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The Real Income Of A Personal Trainer In Malaysia

The Real Income Of A Personal Trainer In Malaysia ,personal trainer income in malaysiaThe Real Income Of A Personal Trainer In Malaysia ,personal trainer income in malaysia

The Real Income Of A Personal Trainer In Malaysia ,personal trainer income in malaysia

I have been working in a commercial gym for about 5 years . Same company but different management .But the salary scheme is pretty much the same.

My post was personal trainer , team leader and then assistant manager . You get to learn different things at different post .

As a personal trainer ,you need to know how to manage yourself . As a team leader you start to learn how to manage a team ,and as a assistant manager ,you need to fully lead a team.

Well, different post will give you different income .My highest income is around RM 12k ,average monthly income is about RM 6k nett. And this is consider AVERAGE ! Well , im just sucks at selling !

So what decide your total income as a personal trainer?

1) Your Ability To Sell

When we think about it , if a business dint make enough sales/revenue ,who is going to pay the staff’s salary ? So, sales must be part of the business . There are 3 main income streams for personal trainer .

(a) Selling personal training packages (b) Hourly conduction (c) Selling membership .

In order to maximize your paycheck ,you have to first identified which category you are best at doing .You can do everything ,but you will be burn out in no time . Generally , I do not recommend hourly conduction as your main income stream , as you will be using your time to exchange for money .

2)Your Position

The higher position you at , the higher basic ,commission and bonus you will receive. You will start getting much higher basic when you are at assistant manager . The basic salary will be about RM2500 (at my time) ,if gym hit goal (sales target) we get extra bonus around RM1500 (depends how much % of the 100% goal, we achieve at that month ) . So ,basic plus bonus alone is already RM 4000 . Plus conduction and sales commission , easily RM 10k . Manager more jialat , basic already RM 5k , but they cannot conduct personal training session ,cause need to 100% focus on managing .But their bonus is a bomb ! Basically without commission ,by just hitting monthly goal plus bonus , RM10k sap sap sui.

3)Your Connection With The Consultant and Management Team

It sounds doggy , but this is the reality . Every members that sign up with the gym , we get to know what type of credit cards they are using  .Obviously higher income uses different card . And higher income means higher buying power . So , if you have a good relationship with your management or the consultant , those clients that are potential in buying personal training packages will be given to you first .

4)Cold Calling

It feels weird , but we do cold calling as a personal trainer to generate more sales . During non peak hours for the gym , 11am till 4pm , normally we conduct meetings ,and do alot of cold calling to generate sales . So, make sure you spare some times to do calling .

5)Communication Skills

In my opinion the best sales person , is a person that is good at communicating with others .The way we talk to our clients , gesture , terms , phases and every sentences during the conversation must be able to attract the clients’s interest towards the products .

Above is just a big picture of how a personal trainer salary will be , different company have different salary scheme . Gym such as anytime fitness ,they payout high basic , but low commission .And chain such as fitness first and celebrity fitness ,giving low basic and high commission . The highest commission payout is from celebrity fitness is about 22% (depends how much you sell on that month ) .

If you love challenge and i think every personal trainer should , go for higher commission , push yourself hard and get a nice pay check at the end of the month .

Share your experience as a personal trainer in a commercial gym. We would love to hear from you .

 

 

 

6 comments
  1. Dean Venter

    To whom it may may concern,

    I am currently in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I am a certified fitness instructor / Personal trainer with 14 years experience.

    I am 37 years of age and am looking for a contracted position in Malaysia. I a have strong work ethic and a professional demeanor where clientele service is of top order.

    I Would be in appreciation if you could guide, maybe direct me forward in this regard.

    Yours in good health,
    Dean

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  3. Chong You

    Hi Weng Honn,

    By way of introducing myself, I’m 22 years old, born in Malaysia and currently pursuing degree in MMU. I’m an athlete and represent state to take part in national competitions. In the meantime, I also assist my coach in instructing and guiding juniors. I love to train, share my experiences with juniors, and help them to achieve their target. By taking this opportunity, I obtained sports science certificate which was certified by National Sports Councils of Malaysia.

    I would like to take up the challenge as a personal trainer, but I do not have certificate for fitness personal trainer.

    Please advise whether I can be a personal trainer first without the certificate? This is because I would like to earn the income in order to cover the course and exam fee.

    With your experiences, I truly hope that you can advise me on how to start up as a personal trainer and the pathway.

    Thank you in advance. Weng Honn,

    By way of introducing myself, I’m 22 years old, born in Malaysia and currently pursuing degree in MMU. I’m an athlete and represent state to take part in national competitions. In the meantime, I also assist my coach in instructing and guiding juniors. I love to train, share my experiences with juniors, and help them to achieve their target. By taking this opportunity, I obtained sports science certificate which was certified by National Sports Councils of Malaysia.

    I would like to take up the challenge as a personal trainer, but I do not have certificate for fitness personal trainer.

    Please advise whether I can be a personal trainer first without the certificate? Will the fitness centre accept kind of trainer (non-certified)? This is because I would like to earn the income in order to cover the course and exam fee.

    With your experiences, I truly hope that you can advise me on how to start up as a personal trainer and the pathway.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Boss Weng

      Hei,
      Thanks for your email..
      First of all , personal trainer certification is very common and is a must for every trainer in the market. I do understand your situation of earn first before spending . I would suggest you to start your career with commercial gym such as celebrity fitness or fitness first , as they will still accept trainers that without certification , as they have their own house training .

      If you are planning for freelance trainer or sport performance coaching, I do not think that you will have a good chance of getting a job .I was the sports performance coach for Malaysia basketball team , we do not accept any coach that do not have any certification and experience in coaching ,and I believe this apply to others sport as well.

      Therefore , the best option that I could suggest you to go is to start with commercial gym , if you really want to start your earning without a certification.

      I hope this help .

      Regards,
      Coach Weng

  4. Shivaani

    Hi weng honn. My fiance is from India and he been to gym about 4 years. Now he want to take personal trainer certification and Wana become a PT in Malaysia. Suggest me where and what type of certification he should take? And is that fine if he take it in India? Or in Malaysia ? Seems he want to become a PT in malaysia ! Do guide me . Thank u

    1. Boss Weng

      Hei Shivaani ,
      First of all ,thanks for your inquiry .I would suggest your fiance to take NASM or ACE personal training certification , as these 2 certifications are widely recognized .
      It doesnt matter where he takes it , Malaysia or India , it will be the same as long as it is from NASM or ACE.

      a) ONLINE CERTIFICATION
      He can get either one certification online , which will be cheaper . But if your fiance do not have any knowledge on fitness , exercise or health i will recommend him to take it offline .
      To learn more about ACE personal training certification go here
      To learn more about NASM personal training certificaiton go here

      I have written a complete guide on the differences between NASM and ACE personal training certification you can read them here

      b) OFFLINE CERTIFICATION (CLASS BASED)
      Offline certification which similar to going to uni , where you go to class and , a coach will deliver the course material .The price will be higher , but it will be very helpful for someone that do not that have the exerice science”S foundation .
      I did a light google search for ACE certification in India, and i found https://www.r8fitnessacademy.com/ is providing this service . Feel free to google around , and you should find some .

      There are a few things that i would like to suggest based on your fiance scenario .
      #1 Work Permit
      a) If your fiance is going to work in Malaysia"s commercial gym , as i know , most of the commercial gym only take in expact for a high management post , you might want to consider contacting those company before coming over , for any job vacancy .
      b) If you are setting up a company or freelancing , i will advice you to check with the immigration of Malaysia on how you going to do it , to avoid any complication .
      Malaysia immigration web site ==> http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/

      Hope this help.

      COach Weng

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