We had the good fortune of connecting with Zein Wafaie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zein, what do you attribute your success to?
Love this question, because success is in the eye of the beholder. Surrender…. My business is small, but unique in that I am not the run of the mill Personal Trainer, I train all walks of life, but specialize in Corrective Exercise and help people who struggle with injury, sickness and health issues! This means I don’t beat my clients up with just any old workout, but rather build programs that will work with their specific body and it’s needs! In the beginning I found myself overwhelmed and way in over my head, it is just this past two years that I have found myself finding some balance and some understanding of how to run the business and what God wants it to really look like!

Train With Zein is a catchy phrase that people can remember, but it’s a broad title, because training with me means so much more than exercise. My clients are taught to seek the truth within themselves and in God about habits they have and the lifestyle they lead. In the beginning, I was unsure of how to address this both from a fear aspect of not wanting to incorporate my faith, for fear I may to offend someone, but also just fear that it would turn clientele away. I now see that my success only works and comes in to play when I am doing what I’m called to do, which is to teach clients to change their lifestyle, mind, body and spirit! Without all of these, exercise and diet will not create a fit person alone…

When I finally surrendered to what I’m called to do, help people know who they are in Christ, I was then able to tap in to truly helping people lose weight, get fit and maintain that lifestyle! Another thing I have stopped is the social media rat race and the perspectives of needing to keep up with the world’s perspective’s! The constant need to post and get followers and the game you must play to do so! I found myself working tirelessly to give people free content and help people to see my brand, but when I finally just let go of that chaos and worked on what mattered, my clients and their programs, I found peace and found more success. So often we focus on all the wrong things thinking it’s what we (HAVE) to do, when really we need to do what is best for us, our clients, our business and our lives…

Changing my own mindsets to be in line with God’s will, rather than what I believe should be the way things should go is something I work on all the time so that I am free to be successful in any area of life. I am seeing more and more success both financially, physically, spiritually and mentally due to surrendering my will and going with what God wants for my business. I have an extremely rewarding job and I adore what I do!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own and operate a Personal Training & Health Coaching business! I am a one man show for now and adore every moment of what I do! I provide, “Online Personal Training” programs that range in price to meet anyone’s needs! My app is amazing and extremely user friendly!

I provide corrective exercise to those who choose that program, which helps the client’s body to learn how to move the right way and even can help the body begin to heal from improper movements! I also provide, “In Home Personal Training and Coaching,” but have moved most of what I do online as it’s safer for everyone with the pandemic that has happened. Online training has such amazing results and I am able to keep in touch with my clients just as well as if I was with them! I also train clientele one on one via video chat, which allows a real time experience and is such a joy! I teach people to change their lifestyle mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually so that they can become the best version of themselves and be truly fit, healthy and lose the weight safely! It has not been easy getting to where I am today, there has been a lot of tough learning experiences that cost me mentally and financially, but it’s all been worth it because I have learned some very valuable lessons! I have had to teach myself how to do everything from website design, media, program design, pdf downloads, video making and editing, youtube and more! It’s been grueling, but so worth it now!

What sets me apart from other trainers is that I am extremely careful in my training. I do not beat the body up with just any exercise and I teach the client what muscles to use and why. I teach them to let their body heal, not to push too hard, but just hard enough to get results! I do not believe in, “No Pain No Gain!” It’s a lie and it’s damaging… I also do not believe in dieting, (unless it’s medically necessary). I want the client to learn to have a healthy relationship with food so that they can eat well and still have their fun. I also focus heavily on Corrective Exercise, which helps train the right muscles to do their job, rather than any muscle taking over to make the body move, which ends in injuries… I am so blessed to help people in the way that I do and to walk the journey with them! It’s a wonderful business and such a rewarding career! 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston has a lot to do for night life, but night life is not really my thing. For me, I would take them to the beach and even to NASA, everyone should experience that at least once! I would also take them to some forests that are around here for a nice day hike! There are some wonderful places to dine that can be healthy as well! We would probably eat at home a lot as I love my cooking! 🙂 Lastly I would take them to the museums here and perhaps an outdoor play at Miller Theater!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Absolutely! First of all, God Himself deserves the credit, because without Him, I would not be where I am in life let alone my business. My walk with Jesus allows me to be able to grow as a human, a Trainer and a Coach! I also have a mentor named Holly that has been with me through thick and thin and she has taught me the truth in Christ, rather than what my own self wants to see or believe. She is a no nonsense teacher and she means business! Time is not wasted and she cares about people she helps! Everyone needs a mentor to help disciple them in life and help them to grow as a person in to their identity in Christ and that is what she has helped me to do. I also have authors that I adore and some people who enrich and grow my life, yet I’ve never met them! Dan Mohler Watchman Nee John G Lake Charles Capps Chris Blackeby Just to name a few…. Some of them are not with us anymore, but their teachings help millions! They will help you to know your identity as it truly is, which brings hope, healing, success and truth in to your life!

Website: https://www.trainwithzein.com/

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