This Beachbody on Demand review, as you would expect from Lifestyle Updated, brings about the most detailed description of the program available at this time. It’s July already, and we’ve been waiting for quite a while just to make sure everything was included.
As the internet has already revolutionized fitness years ago, it was a due time for Beachbody to finally join the party. And having reviewed nearly most of their popular workouts so far, it is expected that we say our word for the Netflix of fitness as well.
Beachbody fans, those who already bought some of the workouts, but also those who encounter this brand for the first time… Read ahead, I’d like to think that all of your questions will be answered. Contrary to some, this review aims to cover both the good and the ugly. And there is much to cover.
Keeping this introduction short, I will start right away.
What to expect from this review?
First of all, who am I to review such a product, and what gives me enough credibility? Beachbody has been around for more than a decade, and the workout programs spiked attention so much so that hundreds of thousands of people search for them online each month.
Many of those have no idea what to expect, aside from marketing innuendos stretching far and wide. Some even end up buying the workouts, not fully aware of what lays in front of them.
Is this workout compatible for me, is a question better asked before you make a purchase.
So far, being a fitness aficionado for most of my adult life, coaching for a while, and having written some of the most visited reviews on the net, I watched this site receive feedback in the count of thousands. Positive, negative, questions so many that I cannot even catch up answering… Long story short, I know what to look for when reviewing fitness products.
It saddens me to say this, but for the time being we do not recommend Beachbody on Demand. At all!
This review goes over all the nuances of the program and why it is probably the best option on the market. But there is another side to it that is terribly flawed.
While you will read everything you need to know about Beachbody on Demand as you scroll down, let me just say that all of that is totally separated from how awful some individual experiences of using the program are.
In short, the platform is filled with marketing innuendos to get you inside the Beachbody Club Membership, as well more than casual malfunctions of the log-in option, after which customer service is not up to the task. Programs are missing from the library; the service fails when log-in; error pages showing every now and then…
In all honesty, I’m saying- read the review, know what BOD is, but wait for a while until they sort some things out.
On a related note, we’ve just launched a workout program that is totally customizable, free to try out, and way cheaper than Beachbody On Demand.
What is Beachbody on Demand?
It is a huge library of online workout programs available for streaming – most of the Beachbody programs that have been released so far, and new releases and updates every once in a while. The access is unlimited, meaning you can watch any number of workouts per day, on any device, irrespective of location or time.
Included inside are personalized meal plans, calendars to track your progress and all the info from each Beachbody workout that you’d get otherwise. As long as you are participating, these tools are all yours along with the vast library of workouts and customized plans- as long as you are participating, you have a great incentive to work on achieving your shape.
The list goes on to include a 10% discount on all future purchases from Beachbody, and gives you the opportunity to attend live chats with each of the trainers.
It was released on the 1st of March, and with a weekly price of $2.99 and a whole month of a trial period for free, Beachbody on Demand has already jumped in front of competitors.
Here is what Tony Horton had to say about it:
It’s fucking great. It’s about time.
But let us dive deeper into the workouts, the user interface, and every minutiae of it.
Why Beachbody on Demand?
Supposing that you are anxious to read the pros and cons of this program let me start right away. Here are the sweet bits first.
Beachbody on Demand is a massive library of professionally created workouts. Over one hundred videos and still growing. Many programs as a whole also included:
- Insanity the Asylum Vol. 1
- Insanity the Asylum Vol. 2
- Hip Hop Abs
- Hip Hop abs deluxe
- Rockin Body
- Shaun T dance party
- Power 90
- Ten Minute Trainer
- Tony one-on-one Vol. 1
- Tony one-on-one Vol. 2
- Tony one-on-one Vol. 3
- Brazil Butt Lift
- Thai Cheng
- Turbo Fire
- ChaLean Extreme
- Get on the ball
- Plus 10 more programs…
Also it allows Premium Club members to stream DVD programs they have purchased from Beachbody. Programs available to stream after purchase under Purchased Programs currently include: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Body Beast, Focus T25, Insanity MAX:30, P90, PiYo and the Cize workout.
Variety in programs
While some target losing weight, others aim for more muscle definition or bulk. And since this Beachbody on Demand review won’t describe each workout program separately, allow me to reassure you that most of them are far better than you’d hope for.
The question that was ricocheting around though, was not whether these workouts are great or not, but were they great for a specific goal (say losing weight, building muscle, getting more definition). It’s hard to make a mistake when you have all of them to compare and decide what to go with.
Besides, taste changes over time, and you might want to build more muscle where you previously wanted to lose more weight or vice versa. As compared to DVD programs, Beachbody on Demand makes it far easier.
Change pace, diversify, build custom programs and never get bored.
Truth be told, I tried a handful of workouts from Beachbody, and all of them gave me results I haven’t quite hoped for at the time. However, after a while, boredom most definitely kicks in. You either have to pause for a while only to come back to the same routine, or change to another program which translates into another purchase. And since Beachbody programs last for about two or three months (some of them one), you will be spending five times the money, while still remaining tied to your DVD, TV or laptop.
You can customize your schedules, and create hybrid workout programs so you never get bored. The net is full with customization templates, and there are two of ours that I’m sharing for free bellow.
One month trial period for free
Meaning you don’t have to pay a dime for the first 30 days, and there is no obligation whatsoever – you can stop the trial period and that’s that. The second month, and all that follow cost $12 per month.
Mobile is the new black – and you will be going mobile with this one. Working out in the park, in your backyard (a huge advantage in summer if you don’t have the ventilated space), or even making your garage workouts far easier to set-up. Besides, working out with friends was never made easier, due to the fact that you can now workout outside.
Frankly, I always thought that one thing was always missing from each Beachbody workout. Motivation. Most people giving feedback on my previous reviews sometimes struggled to keep the pace going. This dramatically changes with live chats. Try listening to Tony Horton, or Shaun T, or Chalene Johnson answering to questions, and then tell me about not being motivated enough. These guys know their craft.
Other sweet bits
- 10% discount on all things Beachbody.
- Most of the deluxe packages are included – meaning, you will get access to the latest versions of each workout program.
- T-shirts can still be earned
- Videos in HD, instant streaming
- This is kind of an online gym with a bunch of personal trainers that you can take anywhere you want. The level of accountability is the same – as long as you are paying, you are more likely to participate. This gives you a better incentive to work out, and utilize all of the tools available at your disposal- which makes it more likely to stay in shape, and improve your performance, muscle mass, and burn fat tissue.
Why not Beachbody on Demand?
I always like to say that flowery prose doesn’t have any place on Lifestyle Updated. When I sit down to write reviews, I like to include all the negative aspects of a program, as well as try and predict the features or lack of them thereof where you might face frustration.
This program is hardly an exception. And there are some bugs to be found.
- First, it is frustrating to rely on online streaming, only to find out that the hotel where you are staying doesn’t have a stable and fast internet connection. At this point you are cursing yourself for not bringing the DVDs along. You can turn on the online mobile data on your device, and connect right away but that is not the point sometimes… which brings us to the next issue.
- Mobile data being drained fast. Often times, we all forget to turn off our mobile data, and the workout might start streaming from there instead of a Wi-Fi connection. Needless to say, it will drain your data fast in the following days, especially if you’d like to enjoy HD quality videos. However, this means that you will have an option to stream the workouts even in places where there is no internet connection.
- There is nothing that makes these workouts give better results when streaming than they would give otherwise when on DVD’s. Aside from the personalized meal plans, everything else is exactly the same. The live chat may be a plus, but many people never use that feature. This makes me think that giving someone motivational tools is not enough. If you don’t have the drive, no live chat can make you sweat.
- You are renting the workouts. The moment when you stop paying, you cannot stream them no more. With the DVDs you own the workouts for life.
However there is another side to this – while the cost is 12$ per month, or just 2.99$ per week, which totals to a slightly more than paying for a single workout in DVDs, you have access to all the workouts, and no shipping costs are included. You can sign up and start right away – while enthusiasm is high- instead of waiting for the workouts to arrive at your door. The free trial is still there btw.
FAQs about Beachbody on Demand
Many are floating around the net, so I thought why not answer them here as well. Read ahead, this will reveal much more info about the program. An extension of the Beachbody on Demand review, if you so prefer.
Are there any subtitles for the workouts?
Yes, some of them. The workouts that currently have subtitles are:
- 21 Day Fix
- 21 Day Fix Extreme
- Body Beast
- Insanity Asylum Volume 2
- Insanity MAX:30
- Slim In 6
- Focus T25
- Tai Cheng
And the list of subtitled programs may expand in the future.
This was a major concern a while back, and a couple of readers have pointed it to me specifically. No subtitles means that those who are hearing impaired cannot follow up with any of the workouts. This is a huge advancement in fitness, since nobody else is doing it by the time of writing this review.
What are the system requirements?
This is a question that I’m surprised only a few people are asking. When I was signing up, that’s the first thing that came to mind. In order to save you some additional trouble searching for this info around the net, here are the details.
Optimal System Requirements
The following system requirements are recommended for optimal streaming playback. If one or more of the requirements are not met, videos may still play, but possibly with poor quality or playback issues, such as slow buffering or low resolution. For best results, use a system that meets all requirements for digital streaming.
|Bandwidth (download)||3 Mbps (or higher)|
|Speed (ping rate)||100 ms (or lower)|
|Desktop Operating Systems|
|Flash||Mac and PC desktop browsers must have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed and enabled in their browser|
|PC||Windows 7 or 8.1|
|OS X||10.8 (Mountain Lion)
|Mobile Operating Systems|
|iPhone/iPad||IOS 7.1.2 and newer|
|Android||4.3 (Jelly Bean) and newer|
|Internet Explorer||Internet Explorer 11|
|Safari||10.8 (Mountain Lion) – Safari 6.2.3
10.9 (Mavericks) – Safari 7.1.3
10.10 (Yosemite) – Safari 8.0.3
Is there an app for IOS or Android?
While Beachbody on Demand is compatible with Android and IOS software, there is sadly no app at the time of writing this review.
Can I play the videos through multiple devices?
Yup, you can. For example play them on your laptop in the morning, then on your smartphone in the afternoon, and your iPad in the evening. Don’t though- heart attacks were known to happen from working out three times per day. :)
Can I start with one workout and then play another from another program before the first is completed?
You can. Play one workout from Insanity, and then another from P90X or Turbo Fire, or Hip Hop Abs…
Is there some sort of a daily challenge competition going on?
There is – the Challenge Du Jour. A special set of workouts that changes daily. Lots and lots of exercises to go through.
What about workouts not included like for example P90, Insanity Max 30, or Focus T25?
You can preview them in a special section of the site. The membership program does in fact allow previewing each next workout that comes out. You can as well add them to your library by buying them.
Some additional tips
Why they do a very poor marketing in order to familiarize you with the features Beachbody On Demand has, is really beyond me. There is much to add in this review on the subject on how to make the best use out of it.
You can, for example:
- Start with one workout depending on your fitness level, and then continue with another that supplements it. And there is much to say about which one to choose as your first, and which one as your second.
- Most people I know of, that bought Beachbody workouts, almost always made a second purchase.
Migrating from one workout program to another is now far easier – thing is, you can learn more about which one to start with. Here is some guidance, courtesy of Lifestyle Updated.
- While you can mix exercises and create customized schedules, my advice is to complete one full set before going to the next. Trust me, this pays off – for you will boost your discipline, while allowing the program to work (like for example not interrupting the process in the middle – changing a program right before results start to show). It also translates in staying more accountable. Then, you can start another workout program.
- If you go down the road of mixing workout programs, like for example Insanity and P90X, my advice is to pay attention to two different approaches before choosing which.
- – Mixing similar workouts videos (for example both of them being cardio centered, or both of them being strength centered)
- – Or mixing complementing workout videos (cardio centered videos from Focus T25, and Yoga ones from the P90X series…)
I personally would go with the first option, till I move closer to my goal, and then change to the second and diversify in order to amplify the results.
As for custom schedules, here are two of them. Being space restricted, I will hold onto publishing more.
Custom schedule 1
|Week 1||Total body circuit||Lower Body||Yoga flex||Ab sculpt||Total body burn||Yoga flex||Rest|
|Week 2||Total body circuit||Abs||Lower Body||Yoga flex||Total body burn||Ab sculpt||Rest|
|Week 3||Alpha Cardio||Lower body||Total body burn||Yoga flex||Total body circuit||Alpha lower focus||Rest|
|Week 4||Alpha Cardio||Lower body / Abs||Total body burn||Yoga X||Alpha Cardio||Ab ripper X||Rest|
Month 2 & 3
|Week 1||Total body burn||Lower Body / ab sculpt||Alpha cardio||Yoga X||Shoulders and arms||Alpha total body cardio||Rest|
|Week 2||Alpha cardio||Plyometrics||Shoulders and arms||Yoga X||Alpha total body cardio||Ab ripper X||Rest|
|Week 3||Alpha cardio / Yoga Flex||Plyometrics||Shoulders and arms||Yoga X||Alpha lower focus||Alpha total body cardio||Rest|
|Week 4||Alpha Cardio||Plyometrics||Shoulders and arms||Upper X||Yoga X||Alpha total body cardio / ab ripper X||Rest|
|Week 5||Alpha Cardio / Yoga Flex||Plyometrics||Shoulders and arms / Ab ripper X||Yoga X||Upper X||Alpha total body cardio – abs||Finish|
Custom schedule 2 – more advanced
|Week 1||Speed and Agility||Strength||Power legs||Off day stretch||Back to core||Pure cardio||Rest|
|Week 2||Vertical Plyo||Strength||Insane abs||Max recovery||Speed and Agility||Back to core||Off day stretch|
|Week 3||Vertical Plyo||Strength||Ab shredder||Off day stretch||Max recovery||Gameday||Rest|
|Week 4||Speed and Agility||Strength||Back to core||Power legs||Insane Abs / Ab shredder||Off day stretch||Gameday|
Closing note of this Beachbody on Demand review
By now you’ve probably leaned closer to either disregarding this program, or subscribing for the free trial. My intention is not to convince you of either one, but present all the facts you need, and answer all of the questions that you might have. The hope goes that I successfully managed to do so.
If you have more questions, the comment section is right below. Until then, you can check the free trail and see what changes within a month or you can check out the workout platform we’ve just launched, one which is completely customizable, free to try out, and way cheaper than Beachbody On Demand.