Fitness coaches can now up their aptness quotient.
- Working out under a physical instructor who has no training certificate is perhaps as disconcerting as going for a medical check-up to a person who does not have a medical degree. The former may soon become a rarity. A certificate course in preventive healthcare, being offered by Nirmaan, an initiative of the BD Bangur Endowment Trust and the Mumbai-based BFY Sports and Fitness, is expected to make health a more attainable dream.
- "Gyms and health clubs are mushrooming in the city but few have proper trainers," said Rajeev Goenka, director, BYF Sports and Fitness, at Bengal Club on Thursday.
- "Improper training can be hazardous. Gyms in Mumbai and Pune have realised this and these days prefer hiring educated instructors," said Goenka. who is obviously hopeful of Kolkata waking up to the need.
- Nirmaan is offering two certificate courses — the Progressive Fitness Certificate, tagged at Rs 17,000, and the ACE American Certificate, which comes for Rs 38,000 — that will deal with subjects such as basic human anatomy and physiology The training centre will be located in central Kolkata. The BD Bangur Endowment trust has also come forward to help students with loans with easy repayment schemes.
"The course starts in a month," said Goenka.