ODESSA, Texas (FOX 24) – For 16 years, a Basin man worked in the oil industry. But coronavirus struck forcing him to make a big change. Still, he’s proving through hard work you can switch careers and be successful.
“The pay was excellent, the pay was really good,” said Robert Nail, Crunch personal trainer.
He went from working in the oil field to being a personal trainer.
“Training has always been a passion of mine, I love helping people,” said Nail.
“Robert’s incredible for trying something new because it’s incredibly scary to venture out,” said Evelena McCutcheon, Crunch PT Director.
“It’s admirable. I mean that’s a huge step that’s something that you definitely have to think and it weighs heavy on your heart,” said Miguel Rueda, Crunch Training Manager.
The Odessa man made that major career change in January.
“I would have never in a million years thought I’d be a personal trainer. I thought I was stuck in the oilfield, just oilfield the rest of my life,” said Nail.
In just a few months, he’s already making a name for himself.
“He went from just starting out like a brand new career to someone that’s like number three in all 16 different locations that we have,” said McCutcheon.
Nail admits there are pros and cons to both industries.
Something he doesn’t take lightly since he has two daughters.
“This weekend, I did a job. I was out there working on a frac pump, welding on a frac pump. I felt like I was at home. It was so relieving to get out and weld again and work on the stuff that I’m naturally good at,” said Nail.
His hope is to be able to do both careers in the future.
For now though, he’s thankful to be helping people develop healthy lifestyles.
Nail is helping about 50 clients right now.
He encourages those in the oil industry to keep their head up.
He went through a number of booms and busts and believes things will get better soon.