Have you seen those social media posts by Team Beachbody Coaches promoting better health and fitness in just a few weeks?
If you’re curious what they’re about, they’re talking about Challenge Groups, online fitness groups run by Coaches to support people through programs like 80 Day Obsession, 21 Day Fix, P90X, INSANITY, and LIIFT4. And they’re gaining in popularity because they work!
That’s because camaraderie, goal setting, and daily support all play a huge role in helping you stay accountable and ultimately reach your goals… whether your goal is eating better, working out more, losing weight, or a mix of all three.
That’s why Team Beachbody Coaches invite you to their Challenge Groups — they want to help. That’s their job. Whether you’re thinking about joining a Beachbody Challenge Group or even leading one, here’s what you need to know to get started.
What Is a Challenge Group?
The #1 secret to success with any fitness and nutrition program is staying accountable to your health and fitness goals — and that’s exactly what Challenge Groups help you do. Challenge Groups are led by Team Beachbody Coaches and comprise people just like you who have all committed to getting healthy and fit.
“Challenge Groups are where we have the opportunity to make a major impact on peoples’ lives. [They help] people develop healthy lifestyle habits,” says Team Beachbody Coach Micah Folsom.
These groups are most often hosted on Beachbody’s exclusive My Challenge Tracker app or on Facebook and focus on three main areas:
Ever heard the phrase, “Results are made in the kitchen?” It’s true. To lose weight or build muscle following any workout regimen, it’s important to dial in your nutrition, and drinking Shakeology — Beachbody’s superfood nutrition shake — can help.
Most of us don’t eat in a way that allows us to get the nutrition we need just from our food, and new changes to our diet or exercise habits can increase the demands on our bodies.
That’s why Shakeology is so critical to your Challenge Group journey. It helps address nutritional gaps in our diets and helps build the strong nutritional foundation we need to feel better. And when we feel better, we do better, making smarter choices and taking on bigger challenges. And, you can track it through the My Challenge Tracker app too.
Whether you’re a meal-prep pro or you’ve never cooked a thing in your life, your Team Beachbody Coach is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the nutrition part of the challenge. And if you hate kale, they won’t make you eat it, we promise.
Challenge Groups often focus on one Beachbody fitness program at a time such as P90X or 21 Day Fix. All Beachbody fitness programs include a workout calendar developed by certified fitness professionals. The goal of the program is to help you get the best results while also building in recovery time.
Your Team Beachbody Coach will guide you through the workout calendar, show you how to stream your workouts instantly on Beachbody On Demand, and check in on your progress throughout your journey.
Support is key to staying accountable. That’s why Team Beachbody Coaches, and often your fellow challengers, play a major role in helping you reach your health and fitness goals.
Throughout the duration of the challenge, your Coach will check in on you daily, start conversations, and share tips to help you make it to the end.
Why Challenge Groups Work
Studies have found that weight-loss programs that involve a third party that holds you accountable, as opposed to you going it alone, may significantly improve your chances of reaching your goals.
Research by the International Journal of Consumer Studies also found that social-networking groups provide four main types of support: emotional, instrumental, informational, and affirmation.
Trust and empathy are often huge factors in a person’s weight-loss journey. Team Beachbody Coaches can help create a safe, non-judgmental environment for you to ask questions and provide emotional support along the way.
As a result, Challenge Groups are great for both beginners as well as those who never miss a chance to work out.
Coaches provide their challengers with assignments, worksheets, and tools to lead them to success. Challengers are encouraged to actively engage with the group on a daily basis by uploading post-workout selfies, meal-prep photos, and more.
There are more than 30 Beachbody workout programs, and there’s sure to be at least one that will fit your fitness needs and preferences. Team Beachbody Coaches are there to give you the information you need to not only understand the program you’re following but also to help you select the program that’s right for you to reach your specific goals.
Sticking to a challenge takes dedication, and participating in a Challenge Group gives you the affirmation you need to keep going. Missed a workout? Didn’t stick to the meal plan for a few days?
Your Challenge Group and your Team Beachbody Coach can help give you the motivation you need to pick up where you left off. Once you’ve completed the Challenge Group, your Coach can help you choose your next program so you can maintain your results.
In a world with countless distractions, a Challenge Group is a place where you can focus 100 percent on your goals and feel supported as you strive to reach them.
How to Join a Challenge Group
There are several ways to join a Challenge Group. The most important step is to find a Team Beachbody Coach. A Coach is a customer just like you who got great results with a Beachbody program and wants to help others.
Not sure if you have a Coach? If you’re a Beachbody On Demand member, visit the “My Account” page on TeamBeachbody.com and use your Beachbody On Demand login to find out who your Coach is.
If you don’t have a Team Beachbody Coach, here are two easy ways to get one:
1. Message the person who posted about Shakeology, a Beachbody program, or a Challenge Group
If you know someone who has posted about Shakeology, a Beachbody program, or a Challenge Group, reach out to them! They may be a Team Beachbody Coach or, if not, they might know someone who is.
Even if you haven’t spoken to them in years, or they’re someone you don’t know but have been following on Instagram, they’ll gladly guide you to a Challenge Group that’s right for you.
2. Purchase a Challenge Pack
Another approach is to get a Challenge Pack: The Annual Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack provides you with all the tools you need to crush your goals.
It includes a full year of unlimited workouts on Beachbody On Demand, a 30-day supply of Shakeology to help you build a strong nutritional foundation, and of course, a Team Beachbody Coach. Click here to get a Challenge Pack and get started!