Jammu and Kashmir

Physical, mental fitness must for everybody, says valley’s Powerman Ubayd Hafiz

Ansar Hussain

Ganderbal, Jan 21 (KNO): Being fit – physically as well as mentally – is the best way to nip the menace of drugs in the bud, said Ubayd Hafiz, Kashmir’s fitness trainer, competitive bodybuilder ad national powerlifter, while talking exclusively to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

Ubayd is the Powerman of 2020, three times runner-up, and 21 times Gold medalist in powerlifting besides winning several medals in bodybuilding.

On Saturday, he visited the Supreme Fitness Club, Dab at Ganderbal here to review the ongoing training session at the club. After witnessing the hands-on training, Ubayd expressed excitement during his mentoring session to get connected with the members of the club.

Talking to KNO on the sidelines of the training session, Ubayd said, “We all need to be fit; physically as well as mentally.”

He said it was unfortunate and heartbreaking to see the Kashmir youth getting involved in drugs. “This gives nightmares to thousands of parents in the valley,” he said, adding, “In order to eradicate the menace from our society, the onus lies on us to work on our physical health to grow positively.”

“We have to be actively involved in daily exercises no matter where ever you do it, but doing it in fitness/gym centres provides proper guidance and a professional atmosphere” he added.

On the occasion, the founder of the Supreme Fitness Club, Syed Yasir Rizvi, also shared his experience that led him to start the gym.

“It was my dream to start a fitness centre in my area as there is no gym around in this locality. I want this centre to become a salvation for the victims of drug addiction so that they regain their health and grow in a positive manner,” Rizvi said. “Establishing this centre was never easy. It took me five years and the club was finally set up in August last year. I am thankful to my parents for their unflinching support.”

He said the club’s management has decided to create awareness programmes and mentoring sessions at individual levels to aware the youth and their parents of the drug menace. “This club serves as the platform for the youth to move on with a positive approach,” he added.

Rizvi further said, “We recently started a batch for women to carry on their training with the female fitness coach. There are no boys allowed during that session. We want to completely change the idle behaviour of our people and involve them in physical activities. My dream is to mentor the youth about physical health benefits so that they carve a niche in their respective fields.”

A 19-year-old member of the club said, “We are very happy to be part of this club. It boosted my confidence in the field of sports as well as education. We should appreciate these initiatives.”—(KNO)

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