Beachbody Review (MLM or Pyramid Scheme Scam?)

The Muscle Beach, located in Santa Monica, California is one the few beaches known for having training and exercise equipment like pull-ups and monkey bars, which you normally see in parks. It is a site where normal people do their exercises regularly and is also a famous spot for body builders since it’s near the beach. Bodybuilding and muscle flexing at the same time (what a sight it is), and Beachbody took advantage of that fact and built their headquarters near the said beach.

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Beachbody is a health and fitness centric company established by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon in 1998. They were first a company that sells health and dietary supplements through infomercials. For those who don’t know what that is, it is basically a commercial where one company promotes their products on national television. And later became Team Beachbody, an MLM company, in 2014 when the income generated by distributors are much more than the older model (doing infomercials). 

Their mission is to “help people achieve their goals and enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life”, and if you’re one of those people who wants to find a program that fits your needs and goals, then Beachbody is there to help and serve you. With numerous different programs to offer for each and every joiner, together with the aid of their supplements, you can achieve every goal that you set, from weight loss to abs and even butt muscles if you wanted to. 

The said fitness programs are burnt on CD’s and are available for purchase whenever you plan to try it out yourselves. You might find it shocking enough but no, those you will see as your online trainers are those well-known fitness gym instructors that you might have seen in magazines or even on television. To name a few are Tony Horton, with their most famous P90X Program and Shaun T with the Insanity Max:30 Program.

It costs $39.95 to become a Team Beachbody Coach, and a monthly fee of $15.95. This monthly fee covers your personalized website and back-end operations. This includes a starter kit, welcome book, 30-day access to your online office and business tools and paraphernalias to help you keep track and manage your business. They also offer challenge packs that range from $140-$305 to kick start your business. It includes different supplements and products. 

Like all MLM companies out there, you can earn with Beachbody through retail commissions. They can earn a good amount of 25% commission of their retail sales whenever they sell a Beachbody product which is the average percentage for most MLMs out there, a corresponding incentive on each challenge pack they sell and a 50% commission when they get a new  member to subscribe to their team beachbody membership. 

They also have recruitment commissions which will never be absent in any MLM setup. These commissions are based on what challenge pack your newly recruited affiliate member buys. Commission ranges from $40 upto $105. And then there’s Shakeology autoship commission where you get $30 when your newly recruited affiliate member also avails the autoship program that costs $119.95 a month, and this only applies if that member also bought a challenge pack.

Their residual commission is based on a binary point system structure. Sales volume is tracked on both sides so both legs need to perform. They need to have a total of 5000 points on both legs to earn commissions. If you generated more than 5000 points, that’s better because for every 5000 points, you’ll earn $18-24 depending on what rank you’re in. I don’t know how they give points to their products but that 5000 is a big amount in my opinion to only have that cheap commission.

Some allegations are attached with Beachbody. In 2013, Consumer Labs released a report about their Shakeology Greenberry about being not approved due to findings of lead contamination, but they denied the claim. In 2017, they paid $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit from the city of Santa Monica over automated credit card renewals. So it’s not all sunshines and butterflies for them when they decide to open up an HQ in this place which everyone has thought to be beneficial for them.

All in all, Beachbody is not a scam. It is an MLM company that offers weight loss and bodybuilding programs together with their weight loss supplements and wheys, protein shakes and bars, and many more. The sad part is that they focus on recruiting. They even need to recruit in order to climb up in ranks, which is harder than achieving retail sales. Recruiting friends and family into this kind of setup may jeopardize your relationship with them so think it over.

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