Celebrity Fitness Express @ Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur

Some of you might already know that I headed to gym about a couple of weeks ago from my Facebook. I received a voucher from visiting Glam Bazaar and my bestie, Fyda and I decided to go for it.

It’s a free trial at Celebrity Fitness Express @ Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur for three weeks and lucky me because I believe that if they’ll be give out free trial like this, it’s usually for just a week. I used to see Celebrity Fitness in 1 Utama and Amber Chia was the face of it but I never know there’s one so near to my place. Pardon the above image quality, I made final decision right at the reception to blog about it and quickly grab a picture of it with my cell before registering.

I’m registered by the consultant named Kallon, very polite and attentive when I get to the reception. However, I didn’t like that right after explaining to me about the details of trial membership, he seems to hurried me asking if I’m interested in joining membership without any brochures or leaflets on the fees. I mean give me a break, I have not even go around and try anything yet. At least give me some time and come back to me when you see me around again?

The trial membership sheet has to be shown on every visit. It’s about half of an A4 paper, which I think they should improvise on this because this paper can be easily torn and lost.

Anyways, the staff at the reception has been very nice and friendly all the time and the one on the right smiling widely is Fadhli (if I didn’t get his name wrongly). They were very helpful when Fyda forgot her trial membership sheet and get her signed in with just her cell number. We usually get a towel card each but sometimes they don’t give it, we still get our towel by showing our trial membership sheet.

This is some clonking metal stairs that I climb up and down everyday. I went to gym right after work on weekdays and my heels are still on. I had to be really careful with the steps, there were a few times I almost lost balance from it.

On the first day being there, there wasn’t any appointed trainer to bring us around. Sad, we had to explore bits of the machines by ourselves first. We didn’t know how to use other machines than the treadmills and RPMs. We usually run for 20 minutes to warm up ourselves, my top speed on treadmill is only 8.7.  GAH, I wish I could be better.

Later, we were approached by a random trainer who is willing to bring us and teach us around. Finally, we have our own trainer to show us around and for our personal training. I’ll introduce to you our trainer later on the post. We’ve been mistaken to be sisters most of the time, many kept asking if we both is. Apparently, people are saying that we both look similar and we get it all the time since high school. We were also mistaken to be at the age of 17-18, we’re really happy since we turn out to look younger on the public’s eye.

We learned a lot of different machines that be able to work out on different parts of our body. My mission to the gym is to kick the fats off me? Maybe? But I want more flesh on my cheeks!

Oh, just a friendly reminder. Try to snack 1-2 hours before your gym session because that will provide you enough energy. If you have taken heavy meal try to rest about 3-4 hours before going to one. On the first day, I was a little starving and I ignored it. After the 20 minutes of treadmill, I was extremely dizzy. The dizzy-ness lasted for more than an hour and a half.

One of the main reason that I wanted to join the gym is yoga and I totally in love with how beautiful the surrounding of the outside. It felt so serene and peaceful. The yoga studio is slightly warm and I’ve joined twice on yoga for beginners. Love it so much! I never thought I could sweat so much from just a couple of mild stretching. I learned yoga isn’t just about the flexibility and balancing, it involves the mind, body and soul, breathing concentrations and lifting our own body. The music that the instructor played was so relaxing and the session always starts and ends with five minutes of relaxing the body. The yoga mat smells really bad whenever my face is so close to it but I can’t complain it, it’s been provided.

This is the aerobic studio and active movement classes are being held here. We’ve joined the belly dancing and Ritmo Zum. I love all of them! I love dancing since I was a child. I think I started dancing on stage ever since 6 years old and I never lost interest on it although I never attend any classes. My dancing interest grew more when I was in cheer-leading at the age of 16. I think I dance pretty well in those classes, just that I wasn’t so good in remembering them. I love to feel the flexibility of my tummy during belly dancing and I think I have never fail in shaking my bum  so far silly. Ritmo Zum was quite a happening class, it’s about more than 20 people participated. It sounds crowded but the class was really lively. It’s like a freestyle dancing, the combination of Latin, cha-cha, body combat, body shaking and etc. Whenever we came out from that class, we always learned something new.

Regarding on the classes, I like the convenience of checking the timetables available from their website. Therefore, I don’t need to always check the time table upon my visit.

We were provided three personal training sessions and remember the random trainer that I mentioned earlier? He is no longer random and we are just like friends teaching and guiding each other. It’s very easy to get along with him.

This is our trainer, Fauzi. If you have the chance to choose your trainer, I highly recommend getting him as one of yours. You could just quote my name to him and I believe he could still remember me. If he’s being mean to you, just let me know. I’ll poke him for you, LOL silly.

He is friendly, careful, funny, flexible yet firm during the training. During our training, he assisted us carefully and never try to be funny in handling the machines and always ask if we know how to use them. Most of the time, we don’t know and he end up demonstrating it to us all the time before we start. He always try to be right beside us especially when we did on heavy weight lifting, just so you know we don’t get injured ,drop  it and /or break anything around us. He did tease us sometimes for not capable to go further. It’s part of the fun isn’t it?

Surprisingly I noticed that when he assisted men trainees, he seems to be much strict and staying right in front of the trainee during weight lifting. There was once I saw him just sitting in front of the trainee and just did the counting. Didi is another trainer who did join to train us on the first session because Fauzi wasn’t allowed to monitor both of us at the same time but in the end, Fauzi took care of us very well. Professionally, I would think that he wasn’t allow to do so because accident can happen to both of us at the same time and pretty much didn’t happen. Fyda and I seems to be together so much during gym sessions, kind of inseparable even for personal training sessions.

During personal training sessions, we learned on the cardio exercise on treadmills and RPMs, dumbbell weight lifting for arms and shoulder, machines for arm, leg, shoulder and back, sit ups (which I’m pretty bad at it because my foot kept moving around) and kick fit.

Anyhow, he did explain to us on joining into membership package which includes personal training sessions and a month of free access. The fee was out of our boundaries, however he did not push hard on us into getting one which I like because I never like pushy people afterall.

On the right is Didi where I mentioned earlier, who joined us on our first personal training.

Other trainers that never kept their smile away whenever they see us. See the punch bag behind? That’s what we’ve been getting on with it on kick fit session.

Kick fit was one of the personal training that I never forget. What we had is to get hand wrap around our knuckles and palm, then wear the boxing gloves. The boxing gloves was HOLY STINKS! I get the idea that whenever people use it and start to sweat a lot in it but something must done because the smell stunk my hands even after bathing. Please get some sanitizer or air freshner (at least) to get rid the smell.

Kick fit is pretty much punching on the punch bag and we learn different movements from it. It’s pretty funny realizing that many gym users were looking at us as they pass by when we’re punching the bag. I hope in their mind was thinking, we girls could still rock on this. Although with the hand wrap, my knuckles went red for the entire day. It was pretty painful and my skin burned a little, I probably pushed myself too hard. We both get pretty tired at the end because it doesn’t only involve arm strength but legs too. It was that bad that the pain lasted for a couple of days, I even had trouble going to the loo.

We also did a body assessment, I weight 48.8kg now. Gosh, I think I put on 0.8kg and I think it’s coming from the belly. My body fat is 23.4 % (normal) and body age metabolism rate is at 18 years old. That has lead to my BMI 17.9 which shows that I’m underweight but I feel fat! Visceral fat are the fat surrounding our internal organ and mine is at 1 which is normal. However I don’t have enough muscles around my trunk and legs.

Oh, I almost forgot to show the towel counter. This guy’s name is Farhan, it was really cool of him to pose in front of my camera when he was busy with the towels, I felt bad in disturbing him. All gym users will always be given two towels, one bathing towel and one small sweat towel. I use the sweat towel as hair wrap  after shower.

Let me give you a short tour of how does the rest rooms look like, the only thing I forgot to snap a shot is the amazing lighted mirrors with hair dryers around.

These are the L-shaped lockers around and everyone has to bring their own locks, which is troublesome. If I wasn’t informed by Fyda, I wouldn’t know that I have to bring one. It wasn’t even mentioned during my registration. I recommend using number coding locks because it’s really troublesome to use ordinary that comes with keys. The chances of you losing your keys around the gym pretty high and that is what happened to Fyda.  She lost her key once and gotten the lady assistant to cut off her lock to open up her locker. I don’t have pockets on my pants and I had to secure the key ring onto my ring.

They even have changing cubicles which is really good because not everybody will be able to change their clothing right in front of the locker or at the bath cubicles.

This is how the bath cubicles look like, they have provided shampoo and shower gel but they smelt like insecticide so I recommend bringing your own. Many doesn’t know that there are hooks on the outside wall of the cubicle to hang their towels. Take this picture for example, people hang their towel over the metal bar instead.

These are one of our favorites, steam bath and sauna. Call us crazy but we used both on the first day and we learn the lesson not to go both after another. You’ll get pretty much dehydrated and dizzy. We love the steam bath and the longest we stayed in there was for 20 minutes.

The weighing scale is your friend especially when you want to lose weight. When I was in school I learn this weighing scales are more accurate than digital ones but you just have to be patient on getting it right.

Overall, we both enjoyed a lot at the gym for the three weeks. Just need some improvement in several areas. I would love to join but I just have other things to come across financially. I was wishing that there will be separate packages for classes and gyms. I do recommend this gym, they do have water stations around the gym which again, I forgot to take a shot of it. I wished that they have a swimming pool (I believe they could because there is a sufficient area right outside of the gym) but this is the express gym I wouldn’t want to expect much. I heard from my friend said the one in Mid Valley (head quarters) has swimming pool.

Celebrity Fitness is available in selected countries such as Indonesia and India. For more information, please visit their website here.

My rating: 4/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh
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13 Comments

  1. Fauzi’s cute!! That would make me sign up right now if I could work out with him. LOL

    I would love to join the gym across the street but I havent because of exactly what you described. They’re so pushy to make you join & it’s NOT cheap. I think the cheapest deal was $200 something PER MONTH & they didnt have deals where you could just take swimming or dance classes (which is what I prefer). Then when I did go on a trial membership, they phone stalked me. I snapped at a guy who called me after Hurricane Wilma. I had no food in the house, no electricity & no hot water but we wanted me to sign up for the gym?! I DIDNT NEED TO GO!!! I lost weight because I wasnt eating food! They stopped calling after that. XD!!

    Do you have community or youth centers where you live? They usually have free or low cost swimming & classes there. One famous place in the States is the YMCA but people often call it “The Y”. I dont know if that’s worldwide or not.

  2. @Shinbi_Belldandy – Your compliment is going to make him to swell on his bum proudly when he reads this but I got to admit that he’s quite a nice person. He can be a bully too especially when we teased him on his personal life. We’re all good and friends now.

    I hate pushy people! I think as long as you could afford it then it’s alright to join, but for me it doesn’t because I still have a lot to do. My pay is just enough for me on my target savings monthly, giving my parents and my expenses especially now on the plan on setting up website. WTH that the guy is thinking when he called you after the hurricane? It’s such a bad time to call and you got your emotions too, I think it’s fine that you snapped on him.

    We do have a few community centers but not for gym machines. More on fields and swimming pools with no classes, it’s payable upon each visit. Some centers are badly maintained that is why people are heading more on fitness centers like this but the cons are the fees are pretty expensive.

  3. @voguefemme – Yeah that’s one downside of community centers. Some dont have everything & not all of them are kept up. I just buy DVDs or watch the exercise channel. It came with the cable package.

    Yeah that guy was stupid. Every dime we had was going to food & supplies the two weeks we had nothing so what made him think we could afford it? Plus if you have a minimum wage job, their monthly pay is one whole paycheck! Ridiculous. I heard the gym by my school is only like $25-50 a month & I could walk there too. I may check it out later today. We have a gym in our complex but we dont have good neighbors & it’s no secret people do bad stuff on the property at night so I dont go because of safety. It faces the lake & pool so if, God Forbid, something happened, no one would hear you.

  4. I used to join Fitness First as a member for about a year. Soon after that period has expired, I was not so enthusiastic to lose weight and hitting gym again.  But now after seeing this post, I think I might want to register myself at Celebrity Fitness. LOL

  5. @voguefemme – Hey Tracy, Fadhli here :) And yup, you got my name right ;)

    Thank you so much for giving alot of good feedback which give us alot of room to improve in order to ensure the happiness and satisfaction for all our members (even the trial members) :)

    I’m glad that u had fun during your 3 weeks here, and lookign forward to hear from you and Fyda in the future ;)

    Take Care,

    Best Regard

    Fadhli Omar

    Sales Manager

    Celebrity Fitness Lot 10

  6. @SuperRat – It is, just missing out swimming pool .

    @Shinbi_Belldandy – Yeap but my BF has a space for private gym at one of his family’s apartment and I’m going there today. I’m so happy! ahhh lake and pool sounds like a nice view but do be careful ya!

    @Elizabeth_Ho – Oh, Fitness First isn’t too bad either right? I heard they provide 100 plus for drinks? You could give Celebrity Fitness a try if you like to. Hope you will enjoy yourself!

    @fadhliomar – Oh hey, I never thought you’ll drop by and thank you for doing so. I hope that this review meant something for Celebrity Fitness Management. Thank you for all the great effort!

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