First off, please introduce yourself and give a little bit of background on the work that you do.

My name is Gary Thurber and I started with Beachbody in January of 2013. It was halfway through my senior year of college, and I noticed myself not having as much energy as I used to, making poor eating choices, and slacking on working out and going to the gym (I didn’t have anyone to go with, which, for anyone who goes to the gym, finding a gym buddy is half the battle in my opinion). My friend had recently started with Beachbody and thought that I could benefit from the positive atmosphere and their products. I had always wanted to do Insanity, so I took a leap of faith and became a coach with Insanity and Shakeology. I didn’t know what Shakeology was, besides something that would help lower my cholesterol (which was a big attraction for me, since I had just found out that my cholesterol was almost 300, and I was 21).

Can you give us a little bit of history on the Beachbody company and their products?

Beachbody started in 1998 by Carl Daikeler (CEO) and Jon Congdon. Beachbody is a health and wellness company that is driven to end the trend of obesity. There are many different workout programs, such as P90X and Insanity, offered by world class trainers (like Shaun T and Tony Horton, just to name two). It is a growing company that is beginning to expand globally, and it is constantly upgrading and releasing new products to help end the trend. Shakeology is the daily dose of dense nutrition shake with over 70 superfoods in it (created in 2009) that I drink daily. Beachbody also offers a huge support network for people who are trying to stay motivated, which is one reason why it is so popular and effective.

Beachbody does a lot with supplements as well as fitness programs. How does someone determine what is the right product for them?

This is where a coach will be able to help someone. People often buy products on impulse, thinking they can do extremely intense workouts after not working out for 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, some can, but most of those products end up collecting dust on the shelf after the person does the first workout and gets discouraged.

As a coach, I would help the person determine what would be the best fit by getting to know what their goals are, what their current fitness level is, how their current eating habits are, how long they have to dedicate to working out each day, and what level of intensity they think they can handle.

Shakeology is a meal replacement shake (for those who say they like getting their nutrients from food, so do I. But we often don’t get the correct amount of nutrients each day, which is where Shakeology comes in) that contains the daily amount of nutrients our bodies need each day. You drink one shake a day as either a meal replacement or a ‘snack’. This is also based on the person’s needs or what they struggle with. If someone does not have energy in the morning and finds themselves going to Dunkin Donuts every day for an iced coffee and a bagel with cream cheese, I would suggest replacing breakfast with Shakeology because they would be saving money and more importantly putting something that is extremely beneficial for them in their body. For someone that has a tough time with late night eating, I may suggest drinking a shake around 7:30pm to help curb those cravings.

By definition, a supplement is an additional element that, in this case, someone should add to their fitness/dieting regiment. How are Beachbody customers educated to take care of themselves in addition to doing something like the Meal Replacement Shake or Shakeology?

All of the fitness programs come with a meal plan to go along with the workouts. Beachbody really lays out everything that you need to succeed with a program, including how much of each food category to eat as well as how much one portion is. There is also an online food plan that many people utilize.

In recent months, I have noticed that my social media feeds are being taken over by people doing and promoting Beachbody products. Is this more of a testament to how well it works or how much money people are able to make off of reselling these products?

100% proof of how well the Beachbody products work. When someone makes the commitment to themselves to become healthy and live a healthier lifestyle, they often need structure and a support system. Beachbody offers that support system. Personally, I am part of a team that runs challenge groups every month that keep people accountable to eating healthy and working out. Some of the stories that have come from these 21 day challenge groups have been mind blowing, including people who have lost 21 lbs and 18 lbs. There are far more stories I could talk about, like the person who has done 4 challenge groups with us in a row and is down 50 lbs, but I will get to the money aspect of this question as well.

There is no reselling the products. As coaches, we don’t carry any inventory. It is all about trying to help people select the tools they need to succeed, and support and motivate them to do that. This company allows people to be able to change the lives of others, as well as their own.

What do you consider to be the three most important elements of getting or staying fit?

The three most important elements of getting/staying fit are:

Nutrition-this part is essential regardless of whether you’re working out or not. Your body needs to be fueled properly each day. Many people are vitamin deficient, which leads to headaches and lack of energy throughout the day. (this is where Shakeology is key!)

Consistency-Small, seemingly inconsequential decisions made consistently over a period of time eventually compound into huge results. For any of you who have never read it before, go read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. There are many examples of what small actions done consistently over time will do for you (either beneficial or detrimental based on the decisions you make). I was able to hear Darren Hardy talk in person recently, and ever since then, making small, positive choices has become much easier

Working out-physical activity that gets you to sweat (workout program, cardio, a run, etc.) is extremely beneficial for you. It helps you tone your body, and releases endorphins that make you happier. You feel better about yourself, have more energy, are more alert, the list goes on.

(Water is also extremely extremely important, everyone should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces every single day! So a person weighing 150 lbs would aim to drink 75 oz of water—I could go more into this, but I was limited to 3!)

What advice do you have for others who are looking to get into shape?

Find out your why: why are you doing this deep down? Is it to make sure you are healthy to see your kids grow up? Or is it to get more energy? Whatever it is, you need to know why you are going to get into shape and keep that why in the forefront of your thoughts (it will help you push through on days where you don’t want to, and there will be those days, we’re human).

Set big goals: set big goals for yourself! Stop limiting yourself with excuses or what other people say or think! Will their opinions or your excuses get results for you? No. So stop letting them hinder you. Set a big goal as your goal right from the start and I promise you, you will not regret it. For instance, if I was 200 lbs and I wanted to be 175, would it be more beneficial for me to set a goal for me to get to 190 lbs and reach it or set a goal for me to get to 175 lbs and fail? I could reach my goal of 190 lbs and be 190 lbs. OR I could fail to reach my goal of 175 lbs and be 180. I would much rather fail and be at 180 than be successful and be at 190.

Make a commitment to yourself and be disciplined: commit to whatever plan you are doing 100%. Do not start something for a week and then quit because you lose interest or people’s opinions affect you. Have discipline: that could mean prepping your meals for the week on Sunday, scheduling a set time each day to work out, anything really. Planning is key to staying successful.

Get your significant other on board: Let them know that you are committing to this, or, even better, do it together! When you have the support of your loved one, it is much easier to continue on your fitness journey than if your partner is not on board and tempts you to make bad choices.

Lastly, know that you are worth the journey, and do not quit.