What do Trainers make?
So I was sitting there having lunch with an old colleague who I hadn’t seen in a while. We were going on about all the things we had done since we last saw each other, then suddenly he turns to me and asks “so seriously what do you as trainers make?”….. Despite having been a personal trainer for the last two and a half years I had no concrete answer. Sure I could rattled off my rates and what I get paid for training at the gyms versus in home or in groups, but that wasn’t what I made. After a long and truthfully awkward pause I stood up, brandished my Panera Sierra Turkey Bravo sandwich and delivered this reply:
Inspired by the Field
I recently made the transition from working full-time as a personal trainer to working full time in the hydro-fracturing (Frack) fields. Needless to say I have gained a whole new level of appreciation and perspective. Having a background in physical fitness I had no intimidation about getting down in the mud, swinging hammers, and lifting iron. Boy was I in for a surprise...turns out my body building gym routine has got nothing in the ways of preparation for long days in the field. For the next two days I ached in ways and in places I did not even know I could.
The fatal flaw in my training program?
We just lost 738! Now 600 is getting a little wobbly, bring us up to 80 barrel-a-minute at 6 pound! Only one more zone, lets push and get this finished. Son-of-expletive we lost 600! Shut 'er down and get some green hats on those pump trucks, I want them up and running ASAP!
It is 330 in the morning and this is the chatter you hear coming out of your headset. Being new on a crew means be the go to for all the fun and exciting jobs. Among them fixing pumps! Now the average pump truck has a deck height of about 5 feet. This means each time you drop the one and only crescent wrench in the entire camp, you will be climbing up and down 5 feet to search for it. If you are lucky, it probably will only covered in mud. But not to worry you can be sure to release all of your frustrations by using an 8 lb sledge hammer. It is used to strike the over-sized nuts which are fondly called "wings". All this while repeating the mantra "lefty loosey, righty tighty" (which no doubt you will have adopted after attempting to remove several wings through the ancient and misunderstood art of making them tighter). All in all a very physical experience, which can leave the unprepared feeling winded and weak.
Unemployment Is Going to Get You!
Unemployment is going to get you! This is not some overly dramatic statement. Rather it is a fact; most of us are going to deal with unemployment at some point in our lives. The question then becomes, not how to avoid unemployment but how to deal with it.
These are the lessons I've learned from unemployment.