One to one training gets popular with public
By Lee Ji-eun
Personal training has been regarded as exclusive lessons to the rich or famous entertainers, but nowadays it gets popular with the public.
The exercise prescription by a personal trainer helps improve body composition, physical performance, heart condition and health outcomes. And a personal trainer pays close attention to client’s exercise form, workout routine and nutrition plan for an hour, three times a week. For these advantages, a growing number of people see a personal trainer to meet their specific needs.
An English tutor at a learning center, surnamed Choi, began personal training to lose weight six months ago. “I failed job interviews several times because I was overweight,” said Choi. “I thought the fee was burdensome when I signed up for the personal training. But I have withdrawn the initial regret as I have lost 16kg.”
Another fitness member and housewife surnamed Lee, 40, said that she feels pleased that she lost 13kg although it was hard to follow the regime. The current average fee is around 50,000 to 70,000 won per hour, or monthly expense of around 600,000 to 800,000 won.
Despite its high prices, people from various walks of life get the training to manage their health. “It has gradually got popular after the celebrity personal trainer Sean Lee introduced his secret of exercises two years ago,” trainer Lee Jung-hoon, 27, said. For example, as many as 10 percent of members who take the lesson at a sport center in Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, are students, office workers and housewives.
Some people take lessons to get rid of stress. For instance, Lee, 37, treated post-natal depression by personal training. She found herself being healthy when exercising with young and vigorous trainers, according to Lee. “Handsome and well-shaped trainers are popular with housewives.”
Others take them for rehabilitation after surgery. Herniated disc patient surnamed Kim, 29, said that she feels relieved as the professional trainer consider her physical conditions such as weight and strength when the trainer sets up an exercise plan. In fact, personal trainers should have certificates involved.
Interestingly, 90 percent of learners are women. Trainers explain that men rather pay heed to lifting heavy dumbbells than learning new moves by professionals.
“Many people misunderstand that personal training is a tool of losing weight or gaining muscles," said Ryu Ji-woon, 41, 15-year veteran personal trainer. “But its ultimate goal is being healthy through exercise tailored for each individual.”
The writer is a Korea Times intern.