It’s been one year to the day since I cancelled my Beachbody coach account. My blog post last year detailing my departure (“Why I Quit Beachbody Coaching”) has been my most popular post to date. That article can often be found on the first page of Google for the search terms “beachbody coach” coupled with “quit” or “quitting”. It’s apparent many other coaches are contemplating quitting too.
Coincidentally my former upline (the coach you sign up under) reached out to me yesterday regarding potentially rejoining the team. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it. Crazy, right?
Last weekend was Coach Summit, Beachbody’s yearly coaching conference. All weekend I stalked attendee’s Instagram stories, jealous in most part because Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing, was giving a keynote speech.
Attending Summit is said to be a must if you want to grow your Beachbody business. I personally never went myself; I struggled with the idea of spending money on a side hustle business trip when I was barely earning commission. At the time I also couldn’t imagine leaving my husband and twin babies for an entire weekend.
FOMO aside, there’s still aspects I miss, and don’t miss, from being a coach.
My discount. Having to pay full price for my pre- and post-workout supplements is a buzzkill. Sure, there are cheaper alternatives elsewhere, but I truly love and standby Energize and Recover. They taste great, and I know they work well with my body and digestion.
My team. While I still regularly interact with my former success partner (now my coach) and her/my upline, I miss being a part of the team as a whole.
Any impact I may have had. Most of my customers were friends and family except one. She’s another twin mom, and she found amazing results using Beachbody On Demand.
I Don’t Miss…
Cold Marketing. For the obvious.
The weight on my shoulders. “Working the biz” entails so much: team calls, recruiting, coaching, promoting, trying to advance rank, earn commission. It was a lot to juggle for someone who works full-time, has two babies, a husband, and a household to uphold.
So Where Do I Stand Now?
My decision to quit last year was the right choice for me at the time.
If and when I do decide to sign up as a coach again, I’d have to approach the opportunity with a different mindset. Another blogger’s article titled Is Becoming a Beachbody Coach Worth It? – Why I Do Not Coach People inspired me that it’s still possible to be more than a discount coach without the added stress of its responsibilities. Instead of network marketing, she earns commissions through affiliate marketing with her fitness blog, essentially what I was already doing.
But for now, I’m still in retirement so to speak.