It’s just another one of those schemes to make money online where you offer a crappy membership and claim to make money by selling other people’s nonsense.
All of the course’s high-level members, who are compensated solely through their affiliate links to the course, are actively promoting it. Yes, that’s correct…
It’s promoted by sellouts.
It’s supposed to show you how to become a “6 figure network marketer,” but most members don’t make money promoting other products.
That’s just the truth…you won’t get rich off a shitty $6 commission
MLMs like Beachbody are a bit of a mixed bag. They CAN be a legitimate way to make money, but some have a reputation for literally ruining people’s lives – so it’s important to know what you’re getting since each one is unique.
Like most of my readers, you were probably introduced to this one via a friend or some influencer you trust online.
And it makes sense why so many people recommend them:
Making money outside of a 9-5 can be… life-changing, to say the least.
So in this article, I want to help you explore two things:
- If MLMs are actually a worthwhile business to pursue
- If Beachbody is a worthwhile MLM
Before that, I want to clear the air on something.
There are A LOT of people out there who bash all MLMs in any form. I am not one of those people.
Instead, I want to genuinely educate you about them so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
If you’re unfamiliar with what MLMs actually do:
They’re businesses in which you pay money to a company for the ability to sell their products.
Sometimes the products are actually kind of decent (I still remember my mom throwing pampered-chef parties when I was younger).
Other times the products are really poorly made and come with a high price tag.
Typically, the only way to really make money is to get people (mostly friends & family) to sign up with you for a recurring subscription.
If the product is 100% legitimate & valuable, it’s entirely possible to get people to sign-up and continue paying you.
If the product is subpar, you’ll usually burn those bridges kinda quickly and end up with $0 coming in each month.
The biggest issue I’ve seen is that this puts significant stress on your personal relationships, as you’re reliant on selling to your “network.”
Think about it: if you KNEW that every time your friend Sally called, she’d be trying to sell you on one of her products… you’d eventually stop answering Sally’s calls.
Now, this doesn’t mean MLMs are outright bad… it means you need to know what type of MLM you’re getting yourself into before you sign up.
Again, some MLMs provide real value to people, but MOST don’t – and so in this article, I’m going to explore the case with Beachbody.
But before that, I want to ask you a question: what if there was a way to build actual recurring, semi-passive income?
- Doesn’t have inventory
- Doesn’t make you sell to your friends & family
- Doesn’t force you to recruit people onto your “team”
Something that you could make anywhere from $2,000 – $10,000 with consistently, month after month?
A stream of income that you can build as high (or low) as you feel like building it?
If that sounds interesting, you might consider becoming a Digital Landlord.
If you wanna see what Beachbody looks like on the inside, keep reading.
Beachbody Company Overview
Beachbody is the industry leader in online fitness, and its headquarters are in Santa Monica, California.
I think that since muscle beach is right there, it’s exactly the best place to create a “Beachbody” brand! What a fantastic selling point!
Beachbody currently employs over 1,000 individuals, and when you include in their MLM part (Team Beachbody), that figure soars to an incredible 450k individuals who are distributors or “Beachbody coaches”—which is just a pretty name for network marketing distributors.
Various training plans are available, so you’re sure to discover one that matches your fitness goals. Additionally, you may be familiar with some of their trainers.
Tony Horton created P90X, Shaun T is known for the Hip-Hop Abs, and the stunning Autumn Calabrese inspires fit moms everywhere!
There’s a great chance you’ve seen these people and their god-like physiques in newspapers and infomercials before and didn’t know!
Beachbody MLM also has its own nutritional supplements and meal replacement product line.
Due to Beachbody being recognized everywhere and having an MLM network that is unreal…they’ve been able to rake in over 1 billion dollars each year consistently!
Solid numbers, for sure.
Customers looking to get into better shape can purchase their favorite Beachbody fitness program DVDs online.
If you want to start your weight loss journey and get in better shape, then Beachbody has made it convenient by offering fitness videos online!
When Did Beachbody Start And Who Owns It?
Beachbody has been in business since 1998! So that’s nearly 25 years!
You’ve probably seen the names of the two men who founded it, Jon Congdon and Carl Daikeler, in the news a few times.
At first, Beachbody offered one item for sale: an infomercial-famous ab workout.
Jon Congdon experienced one of those “aha!” moments when the results started coming in.
They decided that instead of going through the mediators of retail and dealing with that hassle, they could go straight to the consumer with their commercials!
It’s worth noting that Daikeler isn’t a fitness enthusiast…he’d be the first to tell you.
He’d even say he doesn’t care what he eats and prefers not to workout.
But come on…don’t we all say the same thing sometimes?
All that being said…Jon and Carl’s goal was to find a way to market a workout program that even someone like themselves would be interested in using!
If they could manage that, they’d be able to change the lives of millions!
I’m going to tackle everything related to Beachbody in-depth, including but not limited to their:
- Workout Videos
- MLM Starter Kit
- Meal Replacement Shake (Shakeology)
- Compensation Plan
- Team Beachbody
- Beachbody Coaches
- Beachbody On Demand
What Is Team Beachbody?
Team Beachbody is the multi-level marketing side of Beachbody’s business that operates behind the scenes.
They want to help you lose weight, but they also want you to do it while earning money!
They have all the resources, including programs and tools, to assist aspiring fitness influencers in achieving that.
Yes, here is where the MLM component comes in. You must sell their products and recruit others to do the same to earn money.
It sounds like you could make a lot of money off of it due to its popularity…but is that the case?
Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?
What Is A Beachbody Coach?
A Team Beachbody Coach is not what it may sound like they are.
No, you won’t be one of those trainers that produce workout videos for clients.
Instead, you will be in charge of marketing Beachbody diet products.
You can see from their statistics that Team Beachbody’s sales in 2014 were higher than those of the main company.
This signaled an important shift in the company’s business model — they were now transitioning into full-blown MLM territory.
After this occurred, it signaled a huge change in how they would now focus on the MLM side of the biz.
Can you blame them?
Although Beachbody still makes a good amount through their infomercials that got them rolling, it’s unquestionable that they now have a way to make even greater money than their first one.
Are Beachbody Workouts & Supplements Any Good?
I thought about listing all their products…but I assume that wouldn’t be the best use of time for either of us.
Let’s just say they have many different weight loss products.
Nonetheless, here’s a short list of some Beachbody fitness videos and programs.
- Turbo Jam (Top pick)
- Brazil Butt Lift
- Shift Shop
- P90X (Classic)
- 3-Week Yoga Retreat
- Country Heat (think hip hop abs but with country music)
- Clean Week
- 21 Day Fix
- 80 Day Obsession
- Hip-Hop Abs (Fan favorite)
- And many more
Now even though their fitness products are popular…let’s show some love to the Beachbody products on the nutrition side:
- Shakeology (best selling)
- Daily Sunshine (great for mornings)
- ActiVit Daily (Nutrition Advantage)
- 3 Day Refresh
- Ultimate Reset
- Performance Line
- And More!
Is Beachbody A MLM?
Short answer: Yes
Long answer: It wasn’t a part of their initial plan, but over time, it has proven to be a beneficial financial decision that surpassed the original Beachbody plan of just using infomercials in 2014.
When Did Beachbody Become An MLM?
Team Beachbody MLM has been around for several years, but the big shift over into a primary MLM occurred in 2014 when the income generated with distributors surpassed the original model.
Is Beachbody A Pyramid Scheme?
Knowing the distinction between an MLM and a pyramid scheme is important:
In the latter, you make money primarily by getting people to join. Not by selling a product or service.
With Beachbody MLM, you make money by selling products so they can be called direct sales…not just by recruiting people to join.
Is Beachbody Network Marketing?
There is no real difference between network marketing and an MLM.
Those at the top are the ones who bring in the most money.
But if you’re interested in something where people at all levels can make good money, check this online business model out!
There are many different products to choose from under the brand. Quite literally, there is something for everybody!
This has become a staple of the brand.
It’s an intense workout that isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s called insanity for a reason!
One of my team members actually recalls his experience with it when his strength coach in high school made them do it:
“UGH, that thing again?! When I was in high school, those insanity fitness videos absolutely kicked my butt, and I was still in great shape.”
Beachbody On Demand
According to Beachbody, it’s a streaming service that gives you access to workout videos from their best workout programs to date, including:
- 21 Day Fix
- 80 Day Obsession
- Focus T25
- And much more!
With Beachbody On Demand, you’ll get access to the exercise videos…but you’ll also receive access to nutrition guides, calendars, and some Beachbody exclusives.
Meal Replacement Products
They sell shakes, whey, and health bars.
I personally think they charge too much for items you could get at the store for $20.
Think I’m exaggerating?
By taking a quick look at their website, you can see that their challenge and performance packs cost hundreds of dollars.
Their whey costs $70, and it’s not crazy big or anything…you can find the equivalent at the store for $20
For the prices and quality, especially the challenge pack…it’s just not worth it, in my opinion.
Can You Make Money With Team Beachbody?
The amount of money you make in this MLM is based on how much and what you sell, just like in any other MLM. Your commission if you sell a challenge pack is set at 35%. The price of standard products will be 25%. A staggering 40% is paid if you sell a membership to Beachbody On Demand! But don’t get too excited—each customer will only receive a single commission.
You won’t exactly be rolling in cash if all you sell is the meal replacement shake.
Beachbody coaches who go full-time typically don’t last all that long either. Many coaches have talked to the internet about their experiences with Team Beachbody.
Many of them aren’t all that positive.
While they’ve all stated that you can make money as a Beachbody coach…they have also expressed how difficult it’s to bring monthly income.
In fact, the average of all the coaches is just $219 a month!
That’s because once an MLM like Beachbody becomes popular, most people will bypass the coach altogether and just buy online.
Or they themselves could become a Beachbody coach and start trying to reach more customers like you.
Perhaps one of the biggest pitfalls of the Beachbody MLM business, in general, is that once you reach out to your family and friends to buy these products…it’s hard to sell these overpriced exercise videos to anyone else.
You can certainly make money with Multi Level Marketing, but if you’re gonna put in the amount of grueling work to become an MLM IBO (which, trust me, isn’t easy), you might as well bring in some REAL money.
The program that helped skyrocket my online business to $40,000+ per month teaches some of the same MLM skills but shows you how to monetize them in a much more profitable way.
Compensation Plan: How Does Team Beachbody Work?
Still thinking of becoming a Beachbody coach?
Then you will want to make sure you study this compensation plan carefully…
The BB compensation plan is binary, meaning you need two different legs of a downline to produce for you to get paid.
This payment model is fairly similar to all the other MLMs I’ve reviewed.
Unfortunately, they are seriously hard to understand…it’s like you need a degree from MIT just to get passed the first page!
In the Beachbody MLM, you need “Balanced Volume Points,” which are required to earn commissions.
Essentially, you have to produce both of your downlines, or else you don’t qualify…
Let’s take a look at an example…
Once your strong leg has 200pts and your weak leg 100pts, a cycle is completed, and you earn a commission bonus between $14 and $18.
It sucks that with all that effort, that’s all you get…
That’s enough, though…I don’t want you to get too depressed…
Is Shakeology A MLM Company?
Despite its popularity, it’s still one of the products Beachbody MLM sells through its Beachbody coaches.
Shakeology has hit-or-miss reviews on Google…
This guy doesn’t seem too happy:
“Actually, the only people raving about it are Shakeology salespeople. You see, the company has set up its sales organization as an MLM system. MLMs create financial incentives to lie to your friends, relatives, and peers to get them to buy something from you. Woot!”
Although I wouldn’t go as far as to say that you have to lie to your friends…being a Beachbody coach can warp the reality of how good fitness products like Shakeology are in your mind.
The reality is that Shakeology shakes are just simple shakes you could buy at the store…except these cost a lot of money that people really don’t think is worth it.
Is Shakeology Worth The Money?
Many people who have tried the shakes would agree it’s not worth the money, as shown in these Beachbody online reviews…
“Shakeology is Junk- added sugar and “nutrient dense” with a side of pesticide and disgusting whey. Which mind you is NOT the most clean form of protein. Anyone who believes Dr. Axe has also been fooled by more marketing. Beachbody coaches are so silly- sure promoting health anyway possible is great I guess but the whole coach thing these days has gone too far, everyone is a damn coach whether they know two things about nutrition or being fit. Take it from me- I’ve been there. And now I am certified in all areas and see how silly I was for thinking what I thought before. Either way Shakeology IS a marketing SCAM. 4$ is a lot for a non-organic shake. Also did you know some of the “vitamins” are derived from chemically identical sources but that means the vitamin E (just an example) could come from COAL TAR. Yup that’s right. And the others come from Other crazy sources that are cheap and easy to get- like acetone.”
“Save your money and stop buying Shakeology. With $130 a month, you can purchase many fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You’ll get all the nutrients you need from real food and still have cash left over for a tasty milkshake every once in a while.”
When looking up more reviews for those shakes Shakeology offers, it became apparent that the only positive reviews came from Beachbody coaches with a related interest.
At the end of the day, it all just comes down to your taste preferences for products like these, and if you can afford the $130 it costs!
Pros: Why Join Team Beachbody?
Beachbody Is Established
They have been around for more than two decades now! Most MLMs struggle to make it past five years, but not the Beachbody MLM; they are still kickin’ to this day!
Their Products Actually Work
The effectiveness of industry products like these is always subjective because it’s ultimately up to the action you take in your fitness journey.
However, with how well their products and programs are set up…it’s hard to bash them, honestly.
Beachbody Challenge Groups
These groups are made up of Coaches and Challengers who start different courses at the same time.
They all share their progress with the program they’re in.
I like how it helps hold members accountable; it definitely helps with progress.
Side note: A challenger is just a customer who hasn’t become one of the Beachbody Coaches yet.
Coaches are those who want to take their BB business even further and start receiving discounts on products that are offered through Beachbody.
Cons: Why Not Join Team Beachbody?
To Sell, You Have To Buy A Starter Kit
Instead of using this as a way to separate themselves from another MLM, no, BB makes sure you buy a starter kit before even thinking about commissions.
Social Media Spam
MLM companies like Beachbody have a huge presence on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Unfortunately, if you post anything related to Beachbody, you’ll be hit up by all kinds of “coaches” who want to recruit you onto their team.
This is why I’m not a fan of the MLM model…the people associated with them are relentlessly trying to build their upline and downline so they can score just a tiny commission.
To be clear, this isn’t a dig at Beachbody…it’s more of a dig at the MLM model in general and what it does to those who want to make money.
The Average Beachbody Coach Lasts 2 Years
And this is coming from Beachbody itself…
If you think you’ll be able to build a team and sell Beachbody products so much…get ready for high turnover rates and to work more than full-time hours for a long time!
Startup And Monthly Fees
You have to pay $39.95 to start and pay $15.95 a month just like a subscription service to be still considered a “Coach.”
You also must buy or sell 50 Personal Volume Points worth of products each month to maintain an active status.
So to keep your own checks rolling, you or your downline/customers will have to be spending lots of money each month just to give you something livable.
There are lots of questions that I have found on the web associated with Beachbody…
Hopefully, these will help you out!
Is Beachbody Closing Down?
Only Beachbody live has shut down…the company is still going strong.
Did Beachbody Go Out Of Business?
No, the only portion of Beachbody that has shut down is Beachbody Live which shut down in March of 2020.
Is Tony Horton No Longer Beachbody?
There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Tony Horton and his status with Beachbody as a coach. He has said on a Facebook post that he still supports the company and is with them…but has moved on to pursue different projects and work with different businesses.
Is Beachbody Worth The Money?
If you are limited to working out from home only…then we would strongly recommend using Beachbody and their products.
However, it all depends on your goal.
Do you want just to lose weight, or do you want to build muscle as well?
Beachbody is definitely more cardio-based, which is why you can lose weight…but if you want to build muscle…
Then looking elsewhere might be more beneficial.
Can You Share A Beachbody Account?
Sharing among family is encouraged!
Can You Join Beachbody Without A Coach?
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP UNDER A COACH to buy Beachbody products and other items related to Beachbody.
How Can I Improve My Health And Fitness?
One of the best ways to improve your health is by working out a little every day. Strength training 3 days a week while doing cardio the other 3 days and taking a rest day would be a good start!
Alternatives To Beachbody MLM?
Yes, there are plenty of other business models to choose from if you want to pursue making money in 2022. Here are just a few:
Is Beachbody A Scam?
So, time for the $1,000,000 question: is Beachbody a scam?
No, not technically. They aren’t going to run off with your money and not give you what you paid for. It’s 100% possible to make money with this program.
That being said, it’s not nearly as simple as they want you to think it is.
There’s A LOT of work to be done upfront and no guarantee that you’ll be successful. The commissions are also fairly small.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for doing hard work now, so that I can reap the benefits later.
But if you’re going to work really hard for 3 months, and your reward is a $100 check… it’s not really a great opportunity.
If I’m gonna do that, I want the rewards to be HIGH and virtually guaranteed.
I’d rather put in that same 3 months of work (in my spare time) & build a handful of Digital Rental Properties that each produce $500-$2,000 checks every single month afterward (AKA recurring income).
And the cool part is that you can do it in a lot less time than 3-months (I personally did it in my first 2 weeks of being a Digital Landlord).
Unlike with MLMs, you can do it from anywhere in the world, so it’s a genuine “laptop-lifestyle” business.
All you need is an internet connection.
Some of my friends are Digital Landlords that run their 6-figure businesses from:
- Camping trips at national parks
- Beachfront in Hawaii
- On the road in a camper van (with a pet pig!)
They focus on living an enjoyable life first, and focus on income second. All thanks to this program.
They can take weeks or months off, and money keeps rolling in.
Living happily is the top priority.
If the thought of living perpetually at your dream vacation spot interests you, being a Digital Landlord might be for you!
What’s My #1 Recommended Business Model In 2022?
I’ve personally tried all of the major online business models:
- I’ve sold fidget spinners through Amazon FBA
- I’ve dropshipped a toilet bowl putting green on Shopify
- I’ve sold women’s health supplements via Clickbank affiliate marketing
And I made money with all of them, so trust me when I say: there is no “perfect” business model.
I’ve also been on the other side of old friends trying to sell me their fancy new MLM products.
That being said, my #1 recommendation for making real money online is, hands-down: being a Digital Landlord.
Whether you’re a complete newbie or you’ve been around the block before but have never had that “big win” to propel you forward, becoming a Digital Landlord is for you.
Time: If you’ve got a spare hour or two each day, you can do this. If you want to drop everything and go all-in, you can do this. More time obviously means faster results, but even putting in a few hours per day is enough to see real success.
And because of that flexibility, you don’t need to trade your time for money. Once the income starts, it’s recurring.
That means you can take a month off, travel the country, pursue a passion project, chill on the beach, or charter a boat across the world.
But you can only do that once you’ve created an income stream that doesn’t require YOU to be there all day, every day.
Ownership & Control: With MLMs, you don’t really “own” anything – everything belongs to the MLM.
If you read the contracts, they can kick you out or change your commission at any time (it’s happened recently in a few high-profile MLM cases).
Why pour your soul into a business that could be taken away from you at the drop of a dime?
When you’re a Digital Landlord, you literally own all of the assets, which means you have ultimate control.
Big Margins: With MLMs, you’re often going to have really slim margins. That means you need to have a VERY large network to make serious money. This usually entails spending A LOT of money on ads and other methods for recruiting members.
Being a Digital Landlord, your profit margin is nearly 100%. Watch here to learn how.
Just a reminder: these Digital Rental Properties are worth (at a minimum) $500/mo in semi-passive income. And each time you create another one, your income increases, and the effort put into creating the next property decreases.
Best-case scenario, you have properties bringing in over $3,000+/mo on auto-pilot.
It’s Effectively Copy-Paste: Here’s my favorite part: once you have your first Digital Rental Property up, you can literally copy-paste another version of it and find another willing “renter” in a few days. DOUBLING your income doesn’t get much easier than that…
If you wanted to double your income with an MLM, you would need to sell twice as much inventory. And I can guarantee you, that’s a lot harder than a few clicks & a phone call.
You’re Helping REAL People: My biggest gripe with MLMs is that you’re likely going to ruin your personal relationships.
The MLM may have convinced you that you’re actually helping people, but it’s often not really true.
But when you’re a Digital Landlord, you’re helping solve REAL problems that people are ASKING for help with:
Small local businesses around the world need one thing: customers. Without them, their business would fall apart. If you can provide those customers, they’re going to be really happy – and they’re going to pay you for it.
You’re helping a struggling mother or father put food on the table for their families, put their kids through college, or simply live life a little bit more comfortably.
Having this type of impact on the world is what will help you sleep soundly at night.
So, the rest is up to you. You could keep looking at other MLM programs like Beachbody, which might make you money 12 months from now.
You could keep researching and researching for the next few months (or few years), never making a concrete decision.
OR, you can look deep inside, think about those dreams, hopes, & desires, and make the decision to ACTUALLY make it happen, just like it has for thousands of other students before you.
Making a fortune while actually helping real people that need it.
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