A freelance personal trainer was really exposed for making unsolicited sexual advances  towards a woman.

An Instagram post depicting the inappropriate incident, that took place in a gym in Singapore, has since gone viral. The guilty individual has apparently deleted all his socials and website after being exposed.

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An Instagram user named Cheryl Loh posted a disturbing post on her account yesterday (Tuesday, 4th August). Her intention was to highlight a recent sexual harassment of a fitness instructor using his hands to grope his client’s backside during their sessions.

According to Cheryl – who personally reached out to the victim in question – the unprofessional trainer was told multiple times to not touch the woman’s butt. Despite the request, he went on with his habit, claiming that he was simply “checking” her muscle movement.

Aperio Performance, the fitness centre where the aforementioned video took place, has since banned the man from suing the premise. It should also be noted that he is a freelance coach and not an employee of the gym.

Those who often see him at their gyms claim that he usually preys on attractive young ladies. Although the victim wishes to remain anonymous (presumably to avoid unwanted attention), she gave Cheryl her consent to post their conversation. Hopefully, this would bring awareness to more people that unsolicited physical contact is not normal and shouldn’t be allowed.

Several netizens reveal that his real name is Melvin but goes by his trainer name as David Mesut and allegedly runs a fitness coaching program called Ultralete Fitness. As at time of writing, the Ultralete Fitness website, Facebook and Instagram account have been deleted by the owner.

Malaysian influencer and co-founder of MotionLab Maggy Wang shared her two cents on this incident. She also elaborated on what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to one-on-one coaching. Read her statement below:

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You may check out Cheryl’s full post here:

 

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❌ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗔𝗕𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗨𝗧𝗘𝗟𝗬 𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵/𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿 — 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 — ❌ 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. 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗺 “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. 𝗔𝗽𝗲𝗶𝗿𝗼 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗺 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 has 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. _

A post shared by Cheryl Loh | Personal Trainer (@cherylfit_sg) on

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We sincerely hope that the victim is coping well and that she’ll recover from this episode.

Source: Cheryl Loh’s IG.

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