I get asked about Beachbody on Demand vs Openfit a lot, so I thought I’d break them down here so you can decide for yourself which platform is best suited to your needs. If you ever questioned whether it's possible to get fit without a gym, these platforms will definitely change your mind.
Beachbody on Demand Benefits
Beachbody on Demand (or ‘BOD’ for short) launched July 16th, 2015 with all of their signature programs on the platform. Since then, they have added 3 to 4 new programs a year, so there are a lot of different workouts on the platform.
In fact, Beachbody on Demand has approximately 40 programs, each with anywhere from 10 to 100 individual workouts, so there’s well over 700 workouts on the platform.
There are so many styles of workouts on the platform. They have programs geared to beginners through advanced exercisers and they offer cardio dance, HIIT, weight training, yoga, barre, pilates, plyometrics and even kickboxing and MMA inspired workouts. There is something for EVERYONE on this platform.
BOD Streaming Options
Because it’s all online, you don’t need a DVD player. You can stream these workouts from your personal devices (iPad, tablet or smartphone), your computer, laptop or smart TV. Beachbody on Demand makes working out at home as accessible as possible.
BOD Tracking Options
The handy thing with Beachbody on Demand is that you can track your calories burned by syncing a Wahoo heart rate monitor to the app. You can also track your food and workouts on the app, which is really helpful.
Cost: Beachbody on Demand is $99 USD per year.
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Openfit launched in early 2019, so it’s a much newer platform. They launched with 6 programs, which adds up to just over 150 individual workouts. I don’t believe they have added any new programs since launch, so they have significantly less content than Beachbody on Demand.
One of the unique features of Openfit is that you can sign up for “live” classes where you follow an instructor teaching a class in “real time”. This keeps things fresh and interesting, but you also have to be available when the class is live or you miss your opportunity to participate.
If you just prefer the on demand classes, then it’s really no different than Beachbody on Demand.
Openfit Streaming Options
Just like Beachbody on Demand (BOD), you can stream Openfit workouts from your personal device (iPad, tablet or smartphone), your computer, laptop or smart TV. You can also hook up a Wahoo heart rate monitor to track your calories burned during each workout.
Openfit typically costs $120 per year, but right now they have a sale for $96 for the year.
So which is better? BOD or Openfit?
Based on just the facts, Beachbody on Demand is a much better value. You get over 5X more workouts for the same price, and a cooking show! There are also more robust tracking options and some programs have a seperate app where you can track food and workouts.
However, Openfit has a lot of potential to grow, so it remains to be seen who will win in the end.
A little known fact
Both platforms are owned by Beachbody. It’s unclear to me why they would create a competing product, but I’m sure they have their reasons.
What about other Streaming Workout Platforms?
There’s no shortage of online workout platforms on the market now. However, based on my research, Beachbody on Demand is still the best value as it offers more workouts than any other platform.
Peloton has been adding more content to their platform, but at $39 per month, it’s not as competitively priced and the workouts are less visually interesting.
You can also opt for a brand-specific online workout platform like Pure Barre, Physique 57 or Core Power Yoga, but you’re only getting one style of workout and most of these programs are $30 a month (or more).
Hands down - Beachbody on Demand is still the best value and the most robust home workout platform based on my research. I’m always open to evaluating new platforms, so please comment below if you have a better option!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.