In Singapore, the majority of personal trainers and fitness instructors plying their trade across the island are excellent professionals – no question about that.
In fact, many of our country’s top, elite fitness professionals are so good – that many are often bestowed accolades and commendations from members of the Singapore Public itself.
Unfortunately, there is still a minority who seems to exist merely to give the industry a BAD name.
The list below (albeit written tongue-in-cheek) profiles some of Singapore’s worst personal trainers and private fitness instructors.
Do make sure – that as a Private Consumer – no matter what you do – NEVER EVER – engage any of the following types of trainers/coaches if you value your own well-being and sanity!
The Smug Know-It-All
– thinks he/she is smarter, better & more qualified than everyone else,
– is never wrong, ALWAYS correct,
– loves to bad-mouth OTHER trainers and instructors,
– talks down to clients and makes them feel stupid & worthless.
The Hardcore Sadist
– believes only in ONE way of training – “No Pain, No Gain”.
– from the “old-school” system of hard knocks,
– takes sadistic delight in torturing clients with gut-spilling workouts,
– NEVER allows a client to rest or have a breather,
– belittles other ‘softer’ fitness disciplines such as Yoga, Pilates & Aerobics,
– uses only Free Weights – barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells – in training,
– scoffs at “wimpy” training routines that use bands, machines or gym balls.
The Lazy Duplicator
– loves repeating/duplicating the SAME fitness routines over & over again,
– simply too LAZY/can’t be bothered – to design new routines for clients,
– justifies duplication by telling clients that they are “not ready to move on yet ” or they “have to master the basics first” etc ….
– loves to gloat and boast at how “EASY” a trainer’s life is.
The Wide-Mouth Gossip
– overly sociable creature,
– loves talking, chatting and gossiping more than anything else,
– spends MORE time TALKING than actually training his/her clients,
– loves to share juicy gossips about OTHER clients or OTHER trainers,
– feels miserable if not given a chance to talk.
The “Thunder” Motor-Mouth
– close relative of the Gossip,
– loves to draw attention to himself/herself,
– NEVER stops talking or shouting commands,
– loves to speak REALLY loud ALL the time to draw focus on self,
– likes to be seen as THE Leader or Authority in the gym,
– no qualms splattering others with his/her salivary projections.
The Self-Indulgent Vain-Pot
– more interested in own physical appearance than anything else,
– constantly checking oneself in the gym or studio mirror,
– client’s training is secondary to his/her pruning and preening,
– believes that he/she – is the Centre Of Attraction at all times,
– feels that the client is merely an “accessory” to accentuate self.
The Out-Of-Shape Trainer
– often underweight/overweight
– perpetually in a pathetic state of physical condition,
– usually hides poor condition in loose-fitting top and baggy track pants,
– rationalizes poor physical condition with the classic excuse: “I’m simply too busy with my clients to work on my own body.“
– afraid to demonstrate any exercise or workout,
– passively stands-by, or better still, sits at a corner while ‘coaching’ clients,
– gets highly agitated in the presence of better-shaped contemporaries.
– extremely creepy personality,
– rationalizes the need for touching clients with the phrases: ” to help you FEEL the movement better” OR “to help you get in TOUCH with the working muscles“.
– has only ONE aim of joining the fitness/wellness industry: to get in-touch – literally with other people’s bodies!
The “Blur” King/Queen
– wears a lost or ‘blur’ look on the face perpetually,
– glances around furtively all the time,
– always looks unsure of what to do in the gym,
– can’t tell the difference between a ‘cable row’ and a ‘rowing machine’,
– whispers, stammers or stutters in front of clients,
– extremely shy and insecure.
The Confused Trend-Follower
– blind follower of the latest fitness trends and fads,
– integrates new fads into training approaches unthinkingly & randomly,
– follows latest trends for the sake of appearing ‘up-to-date’ and relevant,
– often jumps from one approach to the other – with NO scientific basis: one moment has the client balancing on a bosu ball, the next moment has the client suspended from ropes, and the next juggling kettlebells…..etc etc.
The Sneaky Salesperson
– a natural-born sales and marketing whiz,
– sees personal training or fitness coaching as a mere SIDE-LINE,
– MAIN agenda is to promote and sell health/fitness products,
– never a day goes by without any subtle or overt SELLING,
– peddles stuff from weight-gain powders to weight-loss pills, from gym gloves to energy drinks etc ….
– gets very annoyed when clients resist his/her selling efforts,
– always thinks in dollars and cents.
Well, there you have it – the different types of personal trainers and fitness instructors in Singapore that you – the Fitness Public – would be wise to AVOID at all costs!
Thankfully, the number of top-notch and exceptional Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors here in Singapore still outnumber the bad hats in the industry.
To check out some of Singapore’s Finest Fitness Professionals, do visit www.SingaporeFitnessNetwork.com now.
Also, if you think we have missed out on other examples or categories of BAD fitness professionals, or would like to add your own category of ‘Bad’ trainers here, please feel free to send us your comments!
We would LOVE to add your contributions here too!