Between Christmas and the Miami Marathon, it’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to write. It hasn’t been for a lack of desire, that’s for sure! I had originally wanted my first post of 2016 to be a post-marathon report, but this particular post has been on my heart and mind for quite some time. I hope you haven’t clicked to read because you’re hoping to find some nasty bashing of Beachbody, because that’s not what this post is about. I’ve just been wanting to share my heart about why I am no longer a Beachbody coach.
I decided to cancel my coach account in September or October of last year. It had been on my heart and mind for a while, but decided to finally do it when I felt a complete disconnect. I was so fearful of disappointing people, especially those that had supported and encouraged me throughout my journey, the coaches and customers that were a part of my team. I’m so incredibly thankful to everyone that joined my team! It dawned on me, however, that I had not shared with anyone that I was no longer with Beachbody. In case you have been seeing my posts about classes and fitness sessions, they are not Beachbody related or an attempt to sell any of their products. The only “product” I am trying to “sell” is the fact that fitness is a gift – it really is! My hope is to make that fitness gift accessible and do-able for anyone in my local community that wants to answer the call to get moving! Our bodies were a gift given to us by our Creator, so that we would love and serve Him and others in the things He has called us to do. You can have fun, be kind to your body, and be part of a fitness community that emphasizes faith before fitness…a fitness community that emphasizes how walking with Him is the best exercise, and having that faith woven into even practical fitness and nutrition tips…a fitness community that focuses more on His transformations within us through the gift of movement, as opposed to the transformations that are documented by the mirror and ab selfies that flood our social media feeds. I wanted to be part of something different, and I think there might be others that may be feeling the nudge, as well.
I still think the Beachbody workout programs are effective, and continue to incorporate some of them into my current fitness regimen. I also enjoyed the Shakeology, too (just not the cost of it, even with my coach discount) although I’m not currently drinking it. I would wholeheartedly recommend the programs to anyone. They’re led by qualified and trained instructors, and with the small amount of training background I did have when I started them almost three years ago, I feel that they were absolutely safe and effective, and would be for most anyone that used them. Their programs have helped countless people, including me. The Lord used a Beachbody program to start me on the path to being a better steward of the body He had entrusted to me. He’s also had me on a journey to being a better steward of my finances, which is the main reason I am not currently drinking Shakeology, and couldn’t, in good conscience, recommend it anymore to others.
I’m sure that most people know that Beachbody is NOT the answer for everybody…but my social media feeds are FILLED with people selling Beachbody. Honestly, I got tired of adding to that social media noise, or just plain getting lost in it. I wanted my social media “noise” to have a different purpose…one that would point to something or someone bigger than a product that I was selling and trying to generate interest in. The constant focus on social media training and what to post, how often to post, how to generate likes and comments on posts, and how to generate interest with posts was very stifling and felt so staged and unnatural…because it was, at least for me.
One of the biggest roles for Beachbody coaches is to set up and run private online challenge groups. Although I had some success with that approach, it just never seemed complete. I longed to REALLY connect with those I was encouraging on their fitness journeys, not just sharing posts online for motivation and accountability. It seemed the more I would “connect” with others online, the less connected I’d feel. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to become certified in group fitness instruction formats.
Believe it or not, the biggest reason I stopped being a Beachbody coach was, here it goes – the name of the company. Nothing necessarily wrong with wanting to look good in a bathing suit and having a great beach body, but it dawned on me that the name of the company that I was representing was not – and is not – what my fitness journey was about, or what I wanted to encourage in others. That isn’t, and never has been, why I do what I do. So it just started feeling weird being a “Beachbody” coach, and I wanted to distance myself from the name. Silly, I know…but a conviction from the Lord, nonetheless.
So there you have it, sports fans! I still have a few friends that are Beachbody coaches that I’d be happy to recommend if you are interested in the products. As for this gal, though, the Lord has taken her “fitness witness” elsewhere.
How about you? Are you on a fitness journey? How has the Lord been leading you through it? Is He even a part of it? Would love to hear your feedback in the comments!