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Talwalkar's has opened its new gym in Sadashivnagar

"We are into body shaping and Bangalore is just the kind of place we are looking at. People here are fitness freaks where exercise is part of their lifestyle," says Girish Talwalkar. Talwalkar's, with already two centres at Ulsoor and Jayanagar, opened their third ultra modern gym at Sadashivnagar. At this first-of-it-kind 6,000 sq.ft. centre with a spa, Mr. Talwalkar, the director of the chain, makes it clear their target is the fitness freaks of north Bangalore. "We were looking much beyond a man-and-machine gymnasium. There are value additions such as the spa with a variety of massages, jacuzzi, and a low-calorie juice and snack bar that are feather-light on one's tummy."Predictably, the huge unisex gym has humungous pictures of strapping models on the walls. The sprawling exercise floor has about 60 varieties of workout equipment that cater to core spine workouts. Strength training machines, abdominal flexions, state-of-the-art treadmill and so on occupy the space.Says Talwalkar: "Apart from the usual weight gain and reduction programmes we've always had, we now have a more focussed package with a comprehensive fitness feel." This centre, the chain's 39th in the country, has over 30 trainees, 50 technical support persons, dieticians, fitness counsellors and physiotherapists. Their USP, they claim, is to give you the shape you desire. Now why does that sound close to the voice of divinity? Well, could be a health drink that you just downed. But Anshu Vyas, General Manager, adds: "We don't promise any miracles. We even have short-term courses and all our fitness regimen is designed to be part of one's lifestyle."While there is Swedish, aromatic, head and shoulders and more in the massage and reflexology section, the jacuzzi offers aroma bath, herbal bath, milk bath and a cosy fragrant body wrap. Modern, upmarket facilities are all fine, but how well would it work for the economy class? "If you have the best ingredients you can churn out a great dish. Likewise, we have the equipment of leading worldwide brands such as Life Fitness, Nautilus, Davids, Cosmos, Precor and Reebok. The multitude of amenities we offer also sets a new benchmark in quality."And so, if you want the best shape, get ready to cough up anything between Rs.10,000 to Rs. 10,00,000, depending how long you want to work out in these plush environs. For more information, call 41138238 / 9.RANJANI GOVIND

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