"Hi, my name is Colleen and I used to be a Beachbody coach."
It's slightly embarrassing to write that, but there it is. And it's not embarrassing in the way you may be thinking. I mean, everyone and their dog is pushing product in MLMs these days. It's a byproduct of the gig economy, of disruptive economies. It's a byproduct of people getting fed up with how things have "always worked." I don't judge anyone that finds a product they love, that works for them, and then gets excited about the possibility (however slim) of making a little extra cash just by sharing it with people.
It's embarrassing because deep down I always knew what Beachbody sells, and it isn't health and wellness.
And recently, it's all been confirmed. Former Beachbody celebrity fitness trainer Chalene Johnson has come forward recently to talk about her time in the fitness industry. One story in particular revolves around how executive producers for one of her programs hinted at her to lose more weight, which she did, in totally unhealthy ways. (protein bars and diet coke, anyone?) You can hear her talk about it here.
I remember looking at her as an inspiration and getting excited about the program. Chalene is a bit older than me and I was like, "Damn, if she can look like that, I can do it, too!" But no, nope, nope, not even a little bit. Because I care too much about my body to abuse it with extreme dieting and exercise anymore.
And that's the lie that Beachbody, and the entire fitness industry, perpetuates: just workout a few times a week and eat sensibly and you'll look like this, too!
Any fitness model will tell you that before competitions or photo shoots, they go to drastic measures to look they way they look. Boiled chicken and broccoli for every meal, 4-hour workout sessions, and even dehydration for that leaned out look.
I don't have a problem with people wanting their bodies to look a certain way. My problem is with how many get there.
These days, I treasure every gift my body graces me with. The years of punishment have taken a toll, and it's rare for me to get through a day pain-free. But that's another blog post.
For now, I treat my body differently. I treat it with love and kindness. I nourish it with food that revitalizes and heals. I move it in ways that are gentle and forgiving. And? I feel good about the decision I've made to step away from Beachbody, and instead focus on finding my own path to health and wellness.
Jack & Colleen
our post-meditation realizations and early morning ramblings