Let’s rewind to February, when a good friend from college reached out to me about becoming a Beachbody Coach. Thoughts that went through my head:
I’m not in great shape, why would anyone want me to coach them? I have a squishy belly and more pounds to lose as well as muscle to gain before I’m comfortable with myself… doesn’t sound like any personal trainer I’ve ever met.
My eating habits SUCK! What the heck is clean eating? I mean, I don’t eat a t
on of junk food, but I pretty much live off of Lean Cuisines… those are healthy right? I also really really like hibachi… definitely not giving that up. Oh, and wine… all the wine.
I’ve never taken a single nutrition or health class in my life. I think the closest I’ve ever come to learning about diet and exercise in a classroom setting was health class in fifth grade… how in the hell am I qualified to tell other people about their own fitness and nutrition?
I’m not a sales person. I have a mini freak-out whenever someone adds me to their Lulu legging party without asking and I certainly don’t want anyone approaching me about weird health products, so why would I want to do the same?
To be honest… I always made fun of Beachbody Coaches. As much as I hate to admit it, I would see their posts and think to myself “Oh come on, not another sweaty selfie.”
And finally, just like everyone else and their mother, I was convinced it was a “get rich quick” pyramid scheme… and I wanted nothing to do with it.
I hear these concerns all the time from people thinking about jumping into this Coaching opportunity. And since I had the exact same thoughts, I figured I would tackle all six, and in the process, really dive into what it is that I do as a Beachbody Coach (and what it is that I don’t do!) – let’s get started with number one!
I am by no means the epitome of peak physical condition! I’ve got things that jiggle that shouldn’t, I don’t get amped up every day to workout, and I still struggle to do my pushups on my toes instead of dropping to my knees (working on that… but it’s really freaking hard!). As a Coach, the point is not to inspire others with your physical perfection, it’s to inspire others with your JOURNEY! I am a work in progress, but it’s those daily struggles and ups and downs that make me relatable. I don’t wake up in the morning with rock hard abs and eat nothing but tofu and protein shakes all day. I’m human! I skip workouts, I eat an entire sleeve of Oreos, I drink the occasional beer or two (or six)… but I also keep going, I don’t stop my journey just because of one set back. You don’t have to be in perfect shape (or hell, even GOOD shape) to be a Coach, you just have to be willing to share your own journey to better health.
Clean eating, nutrition, portion control, etc. I had a little bit of an idea of what clean eating
was before becoming a Coach but that was pretty much it. I thought that light frozen meals were a great lunch option (so. many. preservatives.), and I always opted for the low fat version over regular (it makes me cringe to type it, again, so. many. preservatives). Becoming a Coach and completing the 21 Day Fix along with the 3 Day Refresh have made me SO much more aware of what I put into my body. Now that’s not to say I’m an expert! I’m by no means a certified dietician or nutritionist. I don’t tell people what they should and should not eat or recommend calorie intake. Dietitians and nutritionists go to school for years to learn all of the complex inner workings of our bodies and how we function in relation to food… I, on the other hand, graduated with a degree in history, Lord knows I’m not qualified to give diet advice! But what I do do as a Coach is talk to people about what worked for ME as well as the basics (what is clean eating, what is portion control, why Shakeology, and all that jazz). I provide recipes, tips on snacks that I’ve found keep me energized throughout the day and help people make sense of the 21 Day Fix meal plan. I also believe in balance. You know that hibachi and wine I talked about earlier? Yep, I still eat and drink it! But I also focus on not going overboard, and balancing out a larger (and less healthy) meal with fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and lots of sweat during my workout!
Like I said, I am NOT a certified dietician and I am NOT a personal trainer. I don’t pretend to be. I freaking love the dedication that personal trainers and nutritionists have to their careers! The schooling, the time commitment, they deserve what they charge for their services! Again, that’s not what I do. I’m not qualified to help you rehab from an injury. I’m not qualified to help you control your diabetes. What I do as a Coach is motivate. I check in regularly, I recommend fitness programs based on what you enjoy, I reach out and motivate you to keep pushing. Getting in shape and losing weight is hard. Like, really really really hard. Some people are blessed with the willpower and self-motivation to find a program, stick to it, follow it 100% and lose 35 pounds without any help. I’m not that lucky. My own Coach (yes, Coaches have Coaches!) regularly checks in and asks how I’m doing, she motivates me to workout on the days when it’s the absolute last thing I want to do. That’s what I’m qualified to do. I’m qualified, as someone who is also consistently working on my own health and fitness, to help you work on yours!
Sales. Sigh. Literally the first thing you learn as a Beachbody Coach is that we are NOT in sales. When we talk about career and business milestones it’s based around the terminology of “helping people” not “sales” and I love that. Being a Coach is about engaging people in conversation, learning about their struggles and their goals and helping to recommend the best system for them to achieve those goals. I have plenty of customers who have only purchased a fitness program and not Shakeology… and that’s completely fine! My job as a Coach isn’t to push people to buy as many Beachbody products as I can, it’s to truly listen to their goals and needs and recommend what will work best for their lifestyle!
Yep, as much as I hate to admit it, I also made fun of Beachbody Coaches. So when I was approached about becoming one, I thought there was no way I was going to open myself up to being bashed like that. First off, there is absolutely nothing wrong with someone trying to help others change their lives. Sure, our posts can sometimes seem cheesy or over the top, but once you become a Coach and really dive into it, and once you see how truly life changing this opportunity and these programs can be… it’s hard NOT to shout it from the roof tops! Why did I roll my eyes at those Coaches’ posts? Probably because deep down I wanted to be like them. I wanted to improve my fitness, motivate others and earn an extra income by helping people. Guys, it’s easy to ridicule what you don’t know. But take it from someone who has done the ridiculing and also been the target of a lot of ridicule… if you don’t like our posts, just block us! I promise it won’t hurt our feelings! As a Coach, I aim to reach as many people as possible who truly want to change their lives… and if that’s not you and if my posts annoy you, unfollow me, it’s completely fine! The only thing I ask is that if you know a Coach, support them. Don’t laugh at them for helping others and building their own business, it’s just not cool. And that’s all I have to say about that.
And finally, the most common misconception about Beachbody Coaching… it’s a “get-rich-quick” scheme. Y’all, I can’t tell you how badly I wish that was true! Coaching is hard, I mean really really hard. It takes time, it takes thick skin… and it takes a LOT of work to start actually seeing your paychecks become significant. It’s not something that you can just jump into and instantly become a millionaire overnight. But while it is hard work (I put in time at night, on my lunch break, and LOTS of hours on the weekend), the earning potential is incredible*. If you show up and truly commit to helping others and building your own business, it’s unbelievably possible! And while it is legitimate work, you have all of the resources in the world at your fingertips. Trainings, mentorship, team calls, your upline Coach who has been through it before… you have ALL of the tools you need to build a six figure income if you’re ready to put in the time!
So there you have it, a quick snapshot of what Coaching is really all about (and a little bit about what it’s NOT about). If you’re interested in learning even more about how I’ve built a second income through Coaching, or in joining my team of incredible women (and men!), shoot me an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chatting with people who are looking to change their lives either physically or financially through Coaching is my passion and something I can’t get enough of!! This opportunity has been a life changer for me and I love to share it with others!
*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.