This Beachbody on Demand review covers everything you'll want to know about the app before you sign up, including cost, effectiveness of the programs and how to get a free 14 day trial.
For those who don't want to read my full review, the short answer is that the app is a killer deal for $99 a year, but it will only give you results if you buy a program and stick with it. The programs are comprehensive and there's something for every level of fitness and interest. The best way to know if this is the right investment for you is to try it for yourself. If you don't like it, simply cancel in the first 14 days and you'll get your money back.
In full transparency, I’m an affiliate for Beachbody on Demand (or BOD for short), so I have a bias, but I also use the app daily and it's the key reason I have kept off my 80 pound weight loss all these years.
What is Beachbody on Demand?
Think of it as a fitness channel - much like Netflix or Hulu. It streams a really wide variety of not just individual workouts, but entire programs. Most fitness programs run for 30 to 60 days (some are longer), so you’re able to work on gradually increasing your fitness. This is ideal if you’re new to working out. Click here to check it out.
How many workouts are there on the app?
There are over 700 individual workouts on BOD, organized as “workout programs”, so for example, PiYo, a pilates/yoga fusion workout has 23 workouts total and 80 Day Obsession has - you guessed it, 80 (actually there's some bonus workouts in that program, so it's more like 90 workouts). There’s also a nutrition program, meal plans, workout calendars and a cooking show (which I rarely watch, to be honest).
What kind of workouts are on Beachbody on Demand
This is the cool part - there are ALL kinds of workouts on this platform, from yoga and dance to cardio and HIIT training, and pilates to hardcore weightlifting. If you’re a muscle-bound weightlifter, there’s something for you. If you’re a total newbie to exercise, there are lots of options for you as well. Here’s a brief list of my favorite programs, but remember, there are over 700 workouts, so this is far from exhaustive.
- Barre Blend
- The Work
- 10 Rounds
- Morning Meltdown 100
- 21 Day Fix (regular and extreme versions)
- 80 Day Obsession
- 3 Week Yoga Retreat
- P90X - this was the first program I ever did. It was years ago now, but I loved it!
- LIFT 4
- Transform 20 - this is the new step program that’s coming out in April of 2019
- Let's Get Up!
Does Beachbody on Demand Offer Live Classes?
They will soon! Beachbody is starting to launch live classes starting in fall of 2021. This will not only be live workouts with your favorite super trainers, but there will also be live cooking demos and nutrition classes for those of you who are signed up for Portion Fix or 2B Mindset.
Not only that, Beachbody is merging with a spin bike manufacturer to bring you live home spin classes that will kick the pants off Peloton! Get the details on Beachbody on Demand Interactive here.
Can I track my calories burned?
YES! I love this part! You do have to have a wahoo heart-rate monitor though. When you workout with the monitor on, it tracks your calories burned which is SUPER motivating.
Will Beachbody on Demand help me lose weight?
Yes, BUT - that's only going to happen if you put in the work and follow the programs. In my workout reviews, you’ll see lots of before and after photos, but let me be clear, workouts alone will not make you lose weight. You have to change your eating habits as well. You can exercise your way out of a crappy diet. Trust me, I’ve tried 🙁
How much is Beachbody on Demand?
There are several options for the platform. You can buy it for 3 months at $39, 6 months for $59 or a year for $99. That works out to roughly .27 cents a day, which is pretty darn good. If you buy it as part of a challenge pack, you get shakeology as well. That’s $160, but then you continue to pay for the shakeology until you cancel it. If that’s not what you want to do, just order access to the platform and not the shakeology.
Is Beachbody an MLM?
Yes, it is, but you don’t have to get involved with it at all. You can simply buy Beachbody on Demand and start using it right away. Most people that use the products aren't involved in the MLM side of the business, although once they start seeing results, it's not uncommon that they start getting interested in the business side. When people start noticing that you're losing weight, they'll ask you what you're doing. At that point, some folks want to sign up so they can get a commission on any referrals they make.
The key thing is that it's never a hard sell. If you want to build a business, you can learn more about it here, but that's entirely up to you. I’m just here to help you get results 🙂
Is Beachbody on Demand available worldwide?
Unfortunately not. It’s just for people in the UK, Canada, and the US.
Do I need any special equipment to do the workouts?
Some programs require hand weights or a step. Others just call for workout bands or a yoga mat. There are tons of workouts that require no equipment, however, so if you’re planning to use this for travel, you’re fine.
Is Beachbody on Demand the best option for me?
Maybe? Look, there are tons of options out there, many of which are free, but they’re not full programs that take you through a 30 or 80-day experience. That’s probably one of the best things about Beachbody on Demand. However, it’s not for everyone.
Beachbody on Demand is NOT for you if…
- You’re only motivated to workout with other people.
- You prefer working out at a gym.
- You have zero access to the internet.
- You’re really not interested in working out (let’s be honest - that’s true in some cases and zero judgment if that’s you).
The best way to find out if BOD is for you is to start with the free trial and see if it’s your jam. If it's not, you have 14 days to cancel at no charge.
How to Activate the Free Trial for Beachbody on Demand?
Just sign up. Yes, you will be charged for the full amount (you can choose the shortest membership at $39), but you have 30 days to try it. I would recommend going through a number of the workouts to make sure there are programs that work for you. If before 30 days you decide it's not for you - just cancel, no questions asked. Here's a link to the cancelation process.
Any other questions I can answer for you? Just drop them below and I’ll continue to update this post.
Now go get your sweat on!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and ADHD Coach. As the founder of The Fit Habit, she shares ADHD-friendly self-care, food & fitness inspiration, along with practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.
Hello, i am really interested in signing up for BOD, just wanted to know if after joining, do u still have to pay for each individual program or they are included in the yearly fee?
Thanks for ur help
Does the $99 yearly membership rate include ALL workout programs or do u still have to pay for each individual program?
Yes - you get access to all of the workouts! It's like netflix - pay once and access everything.
Yes - you get access to all of the workouts! It's like netflix - pay once and access everything.
Hey, I just tried unsuccessfully to get BOD stream, unfortunately there is absolutely no way to join. I live outside US/UK/CAN but figured out that streaming is streaming, I can use it anywhere. And I do want to pay for those trainings as I want to give back to trainers who created them, but do not want any DVDs. Desperate, I used my friend's UK address and my old US address and it just does not process the sign in at all. Do you know what is going on out there? I even used your link so your coach ID was affiliated with my registry - still a bummer.
Sorry Ania, streaming access is only available in the US, UK and Canada. Where are you located?
Hi, Caren. I have a couple of questions.
1) If I purchase the year for $99, will there be any other additional expenses that year (other than possibly purchasing some equipment for a particular program)?
2) Do I have to stick with one program at a time, or can I jump around depending on what type of workout I want to do that day?
3) Is every program In BOD set to last for a certain number of days, or are some some simply daily workouts with no set number of days to complete the cycle?
Thanks for the questions! Here's my quick answers below 🙂
More expenses - it depends on the program you do. Some require weights, but lots don't, so it's your choice whether or not you buy equipment. I think it's a good idea to have a few sets of dumbbells, but not completely necessary.
You can jump around to as many programs as you want. You have access to all of them. Think of it like Netflix. Once you're in, you can watch whatever you want.
All the programs are set to different lengths. Some are 21 days and some are 100 days long! You can jump in and do whatever program you want at any day, however. That's how I use the platform.
Hope all that was helpful.
Does this program offer options for injuries? I have a weak shoulder so I’m looking for a program that offers alternate exercises.
No, it couldn't possibly provide suggestions for every potential injury, but as someone who is just now recovering from frozen Shoulder, I would recommend doing a hybrid selection of lower body workouts where you don't require too much upper mobility. I could provide some suggestions.
I am interested in signing up for BOD for my family. But do the nutritional portions cost extra? We are vegetarian and I would like to supplement our BOD workouts with vegetarian meal plans (no shakes or prepackaged foods). Is this possible
Hi Dawn, you absolutely can just do the workouts and not the supplements. You'll also get access to vegetarian and vegan meal plans. You can access that right here.https://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/d/BODStandalone?referringRepID=1643817