Friday, December 23, 2016

Because The Gym Isn't For Everyone

I've been a long-time, workout-at-home type of guy, even when I worked IN the gym as a trainer.

Yes, just because you're a trainer doesn't mean that you workout all the time at the gym you work in.

When I first started, I opted to workout before the gym was open, and I had the gym to myself before the front door was unlocked. It was great because I had no times to wait for people to open up a bench rack or use a set of dumbbells.

When I moved to Ohio, I had a similar setup where I could train at the gym I worked at, well before it was open up for private training. It was a private training facility with no memberships, just private sessions lined up for clients and athletes.  Once again, it was a nice perk to have a gym to my own without any interruptions.

My next job in MN turned out to be a great gym to workout in, however when fitness membership climbed rapidly, I couldn't get in a solid workout without an interruption.  I liked to try workouts with set rest periods and such, and I would see those rest periods or super-set routines get interrupted by members often.  They didn't realize that I was 'off the clock' and would bother me for some help with a machine or problem in how to operate it right.  This would happen so often, I ended up buying my own home equipment and just doing stuff at home. The only workouts I would do would be on a high speed treadmill back at the center. No one would seem to bother me on that one, but with free weights and machines, it was a different story.

I also got into kettlebells around that time and when the opportunity rose for me to get into my own private training business, I rented out a racquetball court and once again, had more available time to myself for uninterrupted workouts.

When I got out of the training field full-time, I still had my kettlebells and other training devices, so it was pretty easy to still keep doing at-home workouts.

Why? "Because Kettlebells."

Honestly, kettlebells have been with me since I've started with them.  What looked like an odd thing to do became a wonderful tool to use for an odd thing like me. :)  I loved how they really connected strength & power together with the movements and exercises you can perform with them.

After a few years, I went through a phase of the Beachbody programs like P90X and Insanity, enjoying the new workouts and even got into selling them. However, I grew tired of the endless shilling and marketing and over-hyped programs, also getting concerned about the safety of some of them, too. The Insanity program left my shins feeling shot to hell.  (Maybe dance instructors shouldn't be pushing programs as athletic performance/fitness? That's another topic for another day!)

I left that side of things when I realized that people were selling used copies for $20-30 and it was harder to sell $120 packages with all that happening. All it took was a cousin or neighbor to have a copy that they didn't want any more and sell it for $25 as a steal.

I also needed more control over what I was doing instead of blindly following a program for 90 days. This hit me when my running was affected and my workout time was eaten up by a 60 minute DVD I popped in, especially when I was working two jobs as a custodian and coach. I needed something more ideal and time-saving.

That's when Home Workout Revolution was discovered and it hit the target perfectly.  It complimented my running schedules and plans, so I could get in some solid track workouts, but also have time for 10-20 minute, total body routines to keep me strong and active. Also, I noticed I could sell it as a straight-up affiliate, no goofy business 'opportunity' to buy into in order to get it for less.

Honestly, I didn't like the way Beachbody was setup either, as an 'independent coach' business opportunity.  $15/month just to have a site, plus have so much in "PV" points so you feel forced into buying stuff in case you don't sell anything? I was spending almost $70 a month just to have the 'right' to 'sell'.  Should've caught onto it earlier.

I didn't like that kind of pressure and nature of it after almost 2 years of putting up with it. It went nowhere. One sale. ONE.  What an 'opportunity'.

When I decided to sell stuff privately as an affiliate, like I do with HWR, I actually made more money on one sale of that, than I did off of any Beachbody sale I made.

I've decided the affiliate route is best to sell for at-home fitness programs, its why I chose HWR and Workout Finishers as well, plus Kettlebell Evolution.  They already have their own websites to sell the program, I simply lead customers to their links.  Works pretty slick, if you ask me.

Once I sell it, it's done.  Maybe the trainer will send you things through their contact list of customers, but that's it.  Enjoy the workouts and don't worry about being harassed to sell others tied to the company.

On the supplement side, I went with AdvoCare because of their different makeup as a business opportunity.  For me, with Beachbody, you felt pressured into selling the 'business coaching system' as the only way to really sell products to people.  I like AdvoCare's setup because you can buy it as a retail customer, or as a Preferred Customer with a low yearly membership that you will easily get back with savings on the products.  PC's can also become a Distributor like me if they want to upgrade, really leaving it up to the consumer as to what they want to do. 

All in all, the at-home workout has always been a go-to option for me.  It doesn't keep me away from the regular gym though.  I still enjoy lifting heavy and getting in a good workout with a treadmill run or killer barbell/dumbbell routine.

The beauty of the at-home workout gym/area at least gives you the option of getting in that workout you desire.  It keeps you on track and helps you get closer to what your end result will become.

If you want help in going over your at-home fitness plan, get in touch! 

Success Starts Here!

Coach Rick Karboviak
Home Workouts Plus!

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