Top fitness trainer getting Vientiane in shape
When it comes to physical fitness and health Lao people are no different to others around the world which is why so many can be found in gyms around Vientiane working with personal trainers trying to get into shape.
One such individual helping others get fit is well-known Vientiane fitness and bodybuilding trainer Mr Vanpaserth Vongmalath, aka trainer Pele, a 35 year old from Hongkae village in Xaysettha district.
Mr Vanpaserth Vongmalath, aka trainer Pele.
Pele has gained a growing reputation for his services and has become the ‘celebrity trainer', or is that trainer of celebrities in Vientiane, helping many well-known performers and singers with their fitness.
Pele has over 12 years experience helping people work out and continually developed his skills with popular US, Canadian and Thai trainers at modern gyms in Thailand before expertly plying his trade in fitness centres around the capital today.
Pele not only has the physical brawn but also an astute business brain to go with it. Today he can make a sizeable 45 million kip per month, charging 1.5 million kip per person per month.
“Now I have 24 people aged 14-52 training with me. I actually cut back the number from 30 to 24 so I could have enough time with them as well as more time for myself and other work,” Pele said.
While Pele as a trainer has ridden the growing wave of interest in personal fitness he also has many other talents such as a model, TV sports presenter for Lao Star Channel and businessman importing fitness equipment for local gyms.
For his work on the catwalk he came second in a local model contest in 2013.
“Originally, I never thought that I would become a fitness and bodybuilding trainer like today. I liked playing sports and then started to go to the gym because I wanted to be fit and have a healthy body. This is why I became a personal trainer and I am very happy to pass this on to others,” he said.
With so many irons in the fire Pele has to manage his time effectively. Firstly, he trains students from 8am-9am at their homes and then does group training from 9:30am-11am at a Vientiane gym.
Between 1pm-4pm, he puts on his sporting news hat for the Lao Star Channel, and after that it's more fitness classes at several gyms until 10pm.
Most students are interested in his cardio course and weight training because they want to lose weight and have a sexy physique.
Bodybuilding requires workouts on various pieces of fitness equipment and a set diet for students with the training course adjusted to suit their needs. Some people need to lose weight within a month or so while others are aiming for long-term physical fitness and good health.
Trainer Pele told Vientiane Times that local people are now more interested in fitness training and as a result the number of gyms is growing in the capital, but there are not that many qualified trainers compared with other countries.
By Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
(Latest Update April 1 , 2017 )