Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Shape Up Saturday Series: Things you should know before becoming a Beach Body coach and what being a coach taught me
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Shape Up Saturday Series: Things you should know before becoming a Beach Body coach and what being a coach taught me

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As you may know back in October I ran my first ever 21 day fix challenge group as a coach.  I signed up as a Team Beach Body coach in September of 2016 and ran challenge groups up until April of 2017.  I’ve recently decided to walk away from being a TBB coach.  This is on good terms of course.  This wasn’t due to any negative experiences, it just wasn’t for me, and my blog has been keeping me extra busy.  Hence the happy walking away picture above!  No, this will not be the deciding factor on shutting down my Shape Up Saturday Series.  That will still be going strong!  I wanted to take the time today to tell anyone aspiring to become a coach what you should know before you start (not meant to be discouraging just useful information) and what I learned/can take away from being a coach.  Even if my coach or team don’t read this post because I wasn’t really active in all of the Facebook groups they had added me to (which I should have been more active, that was my mistake) I want to give a huge thank you to all of them especially my coach.  She was so helpful and inspiring and I feel terrible that I let her down and had to walk away from coaching but the team was great.  They were always there when you needed help and I always felt so inspired by all of these amazing coaches.  They truly are lady bosses.  I never had a negative experience with my team or Team Beach Body as a whole.  First I’m going to start out with what I have learned and then I’ll move into what you should know.  Just as a disclaimer this post is entirely my opinion, and just because I was not a successful coach doesn't mean you won't be.  Every single person is different and it depends on how much time you invest in your business.

What being a Beach Body Coach taught me.

I’m stronger than I think

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to post some of the personal struggles I posted.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to post videos (eeeekkkk) of me working out.  I actually got ridiculed for those videos which is probably why I only uploaded like 2 or 3.  I even put a disclaimer saying “I know my form is off bla bla bla” and even with that I had people contacting me.  A few of the Facebook posts that I uploaded I was really nervous about because I had literally spilled my guts out.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle those posts.  There were a few where I actually cried while writing them because they were that emotional.  People don’t understand that health and fitness journeys aren’t just physical, they’re mental too and having to write about it made it even more emotional for me. 

I’m actually a pretty good motivator

I had so many challengers tell me I was a great coach and really inspiring.  I even had people who weren’t challengers message me and say I was the reason they got their bums back in the gym.  It made me so happy to read those messages.  In my mind I was thinking, how could I have possibly changed so many lives and those feelings and those lives that I changed made this entire experience worth it!  I used the motivational skills I learned through my challenge groups in real life, my full time job, and my blog.  So I guess in a sense Beach Body did change my life and how I perceive it.

My challengers helped me

I thought being a coach and running challenge groups was going to be all about me teaching my challengers how to take care of their bodies, what I didn’t know is that they were going to be my extra push too.  When I got into my car accident and was going to physical therapy for months, they were the extra push I needed to make sure I stayed on track with my meals and didn’t go back to emotionally eating because that’s my problem.  I’m an emotional eater.  They were there for me when I was having hard times and they helped me stay on track not only with their support but because in the back of my mind I kept thinking I have to be their role model, how can I do that if I don’t follow the same program?

How passionate I am

When I truly believe in something I’m extremely passionate about it.  That’s why it was such a hard decision for me to step away from Coaching.  I truly believe in Team Beach Body and the 21 day fix.  It’s not a get fit quick program, it teaches you how to change your lifestyle.  It teaches you the fundamentals and gets you back on track if you put in the work.  If you buy the program and don’t do the work then I don’t know what to tell ya lol.  I will always stand by the 21 day fix and Shakeology because they worked for me.  Thanks to those two products I lost 40+ lbs.  Thanks to those products I feel better about myself and have goals.  Thanks to those products I have my confidence back.  Now that I have some time back, I can put my passion where I truly want to put it and that means here, on my blog.

Why didn’t I start sooner?

Being a coach made me question why I didn’t start my health and fitness journey sooner.  Why didn’t I take my health seriously way before becoming a coach and way before starting my first group as a challenger.  The years that I was unhealthy I will NEVER get back.  The weight that I gained that affected every aspect of my life and wasted precious time I will never get back. 

Being healthy was/is the best thing I could have ever done

Finally, this program taught me both as a challenger and as a coach that being healthy is the best thing I could have done for myself and my life.  I’m no longer barely making it through a work day.  I’m no longer barely making it home because I have a long drive from my full time job.  I’ve become one of those health and fitness freaks, but at least I know that taking care of my body is important.  It’s not just for the physical and mental portion, but because I just feel healthy.  I feel invincible.  I take on more challenges in my everyday life.  I push myself more than I ever did before.  I even got my mom to sign up to go to the gym with me because she too started taking care of her health.

What you should know about Coaching

The Amount of Work

My coach had told me that this has a lot of work that comes along with it, but I honestly didn’t expect THIS much work.  If you work full time and have some spare time then it’s perfect for you, but for me, I have a full time job, a full time blog (which most people don’t understand is a full time job), and I rarely have any personal time.  My relaxation time ended up being dedicated to TBB which is great if you’re a workaholic but for me I need that time to regroup.  I wanted and needed that time to spend with my boyfriend and our two fur babies, along with our families.  I was CONSTANTLY on my phone.  It basically felt like I was running another blog and the amount of extra work I had to do was actually negatively impacting my blog.  My blog which all of you know is my baby, was put on the backburner.  I still posted but not as much and I love this blog more than anything in the world.  Along with running your challenge groups, you have to post 3-5 times a day on Facebook mostly health/fitness related along with some things you love so like your family, anything that interests you etc.  You have to set all of your social media to public which was weird for me because I didn’t want people knowing that I was coaching, and I mean people who weren’t my friends on Facebook so I switched everything back to private.  Which you can argue that it shouldn’t be weird for me because I have this blog where I publicly announce things, but not many people think to look for me as a blogger.  You have to go on team calls which I honestly could not because I was usually either too tired (they held them either at 8:45 or even later) and my brain was fried or I was busy catching up on everything with my blog.  You aren’t a salesperson, however you do need to learn how to invite people which was the hardest part for me.  Every time that I did message someone they just didn’t respond AT ALL.  I didn’t know the best way of contacting someone when I saw that they posted something about wanting to lose weight I didn’t know how to talk to them without sounding like I’m trying to sell something because I honestly started coaching to help people, not for the money.  Which brings me to my next topic; compensation. 

Compensation

Of course everyone wonders how do BB Coaches get paid, it has to be a decent amount of money since they are always talking about it, right?  Well, for me, it wasn’t as much as I was hoping for which again is my own fault because I didn’t grow my business.  You  get a certain percentage of commission (which I won’t disclose) off of your challengers, but only if they buy something.  So if you are running challenge groups and they aren’t purchasing anything you’re basically working for free.  BB Coaches don’t get paid for their challenge groups.  Since I wasn’t a coach who was inviting people and really pushing the products I didn’t make much.  I was basically one of those coaches who was working for free, which can get extremely discouraging ESPECIALLY if your challengers aren’t even active in the group.  My last challenge group was just me posting every day and no interaction with anyone else.  It actually impacted me negatively and made me feel like I wasn’t doing a good job and I wasn’t a good coach.

Social Media/Private Life

Honestly, I felt like nothing in my life was private.  Everyone knew my every thought.  I posted 3-5 times a day and 90% of the time it was health and fitness related, but since I was telling my story and my struggles since well, I mean, I’m human, I was basically spilling my heart out about how I hated my body a year ago and made this change.  It’s extremely hard to put yourself out there.  Yes, I had great responses to my posts, but the amount of personal information I was giving was sometimes a lot for me to handle.  You have to constantly be checking your phone and constantly on your phone because not only do you have to be checking in with your challengers and uploading your daily inspirational posts, you have to check in with all of the groups you’re a part of and keep up with Team Beach Body.

Loss

Ok, I put just one word as a general topic.  The reason why is because you will definitely lose friends on Facebook when they see how much you’re posting.  Also, people sometimes don’t like to see other people happy or doing something they love.  Within my first two months I think I lost a total of 10 friends.  A few of the coaches in my group told me that they had family members, best friends, etc, tell them that they are annoying on Facebook and need to calm down with the posts.  You’ll see people talking about how annoying you are whether it’s directly to you or they’re being passive aggressive and making a “general Facebook status.”  Personal Trainers and Nutrionists/Dieticians will not take you seriously but what these groups of people don’t know is BB Coaches aren’t taking your jobs.  They do not call themselves PT’s, Nutrionists, or Dieticians because legally we are not allowed to, nor do BB Coaches like myself have the proper education and certifications to call themselves that, although some actually do have the proper education and certifications.  BB Coaches are professional friend makers and professional motivators.  BB COACHES AREN’T TRYING TO TAKE YOUR JOBS SO TAKE A SEAT AND CHILL OUT!  Unfortunately a lot of people out there don’t know where to start and they don’t have the finances to go get professional help so they go to the next best thing.

Other BB Coaches In Your Area

Oyyy, this was a major problem for me.  Once there is one other coach in your area (I’m from a really small town), this grows, and it grows RAPIDLY, sooner or later having mutual friends becomes a curse because you’re all trying to help people and you don’t want to step on people’s toes but you also don’t know for sure if another coach contacted said person.  My coach and I have A LOT of mutual friends.  Well, she ended up having two people become coaches who were a lot stronger than me at what they were posting and I’m sure they are more successful than I was so I ended up hurting my own business in the end because I psyched myself out.  My coach and I had actually contacted one person (not knowing) multiple times ( I ended up asking if she had contacted her because I didn’t want to be annoying and turns out I had contacted her first but I told my coach to go ahead and pursue because I was ghosted *insert sad face* ) and said person signed up with yet another coach.  It hurt a little bit that this person I had spent so much time on ended up going with someone else (that’s one thing DON’T TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY), but I’m glad that she is doing something to change her life and her health.  In the end that’s all that really matters, at least to me, I don’t know about how other Coaches in the industry would react but I’m pretty sure 90% of them would think the same way I do that at least this person is changing their life.

Disappointment

Yea, there was a lot of disappointment for me.  The scary part was, a lot of it wasn’t from complete strangers or people that I had reconnected with through social media, but it was from people who were closest to me.  I had a few people who said they were ready to sign up and I had sent them all of the information.  I checked up on all of these people multiple times to see if they had received the email because they never finished their enrollment or bought what they had ordered and they responded, but never purchased.  I also allowed a few people closest to me into the challenge groups to see what they were all about and a few of these people said yea I'm totally going to buy something so that at least you get some kind of commission, and crickets.  Another issue I had was when I would get ghosted.  The one thing I won’t ever understand whether it’s in a relationship or when someone wants to purchase a product or service is why they just ghost you.  Honestly, why?  I know you feel bad, but I mean instead of me contacting you when you asked me to contact you only to NOT respond, just tell me “hey I’m not interested anymore.”  Boom, you will be left alone from that point forward.  Also, don’t feed excuses to coaches, we go through extensive training (and are also human beings who also made excuses in then beginning) and know EVERY excuse in the book so just be flat out honest.  Don’t feel bad because you will be saving us time and you annoyance from us contacting you every once in a while.


I know this was a super long post, but a few people have actually asked me why I haven’t posted about health and fitness stuff and people who know I already left Team Beach Body as a coach have asked me why.  I figured it was easier just to put it all in one post for people to read.  As I said in the beginning of this post my experience with TBB wasn’t negative.  My negative experiences were because I didn’t do a good job putting myself out there and building my business.  Some people are extremely successful with TBB and have actually been able to make 6 figures along with doing this as their full time job, but that just wasn’t for me.  I wasn’t strong enough to make it, which is fine.  When I told my coach that I had officially decided to leave and sent out my farewell email to my challengers I felt as though a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.  I don’t like feeling like I gave up on something, but this just wasn’t for me.  It was time to let it go.

   

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