The Sad Reality of Personal Trainer Failure



Personal trainers – the truth

I love personal trainers and sincerely admire their skills and the work they do for society. But the sad reality is that there is a tremendous turnover in the profession, almost like a revolving door.

It reminds me of the real estate profession, which I was a part of for many years. You have a few top producers at the top of the heap that have a waiting list of clients; a somewhat larger group in the middle who are solid performers and good practitioners; and then a huge pool of part-time and full time newbies that are just entering the field and trying to survive. Many, if not most of the newbies do not make it and are out of the business within a year or two.  The classic 90-10 or 80-20 success pyramid.


What separates the cream from the crop?

As an observer of the profession (not a member thereof), I have my own opinion. Interested?

Pull back the curtain, remove the smoke and mirrors and what it boils down to is one issue: results, as defined by the client.

It’s not education, certifications, sales ability, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, appearance, etc – all of which they could have learned by using but that’s a completely different story. While these intangibles are important and certainly contribute the long-term success of a personal trainer, they pale in comparison to the RESULTS the client thinks they are achieving. And perception is reality.

Most clients of a personal trainer in general practice have one major objective in mind…to lose weight. They may verbalize other goals like improve health, improve flexibility but their main goal is to lose that belly fat and get thin. Period.

And when they quit using their personal trainer, they will usually say it’s about money, the economy, employment situation, family or similar issues. It sounds good and in a face to face or over the phone interaction, it removes blame from the personal trainer. But trust me, if they were losing weight, they would walk over hot coals to continue training!


Focused attention

The problem of course, is that the typical personal trainer focuses their attention on teaching their client how to exercise. It’s what they know and they do that very, very well in most cases. Nevertheless, as anyone who has lost a large amount of weight knows, exercise is important but only contributes 10%-15% to the weight loss equation. After all, many people lose weight and never exercise.


Weight loss success is primarily attributed to caloric intake, as managed by a variety of mental toughness techniques. If a client does not know how to deal with stress, hunger, emotional eating, excuses, portion control among other issues, the client will fail at weight loss; and the personal trainer will pay the price by eventually losing a client. Some have even tried different methods such as dancing to lose weight just to achieve their desired goals for clients. From the viewpoint of the client, why should I continue paying my personal trainer when I’m not losing weight…what’s the point?

Are you a personal trainer or fitness professional? Imagine what your business would look like if you were able to help your clients overcome the mental obstacles that are preventing them from losing weight… epic!

Tips on Painting over Wallpaper


It can be a difficult task removing wallpaper. It never just peels off. Wallpaper removers are messy and don’t always work. So you start thinking, maybe I can just paint over it. Well you might be able to, but there are things to consider.

First think about how well the paper is attached to the wall. If it is hanging off or bubbled in sections, you need to glue it back onto the wall. If it is peeling or falling off in many areas, you should probably remove the paper entirely.

After you have glued any loose areas, you must apply a joint compound to the seams. This will keep it from unraveling at a later date. After the joint compound has dried, you will need to sand it to give you a smooth wall. If the wallpaper you are covering is textured or scratched, you may have to apply a coat of joint compound or float the entire wall.

If the paper was of a dark color, you will now need to apply a sealer like Kilz to the area. This will keep the color from bleeding through. If necessary, apply 2 coats of the sealer.

Now it’s time to apply the texture and paint. You have many different options here. You can apply a plaster like texture, orange peel, knockdown etc., etc. Visit your local home improvement store to view your options. Let the texture dry thoroughly and then paint your walls. Remember, you get what you pay for with paint so choose a quality product.

Sound like a lot of work? It can be. Consider calling a local painter in to give you an estimate. You might be surprised at how affordable it can be.


Painting FAQ


Do I need to use paint primer?

If you have a previously painted surface in good shape, you probably do not need to apply primer. If you have a porous surface or are using a paint that is incompatible with the previous paint (like latex paint over an oil based paint), then you should use a primer.

Should I paint the trim or the wall first?

Paint the trim first. Chances are that you will need to sand the trim to get it perfect. It will be easier to do this first. After you have finished painting the trim, mask it off and paint the walls.


Which is better a brush or a roller?

Use a roller as much as possible. It will put down a more even and smooth finish than a brush.


How do I fix a run in the paint?

If the paint is dry, the only way to fix it is to sand the paint run off and repaint it. Use caution to avoid ruining the texture or sanding too far down.


What type of finish should I buy?


  • If you have many defects on your walls, go with a flat finish. Its lack of gloss will mask imperfections.
  • Satin and Eggshell finishes will have a light sheen and are washable
  • Semi-gloss will have slightly more shine and hold up well in bathrooms and those areas subject to moisture.


What is Alkyd paint?

Alkyd paints are also known as oil based paints.