Introducing the 2013 Elite Top 10


A former bar-tender (one word), a small town fitness hero, a mommy maverick – Team Beachbody Coaches come from all walks of life and hail from around the country. But they have one key thing in common: in 2013 they worked tirelessly to end the trend of obesity and now they are your   Top 10 Elite Coaches.  How did they get there? What tricks and tips do they have up their sleeves? Read our informative and enlightening Q & A to find out.

This year, it’s almost an entirely new crew at the top of the Coaching world. How did they get there and how can their success help make your 2014 the best year yet?

The Elite 10 have the answers.

From favorite Personal Development books to effective and consistent habits, the Top 10 are more than willing to share their strategies for success. Read on and discover some insider tips that could have YOU sitting at the top next year.


Top Coach:
1) Lindsay Matway

Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Coach status: Superstar Diamond
What year you started Coaching: 2009

1) What three words describe your Coaching mentality? Passionate, focused, determined
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? A successful Coach must be ready to face their biggest obstacle – themselves! Truth is, you can’t “help” anyone. You can only inspire them with your example!
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? Ultimately, my biggest inspiration/mentor is the vision God gave me for what was possible if I let go of my excuses and simply got to work! I started observing what other top Coaches were doing and asked myself, “How could I put my own spin on this?”
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Approach this business like you would approach going to school or buying a franchise. You will have to study, invest your time and be consistent with the little things before you can expect a payoff.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? My biggest roadblocks last year were time management and delegation. There’s only so much of me to go around. I had to learn to let go of control.
6) What is your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? The most life-changing read is “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

2) Melanie Mitro

Hometown: Mars, PA
Coach status: Super Star Diamond Coach
What year you started Coaching: 2011

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Consistent, Motivated, Passionate
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? I run one (sometimes two) Challenge Groups every month. This is a great way to ensure that you will always have customers who are getting results, becoming advocates and transitioning into great Coaches.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? My husband has been a tremendous support system. Without him by my side I would not be where I am today!
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? For new Coaches, there’s no magic tip or skill. It’s the daily activities done each and every day with energy and pizazz that over time bring about compounding results.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? When the going gets tough I always rely on Personal Development, family and faith. I think it’s great to have an accountability partner that is on your level. Together you can compare notes and strategies when you hit a roadblock (one word). It’s important to realize that roadblocks don’t equal future failure.
6) What’s your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? I love John C. Maxwell. His books and videos gave me vision and clarity with my Team. I also recommend “Go Pro” by Eric Worre for a good start to Personal Development.

3) Jenelle Summers

Hometown: Toledo, OH
Coach status: 15-Star, 15-Star, 7-Star, and 1-Star Diamond Qualifying (4 CBC’s)
What year you started Coaching: 2008

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Passion, Drive, Consistency.
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? A successful Coach is willing to learn and apply what they’ve learned despite their hesitations and fears. They need to understand their own strengths and weaknesses so they can embrace the strengths and work on the weaknesses. If you think there are short cuts, you’ll shortcut your potential.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? I’ve been inspired by many other Coaches and Personal Development guru’s, but I’ve learned the most from my sister, Chalene Johnson and from watching my Dad growing up. He’s an entrepreneur who worked extremely hard and never gave up.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Be present in trainings. Apply what you learn over and over until it becomes more comfortable and you find effective habits and systems. Have an unstoppable, positive attitude and don’t give up!
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? I pulled a hamstring sprinting in the Spring of last year. I’m focusing on the positives – working out when I can and focusing on nutrition (of course drinking Shakeology daily). Hopefully I can inspire others to move forward and become more determined when their back is against the wall.
6) What is your favorite Personal Development book, talk or leader? And why? I’d have to say Chalene Johnson first and foremost! Other favorites are Brendon Burchard, Brian Tracy, Darren Hardy or John Maxwell.

4) Scott Hobbs

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Coach status: 7 Star Diamond
What year you started Coaching: April 2011

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: BELIEF, INTEGRITY, HELP
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? To be a successful Coach you have to believe that you can make an impact on people’s lives. You also need to understand that success is not determined by rank or income. Success is found in your daily behaviors and actions.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? My Coach Lindsay, as well as many other Elite Coaches have inspired me from day one. I followed all Elite Coaches, and listened to every National Coach call. One Coach that I aspire to be like is Traci Morrow.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Trust the process. Do the daily activities that we are teaching you with faith. It’s a 2000+ year-old truth: If you give, you will receive. Help people no matter what and hustle every day.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? I had 9 Coaches become Diamonds and only 2 of them were current paid Diamonds when the year ended. I believed fully that I would be a 15 Star Diamond and I didn’t even come close. I was able to overcome this by looking at the good and the positive in every situation I encountered.
6) What is your favorite Personal Development book, talk or leader? And why? A mentor is not somebody that does things for you. They are somebody that has achieved what you want to achieve. My biggest mentor is John C Maxwell. I have never spoken with him but have read of 20 of his books. He has taught me that if I want people around me to do more and be better, I have to become better.

5) Amber Scott

Hometown: Seattle is my hometown, I live in San Diego now
Coach status: 5 Star
What year you started Coaching: 1.1.11

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Unfaltering. Genuine. Fun.
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? Resilience.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? Coby Mitchell from corporate and Tim O’Kelly of Benchmark Courses, first and foremost. Monica Ward, Hillary Kelly, Jason Diebold, had a huge impact on my business on the Coach side, just to name a few. Without a direct Upline of my own I really learned to follow from afar as well and love Barbie Decker, Scottie Hobbs, Lindsay Matway and so so so many more.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Decide right now that quitting is not an option. If quitting is not a choice, you will find a way to succeed.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? There were moments when I had no idea if I could pull it off, if I was good enough, if my Team was big enough, etc. The one thing I always did was focus on what I was really doing here. If I didn’t make Top 10, would I still be proud of my work?
6) What is your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? My go-to for all my Coaches and Challengers is “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. It applies to business, fitness, finance, relationships and more. That book is life changing if you let it be!

6) Meghan Wiczynski

Hometown: Toledo, OH
Coach status: 9 star qualifying in 1st cbc, 4 star qualifying in 2nd cbc
What year you started Coaching: July 2009

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Driven, Innovator, Compassionate
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? Figure out your goals and priorities and line them up with your daily actions. When I embraced a healthy lifestyle and focused on putting 2-3 tasks on my daily to-do list that supported my goals
for the month/year, I accomplished so much more.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? Jenelle Summers has been extremely helpful from the beginning of my Coaching career. She has always been there to give me advice and help me focus on the real purpose of Coaching. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Jump in with both feet first. This is a business where you learn as you go. Success is based off helping as many people as you can.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? I In August I was in a severe car accident and broke my wrist. I had to have surgery and had no idea how I would be able to stay in touch with my Team and customers since I couldn’t type with my right hand. I embraced this roadblock and took it as a way to show people to NEVER GIVE UP. I invested in the Dragon Dictate program where I could dictate to the computer and did low-impact workouts that did not hurt my wrist. I didn’t miss a beat.
6) What is your favorite Personal Development book, talk or leader? And why? I love Chalene Johnson. Her 30-Day PUSH program helped me at the beginning of 2013 when I fell short of the Top 10 by one spot.

7) Lauren Duke

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK
Coach status: 7 Star Diamond
What year you started Coaching: July 2012

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Not about you!
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? Passion, consistency and sharing. It takes getting over yourself and having the willingness to step out of your comfort zone to help others. It also takes someone who isn’t afraid to build relationships and do the work it takes to grow and mentor.
2) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? My Team has been incredibly supportive and I’m humbled by how they stepped up and set huge goals. My go-to people were and still are: Coby Mitchell, Jessica Nelson, Whitney Carlstone, Kelly Holton, Amber Bailey, Katey Carlson and Andi Hauk. I’ve received the most support from my incredible family though. My husband, kids, parents and extended family have always believed in me!
3) What advice would you give to a new Coach? I tell my new Coaches to use their excitement to share. Invite people to join you and encourage one another.
4) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? My husband is active duty Air Force and so we packed up the family and moved on the way to Summit and Summer camp, but I continued to invite and share and connect with my Team!
5) What is your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? I developed a love for John C. Maxwell after hearing him at Summit last year.

8) Brandi Botts

Hometown: Currently living in Paso Robles, CA ; from Fort Worth, TX
Coach status: 9 Star Diamond
What year you started Coaching: January 27th, 2012

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Passionate, Self-less, Consistent
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? You have to know that it’s not about YOU. It’s about helping other people be successful whether it’s seeing more fitness results or helping them learn to grow their businesses.
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? The ones that have had the biggest role in my journey are Mindy Wender and Amanda Arnwine. They are both incredible leaders, friends, and have always led by example.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Commit to being here in ONE YEAR. Push aside excuses and be in it for the long haul. The more you give the more you receive so help others even when there is nothing in return for you!
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? Some days you don’t want to show up and you would rather sleep in, but you just have to think about WHY you are doing this in the first place.
6) What is your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? My favorite is the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell. Ever since he spoke at Summit last year he’s been a favorite of mine.

9) Heather Foltz

Hometown: Blaine, MN
Coach status: 8 Star Diamond
What year you started Coaching: 2011

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Authentic, Selfless, Committed
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? You need to let your guard down and accept vulnerability. Don’t focus on yourself, but on those around you. Each Coach needs to follow the three vital behaviors every day. There are always people to invite, so never limit yourself. Each day, I ask myself, “How can I help someone today?”
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? My biggest inspiration in 2013 is my good friend and 5 star Coach, Tina Gonzales. She and I have very similar personalities, drive, and goals. Watching her succeed this past year kept me on my toes and helped push me to push my Team.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Do not be afraid to fail. Do not be afraid of the ‘no’s’ you may receive. This will make you a better person, a better Coach, and a better leader.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? My Diamond Coaches started falling rank and negativity and stress entered our Team. I took a step back and reached out to my Coaches and asked what their long-term goals were. Most got their Diamond rank back within a month or so by refocusing themselves. I learned to take a step back, reach out, and game plan.
6) What is your favorite personal development book, talk or leader? And why? My favorite is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. I love it because it teaches you a plan to increase likeability. Now I’m more open with people and feel more comfortable speaking.

10) Amy Silverman

Hometown: Miami, Florida (I live in Portland, Oregon)
Coach status: 5 Star Diamond
What year you started Coaching: 2011

1) Three words to describe your Coaching mentality: Balanced, Consistent & Passionate
2) What does it take to be a successful Coach? You have to really be focused on people. We have an amazing company that provides top of the line products. All we have to do is search for people to share this opportunity with. The more people you talk to on a daily basis, the more lives you’ll change and the more likely you are to find someone who will take this business to the top
3) Who has inspired/mentored you on your journey to the top? And how? Every top Coach before me has inspired me, all the founding Coaches, Superstars, Star Diamonds and friends I’ve made. My husband, Kevin Mashburn, is also one of my biggest mentors/motivators. He’s my rock, my best friend, my biggest fan, business partner and I couldn’t be more proud of how far he’s come on his journey as well.
4) What advice would you give to a new Coach? Make your top priority other people and adding value to their lives. Take it easy, relax, and don’t overthink things. Have fun, make mistakes and let loose.
5) Did you hit any roadblocks last year? How did you overcome them? Life is always throwing curve balls at you. I expect roadblocks, I welcome them and I overcome them. The key is to equip yourself mentally so you can continue to do what you set out to do no matter what. Also, remember that nothing happens “to you”— you happen to life. You have a job to do.
6) What is your favorite Personal Development book, talk or leader? And why? “The Secret” was a game changer for me. I truly feel the universe is the biggest tool you can have in your tool box. Once you tap into positivity and the law of attraction, life just becomes easy, fun and exciting. You attract what you put out.