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Thursday , March 6 , 2014
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Muscles flex in gym contest

- Fit & fine residents fight it out in healthy competition

Residents showed their hunger for fitness on Wednesday, as they flexed their muscles for a competition organised by a gym.

At least 100 participants from the age groups of 12 to 55 took part in the competition with enthusiasm. The competition was held at Gold’s Gym’s two centres at Rajendra Nagar and Nageshwar Colony.

It was held in three sessions — treadmill, biceps and chest — for which the gym’s male and female members were divided into three categories according to age.

Anjali, one of the members, said: “This is a first- of-its-kind competition in Patna. If such competitions are regularly organised, we will take our daily gym sessions seriously. These help us to know our stamina for working out.”

Like Anjali, at least 25 women competing in the event left their gym instructors tongue-tied with their show of strength. “I was surprised to see how seriously the women took the competition. They were quite efficient and are actually more conscious about fitness than the men,” said Mantu, a trainer at the gymnasium’s Nageshwar Colony.

The branch’s owner, Akashdeep, said: “Competitions are the only way to know about the improvement in a member’s stamina and energy. We also become aware about our own performance too.”

Group A of the competition had members between the age groups of 12 and 25 years; group B had members between 25 and 35 years of age, while group C was for members between the age group of 35 and 55 years.

Dumbbells were provided to the male members in all the sessions, while the women were restricted to machines. Kushal, Mayank and Kanishka won in the men’s categories, while Anjali, Pooja and Dr Rupam took home the honours in their respective categories.

Kanishka, 40, said: “I believe in following a balanced diet and a healthy exercise routine. I was happy with this competition, as it helped me display my stamina and toned body. These also help in maintaining a healthy relationship with the other members and keeping the team spirit alive.”

Twenty-three-year-old Shashank, who turned out in a vest and track pants for the competition, kept a close look at the clock during the competition.

“Every minute is important in such competitions. All the participants were quite fit and the competition is tough.”

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