Friday, December 12, 2008


Personal Training today is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, the industry is still maturing and we do have the highs and lows when we talk of the industry. Personal Training focused primarily on physical fitness, health, disease prevention, injury rehabilitation, sports conditioning and performance through physical activity.

Personal Training includes guiding the client through a safe effective fitness regime that gives the client greatest physical and behavioral benefits with least amount of risk. It should also include a nutritional plan and guidance to positive behavioral change.

During 1970’s it became acceptable that both men and women to go to the gym, undoubtedly prior to that it was male bodybuilders and power lifters who had their home inside the gym, during those days people became more body conscious, educated therefore interested in training in the gyms. In the early days of personal training during 1990’s personal trainers where those who were the gym rats with a good body image who could just tell you how to lift weights. But today the world has changed it is more than lifting weights …

Fitness centers in Maldives started offering personal training during late 1990’s when some of the fitness centers introduced it as a service to the clients; I have seen the early days and experienced those days as one of the pioneer personal trainer who sold my service to a client during 1995, since then the industry has grown in the Maldives too. But it’s quite unfortunate that today when I sit back being an educator for personal trainers the community is with pouring complains about the service and what personal trainers offer.

Today’s personal training industry in Maldives faces serious issues, serious challenges if the present trainers need to establish them as professionals in the industry, as well as if they want to take the industry with a proper reputation to the next generation they need deliver the service a personal trainer should deliver. We need a lot of work to be done to administer the frame work of personal trainers nationwide.

Here are just three questions I ask from the people who have personal trainers, if you answer “NO” to any one of these it’s not worth working with your personal trainer as it’s simply a waste of money and time.

1 - Is your personal trainer working with you on a one on one basis on the hour you are in for working out?
2 - Did your personal trainer conduct “fitness assessments” on the first day of starting your workout, and did he/she continue to assess your fitness levels once in every 6 weeks (maximum time frame, most preferably 4 weeks) to show your progress?
3 - Have you experienced that your personal trainer is not in the gym when you arrived and has assigned his/her fellow trainer to look after you?

The problem area with the present personal trainers is that they emphasize on quantity rather than the quality of training they deliver. A personal trainer out there will take unlimited amount of clients and there is no way they could deliver proper training, guide the intensity and deliver results to their clients as long as they continue doing this. The outcome will be the loss of integrity of the trainer as well the intensity.

Say for example I have seen personal trainers having 30 clients a month, if you are to give proper training, progression and guidance to these 30 clients, the trainer needs to spend 15 contact hours a day in the gym which is physically and mentally impossible. Believe me it’s not possible at all …

The issue has to be tackled at the management level of the fitness centers as well as some leading professionals need to establish a FITNESS TRAINERS ASSOCIATION to outline the standards, code of ethics and working standards of personal trainers in the Maldives market.

I can understand that this is a difficult task to bring this on line, as most of the trainers will argue that they have to take unlimited clients as what the fitness centers pay them as personal training charges are too low. Surprisingly this argument is also valid, in fact this is true when it comes to some centers they just rip off trainer for using the facility.

Here are the lower limit charges I found out which goes around in different countries, and the argument of the personal trainers in Maldives is right looking into it.
United Kingdom - £ 20 per hour
United States - US$ 20 per hour
Australia - AUS$ 22 per hour
New Zealand - NZ $ 20 per hour
India - Rs 450 per hour
Singapore - S$ 25 per hour
Malaysia - RM 60 per hour
Sri Lanka - Rs 600 per hour
Maldives - Mrf 20 per hour

What could be the solution?

To be continued …

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


In recent days something really did happen to the old bodybuilding rule of the Greek ideology, which showed the eternal classic ideal human physique. If you have read the recent bodybuilding articles and the magazines going around promoting the bulging biceps, monster thighs, which will only say to get huge, gain and add size. Fitness enthusiast and general public consider the bodybuilding today freakish and unnatural.

To obtain a balance male physique your neck, arm and calf should all be the same size. Your thighs should be half of your chest measurement; your waist should be twice your neck measurement.

Surprisingly the modern day bodybuilding doesn’t look into these, all what matters is size with definition.

Thanks to Frank Zane and late Steve Reeves who maintained those athletic bodies which returned us back Classic Bodybuilding.

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding is the terms used for the new discipline of bodybuilding introduced by the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) which demands to develop less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique. In these classic competitions emphasis is placed on a muscular athletic looking physique, assessed on the 8 compulsory poses and comparisons on four quarter terns. Well the Greeks ideology is back!!

The Men’s Classic Bodybuilding Disciplines

1 – Up to and including 170cm category:
Maximum Bodyweight Allowed = body height (cm) – 100 + 2Kg
Example: A competitor, who is 170cm tall, can weight maximum of 72Kg

2 – Up to and including 178cm category:
Maximum Bodyweight Allowed = body height (cm) – 100 + 4Kg
Example: A competitor, who is 178cm tall, can weight maximum of 82Kg

3 – Over 178cm category:
Maximum Bodyweight Allowed = body height (cm) – 100 + 6Kg
Example: A competitor, who is 180cm tall, can weight maximum of 86Kg

This confirms that unlike the ongoing rule of categorizing athletes with weight, the rule has changed to categorizing athletes given maximum weight in relation to height, which will show more athletic physiques on stage.

The bodybuilding governing organization in the world has created this discipline of bodybuilding with the new training systems which are on the highs of the fitness industry called “Functional Training”. This is indeed good news for trainers who believe in functional training and athletic ability of muscles in the body, as until recent day’s world’s top trainers have this belief that bodybuilding requires no athletic ability apart from walking on to the stage and flexing muscles to their favorite music.

But today bodybuilding has changed its tune with the introduction of classic bodybuilding as a sport.

Today bodybuilding is now functional and athletic … you can do it too, and good news is bodybuilders in Maldives has a good chance to win at International Championships as we see more classic bodybuilders in Maldives unlike any other country in aisa.