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Gym - flexing muscles and minds

A look into the Lahore School’s Gym where aesthetic is youth.

In the Main Campus students gravitate toward all manner of nooks, niches, and crevices (and there are so many in the vast expanse of the Campus) in search of the non-reflective quarters most conducive to their needs. That's why many members of the Lahore School community (this one included), go to find physical ‘solace’ in the gym.

If you want enormous strength, tightly defined muscles, a massive chest, powerful arms and legs, or simply need to shed some extra fat, going to the gym is a must. Gym’s mirror panels reflect all this and other nook, niche, and crevice of the bodies; they also multiply the array of body-shaping fitness units, machinery which looks like an army of robots. The mirrors are easy to do the self analysis. The effect of the mirrors is overwhelming.

Of course, it is important to keep in mind that the gym-goers at the Lahore School are not just any members of the University community. They are a special class who cares about how their bodies look, and maybe are also aware of the needs of ‘muscle flexing.’ Adnan Shah, athletic looking young student of MBA 2004, who hangs around and work out in the gym, when ever he has time before, after or in between classes, says, “This is one of the best facilities I have been to. In the gym I work at Flying and Bench mostly.”

This is not to say that every student there looks fit, for that would be an overstatement. But the gym's aesthetic is youth. They all are young, vibrant and embody the determined optimism that accompanies their presence there. Close examination of the gym population reveals another class of gym-goers: girls.

Lahore School’s competitive spirit does not rest in the gym alone. But the prevailing spirit resonates loudly among the many gym visitors, particularly those who go there regularly.

What is it about the gym, and its aesthetic of youth, that makes people (like me) feel so very old? Despite the age, I am reminded of my own days when one physical training instructor told and I suggest here, if I may, “Always believe in yourself. If you start doubting your abilities, your workouts are not going to be effective and your efforts are not going to be fruitful. And, attitude is everything. Once your attitude changes, everything changes. When you know you can do it, you can and will do it.

So, go workout in the Gym!


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9/24/2004 01:04:00 PM,

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