This post is a part of 24-day Marathon fiction called Yaariyan.
Excited to join the gym and start working out, Niket shopped for track pants and t shirts with witty one liners. He purchased new running shoes, gym bag, a cool sipper and other accessories. He joined the gym on Monday morning, March 2, 2015 and explained to his trainer Abhay what he has to accomplish by August.
Abhay asked him two days’ time to prepare a diet plan for him. They started the workout with some basic warm-up exercises. 3 sets of 20 squats, 3 sets of 20 lunges, 3 sets of 5 push-ups (which Niket wasn’t able to do) and 2 sets of 10 crunches. Sweating profusely, Niket looked at the watch. It had only been 10 minutes! ‘Take a 5 minute break and then we start workout’, said Abhay as he moved around. Niket took time to digest that the fact that what they had done was only warm-up, workout would now follow!
After 5 minute break, Abhay asked Niket to use the cross-fit trainer for 20 minutes. Looking at the machine, he felt its going to be easy – after all the speed is in the user’s control. 10 minutes cycling on the cross-fit trainer, Niket was able to recollect all the places where he had eaten junk food in the last month. He wanted to stop himself from having that cheese burger and pizza. He was paddling at speed level set at 6. Soon, Abhay came around informing him that level has to be increased after every two minutes. Once he reached level 12, Niket had to find a lot of energy in his body to push the paddles hard enough. After completing 20 minutes, he felt like he had conquered the world – until the reading reflected – 350 calories burnt! That was so immaterial! Niket’s peppy attitude didn’t seem to be working on the gym instructor – he asked him to jog for 20 minutes.
Niket then moved towards the treadmill. Setting the speed at 6 km/hr, he walked on it with easiness for 6 minutes. Post that, he increased the speed at 8 km/hr, he started jogging. Everything was happening in slow motion – he could listen to the thud of his feet hitting the treadmill. He removed his napkin to wipe the sweat off his forehead. Time seemed to be walking at turtle’s pace. He could hear the sound of the second’s hand in his watch – tick, tick, tick. It took him ages to finish the 20 minute jog.
Abhay asked him to rest for the day,’We’ll follow this schedule till two weeks. Post that we’ll begin your actual workout sessions – different days for legs, shoulders and abs.’ ‘WTF! This wasn’t a workout for preparing me for the trek?’ ‘Lol, no. This was just to activate all muscles in your body so that you can start working out after two weeks.’
Niket left the gym with disappointment, he was worried how the actual workouts would turn out to be. His entire body was sore and aching. He took an off from factory that day and went to sleep. He didn’t go back to the gym for the next two weeks!
It was only when he met Siddhi for coffee for an umpteenth time, did he consider the importance of being fit for the trek; and on her insistence joined back the gym after a fortnight. He went continuously till June. Siddhi was excited for him going to the trek – and kept him accountable to go to the gym, making Arpit’s job easier. They both had started liking each other – and their parents were happy with it. By end of June 2015 Niket was fit for the trek.
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