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Carving a fitness career

POSTED BY Amirul Hazmi ON 22 February 2016

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People buy cars because of shape and style. Master fitness trainer, Vivian Loo, however bought the Mini Countryman because of its changeable interior light colours.

“I was looking for a fun and energetic –looking car and the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman looked like my type of car. But what really decided it for me without any second thought was that I could select the colour of the interior lighting to suit my mood,” she said.

“I love to drive cars and I’ve no regret buying this car because it’s also got good headroom and this makes it feels so spacious compared with the Mini Cooper,” she said at our interview at The Teh Tarik Place in Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya.

Meet Vivian Loo, a professional master trainer in a recognised fitness centre, who trains any customer who signs up at the fitness centre. She’s being modest because her skill is well-recognised and her services are sought after by top corporate figures.

Vivian has been in the fitness training industry since 2007, and with the same company throughout the years.

It’s not all been a bed of roses though. Life was tough because there were family problems and she had to fend for herself after higher secondary school. She loved her grandmother dearly and dropped out of college to take care of the old lady.

After her grandmother passed, Vivian started working as a kindergarten teacher and a badminton coach. Less than a year later, she found employment in a fitness centre where she met and was mentored by Vanessa Ng.

“Vanessa helped me find myself and encouraged me to take up fitness training as a qualified professional,” she said.

She earned an internationally-recognised Personal Trainer Qualification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) from Arizona, United States. The certification is a three-year course which she took locally through online tutorials and examinations.

“The certification from NASM is recognised worldwide accrediting me as an eligible trainer anywhere in the world except Australia, where we have to re-validate our certification to work there.”

“In order to become a master trainer, one must gain enough experience before they make it to the next level, non-stop continuous education, courses and oversea conferences.”

Her achievement today is based on her background as a championship level badminton player. With moral support from her parents, Vivian played badminton for her school (SJKC Chung Hwa, Kota Baru, Kelantan) at the age of 11 and went on to represent Malaysia in 2001 and 2002 in Singapore and Thailand.

“What differs me from other trainers is that I tailor the training programme specifically for different persons. I could spend an hour just to analyse a person’s body posture before deciding what causes their pain or what
exercises are suitable for them. I give them exercises that they need the most, after that only train them on what they want,” she says.

The latest courses under her belt are Women Fitness Training Specialist (2015) and Barefoot Training Specialist (2014). She is now focusing on Active Isolated Training.

She has participated twice in BMW’s defensive driving courses and aspires to own a sports car one day.

“I once followed a friend for Porsche’s driving course at the Sepang International Circuit; the dynamics of the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S really amazes me, it just turns whenever you point your steering with no problem,” she says.

She also knows the difference between mid-engined and rear-engined configurations!

On her dream car, Vivian says, “The Porsche 911 is so desirable, but I don’t think I could really exploit its power. A Porsche Boxster might do well for me.”

For enquiries regarding fitness training, you can visit Vivian’s Facebook page at V-Fitness Daily or call 012-343 2163.

By: Amirul Hazmi

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