One of the many changes that Covid-19 brought about is certainly the way people work out. The lockdown forced people not only to ‘Work From Home’ but to also ‘Workout From Home’. Just a few days into the pandemic, people realized that traditional gym equipment like treadmills, dumbbell sets and ellipticals are not mandatory for staying fit and active. Functional Fitness, Yoga, Tabata, Pilates and other forms of exercise which use one’s own body weight rather than traditional external equipment gained currency. However, one did miss the energy, motivation and vibe of a collective fitness regimen with a coach and a peer group.
Ever since the lockdown restrictions from gyms and other fitness studios were lifted, there has been a slow but sure surge in the number of people enrolling themselves for various fitness regimens. What’s interesting is that more and more people are opting for diverse kinds of holistic workouts that are aimed at uplifting the physical as well as mental well-being of people rather than just burning calories on a treadmill. In the past 3-4 years, many new kinds of fitness studios in Jaipur are springing up that cater to the specific fitness goals of people – like balance, flexibility, agility and toning of the body and not just weight loss. Let’s take a look at some of them:
THE BOXING NIGHTINGALE
A fitness studio in C-Scheme, the Boxing Nightingale offers ‘Body Combat’ which is a mixed martial arts inspired high-intensity cardio workout. This regimen challenges one to push their limits while shaping and toning the entire body. It is an ultimate warrior workout to develop coordination and release stress. One burns calories while learning how to punch, kick, block and strike. “The boxing Nightingale” is my endeavour to represent strong women and empower them to feel like they can achieve anything with the right attitude and mindset. Body Combat gives me a sense of empowerment and makes me feel really fit, fierce and powerful!” says Neeru Soni, the founder of the studio.
Founded by a young and passionate fitness coach, Shivangi Sarda, ‘Fitness Trail’ focuses on bodyweight training and free weights like dumbbells, resistance bands, kettlebells rather than fixed machines. The sessions vary from Strength and Conditioning sessions, Military Fit workouts, HIIT as well as Mobility sessions. The aim is to promote lifestyle changes which include not only exercising an hour daily but making small sustainable changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking 10,000 steps a day and making healthy eating choices. “The changes that the clients see not just in weight but also in terms of body strength, shape, energy levels, sleep cycle, menstruation cycles and overall well-being is something that motivates them to stay regular with their workouts and to follow an active and healthy lifestyle. Our online sessions, which especially became popular in the pandemic, have helped many people to start their fitness journey as it saves travel time”, shares Shivangi Sarda.
COACH AJ FITNESS
Run by Celebrity Coach, Ajay Singh who is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Indian Polo Team, this fitness studio focuses on small group and personal training. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different fitness routine. These include HIIT (high-intensity interval training), Tabata (each round lasts 4 minutes and involves eight intervals of 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest), Functional Fitness (focused on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions) and Crossfit (a strength and conditioning workout that is made up of functional movement performed at a high-intensity level), among others. They also organize boot camps in outdoor and open spaces like parks and gardens to break the monotony of working out in the same place.
BALANCE STUDIO JAIPUR
A one of its kind yoga studio in Jaipur, Balance Studio by Tithi Singh and Rohan Raheja also caters to small groups of people in order to give personalized attention. The Bohemian ambiance and peaceful vibe of this studio surely makes one want to spend a little quiet time there with oneself after the workout. Aerial Yoga (traditional yoga poses performed while being on a hammock that is suspended from the ceiling to support one’s body weight) and Acro Yoga (a physical practice that combines yoga and acrobatics) sessions are also held here.
THE PILATES STUDIO
The Pilates Studio by celebrity coach Namrata Purohit is the first-of-its-kind in the city. Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. It also works on achieving a more relaxed state of mind. Pilates exercises are based on either a mat, which is a tad thicker than a standard yoga mat, to cushion pressure points, or a machine called a reformer, which is a sliding platform complete with a stationary foot bar, springs, and pulleys that provide resistance.
It’s time to ditch the treadmill and sign up for a more personalized and mindful fitness routine! Tell us which fitness studios in Jaipur have you tried and like?