Honestly, before testing the BOD interactive and writing this BODi review, we didn’t expect much. Beachbody On Demand already enriches our fitness life, so we didn’t see much opportunity for improvement.
To say the least, we were pleasantly surprised. Beachbody has been innovating the at-home workout space since the late 1990s. With the popularity of at-home spin workouts, as discovered by Peloton, Beachbody launched their BODi live interactive workout service.
But, how is this different compared to Beachbody On Demand streamed workouts? And is it worth upgrading to the BODi Beachbody platform or is BOD sufficient?
Here is our experience and BODi review.
bodi review: is it worth it?
BODi is the thing your home gym is missing and you didn’t even know it.
We have been working out to Beachbody programs since 2008. This is back when we had to eagerly await our P90X and Focus T:25 DVDs in the mail! Wow, that makes us feel old.
Since then, thankfully, Beachbody has kept up with the times and the technology. In 2015, we began streaming workouts on Beachbody On Demand and it’s been game-changing for our health and fitness to have the flexibility and huge selection of workouts.
We also had access to accountability groups first on Facebook, and now more commonly on BODGroups.
We’re always asked if Beachbody On Demand is worth it — to which we say a resounding yes (but make up your own mind with our full review). It has just about everything you need…
But, something was missing, and we didn’t realize it until started testing the platform for this BODi review.
WHAT IS BODi?
BODi, or Beachbody On Demand Interactive, is Beachbody’s big push to compete with Peloton’s style of live classes. Plus, there’s a new (and pretty cool) interactive component.
Just like the gym around your corner, there’s a BODi schedule of classes — many of which are taught live — as well as continued access to Beachbody’s full library of workouts.
Launched in September 2021, the BODi membership introduction coincided with Beachbody’s purchase of the stationary exercise bike called the MYX Bike.
In addition to cycling classes, Beachbody’s BODi also offers an array of weight lifting, cardio, pilates, barre, HIIT, and even meditation classes (and more!) These classes are taught by the same trainers you know and love: Autumn Calabrese, Shaun T, Joel Freeman, and a few new faces too.
Many of these classes are live, and the schedule changes daily with one workout every hour, 24 hours a day. Users also have full access to past BODi workouts that can be streamed anytime.
Finally, Beachbody’s nutrition programs 2B Mindset and Ultimate Portion Fix can be watched, free of charge, on BODi. Normally these nutrition programs are $100 each, so this is an excellent value.
BODi REVIEW: HOW DO YOU WATCH BODi?
BODi, like Beachbody On Demand, is streamed to your computer, smart TV, tablet, phone, and also onto the screen that is attached to the handlebars of the MYX Bike.
You can also watch with Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, and on the BOD app for both Apple and Android devices.
What’s more, is the BODi live interactive platform can be streamed worldwide (we completed this BODi review in Colombia), but note that sometimes devices like Roku or Chromecast do not host the Beachbody channel outside of the US, Canada, or the UK.
HOW DOES A BODi MEMBERSHIP WORK?
BODi requires a separate membership that can be purchased daily, monthly, or yearly. You’ll also need an active Beachbody On Demand membership, in addition to the cost of BODi Beachbody.
For Beachbody On Demand pricing, which is for 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions as well as how to start a 2-week free trial, read our article, “How Much is Beachbody On Demand.”
From there, you can access all of the live and scheduled classes on BODi, the whole library of past classes, and Beachbody’s nutrition programs.
You can view the class schedule for today and the upcoming days. Then you click “sign up” and you’ll receive an email reminder when class is about to start.
This is one thing we like about BODi, it feels just like a gym where you’ve committed to attending a certain class at a certain time.
The class itself feels very interactive and quite different from simply watching a former Beachbody program. You feel like the trainer is talking more “to” you than “at” you.
The coolest part is the BODCast. On the screen next to the trainer, you see other folks just like you working out in their living rooms. You can actually sign up to be on screen! What’s a bigger commitment device than that?
Yes, if you’re caught on screen resting when you should be working, you will be called out!
In the image below, you can see individuals working out at home on the BODCast. Another BODi feature we loved was that you can separately control the volume of the music and the trainer’s voice, and if you don’t like the song you can skip to the next.
How much does BODi cost?
Once you have a Beachbody On Demand subscription, you can sign up for BODi. Currently, there are three different payment tiers. Below is the daily, monthly, and yearly Beachbody BODi cost.
BODi 24 hour day pass
8,00€ (Available to those with billing addresses in France only)
BODi 1 month pass
22,94€ (Available to those with billing addresses in France only)
BODi Yearly Pass
A BODi Yearly Pass can be purchased at any time. If you already have Beachbody On Demand, you’ll just pay for BODi on a pro-rated scale to match the remaining length of your Beachbody On Demand Subscription.
Or, if you’re starting from scratch, you have more opportunities to bundle Beachbody On Demand with BODi at a discount.
How to bundle supplements with your BODi purchase?
This can be done through the purchase of a “Total-Solution Pack” (formerly known as a Challenge Pack).
As usual, Beachbody offers a full range of customizable Total-Solution Packs, which is great for getting the best discount but also confusing for first-time users. (If you need help, we’re happy to offer guidance!)
The most common Total-Solution Pack is one that includes Shakeology. If you want a bag of Shakeology, 12-months of Beachbody On Demand, and 12-months of BODi, the discounted price is $328.95 USD (or $388.95 CAD, £307.29 GBP, or 379,95 €).
The discount is roughly 40% off with this Total-Solution Pack example.
What if I just want the workouts?
If you’re just looking for Beachbody On Demand with BODi, here is the latest pricing as of February 2022:
$199 USD for BODi
($298 USD total for both BOD and BODi)
$239 CAD for BODi
($358 CAD total for both BOD and BODi)
£199 GBP for BODi
(£298 GBP total for both BOD and BODi)
(343€ total for both BOD and BODi. Only available for those with billing addresses in France)
What if I already have a Beachbody On Demand subscription and want to add BODi?
If you’re not eligible to upgrade with a Total-Solution Pack (which by far gives you the best discount) an annual BODi membership on its own is $298 USD.
This amount will be pro-rated with however much time you still have on your Beachbody On Demand subscription.
For example, if you only have 6-months left on your annual Beachbody On Demand subscription, you will only be charged half of $298, so your BODi subscription matches your Beachbody On Demand subscription.
BODI Review: worth it? or is Beachbody On Demand enough?
This is the question that we’re asked the most.
We’re more than happy with Beachbody On Demand and have used it exclusively for a decade to stay fit.
We love that every year there are new programs and, on top of that, we have our favorite list of best Beachbody workouts that we can always go back to. The Beachbody On Demand library includes everything from yoga and barre to weight lifting and HIIT.
But, we also recognize that for some, Beachbody On Demand may not be enough. Beachbody On Demand works best when you’re in a routine: working out at the same time daily and studiously marking that big “X” on the workout calendar.
When you’re out of a routine, it’s easy not to “press play.” If this is the case, it’s nice to log in to BODi and see what new classes are available. The BODi live interactive workout platform will also track your progress and recommend new workouts.
For people who need more accountability or at least a bigger commitment device, then BODi is incredibly helpful.
Just like in a real gym, you can sign up for certain classes and even volunteer to be part of the BODCast up on the screen. If you’re on the BODCast, you can interact and get feedback from the trainers! Who wouldn’t want their form corrected by Shaun T?
For added accountability, you’ll receive email reminders about the classes you signed up for.
Additionally, when you show up early for class, there will be a mix of advertising and inspirational/motivational content. For example, when we arrived early for one class, we enjoyed following a short meditation (pictured below).
It was a great way to transition from our workday to our workout!
When testing the platform for this BODi review, there were a lot of small and unexpected benefits that separated BODi from BOD. Then, there was one huge benefit.
That is: BODi hosts the nutrition programs 2B Mindset and Portion Fix (and more nutrition programs are coming soon, including one about gut health). Frankly, this is a massive value, and we highly recommend the Portion Fix container system.
So for those who are looking for video guidance on how to grapple with their nutrition, we highly recommend upgrading to BODi.
Can I still be part of a BODGroup if I have BODi?
Absolutely! We run a free BODGroup that is open to all. The BODGroup can be accessed on the Beachbody On Demand app (just like BODi). To join our group, just let us know. Through this link, you’ll automatically be added to our team for free.
Does BODi include a free Beachbody coach?
Yes! Every Beachbody customer has a coach. You’re paying for it, so make sure you find a good one.
If you request us to be your coaches you get a two-for-one deal. Here’s how we work.
We never contact you with anything promotional and always respond thoughtfully to your questions through email or our BODgroup.
Since we have been following Beachbody programs (all of them) since 2010 and drinking Shakeology since 2014, we have a lot of experience.
Additionally, we have helped over 15,000 customers, and, according to Google, in 2021 alone our helpful Beachbody articles were read by 130,254 readers.
Lastly, since Beachbody coaching is only a small portion of our business (our lifestyle website for couples) our advice is less biased and we often share tools outside the Beachbody umbrella.
CLOSING THOUGHTS ON BEACHBODY’S BODi
We hope our BODi review has helped answer your questions. While we’re still new to BODi, leave any questions you have in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you soon.
For other questions regarding Beachbody workouts, Shakeology, or if you want a straight-up honest review of the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity, make sure your head over to our Beachbody Page.
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