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Gyms gets lukewarm reaction on first day as many of play safe

Gymnasia in the city opened their entryways unexpectedly since March to a tepid gathering on Monday.

Gym center administrators said enquiries for new enrollments were rare, while even old individuals seemed reluctant to return.

Sangram Chougule, who possesses an exercise center, said individuals don’t have a sense of security yet. He got around 10 enquiries as the day progressed, none of which changed over into appointments or enrollments. “The only enquiries we got so far were from old customers, who had already paid before the lockdown,” Chougule stated, trusting that things would settle before the finish of November.

Nilesh Kale, leader of Pune Fitness Club Association, said his exercise center got a couple of new individuals. “We got eight enquiries between 11am and 7pm on Monday, of which five translated into memberships for personal training or weight loss/gain programmes,” he said.

At different rec centers, old individuals returned for an exercise toward the beginning of the day. “People saw the lights on in the gym and walked in. It will take time for people to feel confident about returning to gyms. We hope the footfall improves soon,” he said.

It was a peculiar new encounter for the individuals who worked out at gyms. “The gym more deserted than what I have seen in the past. I had to carry two towels — one for myself and one to sanitize and clean the equipment. I had to wear mask while working out and it was very uncomfortable,” Nirant Shah, a resident, said.

Shah said ther was disarray about existing participations. “The gym is offering a fresh membership at a 50% discount for existing members. This caused many arguments as they were not willing to pay after already having paid for the past seven months.,” Shah said.

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