We had the good fortune of connecting with Zachary Wein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zachary, how do you think about risk?
Risk Taking is Everything! In May of 2015, I packed up everything I owned into a Volkswagen Jetta and moved to Arizona (from Wisconsin) to officially start ZacFit. With no connections, nowhere to stay, no solid plan, just a whole lot of heart and the dream of owning a gym. As risky as that was, I was 100% convinced that my dream would manifest. I had no fear & no doubt, just trust and the willingness to put in whatever work was necessary to make my dream a reality. I’m convinced that as long as I visualize the goal, have willingness to put in the work, and believe in what I’m doing, any dream I have will become a reality.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I haven’t always been fit! Many personal trainers have been fit their whole lives and may not have the empathy necessary to coach someone into and through their fitness journey. Back In 2010, I was scared of the gym, unhappy, and more than 70 pounds overweight. After trying countless online diets and workout routines that never seemed to work for me, I decided to make a change. I was tired of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. After hiring my first personal trainer, my attitude towards fitness completely changed. I lost 70lbs in only 9 months, and over the course of 2 years gained 50lbs of muscle. That life-changing experience launched me into a passion for helping others reach their unique fitness goals. Over the years I’ve had the honor to help hundreds of people change their lives and take back control of their health. Whether it’s someone’s first time in the gym, or a seasoned gym-goer looking to smash through a plateau, I know what it’s like to be looking for that extra motivation and accountability.
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.
Showing friends and family around Arizona is so much fun! I’m a big nature guy so I’d for sure take them to all of my favorite spots locally. The First being Phon D Sutton Recreation Area: it’s a good introductory spot to Phoenix’s natural fun. It has access to the Salt River, gorgeous mountain views, saguaro cactus, and the consistent wild horse sighting. From there I’d take them to lunch at the Cornish Pasty Co. in Scottsdale and once we finished I’d take them to Sip Coffee down the street. If it’s not scorching hot outside, I’d take them for a quick hike up Camelback Mountain. Finally I’d end the day with a drive down to South Mountain to catch the Sunset from Dobbins Lookout. Dobbins Lookout is one of my favorite spots to catch the Phoenix Sunset. You can see the entire city, and the drive up South Mountain is absolutely breathtaking.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In business, I would not be where I am today without the support of all of my clients along the way. One of the greatest gifts of my career is that I get to become instant friends with my clients. When I take on a new client, I see them sometimes 3x a week. Most clients I train for many years, long after their initial goal is reached. When seeing someone that much I really get to know them, and they really get to know me. I can confidently say some of my closest friends in life have started out as clients. Even though they’re my clients, they know, and I know, we can count on each other.