Strength training for the 50-plus set has a champion in Bangkok coach Jamal Younis

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Strength training for the 50-plus set has a champion in Bangkok coach Jamal Younis



Bangkok, Thailand – 14 September 2023

While Bangkok has no shortage of fitness options or accomplished trainers, finding an expert and welcoming workout option for the age 50-and-over person can be a challenge. For personal trainer Jamal Younis at Base Bangkok though, his work helping the older athlete/health enthusiast train in a stronger, safer manner is not only immensely rewarding, but is meeting a growing need with Thailand’s aging population.

The more mature customer – a segment sometimes called “seniors,” “masters” (if competitive) or “50 plus set,” – in fact often does encounter different issues than his or her younger counterpart, says Jamal. That fact informs his training programs for his clients, each considered on an individual basis – there is no “cookie-cutter” approach, he stresses. And the benefits of strength training for the older person are many, not only for ensuring continuing quality of life, but also in helping to prevent debilitating events. Coach Jamal says:

“The loss of physical strength and all its associated problems are a reality for some seniors. As we age, we may see loss of muscle mass, bone mineral density and osteoporosis, even hip fractures, which can even be a terminal event for many seniors. Other things training can combat are loss of balance and coordination, diabetes, heart disease related to a sedentary lifestyle, and the loss of independence.”

Jamal cites his ongoing connection to trends in the USA strength training industry, and especially the book “The Barbell Prescription” by Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, as founding blocks for his interest and approach to the 50-plus segment. That said, Coach Jamal uses a similar strength training approach with older as well as younger people, the difference being that Jamal needs to take into closer consideration an older student’s issues related to limitations from illness, injuries, flexibility and so on.

Jamal’s main tools in his personal training sessions tend to be the classic exercises most people are familiar with, such as deadlifts, squats, bench press, with cardio and muscle-specific exercises added as warranted. He feels the main lifts are reliable standards for a reason, as they build strength throughout the body and can be easily measured to gauge progress. They also fit with what Mr. Younis feels is the mindset of an older student of fitness – someone who wants a “logical, no-nonsense training approach.”

Currently providing personal training at all three Base Bangkok locations (Thonglor, Sathorn and Langsuan), Jamal has worked with many over 50’s, over 60’s and even several students in their 80’s. He says many seniors are aware of how their fitness and health can change over time and, once started in a program, tend to take the training process quite seriously. They are, for example, more realistic about their progress in strength training – that it may not be as rapid as when they were 25 years old – and they understand that the progress they make will translate into a higher quality of life going forward. As one of his successful clients said:

“Since I started training with Jamal my back pain has gone away and I can stand up much straighter and taller. I even find getting out of a chair much easier now. The training is also fun, with Jamal telling me when I hit a new milestone such as a new deadlift personal best, which really keeps me motivated” – A. R., age 65.

Another important consideration for the over-50 fitness student, Coach Jamal says, is the environment in which they train. Particularly for a person who has not trained for years, the prospect of joining an unfamiliar gym and working out alongside groups of 20-somethings might be off-putting. His training home at the Base Bangkok locations, he proudly says, offers a non-intimidating, welcoming atmosphere for fitness students of all ages, something Jamal credits for the dedication and positive attitude his students display. The Coach firmly believes that “It is never too late to get strong. After just a few sessions, you can feel how experiencing strength improves your quality of life.”


About Coach Jamal Younis

Jamal is a Strength and Conditioning specialist from Switzerland. He is passionate about helping people have a better quality of life through strength training. He believes that gaining and maintaining physical strength is essential for living a long and healthy life. Coach Jamal holds the following fitness qualifications:

  • Professional Barbell Coach (PBC) / Barbell Logic
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) / NSCA
  • Certified Personal Trainer / ACE
  • L1 Nutrition Coaching Certification / Precision Nutrition

Coach Jamal provides personal training services at all three locations of the award-winning boutique gym Base Bangkok.

Connect with Jamal here:


IG: jamal.bkk

About BASE Bangkok

BASE has been revolutionizing Bangkok’s fitness industry since 2016 with its first location in Thonglor, and has since then expanded its studios to various prime locations in central Bangkok. BASE offers services that cater to all fitness levels, from personal training, group class training, semi-private personal training, pre- and post-natal training, student and youth training, along with body composition scans, for a complete training experience. Voted Asia’s “Gym of the Year” and “Bangkok’s Best Studio,” BASE is changing the fitness landscape with a signature mix of high intensity cardio intervals (HIIT) and strength, along with data-driven progress monitoring methods.

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