Fat / Weight Loss

Personal Training Client: Jane Chiew

Age: 42

Occupation: IT Manager

Personal Trainer: Karen Goh


Karen is knowledgeable, skilful and effective. I have trained with Karen since 2005. She has helped me reduce 20kg from an obese person, to one who is fit to complete a full marathon without any injuries.


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Personal Training Client: Tan Su Inn

Age: 39

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan



In June 2011, I noticed a dull knee pain on my outer left knee after my gym sessions. The pain got progressively worse and I had to stop my regular gym classes. I consulted my family doctor and obtained a referral to consult an orthopaedic. The orthopaedic sent me for an X-ray, ordered a series of physiotherapy sessions and advised that I: make lifestyle changes, ie. less high impact activities which will stress the knees, take Glucosamine supplements, which I had already been doing, go for arthroscopic (keyhole knee) surgery as he suspects that I have a tight knee cap which needs to be loosened. However this should be the last resort as recovery will take three to four months.


The X-rays showed both my knee joints to be normal, while the physiotherapist assessed that I had weak gluteal muscles and taught me some exercises to strengthen them. However after two months, the exercises did not alleviate my knee pain.


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Personal Training Client: Michele Lee

Age: 41

Occupation: Senior Partner Program Manager

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan


Being active in sports and a school squash representative prior to my medical conditions, the symptoms greatly restricted my ability to exercise as before and my weight increased from 45kg to 56.5kg in a matter of 2 years. I was sceptical about the difference that a Personal Trainer could make. However just 3 months into the program, I saw results! Not only were the aches, stiffness and pain relieved, I lost 8.5kg and gained mobility, strength and fitness like never before.This would not possible without Mattew's determination and patience in improvising every move within my physical ability to help me overcome my weaknesses and to get the best out of me.


Mattew Chan is the most dedicated and professional individual in any vocation I have met. Throughout the 5 years I have been training with him, he has never failed to impress me with his relentless pursuit for new training techniques, methodologies, knowledge and to be the purveyor to benefit his clients.


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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: Belinda Tan

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Personal Trainer: Karen Goh

Personal Training Client: Delphine Siv

Age: 29

Occupation: Senior Investment Manager

Personal Trainer: Mattew Chan


My body said “Stop” and it materialized under the form a back injury. My doctor asked me to stop cold turkey all the workouts, for fear of deteriorating my back condition. In his view, martial arts and running were activities I could no longer practice ever again. So from working out at least twice a day, I had to go to none.


Then came along FTI. As much as I was very anxious about getting my injury sorted out, I certainly would not let anyone deal with it, unless I could have the utmost trust in the person’s capabilities.  And there could not have been a better person than Mattew.


And his routines have clearly been proving my doctor wrong over the past few months. The hours of training started to pay back quite rapidly: after 2+ months of training with Mattew’s routines, I was able to run Tokyo Marathon in an honourable time of 4h 25mins, with no prior running preparation. I was also able to resume my Muay Thai training shortly after. Icing on the cake (for any lady!), the diet programme that Mattew had me follow has helped lose 6 kg so far.


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Personal Training Client: Chia Hao Wen

Age: 17

Occupation: Student

Personal Trainer: Joseph Goh


Joseph is very fun to train with. He pushes me until I reach my limits. He is very encouraging and inspiring.


I lost 7kg so far and I have gain a little bit of muscles.


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Personal Training Client: Nimi Doulatram Dadlani

Age: 52

Occupation: Home Maker

Personal Trainer: Karen Goh


Some years back, I was diagnosed with ostopinic - a medical term indicative of low bone denisty. The doctor's adviced me that regular exercise was my only saving grace. I was caught completely off-guard as I had never been to a gym before.


I have been training with Karen for years now. I look forward to the sessions with her as she ensures that each session is uniquely crafted to help me maximize my potential. Together, we set challenging yet achievable fitness goals. Because of her efforts, I am stronger and more flexible. From having never lifted weights, today I can proudly lift a decent 10 kilograms. Weight training has significantly strengthened my bones and my bone density has shown remarkable improvement. I have better balance and most importantly, working out has become fun. From someone who had never stepped into a gym, it surprises me how exercise can be so addictive - if I miss a day I feel guilty. Karen has helped to find the gym buff in me, which I never knew existed.


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Personal Training Client: Malar

Age: 28


Personal Trainer: Karen Goh


My weight was 71.2kg when I joined FTI. I have lost weight and reaching 60kg. The main thing is I can feel who I am and functional training made me realize my real strength.


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Personal Training Client: Beatrice Oliveiro

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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