When you hear the words “On Demand”, you tend to think of the On Demand features that come with your television. These are easy to watch, no DVD required, movies and television shows at your fingertips! Now, what if it were that easy to get a workout in? Well, it is! You can get a workout in as little as 30 minutes from the comfort of your own home without a DVD player or fitness program required. One of the best features is that you can even workout outdoors, in a hotel room, on the beach, at the park, while waiting for your kids at practice or virtually anywhere else your day may take you.
How you ask? Team Beachbody’s new On Demand streamable workout programs. On Demand has been dubbed the fitness version of Netflix and Hulu, and it is accessible via any phone, tablet, computer, internet enabled television and a few other devices we will discuss further down in this review.
- Introduction to Beachbody
- What is Beachbody On Demand?
- Which Workouts Can I Access with Beachbody On Demand?
- What is Beachbody Challenge Du Jour?
- How Do I Get Beachbody On Demand?
- How Do I Access Beachbody On Demand Once I Have the Club Membership?
- How Much Does Beachbody On Demand Cost?
- Beachbody On Demand Pros & Cons
Introduction to Beachbody
Before we delve into Beachbody On Demand and how you can benefit from it, let me first give you some background on the incredible company that created On Demand and why. Beachbody is the top home fitness name in the industry and it is also the company behind some of the most popular workout programs, including P90X, Insanity, the 21 Day Fix, Body Beast and PIYO. All of Beachbody’s workout programs are easy to follow and include modifiers in them so even a beginner that is completely new to fitness can benefit from them. Most are laid out in 30 to 90 day formats and some are as short as only 21 days. They all come with a convenient workout calendar telling you exactly which workout to do each day of the week. Each program literally takes the guesswork out of fitness and acts as your very own personal trainer. Every program even comes with a nutritional guide that lays out your nutrition for the duration of the program and it includes recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even some cocktails as well. The entire program is mapped out for you and all that you need to do is follow it. Some programs are even available with Beachbody’s super food nutritional shake Shakeology. If you get a program in a Challenge Pack, you will receive the entire program, a 30 day supply of Shakeology and a free 30 day membership to Beachbody on Demand as well. This is a great way to try On Demand out and see if it is something you could use to benefit you on your path to fitness.
What is Beachbody On Demand?
So, with that being said, let us delve more into Beachbody On Demand and how it allows you to access most of the Beachbody workout programs at home. As previously mentioned, Beachbody On Demand allows you to stream workout programs via your mobile device. Initially, this just included your phone, tablet or computer. It has since been expanded to include your internet enabled television, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, Amazon FireTV Stick, Roku and Roku stick. Beachbody is also currently in the process of creating a Beachbody On Demand app. This free app will allow you to access Beachbody On Demand easily with the touch of a finger and avoid having to access the internet on your mobile device. It will be available for free to all that have Beachbody On Demand and it will be on iPhone and Android platforms.
Which Workouts Can I Access with Beachbody On Demand?
Beachbody is regularly adding programs to the On Demand library but, as of now, you can access any program you have purchased and own, including the latest release by Shaun T titled Cize and Autumn Calabrese’s extremely popular 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs. In addition to being able to access programs you own, Beachbody has also made over 20 complete programs available to you via Beachbody On Demand whether you own them or not! And this does not just mean the basic package of each program. When Beachbody gives you access to these programs, it includes access to all of the “bonus workouts” included with them as well. These bonus workouts typically sell for an additional $20 or more and you can get them AND the entire program itself free when you have Beachbody On Demand.
The full programs and their bonus workouts available via On Demand are:
• Insanity Asylum Volume 1
• Insanity Asylum Volume 2
• P90X One on One: Volume 1
• Hip Hop Abs
• Rockin’ Body
• ChaLean Extreme
• Brazil Butt Lift
• 10 Minute Trainer
• Tai Cheng
• Shaun T Dance Party
• Turbo Jam
• Slim in 6
• Power 90
• Total Body Solution
• Yoga Booty Ballet
• Ho’ Ala keKino
• Power Half Hour
• Great Body Guaranteed
• Project You
Also included are Niche Workouts by celebrity trainers including Sagi Kalev, Autumn Calabrese and Tony Horton. These Niche Workouts are added monthly and only available in the On Demand Member Library. Niche workouts are special workouts created by Beachbody celebrity trainers only for Beachbody On Demand. This means these workouts are not available anywhere else or to anyone other than Club members. To find the Niche workouts, you need to go to the “By Trainer” category, select “Q & A” and that will lead you to the trainer question and answer session, along with their Niche workouts.
In addition to accessing all of the workouts that come with each of the Beachbody programs available on Beachbody On Demand, you can also access the other tools included with each program, including the quick start feature, nutrition guide, fitness guide, workout calendar, recipes and anything else included with it. If you prefer, you also have the option of downloading these documents (i.e., fitness guides, nutrition guides, fit tests, etc) on PDF so you can have a hard copy of it at hand.
If you need assistance with access to your On Demand workouts, you can watch a Beachbody On Demand informational video available to be viewed or downloaded on YouTube. The video is only two minutes long, walks you through getting familiarized with your Beachbody On Demand account and how to use it.
What If I Am Not Familiar with Any of the Beachbody Programs?
Beachbody has made On Demand so easy to use that it has even categorized the workout programs for you so you find the ones you can do and have easy access to them. When you log on, you will see your Purchased Programs on top followed by your Member Library below. The Member Library includes your Purchased Programs and all of the programs available for free mentioned above. Below the Member Library, you will have access to Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks gives you access to one of the workouts in each of the series included in this section. This means, whether you own them or not, you will have access to a workout from programs that include:
• 21 Day Fix
• 21 Day Fix Extreme
• Body Beast
• Insanity Max 30
Below the Sneak Peeks section, the workouts are all categorized by Type. You can choose workouts from categories that include:
• Muscle Building
• Less than 30 minutes
• Slim & Tone
And last but not least, if you have a favorite trainer and prefer to stick to workouts from only their lines, you can choose their name and select workouts or previews designed only by the trainer of your choice. Honestly, Beachbody could not have made it easier for you to workout. It is all at your fingertips and it is accessible in any format you choose.
What is Beachbody Challenge Du Jour?
Beachbody Challenge DuJour is a special selection of workouts that changes daily to create a balanced fitness regimen. It includes workouts from the entire Beachbody catalogue, along with some Master Trainer workouts as well. Each day a new workout is chosen from one of Beachbody’s programs. Unfortunately a schedule is not available so you will have to log in each day to see that days’ Challenge Du Jour workout. You can access previously available Challenge Du Jour workouts up to seven days back under the “Master Trainers” page. Simply go to the Home Page, hover over “Programs” and select the desired category.
Do Beachbody On Demand workouts have subtitles?
Some of the Beachbody On Demand workouts do have subtitles but not all. More will be added to the list of workouts with subtitles but, as of yet, it is undetermined which ones and when that will happen. The current list of subtitled programs includes:
• 21 Day Fix
• 21 Day Fix Extreme
• Body beast
• Insanity Asylum Volume 2
• Insanity Max:30
• Slim in 6
• Focus T25
• Tai Cheng
• Turbo Fire
How Do I Get Beachbody On Demand?
You can also just sign up for your free trial here
If you have a Team Beachbody Club membership read the following.
Beachbody On Demand is one of the many benefits available to you as a premium Team Beachbody Club member. Beachbody has two levels of membership, one is the Free Team Player membership and the other is the Premium Club Membership. The free membership is exactly that. It is a no cost membership that gives you access to:
• Team Beachbody website
• Caloric needs calculator
• Variety of articles on fitness, nutrition and overall health via the Team Beachbody blog
• View coach
• Track your workouts
• Interact in message boards
When you upgrade to the Premium Club Membership, you get a lot more features for a very low cost. With the Premium Club Membership, you get benefits that include:
• All features of the Team Beachbody Free Membership
• 10% discount on all Team Beachbody purchases
• Meal planning wizard to create personalized meal plans according to your dietary needs
• Access to celebrity trainer chats
• And Beachbody On Demand!
How Do I Access Beachbody On Demand Once I Have the Club Membership?
Team Beachbody Premium Club members can access On Demand through either a web browser or the Beachbody On Demand channel on supported devices. In the near future, Beachbody On Demand will be accessible via a Beachbody On Demand app.
To access On Demand via web browser, log into TeamBeachbody.com. If you have an existing account, select “Sign In” on the top menu bar. If you do not have a Beachbody On Demand account, select “Sign Up” on the top menu bar and it will walk you through the sign up process.
You will need access to high speed internet to use Beachbody On Demand, but on most occasions, anywhere that your device is able to get a data connection, you will be able to access the On Demand workouts.
How Much Does Beachbody On Demand Cost?
As previously mentioned, the Beachbody On Demand feature is just one of many included in the Club Membership. Prior to adding Beachbody On Demand, the Premium Club Membership was $2.99 per week or approximately $12 per month. After adding Beachbody On Demand, the price did not change so you are essentially getting it for free as a perk of being a Premium Club Member.
When you combine the benefits of the 10% discount on Team Beachbody products and the benefits of accessing so many workouts from home for free, the club membership basically pays for itself. If you regularly drink Shakeology for example, you are saving about $12 on your Shakeology plus a few more dollars on shipping as a club member as well. So, in some instances, you are not only getting back what you spend on the club membership, you are even saving some money on top of that. It is a deal that is hard to pass up if you are serious about fitness and dedicated to working out at home with Beachbody programs and Shakeology.
And when you compare the cost of a Club Membership to a gym membership, there is almost no comparison. A gym membership will run you at minimum $30 per month. That is over $360 per year. With Beachbody On Demand, you will pay a little over $150 per year and gain access to hundreds of workouts, nutrition guides, meal plans, and so much more. That alone would cost you over $150 in addition to the membership fees at a gym since you would need a personal trainer to design them for you.
Beachbody On Demand Pros & Cons
• Convenience: No need to have a DVD player
• Freedom: You can do the workouts outdoors, on vacation, in a hotel room, etc.
• Save money: You get a 10% discount on all Beachbody products
• Portability: As long as you have internet, you have access to the programs
• No waiting: You can start instantly, without waiting for a program or DVD to arrive in the mail
• Save time: You can get a workout in as little as 30 minutes. Getting to a gym and working out usually takes at least an hour, if not more.
• Variety: You have access to countless programs from a many disciplines of exercise so you can continuously improve your body and change up your workouts
• Guaranteed: Beachbody gives you a free 30 day trial when you sign up with Team Beachbody’s Premium Club Membership. That means it costs you nothing to try it out. If you do not like it, you can cancel at any time and will not be charged a penny.
• Printable Tools: The ability to print out PDF versions of the nutrition guide, fitness guide, workout calendar and other Beachbody tools is a benefit many like because it allows you to have multiple copies of this information at work, school, on business trips, etc and if you misplace it, you simply print out another one.
• If you cancel your club membership, you lose access to workouts On Demand. So, if you are only using the workouts in the free member library, you will no longer have access to them if you decide to downgrade to the free membership.
• Doing the workouts from your phone or computer can be tough for some. The screen is smaller and it can be difficult to see. If you have an AppleTV, ChromeCast, FireTV Stick or Roku, you can mirror these workouts onto your television and this will not be a con for you at all.
• No options to choose between music, instruction or both. When you purchase a program and have the DVDs, you have the option to pay the music, only hear the instructions, mute all sound or both. With Beachbody On Demand, your only option is to either hear both the music and instruction or mute all.
I am a person who finds time to press play no matter what. I got up at 3am to workout before heading out on our last vacation because we were leaving at 4am. I need my daily dose of exercise because I’ll be cranky otherwise! I used to bring my DVDs and laptop with me on vacation and had to wait several minutes while the computer turned on and then to start the DVD. With Beachbody On Demand, I don’t have to take all of that extra stuff. I just log into my account on my iPad, click the Beachbody On Demand link, select my workout and press play. I was able to workout in my bedroom the entire week while were away and I even worked out poolside a couple of days. I actually chose to do the Challenge De Jour workouts that week for variety and fun. My sister used my iPad too so she could get her workouts in as well.
I love that with Beachbody On Demand we have over 2000 total workouts to choose from. If you want to change your workouts every single day, you can. I like different ab workouts so every day I find one that is different and works a different body part. You can also choose to do an entire program, from start to finish, and that can take up to 90 days depending on the program you choose. The sneak peak workouts are some of my favorites because you can try out one of the workouts from Beachbody’s most recent and most popular programs without committing to buying anything. This is something I love so I don’t buy a program and then let it collect dust because I didn’t like it yet I’m too lazy to return it! Another perk I like is I can use it right away. And for someone with no patience, this is a feature I love! We all know it takes an eternity for something to arrive when you’re excited about it so this makes for instant gratification!
Beachbody On Demand is amazing and totally worth the small investment. After all, where can you join a gym for less than $3 a week and have access to so many workout programs, nutrition guides, meal plans designed for you AND a free coach that will be there helping guide you on your journey every step of the way? Uh, NOWHERE!
I’m doing Beachbody On Demand on vacation RIGHT NOW! Love that I get to bring my workouts with me and try new ones whenever I want.
BOD is AWESOME! I love the variety that it provides and how they keep adding new workouts. There is so much in there, it would be ages before you ever run out of new workouts. I’ve even tried things that are really out of my wheelhouse and its been amazing! I think for the $2.99 per week and everything you get, EVERYONE needs to get on board!