Zamri: Personal trainer Clapham Common

Why did you become a personal trainer?

I was never a sporty person (I can’t kick a football to save my life!) and in school, I was one of the regular ‘PE class dodgers’. The word nerdy certainly springs to mind! I was in the middle of doing a PhD in Chemical Engineering when I decided to get away from the stuffy academic environment and look for a fresh direction. I quit my PhD and I enrolled to do a Diploma in Personal Training and it was love at first sight. I can truly say that my search for a fresh direction ended up in me finding a vocation!

What excites you the most about training a client?

Making clients realise just how their bodies are capable of moving in the way they’ve never imagined possible. Modern day living demands very little movement of our bodies, and even when it demands any movements, they are very one dimensional. My clients are often surprised that after a few training sessions, they are able to perform complex multiplanar movement with fluidity/grace and noticing an improvement in their health and fitness level!

What is the one thing that you think is misunderstood about personal training?

That it is a luxury. Personal training is a necessity not a luxury. If you want to make exercising a habit of a lifetime, it is absolutely vital that you have some personal training sessions to teach you the correct exercise techniques and movement executions. Once you’ve mastered techniques and executions, you can pretty much do any exercise safely and effectively. I recommend having 2 personal training sessions a week for at least 3 months if you are a complete beginner.

What makes you as a trainer?

My natural talent as a body technician and of course, bags of charm!

Describe your style in 3 words

Posture, Precision, Personal