Sohel Taj has started his own gym, where he helps people improve their health
Once an influential politician and member of parliament, Sohel Taj not only resigned from his job but has apparently left politics for good in order to help people improve their health. He has opened a gym in Dhaka’s Satmasjid Road.
At 5pm on Wednesday, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP from Jessore 3 constituency, along with his brother Kazi Inam Ahmed, director of Gemcon Group, visited Sohel Taj at his gym.
Kazi Nabil Ahmed is not only a former political colleague but also a friend of Sohel Taj.
Tanjim Ahmad Sohel, son of Tajuddin Ahmad, prime minister of Bangladesh during the 1971 War of Liberation and assassinated with three other national leaders in November 1975, launched the gym, “Inspire Fitness by Sohel Taj,” on the seventh floor of building number 751 on Satmasjid Road.
Sohel Taj talked to his friend Kazi Nabil about his gym, his thoughts and initiatives on healthcare.
Stating that there was no alternative to physical activity, Sohel Taj said that he wanted to disseminate awareness about physical exercises all over the country.
Sohel Taj stated that the world's best vertex exercise equipment was being used in his gym.
Special procedures have been put in place to manage the air circulation in the gymnasium considering the coronavirus pandemic. Just as there is a system for the entry of pure air, there is also a system for expelling the indoor air.
UV light has been installed at the entry path of air so that air entering the gym is disinfected.
Sohel Taj also shared his memories of the past saying: "I am a child of a political family. After my father was killed, my mother entered politics. There was no supervision of food habits at home. I used to eat a lot of sweets.
“Many people would tease me for being fat. When they refused to take me into the school football team, I decided that I had to get into the team anyhow.
“I watched the Olympic Games on TV, and focused on physical exercise. I started going up and down the stairs of the house,” he added.
Sohel Taj said that exercise not only fixed the body, but also boosted mental confidence.
He showed Kazi Nabil Ahmed around the gym. There is much intricate exercise equipment in the gym. Sohel Taj himself exercises there and trains others almost every evening.
Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP lauded Sohel Taj's initiative in promoting good health and good life.
"I am very inspired by his [Sohel Taj’s] work," he said. “We need to be more health conscious and one of the main ways of doing that is to exercise. I wish him success in this endeavour.”