‘This looks like a torture room,’’ I tell my personal trainer for the day, Arnold Oyuru.
It is my first functional fitness session at Alpha Fit Gym on Ngong Road, Nairobi. The very large non-partitioned gym in an industrial-garage-like building is quite intimidating. At one corner, a young woman with a body to die for lifts 40 kilogrammes of steel with little strain. There is a well-muscled man in rugby attire hitting a truck-sized tyre with a sledgehammer. A woman, very tall and perfectly toned, pulls two super-sized ropes anchored on poles and whips them creating many waves. She finishes the battle rope workout and hangs from the pull-up bar.