The job of a personal trainer is synonymous with that of the fitness professionals stationed at local gyms and hired for private workout sessions. But what happens when a client can only fit in irregular hours or prefers a private setting? Azmil Saleh, the founder of PRSVR/DTRMND (pronounced Perservere/Determined), noticed a need for that personalised, uninterrupted training while working as a group class coach in Fuel Athletics Damansara, in September 2016. Today, he operates out of a cosy personal training space in Arcoris, Mont Kiara, where he’s been training a range of clients across body types and fitness levels. Azmil’s customised programmes delve into clients’ ‘training’ age, eating habits, sleep patterns and work-life schedule. It’s been over a year, and PRSVR/DTRMND has attracted high-profile clients and back-to-back bookings, when we dropped by to check out what sets his mini gym apart.
How long have you been in fitness?
I started training 25 years ago and have been a trainer for 3 years. I always believe it’s an advantage for a personal trainer to experience being on the other side, which I had the benefit of training under a personal coach back in 2008.
Tell us how PRSVR/DTRMND began.
In April 2018, I advertised personal training at a bridal expo, and the biggest takeaway was from the response, “where is your gym?” The modus operandi personal trainers is the flexibility to work with clients wherever they want. To me, if you have your own place, people will be more confident in your service. I signed the lease for this space in June 2018, and it has helped clients to see and know where they are going to train and the equipment available.