BeachBody

I was so hesitant to join BeachBody simply because of the name. I don’t think anyone should think their body is beach worthy or not. Everyone’s body is a beach body. And yet after many months of resistance I found myself joining the online community. I am here to shed light on all that it can offer you regardless of my internal struggle with the name.

SUPPORT

One of my best friends from college, Maia, became a coach, which is one of the reasons I decided to take the leap. I text her all the time about which programs to try, which packages to purchase, and for support. That’s what the coaches are there for, support. This may be in the form of an accountability group on Facebook with daily check-ins, email contact for questions, etc. You can have as much support as you want even none if you just want to do your thing!

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VARIETY/OPTIONS

There are so many workout programs and trainers. I bought a chromebook just so that I could filter the programs more easily to find ones that I enjoy for my own reasons rather than copying other people. I really enjoyed 80 Day Obsession especially since it was my first experience with BeachBody, but the workouts were long and the program itself was long. I do better with shorter workouts that are easy to fit around my unpredictable work schedule. I’ve also found that Shaun T is amazing and I really enjoy his workout style.

ACCESSIBILITY

I have been a member of many gyms. A gym a block from my apartment. A fancy gym. Gyms with workout classes. Gyms without workout classes. And I struggled to get myself to any gym on a consistent basis. I finally realized that this was because I felt forced to workout at times when I didn’t want to (after a long commute home from work). Or I would stop at home and not want to go back outside again. With BeachBody I can do a quick workout before getting ready for the day because there is no worry about transportation or bringing all my toiletries with me. I can easily change when I do my workout if something pops up unexpectedly. I can do the workouts anywhere. Sometimes I work out in the living room, but other times I may workout in the kitchen (it’s a bigger space and farther from the bedrooms in my apartment). I can also workout when I’m traveling!!

PROGRESS

I’m not new to working out. I loved going to workout classes in college, mostly spinning and TRX. I got into weight lifting once when my sister was dating a personal trainer (hello, free recommendations). I’ve even ran a marathon and committed so hard that I beat my goal time by less than 5 seconds! And yet I feel the strongest and most confident I have ever felt with BeachBody. I find that I look forward to (most of) the workouts. I don’t do this for weight loss (people can be healthy at many different sizes and the scale only tells you so much). I don’t do this for any specific result rather than wanting to improve my overall health and loving how my body feels after a workout. I recently did my first yoga and spin classes in a VERY long time and I felt in such better shape than when I used to do these workouts all the time. It was eye-opening.

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ADAPTABLE

There is a nutrition plan that corresponds to the workouts or can be done on its own, but you don’t have to follow that. There are supplements, but you don’t have to take these. I am a huge believer in everything in moderation (even moderation, because sometimes you may eat 1/2 a pizza and that happens). I don’t believe in strict diets because they aren’t sustainable. BUT I do believe that there are many different ways to make healthy changes and what works for some people may not work for others. I would rather find ways to fit a glass of wine into my diet rather than eliminate it all together. The same goes for chocolate.

Whatever you are looking for in regards to a fitness plan, BeachBody likely has an option for you. I do it for the workouts and never knew that 20-30 minutes 5-6 days a week could make me feel so confident in my own skin. I do it for the community because who doesn’t want to watch others make healthy changes? I do it because I can workout at home, when I want to, and not have to worry about what other people are doing. This is not sponsored by BeachBody. I felt motivated to write this to let people know that you don’t need to struggle to go to the gym every day if you don’t want to. You don’t need to spend lots of money on different memberships if you don’t want to. If you’re interested or have questions, definitely reach out to my coach and friend, Maia (maiabmenzel@gmail.com).

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