Balancing Geek Fitness and Craft Beer

My friend and personal Coach posted something on her Facebook a few days ago that really resonated with me. This is from her post and I hope she doesn’t slay me for sharing, but this really has been me for the past two years.


“The fact is, I feel guilt, because I KNOW I’m not taking my business as balls to the wall as I used to, and I guess I’m afraid of being called out on it. But, you know what? Maybe I NEED to be!”


She’s talking about her Beachbody business, and that’s also how I feel about mine. Most of you reading this know I’ve been a Team Beachbody Coach for about six years. I originally signed up to get awesome workouts at a huge discount, but after being laid off in 2011 and going through some weight gain I realized the potential to not only help myself financially, but help others. That became my mission, and I was GOOD at it. Even now when I feel like a complete and utter failure I look at the $258 that hit my account yesterday and think “Damn, even in this rut that’s a freaking car payment!” It was my full time job for several years and I made a good income at it. I grew a team of 12 people that all rocked and were changing lives. Then, I lost my focus. 


Back at the end of 2013 my wife and I started to go full steam toward our vision of creating a craft beer gaming pub in Orlando. I knew it would affect my Beachbody business, but I didn’t know it would have such a huge impact on it, or me. I was spending 2-3 hours a day answering messages, planning workout and nutrition accountability groups, shooting vlogs, and even helping people locally in their homes. Today I’m lucky to have 2-3 hours a week, and that time is usually spent weeding through my Facebook messages. On the days I get to work early and tell myself I have an hour to finally get my feet back under me something like a fryer breaks, beer lines won’t pour, someone calls out sick, just something. That immediately throws off my whole day and it’s so easy to just ignore an MLM if you’re not taking is seriously. I always have the fact that the Cloak has people I have to face every day vs Beachbody where most of my clients are online behind a keyboard. 


More than anything, though, I’ve taken away essentially all of the time I used to have building my team and helping people, and that’s what I need to finally be called out on. So, I’m gonna call myself out on it. In the past two years I went from having an awesome team of twelve people to a team of five, most of whom aren’t very active and definitely aren’t feeling the team spirit we used to have. Part of not “taking my business as balls to the wall as I used to” is letting down the people that decided to take a risk and follow me, and I’ve essentially let them all down. 


I know I’ll be going to the Beachbody Summit for the first time in two years, and I’m excited for that. I’ve also started to gear how I help people more toward gaming with my Level Up Fitness Quests. This has me excited and it’s something I can easily incorporate into what I do every day, anyway. I hope it’s the kick in the pants I need to really start to focus, because honestly I would love to self-fund the next expansion of the Cloak & Blaster by helping people get healthy and fit. 


Markus is the co-owner of the Cloak & Blaster gaming pub in Orlando, FL. He's a former personal trainer and Space Shuttle Engineer. He's currently married to the lovely Geek Fit Girl.

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