As Malaysia grapples with its third COVID-19 nationwide lockdown today, one startup has gone the extra mile to help its penned up citizens achieve their fitness goals all within the comforts of their home.
Launched six months ago and at the height of the pandemic, SparkFit aims to help fitness buffs find suitable personal trainers within one’s budget and locality.
“I have had my struggles with weight loss and getting in shape due to work. Finding a reliable, affordable and flexible personal trainer on the web was a nightmare. After deep-diving into this, I knew this is worth pursuing and brings benefits to many of us,” Sparkfit founder Rez Khoshdel said in a statement.
He added that the company helps match potential clients with trainers that are near their homes.
“Trainers that can work with your timing if you prefer in the evening or weekend.
“Best of all, trainers that are wallet-friendly and won’t cost a fortune,” he said, adding that all SparkFit trainers are certified by reputable fitness academies.
He added some of the trainers are even nutritionists or physiotherapists who can help with diet plans and recovery workouts for those suffering from medical conditions.
Since its inception, SparkFit has a total of 75 trainers across eight states in Malaysia.
“We believe that personal fitness training is essential for a healthier, fitter and productive Malaysia. We are committed to finding ways to help trainers in these tough times and also to help trainees in their fitness goals by providing training that fits their location, timing and budget,” Pete Yee, SparkFit co-founder said.
On payment, Yee said the money would only be released to personal trainers after a session is conducted and not before to ensure that both sides are protected in the transaction.
“We know that personal training isn’t considered cheap, but it’s the right step to have a workout that fits uniquely to us. Many of us were financially impacted by the pandemic and we are more careful with our cash flow now.
“That’s why with Fit Now Pay Later, we made personal training payments manageable. So instead of paying for the full package upfront, one can pay by instalments and go ahead with their training to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” Yee explained.
SparkFit is planning to expand its offering to Singapore next year and release tools such as workout progress tracking and data analytic products to help trainers better manage their clients fitness goals through the platform.
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