When I fell in love with running, I fell HARD. As soon as I finished my first marathon I started thinking about when I’d run another one. Running is one of my true passions and a hobby that has benefited and impacted my life in SO many ways over the years. While I loved running, I also love strength training and had always incorporated it (as well as yoga) into my training which kept me strong and injury free.
When I made the decision to become a Beachbody coach in 2016, running was a big consideration in that decision. I didn’t want to feel like I had to do Beachbody programs exclusively or that I couldn’t put running as a top priority. I was signed up for the New York Marathon when I started coaching and that following year I trained and got into close-to-PR-shape for the Mountains 2 Beach marathon (I truly believe I was in PR shape but unfortunately got a stomach bug the day before the race). During this time, even as a new mom, I incorporated 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme into my marathon training.
Instead of being in conflict with each other, being a runner and a Beachbody coach has actually been a great fit. Beachbody programs and coaching isn’t an all or nothing thing – the beauty of it is that you modify any program to work with your training and many programs compliment running wonderfully and create a great opportunity for runners to cross train or strength train from home and run outdoors (this seems to be especially key for my fellow moms who can’t leave the house daily for a workout!).
Because I am a runner, I attract runners as clients AND as coaches. My coaching team is full of women who both run AND do Beachbody programs and who have success both personally and in their business doing so.
How Being a Runner Has Made Me a Great Beachbody Coach:
- I have a genuine passion for health and fitness. I didn’t join Beachbody just to make an extra or full time income – there are a lot of ways to do that. I joined Beachbody because I LOVE health and fitness and it gave me an opportunity to help people with their health and fitness on a more one-on-one basis than blogging and sharing on social media. And although I considered becoming a running coach at one point, I knew I wouldn’t have the support of a team to learn from, lean on and keep me motivated and excited.
- I have a lot of practice following a plan. Every Beachbody program comes with a workout calendar and nutrition plan and as a runner, I had experience following a training plan that got me from someone who had never run more than 3 miles without stopping to a 7 time marathoner and Ironman. When I became a coach, I was also given a plan and roadmap for how to be successful with my business. As someone who likes to go through trainings and follow systems, I enjoyed learning and implementing what I’d learned!
- I had the knowledge that success takes consistency, not perfection. Just like training for a marathon or any other race, my path as a coach has been anything but be perfect, but what truly has mattered is that I keep showing up. I keep learning, growing and as a results, my business has grown. I’ve had my share of successes and failures with running, but the failures are the ones that have helped me learn the most, just like in coaching.
- I have been able to help fellow runners add strength training to their training. I’ve had hundreds of runners go through my challenge groups who place running as a first priority but who also want to prevent injury and boost their running economy with cross-training. Our programs can be easily modified for runners. I’ve also coached a lot of women who used to be serious runners but had children and don’t have the chance to get out of the house as often so they supplement their running with home workouts.
- I attract coaches on my team who are also runners and become great coaches themselves for the same reasons! Coaches attract people to their team who are just like them – and in my case, I develop relationships with a lot of runners! Many (but not all) of the coaches on my Beachbody team are runners too and I am able to help them share their love of health and fitness with others.
If you’re a runner who wants to be a part of a supportive, positive community of like-minded women who are on a mission to help others, you may be a great fit for my team! Our training and support-system (learn more about what to expect during your first month as a Beachbody Coach here) will help you create your own successful online coaching business, while never feeling alone. In my experience, runners make incredible Beachbody coaches and you definitely do NOT need to give up running to be successful! It’s a part of your life and you are going to attract likeminded people to join the journey with you.
I personally mentor 5 women per month and truly believe all runners can become successful Beachbody coaches. If you are ready to learn more and find out if this a fit for you, please fill out this short coaching form and I will be in touch!