I am just recently back from Los Angeles and the Beachbody Coach Summit conference. What an experience that was!
This trip gave me a chance not only to meet the celebrity trainers but also so many people that I have met through social media but have never met in person. I met my sister Rhonda there and also gave us an opportunity to spend some time together.
One of my the first adventures was the a 3 hour tour to the Beachbody headquarters in Santa Monica. The office building has numerous windows and natural light and just an overall feeling of positivity. A few interesting stats that I found out.
A potential candidate needs to pass 15 interviews before they are hired by Beachbody. That really showed me that they care about having the best work there. I am sure that is a huge contributing factor in receiving the A+ rating from the BBB. Another was the explosive growth, going from 365ish employees at the beginning of the year to 517 at the time of my visit. This in a time where many companies are laying off employees and struggling to stay afloat. I was also blown away at the display wall that presented all 70 super food ingredients that are in Shakeology. I was even more impressed after listening to Isabelle Daikeler and Darin Olien, co-creators of Shakeology, and Dr. Bill Wheeler in a break-out session. I would later find out the announcement of the new Shakeology flavor; TROPICAL!
From there it was on to the invitation only Success Club celebration. This is where I was able to get my first picture with Tony Horton. He is the man behind P90X and the program that really helped me changed my mindset towards fitness and health. I also got my picture with Shaun T from Asylum and INSANITY. It was entertaining seeing my sister Rhonda light up when she was able to meet him. INSANITY was her first Beachbody program like P90X was mine.
Before we had much time to catch our breath it was time for the “main event” and a group workout with Tony Horton. I got in line early so I could get up front. He had us doing many moves from the new P90X2 that is coming out this Fall. I was plenty sore and had a few rug burns for souvenirs. It was a surreal experience.
A very quick shower and BAM it was over to the Diamond reception at the LA Conga Room at LA Live. There was a live band and a chance for another photo opp with Tony and Shaun T. Then I let my hair down and had a great time!
Just when I thought the energy high couldn’t get any higher, it was up early at 6:00 AM for an outdoor group workout with all of the celebrity trainers and 2,500 coaches from across the country. The LA news was there to interview CEO Carl Daikeler and a few of the coaches. It was crazy and crowded. Let’s just say it was a little stinky by the time we are done with the workouts.
More breakout sessions, more socializing and collaboration with other coaches then it was time for the Awards Ceremony and dinner. I met quite a few others with very inspiring weight loss stories. The last day it was a few more sessions and Carl closed it out with a very passionate message on ending the trend of obesity. He listed off some stats that really were shocking.
Overall, it was such a worthwhile experience. The main take away for me was how truly passionate and real Carl was and what Beachbody truly presents. I’m very excited for P90X2, Tropical Shakeology and helping others get healthy and fit! I am already registered the next Coach Summit in Las Vegas in June of 2012!