Personal Training Client: Koh Mui Geak

Age: 54

Occupation: Homemaker

Personal Trainer: Karen Goh


According to the doctor, the only option I had—when it reached grade 4—is surgery, which I wanted to avoid. My knees were swollen due to water retention and I had difficulty squatting, as well as going up and down the stairs.


Karen taught me strengthening exercises I could do at home and also showed me how to release tight muscles. Gradually over the months, the aches, pain and tightness reduced significantly. As such my blood circulation has improved and I feel healthier and happier. My flexibility, mobility and stamina have increased. I am more confident to travel and resume my daily exercises.


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Personal Training Client: Yuvika

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Personal Trainer: Ralph


There were the emerging back problems due to bad posture and a genetic predisposition. My shoulders perpetually tense, any amount of lifting added undue strain on my upper back. In short, I knew I needed to make a change.
But I wasn’t sure how.


Even after this relatively short time, my posture has improved and I have gained substantial strength and staminia. I was able to accomplish things that I wouldhave found prohibitively challenging in the past, like spending five hours on a rigorous hike up and along the Great Wall of China.


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Personal Training Client: Mrs Tay Poh Luan

Age: 90

Occupation: Retired

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan


During the mid 1980s, my knees began hurting and I consulted an orthopedic surgeon who recommended injections and physiotherapy for my condition. I received spiritual healing from God on 8 May 1990, after which I could walk perfectly.


Unfortunately, I damaged my knees seriously as a result of an accidental fall off a step ladder in May 1997. Despite spending much time in physiotherapy, I had to consent to a right knee implant to save my hips in 2001. All was well after the operation. My surgeon recommended me to have a second knee implant in 2004, but I postponed the operation until 2007. By then, the left leg had weakened a great deal.


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Personal Training Client: Beatrice Oliverio

Age: 58

Occupation: Lecturer

Personal Trainer: Nelson Chong


At our first session, I explained to Nelson about my old ankle injury. Because of this injury, my left ankle is very weak and that affects my stability. My husband and I love dancing but I have never been able to do it well because of my lack of balance. As we discussed my injury and my fears, I became convinced that Nelson knew exactly what he was talking about and how to help me to get where I wanted to go. Perhaps Nelson could help me improve my balance. I had consulted an orthopaedic surgeon about my ankle problem and all he wanted to do was to operate on the ankle. The ankle hurts periodically and I have come to accept that the pain will always be there and my focus was on how to manage the pain. Perhaps Nelson could help me in this too. My wish list to Nelson began to grow as we talked and he explained to me how we could, over time, improve my physical well-being. Strangely enough, the weight issue became secondary. I just wanted to be a stronger person so I could dance better and have less pain in the process.


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Personal Training Client: Verena Tay

Age: 47

Occupation: Writer, Story Teller,

                      Voice & Presentation Skills Teacher

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan


I decided to join a gym at the end of 2007 to lose weight and improve my physical fitness, but only achieved limited results at first. Then in late February 2009, I had the good fortune of being assigned Mattew as my personal trainer, after which I made a tremendous leap forward towards attaining my goals. With Mattew’s help at California Fitness initially, and at the Functional Training Institute presently, I have lost 12 kg and developed greater muscle tone and strength, recovering the body I once had and rediscovering a range of motion that I thought I had lost. (Relatives and friends have been so impressed with my progress that even my 85-year old mother requested to train with Mattew and is now in the midst of a 12-session course with him to build up her own fitness level.


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Personal Training Client: Jacqueline

Age: 10

Occupation: Student

Personal Trainer: Nelson Chong & Karen Goh



My daughter Jacqueline's weight was tipping at 54kg at age 10 which was almost twice the weight compared to children of her age before her personal training. Her self esteem was completely gone because of her size and bulging tummy. She was also being teased frequently by nicknames in school & even her brothers laughed at her for being a little fat kid.


Both Nelson & Karen were able to quickly identify the root cause of the problem that Jacqueline was malnutrition which affected her metabolism. Combined with sound nutrition, good eating habits & fun-filled variety of functional training exercises, Jacqueline finally dropped her weight to 45 kg in 2 months. She now looks healthier with better posture, slimmer waist & cheerful smile.


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Personal Training Client: Dr Shyamala Thilagaratnam

Occupation: Doctor

Personal Trainer: Initially Nelson Chong now Mattew Chan



It started off as a birthday gift for my brother-in-law - I thought that he might appreciate a package at FTI (which I'd heard about in a rather roundabout fashion) for his 50th birthday. The package came with a free training session with Nelson for me. Nelson worked his magic; in that one free session he had me touching my toes (which I embarrassingly had not been able to do for some time), and had figured out what needed 'fixing' - and I was hooked.


With FTI, Mattew and Nelson, I think I've found that inspiration I'd been seeking! And oh yes, my cholesterol levels and blood pressure were all within normal after about 6 months at FTI.


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Personal Training Client: Shobha

Age: 51

Occupation: Lawyer

Personal Trainer: Nelson Chong


I have been an active sportsperson nearly all my life – from athletics and hockey in my school years to brisk walking and yoga in more recent years. Since 2005, I adopted an exercise regimen that included a 5km walk in the mornings before heading off to work and the 10-hour, largely sedentary, work day. I was pleased with myself and thought myself as being fit. There was one persistent problem, however, that had plagued me for many years which I had simply not been able to deal with or manage – and that is the excruciating neck and shoulder pain that often left me unable to move, despite all the neck and shoulder exercises that I did. It was quite debilitating and sadly, the only way I could manage it was with pain killers and muscle relaxants.


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Personal Training Client: Dr Celena Tay

Occupation: Doctor

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan


Four years ago when I hit 50 I knew that sooner or later I would become another health statistic. I worked long hours, never exercised, snacked too often and ate out too well at weekends.


Each session was thoughtfully planned by him making the training interesting, working with different equipment and varying the pace. He gave useful tips about diet and taught me how to release tight muscles which I never realized were troubling me. My backaches disappeared! I have more energy, a better sense of balance and am nimbler nowadays.


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Nicole Wong, 16, Student - Athlete

Personal Trainer: Nelson Chong


I have had a problem with my lower back, which consistently gave me pain after almost every competition or training. This gave me a big disadvantage in delivering consistently good results as it was challenging for me to train hard for extended periods in preparation for these competitions. This led to much frustration and I lost a lot of confidence in my fencing because I had no breakthroughs and kept getting the same results. Finally, my father recommended FTI and encouraged me to go check it out.


Nelson is very experienced and learned in this field of sports injuries and physical conditioning. After a diagnosis and the first few sessions with him, I began to realize that I could go on longer in training without my back giving me problems. I was truly amazed and have been keeping up with my training, which has helped me to increase my stamina and strength. FTI is not only just a gym, but it has a physiology section and this is very important to me when I have other strains from my fencing trainings. 


Recently, I went on a one-month trip to Europe with three competitions in total and my back only felt strained after the last one, where I came in 1st place. 


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