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The Iron Temple

The body is called a temple? It's said sometimes, but it's not correct for everyone.

For whatever reason, children with highly developed analytical and intellectual skills in the West usually don't gravitate towards more physical, strenuous, and intense activities. There's exceptions -- plenty -- but generally speaking, people who have extreme analytical mental ability tend to neglect their physical ability.

But then the body, a supposed temple, becomes a prison for the mind, dragging its possessor down into low energy, poor moods, and various aches and ailments and pains.

No, the body isn't a temple. The real temple is a place you like to engage in activities to be active and move and have your blood move and activate your muscles and get into motion.

And to succeed at that, especially if you're very analytical, you need to get your mind involved. Whether that be a competitive sport, or a set of exercises that you work towards constant form, or whether it's a game of increasing strength of flexibility or performance... regardless of the particular details, engaging the mind and body together becomes crucial for keeping your mind free and alive.

Maverick Fitness - T.Nagar, Chennai, India

On The Gym Scout

A single floor gym, but with clearly spelled out weights and cardio sections. You walk into the reception area and to your left is the weights room and to your left is the cardio room and the lockers. The Gym Scout doesn't go about looking for separate sections. Some of the best training would involve some cardio work and farmer carry or military presses during the "rest period". But this is important in India, if you want at least a few like minded people around you. You wouldn't want to be around the cardio section for too long for fear of getting advice like "20-20-20 on treadmill, bike and EFX". The Gym Scout absolutely hates that.

The cardio section has nice sturdy treadmills and this is important in Chennai because you have only a 15 minute window each day to run outdoors before the weather pulls you in! Rowing machine -check. And not too claustrophobic. We like this space. Fellow gym dwellers, even in this cardio section, are inspiring. So no put offs for the scout here.

The weights section has many contraptions and not enough bars. Don't get us wrong, there is space enough to do your own lifts, but not too many bars. Having said that if you can replace your barbell lifts with a pair of dumbbells, then there is not too much wrong with this place. The biggest let down is the lack of a squat rack. And kettlebells. There go a few of the most important lifts you can do!

This place has a lot going for it, decent trainers, a lot of weights, a lot of machines and would genuinely appeal to someone who doesn't do too many free weights. But for someone who does, it's a trade off between having enough space but having to make do with dumbbells instead of bars and waiting for your turn on a bench.

This place is a nice short term solution or a place you can start out at - no doubt, but lacks the basics for the serious lifter or an elite amateur athlete. Although be on the lookout for the 3 months plus 1 offer. That's what got The Gym Scout through the Maverick doors.

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