A lot of people that approach me about coaching on my team always ask me this one question over and over again, “Do I need to be fit and healthy in order to be a good candidate for coaching?”
The short and sweet answer to this is no…nope…nein…non…neit!
When you are a coach, you are by no means required to be a model with beautiful toned arms and thighs with an ass that won’t quit. When you become a coach, you don’t have to be at your peak health or weight; in fact, when I first started my health journey as a coach, I was 15 lbs overweight, ate dismally, and hated working out. Yup, I hated the whole concept of working my butt off for bodily features that I knew I would not be able to sustain for long periods of time. Plus I wasn’t a big fan of gym-like personalities to begin with: I felt they were either posers, meat-heads, or ditzy. All of which are not my type.
I was fairly jaded when it came to the whole health and fitness bit, because I had failed at it so many times; I thought the whole thing was just a pipe dream meant for others but not for me.
So, whenever I hear people tell me now that I had it easy with my health, and that they could never do that for themselves, I would like to extend a loving smack on the cheek to them, because boy oh boy are they wrong.
Before I became a coach, I had a fairly negative outlook on fitness. I would hem and haw about how dumb working out is and how I despised meal planning. Especially in my college days, I was all about sitting on the couch and meditating about my next meal, which was anything my heart desired, from pizza to burgers to gummy worms.
I thought I was doing well, until I noticed I was developing a serious health risk, alopecia, a hormonal genetic predisposition to hairloss that kicked off waaaaaay too early in my life (in my early 20s). Can you imagine being a junior in college and having to worry about covering up your bald spot on your scalp!? It sucked….and being a girl who was balding REALLY SUCKED!
So long story short, I researched about hair health, and sure enough, hair health is so closely tied to a lifestyle that is comprised of well balanced diet and daily exercise.
Well…shit. Now I HAVE to do exercise and eat well, because otherwise, I would be bald by 30. Blergh!!! So I had no choice but to begin changing my diet and eating better; I was still on the fence about working out more than once a week; so I took what I could get.
Then, a few months later, I was approached to be a coach….which shocked me. I never saw myself as any type of coach….maybe a professional candy eating coach perhaps. But certainly not a health coach.
But, despite my immediate rejection, I kept being told that my bubbly personality and my willingness to help people were the perfect qualifications of a coach….and THAT was what surprised me. I always had visions of gym coaches in track suits yelling and screaming at grown adults during spin class. I always saw coaches as fitness warlord experts who glistened above their well-oiled muscles.
But little did I realize that whenever I was helping my friends with recipes, sharing some tips I learned about hair health, or checking in with my friends to make sure they hit the gym, I was being a coach for them. I was already doing it, and boy did I feel good when my friend personally thanked me for having her back.
It was then that I understood the true meaning of the term "coach". I was called to be a helper, mentor, and friend.
So, after some deep profound thought and conversation with my loved ones, I decided to take the plunge and become a Beachbody coach. I knew I was not a shining example of health, but I felt a deep sense of purpose. I wanted to do several things:
- Get healthy
- Learn healthy eating habits
- Maintain a healthier way of life forever
- Show others who were just as clueless and scared like myself that healthy is really not that restrictive or terrible at all.
- Share my enthusiasm for motivating others and looking on the positive side of things.
- Serve others and do good by them
That’s it, and quite honestly that was all I needed to get started as a coach.
I didn’t need the tight body, or the perfect dieting skills, or even the razor sharp marketing social media skills. All I needed was a desire to help others, to help them reach their fitness goals through accountability, positivity, and friendship….I am just being me…simple as that!
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