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For Singaporeans Battling Chronic Conditions and Injuries, These Private Trainers Prove No Bar Is Too High To Regain Fitness

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Image: Co-founders of Surge, Rishi Mirpuri (Left) and Sam Gallo (Right)

You might relate to this (we definitely do): popping by the gym, maybe for the first time in a long while, and immediately feeling self-conscious. Highkey worried one of these gym veterans would judge you for how much slower you are, or how little you can do.

Now imagine that mental barrier dialled up to 100.

That’s what it feels like for Singaporeans living with chronic health conditions or recovering from injuries and pregnancies — many of whom don’t even know how to start with fitness again.

Surge Singapore, an internationally accredited private training gym, has made it their life’s work to fix this.

Surge is the brainchild of Rishi Mirpuri and Sam Gallo, who between them share expertise in flexible fitness and repeat media features in magazines like Shape and Men’s Health Singapore. Together, they’ve handpicked a team of personal trainers with diverse specialisations, enabling them to tailor programmes that meet even the most niche of health criteria.

Beyond usual gym fare like strength training and weight loss, they primarily support clients in navigating fitness through a wide range of conditions — including but not limited to pre- and post-pregnancy, slipped disc, scoliosis, arthritis, asthma, chemotherapy recovery, injury rehabilitation, and even menopause transitioning!

Though many gyms are driven by exercise and education, Surge believes that for their specialised work, they must also go the extra mile with empathy. Each client is given undivided attention in 1:1 sessions with a dedicated trainer who carefully crafts programmes with a deep analysis of individual exercise physiology, from physical strength to nutrition plans and techniques that cater to ongoing lifestyles.

This is to ensure that #fitnessgoals are not the final stop in any client’s journey — but that these results are sustainable, attainable, and also here to stay for the long run.

Since its establishment in 2020, Surge has helped over 200 clientsregain control of fitness and health through some of the most trying times in their lives. (Fun fact: this includes our ambassador to El Salvador, who came back from the brink of obesity to lose 23 kilos!) The gym also has a string of Best Personal Trainer awards to its name, from the likes of community favourites like Sassy Mama, Vanilla Luxury, and the Institute of Personal Trainers.

To learn more about Surge and its work in empowering Singaporeans through health challenges, we invite you to speak with Rishi Mirpuri, co-founder of Surge, on:

  • Gym anxiety and how it affects different demographics in Singapore, from expecting mothers to cancer survivors
  • Common mistakes when getting into fitness, either for the first time or after a long break
  • Surge’s fitness ethos and how that informs its experiences with clients
  • The challenges of navigating fitness through differing health conditions

About Surge: Strength & Results:

Surge is an internationally accredited private fitness gym providing personalised sessions for clients recuperating from or living with a diverse range of health conditions. The gym currently has four on-site locations throughout Singapore and specialises exclusively in one-to-one sessions with dedicated trainers. To date, Surge has impacted more than 200 clients with lasting improvements to their fitness, confidence, and image, and has been featured in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Shape, and Mr. World Singapore 2019. For more information, please visit:

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