Personal Fitness Trainer in Singapore Accused of Inappropriately Touching a Client

Apeiro Performance

A personal trainer has been banned by a fitness center in Singapore after another trainer accused him of inappropriately touching and groping his client.

 

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❌ / — — ❌ When the other party is not comfortable with such action, this is considered a case of sexual assault. It is a very serious offence in Singapore, and unfortunately this has happened way too many times with coaches abusing their position and authority to do things like that. I personally consider this more despicable and disturbing than molesting a stranger – this is using the student’s trust to commit such an act, which can really mindfuck a person for a long time. The coach in this video is a freelance trainer working by himself, and is not an employee of the gym. I have reached out to the client (swipe to second image) to let her know that it is NOT normal for such physical interaction during training, it is very unprofessional, and that she can speak up if she have felt uncomfortable about her coach touching inappropriately and groping during some exercises. Also spoke to her (not on text), and it turned out this was indeed her first time having a coach, facing such situation for the first time. “don’t touch my butt” a few times over 7 training sessions, but he still went ahead to do so, using “checking muscles” as an excuse – which many trainers will know that’s complete BS. from using the gym space to conduct his own PT sessions – with effect from 2 August – and the client has now stopped training with him. She will not be making a police report, but she has given me the permission to share about this as she also wants all women, girls, or even guys out there to know that this behaviour is not acceptable and that nobody should put up with any actions that make them feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and disrespected. Anyone that feels this way should speak up and not let the perpetrator have his/her way. #ShareThisPost I am very glad that @apeirolife doesn’t tolerate such behaviour, and I’m happy to be conducting my PT sessions in a safe, fun, and professional space with other likeminded professional trainers. _

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“Hands-on”: Trainer David Mesut, who conducted training sessions at Apeiro Performance, was captured on film touching his client in a manner many found inappropriate.

  • Cheryl Loh, who trains her clients at the same gym, took to Instagram on Monday to post a video of him touching a client’s buttocks multiple times during a session.
  • In the post, Loh called Mesut out for allegedly groping and touching the woman inappropriately, noting in her caption that the manner of physical contact was “not normal.”
  • According to Loh, she noticed Mesut’s behavior a few weeks earlier but thought against commenting as she was unsure if they were a couple or not. 
  • Loh decided to film another interaction between the two on July 31, and then contacted the woman, informing her that Mesut’s technique was “unprofessional.”
  • “There are many ways to teach muscle engagement, and the way he is doing it is not how a professional coach should behave,” Loh told the woman via text message.
  • The woman responded back and explained she told Mesut not to touch her buttocks as it made her uncomfortable.
  • Mesut reportedly responded to this by saying the touching was necessary as he needed to do so to “check [her] muscle”.

Banned: Since then, the woman has stopped training with Mesut.

  • Loh shared that while the woman decided not to file a police report, she gave Loh permission to share about the incident to inform others of what constitutes inappropriate behavior in fitness training. 
  • On August 4, Apeiro Performance posted a statement revealing that Mesut was not their employee but a freelancer who uses its facilities, and has since been banned from the gym, according to Yahoo Lifestyle SEA.

 

Text message screenshots via @cherylfit_sg

Arguing consent: In response to the issue, Mesut said he will be filing a police report against the “false accusations,” reports AsiaOne. He argued that he did nothing out of the ordinary as his client had consented to the physical contact.

  • “Right from the beginning, I had told her about physical contact on a particular part of her body and she said that she understood and therefore, consented,” he was quoted as saying.
  • Mesut, who said he is now seeking legal advice, shared that his client showed him the viral video and when they discussed the exercise, she did not object to the physical contact. 
  • “She did not place any objection to any aspects of the video or the fact that there was physical contact,” he explained.
  • Meanwhile, Apeiro Performance gym founder Habib Noh has expressed commitment in supporting the woman in any investigations despite her not being a direct client, Coconuts Singapore reported.
  • “We will actively support and protect any member of the gym who comes forward with information or allegations about misconduct,” he added. “Moving forward, it is our commitment that Apeiro Performance will do everything to take swift action to improve our policies against harassment or sexual misconduct, as well as to improve our dedication to create the best environment for both our members and fitness professionals.”

Feature Image via Cheryl Loh

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