Sanjay Shetty, an employee at a private firm, is candid when asked why he was so punctual with his drill at the gym near Bunts Hostel Circle. “I want to look good and, impress my girl,” he says, as his friends smirk.

For Nishanth M., a young entrepreneur, it is a different ball game. “I am a bit slim. I want to put on more weight”. Middle-aged Santhosh D.V., sales manager, works out at least 90 minutes in the gym to reduce abdominal fat.

And working out with others for company is fun for people like Akanksha, a doctor.

“There are many group activities in the gym. Spinning exercise is fun,” she says.

Some senior citizens have also made gym-visit a part of their routine. M.V. Shenoy (61), a retired banker, and his wife Sulatha Shenoy, a homemaker, believe exercise contributed to health. While older use gym to be fit, the young focused more on getting into shape.

Naajil Mohsin, a senior trainer and physiotherapist at Gold’s Gym, says, “Many youngsters hit the gym to get a great body. But it needs years of hard work to build muscles,” he says. Cautioning the youth against trying too hard in pursuit of great body, he says: “Mainly, it depends upon the method of working out.

Those taking steroids to build muscles may suffer strokes, blood pressure.”

Raymond D’Souza laments that youngsters come to gym only to tone up their muscles. Nobody is serious about bodybuilding competitions. The number of participants in such events has come down, he says.

The ‘Mr. World – 1990’ title-winner, who runs a gym since 1996, recounts the transformation of traditional vayayama shale into modern gymnasium: “During my younger days Ramanjaneya Vyayama Shale was very famous. Baskar Thokkottu and M.S. Kumar were the famous trainers.”