Before I get into why I quit Beachbody coaching, I want to say that their dvd workouts (you can stream them now as well) are some of my fave workouts. I still highly recommend them.
Also, these are my expressed opinions. It does not mean that you won’t or can’t achieve the high-paying ranks that some Beachbody coaches do. I’m just sharing my 2 incidences of being a coach, what it’s really like behind the scenes as a Beachbody coach and why I decided it was not for me.
It’s up to you to decide if you want to become a Coach. And I wish you all the luck in the world. I mean this sincerely.
Let’s start at the beginning of how I got into coaching with Beachbody. The first time I signed up after reading a spread in Success Magazine. The coach’s story was pretty awesome (broke bartender to highest earning coach in the company in a few short years) and I just had to work under her. I fell in love with the speed of her success and wanted what she had — the Louboutin shoes, fancy house, dreamy lifestyle. (These are the things I thought that mattered. They don’t.)
At first it went pretty well. She mentored me and put my in her Challenge groups (groups on Facebook where coaches grant “free” access to their paying customers to go through a workout program for 30, 60 or at that time, 90 days. Basically just an accountability, cheer-leader-type group) to learn first-hand how to “coach”. I learned very quickly and before long was running my own challenge groups.
I “got” customers mostly from Facebook, by posting endless posts drinking Shakeology, doing my workouts, sharing my progress (which they harp on all the time — show what it’s like being a Beachbody coach — that anyone can do it). I reached the first level of coaching, the Emerald coach level by signing up my husband as a coach (very strongly advocated) and some other poor sap. Next stop was to reach the Ruby level of coaching (enrolling more new coaches under my first 2 coaches — they use the binary system). Done and done.
Then the next real big “I’m totally serious about coaching” level was Diamond and again, after a few months of struggling, I finally reached that coveted level. I wanted to show my upline (term used to describe the coach you are placed under) that I really wanted to make a go of this and to prove to my husband that this wasn’t some team Beachbody coach scam.
Whoops, let’s back up a little. The team Beachbody coach compensation plan is pretty good; you get 25% for most products you sell and it goes deeper and deeper on what you can make based on how many coaches you have signed up under you and how many coaches your coaches have signed up under them. This is not a pyramid scheme as they are illegal in Canada and the US. You make money by actively recruiting other people onto your team and helping your team do the same. Confused yet? I was at first too so don’t feel bad.
Little by little my upline coach stopped communicating with me as I wasn’t moving up the ladder as quickly as other coaches were that came in at the same time as me. Then communication stopped altogether. And when I couldn’t reach her anymore, I privately messaged her on Facebook and got a very rude and snippy reply that she was a very busy person and didn’t have time all the time to answer her messages (she later apologized for her remarks, but the facade was broken and I started to see everything for what it was — if I didn’t make her money, I wasn’t worth her time).
So I quit coaching, gave up my residual income, felt like a huge failure and even went into a bit of a depression, thinking I just didn’t have what it took to be a coach. I couldn’t understand how some girls (who were much younger than me btw, could that have anything to do with it???) were killing it and I was scrambling just to earn enough for my $150 monthly Shakeology bill.
(While I do like Shakeology a lot and recommend it to my readers and clients, not everyone can afford it. It’s a nutrition-based powder that you use in shakes and smoothies. It’s not to be confused with a protein powder, as the protein amounts are quite low (below 20g per serving). There are lots of other options, like Vega One that produce an extremely similar product to Shakeology, and at most than half the cost. Plus, Vega One goes on sale. Shakeology never, ever does and never, ever will. That being said, I do like the Cafe Latte and Tropical Strawberry flavours of Shakeo very much!
Back to why I quit Beachbody Coaching.
I tried to make a go of being an independent online weight loss coach for awhile, not affiliated with any company. I became a certified Fitness Nutritionist and felt I could really help other women with their health and weight loss as I too had struggled for most of my 30s and now 40s to lose the weight and keep it off. But I just couldn’t seem to “find the clients” I so wanted to help.
About 9 months went by and then an ad for coaching popped in my Facebook newsfeed and it got me to thinking…I did have some success as a coach, what if I gave it another shot? I knew that I couldn’t become a Beachbody coach for free, as you are required to purchase a Challenge pack (dvd workout program and one month supply of Shakeology on an auto-ship program) but after a week of thinking how I would be better this time and do things differently, I decided to give it another go.
I again sought out the top Coach in the company. Although I didn’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling from her (out first “phone meeting” didn’t pan out as she “forgot” and the 2nd one she was just coming in from shopping so I didn’t get a good first vibe at all and was super nervous and rambled on like an idiot like I kind of am now) I did sign up with her as I thought she got to the top of the company from truly being there for her coaches, something I didn’t get the first go-around as a coach.
She put me through all of her specialized coaching programs and I quickly flew up the ranks again, much quicker than the first time through.
But then I started doing things that weren’t really me all because I wanted her accolades and to make her proud of me (which is so not me), which she completely approved of.
- I started lying to prospects about how inexpensive coaching or Shakeology was.
- I “tricked” regular customers into being “discount coaches” all in the name of growing my team (I was even provided with videos and scripts on what to say).
WHO WAS THIS GIRL?? It sure wasn’t me! I was turning into something I hated the first time I was a Beachbody coach…I was turning into a totally fake person getting all caught up in the “glory” of being a super successful coach. Yes, I made money. At the most about close to a grand a month. Not millions, but still good for me and hubsy and the fur-kids.
And then the little things started getting to me:
- All the other coaches around me seemed at least 10 years younger than me and in amazeballs shape with flat tummies and “thigh gaps” #ugh That was not representative of me.
- Anyone and their dog could be a coach. Not everyone and their dog truly knows the science behind losing weight, our digestive systems and how clean eating affects your brain, liver, endocrine system as well as your weight loss, something I learned from being certified as a Fitness Nutritionist
- My coach, the top coach of the company advised her customers and coaches that fruit contains fake sugars (it does not) and that fruit should be eliminated from your diet if you want to lose weight faster (seriously??? SO NOT TRUE).
- The same top coach advised her followers to avoid stevia as it is an artificial sweetener. It’s not. It is probably the healthiest sugar out there in terms of sugar. I still have a screenshot of this incident.
- Beachbody headquarters only seemed to promote slim, skinny people in their before and after photos. What about the “in-progress” pics that are just as important and for me, even more motivating .
- Beachbody corporate only hired high-ranking coaches to be in their new workout video programs. What about the little guy (or gal) who is really in the trenches trying to transform their bodies???
- Beachbody corporate launched a reality tv show on their live-streaming platform, Beachbody on Demand that catered specifically to peeps in their 20s. In fact it was called “The 20s” and was a search for a new trainer show. What about us peeps in our 30s and 40s?? Clearly we are not their target market.
- Beachbody corporated launched the “3-Day Refresh”, a cleanse program that would instantly detox your body and set you back on your clean eating diet with a fresh start. NO BODY can detox itself in 3 days. Plus for 3 days you are eating only 900 calories. THIS IS NOT SAFE. No wonder everyone and their mother is losing 5-10 lbs in 3 days…they are starving themselves, and three days on only 900 calories is dangerous. Plus, it plays with your mindset too much as well, as a punishment for eating bad food etc.
- Their much higher priced (over $300) 21 day program, “The Ultimate Reset” takes your “detox” to the next level but again, you are eating small quantities of vegetarian food. Why the heck does a “detox” program cost over $300?? I can get all the same products they use to safely do a 4 week detox from my local health food store for under $60. Not to mention the fact that detoxing takes a long time and most bodies are not fully detoxed in 21 days or less!
- Beachbody corporate is adamant in telling it’s coaches they cannot in no uncertain terms diagnose, recommend or advise their challengers aka customers of anything health related yet it happens all the time.
When I didn’t reach my next level it was made to seem like I wasn’t trying hard enough PLUS I turned myself into a sneaky, lying coach just to climb the ranks to please my coach. And when that didn’t happen, I wasn’t working hard enough. I wasn’t inviting enough. I wasn’t doing my Personal Development enough each day. Plus all the shenanigans that weren’t supposed to be happening by others coaches that blatantly were.
Just a side note — I spent HOURS sending private messages to complete strangers on Facebook trying to “build a relationship” with them in order to sell to them down the road. I think I must have sent this video below over 1000 times. No wonder I got blocked on the daily. For those of you I did this too I AM SO SORRY.
Plus, I probably spent double the amount I made (if not more) trying to learn how to “make it” as a Coach. Expensive programs like B-School and Marketing Impact Academy cost me over 5 grand alone. Both very good programs, but there are much better ways of growing an online business for much less money.
And any “friends” I made?? Not one of them remained in contact with me after I left coaching (for the 2nd time). Can’t totally blame them, though. I was a raving lunatic so overwhelmed with “making it” that I was prob a bit of a psycho to them.
So basically that is my story. I do take responsibility for my actions as sometimes they were less than on the up and up. I don’t agree with how just anyone can be a coach. I think it is a joke and grossly irresponsible to say that someone with absolutely no fitness and nutrition experience can and worse yet, should be a coach.
I also disagree with appealing to the SAHM that just need to buck up and do whatever it takes, even staying up past midnight to run a successful business and be a “good coach”.
I saw time and again women upset, in tears and comparing themselves to other, more successful coaches who did stay up all hours of the night because they just wouldn’t quit. Not everyone can or should do this. Women have households to run and outside jobs to attend to. Not to mention feeding their families and doing the laundry, cleaning the house and what not. I don’t have kids and found it hard to keep up at times.
If you are a successful Beachbody coach and completely disagreeing with what I am saying, that is a-ok. Some people do become very successful at coaching and some climb the ranks extremely quickly.
But that does not make you any better than someone like me who “failed” at being a Beachbody coach, even though that is the mentality that Beachbody silently claims.
All this being said you do have to decide for yourself if you should become a Beachbody coach. And I would not have learned any of these things if I was not a coach first hand. Maybe you have that magic touch that makes you an instant star on social media. If you are that person, tell me what your secret is #kidding
This was just my story of why I quit Beachbody coaching and my experiences as a coach. It has been well over a year now since I stopped actively coaching so this is not a story that is based on recent events. I really wanted to wait a little before I shared my experiences and reason why I left coaching not once, but twice.
This was about my experiences with being a coach, and ultimately why I quit Beachbody coaching. Do you have a similar story or experience? Leave me a comment below if you do and would like to share.
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