I recently returned from the Beachbody Leadership Summit in San Diego, where the top leaders in the company gather to connect, share ideas and network with each other and some of the celebrity trainers. I love the intimacy of the event—it’s small and you really get an opportunity to spend time with other leaders. And we also get an exclusive sneak peek at some of the new programs.
New Programs and Trainers
Not only did we get to work out LIVE to a Master’s Hammer and Chisel workout with Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev, we also found out about Tony Horton’s new program. Coming out in March 2016, Hard Corps 22 features 22-minute workouts that feature basic training moves. It is produced to look and feel like a true boot camp and I think it will resonate with those looking for a quick and challenging workout.
We also got to meet new trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews (formerly McDuffie) and work out with them in a live session. And Autumn led a 21 Day Fix Extreme session too. It was a great way to learn more about the programs and trainers that make Beachbody special.
Connecting, Sharing and Receiving
I love how open the elite trainers are at events like this. The leaders were vulnerable and shared on stage how they were reinventing themselves. They also shared some of the struggles they faced, even after they found success. I think we often forget that everyone struggles in business, no matter how successful we are or seem on the outside.
The Beachbody corporate team pampered us with a private party on the beach that included great food and music. They lavished us with gifts every time we returned to our rooms—an elite jacket, exclusive preview DVDs, a photo memory book from Summit and other thoughtful gifts. That aspect is so fun!
Since we live in different parts of the country, it’s energizing to be able to connect with one another in person, because it’s not something we get to do often. My business sponsor and her partner took a few of us to an amazing dinner at the Hotel Del. It was a great treat to be able to sit around the fire and talk about our businesses, our challenges and our families. And I’m running a training group with another friend for our coaches. We were able squeeze in some time together to record some of the training videos for them together—in person!
This retreat really helped me realize that I’m not much different from the other leaders in the company. We all have our successes and we all have our failures. The speakers at Leadership validated that it is okay to fall, but you need to pick yourself back up and even reinvent yourself when needed.
Overall, the Leadership Retreat wasn’t what I expected at all this time around. In fact, the vulnerability shown by the leaders who spoke made it quite a unique experience. They didn’t just promote how successful they’ve been. Instead, they really opened up and showed us how they were failing and what they were doing to come back from it. That means a lot, to be able to stand up in front of your peers and just be real and authentic. Everyone in the room benefited from that raw exchange.
I also made three very meaningful personal connections that I know will have a big impact on me, my business and my team. Even though the connections I made are coaches who are on different teams, I feel like we established a special bond that will help us all grow. I am looking forward to developing these friendships and business partnerships as we move our businesses to the next level.
The three connections are:
- A mom of four who is rocking her business. She shared her story on stage and it reminded me of when I was sharing my own story four years ago.
- A fitness trainer and fellow coach whom I met last year. She invited me to follow along on one of her challenges to find out more about the platform she uses to support her challengers.
- A mom who lives in Denver. She shares my goal of helping moms take better care of themselves to that they can be better at EVERYTHING they do.
As always, Leadership Summit was all about leaning and connecting so we can help our coaches grow their own businesses. I’m looking forward to implementing all I learned—stay tuned!