Personal Trainers > Ilham Muhammad
Ilham was severely overweight at 13 years old. Upon realising the severity that it poses to his mental and physical health, he decided to start working out. He started by playing soccer in secondary school and was then introduced to powerlifting in polytechnic. His progression became more significant as he started to educate himself on resistance training and proper diet plans.
After losing 10kg healthily, Ilham not only emerged stronger in the gym but also more confident about how he looked in the mirror, and his self-confidence improved. This was when things took a turn, as what he once perceived as a solution to becoming fit has turned into his passion; the gym is a convenient getaway for him to loosen up while keeping his fitness in check. He wants his clients to feel that way too. He always makes time to work out even if he’s incredibly busy.
As a personal trainer, Ilham strongly believes that becoming fit does not happen overnight. Once one has decided to commit, one must stay consistent and dedicated, but most importantly to trust the process. Ilham ensures that he instils these qualities in his clients. Even though he believes that every individual has their own pace, he upholds measures to ensure that his clients do not overdo themselves throughout the process. All in all, what drives him forward is to be able to share with his clients the beauty of working out through a realistic yet fun approach.
Tell us about one client on whom you had the biggest influence?
When I first started personal training, I met a client whose intention was to lose body fat and to better understand gym equipment. Being a beginner, she was unable to perform fundamental movements like a full-range body weight squat since she lacked mobility and her muscle memory had yet to develop. I assured her that she would achieve more than just squats. After 16 weeks of consistent training, she was able to perform 30kg barbell back squats repetitions, lost 3kg and gained some muscles in the process as well. As I proved to her that it’s a matter of consistency and strong willpower, she has now garnered enough confidence to work out on her own.
• Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business
“It is not the destination, it is the journey that matters.”