Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My Personal Trainers in Singapore

I transferred to Singapore last 2008 to work in a French financial services company. I can say that I was physically fit during that time but since it was a new environment for me, I forgot about the words diet and workout and tried several foods and was so lazy to go to gym. I gained a lot of weight and fats and the rest was history. Fitness First has always been my gym so I enrolled for a membership after a few months.

I received a call from a trainer asking for some workout trials with him and that time, I thought it was a chance to get back in shape so I agreed. Then I met Ashraf Stephen and I could say that the workout we did was really good so I signed up for 30 sessions worth 2,000 SGD. I learned new workout routines that I haven't experienced from my previous trainers. Also, he taught me some modification on some machines/equipments in case the required item isn't available for use. He knows what he is doing and being in the fitness industry for years I can say that he is a good trainer. On his personal side, what I remember is that he is from Great Britain, converted to Islam, married to a Singaporean and they have two kids. I was about to renew the sessions with him when he got another job from other fitness center and I still have a contract with Fitness First so I can't move to other gym that time. His work experience is considerably one of the best and in the fitness industry since 2005. He was a personal trainer in California Fitness and now working in Sky Fitness in Harbourfront both in Singapore. Other qualifications include (1) Advanced Personal Trainer, Asian Academy for Sports & Fitness Professionals (AASFP) / (2) PTS, Resisted Movement Training, American Council of Exercise / (3) CPR & AED Certified. His motto: "Tomorrow Never Comes". He once told me that he was joining (I forgot the exact name) Singapore's Strongest Man. After my 30 sessions with him, I felt stronger and more active again. I also noticed some improvement in my body and I regained my endurance. Ashraf is a very good person and trainer; currently we are still in contact with each other and will definitely see him when I visit Singapore again. So if you want his professional expertise then go now to Sky Fitness and acquire his services.

A good friend of mine encouraged me to workout with her and at the same time, referred me to her personal trainer. She introduced me to Don Abaya. Since I noticed a big improvement to my friend's shape (she became sexier and lost a lot of weight), I was convinced to hire him as my PT. So I signed up for 50 sessions for around 3,000 SGD. After few sessions, I started to enjoy his workout routines and his techniques to improve me not only physically but also on mental thinking about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. He talks a lot and you can't stop him once he started talking. He is an all-around trainer; he knows boxing, core training and TRX. Before entering the fitness industry, he used to work in a clinic and was a medical representative in Manila. He entered and started to be a personal trainer when he joined Slimmer's World (a famous fitness center in the Philippines). He was a junior trainer then eventually became the head trainer. What's really good about him is that he is a licensed physical therapist so I can basically say that he knows what he is doing in terms of muscle, joints or other physical related matters. Don is in the fitness industry for more than 10 years now and working in Singapore since 2009. Now, he is an elite trainer and working in California Fitness at Orchard Road. When I confirmed that I'll be transferring to Dubai, I tried to finish all the remaining sessions with him. Sometimes I book 2 hours and it was almost everyday haha. He did not complain and by that, I was encouraged to do and give more to our workout routines. He is a hardworking person and a very good man. He has a lot of sense of humor that we can talk anything under the sun. After my training with him, I noticed a huge advancement on my physical attributes and I can really say that I was transformed into something better. I formed some amount of muscles and I became comfortable again in running. I used to have a muscle pain for small amount of activities but eventually, Don taught me the correct way and position of working out to avoid joint problems. I still have a contact with him until now and we remained friends. So hey, go now to California Fitness and get this guy!


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