As someone with a passion for health and fitness, the idea of sharing that with others while making a steady income doing so was a dream come true. When I saw girls my age making six figures from their side gig and getting free tropical vacations across the world for doing what they love, it was hard to pass up the opportunity to get signed up immediately!
Like most new coaches, I learned about the program through someone with thousands of followers on Instagram. She was relatable and made coaching look like the answer to a great side income. I emailed her within minutes and got signed up to be a coach that night. What did that entail? Well – I had to drop $180 on products in order to become a coach and continue on a monthly subscription for the “superfood” shake which would be $100/month. But I was promised I could earn all of it back and then some so I didn’t ask many questions.
My First Week as a Coach
Within my first week of becoming a coach, I was put through an online training program and given way too much information to digest at once. I was excited and nervous to start what they make you believe is “your own business.” I quickly learned that it was less about helping others and more about selling products. But that was fine with me as long as I was actually helping people through the products (meal replacement shakes and online workout programs).
During this week, I received my products and began a workout routine (in addition to my current fitness program) and was pumped to start drinking the shakes. I really wanted to be able to prove the products worked on me in order to sell others on them.
As I continued my online training program, I began to meet other coaches online via social media. I continued to surround myself with other coaches and found that really, anyone can be a coach, and everyone was a coach. This led me to my next discovery.
The Bottom Line
When I reached the conclusion that beyond selling people products, we were selling people on being coaches. You see, the coaching program is tier based. The more coaches you have working under you, the more money you make. And there was a huge emphasis on this. Within a few days, I was already being asked when I plan on reaching the next tier which would require me to recruit 2 coaches to join my team. The rush to add more coaches made me suddenly feel like there was less of an emphasis on helping others and more of an emphasis on building a community of more salespeople for the products rather than building a clientele of real people who are seeking help.
But What About the Products?
As mentioned, I received my products within a week. I was stoked. I got a blender bottle, resistance bands, a month’s supply of the Shakeology shake, access to the workouts, and some random guides for the products. I started my workout plan which consisted of 20-40 minute workouts that were done in my living room. I liked this because a lot of people have a hard time going to a gym. I tried the workouts and loved them but they did not compare to the intensity I would get at my gym. However, I found them to be great for beginners.
The morning after receiving the products, I made my shake. They say to just use water and ice but I added a frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk like I do with my regular protein. Without even reading the label, I drank my shake on the way to work and instantly wanted to vomit. The shake had a superficial taste and a very strong and sweet aftertaste. I thought it might be the banana I added, but when I got home and read the label I was shocked. Mostly because I didn’t read the label like I do with most things. I just that a “superfood” shake that has equivalent nutrients to “6 salads” meant healthy.
The shake was actually loaded with sugar and was quite high in calories for how little protein it had. I had spent the last 2 years educating myself on nutrition and fitness and was successful in losing weight. Why was I putting this in my body and how could I ask anyone else to? Let alone pay triple the cost of many quality protein powders for it.
After a month of talking up the products to people and trying to gain clients, I could not live with the thought of selling people garbage that would set them further back in their weight loss journey than push them forward. While the money and free trips sounded incredible, I did not want that to be the way to earn those benefits. Therefore, I ended my short coaching career with Beachbody and decided to move on and find a more honest and sincere way of helping others. Whether that comes with the financial benefits or not.
If you’ve had a similar experience – I’d love to hear about it!
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