Interview with Gina Whitehouse – Beachbody Health and Fitness Coach

Interview with Gina Whitehouse - Beachbody Health and Fitness CoachTell us how you got involved with Beachbody. 

I had my first child in 2011 and a year later I knew I needed to do something to keep off the weight I had lost while nursing my daughter and tone my body. I needed to exercise. I had gym memberships in the past but I was never motivated to go. Now that I had a child there was no way I was going to bring her with me to the gym. It just took too much time to get myself and her ready, workout, and then come home. I knew working out at home was an option but I was hesitant to purchase a home workout DVD because I didn’t know if it would sit on my shelf or if I would actually do it. It was a month later that I saw a friend of mine had become a Beachbody Health & Fitness Coach and was offering an online accountability group. I joined the group and saw success with my weight loss! The accountability and encouragement was amazing. I knew that I could offer that to someone else! In August 2012 I signed up to be a coach.

My background is actually in residential home design. I studied architecture in college and worked for years as a designer. But, I knew I wanted to stay at home with my children when I decided to start a family. However, I found that the transition to working and staying at home was difficult. I love my kids but I have to being doing something creative and productive. Health & Fitness Coaching has become my creative outlet and a way that I can earn a fantastic income from home. It’s a way for me to be my own boss, have flexible hours, and design the life I want. I can say that I make more hourly than I ever did as a home designer now as a Health & Fitness Coach.

What makes Beachbody different from other direct sales companies?

What makes Beachbody different is that you’re not just selling a product to someone and then leaving them alone. Instead, you’re promising to walk with them as they start their journey towards their goals. As a Coach it’s your job to keep your client accountable, motivated, and support to start a Beachbody home workout program and finish it with Success! You get to meet fantastic people that bless you as much as you bless them. You get to help transform lives!

Your business can be all online! Every month I run accountability groups, called Challenge Groups, that I place my clients into on Facebook. Each day they check in with me telling me what they ate for the day and if they got their workout in. We also do fun things like smaller weekly challenges and share healthy recipes in the group.

Also, it’s not about selling, but rather about SHARING your own personal experience and journey with others. If you feel like a creepy salesman, then you’re doing something wrong! You must be on your own personal health and fitness journey. To start as a coach you don’t need to have a transformation only using the Beachbody home workouts (P90X, Insanity, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, Turbo Jam, etc.) but you do have to have a passion to help people and passion for health and fitness. You also don’t have to be at your goal weight to be a coach. If you still have weight to lose, that’s completely okay! Instead, you must be on a journey and be willing to bring people along too. It’s about sharing. People want to see what you’re doing and be inspired. If you can do this, you’ll be a great coach!

You don’t have to do in home parties! Actually, all of my business is done online and through social media. This is how I meet new people.

As a Health & Fitness Coach you can brand yourself however you like. You choose who you want to work with and what you stand for. It’s YOUR business. As a part of my team, Team Lead & Inspire, I will work with you one-on-one to train and mentor you and help you find your perfect target niche audience.

Lastly, I am very passionate about helping others become happier and healthier individuals. But, I’m actually more passionate about helping other coaches who join my team gain financial freedom and opportunity through health and fitness coaching. I have one coach on my team right now who is almost ready to quit her full-time job as an elementary school teacher to be a Health & Fitness Coach full-time and be at home with her kids. Nothing is more rewarding to me than being able to help someone achieve that! Beachbody Coaching makes this completely possible!

How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?

On average each week I work 10-15 hours. At the very minimum I have at least 1 “power hour” each day which is an hour of intensely focused time that I put towards my business. During this time I answer emails, check in with my online accountability groups, read or listen to an audio/video for personal development, and help/train new coaches who join my team, Team Lead & Inspire.

What has been your biggest business struggle as a direct sales consultant?

My biggest struggle when I first started was to keep pushing through and not giving up when you hear a lot NO’s. The fact is that most people aren’t ready to commit to improving their health. However, a NO is actually a NOT NOW. People I have invited to be part of my groups that said “no” have contacted me months or years later to work with me and have seen success. It really takes much perseverance, drive, and self-motivation to succeed. But, if you continue to push through, you will ultimately see success.

Now that I’ve been doing this for almost two and a half years, my biggest struggle is keeping up with the growth of my business. This has forced me to learn how to be better at delegating tasks to my assistant.

What advice would you give to a new consultant starting out? 

You MUST have a big WHY to succeed. Why do you want to do this? Why do you want to have your own coaching business? Most people will say that it is to help others and pay it forward. This is a great reason! But, you must also think about your own personal and financial goals. Partnering with Beachbody gives you an unlimited opportunity for financial gain and growth. It’s allowed me to put my child in private schools, pay for our mortgage, and even hire assistants to help me grow my business to the next level. But, you must have a big WHY (or reason) to keep persevering when you have a slow day/week/month.

My WHY is so that my husband and I can work full-time in ministry years from now without having to depend on others for our income. We know that my husband’s real calling in life is to be a Pastor. We currently are very involved in church ministry as youth leaders. My husband is also a worship leader and I lead Bible studies. But, I want us to be at the point financially where we can be in full-time ministry and not have to depend on our income from a church. We want to be able to have a side business that provides for all of our needs, gives us residual income, and ables us to bless others financially by giving and through service.

As a mom, how do you manage all of your personal and business activities? 

It can be very tough, but it’s very possible! Like I mentioned before, I always try to have at least one “power hour” during the day. I just had my second child, so this has been a little difficult lately. However, I know it’s just a season.

I also make sure to put into place work hours so that I have a balance between work and family. I always tell every person who joins my team that this business should not get in the way of their families. Great time management can be learned. We don’t all start out as great time managers, but if this is important to us, then we will learn how to be better managers of our time and put into place boundaries to protect our children and our marriages.

On those “don’t feel like it days”, what motivates you to keep going?

My WHY! Also, all of the success stories that have been created through the relationships between me and my clients keep me going. Just one transformation story is enough to keep me going. Knowing that I made a difference in just one person’s life gives me the motivation to keep going when I don’t feel like it.

For anyone that would like to learn more about joining Team Lead & Inspire, don’t hesitate to contact me! I have a new training program starting in January! It’s a great time to start your health and fitness business when everyone is looking to get back in shape and improve their health. Every month I look for 5 new people to join us and mentor. Learn more at my team website, www.teamleadandinspire.com!

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