Give gym trainers the cut they deserve

Written by: MT Reader | 10 Oct 2017 16:26
Gym trainers are getting a raw deal from their employers where income is concerned. File pic for illustration only.
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10 Oct 2017 16:26

I'm an avid fitness fan and work out at least three to four times a week.

In my younger years, I used to limit my workouts to outdoor physical activity such as running and hiking. 

However, I have reduced such activity due to age factor and for the past three years or so, have been balancing my outdoor activities with strength training in the gym. 

When you spend a lot of time in the gym, you mingle around and get to know everyone there, especially the staff members, including the personal trainers. 

In my case, I have switched gyms three times so that's quite a number of people I have made friends with. 

Some of these trainers have gotten close to me and from what I have learnt, it seems trainers are some of the most exploited workers I have ever known. 

First of all, you must understand that these trainers earn very little at their place of work. Most of them work there because fitness is their passion and they want to make a career out of it and help others with what they enjoy doing. 

Unfortunately, many of them end up getting a raw deal from their employers. 

Do you know that trainers only get about 20-30% of the personal training fees that you pay for each session? That's only about RM30 for the current standard PT fees. 

I personally know at least 4 trainers who earn a basic of only RM1,200-1,500 a month for all the hard work they do for their clients. 

On top of that, they are constantly pressured to recruit more clients, and some are even threatened with the sack if their numbers are down. 

These gyms earn so much in membership fees and yet they stinge with the people who are actually bringing them the clients. 

It's a real pitiful situation because of many of these trainers have sacrificed better-paying jobs so that they can dedicate their lives to fitness and help others lead healthy lifestyles. 

And yet they get exploited by their employers. 

It's an open secret within the gym community that due to desperation, some personal trainers have no choice but to work out on the side cheaper training package with clients just to survive. 

30% is way too low and is exploitation. Trainers deserve better.

Fitness fan
Petaling Jaya

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