Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rolex and the Championships, Wimbledon – partners in innovation UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s crossover from mixed martial arts to boxing has certainly caught a lot of attention—including that of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.The legendary swimmer recently took to Twitter and asked his 2.2 million followers if he should invite the Irish superstar to meet him at his domain.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “All of this talk… Should we race as well??” Phelps wrote perhaps in jest, after he tagged McGregor’s Twitter account and shared an edited photo of the brash fighter wearing a swimming cap.All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 23-time gold medalist, of course, is no stranger to novelty sporting events, having recently participated in Discovery’s Shark Week special, where he lost to a Great White Shark.Phelps’ challenge would most likely not materialize, but it did get some netizens buzzing, as his post has been retweeted over 48,000 times as of this writing.Phelps retired from professional competition for the second and, perhaps, the last time in 2016, while McGregor is expected to return to the UFC in the coming months.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Rosario practices but likely out of Gilas lineup vs Australia, Japan

first_imgMOST READ The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Graduating Baniqued, Borlain reign in IronKids anew

first_imgQuirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). View commentslast_img read more

LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back

first_imgMOST READ “I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Axed from Test side, unhappy Yuvraj says he’s fit and fine

first_imgAxed from the Test squad on grounds of poor form and fitness, Yuvraj Singh today insisted he was in good nick during the Sri Lanka tour and the selectors’ decision has come as a big disappointment for him.Yuvraj, who has been struggling to cement his place in the Test side, felt scoring a century and a fifty in the two games he played in Sri Lanka should have earned him a place in the two-match series against Australia.He had smashed 118 in the practice game before the first Test at Galle, where he made 52 in the first innings.”Selection is not in my hands. In Sri Lanka I played two games, in the first I scored a hundred and a fifty in the second. If that’s not good enough, I can’t say,” he told reporters here.”Of course it is a disappointment but disappointments have become part of my life. In the last two years, I have had a lot of injuries and struggled. It’s out of my hands,” he added.Yuvraj missed the second Test due to illness and was left out of the third Test as well after Suresh Raina scored a century on his debut in second match.Asked about his fitness, the Punjab left-hander said, “It’s much better now. Sri Lanka tour was hard for me especially due to dengue and the neck injury. In the next few days I will be more fitter.”Yuvraj lends a lot of solidity to the middle-order in the Indian ODI team but has never been a regular in the Test side.advertisementAsked why he was struggling in the longer format of the game, Yuvraj said he himself could not identify the shortcomings.”Not a great feeling. For the last seven years I have been trying to cement my place in the Test team but have not been able to do that. And that is a big disappointment. The reasons may be many. The first reason even I don’t know. Then I was injured and got ill.”The last two games, I am satisfied and then Raina scored a hundred and he got the chance to play the next match. These things are not under my control,” he said.”If I continue to be dropped like this, definitely I will have to look for something else,” he said jokingly.Yuvraj, meanwhile, refused to speak on the issue of the ongoing battle between suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and the BCCI.last_img read more

Stomach infection hits Aus, UK swimmers

first_imgA rash of Delhi belly cases has laid low as many as 50 international swimmers, here to compete at the Commonwealth Games.The unusually large number of complaints has forced an immediate inquiry into the water quality at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, an obvious suspect since almost all those reporting to the sickbay have been swimmers.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldAmong those suffering the pesky viral infection are a dozen Australian swimmers. Two of them – Andrew Lauterstein and Hayden Stoeckel – had to pull out of their heats on Wednesday after severe cramps kept them bedbound.EnglandEngland’s Rebecca Adlington has been badly hit by the stomach bugSuch was the plight of former Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill that he rushed “straight to the bathroom” after getting off the team bus. From the English camp, champion swimmer Francesca Halsall tweeted her anguish and frustration.Deeply bothered, she said: “Tummy still not fab? very very hard to get out of bed. I hope the piece of bread I had for tea gets me through the heats.” Halsall wasn’t the only one in her team to report sick.Rebecca Adlington too was under the weather. On Wednesday, Halsall failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly final after she won the gold medal in the 50m event and blamed “Delhi belly” for her failed attempt.Complaining of a revolting stomach, Adlington, said she was eating light food and keeping away from chicken. “? I ate pasta.” England team spokesperson Dave Richards conveyed the extent of the outbreak in his camp: “Till last evening, 20 per cent of our swimmers had an upset stomach and a few of them are on course of recovery. We’ve asked the organisers for tests to be conducted on the water at the main pool and the warm- up area.advertisement”We have 541 athletes and officials in Delhi and over the 28 days since the first ones arrived, seven to 10 per cent have suffered a mild stomach bug, which has lasted 24 hours.” England has asked the organisers for an assurance on the water quality at the aquatics complex.English swimmers Ryan Napoleon and Rob Hurley, along with team coach Matt Brown, were the first to complain of grumbling tummies. Butterfly and freestyle swimmer Marieke Guehrer joined the queue but recovered sufficiently to compete.Concerned over the ailments Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell has ordered an immediate investigation.He assured that the matter would be taken up on an urgent basis and the issue was of “paramount” concern. “Let’s not speculate. If there’s something unsafe, you can’t swim in that water. So we’ll have to deal with it with the greatest of urgency.” Even though the water at the S. P. Mukherjee complex looked suspect, competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati was dismissive of all such possibility.”I have the water testing certificates. These are in accordance with FINA (the world governing body for swimming). There is no problem at all. In any case, the water quality is checked every day without fail.”Those who weren’t quite willing to find a culprit in the pool suggested the problem could be because of “casual dining”. Or, there could be a problem with the food being served at the complex.In fact, Halsall seemed to suggest as much in her tweet: “I think it’s more to do with food and hygiene than the water at the pool.” Still, it was curious that most of those reporting the stomach bug were swimmers.Australian chef-de-mission Steve Moneghetti sounded worried: “There seems to be a larger number of swimmers. It seems quite isolated to the swim team at the moment.” He didn’t subscribe to the casual dining argument. “Why only swimmers then, why not others,” he asked.”The doctor doesn’t think it is food related because it’s more confined to one sport. All of us eat at the dining hall. We eat the same food and there are very few cases across the board,” he said.The Australian swimmers seemed to be in more than just a spot of bother. Spokesperson Lachlan Searle confirmed that two swimmers had pulled out with stomach bugs and the list includes 10 other.”Yes, our swimmers have taken ill but at the moment we don’t want to speculate about anything and let the results for the (water) tests come out,” he said.Team coach Leigh Nugent said both Lauterstein and Stoeckel had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Their absence from the competition would hit the team hard. “They are the two spearheads in our team, our No.advertisement1 butterfly swimmer (Lauterstein) and the No. 1 backstroker (Stoeckel), but that’s one of the reasons you come with a number of people – to have cover for such things.” South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh also claimed that as many as nine of his team members were facing similar problems.”We have nine members in the team who have reported Delhi belly symptoms but I wonder if we can blame the quality of water here,” van der Burgh said soon after qualifying for the men’s 50m breaststroke final on Thursday.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgCaptain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary put on an unbeaten 85 for the third wicket as Kolkata beat Punjab by 8 wickets during their IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 120 for victory, Punjab left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt got the better of Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis on one. The Kolkata score at the stage was 5. The other opener Eoin Morgan too fell to Bhatt in the fifth over when the Kolkata score was 35.Post that wicket captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary partnership frustrated the Punjab bowlers even as they tried hard to break their stand. But the two remained relentless and put on an unbeten 85 runs for the third wicket helping Kolkata win by eight wickets in 17.2 overs.Punjab inningsEarlier, Punjab batsman Dinesh Karthik scored 42, the highest in their caamp, as the visitors scored a meagre 119/6 against Kolkata during their IPL match.Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And Punjab opener Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a fine start scoring at 6.66 runs an over.The run rate soon dropped as Kolkata’s Yusuf Pathan scalped Valthaty in the fifth over of the match and then Shaun Marsh ended up getting run out in the seventh over when the score was 40.Then Iqbal Abdulla got the better of Punjab captain and opener Adam Gilchrist on 26. The ball kept low and even as Gilchrist wanted to play it across the line, the ball passed through his legs and crashed on to the stump when the team total was 44.advertisementThe 10th over saw Abhishek Nayar walk back run out on a duck even as the Punjab score read 53/4.Dinesh Karthik and David Hussey put 33 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Iqbal Abdulla, adjudged LBW on the last ball of the 15th over. Punjab were 86/5 at the stage.Finally, Punjab managed to score 119/6 in their 20 overs with Dinesh Karthik top scoring with 42, before being run out in the last over.last_img read more

Health meets recreation in a trend that sees gyms giving way to lifestyle centres

first_imgHigh on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs,High on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs of dying out, the health centres were forced into a facelift – sauna, massage and steam rooms. Even jacuzzis were crammed in to stretch the salubrious experience.It was an expansion that never stalled. In a transition that has edged out its predecessor much like an extinct species, today’s gym is embellished with a flurry of accoutrements designed to lure the laziest of gym rats. So after the workout, one can have a shampoo, blow dry or a hair cut, sip a decaf with wholegrain muffins in the cafe, chill out in the spa, get an oxygen hit, even buy a few paintings while leaving. Gym rat? More like a pampered poodle.Take Moksh in south Mumbai. A beauty salon, cafe, an exercise studio and a spa all rolled into one in 11,000 sq ft of space, it shies away from being the quintessential gym. It also offers pre-film screenings and displays affordable art by famous Indian painters for its members, besides ante-natal and post-natal exercise classes, salsa, Art of Living, yoga and jazz ballet. For those who want an energy boost, there is an oxygen bar.De-stress zone: Relaxing at Moksh in Mumbai can mean time spent at the oxygen bar as much as at yoga, salsa or jazz ballet classesThe new recreation-cum-fitness urge is making gym owners across the metros sit up and herald changes. In cities where distances limit recreation, it is becoming a fad among entrepreneurs to throw in that extra something to attract the fitness-conscious and the uninitiated.Says Swati Bhargava, sales and marketing team, Jay Wellness Centre (JWC) in Kailash Colony, Delhi: “These are no longer just gyms. They are lifestyle centres that address your needs round the clock, operating on flexi-time.” Which means you can walk in for a workout, a breakfast, even a visit to the doctor any time of the day.advertisementIt’s clearly an idea whose time has come. Darshana Gupta, 45, gets restless if she can’t squeeze in her workout every three days, but till only eight months ago, the housewife, unlike most fitness buffs, had not set foot inside a gym. Today, she’s dancing the salsa and shimmying to the latest Bollywood tracks in her Filmy Fit class in order to reduce. She is one of the 3,000 members at Exert, Mumbai, which houses a spa, a salon and a cafe, Injest, under the same roof.Says Anuradha Yusuf, proprietor of Exert: “There is a lot of spillover. Members like to indulge themselves after a workout with a spa package. They also spend time buying sports accessories from the pro shop as much as they enjoy sipping coffee in the cafe.” Gupta, who spends 10-15 hours a week at Exert, says, “I come to the gym to exercise to the Hindi film songs and practise my salsa moves.” She chose from a variety of speciality classes like kickboxing, tae bo, taekwando, kung fu, spinning and power punch on offer in her gym.Health drink: Coffee after a workout is a cool way to unwind at Inch by Inch, MumbaiIn Delhi, 26-year-old businessman Ravish Kapoor spends a good part of his mornings at the JWC, “a gym five minutes from my workplace”. So practically every weekday, Kapoor carries his work clothes and shaving kit to the gym for dressing up after the workout. “I have moved my bathroom in here,” he jests. The centre is conveniently equipped with a salon, sauna, jacuzzi, health cafe, even an underwater gym.The routine also gives him time to catch up with his “buddies” who are also members. To cater to surging desire to be fit more and more gyms and health centres are propping up. So, Inch by Inch – The Body Temple on Mumbai’s Marine Drive has a low-cal cafe with several extra services thrown in, while Qiuses Dynamix, an exercise studio, to offer classes ranging from kickboxing to taekwando. A swimming pool on its multilevel gym for aqua aerobics is the latest lure offered by Zaf in Mumbai, and 02 in Chennai, which started with a gym and a dance floor last year, now has two exercise and dance studios, a health bar and a gallery for art shows.The mushrooming of fitness centres has given rise to a new trend – gym hopping. For Mumbaikar Zarina Mittal, 31, who has changed three gyms in the past nine months, being seen at the latest fitness destination is also an ego massage. “The gym you go to is a style statement. So at Moksh, I am not just exercising but also gossiping, going on shopping sprees, partying at the in-house restaurant and going out with friends formed here.”advertisementSuch luxury does not come cheap. The annual membership at Moksh varies from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 depending on peak/non-peak hours, with free sessions at the oxygen bar and discounts thrown in. The rates are similar at the JWC, and membership includes yoga, aerobics, aqua aerobics classes and “recreational events”. But as Kapoor says, it helps relieve stress and more important, it’s fun. Which seems to be the latest credo fitness centres are living by.-with Methil Renuka in Delhi and Arun Ram in Chennailast_img read more