Here’s how the founder of FitNut Loft is continuing to transform women’s lives through fitness and female empowerment – and, how you can too, thanks to her new Pilates instructor course in Singapore!
Pilates fitness and strength training for women
It was five years ago when oil broker turned certified personal trainer and Pilates coach, ALY KHAIRUDDIN, gave the fitness scene for females an upgrade here in Singapore. It all started when the breast cancer survivor completed her chemotherapy treatment, which left her weak and out of shape. Determined to get her life back on track by getting stronger, Aly rented out a studio where she could exercise in the privacy of her own space. A traditional gym setting, she says, has too many prying eyes that could make her feel self-conscious.
It wasn’t long before she gained her strength back through Pilates and circuit workouts, adding weights along the way. Inspired by her own transformation, Aly knew she wanted to help other women feel the same way. So, she launched FitNut Loft, a fitness studio that provides Pilates and strength training workouts for women in their 40s and above. Many of these women are frustrated with their sudden bellies and injury-prone bodies, and want to be stronger, have more energy and eliminate body pain as they age. And, they want to do all this in a place that understands them best. The studio has trained over 300 women to date, helping them become comfortable in their own skin again.
Strength building is a major focus in all classes, even Pilates. There are three main pathways: Reformer Pilates and Mat Pilates Flow; pure strength training with the HEAT Circuit class; or, Strong & Lean, which is a combination of HIIT, weight training and Pilates.
FitNut’s Pilates instructor course in Singapore
The transformations don’t stop there. Now, Aly’s making it possible for female fitness enthusiasts to learn more, and even turn their passions into careers. Her recently launched FitNut Academy offers a certification course in anatomy, mat and Reformer Pilates, strength training and coaching skills. Taught entirely by Aly, the seven-week course is open to anyone who is interested.
The course curriculum was created by Aly, using the knowledge and experience she’s gained in the past 16 years as a fitness and Pilates coach – not to mention a cancer survivor and mother of two in her 40s!
“We are unique because we focus on combining mat and Reformer Pilates, strength training and nutrition coaching for a very specific demographic,” says Aly. “However, hiring the right people can be tough. Our coaches need to be able to train clients in Pilates and strength training. They also need to have a working knowledge of habit formation and nutrition” .
What’s more, she says many Pilates-trained instructors don’t want to get involved with strength training. Of course, this makes the hiring process even harder.
“I couldn’t find anyone out there just like me, so I started the Academy,” says Aly. “In doing so, I was able to create my own curriculum that I know works for this demographic. It will allow me to hire from within the pool of graduates for my current and future locations and franchises.”
Since FitNut Academy’s launch in April, Aly has already seen a great amount of interest, particularly among female expats who want to work, but part-time with flexible hours so that they can spend time with their families.
Find out more about FitNut Academy’s Pilates instructor course in Singapore and sign up for a free informational session at fitnutloft.com/coach-academy-info-evening2.
This article first appeared in the May 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!