Is Beachbody On Demand Worth It?
Is Beachbody On Demand worth it? It’s a question that we get all of the time. There are so many free ways to exercise. Between the two of us, we’ve covered a lot of workouts ourselves. From running to boutique HIIT classes to belly dancing classes to your old-school gym, we’ve put in the legwork.
These past seven years, we’ve followed workout programs through Beachbody On Demand (BOD). After collecting data, looking at the numbers, and enjoying results, here’s our conclusion on whether or not BOD is worth it.
is beachbody on demand worth it?
I first completed a Beachbody workout program in 2013. This pre-dates the “on demand” streaming, so I borrowed a few DVDs of P90X from my buddy, Bill. I had never followed an exercise program before. Instead, all my workouts were self-guided.
My exercise consisted of running, basic bodyweight moves, and soccer or volleyball games with colleagues. With my engineering career, came more inactivity. Even after a long workday, I couldn’t find the energy to go for a run or kick the ball around.
There was no question that I was feeling unhealthy and gaining weight. Once I pressed play on these workouts, I never went back. The results, variety, and structure blew my mind. And so did the results. I felt like an athlete again.
Now that both Alex and I are Beachbody On Demand enthusiasts, we are reminded weekly why Beachbody On Demand (BOD) is so worth it.
There are the weeks when you’re reminded of how fit you are. Like the week when Alex attended an Orange Theory workout with her girlfriends and thought it was too easy. Or, the week Ryan joined a pickup soccer game and scored three goals.
Then, there are the weeks when our Beachbody On Demand workouts help you show up for life. Like that time we opened the Lonely Planet book and planned an adventure including all the “advanced” hikes and climbs.
Most commonly, there are hectic weeks. For example, in the last week we have done a HIIT cardio workout in our living room in Costa Rica, recovery workout at our gate in the San Jose airport, yoga in our tiny Airbnb in Mexico City, and lifting workout in our new living room in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
After years of following Beachbody On Demand (BOD) workouts, this why we think BOD is worth it. We hope these points inspire you into action. The best way to start is with the Beachbody On Demand Free Trial.
1. They Really Work
Alex and I have seen results personally, and we’re honestly the fittest among our friends and family. This has been consistent and true for nearly a decade, and we’ve seen the same in our Duo Life Community members who are also using BOD.
With fitness, there’s no magic bullet. Just hard work. Beachbody On Demand is worth it because it lets you work smarter and more conveniently.
We have the data to back this up, in addition to our transformation story. Alex and I did what we do best as engineers, and designed an experiment to compare cardio workouts on BOD to YouTube workouts and cardio methods common at the gym.
In the cardio experiment, we learned that not all workouts are created equal. In fact, the best workouts are up to 90% more effective than the worst. Let’s look at an example with you and your friend, Steve.
Based on our cardio data, if you did 20 minutes of Shaun T’s Insanity 5 days a week while Steve used the stationary bike, you’d burn 81,000 more calories in a year. That’s the equivalent of losing 23 pounds more than Steve (assuming you both burn and consume calories identically).
I bet Steve would agree that your Beachbody On Demand all access membership is worth it. Not all workouts are created equal. Don’t make the mistake of allowing an inferior workout to waste your time and effort.
If you’re interested in testing out the workouts yourself, start a BOD free trial.
2. It’s Crazy Cheap
To understand if Beachbody On Demand is worth it, we have to look at the cost. A Beachbody On Demand membership is $8.25 a month. Including, unlimited classes, 24-hour access, from pilates to HIIT to martial arts.
Gym memberships seem cheap, but they’re not. On average, health and fitness expenses in the US clock in at $140,000 over a lifetime. Those monthly fees add up.
We ran the numbers and learned that, as a couple, we saved $5000 in 6 years by using Beachbody On Demand instead of to going to a typical gym ($42 monthly per person). What’s more, that includes the cost of our home gym equipment.
Let’s say Steve pays $42/month for a gym membership while you pay $99/ year ($8.25/month) for Beachbody On Demand. If you both do five workouts per week, the gym cost is $2.10/workout while with the Beachbody On Demand cost is $0.41/workout. That’s 410% cheaper than the gym. Again, Steve would most definitely agree that Beachbody On Demand is worth it.
Furthermore, it gets crazier when you tack on the additional cost of a personal trainer to provide a structured plan and instruction on proper form. Speaking of…
3. You Get World-Class Personal Trainers
Everyone needs a trainer. Even Olympians and professional athletes have trainers. Beachbody employs top industry trainers (backed by a team of sports scientists) to guide you through the streamed workout programs on Beachbody On Demand.
Right there on the screen, you have guidance on what to do, when to do it, and for how long. You’ll hear adequate instruction and see proper form demonstrated. Also, for safety, modifications are shown to help you adjust range of motion due to an injury or limitation. For best results, modifications also demonstrate how to increase or decrease the intensity of a move to match your fitness level.
Beachbody On Demand comes with a personal trainer. Also, you’ll have a calendar to guide you through the program and tracking sheets to record weights and reps. The schedule prevents decision fatigue. You never have to wonder, “What workout should I be doing today?” The tracking sheets help you record and drive progress as you’ll want to up the ante from the prior week.
BOD is worth it because it offers guidance, a structured plan, and tools to drive progress. Speaking of progress…
4. You get a Nutrition Plan
What is a fitness plan without a nutrition plan? What you put in your mouth amounts to 80% of your results. Your fitness plan must include guidance on what, and how much to eat.
With Beachbody On Demand, each program includes a nutrition plan tailored to your gender, activity level, goals, and body weight. Also included are recipes, shopping lists, and even a cooking show. These tools have been invaluable for Alex and me as nutrition is what keeps us consistently fit and in shape year-round.
You can access the nutrition plan in the Beachbody On Demand free trial by clicking on a program and viewing the “program materials.”
5. Work Out From Anywhere
Want to work out at home? No problem. Prefer the gym? Cool. Only have 6 square feet in your hotel room in Japan? That’s workable too. Having the ability to work out from anywhere eliminates so many excuses. Plus, you become more consistent.
You no longer have to drive to the gym. Therefore, commute time, weather, and class times are no longer excuses. The same goes for not having the time to workout. There are plenty of effective programs consisting of workouts that are less than 30 minutes.
If you don’t have the equipment, that’s no problem. Numerous programs through BOD require none but your body weight. Others show you how to use resistance bands if you don’t have access to weights. We have compiled the most effective resistance band exercises into our Resistance Band Workout Routine. All these moves were learned from Beachbody workouts.
Not having wifi isn’t even an excuse, since you can download up to 7 workouts through the Beachbody On Demand app for offline use.
6. Unlimited Variety
Lack of variety can be dangerous. Too often, it leads to boredom, plateau, or injury. Beachbody On Demand is worth it because it offers infinite variety. There is something for every fitness level and interest. The programs range from 3 weeks to 3 months typically, so you can try something new every couple of months.
Also, you don’t have to strictly follow BOD workouts to make your membership worth it. Some of the programs are only four days a week, so there are free days to rest, bike, or level up your running. This variety keeps exercise fun while keeping your body out of its comfort zone.
Additionally, Beachbody On Demand is a pioneer in the fitness industry, and they release new workouts by new trainers every year. As long-time enthusiasts, that makes BOD very worth it.
Read more: How to optimize your workouts.
7. You Learn New Techniques
With your Beachbody On Demand trainer (like celebrity trainers Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, Autumn Calabrese, and Shaun T), you’re training with the best and learning their proven exercise techniques. What’s more, is that you can do it at your own pace, in the privacy of your own home.
For us, we have learned how to weight lift, practice yoga, and use resistance bands instead of weights while we travel.
With weight lifting using programs like Body Beast, LIIFT4, and P90X, you learn how to strengthen all muscle groups using proper form. They tell you and show you precisely what you need to be doing. Weight lifting is critical to maintaining metabolism and a healthy waistline. Nothing worked better than weightlifting for Alex. She had a significant transformation with Body Beast, going from “skinny fat” to ripped.
You can also learn how to do yoga through the Beachbody On Demand Yoga Studio without feeling uncomfortable in a group class. Don’t worry about feeling lost. You will hear thorough, professional instruction through the screen.
Finally, a game-changer for us has been learning how to use resistance bands when we travel. When we don’t have access to weights, programs like P90X3 and LIIFT4 include a person demonstrating how to modify the moves using bands. It’s pretty incredible.
Teaching us these new techniques makes Beachbody On Demand invaluable.
Read more: Couple’s yoga for beginners.
8. You Influence The People Around You
When you’re at the gym, you’re (maybe) influencing other people who are already motivated to get to the gym. However, when you use Beachbody On Demand at home, in the park, or at the holiday weekend with family, you influence loved ones around you.
Instead of disappearing to the gym, your kids or spouse will see you investing hard work into your health. Seeing you sweat day after day will undoubtedly influence them. Many learn that Beachbody On Demand programs are worth it when they discover that loved ones will start joining them.
Speaking of influencing your spouse…
9. Beachbody On Demand Is Perfect For Couples
Not only can you share the cost of the BOD membership, but you can follow the programs together to stay accountable. It’s a fun way to spend time together. Additionally, the energy you gain will help you better yourselves in all aspects of life. If you’re like us, you’ll start planning more active vacations and creating competitions together.
If you are apart frequently or don’t have the same work schedules, that’s not a deal-breaker. Instead, you can still follow the workout calendar provided and check-in with each other daily to inquire about their workout. We did this for years when we were doing long distance.
10. Beachbody On Demand Is Environmentally Friendly
What’s more environmentally friendly than streaming your workouts from home?
According to Men’s Health, those who go to the gym once a month drive an average of 5.1 miles. Those who go five times a month commute 3.7 miles. This not only shows you that you’re more likely to exercise if your gym is closer to home, but it also shows how much these miles add up over time.
Alex and I work out at least 20 times a month. We’re happy to be green and eco-friendly by working out in our living room and not worrying about commutes or new clothes.
How green are your workouts?
Read more: Other eco-friendly lifestyle habits.
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Hey we're Ryan and Alex
The creators of Ryan and Alex Duo Life. We are a husband-wife duo and “lifestyle engineers.”
After eight years working in the corporate world, originally as engineers, we left our high-powered jobs to tackle our true passion — helping couples engineer their best lives.
The synergy of our engineering minds and ten years of health coaching experience produced Ryan and Alex Duo Life. Our mission is to help you transform your bodies, minds, and relationship, as a couple.