Is being a Beachbody Coach worth it? I have a story that will answer that question…and then some..
I met Bob Taylor in late 2013. He was 49 years old, and like too many 49 year olds, he was packing an extra 50 pounds around. Then, he hurt himself in a whitewater rafting accident and gained another 50, ultimately checking in at 266 at about 5’8″. He was on all kinds of medication for pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome and had to use a CPAP machine (that’s the little gas mask thingy people with Sleep Apnea wear so they don’t choke to death).
Bob set a goal to lose 50 pounds by age 50. He tried P90X, but it was too hard. After some prep work, he joined my P90X3 Challenge Group in January 2014.
At the time, I was looking hard for someone to go to The Beachbody Challenge finals. I saw this as the pinnacle of who we are and what we do and I wanted it so bad.
The first crossline Coach I connected with was Tommy Mygrant—at the 2009 Coach Summit, the night before he was in the Finals. I watched Tommy coach Gregg Bird, who later became a friend, to a WIN. I also watched Jimmy Hays Nelson coach Michael Harris through the Ultimate Health Challenge.
I started working closely with Bob. We talked on the phone a lot. I remember one day he was telling me how he had to travel a lot for his work with Chevron and EVERY TIME he would get pulled into secondary inspection and have to show everyone his gas mask. “It’s so I don’t choke to death in my sleep because I’m so fat.” He was so embarrassed and angry at himself about it. I knew he’d do whatever it took. (I love it when people get a little pissed off. It works if you can channel it in the right direction.)
Bob ended up losing 97 pounds (probably even more by now). We made it all the way to the Beachbody Challenge Finals. He earned about $31,000. I earned about $11,000. (Early on, I said I wasn’t doing this for the money—so I matched it and gave $22,000 to The Navy SEAL Foundation.)
One of my greatest moments in life so far, and my finest hour as a Beachbody Coach, was when I was on that stage and I got to announce “My friend, Bob Taylor” as a Beachbody Challenge Finalist.
He didn’t win, but we didn’t care. We had both done our BEST work.
So, then what happened? I’ve seen so many people (including myself) climb big mountains, only to come tumbling down. Bob was determined not to let that happen. He coached for a little while, but he was really doing it for me. He actually helped me get to Elite that same year. He’s a big shot at Chevron and is very well off, so how to stay motivated?
He started running. 5k’s then 10k’s. Half-marathons then a few fulls. Then, he caught the triathlon bug. Sprints. Olympic distance races. Then, a couple of 70.3 Half Ironmans.
In April 2017, this 54 year old man, who just five years ago had one foot in the grave, finished a FULL IRONMAN—a 1.2 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon. He didn’t just finish—he crushed it with a total time of 12:33. He ranked 75th out of 236 in my division (M50-54). Back when I did mine, I ranked 746 out of 1916 males and 924 out of 2969 total.
I am literally brought to tears by the small role I have played in helping Bob turn his health around. If that’s all I’ve done is help save ONE life, then the answer to the question “Is Beachbody Coaching worth it?” is a resounding YES.
YES, our work makes a difference. YES, it is worth the effort. If you are wondering whether you have what it takes, YES YOU DO.
If you want to shake up your career, set “The Finals” as a goal. It’s really hard and that will drive you.
I want to give special thanks to Jonathan Gelfand, who cherishes his role as the Administrator of The Beachbody Challenge. To Jeff Hill, Michael Neimand, Carl Daikeler, Jon Congdon and the rest of our corporate team—thank you for the opportunity. While we may differ on tactics at times, we NEVER differ on THE MISSION.
And, of course, thanks to Bob. I love you, man.