Malaysia is the first country in Southeast Asia to launch Traine, the region’s first-ever human performance institute designed to provide world-class performance training, recovery and rehabilitation services under one roof.
Traine is conceptualised and co-founded by acclaimed physical recovery and rehabilitation expert, Dr Ko Kangmin (better known as Sam) from South Korea. It is an institute that caters to all aspects of moulding an individual to function at their optimum capacity every day – from diet and nutrition to physical training and conditioning, to even physical therapy and recovery.
With over 28 years of experience and a PhD in Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Sam is an influential figure in the South Korean sports and wellness industry having successfully pioneered new rehabilitation methodologies which helped drive the country to international success in the sports arena.
“I first came to Malaysia during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, arriving as a consultant under the invitation of the National Sports Council (MSN). I was involved with athletes from 11 sports disciplines during the Games and witnessed outstanding success – helping to contribute a total of 26 Gold medals across basketball, taekwondo, shooting, archery, weightlifting and gymnastics for Malaysia.”
“I soon realised that there were no holistic procedures to manage injuries and improve rehabilitation processes in the local rehab and recovery landscape and this was a similar case with South Korea in the 1990s,” explained Sam.
In selecting Malaysia as home to the first Traine institute in the region, Sam said: “Our aim is to develop a dedicated human performance institute that supports and spearheads sports medicine and physical therapy in Malaysia. Having devoted o28 years of my life for this area of practice, I trust that the power of sports science and physical therapy can benefit people to improve their physical wellness, recover from injuries and manage pain better.”
Female fitness icon and wellness advocate Nana Al Haleq regards the facility to be a game-changer for both athletes and non-athletes.
“Being an athlete since the age of 10, I have put my body through rigorous training regimes to achieve various fitness goals over the years. The constant pressure on the body and the active lifestyle I live demands a lot of recovery and rehabilitation. With Traine being a one-stop institute for human performance, I no longer have to worry about finding a therapist, a trainer or a rehabilitation specialist separately,” said Nana.
“I believe it is important for the public to understand that ‘training hard’ is not just about how heavy you can lift or how fast you can run – what is more important is to have a healthy body that can move and function better,” she added.
Local partner and co-founder of Traine Malaysia Shahir Khalid shared that it was a privilege to be associated with someone of Sam’s stature and hopes that the first-of-its-kind outlet will be well-received.
“We aim to nurture the mindset that physical therapy and performance training apply to everyone and not just sports athletes. Whether you are a pro athlete with demanding training requirements or a corporate person who spends most of the day in the office environment, Traine’s philosophy helps you perform better in whatever that you do,” said Shahir.
For more information, visit www.traine.com.my.