I’ve had a few people reach out to me recently regarding Beachbody programs and coaching, and I realized that I never really told you guys that…I’m no longer a coach.
I actually decided to end my coach account back in probably August or September(?) and it was for a few different reasons. But before I get into those, I will say this…
I still absolutely love the Beachbody workout programs, and continue to use them. I also really enjoy the Shakeology, too (just not the price of it…) although I’m not currently drinking it. I would wholeheartedly recommend the programs to anyone, and I look forward to continuing to use them during my pregnancy, and postpartum. They’re led by qualified and trained instructors, and with the small amount of training background I do have, I feel that they’re absolutely safe and effective.
As for the coaching? Well, it just wasn’t for me.
I told myself from the beginning that when I decided to become a coach, I wasn’t going to blast it around the internet (problem #1). I’ve told you guys before that I’m not that great at “selling myself” or sales in general (hence the reason personal training in a gym didn’t really work out for me), and nothing changed with that.
My Facebook and Instagram feeds are already filled (literally, it’s become HUGE lately) with people selling Beachbody, and I really didn’t want to add to that. I also didn’t feel comfortable sharing it much on the blog either because it just felt forced, even IF I love the workouts.
One of the huge things behind Beachbody coaching is to “sell sell sell!” I mean, I get it…that’s how you make your money! But after seeing many of the coaching guides and recommended sales strategies, and then seeing others posting things that were basically textbook to what they tell you to do, it just started to turn me off more and more. On top of that, there’s really no certification process for becoming a coach either.
I honestly really only gave myself 3-4 months of coaching before I decided to call it quits and, who knows? Maybe if I had gone longer then it would have been a different story. But I really doubt it. I said from the beginning that, as long as I was making enough to cover the expenses of my own Shakeology and workout programs, that I’d stick with it. I wasn’t out to become a millionaire with it. I just thought it would be fun to help others and maybe make a few extra bucks in the process?
BUT…when you don’t get out there and sell the products, you aren’t going to make money. 😉
For me, there was a time and a place in my life where fitness was at the forefront of it AND this blog. It was a huge part of my daily life and something I felt incredible passionate about sharing. But now, three-ish years later, one kiddo, and one on the way, fitness just isn’t the passion it once was.
Don’t get me wrong…I absolutely love staying fit and active. And I’m beyond thrilled that I’m FINALLY back to feeling a bit normal and have been able to get back into my early morning workouts (mann, it makes a world of difference for my mind and overall well-being). But my desire to really dive deep into it and make it a huge part of my life and this blog again just isn’t there.
All of this continued to become more and more apparent as I spent more time as a Beachbody coach. I figured, hey, if I love the workout programs, that’s enough, right? Well, no…for me, it wasn’t enough. And when it came down to deciding what to spend my extra time on, my choice was always this blog over trying to scout out new potential contacts for Beachbody.
I’ve got a lot on my plate these days, and most weeks I still struggle to find the time to blog! Adding something else on top of that just wasn’t the right fit for me. Because any extra time goes to these guys.
And myself, too. Because let’s be honest…I mean, I’ve gotta get in my weekly TV shows, some adult coloring, and a manicure here and there somewhere, right? It’s nice not to have ALL of my free time be devoted to social media.
I’ve noticed since I first started coaching back in April that Beachbody really seems to have exploded in the healthy living blog world. For some of these girls, it looks like they’re absolutely killing it at the coaching, and really, good for them. That’s their passion, that’s what they love to do…keep rockin’ on, ladies.
Do I get a little jealous when I see others succeeding so well, when I just…quit? Yeah, a little. But like I mentioned…it just wasn’t my passion, and I didn’t want to be sharing before/after photos of myself or videos of me doing the workouts in an attempt to make a sale. That’s just not where I’m at at this stage of my life.
So honestly, this post is not meant to be about bashing Beachbody coaching. For some people it’s great, but it just wasn’t for me. Like I mentioned before though, I absolutely love the workouts and would vouch from personal experience that they do work.
It’s just that, when it comes to something like a hobby or side job, you’ve gotta love what you do. And for me, Beachbody coaching just wasn’t it.
I’d love to hear from other coaches or former coaches out there! Any thoughts you’d want to share?