Firing someone, even a fitness coach or personal trainer, is hard to do. You’ve invested a lot of time and energy into this person. So when you need to part ways, it actually feels like you’re breaking up with a really close friend. Nobody wants to be “the bad guy”, but if this person is no longer meeting your needs here’s how to end things (without feeling like an ass yourself).
Some trainers have a sexual harassment rider in my professional liability insurance coverage. Lots have been fired because they sexed it up with their clients, and the clients shouted their business from the roof tops. Nothing gets you over an old trainer, like a new one? 😉
It’s frustrating when your friend—or, worse, a stranger on the internet—is making ill-advised health decision. Maybe they smoke, or eat terribly, or buy everything Dr. Oz endorses. Maybe they refuse to vaccinate their kids. Here’s how to get through to them.
Odds are incredibly good that the person is not going to listen to shaming or holier-than-thou rhetoric. If the person really wants to listen to what you have to say, it’s much more welcoming when you can say “yeah, I used to smoke/drink/eat too much and it was REALLY hard to change”. And then let them ask you how you manage.
Years after Swedish distance runner Mikael Ekvall crapped his shorts in the midst of a half-marathon, his photo still shows up on Facebook. You might’ve seen it with a “fail” caption or a demotivational poster—played-out viral image formats that were de rigueur at the time—or in any number of “world’s most embarrassing photos” compilations. Clearly, people still haven’t gotten over Ekvall’s uncomfortable grimace and the liquified shit trickling down his legs.
Paula Radcliffe stopped on the course and dropped a deuce en route to winning the 2005 London marathon. She didn’t get it all over herself like this poor gentleman, but it did happen in view of the fans and on live TV. Greg LeMond had the same thing happen during a Tour de France stage in ’89. He won that stage. And the whole Tour.
To the uninitiated it may be gross, but to those in the know there is a quiet respect, an understanding, and the attitude about not quitting once is what defines winners.