How Becoming a Beachbody Coach on
The Fit Republic Team Changed Our Lives
Becoming a Beachbody Coach Helped Pull Me From Adrenal Exhaustion and Gave Me the Freedom to Be with My Family
Back in 2009, I was lying on the floor in my son's bedroom while he played. I was tired, physically exhausted, emotionally drained and unable to even sit up and be present for him. In that moment I remembered how my mom always seemed unhappy, stressed and drained and how sad that always made me feel. I realized, while lying there on the floor, that I was headed down the same path. I became afraid that my son would remember me as a tired, stressed out and unhappy mom and that thought, it ached in my gut. I knew it was time for a BIG change. But how? I wasn't sure, but I knew I needed to start searching for change.
What I later learned was that through a multitude of stressful life events and personal neglect, I was suffering from adrenal exhaustion. My body's physiology was so drained and out of balance that it was nearly impossible to feel energized, to think clearly, to manage even the smallest amounts of stress or to enjoy the things I used to love. What’s ironic is that I was a fitness professional helping others live healthy but left no time to take care of my own health. I looked fit but I was the unhealthiest I’d ever been. I learned an important lesson, LOOKING fit and BEING fit are two different things. True health and fitness encompasses more than workouts and low calorie foods.
How Becoming a Coach Changed my Business & My Life
When I joined Beachbody in 2011, I was a very busy and overworked fitness professional. I trained over 20 clients a, taught 13 boot camp classes and 6 group exercise classes a week. I was also the Director of Operations for EmpowerFIT Boot Camp so add on another 10 hours a week of administrative work!! I was burnt out but couldn’t afford to cut back my hours and lose pay.
Heather approached me about the opportunity to sign up as a Beachbody Coach. At first I was skeptical because I didn’t know anything about Shakeology and the fitness programs. After thinking it over, I decided to sign up and drink Shakeology myself since I was getting married in 5 months and need to look my best for my wedding dress. In just one month my sweet cravings were gone, my arms were more toned, people were noticing that I looked different and I had so much more energy. After the quick results I received, I was excited to share Shakeology with all my clients, family, and friends. That’s when my business changed.
Beachbody Coaching Brought Out the Best in Me!
Thanks to Beachbody, I no longer need to work a 9-5 job that puts me at a desk and indoors for several hours of the day, exhausted my energy before I came home to see my family, and stressed me out when I had to ask for vacation time to be with the people I loved. Thanks to Beachbody, I can say the 3 most important goals in my own life are fulfilled daily and an integral part of my role in the Team Beachbody community.
In spring of 2011, while teaching for what is now Empowerfit Boot Camp I was asked to join a team of 2 coaches to help bring health and fitness to others on a bigger scale. As a new fitness instructor I was skeptic that this opportunity was the right fit for me and that I could pursue it with dedication because of the many different classes I taught in addition to having 3 young children at home. I was already in health and figured I knew what I needed for now and wasn’t sure how Beachbody would add to my value. But these two believed in me and convinced me to give this opportunity a try at least for a few months. So I tried out what was my first challenge group and a nutritional shake called Shakeology. Fast- forward 4 months later, I found that the challenge groups drove me to push myself past my limits of what I could accomplish in health and the shakeology was a product that I LOVED and couldn’t stop raving about! I lost 10% of my body weight in those 4 months and wanted to find out how this business could help me give my family and the ones I loved a chance of finding growth through health too. The two people that asked me to join were my fellow co-founders of the Fit Republic, Heather Glenn and Kelly Scott.
I was a Beachbody coach for about 6 months and started earning enough money where I was able to scale back my training hours and actually make MORE money. I decided to start looking into running online challenge groups to expand my reach and help more people reach their health and fitness goals without having to increase my hours. Using the Beachbody fitness programs was a game changer for my business. I started recommended workout to my clients when they were traveling as well as in home workouts they could do when they weren’t with me.
A few years into the business I started growing my team a reaching personal milestones. There are so many opportunities in this company, it’s truly mind blowing the places you can go. I have been able to pay off credit cards, travel more, buy a new car, and save money for retirement.
Now I couldn’t imagine my life without Beachbody and The Fit Republic. I have become a better leader, wife, friend, and business owner from all the personal development opportunities that comes with being a coach (something that I was never interested in nor would have done on my own). I have been able to mastermind and network with so many amazing people from different walks of life because of this incredible opportunity.
If you are looking for a positive change in your life, want to surround yourself by uplifting people, and want to become the best person you can be, this is the place for you to be! I am so grateful to be one of the Co-Founders of The Fit Republic. The sky is the limit, how far do you want to fly?
So you might wonder what lead me to adrenal exhaustion in the first place? Well it started with the excitement (and work) that came with building a million dollar fitness company where my partner and I, along with our team of trainers, were helping thousands of people each month get in shape through our outdoor boot camp classes. Things were going extremely well. Business was booming and growing faster than we could keep up with. Then… life happened, the economy crashed and, while we were still successfully impacting thousands of lives through our business, we were struggling financially and killing ourselves to stay afloat. In the midst of this, I was raising 2 young boys under the age of 4 and had recently lost my mom to cancer. I found myself overworked, overstressed and torn between running a business I loved and being with my family. I knew my passion and purpose was in helping people live healthy and fulfilling lives but I also knew now that HOW I was doing it wasn’t working for me any more.
That is when, by what I believe was divine intervention, the Beachbody business opportunity fell into my lap. I was already looking for a way to add additional services, products and programs to my business to boost our income and provide more value to our customers but I didn’t have the capacity to add more LIVE training hours into my day. In fact, I wanted to figure out how to continue to help people with their fitness and nutrition goals but do fewer live training hours so that I could spend more time with my family. As it turns out, Beachbody had some of the most amazing fitness programs and nutritional products I’d seen in my 10 years as a fitness trainer. I saw an opportunity to enhance my clients' experiences and reach MORE people by using these tools and coaching people in groups virtually. This is when my life began to change in ways I had never expected.
I became a Beachbody coach and started incorporating their tools into my boot camp business. I ran online clean eating challenges that helped my clients get better weight loss results, feel more energized and improve their overall health. I eventually expanded my online challenges to include people all across the country and my local brand became a national brand. I started to build a team of coaches, teaching others how to do what I was doing. I learned that personal development is key to becoming a better leader and living a more impactful and fulfilling life. I learned that you can have your own business but don’t have to be in business alone. My team of Beachbody coaches well, they were my business mastermind!
Four years after joining Team Beachbody and helping build the Fit Republic coaching team, I was able to sell my boot camp business and take my health and fitness business completely online. So what has this done for me? Well quite simply, it’s given me TIME. Time to be with my 9 and 6 year old boys. Time to be with my husband. The ability to be there whenever they need or want me to be. I can take my kids on field trips, volunteer at school, hang out with them after school and go on bikes rides and swim in the pool. I can take my boys to practice, cook healthy meals and snacks for them, take them out for ice cream dates and most importantly be there to see them off to school each day. That is something I had missed out on for the first 8 years of my kids’ lives while I was teaching early morning boot camps each day.
What I learned was that time and freedom is the most important thing in life. You have to work smart to create it. I learned that you have to surround yourself with people who are going to support you in your dreams and lift you up. You have to believe in yourself and you have to take a chance on change. I’m happy to report that I’ve healed myself from adrenal exhaustion! I have the time to take care of my health. I mentor an amazing team of coaches who are building their own businesses. I’m helping thousands of people get healthy and fit without burning myself out. I’m earning a lucrative income doing what I love. And, most importantly, I have freedom to be with my family.
I have been a Genentech analyst, a teacher, a youth minister, a coach, a fitness instructor, and a small eco-business owner. Bouncing from project to project was what I did because I was looking for the environment that would help me reach my dreams of supporting my family and bringing my husband home from his corporate job. All of these positions didn’t offer me the one thing that I truly enjoyed and found the most helpful when trying to strive for big goals- a team. Team Beachbody has given me a foundation of support and from my fellow co-founders and the many coaches that now exist in the Fit Republic Team, I realized that it was because of the support, accountability, and goal-getting mentality of my team that I was in the right position to succeed.
In just 4 years, I have grown my own team to more than 20 coaches, I connect and mentor them daily and now surround myself with people who prioritize health and want the best for themselves and the people around them. As I works towards my big goal of supporting my family, my monthly and yearly successes in Beachbody have included earning the Success Club Trip to Cancun for my 15 year wedding anniversary, being asked to lead a team call that helps to train up to 5,000 coaches for the company, and earning the reward of Success Club Legend, which is 24 consecutive months of reaching a monthly goal of helping at least 3 people to start a life- changing health journey.
I have a team I am very proud of and have created life changes in them that remind me of my first months as a coach. For my first 4 years, my yearly income has doubled because of the growth of my Beachbody business and my respect, integrity, and love of self has truly strengthened my power to create that feeling in everyone I meet. My goal is to pursue Beachbody coaching and healthy life mentoring full-time and run my business from home and away 1-2 months a year because my lifestyle, choices, and accomplishments enable me to do that with my family. I truly believe that I can make that happen and I thank Beachbody for giving us coaches this opportunity to create the life of our dreams.