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CYCLING AND SWIMMING:- IS THIS COMBINATION THE BEST PHYSICAL FITNESS FORMAT? Opinions.

 

 The "Mahatma Gandhi Olympic Swimming Pool" at Shivaji Park in Mumbai has re-opened since Monday(11-10-2011) after a two and a half year closure due to  re-construction and re-designing .

The present pool is an advertisement in swimming pool excellence equivalent to "First World Country" status in aesthetics as well as design. The main pool is the normal "Olympic Size 50 metres length"  having 10 swimming lanes.

There are 2 smaller pools of 20 meters length each and a third shallow wading pool for kids. Normally we motorists always cursed the Mumbai Municipality  for the bad maintenance of roads, especially during the monsoon season. Re-construction of the "Mahatma Gandhi Swimming Pool" by the "Mumbai Municipal corporation" is definitely a great achievement as it had manny detractors when the project was first initiated in early 2009, including yours truely.The reasons were valid as most government public projects take years to  attain completion, besides, we were afraid that the "Membership Charges" would rise steeply after renovation and re-construction of the old swimming pool.

The "Mumbai Municipal Corporation" has proved the skeptics wrong by constructing a  World Class swimming pool for the "Common Man"  at a nominal annual membership charge.

I advice fellow cyclists to become members of this club if not members of any other swimming club in Mumbai. Cyclists can have the added pleasure of a nice swim after a strenuos cycle ride to the pool.

This was my format from 1999 upto 2009 before the closure of the pool and now again the same format after re-opening.According to my personal experience, a combination of swimming and cycling is the best natural form of physical fitness.

 

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Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on October 18, 2011 at 11:32am
 
RENOVATED AND REDESIGNED MAHATMA GANDHI MEMORIAL OLYMPIC POOL(M.G.M.O)" A BLOCKBUSTER HIT SWIMMING POOL! :- Today (Tuesday 18-10-2011)the queue for just getting the "Membership forms" for the "M.G.M.O Pool" was one of the longest i have seen in living memory, akin to a religious queue or a top politicians speech rally. Either Mumbai's population has drastically increased or wealthy mumbaikars have also started queu...ing for membership, once considered a "Working class swimming pool" due to its irregular maintenance and "Open Membership" unlike private clubs which charge lakhs besides having "Membership Restrictions". Thank god that they have given old members a preference for membership and as they say, "OLD IS GOLD". Happy swimming and 2016 Olympics might have a competitor from "M.G.M.O".
I  have personally cycled and jogged and have found cycling and swimming to be a better form of stress relief as well as fitness regime.
Comment by j a n e on October 15, 2011 at 10:39am

hi Rudolph:

thanks. I called them up yesterday as a last resort and luckily some lady picked up the phone. was going to mail you today anyways for your help. But the lady does not know the fee structure or timings so I guess will have to wait or go there personally to inquire.. I have made inquiries with Ozone at Malad but by the time i reach, it will be closing time.. so i am pursuing this option.

 

I agree with you vis-a-vis cycling and swimming to an Adventure Sport. One of the best cardio workouts.

thanks very much

take care

ride safe

 

Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on October 15, 2011 at 9:55am

Hi Jane.

 The telephone number is   24452062 the same number that i mentioned previously.Got it verified, the number rings. Timnings are 0700 hrs to 0900 hrs in the morning.New membership  registration starts from Monday(18-10-2011).Honestly, a combination of road cycling and pool swimming is an equivalent of an "Adventure Sport".

Comment by j a n e on October 14, 2011 at 3:44pm

hi Rudolph:

thanks very much. I do have the number you mailed, but no body is picking up the phone, it keeps in ringing incessantly. but will give it a try today or go an meet them in the evening since they are open till 09.00.

thanks again

take care

ride safe

 

Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on October 14, 2011 at 1:58pm

Hi Jane,

Membership enrolment begins from Monday(18-10-2011) for new-comers. The Inquiry office at "M.G.M.O " pool is open from 0700hrs to 1000hrs in the morning and from 1600hrs to 2100hrs which are the normal swimming times. The pool is closed on Mondays. Regarding their phone, i will have to get the same as it must have changed since the last 2 1/2 years of renovation reconstruction.Their old phone number is 24452062. Try the same if still in use.

Comment by j a n e on October 14, 2011 at 10:26am

hi Rudolph:

I am desperately trying to get in touch with the authorities at the pool but there is something wrong with the phone line. I also visited them on a saturday but the inquiry office was closed.

I have starting cycling and would like to add swimming to the list of exercise as well. I want to learn to swim hence the comment. Would you be kind enough to furnish me the telephone number / or if you are a member can you tell me when are learning classes being conducted?

 

Awaiting your reply. 

 

thanks

 

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