Published 13 July 2020
You'd likely know him as "the huge trainer" in the gym. We get personal with Ash to learn more about his journey as a personal trainer.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a certified personal trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prior to joining Union Strength, I was a personal trainer coaching at several commercial fitness centres since 2015.

Apart than being a full-time trainer, I am also a competitive bodybuilder. My first bodybuilding show was back in 2016. I've also participated in state competitions and have since represented Kuala Lumpur for National shows.

In 2018 and 2017, I placed as the first runner-up in the Mr Kuala Lumpur light-heavyweight (Open) Category. In 2019, I placed as the second runner-up in the same category.

Who or what inspires you as a coach?

I got into the fitness line because I am passionate about health and fitness. I love sharing my knowledge with others, and one of the ways I know how to best do that is through being a personal trainer. As a personal trainer, I have the platform and the position to help individuals of similar mindsets, start their own fitness journey.

How would you describe your coaching style?

My style is pretty simple and straightforward for my clients. I will help my clients to achieve their personal goal by constructing them a specific training programme and nutritional guide. Which also includes tracking their progress in terms of their performance level and physical appearance from time to time.

There are no standardised programmes for all clients. My clients' programme mainly depends on their specific fitness levels, be it a beginner, intermediate or advanced. For instance, the programme will be different for a client who has been training for quite some time or if he or she is a competitive athlete.

What is the most challenging aspect of being a personal trainer?

I would say handling clients with injuries. They need to be aware of their movements at all times and to select the appropriate exercises. Some exercises might not be suitable for them, and it is my job as their trainer to design a programme specifically for them.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I would probably see myself as an established life coach helping the public kick start or improve their fitness journey. I also aim to have a well-equipped gym with a variety of equipment that benefits my clients in achieving their personal goal. And maybe, becoming a specialist in pre and postnatal specialist and helping clients with injuries.

What would you say to someone who is looking to train with you?

To always have a purpose before you start doing anything. Be transparent with yourself on your progress but never underestimate your inner strength. If you need an extra push, I'll always be there to guide you towards achieving your ultimate goal.

Personal Trainer at Union Strength