‘Separate packages for tourists with hourly slots on minimal charge’
SHOPIAN: Located on the picturesque Boulevard road at the banks of Dal Lake, Fitness 360, Valley’s first sports-centric gym and fitness centre, was inaugurated here on Thursday by renowned international footballer from the Valley, Mehrajudin Wadoo.
According to gym owner, Sameer Qayoom, the facility has been opened with a sports-centric theme focussing particularly, on footballers and cricketers. The gym, Sameer said, has ‘state-of-the art’ fitness facilities, with separate cardio and strength section.
“The USP of the gym is the focus on athlete-centric equipment with machines like Abductor and Adductor which enhance the strength of the athletes. Athletes are fit in nature but require specific technical equipments to enhance not only their strength but overall fitness and endurance,” Sameer said.
“I was always associated with sports; I have played at many national level football championships and was aware of the fitness of the players in sports, that is when the idea of a sports-centric gym struck as we lacked the facility here in Kashmir,” he said.
Fitness 360 plans to tie-up with professional football and cricket clubs and will sign MOUs in the coming days. Since Boulevard is a tourist area, Sameer said they have also “kept separate packages for tourists” with hourly slots on minimal charge”.
“It would be a walk-in facility and tourists can pay for hours rather than registering for a month. We are open from three days as a soft launch and are getting a good response from locals and tourists alike,” Sameer added.
J&K Football Association President, Zameer Thakur, while speaking on the occasion said that football is a stamina based game and needs strength of muscles. He said that they have been receiving complaints about knee injuries from the players, the reason being that they were not exercising properly.
“We have issued a circular to all the clubs affiliated with the association to make fitness of players mandatory. At international level, apart from skills and talent, your performance is judged by the fitness and gym is compulsory for that,” Zameer said.
“And, today, this type of facility is appreciated by one and all and the instructor who has taken up this assignment here will play a major role by imparting the training to the sports persons,” he said.
Mehrajudin Wadoo, international footballer from the valley, stressed on the importance of fitness for everyone and advised the players to utilise these opportunities.
“When we used to play football here in Kashmir, there was no concept of gym being so important for sports. But after we played outside the state, we got to know how important it was for the overall development of the body, which in turn improves the game,” Wadoo said. “You have to work on your skills on the ground and build your strength at the gym because you have to develop your muscles.”
At Fitness 360, walls have been painted by a local artist, Rimsha Bazaz, capturing flagship moments of famous footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and boxing legend Mohammad Ali, which according to Sameer would give boost and confidence to the players apart from aesthetics.
J&K Football Association President, Zameer Thakur also requested the business houses of Kashmir to come in support for the local talent by sponsoring them in different national and international levels which will support the players economically.