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Old 01-25-2006, 01:08 AM   #1
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Personal Training as a job in Asia

This is just for my personal research, but does anyone have any first hand experience working as a Personal Trainer in Asia?

I'm not certified (though what I don't have on paper, I make up for in years of experience).

My question is, is it possible for an expat to secure employment as a Personal Trainer in an Asian gym, just by experience and looks alone?

I'd be interested in doing this as a side thing while travelling.

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I don't have any experience with personal training overseas but I'm guessing if you had good references you could make it work. Maybe getting a few past clients to write letters recommending you and then carrying those with you. If you're fluent in whatever language is spoken I'm sure you could work something out.

If anything try putting up flyers in the areas you're around.
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One thing to keep in mind is that the rest of the world isn't quite as gym-crazed as us North Americans. So while there are certainly gyms in Asia, they're probably not in nearly the numbers that they are here... Just a thought.
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i dont think i saw 1 gym or fitness club in cambodia or vietnam i think the big hotels had em but they were just for randoms....
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I think it will depend largely on both the Asian country and the gym. For example, there is one big chain in Asia called California Fitness (maybe they are also in the u.s. but I haven't seen them on the East Coast or anywhere else in my U.S. travels). I have seen (and trained at) one in Singapore. I have also seen but not trained at one in Bangkok. The Singapore operation was quite professional, as good as an average U.S. chain gym. The trainers also looked professional and reasonably knowedgeable and I would guess you would need a certifcation to be a trainer there. Same with a Gold's Gym I trained at in Taiwan - quite professional.

However, I have also gone to a gym in Phuket, Thailand called, coincidentally enough, Phuket Gym. This place was definitely independently run. It was like a throwback to the 70's. People in there were barefoot, no shirts...an anything goes kind of place. It was pretty cool, actually. Anyway, someplace like that I am sure you could talk or demonstrate your way to a trainer position IF (big if) they didn't mind hiring a non-Thai...which could be an issue, given all the hassle with securing a work visa, etc.

I can say that all of the trainers I have seen in gyms around Asia were Asian. But, you never know. Another option to try would be a hotel gym - that is where most gyms are located in Asia and many allow non-hotel guests to buy memberships. Stand-alone gyms are much more rare than what you see in the U.S. Good luck!
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