Interview with Patty Lee - Founder of World Trainer
Who is World Trainer in 5- 10 words?
World Trainer is about helping people to be their best by providing them with an environment that fosters consistent exercise.
Why is now the time for World Trainer China to exist?
In China, World Trainer focuses on developing strong minds and bodies in youth. Since 2016, World Trainer has been working with business executives, helping them adhere to their fitness regime even when they are traveling. What we observed throughout these years is that people tend to drop out of their exercise routine. Somehow, fitness and health don’t get the priority and focus they deserve. We then realise that people who started exercising when they were young and built it into their lifestyle often possess the discipline to continue their routine, regardless of where life takes them. Living to our mission to help people become their best, stay fit and healthy, we decided to promote the benefit of consistent exercise to the young.
Being an avid gym goer, I personally noticed how exercise can boost self-awareness, confidence, positivity and focus. Seeing how many youngsters these days, especially in Asia, put more focus on their grades and bury their heads into their smart devices, character building and physical strength development are often neglected. Hence, we decided to combine the two - physical exercise and character building - and bring the program to Shanghai.
In a few sentences, what do you offer to whom?
World Trainer offers a holistic program to youth, mainly between 10-17 years old, to promote both physical and mental wellbeing. Our program roots itself on physical exercise. Through inspiration, self-discovery, and reflection in group settings, we allow youth to experience the importance of exercise and fitness and at the same time learn about lessons surrounding self-awareness, positive mindset, and teamwork.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to parents about Youth Development?
Lead by example. Encourage them by positively commenting on their progress, not just the results, and if possible, participate in the activities with them.
What excites you most about what you do?
Seeing the progress our students make and the lessons they learn and apply in their daily lives.
Can you tell us about the coaches?
Our coaches are all US / Internationally certified trainers with experience in youth training. They genuinely care about World Trainer’s mission and want to promote positive development in today’s youth. All of them are native English speakers and are team players. They understand cultural diversity and practice inclusion to bring a healthy and positive energy in every class they give.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Know yourself, be humble, and stay true to your heart.
Where do you see World Trainer China in 10 years?
We see ourselves being an integral part of people’s lives, keeping them fit mentally and physically in all stages of life.
About the founder
Patty Lee is committed to making fitness a priority in people’s lives. As a busy executive who trains consistently, Patty personally experienced the challenge to maintain a fitness routine. The founder and Managing Director of WorldTrainer left a long-standing career in healthcare to make training accessible and bring fitness to people around the world. She sees fitness as more than physical development. It promotes the development of a positive mindset, helps one to focus, improves one’s self-awareness and positively shapes one’s character. With a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and an International MBA from York University in Canada, Patty is passionate to help children and adults around the world integrate fitness into all stages of their lives.