Ready for a break Thursday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Ready for a break Thursday
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Thu, 05-09-2013 - 7:39am

It's been one long week for me--far more clients/work than I'd normally like. It's probably over 25 this week which is twice as many as I like to do.  Oh, here's a question.  I've been at my current job for 1 1/2 years (it'll be two years in September).  I make a lot more than I would elsewhere but I know the clients all really like me at this job and they rely on me because I'm more reliable and responsible than most trainers and relate well to the clients. So, given that I make twice as much here as I would at a regular gym, should I ask for a raise? 

I've been a slug this week but at least I get to teach step today.  I really don't know how I'd fit it in if had to keep working these hours and take care of the kids in the evenings--well, this week was also unusual because my son was at districts in tennis.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 8:08am

25 people sounds like a lot! Do you actually work out with each one? That is over 25 hours working out. I'd be exhausted to the bone. Are there other trainers at the gym and do you know the salary range? If you are at the lower end then I think you should ask for a raise. 

My husband invited 15 people for dinner last night and called me while I was at the gym yesterday afternoon (3:00 pm) to tell me about it. I was furious at him! I bbq'd a ton of chicken and whipped up a baked potato bar and it turned out to be a great evening. I think it was a personal record for planning, purchasing food, and serving dinner for 18 all in about 3 hours.

I am going to try to get in a few miles early this morning after I take my daughter to the dentist as I've got to work tonight at my other job. 

It'll definitely be leftovers tonight. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 8:27am

Wow, you are letting your husband off easy! I'd be expecting mine to do the work. Happy mothers' day!  I'm impresseed you pulled it together so quickly.

I don't work out w/ clients. At most, I'd demo a move, once, possibly twice.  Clients tell me I'm in such good shape and I always joke that I can do every move just once or twice.  I'm the only trainer at this facility.  It's really hard to compare from one pay rate to another. At one facility, the trainer works 8 hours and has clients all day, each half an hour.  I could never do that job--it would be burn out for me within a day.  She makes much less than I do but she has no down time between clients. The other positions are only occasional training but maintaining the facility so there's a base lower pay and then they're paid for extra for training.; and then some are salary and they're expected to do a certain number a week, included in the salary.  So, it's just hard to say.  






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 9:01am
Jean, have you thought about having a higher trader rates which would offset your race? They hired another traitor with a lower rate, perhaps your workload would go down but your pay rate go up? The risk would be that if your clients are price-sensitive, you could lose more business to the other trainer. Just a thought. But I think you do deserve a raise. Today is my meeting with the unprofessional man, along with his partner who is abrasive, and another teammate who, "doesn't want to get involved. "We shall see how it goes. Also, yesterday I found out from my daughter that she may be on probation at school. Her grades are very low, and she said that she's been having anxiety. To air on the conservative side, I am going to find her a top therapist, but it could just be that she hated her major and she had a very difficult time living with her roommates. I would like it to having a job you hate, and living with man you should divorce. That would be enough to drive anyone crazy. For the most part, she seems to be a really good child. But, on the other hand, I wonder if I'm being manipulated. She is very smart, and I can't help wonder how much the issues around her boyfriend see more important to her than school. From what she's told me, it seems that he is starting to pull away because his parents are infuriated that he's dating a non-Muslim Indian. In any case, she's coming home this weekend so life goes forward. I'm hoping that she will commit to some type of regular exercise, and I am hoping that she will get some jobs from her employer while she is home. I think I'm good at doing intense yoga class today. I need the stress relief, badly.
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 9:07am
Karla, you are amazing.. I think I would've just catered it... The food that you prepared, though, sounds wonderful. Was this a political event for your husband to be more networks at his company, or was this just a social event, or both?
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 10:00am

Jean - I think I'd ask for a raise and see what happens.  If you're that popular, then the worst that can happen is that they'll say no.  

Karla - I think I'd have just let my husband take care of that but you're a good sport for taking it on.  (Although, hubby DOES owe you now.) 

FSN - Are you thinking that your daughter is focusing too much on the boyfriend and not enough on school?  I know for most kids, there's a large period of adjustment when going away to college.  I was really independent prior to leaving home so living in a dorm with a roommate was not a huge shock for me.  My roommate however, was very sheltered.  She got a 4.0 her first semester (who does that!?!?!) and then was on probation the second semester because she just went wild...  drinking, smoking, attempting to lose her virginity...  Tongue Out  I did really well in high school without having to work very hard.  Once I got to college, it was a different story and I realized I could not handle my schoolwork in the same way I did in high school.  I got poor grades my first semester but figured it out by second semester and did much better.  Your daughter may be going through the same thing.  I applaud you for taking her anxiety seriously.  It is a very real (and can be debilatating) thing.  

I was in just the worst mood yesterday.  I started more meds on Tuesday per the ENT's recommendation.  One of them is prednisone and one of the side effects is irritability.  I'm wondering how much of it was that.  DH's car AC died so that is an unexpected 1K expense and it's bad timing because we're just wiped out after paying taxes.  I'm still upset and processing over my friend and not sure yet what I'm going to do.  There's a lot of social stuff going on this weekend but we've negotiated such that we'll see each other minimally so that will help.  

My morning client asked last night if we could switch to tomorrow so I'm unexpectedly off today.  I have a laser appointment, some dresses to return and another trip to Costco.  I discovered this week that buying one of my allergy meds 3 months cash is slightly more expensive than buying one month through my insurance.  Can anyone really argue at this point that the system isn't broken?  

My other project for the day is work on being less pissy.  I may do that by snuggling in with the cats for a movie this afternoon or keeping busy with Spanish or my CEC.  

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 10:58am

Fresh-it was a total social thing with dinner. I had mentioned to my husband I was going to grill some chicken for my daughter and her husband (she is now 8 months and miserable after working all day on her feet) so I asked him to pick up some chicken while he was at the grocery. HE decided that we should just make a fun evening of it since *HE* had the day off today. So he comes home with 20lbs of raw chicken and a guest list! I had one of those giant bags of corn on the cob in the freezer so when I got home from the gym I threw an entire bag of potatoes in the oven, the corn on the stove, and parboiled the chicken. While that was cooking, I fried up some bacon for the potatoes, quickly tidied up the kitchen and living room and sent him back to the store for paper plates and shredded cheese. LOL-and I did all this with a toddler (my granddaughter) in tow! I have to admit, the spur of the moment thing seemed to have put everyone in a great mood and the evening turned out fun. At one point we had three men playing guitars while everyone else was making up crazy song lyrics to popular songs. 

As far as your daughter, my oldest son did very well his first semester of college. His second was a different story. He  flunked out  and got married to a girl he had only known for a few weeks. We were devastated. One year later he moved back home, got divorced, buckled down with a good job, and started classes again. He is now a responsible young military officer working on his MBA. Your daughter will find her footing eventually. It may take her some experimenting to realize what she needs to do to be happy/successful.  

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 11:00am

Gym, my sister started on Prednisone yesterday too. She also got some kind of shot in the rear which she said felt like it was ripping her leg off. I know she's been sick for a long time like you have so I hope this stuff helps you both. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 3:02pm

I wouldn't charge my clients more. My company makes a good amount from what they charge the clients and I have no idea if they've raised their rates but it would come out of their pockets.  I really don't have "set" clients, except the ones who request me specially. It's run more like a physical therapy place or other medical settings where you get who is available during your time slot, unless a client is willing to work around your schedule.  The thing is I could make more quite a bit more if I worked on my own, like Kel does. It's just easier this way.

Sorry to hear about your daughter. Have you asked her what is going on? It could be something simple. Maybe she doesn't even want to be in school right now and would rather try to make it as a model or something.






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 3:06pm

Sorry about all the stuff you're dealing with right now. Hope you at least get the health stuff out of the way.  I'm terrible w/ confrontation and would probably have a glass of wine or two and then feel I had to tell the friend off, or I'd be passive aggressive about it; neither of which is the mature thing to do. 

I was thinking I might wait until I take the Corrective Exercise Specialist exam cert and the ACE advanced health and fitness specialty cert and ask.  It would give me incentive to start studying more for them, I have until Aug to do the CES cert.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 7:54pm
Jean - I think ou should ask for a raise based on the time you have been there and the number of clients you cover...even when thy on't show. If thy turn you own, you can ask why and if they bring up certification, then move or ward with that plan...FSN - I was totally on my own at 18, so I am always surprised when parents are still involved in their kids lives...not saying there is anything wrong with it, but it still surprises me. Isn't it your daught's job to get good grades, arrange her housing, and take care of her health care? but I have no kids, so what do I know? Karla- it sounds like you enjoyed the evening, and are proud of yourself or pulling it off...but I wouldm't want it to be a frequent thing...pizza delivery works....Gymrat - steroids are so scary...hope they do the job for you. I went to the gym tonight. 20 minutes on bike, 30 minutes running, 2 Miles in 27:21 and then cool down. Then floor abs. On the meetup idea - I think it would be fun to do some kind of fitness event...or Coe to Boston...really pretty here...

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