Meet Mike Goerzen
Certified Trainer, Health Coach, and Business Mentor
Mike Goerzen is a husband, father, certified personal trainer, and Star Diamond Beachbody Coach living in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island. He enjoys playing hockey, getting frustrated on the golf course, and continuing to develop himself physically and mentally.
“Being overweight as a kid led to being bullied and having a negative self image. I don’t want my kids to go through that, so I’m setting the best example I can. And if I can motivate others along the way, even better!”
Having grown up as an overweight, out of shape kid, Mike decided he wanted his kids to not have to go through the same challenges he did. He became passionate about health and fitness, transforming himself and now acting as a role model not only for his family, but also for the many people that follow him on social media.
January 1, 2013: 6 months away from his 40th birthday. Milestone birthdays like that always seem to make you reflect on things. For Mike, he reflected on his fitness level and what example he was setting for his kids. Ever since he was a kid he was overweight and not the most athletic of people. Knowing that he had to make some lifestyle changes, he set a goal of losing 40lbs by his 40th birthday.
“When I told people I was going to lose 40lbs by my 40th birthday, they thought I was crazy. They didn’t believe that kind of transformation was possible.”
To get results he had never gotten before, Mike needed to do something different. So he went all-in with programs from Beachbody. Guided workouts on video, nutrition plans, and Shakeology every day. By his 40th birthday he had lost 42lbs and felt better than ever! Mike continued with the programs and lost an additional 10lbs, taking his full weight loss to 52lbs.
After Mike started to get noticeable results, people kept asking him what he was doing and how they could do it too. So, he happily referred those people to Beachbody. It wasn’t until a bit later that he realized the coaching opportunity was available to Canadians and began to research what it was all about.
“My focus is helping our team of coaches succeed. I enjoy helping them stay accountable, developing strategies with them, and providing ongoing training and support.”
Mike’s background is in business and marketing. He holds an MBA from the prestigious Queen’s University and has close to 20 years of marketing experience in a corporate environment. Looking at the coach business opportunity, Mike used his business savvy to evaluate it. At first, it made sense to become a coach simply for the 25% discount coaches receive. That would reduce his monthly Shakeology cost by about $25. But as he thought about all the people he was inspiring and then referring to Beachbody, he began to see how he could earn a nice side income as a coach as well.
Mike signed up as a coach at the very end of June, 2013 and began coaching in earnest on July 1st. He quickly became an Emerald coach (interestingly on his 40th birthday – the date that drove his weight loss goal), and began to help people. Since then, Mike has grown his team and business. He is now a Star Diamond coach, a leader within various coach groups, all while continuing to help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals.