Old city woman scripts new success story in physical fitness

Batting for gender equality, Alia wants parents to give breathing space to daughters

Srinagar: The first women certified trainer Aliya Farooq has spread the wings of physical fitness among women in volatile parts of old Srinagar city and today she has the enrollment of over fifty women who are undergoing physical fitness training at her gym centre.
Claiming to have scripted a new success story in the field of physical fitness, a woman entrepreneur in Khanyar area of old Srinagar city Aliya Farooq told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that she has established a gym centre exclusively for women attracting a large number of women for physical fitness training.
The journey of Alia to establish a gym centre and initiate a process of training in physical fitness for the girls of old Srinagar city has hit many road blocks as her husband had the experience of failing to run a gym centre he had started way back in 2000 in the Khanyar area in old Srinagar city.
After her husband failed to run the gym centre smoothly, he hired the services of a mail trainer in the year 2010 but the mail trainer too failed to run the gym centre on commercial lines. In 2012 Alia a first woman trainer registered by body building federation of India, herself took up the challenge and started training young girls at her gym centre. In short span of time the gym centre was popular and women in large numbers today are enrolled at the gym centre where they undergo physical fitness training.
Stressing upon the gender equality, Aliya told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that time has come for the parents to give girls a breathing space as today’s world focuses on women empowerment and Kashmir should be no exception.