After having my son, I did a lot of working out at the gym near our house.  Their memberships included childcare for kids 6 weeks and up, so the minute I was cleared to exercise, I was there.  I loved it.

When we moved a few years ago, there wasn’t a gym nearby.  And we were broke as a joke.  Actually, we were on church assistance for food, and even that was barely enough to make ends meet.  It sucked.

I went for walks and runs with our strollers a lot, but I hated not having a real gym nearby.

This past January, I’d finally had enough of fighting the snow and ice, and decided to give workout videos a shot.  I bought 21 Day Fix from a friend, and I fell in love.

In a few weeks, I was in the best shape of my life, even though I wasn’t 100% about the nutrition part of it.  I used MyFitnessPal to count calories instead of following the portion control plan, because it just felt more familiar to me.

But the first workout showed me how out of shape I was, even though I walked and ran a lot.  I realized it just wasn’t enough to get my weight back to where I wanted it, let alone get my muscles strong and functioning well.

It only took 5-6 weeks (or about 2 rounds) for me to get back to pre-pregnancy weight, and it wasn’t long before I was below that.  Plus, I was so much stronger.  It was awesome!

From there, I tried 21 Day Fix Extreme, a smattering of 22 Minute Hard Corps, T25, and now Hammer and Chisel, and I’ve seriously loved every single one I’ve tried.

Because I’ve loved it so much, I’ve considered signing up as a coach, but after some soul searching, I decided it wasn’t for me.

Why I’m Not A Beachbody Coach (Even Though I Love Beachbody)

I don’t believe Shakeology is the end-all/be-all of good health.

I realize this statement means I’m going to get a lot of hate mail from Beachbody coaches explaining why Shakeology really is amazing and worth the $140 a month, but I just don’t buy it.

Don’t get me wrong – I like it.  I like the chocolate and vanilla a lot.  Not the strawberry flavor (yuck!) but that’s beside the point.

But I think there are plenty of solid alternatives.  Even if you get a decent multivitamin to go with it (I personally love the ones from Trader Joe’s!), they’ll still be way cheaper, and, IMO, just as good.  Which will leave you a lot of money to buy more produce instead.

Speaking of which, I can’t afford it!  $140 is more than our weekly food budget for the three of us.  If I knew this stuff would reduce our medical bills significantly more than just eating well, maybe it’d be worth it.  As it stands, it’d be ridiculous.  Especially because it’s not a meal by itself at only 140 calories.

Also, I instantly side-eye any product formulated from special crap from the rainforest.  I find it to be a really questionalFrom a faith-based perspective, if there was something I really needed in there, I think I’d be more driven to find it.

I also think it’s more of a placebo than a legit health drink.  A super expensive one, at that.  The thing is, if you’re exercising and eating the stuff your body needs, you’re already going to have:

  • Increased energy!
  • Reduced cravings!
  • Better weight loss!
  • Better digestion and regularity!

Which are, conveniently enough, the claimed effects of Shakeology – when combined with proper nutrition and exercise, of course.

I liked this dietitian’s take on Shakeology – it’s good reading.


I don’t want to have to commit to promoting a single company

As a Beachbody coach, you can’t promote other products for a profit.  As a blogger, affiliate earnings are one of my main sources of income – so to have to limit myself to just Beachbody?  It’s not going to happen.

My finances aside, I also don’t know if it’s necessarily right for everybody.  I love it, I do!  But I think there are lots of other great fitness programs out there, and I’d love to be able to review them for you guys – and not have this bias hanging over my head.

If I’m not committed to a single company, it leaves me free to be 100% honest with my opinions without sacrificing my lifestyle.

Plus, that means you, here, reading this right now, can hopefully trust me a little more 😉


I’m cheap.

You have to pay monthly to be a coach. Arguably it’s only $15 a month, but when you look at my above consideration, it’s just not worth it for me.


Look, I’m not knocking Beachbody in any way.  I love their fitness and nutrition programs.  I’ve been using them since January, and I’d recommend them to anyone wanting to be in better shape. Seriously.

And if they ever leave coaches open to being affiliates for other companies, I’ll consider signing up at that point.

Until then, if you want to talk about a program with me, no strings attached, I’m all ears 😉

I'm about to send this to all the pushy coaches who want me to coach under them! Not interested! Even though I love Beachbody programs!