Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jul 29

Overcoming Bullies

This post has been a long time coming. This is about a subject that I’m extremely passionate about, something that I hope helps kids out there today who are being bullied on a daily basis. Hopefully by the end you will understand what I went through, how I dealt with it, and how you can overcome the bullies in your life. Here’s my story.

Josh Spencer Bora BoraFor some reason when I was young I was the kid that the other kids liked to pick on. I have no idea why, I never did anything that caused me to deserve to get picked on, but regardless, it happened, and happened a lot. Maybe it was because I was different in the sense that I didn’t want to do bad things, but rather went to church weekly and wanted to live my life with integrity and ethics. That’s always been who I am, but apparently other kids didn’t like it. Or maybe it was because I didn’t have the best of clothes and wore the same things quite often. My family was never “rich” and never could afford the really nice clothes that everyone else was wearing. However, don’t get me wrong, we were never poor and my parents always created a comfortable living for us, but we were never that wealthy family who could afford and do anything they wanted. I was OK with that, though, and didn’t mind wearing clothes from stores like Wal-Mart. It didn’t bother me one bit. For whatever reason, though, there were a group of kids that felt the need to pick on me daily.

It wasn’t bad until I got to 5th grade. The young kids started growing up and started wanting to try “adult things,” and I just wasn’t into that. I saw separation begin to happen between students and certain cliques formed. There was the “popular group,” the “nerds,”  “the jocks,” and then everyone else who didn’t “fit in” according to them, and I was in that group. I was the kid who had a small group of friends that I hung out with all the time and we were the ones who just sort of did our own thing. The “popular group” always felt the need to pick on us though. I remember one day I went into the restroom and a couple of the bullies decided to follow me in. Of course they are going to talk their crap around me because it was always 3 of them and then just me. I was always outnumbered. Now, understand too, that my confidence was never the best at that age and I never really stood up for myself. I just sort of laughed it off like it was funny, but of course it never was. Anyways, in the restroom that day, I was doing my thing and then one of them decided to start picking on me and push me hard into the urinal. I ended up urinating all over my sweatshirt and they thought it was the funniest thing in the entire world. It wasn’t. I had to wear that pee-ridden sweatshirt for the remainder of the day, and the bullies thought that everyone in the class should know about it. Talk about embarrassing, that tops the list.

Each year the bullying got worse and worse. It got to the point where I barely had any friends left and started feeling sorry for myself. The bullies would say crap to me in the halls and do everything that they could to make themselves look “cool” to the others. I remember another incident in 7th grade where I was “going out” with this girl (which just involved talking on the phone) and one day while we were sitting together at intramurals right after lunch, one of the bullies came up to me and her and literally asked her if she wanted to “go out” with one of the popular guys, which was one of his friends. Shocked that he even did that, I was even more shocked when she got up and left me to go sit by the other kid. Then the “popular kids” all pointed at me and laughed and then yelled out that I was crying about it. All alone, I felt like the smallest person in the world. Crushed, embarrassed, hurt, I wasn’t sure what to do. All I could do was what I normally did, and when I got home I went and sat in the woods. I had a certain spot that I went to, one that was peaceful where I could just let it all out and think about everything. Nobody around, just me. It was my escape from everything that was going on.

High school is when it got much worse. My Freshman year was the year from hell. The upper class guys decided to join in on the fun and bully me as well, so now there were multiple groups of people who picked on me. Things began to change for me personally that year, though. I started becoming very strong from lifting, my confidence began increasing, and I had made the Varsity Baseball team when nobody else in my class did. Of course they hated that. I still sat at lunch quite often by myself, and I still didn’t have many friends. I remember 2 incidences my Freshman year that were not particularly good memories. One day I was playing intramural basketball after lunch. With our intramurals, there were all grades, so all the upper class bullies were in there as well. I was playing basketball and the next thing I feel is this incredible pain in my head and I just about fall over. One of the upper class bullies got within about 10 feet of me and threw a basketball as hard as he could at my head and it connected. Everyone was watching, and it was so incredibly embarrassing. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I was pissed off. I actually stood up for myself somewhat at that point, but not enough to make them stop picking on me.

Not too long afterwards I was at a track meet with my girlfriend at the time and we were sitting about 10 rows in front of a large group of bullies. Even the school quarterback (who I thought was a great guy, but of course was wrong) was with them. He never picked on me and I never had a problem with him up until that point. Anyways, while sitting there all the bullies were talking crap about me and her. I kept ignoring them but then she felt something hit her in the head, and it was gum that one of the bullies threw at her. It was stuck in her hair and I got extremely angry and decided to stand up to all of them. I got up, turned around, and asked them which one of them did it. I was livid at this point, but they were still laughing about it and nobody confessed. The quarterback was sitting with them laughing as well, and even though I don’t think he was the one who did it, he never stood up for me and what was right. He was a coward and didn’t want to ruin his reputation. We left and ended up having to cut the gum out of her hair.

It got to the point where I literally had just had enough and started lifting more, startedJosh Spencer reading personal development books, and started learning jujitsu from my father. I was now strong and confident in myself and knew that I could defend myself in a fight. The incident that I’m going to talk about next is the last one that I’ve ever had with the bullies. After that, there was nothing, and there’s a reason for that. I was at my locker one day after my baseball practice and a group of 3 bullies came up to me and started talking their crap. One of them got in my face and put his finger on my chest. Normally I would just walk away, but not today, enough was enough. Instead, I didn’t move, I was confident, and told him that if he ever put a finger on me again he would seriously regret it. I then just stared at him in the eyes, never backing down. What happened next is what I knew would happen, and the bully backed down and then talked more crap as he walked away. I never had an issue with them again, and surprisingly enough, years later we could actually tolerate one another.

After my Sophomore year I decided to transfer to another school. It wasn’t because I was getting bullied, because I wasn’t anymore, but rather because I wanted to play baseball for a school that would get me noticed by college scouts. It worked and I ended up getting a scholarship to play baseball in college. My college years were amazing, I had a lot of friends, I got along with people, and never once did I get bullied. It was because I was so confident in myself at that point, was helping others, and reading personal development books daily.

After years and years of studying bullies, reading personal development books, I began to understand why bullies do the things they do, why they have to tear others down. Why you ask? They do it to make themselves feel better. Crazy enough, even though they might be “popular,” they are extremely empty inside and feel like they have to prove something to others, and sometimes that just involves showing “dominance” and “power” by picking on smaller, less popular kids. Chances are the home life of these bullies is complete hell, and being “popular” and picking on others is an escape for them. They feel good about themselves when they tear down others.

The Magic of Thinking BigSo how do you deal with them? There are a few ways to do so. For one, ignore them. Let all their crap talking go in one ear and out the other. Words will never hurt you, or at least you shouldn’t let them hurt you. Never ever take anything a bully says to you to heart. Ignore them and move on with your life. Once they understand that you aren’t letting it get to you, usually they will stop. They only continue picking on those who they know they can get to. Second, focus on improving yourself and your own confidence. The way to do so is what I mentioned above, and that’s read a personal development book every single day. The one that I started with and highly recommend is “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. The book changed my life, literally. Once you read that book, read another, and then another and another. I’m 28 and have been reading personal development books just about every day since I was 15. Third, learn self defense. Sometimes there are bullies who love to get physical, but the moment you have enough confidence to stand up to them is the moment they will stop bothering you. By learning self defense, you know how to defend yourself and win a fight if a bully starts one. Understand, though, that you should never start a fight! Self defense is just for that, self defense. Don’t abuse it. Fourth, if you see someone getting bullied, stand up for them. Don’t be that person who sits back and just accepts that bullying is going to happen. If you have the power to stop it, then do it. If I see someone picking on someone else, you better believe that I am the first one to stand up for that person. And last, surround yourself with positive people. Find a group of friends that will accept you for who you are!

So where am I now? I have had a ton of success in my life. I am married to my BEAUTIFUL Our Familywife Melinda with a 4 year old daughter, and another daughter on the way. My wife and I both own our own fitness businesses and work from home every day. I have been tremendously successful in the business, being inducted into the Millionaires Club and winning Top Beachbody Coach 2010 out of over 50,000 Coaches here in the U.S. My responsibility as a coach is to help people every single day with both the fitness side of things and the business side of it, and I’m completely passionate about what I do. I have created both financial and time freedom for my family and I. I have a ton of friends, people who love me for me, and that’s because for the past 5 years of my life I have committed myself to helping others change their life. Serve others and you will create a friends list so much bigger than you can imagine. I love life.

As you have read, I have been through some seriously rough times. Times of low self confidence, times of struggle, times of being lonely. Middle school and high school were hell for me, but I made it though it just fine. If you’re being bullied, I sincerely hope that you found this post helpful. Remember, bullies tear down others because it makes them feel better about themselves and whatever is lacking in their own lives. Be strong, be confident, ignore them, and keep focusing on improving yourself and moving towards your goals and dreams daily. I believe in you and am here for you! If you need to talk or even want me to come talk to your school, email me at coachspence8@yahoo.com. I have a goal of ending bullying in schools and will do everything in my power to make it happen.

 

Jul 22

The 5 Best Ways to Gain Mass

best ways to gain massOver the years of being involved in the fitness community, I have discovered not only the best ways to lose weight, but also the best ways to gain mass. How do I know? I have done both myself. I constantly go from one goal to the other just so I can mix things up and stay motivated. At my lowest weight I was down to 154 lbs (I’m 5’7″) and at my heaviest I was right around 183 lbs, and that was right after 90 days of focusing on building mass using a program called Body Beast. In this post I’m going to share with you some things that I feel are very important when you’re trying to put on weight.

How to Gain Weight and Build Mass

(1) Calorie Surplus. If you’re trying to gain mass, you need to have a calorie surplus each day, not a calorie deficit. If you’re skinny and looking to put on weight, there’s a great chance that your metabolism is through the roof, and that just means that you will have to take in a TON of calories if you’re trying to build muscle. I have coached people over the years who have needed in excess of 6,000 calories per day just so that they can get that caloric surplus. With my body type, though, all I need is right around 3,000 calories per day. Really, the only way to tell if you are taking in enough or not is by trial and error. There are tools that allow you to calculate how many calories you should be taking in, but they can be inaccurate if your metabolism is super fast or not. If you are going by trial and error,  you should be able to tell if you are taking in enough by about 2-3 weeks into the routine.

(2) Eat Healthy Calories. When people are looking for the best ways to gain mass, they will come across quite a few people who say that they should just eat whatever they want, not worrying about whether or not it’s healthy for them, just so that they can get in the calories each day. In my opinion, this isn’t the proper route to take. If you want to build muscle, you need to feed it with the proper vitamins and nutrients, and the only way to do so is by taking in healthy food and supplements. Fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, lean steaks, eggs, whole grains, nuts, are good foods to eat when trying to gain weight and build muscle.

(3) Get Enough Protein. It’s interesting because there are quite a few theories out there about how much protein you should take in, but I have always been able to gain mass by taking in a fat/carbs/protein ratio of around 20/40/40. If you want to keep track of that, My Fitness Pal is a great website and they have a great iPhone app as well. Anyways, if I’m taking in a 20/40/40 ratio and about 3,000 calories per day, that’s 1,200 calories per day that are coming from protein. In my opinion, that’s enough, and I’m only saying that from experience. Regardless of what I think, though, always follow what the Nutrition Guide (and doctor) recommends for protein intake for the program you’re using.

(4) Use the Right Supplements. You’ve got to take in the proper supplements if you’re looking for the best ways to gain mass. The supplements that I use when I’m trying to put on muscle, which are also the Body Beast supplements, are whey protein, Suma, creatine monohydrate, Shakeology, and a post workout recovery drink. However, there are many people who like to also use mass gainers and protein bars as well. As far as when to take the supplements, the Suma and creatine monohydrate (5g) are pre-workout supplements, and I usually take them about 20 minutes before my workout. When you do take the creatine, though, make sure you mix it with non-acidic fruit juice. Post workout I will either have a high calorie Shakeology shake, which I usually blend with a banana, organic peanut butter, almond milk, and raw honey, or I will mix together some whey protein with the Recovery Formula or Fuel Shot (Body Beast brand). I will also take 2-3 protein shakes per day as well to make sure I get in the proper amount of protein.

(5) Do the Right Workouts. If you want to build mass, you have to make sure you’re doing the proper workout routines. With Body Beast, you do a lot of supersets, giant sets, and drop sets, and are sticking to 8, 12, and 15 reps. You will need to make sure that you either have enough weights at home or at least have access to a gym. You’re not going to gain mass by doing 60 reps with 10 lbs dumbbells! It’s important to focus on each muscle group and make sure you have the proper amount of rest as well. If you work out your shoulders today, for example, you need to give them at least 48 hours rest to heal before working them again. Some of the exercises that are important to do when trying to gain mass are regular bench press, incline press, chest flys, squats, lunges, curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, shoulder flys, shrugs, etc. For a complete 90 day routine, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you get Body Beast, which has these exercises and a lot more!

I hope you found these best ways to gain mass helpful, and remember, these are the things that I have personally done to gain mass. I ended up gaining about 15 lbs in 90 days by using the Body Beast program! If you do end up getting the program, be sure to follow the workout schedule, diet plan, and recommended supplements. If you follow it properly, you should be able to gain mass as well!

Jul 12

5 Tips for Starting P90X

Josh Spencer P90X TipsFitness is my life and it has been since 2008 when I decided to commit to starting P90X. I was at a VERY LOW point in my life at that time, being out of shape and lacking confidence, and I knew that I had to start doing things differently. I came across the P90X infomercial late one night while watching TV and I guess the rest is history! I ended up committing to the program, losing 25 lbs,10% body fat, and getting into the best shape of my entire life. Since then, I have committed to learning as much as I can about health and fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. Now, as a full-time Beachbody Coach, I help others go through the various Beachbody programs and make sure they are supported, motivated, and are doing the right things.  For those of you who might just be starting P90X, Here are my 8 tips to help you out!

P90X Tips

(1) Follow the Nutrition Guide. As I tell all the people I coach, results come from 80% diet and 20% workouts! If you don’t commit yourself to the diet, you’re not going to get the results you want, period. Even if you’re working out every day, 1-2 cheat days a week and you could be looking at little to no progress at all! The first thing you need to do before you start the program is take the time to read through the entire P90X Nutrition Guide so that you understand what you should be eating, how many calories you should be taking in, and the fat/carb/protein breakdown (macros). Once you understand what you should be eating, create an account at My Fitness Pal and keep track of what you’re eating on a daily basis. MFP has a great app that I think is even better than the website itself. Also, don’t be afraid to eat the same things every day! During my first round, I literally ate just about the same thing every single day for each phase.

(2) Take the right supplements. Supplements have played a HUGE role in my results, and they are something that I recommend to everyone I coach. However, it’s important that you use the RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS! There are so many supplements out there that are CRAP quality, and what good is that going to do if you’re trying to get healthy? Make sure you are taking high quality supplements that you know are good for you. The supplements that I have done research on, use, and recommend are Shakeology, Suma, E&E, creatine monohydrate (if you’re trying to bulk up), whey protein, and the Recovery Formula. I use Shakeology as a meal replacement, take the E&E and Suma about 20 minutes before the workout, and the Recovery Formula or Shakeology as a post workout recovery drink. When I’m taking whey, I will either mix it in with my post workout drink or have it as a snack, and if I’m using creatine, I take it about 20 minutes before my workout as well. Remember, when it comes to supplements, DON’T SACRIFICE QUALITY!

(3) You need support. You need to find someone that will hold you accountable, answer your questions, help you, and PUSH YOU for the entire 90 days! If you’re starting P90X, this is an absolute MUST! Luckily for you, that’s what us Beachbody Coaches are here for. If you don’t have a coach yet and want one, I’d love to be your coach and help you through the program. All you have to do is click here! It’s free to get signed up.

(4) Create goals and take pictures. What you need to do before starting P90X is take some time to think about what goals you want to accomplish by the end of your 90 days. How much weight do you want to lose? How many inches do you want to lose or gain (if trying to gain mass)? What pant size do you want to fit into? Once you figure those out, write them down and stick them somewhere you will see them every day, like in front of your computer or even in your living room. When you see your goals every day, it will help you stay focused on what you need to do to reach them. Also, make sure you take pictures on Day 1, 30, 60, and 90! Progress pictures are important because they allow you to see the progress you make, helping you stay motivated.

(5) Modify. There is nothing wrong with modifying the exercises if you can’t do the original one! This is the reason Tony Horton always has someone showing the modified versions in each of the workouts. When I first started P90X, I had to modify quite a bit, especially the cardio workouts. However, it’s very important that you PUSH YOURSELF as much as you possibly can so that you can work your way towards doing the original exercises. Also, make sure you talk to your doctor before starting P90X to make sure that the program is OK for you to do!

Hopefully you found these P90X tips helpful. These 5 tips that I listed are VERY IMPORTANT and if you can follow them, you’re well on your way to getting great results! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at coachspence8@yahoo.com.

 

Jul 08

Necessary Equipment for P90X

When I first started P90X back in 2008, I knew that there were quite a few things that I needed to get if I wanted to do it properly. However, I wasn’t too sure what equipment for P90X I should purchase, but after doing quite a bit of research, I determined that there were some things that were absolutely necessary. What are they? I’ll talk about them below, along with why they are important.

Powerblock(1) Dumbbells or resistance bands. Getting one or the other is absolutely necessary because you will be using them A LOT in the program! I prefer dumbbells because I have always felt like I got in a better workout with them, but the resistance bands will work as well. I understand that dumbbells can be quite expensive, and that’s why the bands are a good alternative. When you purchase the bands, though, it’s CRUCIAL that you spend a little extra money and get good quality ones. If you get something that’s cheap, you risk the bands snapping in the middle of the workout and you could injure yourself pretty badly. If you are looking into getting dumbbells, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Powerblocks, which is what I now have! A few years ago I was comparing the Selecttechs and the Powerblocks, tried both of them out, and liked the Powerblocks much better. Why? Less bulky and higher quality. I got the Polyurethane U-90’s, which have a lifetime warranty. Can’t go wrong with them.

(2) Pull-Up Bar. If you are looking to purchase equipment for P90X, the pull-up bar is oneP90X-Pull-Up-Bar of those must-have items because you will be doing a lot of pull-ups. Again, you can use the bands as an alternative, but in my opinion you can’t get anywhere close to as good of a workout with them as you would doing actual pull-ups. There just isn’t enough resistance. The one I bought was the actual P90X pull-up bar, and that thing has lasted me FOREVER, and I have given it all I’ve gotten over the years. It’s very high quality and can hold a lot of weight. When you do look for a pull-up bar, though, make sure you get one with numerous grips. You want to have the wide grip, narrow grip, and an inner grip that goes perpendicular with the bar.

(3) Yoga Blocks. Yeah, I know, us guys have a tendency of skipping the dreadful P90X Yoga workout, but regardless, it’s important for flexibility. If you lack flexibility like me, the Yoga blocks are an absolute life saver! I’m telling you, I might be one of the most inflexible people on this planet, but I can do most of the Yoga moves if I have the Yoga blocks. Definitely helpful and something I recommend.

(4) P90X Power Stands. I love these things! Now, they aren’t necessary equipment for P90X, but they are helpful. I’ve had a lot of hand and wrist issues in the past, having 2 hand surgeries, and doing push-ups on the ground without any pain was tough to do and that’s the main reason why I purchased the Power Stands. On top of that, though, I wanted to get them because they gave me a greater range of motion with my push-ups. I’ve had mine for many years and like the pull-up bar and Powerblocks, they have held up very nicely.

As far as equipment for P90X goes, that’s about it. There’s nothing else that I can think of that you will need! I do want to give you a few other tips, though, if you’re just starting the program. For one, understand that the DIET is the most important part of the program! When you purchase P90X, you should have gotten a Nutrition Guide that came with it. Take your time in reading through the guide so that you understand what you should be eating on a daily basis. When you do figure out your diet, start logging what you eat into My Fitness Pal. It’s a great site that allows you to keep track of your calories and macros. Also, get yourself a Beachbody Coach for accountability and support! My wife and I are both full-time Coaches and have helped THOUSANDS of people successfully go through the program, and we would love to help you out as well. If you don’t have a Team Beachbody account yet, just click here to make me your coach (it’s free), and if you do have an account, email me at coachspence8@yahoo.com and I can let you know what to do.

Jul 05

Updated P90X Grocery List

P90X grocery listAlright, so lately Melinda and I have been getting a LOT of requests for our updated P90X grocery list, so I guess it’s time that I post it. Before I do so, though, I just have to share that my diet is CONSTANTLY changing, and my grocery list has changed just as much over the past 5 years. Here’s a quick review of where I came from and where I am now.

Before I started P90X, my diet was absolutely TERRIBLE! I ate pretty much anything that you can think of that’s bad for you, including pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream, etc. When I started the program, though, I knew that I needed to clean it up or I would have issues getting results. I read through the Nutrition Guide thoroughly and discovered that my knowledge of nutrition was about a 1 on a 1-10 scale! Yeah, it was that bad, and truthfully I had no idea what I was doing. The nutrition book helped me gain some basic knowledge of what was good and wasn’t good for me, and I had to make some pretty drastic changes to what I was eating.

The P90X diet played a huge role in my results, and ever since then I have been fascinated with health and fitness and have done a LOT of research on nutrition and diet. I have been constantly improving my P90X grocery list as I gain more knowledge, and now I feel like I’m at the point where my nutrition is pretty spot on and I’m eating things that I know are good for me, things that don’t have controversial ingredients. While on that subject, for those of you who don’t know, most of the foods that you think are healthy because of the label claiming them to be “low fat” or “sugar free” are most likely foods that really aren’t that good for you. It’s just a ploy by the food companies to make you believe you are buying something healthy for you, when in reality they have added so much crap to the food that it can be just as bad for you as other unhealthy foods. Foods that I thought were healthy 2 years ago are foods that I’ve discovered really aren’t that good for you. An example? Whole grain bread. I used to think that any whole grain bread was good for me, but boy was I wrong! Just about every single whole grain bread that I found in the typical big name grocery stores were loaded with sugar and contained numerous controversial and potentially harmful ingredients.

From talking to nutrition experts and doing my own research, I’ve found that the only way to truly eat healthy is to shop at an organic food store, so that’s what we now do. There are a few things we will get at a regular grocery store, but it’s very rare that we make a trip there anymore. Just about everything that we normally eat can be found at our local organic foods store. Sure, it’s a little more expensive, but I would rather pay a little extra money than purchase something that could be harmful to my family’s and my health. Definitely NOT WORTH IT to me! Quality is not something I will ever sacrifice when it comes to putting something into my body!

So, on to our updated P90X grocery list. I’m not doing just P90X anymore, but rather a combination of Beachbody programs like Body Beast and P90X2, so this isn’t just for P90X. However, it will at least give you an idea of what our diet looks like!

  • Shakeology (we don’t get this at the store, but it’s something we purchase every single month and use as a meal replacement every day)
  • Organic Bananas
  • Organic Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Organic Peanut Butter
  • Organic Almond Butter
  • Organic Raw Local Honey
  • Oats
  • Silk Original Almond Milk
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Fresh Chicken Breasts
  • Organic Pineapple
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic Cereal (yes, they DO have this!)
  • Organic Brown Rice Pasta
  • Brown Rice
  • Organic Pasta Sauce
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Eggs
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bottled Water
  • 100% Organic Pure Maple Syrup
  • Raw Whole Flaxseed
  • Sunwarrior Vegan Brown Rice Protein
  • Mrs. Dash Seasonings
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado
  • Green Tea
  • Stevia
  • Shrimp
  • Lean Steaks (on a rare occasion)
  • Coffee

If you have seen my older P90X grocery lists, you now understand and see the major changes that we have made to our diet. For one, we have pretty much completely eliminated dairy. Also, we get most of our carbohydrates daily from fruits. Before, we would purchase a ton of dairy products and consume a lot of grains. And of course, we purchase mostly everything organic now. As we gain more knowledge, our list seems to constantly change. If you have any questions about what we are purchasing at the store, you are always welcome to email me at coachspence8@yahoo.com. Also, you can follow me over on Facebook, and all you have to do is just “like” my page. Oh and if you want help going through P90X, as a Beachbody Coach that’s what I do. Just click here to make me your coach! It’s free 🙂

Jul 02

Beachbody Coach Success Secret

beachbody coach successOne of the most common questions that I get when I’m at various Beachbody events, from other coaches across the network, and coaches on my team is, “What’s your Beachbody Coach success secret? Everyone seems to think that I’m successful because I have this secret formula that I’m just not sharing with them, but news flash, THAT’S NOT THE CASE! In fact, what you see with me is what you get. The things that I train my coaches on are the EXACT same things that I do myself! So why is it that some Beachbody coaches are extremely successful and others aren’t? If I look back, there is one thing that separates me from the rest of the crowd, and that’s my ability to stay CONSISTENT and WORK HARD every single day!

How I Learned About Hard Work

My work ethic started when I was about 12 years old. At that time I started playing travel baseball for the first time. Now, I wasn’t the best player on the team, in fact I might have been the worst. I hit in the 9 hole, played right field, and my batting average was CRAP! One night, my father came up to me and told me to go downstairs in the basement and hit 1,000 balls off the tee. Reluctantly, I did it, and by the time I was done my hands were destroyed. The next night he told me to do it again, and then again and again every night after that. In all honesty, I HATED IT! I’m not going to disobey my father, though, so I just sucked it up and went down and did it. Little did I know that he was teaching me the importance of hard work and working harder than everyone else. Fast forward a few months and I started noticing that I was getting better. I was seeing the ball better, hitting the ball better, and guess what, my batting average started increasing! Something then changed in me and suddenly it clicked, if I wanted to be good at something, I had to work hard at it every single day. From that point on, I started enjoying going down in the basement and hitting off the tee.

Maybe a year or so later I was at a hitting camp and as we were all sitting in a circle, the instructor said, “Raise your hand if you think you can come up here and hit 50 balls off the tee without hitting the tee.” Confidently, I raised my hand because I had done that THOUSANDS of times before! I looked around and realized I was the only one who had raised their hand. The instructor walked up to me and said, “OK son, get up here and prove it.” I walked up to the tee and hit 50 balls without hitting it once. He then said, “Now I want you to close your eyes and hit 50 more.” “Close my eyes? Really?” I thought to myself, but I closed my eyes, visualized where the ball would be, and swung like I had done thousands of times before. I didn’t hit the tee. He looked at me, almost puzzled (maybe it was impressed?) and said, “Now switch over to the left side and hit 50 more balls.” Now I was a little nervous because I had never done it before, but I did what he asked and jumped over to the other side and hit quite a few balls off the tee before he stopped me. He said, “I’m going to turn you into a switch hitter.” He saw my confidence and knew that the only way to get that confidence was to work hard day in and day out with my swing.

I went home and started working on my left handed swing, and by the time high school rolled around, I had begun hitting from the left side of the plate. I had become a switch hitter because of my work ethic. I was the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the team for years, and my senior year we went 32-2, losing in the State Championship game. I then got a scholarship to play ball in college, and wound up winning numerous conference, regional, and national awards my junior and senior years.

Why did I share those stories? Because that is the EXACT type of discipline and hard work that I have applied to both my health and now Beachbody Coach Business. It’s the reason why I have had an UNBELIEVABLE P90X transformation and the reason why I won the Top Beachbody Coach 2010 award! I have always known that if I want to be the best, I have to work harder than everyone else, and I confidently believe that I have done so and continue to do so every single day. Hard work and consistency are in my blood, and they are my Beachbody Coach success secret!

Hopefully from this post you now understand that I have no secret formula for success other than WORK HARD and STAY CONSISTENT! Understand, too, that success is not going to come overnight. Rather, it takes time and patience to see results with anything, especially the Beachbody Coach business. You can’t expect to start as a coach today and make $5,000 a week in 2 months, it just doesn’t work that way! However, if you can stay consistent, work hard on things that will help you stay productive daily, then over a period of a year, 2 years, 5 years you might see some Beachbody Coach success. Remember, never, ever give up! Keep pushing forward every single day.