Team Beachbody Review
Team Beachbody is a very interesting network marketing company.
There are quite a few unique things about Team Beachbody and the Team Beachbody opportunity that you should be aware of if you are looking to build an income as a Team Beachbody coach.
Generally speaking, most network marketing companies don’t do expensive media ads. They pay that advertising stream into the promoters or reps who are paid for word-of-mouth referrals.
But Team Beachbody has been building their company and brand for the last 11 years. And they have penetrated into the lucrative fitness market. Their goal is to be a catalyst to help people achieve one of te major goals people have – to become fit. And to do that, people need, support, motivation, and products. Team Beachbody has tried to position themselves as the leader in this field.
While Team Beachbody has decided to spend lots of money on media ads and late-night infomercials, which has generated some knowledge of their products, like Tony Horton’s ultra-popular P90x, and Hip Hop Abs, it often takes money away from distributors.
Basically, Team Beachbody pays out less in commission to their field of reps (or Beachbody coaches) because they have significant hard advertising costs like TV commercials – which build brand – and also aim to make sales directly.
So essentially, a coach in Team Beachbody is in competition against the corporate advertising (where they pay no commissions to the distributors.) And this is a dangerous double-edged sword to anybody who is looking to build a business income as a Beachbody coach.
I read online that they spend over $90 Million dollars in TV advertising, which is like David going up against Goliath if you are a TeamBeachbody Coach.
The Beachbody Product Review
The P90x program is very popular, and has a strong reputation as a workout routine that delivers results. In fact, there any many people who swear by the P90x programs who are not involved in the business. It’s just a very effective, very focused workout routine that works!
They have also added additional training routines like the Insanity Workout, the Hip Hop Abs and many others.
Here’s the main problem with workout routines:
- They have a much lower stick rate than somebody working with a personal trainer
- They have a much lower stick rate than a gym membership
- They don”t use machines, which are popular with people as they start to enjoy working out – so people often get a gym membership or buy a unit like the Bowflex instead.
- You don’t need to buy a new one every month
And they are widely available for free on torrent sites.
Also, they sell Beachbody Pullup Bars, and Beachbody resistance bands and related items. The main problem with these is that those sorts of products are commodity items. You can get the exact same thing from Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, or Winners.
So Team Beachbody also created a nutritional shake called Shakeology.
Shakeology is a workout/meal replacement shake with high-protein, that is also used as pre-workout or post-workout shake.
And while it is good, there are better products on the market, like the Vi-Shake that is anabolic and does not cause muscle loss when losing weight.
Shakeology is a decent product, comparable to the shakes at GNC, but nothing revolutionary. It seems like it was more of an add-on.
One of the benefits, is that it creates a residual income stream for coaches who promote Beachbody.
Here is a comparison chart of some FACTS on some of the popular meal replacement shakes on the market:
Beach Body Club Membership
The Beachbody club membership is an “addon product also.
Basically at almost $40 per month, you get recipes, an online support community and some videos. It was really added in to add a residual component to people who promote the Beachbody business. And I think it’s a little over-priced for what it does. But it does offer forced continuity for the company and distributors.
I was unable to find any retention rates, but the average in the industry is 3.4 months.
Here is a video review of somebody who is comparing the Shakeology shakes vs the Visalus Vi-Shakes:
Team BeachBody Compensation Plan
Team Beachbody has a binary compensation plan – which is a compensation plan that favors the owners of Beachbody. Typically in a binary, you see a some people who are making a ton of money, but most people are earning less than $1000/mo.
Beachbody Coaches earn 50% of the income from their direct referrals.
Here is their official compensation plan video, so you need to read between the lines, but it’s a good idea to watch it if you’re considering Team Beachbody:
The compensation plan does not measure up to the company that a lot of fitness professionals and former Team Beachbody coaches are flocking to, Visalus Sciences, which also has a young, fitness geared crowd, but explosive growth well documented by the numbers and facts.
I was the #1 recruiter in October for Visalus Sciences ( a month in which 80K new people joined) partly because of my marketing training that I teach only to my reps, and also because of a killer market funnel I developed. In fact, we have an exclusive marketing funnel that works for fitness professionals – which is just dominating. So if you are looking at Team Beachbody, it’s worth the time to talk to me about this new funnel. (I will only speak over the phone about it – call me at 203-400-6515.)
Team Beachbody Coaches
The entire coaching industry is plagued by not having a universal body governing coaching certifications. This involves the fitness community and the life-coaching community. In fact, Team Beachbody coaches just have to sign up as reps to become a Team Beach Body coach, so it’s really just a name. This means there is a wide variety of quality in the knowledge of Beach Body coaches.
Team Beachbody Scam
Team Beachbody is not a scam, but it certainly has a LOT of complaints, which is typical of an aggressive infomercial company.
Watch this short video review I recorded about whether Beachbody is really a scam:
Team Beachbody Intangibles
Team Beachbody is probably the leading network marketing company right now for people who are addicted (in a good way) to working out, and fitness professionals. But Visalus is really taking over that mantle because of a superior product, better residuals, and massive growth.
The fact that Beachbody spends so much money competing with their own distributors is a deal killer, in my opinion.
A couple other problems are the fact that Team Beachbody, while it does have good products, only appeals to a narrow market segment – people who work out without large exercise equipment and gym memberships. And I think that most people who really embrace fitness move beyond doing DVDs at home.
Their best product is the DVDs, which cannot create true residual income.
Team Beachbody does attract the right kind of people – healthy successful people who have developed the discipline to work out. Action takers. So if you are looking at Team Beachbody, I’d love to show you why Visalus is a much better income stream for a personal trainer – and how specifically I can help you with my advanced marketing skills. Just fill out my contact form and get in touch!