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Work out at home

Treadmills are the fastest selling of all types of fitness equipment, says Raman Sood of Grand Slam, the new sports and fitness equipment store


MANIC MOTORCYCLISTS, non-existent pavements, stinking sewers and mini-craters — just some of the reasons why walking in Chennai (even as a pedestrian) can be injurious to health. So if you're walking because it is just what the doctor ordered, using a treadmill in an air-conditioned room might just be a lot safer.

According to Raman Sood of Grand Slam Sports and Fitness Equipment, treadmills are the fastest selling of all types of fitness equipment. Whether it is fitting out a gym or just selling to a do-it-yourself fitness freak, treadmills are what the company has the maximum orders for.

Grand Slam opened its first showroom in Chennai on Friday to cater for people working out at home. Sood says Grand Slam sells at least six or seven treadmills a day across its nine outlets in the country, each sale averaging Rs. 60,000. "We're aiming to sell one treadmill a day in Chennai in the first three months."Master trainer Jayakumar, who is also personal trainer to celebrities such as Kamal Hassan and Prasanth, says 45 minutes on a treadmill is the simplest and most effective way to work out. "Doctors tell you to walk to stay fit, but for people who are working it's tough to wake up early and go out for a walk."

Grand Slam sells foldable treadmills that occupy just a small corner of a room. The new range of manual to semi-commercial treadmills are priced between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 1,30,000. But Jayakumar recommends the treadmills that cost between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 40,000 as these are ideal for the complete workout at home.

Grand Slam also supplies cross-trainers, home gyms and other fitness equipment. Part of the deal is that they send a trainer home to teach you how to use your equipment to the fullest, as well as recommend nutritional supplements. The equipment is imported from the U.S., Germany and Taiwan.

Grand Slam Sports and Fitness Equipment is located at 209 (old no. 96), Kutchery Road, Mylapore, ph: 52155376, 52100525.

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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