Thiruvananthapuram: Television actor Manju Pillai is trying to reduce weight and she has chosen the state-of-the art police gymnasium at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium for her morning workouts.
The 4,000 sq. ft. fitness centre was opened to the public on Wednesday by Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
The gymnasium is equipped with the latest fitness equipment, including several eight station multi-gymnasiums, free weights and treadmills. Membership is open to the public for Rs.1,000 a year. The members also get to use the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium for jogging and walking.
The fitness centre will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on all days, except on Sundays and public holidays. The timings for women are from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Women are also allowed during the general timings, head constable B.I. Nixon, one of the fitness instructors, said. He is assisted by constable George Paul. Both are qualified trainers.
Manju Pillai, who was present at the function, told mediapersons that she had been exercising almost daily at the stadium for the past three weeks. Her brother, Vivek, often accompanied her. She tried hard not to let her shooting schedules affect her daily regime.
The stadium is mostly used by policemen and a few senior citizens.
The track is crowd free compared to Museum and Kanakakunnu grounds.
Additional Director-General of Police, Intelligence, Jacob Punnoose said the police wanted to convert the stadium into a modern sporting complex.
The next phase of the development would possibly include an Olympic size swimming pool and indoor courts for badminton and basketball.
Earlier, the Home Minister stressed the need for policemen to be fit. He said the Government was doing its best for the general welfare of policemen and their families.
Sports Minister M.Vijayakumar, Director-General of Police Raman Srivastava, Director-General Vigilance Upendra Varma and V. Sivankutty, MLA, were among those present.