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Inside 50 A Day Gym St.

Health and fitness

Inside 50 A Day Gym St.


Maggie

Maggie Meadow, owner of Potters Gym with her husband Fred Meadow and coach Maurice Mogui (centre) at the low-cost gym in Bahati on May 11, 2022. Photo | Diana Najila | NMG

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summary

  • A gym membership in Nairobi usually costs around Sh1,000 to Sh500 per day, while others prefer monthly subscriptions of Sh6000 on average.
  • The gym, although it is not fancy and lacks the expensive fitness machines and the latest technology that are installed in most gyms in high-end neighborhoods, it does have proper machines that allow one to exercise well.
  • Gym memberships in Kenya have grown over the years but have gradually decreased during the pandemic following job losses and salary cuts.

21 years ago, Margaret Meadow was not happy with her body. The mother of six also saw many overweight men and women walking through the estate in Nairobi, and saw an opportunity to open a fitness center. But it will be accessible to many.

Maggie, as her clients fondly call her, along with her husband Fred Meadow opened the Potters Gym Aerobics and Fitness Center, charging their clients $50 a day.

A gym membership in Nairobi usually costs around Sh1,000 to Sh500 per day, while others prefer monthly subscriptions of Sh6000 on average. She says the concept behind the low price is to allow everyone to get fit.

“Joining a gym is an expensive project, but we came to demystify this idea by opening a gym that allows everyone to train regardless of their financial situation,” Maggie said. Gym goers who prefer to pay per month are charged Sh1,000.

The gym, although it is not fancy and lacks the expensive fitness machines and the latest technology that are installed in most gyms in high-end neighborhoods, it does have proper machines that allow one to exercise well.

It has indoor stationary bikes, jump ropes, iron weight plates, pneumatic rubber steps, iron jumpers, and tires, among other things.

“We have all the required weights and other major equipment that enables our clients to do all the exercises they need to do,” Maggie said.

Quinto Sikono, a fitness enthusiast, has trained in the gym for the past couple of months after years of searching for a pocket-friendly spot.

“In the Sh50, I would never have found a niche as convenient as this. Not only is it pocket-friendly, but it is also equipped for proper training,” Ciccone says.

Sport club

Potter Gym owner Maggie Meadow with her husband Fred Meadow (2 left), coach Maurice Mogoi (right) and trainer Edwin Mogoi (left) at the low-cost gym in Bahati on May 11, 2022. Photo | Diana Najila | NMG

Gym memberships in Kenya have grown over the years but have gradually decreased during the pandemic following job losses and salary cuts.

Although fitness enthusiasts have resumed, some gym owners say attendance has not reached pre-pandemic times. The blame is the high cost of the training fee. Some have had to cut prices or introduce incentives.

healthy diet

At age 51, Maggie exercises every day. She has been working on it for about 30 years now, adding that discipline is key if one wants to achieve desired results.

“Exercise is not enough, especially for those who want to lose weight, good eating plays a key role,” she said.

Now an aerobics instructor, she adds that some people have been exercising for a long time but don’t lose weight because of the type and amounts of food they eat after leaving the gym.

“There was a lady who exercised here for a year but never lost weight. She was bitter about why she saw results despite her frequent visits to the gym. After a few days she realized she was eating a lot of bagia after leaving the gym,” she said. .

Mr. Meadow is also into fitness. He has played sports for more than 20 years and was a professional soccer player with teams such as Blue Triangle, Reunion, Shell and AFC Leopard, which was his last team.

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