Questions I Get About Coaching

I love the questions I get asked about what I do. I’ve answered them here—honestly, but with some humor.

Q. Aren’t you worried Beachbody is going to disappear?
A. Yeah, totally I am. People have been asking me this for 15 years now…come on!

Q. I heard people are leaving Beachbody for other businesses.
A. People change and grow—follow your dreams not my dreams! At the core, we are going nowhere—that’s why we continue to follow up with you every month, every week, every day. We are solution-based, help-based, support-based, vision-based, not one-and-done, not in-and-out.

Q. How’s the pyramid thing going?
A. Pretty good…how’s your Monday morning commute in traffic? Text me when you get there—I am worried about you being out there with all the traffic and crazy angry morning commuters. Me? I’m all good—I just stepped over my laundry and almost tripped spilling my shake all over the place!

Q. How much can I make?
A. How bad do you want it? How much drive and passion do you have? How much are you willing to risk? The income is what you make of it. It’s no guaranteed paycheck every two weeks, you can’t just check in and collect a paycheck, your income can be more then the 3% you might get each year as a raise, your income can be more than your “boss” because you can be compensated on your success.

Q. Are you traveling on vacation again?
A. Um, traveling yes, vacation never. I always work. Not not all day in a cubicle or an office for one or two weeks of vacation—I work every day whether I am at home, in plane, in a different country, snowboarding, at the beach. Whether it’s Monday, Thursday or Sunday. Make no mistake—I SET MY SCHEDULE! I earned the right to do that.

Q. Is coaching easy?
A. In one word—NO. It’s work. It involves caring, emotions, weight loss, health, nutrition, commitment and consistency. So, is it easy? HELL, NO. But, it is rewarding, fun, and seems easy at times!

Q. You have all the time in the world—you work at home.
A. I have the same 24 hours you do. I choose different risks and different ways to spend my time. I started with Beachbody riding a skateboard to and from the office with no car AND I got in the office before everyone else getting my boss coffee who was wayyy younger then me. Let me know where I can serve you your slice humble pie.

Q. Do you even work?
A. Sometimes I don’t think I do. Other times I want to pull my hair out while asking myself in my head after I have responded to the same person 20x and had phone calls with them—WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED FOR ME TO DO TO SHOW YOU I WANT TO HELP YOU????

Q. Yeah, but how much does it cost to be in a group with you?
A. WAY less than I am worth. I’m not afraid to tell you that. And, less than your health, happiness, and future are worth.

Q. How did you get so lucky?
A. (After I stop laughing…) Luck had nothing to do with it. You have no idea what I have done, given up, risked, and worked on to be doing what I am doing.

Q. What’s the No. 1 thing I need to do to be successful?
A. FAIL. Failing requires action, action produces knowledge, knowledge reduces fear, fear can kiss my ass.

Q. Okay, what’s No. 2?
A. Trust systems, be organized, set goals, dream big and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have a foundation to help others.

Q. What’s the biggest mistakes you see or have made?
A. People being who they are NOT. There is only one you—OWN THAT! Be authentic—quit FAKING IT, and trying to play to audience rather than being yourself. Trust me, fakeness will always surface. You can’t hide it.

Jealousy is improper focus. Stay in your lane and don’t worry about what other coaches have or don’t have. That is just wasted energy that you could have used to thrive.

Too many people want to overcomplicate things. Simplicity wins in helping people.

If I did not show up every day authentically and genuinely care, show people what I do, how I do it, when I do it, and how it helps me, the team, the community and other people, then how in the world could I ever expect anyone else to trust me and see my value (AKA it cost way less then I am worth!)???

Q. So I have to get product monthly? Workout daily? Eat well and drink a shake daily?
A. Nah, you should only be worried about your fitness, health, and future for 21 days…30 days max. Then, you are all set. I am a miracle worker! NOT. I mean, come on… YES! You did everything, but that, before. It’s time to switch things up, don’t you think? Think Start Date, no End date, Continuous.

Q. What has been your No. 1 benefit of being a coach?
A. There are so many—from helping others all over the world, to helping myself evolve as a person, to meeting so many people I would have never been able to be friends with, to the ultimate of having time freedom. The No. 1 thing is hands down—freedom of my time. It has afforded me the financial means to drop everything at a dime and be there for the people I love at any moment, at any place, for as long as they need me, and THIS has made me a better person.

Q. Yeah, but can I really create a business and earn a good income coaching?
A. Hmm, it’s all Monopoly money. The cool thing is when I pay my bills, the bank, my rent, for my cars, and whenever I go anywhere to buy something, they all accept Monopoly money. When did this change??? It’s work—you get paid.

Q. Is coaching glamorous? Your life seems perfect.
A. BAHAHAHA…then you do not follow me enough. I post about it all the time. I struggle, I have bed head, I have issues gaining weight, sometimes I want to stay in bed, people tell me NO all the time, I have bills, I can be lonely, I’m single, life can seem like it sucks sometimes, so I am not sure about this “perfect” life you speak of. But, on the flip side, I also have wonderful friends, family, and I do live in Santa Monica SUPER close to the beach. Great days…bad moments! Nothing is perfect!

Q. If you did all over again, would you still coach, work at Beachbody, and for Beachbody?
A. I bleed blue. I have since the first phone call in 2004. Beachbody has always been family for me. Some days you fight and disagree with family, but you never turn your back on them! NEVER—and that goes both ways.

Q. Should I become a coach?
A. Why should you NOT become a coach? Do you want to help others? Do you want to play it forward? Do you dream big? Are you waiting for someone to believe in you—someone to give you an opportunity so you can prove to others your greatness? Are you ready to work? You want to fail, but are driven by passion and vision? Are you happy with where you are now? Are you ready to do what you have to do to create a change in your life?

Any other questions???

Learning, Growing and Evolving-It’s a Must for Success!

Learning, Growing And Evolving-It’s A Must For Success!

Learning, growing and evolving it’s a must for success. 

 If you are not, you are staying the same, you are falling behind.  


Where do you start, how do you know what you need now? Who do you listen to?   

This past weekend I had the pleasure to participate in a personal development event for leaders.   It’s a leadership event you cannot buy into with money, but you can with sweat equity, hard work and results. I look forward to this event every year as it’s elevated access to people and knowledge. With this event I had to earn the right to be called a leader by actually helping others achieve their own goals. Not my goals but theirs.  

This event is normally an in-person event, where relationships are built, not inside event rooms but in lobbies, hallways, restaurants, bars, the hotel gym and at the pool.   All opportunities to meet with people that can and do level up my life and business, not only in that weekend but the future. The moments where I can pick up a phone; call, test or email. Ask for advice, get an ear, bounce an idea off of or even to be coached.  

At this event I had access to corporate executives giving vision, announcing new products and marketing plans for the upcoming year. Guest keynote speakers including Cynthia MarshallCEO of the Dallas MavericksFounder – Marshalling Resource. Glennon DoyleNew York Times Bestselling Author of UNTAMED and Jay Shetty; Bestselling Author. Podcast Host. Former Monk. Purpose Coach 

Then it was on to other leaders in my in industry sharing exactly what has worked and is working for them; marketing plans and strategies, customer relationships, sales, finding new, restoring the old and unempowering current team members and customers. With added leadership systems, mindset hacks and systems to overcome challenges and to increase growth.  

That accessknowledge and help was earned, it had a price, not a cost. That price was to accept I needed help.   I needed to work on me before I could work with and on others. This all started with taking action on my own personal development.  

How do you start and where? 

That starts with your goals. 

Taking inventory: 

What are your goals?

What skills do you have to reach them?

What do you lack in order to achieve them? 

What will you need in-order to thrive, appreciate and feel amazing once you achieve those goals?

Knowing that helps you know what you need and where to start!  

Be careful with the biggest pitfall of Personal Development: OVER developing and under acting.  

Too many people listen to hour long podcasts and then do 10 mins of work. Do hours of company training and online courses and then do one hour of actual revenue producing activities. Go to weekend seminars, take copious number of notes to only sign up for the next seminar.  

Action always wins! 


 Right foot is for ACTION 

Left foot is for training/personal development 

If you over do one, you walk in a circle and get wound too tight in one direction without ever moving forward. You will then have to unwind yourself by over doing the other direction 

However much time you spend on training you have to spend equal amount in revenue building activities, or you will be the smartest person in the room with the least amount of revenue. 



Mike Karpenko

I named our coaching team UNBREAKABLE because I wanted to help people who felt broken in their health and income. I was warned not to use a negative term in name but I refused. Its because it was how I felt – broken – and it was what I wanted to UNBREAKABLE. + I was […]

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