Why I Quit Beachbody Coaching (my personal journey) 32


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.

Why I Quit Beachbody Coaching

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.


Free Pass
 

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).

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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.

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They even printed my quote in some of their marketing!! Btw, I am back on coffee and better than ever 😉

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.

  1. I started lying to prospects about how inexpensive coaching or Shakeology was.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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???
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.

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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”.

SERIOUSLY!

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.

It also doesn’t mean that the coaches I mentioned in this blog post are bad people. They are not at all. I just question their ethics and ways of running their businesses. It works for them and they will continue to be millionaires living this way. I choose not to follow the practices they recommend and am quite ok at not earning as much as them.

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

To wrap this up, I do truly love Beachbody products like PiYo and the 21 Day Fix Extreme (not the diet plans though that come with the programs). I have used these workout programs and love them. They can work if you follow the plans to a “T”, as does anything in life. I will continue to promote these and other at-home workout programs because not everyone wants to hire an online trainer to work 1:1 with them. Everyone has different tastes.


 

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.

After reading so many other stories of why peeps left coaching like this one and this one, I felt comfy sharing my own story in the hopes of putting the question of why I quit to bed. Again, I highly recommend their workouts and quite enjoy them myself. While I am not currently using one, I have done many in the past, and will again in the future.

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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32 thoughts on “Why I Quit Beachbody Coaching (my personal journey)

  • Jennifer

    I had similar experiences twice with being a coach. I signed up under a popular coach and promises were made but I felt after a while communicating with this coach they had no idea who I was and I kept telling them the same things every time I talked to them. They were following a script every time we talked. I quit and years later signed up again with a different coach. Very quickly it became apparent this person didn’t know who I was after I signed up and I received a number of emails asking if I wanted to be a coach! I was already one under this person. I again quit and will not sign up again. I do however love the workout programs, and the trainers and do own a number of them.

    • Tanya Post author

      Hey Jennifer! I totes agree with you — their workout programs rock (I still prefer the ol’ DVDs to their app, BOD) and Shakeo is delish — just a wee bit expensive. I love my Piyo, Hammer and Chisel, TurboFire and 21 Day Fix Extreme <3 That's why I still recommend some of their workout programs as that is where the company really shines, I feel! Loved that you hopped on and voiced your opinion!! <3

  • Natalie

    I am a failing beachbody coach. I love the programs, Shakeology, the super trainors. But sending messages to people just isn’t me. And I too am older and not a blond bombshell that draws a attention by a post.
    I will post and I hope that I inspire someone to want to take better care of themselves. Most of who see it our my family, that are proud of me for doing something for myself. (None of which want to sign up).

    • Tanya Post author

      Fantastic approach, Natalie! Set the example by being a healthier version of YOU! Plus, without any education in fitness and nutrition, the best you should hope for is for others to take an interest in their own health and wellness, as you are already doing! Keep getting healthy! And thanks for leaving a comment, too. <3

  • Benny

    I’m a coach but haven’t been really active because of school and who has time to invite for all hours of the day?! My coach falls on and off all the time and didn’t really support me or her immediate team, so we were all left to figure it out ourselves. Upline group provided a lot of training and scripts but it always came down to “are you doing enough pd?” If you weren’t hitting success club. I finished insanity in April, started doing double workouts because the upline told everyone to, and it burnt me the eff out after a week, I stopped working out in May, ate whatever I wanted and gained 10 lbs after doing so well with insanity. The upline says do this, and everyone does it. Not everything works for everyone and it bugs me that there’s this mentality what the elite coach says everyone does, even if they aren’t at the correct fitness level or what. It’s completely irresponsible. It’s been rather toxic lately too, not sure what is going on with coaching.

    • Tanya Post author

      Sadly, I know of the frustrations you are experiencing, Benny. It’s tough sometimes. Espesh when your upline isn’t there for you. Of course, your upline would reflect and put the onus on you to do more PD…cuz that’s what they are told to do/say. I can’t believe he/she told you to do DOUBLE Insanity workouts. SO NOT HEALTHY! I must ask if your upline is professionally trained in fitness or nutrition; my thought is no as he/she wouldn’t be dishing out such horrible “advice”. Trust your instincts. Listen to your body. DO YOU <3 And best of luck with your health journey!!!

  • KatieB

    Wow, your experience twice was SO much like mine. And yes, I became a coach, sucked, quit, re-enrolled and quit again after sucking. And I am also over 45 and felt the EXACT same way of their glorification of youth! In fact, I have yet to come across one of the super successful Top 10 Elite or a tad bit lesser who are over 40 and without tattoos. Also, I now fully believe Shakeology has properties that cause long term ‘fluff’ gain that requires the constant Before/Afters due to inflammation, bloating, binge eating and fat gain. Beachbody also does NOT care about the body dysmorphia and binge/purge in the form of Intermittent Fasting being heavily promoted by current top coaches. And….let’s not forget the complete lack of Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice of the ‘coaches’, who are nothing more than sales reps, but call themselves Health and Fitness Coaches with no qualifications besides passion. Sorry, my passion for fitness still required me to get a personal training certification in order to train people in the gym.

    • Tanya Post author

      Haha I’m ok with the tattoos, but I hear what you are saying, KatieB.
      I sooooo agree about the Scope of Practice and being certified. It’s sooo harmful to others when someone who claims to be a “coach” doesn’t have a clue
      about even the basics like an eccentric or concentric muscle contraction.
      Loved your comment girlie! I hope whatever you are doing (I’m assuming personal training) you are loving it and following your passion <3

    • Tanya Post author

      Keep in mind this was MY experience. I am positive there are many different ones out there 🙂 THank you for reading, Michele! Nice to have you stop by!!

  • Nicole Trask

    Thank you so much for your honesty Tanya!! I always loved your approach when we talked cause even when I said no to beachbody you still remained in touch to encourage me. Keep smiling my friend…life’s a journey and you can’t get everything right. Good on you for putting green the truth out there and apologizing for what you did wrong. I have a whole new respect for you 💟

  • Elizabeth

    I remember you from being on the same team (top coach’s team ) and I left for the very same reasons . It’s very sorority like , you earned success club points , I love you . You didn’t make success club this month , do you even want to be a coach ?
    A lot of people on there are DYING for approval from their upline, hoping for some recognition , a gift card , an acknowledgement on her page , an email . I wanted no part of that .

    Good for you for quitting! Now don’t convince yourself 3rd time is a charm and sign up again :-))

    Shakeology is expensive , those trips , summit and all are expensive as well .

  • Shellie Rutledge

    Awesome read Tanya! Thanks for sharing. It takes courage and strength to put yourself out there in such a raw and honest way….those are 2 things you DEFINETELY have in spades!! Keep up with your hard work and pursue what you are so obviously passionate about!
    You know my story first hand so I don’t have to tell you….you know the struggles! Wishing you continued success and happiness! Those who chose to work with you are very fortunate to have a coach with her “eyes wide open”
    Shellie

  • Julie

    I’ve always been curious about the behind-the-scenes of BB Coaching. I’m no expert, but I know how to research and have access to medical journals, studies, etc. and I just couldn’t get past the notion that these coaches weren’t certified (unless, of course, they took that additional step but I didn’t see any doing that.) Furthermore, I noticed that the main goal seemed to be acquiring Shakeology customers, not true coaching – guidance, goal-setting, accountability, support, etc. Some of this was being provided but it seemed shallow to me.

    So I just never got on board. But I do love me a good workout program and have several BB programs I continue to enjoy.

    Hearing your story really strikes a chord and I love that you took the time to educate yourself and get certified. Very cool. Keep doin’ what you do – very inspiring!

    • Tanya Post author

      As always, thank you for your kind words of support, Julie. I’m so glad our paths crossed and I look forward to learning even MORE from you! Cheers, girlie <3

  • Rachel

    I am currently a “discount coach”. I was trying to go “all in” with coaching for awhile. I was super motivated and loved the results I saw from 21DF and loved the taste of Shakeo (which I still drink by the way). I too found that after a few months of trying coaching… my coach seemed to quit on me! I got so many “I adore you” or “so glad we became friends!” Messages before I totally started to feel icky about it – I was upset with myself for not being successful and worse yet, worried about what SHE would think of me! Now that I’m looking back I am upset with myself for defining my worth THROUGH someone else! It’s just crazy. I still post about the products because I truly do like them, the results and the taste of the shakes but I talk about them in a way that means something to me and does not make me feel like I am being a fraud or “salesy” because let’s face it – a super filtered photo of you listing the ingredients in shakeology, to me isn’t authentic! And truly, how many people ACTUALLY understand the product they are using and how their bodies use it! Probably not many. But to each their own! I’m glad I read this because it 100% validates what I’ve been feeling. I could go on and on but I’ll just say- Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Tanya Post author

      Hey Rachel, thanks for commenting! I completely get what you mean and I still recommend some of the workout programs which are great for beginners! I’m glad you see your self worth is more than what someone else thinks. Hugs!!!

  • Kristie

    First, thank you for being open and willing to share your story. I can totally identify with you on many of the things you shared. You did the right thing walking away. I am so proud of you!

    • Tanya Post author

      Thank you so much Kristie. It was hard passing up the income, but if that is the person I had to be to get it, it really isn’t that hard when you think about it. <3