rise? What is so very different in a gym, that GenZ is willing to make its New Year resolutions based on it? According to statistics, a gym owner mints around $ 75,000 a year! This gives you an idea of just how much the average millennial’s life revolves around fitness. We learn there are in fact, an entire gamut of reasons for which the gym is so popular. A gym freak tells us how she’s been handling the lockdown, and the various ways she’s found to adapt.
The world was locked down and gym freaks turned to the only ray of light in sight. Working out at home! If you don’t believe it, look at your social media. Chances are every third picture, would definitely show a workout in progress. Whether it was just to feel socially acceptable or perhaps a way of assuring the world that they’re still fit, we will never find out!
Dhriti Shetty, says her life revolved around her workout routine, before the lockdown. This fitness freak was extremely disciplined when it came to working out. She put in 3 hours on a daily basis, along with a strict diet plan to accompany. She reiterates “If I couldn't get in my workout hours, I would try and adjust the following day. These days it’s seemingly difficult to follow it as religiously. I don’t get in as many hours of training as I used to initially. My diet has gone for a toss too. But well, I still try!
The gym: A fad?
The lockdown has opened the eyes of the regular gym go-er. While millennials would be found rushing to gyms to satisfy their fitness-craving selves, the lockdown has cleared any misconceptions that one needs it for survival. All over, people have begun realising that they are not handicapped without their gymming. They’ve found that with the clicking of a few buttons, and well, trusting their own gut, they can find their own workout schedule! An article by Forbes, highlights this aspect of gym goers having turned to home exercising and workouts as substitutes.
“I don’t see gymming as a fad. The concept of fitness varies from person to person. While some hit the gym, some resort to yoga, and there are those who’d just take a walk. I prefer going to the gym and training, but as that isn’t possible at the moment, I can't really wait for things to settle down so I can get back-on-track!”
Incorporation new fitness regimes post lockdown
Whether it’s you in your tracks, having begun running a few extra miles around the block, or the celebrity on your phone screen who’s asked you to hit the bell icon for more videos of her famous techniques, everyone has certainly learnt their new forms and ways of a workout.
“I do intend incorporating new angles to my fitness regime, those that I have learnt and gotten started on during this lockdown. For example yoga. I haven’t ever been a yoga person, but now since I seem to have gotten a hang of it, it is on the cards along with the gymming of course.” says Dhriti.
A solution for the gym freaks
If you still dwell on the gym session you’ve missed and crave the maddening energy of the place once again, you’re not alone. As it is evident, the millennials feel nothing, can substitute the gym for them!
“I think the amount of talk about gymming I’ve done, will tell you that I miss going to the gym. There’s a different vibe to be found there. Often, it’s not just solely about fitness, but the inspiration I get from seeing people working out around me, is crazy! I miss the energy, the adrenaline rush. Now however, I think even a simple run is what I’d be grateful for!”