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Inside the gym Sh50 per day


Maggie Mido, owner of Potter’s Gym with her husband Fred Mido and instructor Morris Mugwe (C) at the low cost gymnasium in Bahati on May 11, 2022. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

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Summary

  • Gym membership in Nairobi usually costs between 1,000 and 500 shillings per day, while others prefer monthly memberships averaging 6,000 shillings.
  • The gym, while not fancy and lacking the expensive fitness equipment and latest technology that has been installed in most affluent neighborhood gyms, has adequate machines that allow for a good workout. train.
  • Gym membership in Kenya has increased over the years but has gradually declined during the pandemic following job losses and wage cuts.

Twenty-one years ago, Margret Mido was not happy with her body. The mother-of-six also saw many overweight men and women walking around the estate in Nairobi and saw an opportunity to open a fitness centre. But one that would be affordable to many.

Maggie, as her clients affectionately call her, and her husband Fred Mido opened the Potters Gym aerobics and fitness centre, charging their clients 50 shillings a day.

Gym membership in Nairobi usually costs between 1,000 and 500 shillings per day, while others prefer monthly memberships averaging 6,000 shillings. She says the concept behind the low price was to allow everyone to get fit.

“Joining a gym is an expensive business, but we’ve come to demystify that notion by opening a gym that allows anyone to work out regardless of financial status,” Maggie said. Gym goers who prefer to pay monthly are charged 1,000 shillings.

The gym, while not fancy and lacking the expensive fitness equipment and latest technology that has been installed in most affluent neighborhood gyms, has adequate machines that allow for a good workout. train.

It has indoor stationary bikes, jump ropes, barbell weight plates, rubber aero steppers, dumbbells, and tires, among other items.

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

Quinto Sikono, a fitness enthusiast, has been training at the gym for two months after years of searching for a friendly place.

“At Sh50 I wouldn’t have found a place as convenient as this. It is not only user-friendly, but also equipped for proper training,” says Mr. Sikono.

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Maggie Mido, owner of Potter’s Gym with her husband Fred Mido (2R), instructor Morris Mugwe (R) and trainer Edwin Mugwimi (L) at Bahati Low Cost Gym on May 11, 2022. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Gym membership in Kenya has increased over the years but has gradually declined during the pandemic following job losses and wage cuts.

Although fitness enthusiasts have picked up, some gym owners say attendance numbers have not reached pre-pandemic times. To blame is the high cost of training fees. Some have been forced to lower prices or offer incentives.

Good Alimentation

At 51, Maggie trains every day. She has been at it for about 30 years now, adding that discipline is essential if one is to achieve the desired results.

“Exercise is not enough, especially for those who want to lose weight, eating well is an integral part,” she said.

Now an aerobics trainer, she adds that some people have been exercising for ages 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 she never lost any weight. She was bitter against me as to why she was seeing the results despite her frequent visits to the gym. After a few days, I realized she ate a lot of bhajia after leaving the gym,” she said.

Mr. Mido also takes care of fitness. He has been practicing for over 20 years and was a professional footballer with teams such as Blue Triangle, Reunion, Shell and AFC Leopard which was his last team.

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