Hei apa khabar Malaysian!
I started my professional fitness career back in about 2007, in a commercial gym named City Fitness in New Zealand.Then when i back to Malaysia, i joined one of the biggest fitness chain in Malaysia ,Celebrity Fitness ,i left there last year May(i resign before that and rejoin back ,before i left last year).
My graduation in New Zealand Institute of Sports.Spotted the shy asian?
Malaysia Personal Trainer That Work In Commercial Gym Sucks?
I would say a “No” and “Yes” .
Downside of hiring a personal trainer in commercial gym.
Quantity come first
In commercial gym,is all about SALES.Quantity come first.As a personal trainer in commercial gym, they need to hit a certain amount of sales every month,if not they will get a demotion (during my time).Not familiar with the term of “demotion”?Opposite of promotion = demotion .SXXks sXXt!
As a trainer in commercial gym (not all),all they looking at is your MONEY! Whatever sweet talk they say to you ,is to get you to open your wallet and swipe your card.
No Time For You
Well, if a trainer that have 30 clients, they will not have time for new client.But ,the pressure is on, if they have not hit their own sales target for that month.What would they do?
RECRUIT MORE clients!
They will sweet talk you ,like they want to tackle you.The sweetest conversation you will ever experience with someone in your entire life,better than your second half.
Whatever crap request you ask them ,they will only says ,KE YI (can in chinese) ,CAN LA, BOLEH LA,NO PROBLEM ,BO DAI CHI(no problem) , BO BUN TUI (no problem).
After you swipe your card,everything will be reversed! He/she will be the worst person you ever want to talk to.BU KE YI,CANNOT LA,GOT PROBLEM LA ,those are the words that they going to tell you.
Think about it,how many real qualified personal trainer in market? And how many fitness center in Malaysia?What is the ratio of qualified pt over fitness center? I would says there are more youtube qualified personal trainer more than the real certified personal trainer in Malaysia.However, there are also some really good personal trainer that i know of in Celebrity fitness ,that is really dedicated to work with their client,such as Coach Lucius ,coach Sheng and others (pm me if you want to hire a pt from celebrity fitness or coaches in Malaysia,i might be able to help up) .
Advantage of hiring a personal trainer in commercial gym.
A big Pool of Personal Trainer
One of the advantage of hiring a personal trainer in commercial gym is that, they have a big pool of personal trainer that you could choose from.If you dont like coach Ah Meng,just choose la coach Ah Beng or Ah Hui.
Variety Of Up-to-date Equipment
You get to train and use some of the most up-to-date equipment the correct way in commercial gym. Malaysian is a group of people that susah to entertain. Whatever mat salleh is using,we want to use it too. Whatever the white people do, is the paling terbest wan , and we need to do it too.
I know that some of you may have some really bad experience with some of the commercial gym here in Malaysia,as an ex-management team from a commercial gym in Malaysia and a professional personal trainer,sometime we feel hard to balance between professionalism and the sales pressure from our bosses. Is either you be a good personal trainer or a good sales man.Nothing in between..
Feel free to share some of your experience as a members or ex staff/current staff in commercial gym.
Above article is solely based on my own experience,and it does not represent the whole commercial gym in Malaysia or others country or any personal trainer.