You think fitness? Bandra's calling

Sep 09, 2012, 07:32 IST | Tunali Mukherjee

Yes, there's yet another gym in Bandra. No, this one isn't stuffy � it has an open court and some savvy equipment used by the likes of Madonna

According to Suren Joshi, Bandraites are a pampered lot when it comes to luxury. And that’s what inspired the co-owner of the suburb’s Pali Village Café to introduce its residents to the new gym, i think fitness, which opens early next month.

Think a fleet of new exercise equipment, huge video screens to keep you entertained while you sweat it out and a spinning deck in an elevated loft overlooking the gym to watch the Bandra traffic go by.

I think fitness at Bandra (W) will open in October. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Joshi’s i think fitness has state-of-the-art equipment such as the Hoist, Freemotion for Cardio, Ziva dumbbells and RealRyder spinning bikes. Lack of space isn’t a problem that you’d face at this fitness centre — with a lavish 35-foot dome ceiling and airy dressing rooms equipped with all the latest gadgets, i think fitness ensures members can work out in peace.

To explain why the equipment is, in Joshi’s words, “better than what you see at most other gyms”, he lifts a pair of intimidating 25lb dumbbells. “I think most dumbbells in other gyms aren’t of the weight they claim to be. These feel about 25 per cent heavier!”

The treadmills don’t seem run-of-the-mill either. Each machine comes with an Android-enabled screen, so you can surf the Internet, catch up with friends on Facebook or tweet your progress on the treadmill.

Tired of running the same old path each day? “Log on to Google Maps on your treadmill and you can choose to run anywhere in the world, like at a street in London or in Central Park,” says Joshi. Just in case this isn’t good enough for your tech-savvy side, members can always pick up an iPad from the reception to keep them company during their workout in this Wi-Fi enabled fitness club.

After all, since you’re working out on the same equipment that keeps Madonna in shape, there’s no reason why you should feel any less stylish.

Joshi saves the best part of the deal for the end. i think fitness has something for the space-starved health junkies, too. If you fancy catching up with your gang over a game of basketball or volleyball, head to their outdoor court — a facility missing in most air-conditioned fitness centres in the city.

For now, i think fitness will focus only on the gym, but over the next few months, the terrace area will host fitness activities such as yoga and pilates. For your post-workout fix, i think fitness has an exclusive members-only corner, which serves a selection of gluten-free, healthy fare from the Pali Village Cafe.

All set to charm in its final stages of preparation, i think fitness promises to be a fancy, all-things-hip experience. Whether it strikes a chord with the fitness freaks, is something we will find out once it opens its doors in October.

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