I started P90X back in January with vague knowledge of the company Beachbody. I knew that Beachbody was a company associated with P90X but I wasn’t sure how or why. As I progressed through my P90X journey, I learned more and more about this incredible company. The main source of my knowledge was through social media – Twitter and Facebook namely – where Beachbody has a large presence in the fitness realm. I started this blog and my Twitter account with the screen name femmefatalep90x and with all my tweets about P90X I quickly gained followers that were Beachbody coaches. I honestly wasn’t even sure what exactly a Beachbody coach was until I was approached by several coaches via direct message on Twitter. The coaches were all impressed with my blog and wanted me to join their teams.
At first I was very hesitant. Not only did I have a lot going on in my life that would restrict the time I could dedicate to it, at one point I was a Herbalife representative. This was right after my 4 month backpacking journey through Southeast Asia in 2009 and I was looking for a job. I signed up because I had applied for a “Wellness Coach” position on Craigslist and my “interview” ended up being a group meeting with a presentation that barely mentioned Herbalife. At the end, when I was super pumped to start weight loss groups and help people achieve their fitness goals, I was told that Herbalife was the sponsor of their wellness programa nd I’d have to sign up to be a Herbalife representative if I wanted to join their team. I didn’t know much about the products but I signed up anyway. After trying the core products – a meal replacement shake, a metabolism boosting green tea and a caffeine injected weight loss pill – I decided I didn’t want to sell a product that I didn’t believe in. First, I personally can’t drink a 150 calorie watery shake for breakfast and lunch (I need real food!) and second, the pills seemed a little like Metabolife or one of the many other weight loss pills that have been banned for causing heart attacks or even death. And above all, I believe that weight loss comes from good old fashioned hard work – exercise and eating the right amount of the right foods.
However, I learned quickly that Beachbody is much more than an organization that sells supplements. Not only is P90X one of Beachbody’s main products, they also sell several other amazing fitness programs. When I expressed my curiosity about being a Beachbody coach to my friend Asia, the person who introduced me to P90X in the first place, she told me that she was also considering becoming a coach! At the time I still wasn’t sold on the coaching, so I went stepped back and let her take the reins for a bit. She signed up and hosted a Beachbody party at her house a few weeks ago. Before the party, I was pretty skeptical about one of Beachbody’s main products, Shakeology. Like I said, I personally can’t handle a meal replacement shake. However, once I sampled Shakeology I was shocked at how great it tasted! It seemed super thick and delicious, even when mixed with water. At the party Asia played a DVD that explained the amazing ingredients that go into this wonder-shake and I was pretty sold on its quality and taste. One thing I forget is that not everyone is like me – some people have very busy jobs and aren’t training for marathons and a delicious 140 calorie meal replacement shake filled with protein, fiber and vitamins could actually be a great idea for them. And Shakeology can be used for a snack, not a meal replacement. I tried Shakeology last week before one of my marathon training runs and I ran my 6 miles at record speed. I had heard that it provides energy but I wasn’t sure if I believed it. I believe it now!
The seed had been planted but it didn’t fully grow until a coworker was asking me questions about P90X. Her sister had seen advertisements for the program and basically, once she talked to my coworker about my results – 11 lbs lost in 90 days and 5 minutes off my half marathon time, she wanted to do it too. I thought to myself, ‘I’m a walking billboard for this product, why don’t I sell it?’
I Want to Help!
So that’s where my Beachbody Coaching journey began. I am not a natural salesperson and I will NEVER try to sell someone a product that I don’t believe in. There are some Beachbody products that I wouldn’t use myself, and I’ll be honest and tell anyone that. There are other products though that I believe can change people’s lives, and that’s why I’m here. I am genuinely passionate about fitness and I get immense pleasure from helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Please let me know if you have any questions about P90X, running, marathons, weight-loss, training nutrition or any Beachbody products. I’d love to help!
And if you’d like, take a look at my Beachbody Profile: http://beachbodycoach.com/FitnessFatale