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Inside the Mind of Coach Josh!

Most people who know me through Beachbody know me as Coach Josh, Spence8, or P90X Coach Josh S, but not many people know what my real name is or who I really am. You all can get an idea of what kind of person I am through these posts, but I figured that this would be a good time to tell you all a little more about about me and my background, including how I have become so successful with everything I have done!

My real name is Josh Spencer, and I grew up in a small town in Ohio. As a young kid, I always enjoyed playing outside and hanging out with my friends, and never really played video games, which seems to be the common thing for kids to do anymore. I remember always playing baseball in the front yard, playing hide and seek with the neighbors, and sled-riding in the woods during winter (which might have been a little dangerous?). I was very active as a kid, and really enjoyed sports, especially baseball.

At a young age, my parents taught both my sister and I the importance of maintaining good morals and doing anything you can to help others. My parents were a very positive influence on us, and I’m very lucky to have grown up in a stable and encouraging household. They taught my sister and I to never give up, and always push ourselves to succeed with everything we did. If we failed at something, we learned, tried again, and did what it took to succeed with it. (Can you all start to see why I have been so successful with coaching and my transformation?) Mom and dad also always stressed that we should be confident in ourselves and never listen to anyone that tried to tear us down. Those were the people who were envious of what we had, and had to pick on others to cover up their own insecurities. Unfortunately, I was one of those kids who got picked on quite often. Luckily, I understood why others did this and didn’t let it get to me.

When I was 12 I got into travel baseball. Baseball was my desire, and both my parents and I knew that if I wanted to take my game to the next level, I needed to start traveling the nation and playing against top notch players. I was an average player at best when I got into this, but knew that I could be an elite player as long as I worked harder than everyone else, and that’s exactly what I did. We sought out professional hitting training, and I took what I learned from each lesson and practiced it every night. My father and I would go down in our basement and hit hundreds of balls off the tee a night, each time making sure that I was using proper form. There are still holes in the walls from the aftermath of wearing holes in my hitting net from hitting into it so much! After a few years of doing this, I started becoming a very good baseball player.

I’d like to share a quick story about how my hard work paid off. With hard work comes confidence, and that showed when I was at a hitting camp when I was about 15. About 30 of us were sitting in a circle, and the instructor said, “Raise your hand if you think you can get up here and hit 50 balls off the tee without hitting it once.” Out of all the kids, one raised their hand. Guess who it was? Yeah, it was me. I had done it thousands of times before, so why wouldn’t I be able to do it again? He said, “OK son, get up here and do it.” I got up, walked over to the tee, and hit 50 balls without hitting the tee once. Impressed, he said, “OK, now close your eyes and hit 50 more without hitting the tee.” I hadn’t done this before, but understood that muscle memory would play a huge role in hitting the ball, so I closed my eyes and hit 50 balls, never once hitting the tee. Very impressed, and now understanding my work ethic, he said, “I want you to now switch to the other side of the plate and hit left handed.” A little hesistant this time, I walked over to the other side of the plate, and hit about 15 balls without hitting the tee. He then turned me into a left handed hitter. He knew that once he taught me proper form with my left handed swing that I would go home and work on it every night, which is exactly what I did. After years of hard work, I was able to turn into a full-time left handed hitter, which is extremely beneficial for a right eye dominant player. During college baseball, I was able to receive numerous awards during my Junior and Senior years, including First Team All Conference, First Team All Region, First Team NCCAA, and the Ozzie Smith Gold Glove Award. I started out as an average player, but my work ethic, desire to succeed, and ability to learn from my failures took me to the top.

When I graduated college, I fell out of shape, which you all have probably heard (and seen) before. Baseball had ended, but I still kept up with my terrible eating habits. It reached a point where I had enough, and wanted to change the way I looked and felt about myself. That was when I found P90X. I was very impressed and knew that I could dedicate myself to both the diet and workouts and have an amazing transformation. My goal from the very beginning was to win the transformation contest, which is what I eventually did in January of 2009. I wanted to have a transformation that would impress the heck out of the world, and I think that I’ve achieved that.

After I went through a round of P90X, I knew my life had changed. I now had an extreme passion for fitness and to help others get into shape, and that’s when I decided to become a Beachbody Coach. I didn’t get into it to make money, but rather to help as many people change their lives with P90X and other Beachbody programs. I spent many hours doing research on diet, supplements, workouts, etc. so that I could give the people I coached excellent advice. I became so excited with helping others that I found myself spending more and more time every day learning about the business. It came to a point that I realized that I could make Beachbody coaching a full-time job! This literally would be a dream come true, because I could do something I loved and be able to support my family while doing it.

About 7 months into coaching was when I met Melinda, who is now my fiance. I knew I found someone special because not only did she support me with my dreams of becoming a full-time coach, she was the most caring and good-hearted person I had ever met! She understood that my life revolved around eating healthy, working out, and answering emails :), and wanted to join and support me with this lifelong commitment. It’s amazing being able to have someone there who supports your healthy eating habits, and is willing to make sacrifices just as you have. She then decided to do P90X with me. Since she has started, she has lost around 17lbs and is in excellent shape! She became a Beachbody coach like I have, and is ready to begin this amazing journey with me.

About 3 months ago was when I decided to make coaching a full time job. Since then, I have become one of the top coaches in the nation, and am currently number #5 in the Top Coach contest. I expect to be number one shortly. I am also one of the top recruiters in the nation, and have signed up about 30 new coaches in the past month and a half. The reason so many people are joining my team is because they my sense my passion for this business and understand the tremendous opportunity to make this a full-time job like I have. Plus, they understand that they will have my full support once they sign up. Becoming a Beachbody Coach is one of the best things I’ve ever done!

So now you have a brief summary of who I am, and why I am the way I am. I hope you learned from this post that with hard work, dedication, sacrifices, positive attitude, and desire to succeed, you can accomplish anything! It’s not a surprise that I have been successful with everything I do!

Coach Josh


  1. Chris /

    Great post coach! It’s cool that you shared this piece of your life with us. Shows us that you are an ordinary person who has achieved X-traordinary accomplishments through hard work and determination. It inspires me to do the same thing! Keep it up and thanks for all your support!

  2. Well said coach. I sometimes wish i had pursued baseball, because i have an excellent eye for the ball and can switch-hit effectively. But i started too young and lost interest because of how boring it was, i play soccer though and enjoy it.

    My plans are to complete the 90 days and more of p90x and be in the shape i need to play football next year for highschool. I know its gonna be hard and im ready to bring it. You are my inspiration.

  3. Christina /

    You sound like you were very motivated as a teen. I used to run track in highscool, go kayaking, and mountain biking with my step dad and mom every weekend (depending on weather). i was extremely active, but it seems like the older i got and after my mom and step dad divorced i didnt want to do anything. my life changed drastically. i moved from va beach to southwest va. away from all my friends and people who kept me motivated. i ended up getting married very young (18!) and now have a five month old at just the age of (19!) it seems crazy. i did not expect my life to turn out this way. my husband now supports me and he is doing p90x with me. you are lucky to have your fiance who is supportive. and even though your life in baseball didnt turn out the way you wanted, things happen for a reason. you probably would have never met melinda if that didnt happen. now you help so many people get in shape and feel good about themselves. thanks josh

  4. Dillon /

    keep doing what you are doing man, you are changing lives around the world…especially mine. You have been a huge inspiration, thanks Josh !

  5. Thanks man! I really appreciate it!

  6. Baseball actually turned out great for me! I got a college scholarship and won numerous awards during the junior and senior seasons! Anyways, I don’t think anyone expects their lives to turn out the way it did. Curveballs are thrown in all over the place! If someone would have come up to me and told me 3 years ago that I would have a full-time job helping others get into shape online, I probably would have laughed at them. I’m glad that you have the support from your husband, which is very important for your success. Like I said, I’m very lucky to have met Melinda, who supports me with everything I do! Keep me updated on your progress and let me know if you need help with anything.

  7. Just remember that you can achieve anything you set your mind to! I actually want you to go out and purchase a book called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. I know that you might not be into reading books at your age, but this is a book that I read when I was young as well and it changed my life!

  8. Thanks bro!

  9. Hey josh were you good enough to go to the professions

  10. I injured my shoulder pretty badly during my freshman year, which hurt any chance I had of going pro. I was supposed to have surgery on it, but there was a chance I wouldn’t have been able to throw again, and I wanted to finish out my college career.

  11. Cezar /

    Josh, you are truly an inspiration. It’s my goal to take my coaching business to the heights that you’ve taken yours. I’m so lucky to have you as my coach. Thanks for all your help and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the top one day.

  12. You will be there man! Keep maintaining a positive attitude and believe you will succeed!

  13. wow man thats awesome i love helping people with problems and makeing sure that people are doing things right. my plans are to be a professional football player but if that dosen’t pan out id like to be a coach of some sort and this seems really cool i’ll keep this in mind for my future. thanks again man!

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