I recently joined Beachbody’s new On Demand program, and in this review I have a lot to say about their new platform.
On Demand is an attempt to move from old fashioned DVD systems to a more innovative – almost YouTube style – media delivery system. It gives you a way to access all of their workout programs (P90X, Insanity, 21 Day Fix, and tons more) for a flat rate.
I’m a fan of this style, since it allows you to try a variety of different programs to see which workout works best for you and your schedule.
Here’s a breakdown of what your paid access gets you, and a review of some things I personally like and dislike about my membership:
Streaming Videos are Super Easy
Streaming content is what really hooked me in. I’m not a big fan of DVDs – Netflix and Hulu have gotten me used to streaming video, and this does the same thing for my workouts. I’ve watched these videos through my laptop, tablet, and even my PS4 without any problem so far (I added detailed streaming instructions further down).
It’s harder to come up with excuses to not work out when I can pull up these videos, and it’s nice to have access to them when traveling.
You Get a LOT of Choice
This is another reason I was really drawn to BOD (Beachbody On Demand). Accessing $3,100+ worth of programs for a flat rate has given me a chance to find out which programs work best for me. Normally, I wouldn’t get the chance to actually try more than one system – I just don’t have the money to spend thousands of dollars trying new programs all the time.
I’ve found out that I really like a few programs – like TurboFire and T25 – that I never would have decided to purchase before.
Here’s some of the programs you can stream (they are adding more, so this is just what I can access at the time of writing this):
- P90X, P90X2, and P90X3
- Hip Hop Abs
- ChaLEAN Extreme
- Brazil Butt Lift
- 10 Minute Trainer
- Additional content from PiYo, 21 Day Fix, Body Beast, and Focus T25
It’s Harder to Get Bored
The above list provides hundreds of different workout videos. I’m the type of person that gets bored of doing the same thing after a while – and while workouts like 21 Day Fix are great, I can only repeat the same workouts for so long.
Once I finish a system’s full calendar, it’s fun to jump into a new program for a while. The added muscle confusion from different workouts helps keep me moving in the right direction.
… However, You Need the WHOLE System!
I made a mistake when I first signed up for On Demand – I thought I was just getting the workout videos, and those aren’t as helpful without having the full system at your fingertips. The videos show you how to work out, but not what to eat or what workout schedule to follow.
Thankfully, I was wrong – when I signed into my account, I was surprised to see the full program materials right alongside the videos. There are:
- Workout calendars
- Fitness guides
- Nutrition plans (personalized)
- Progress trackers
- VIP access to trainers
Pretty much everything you get when buying a system is right there for you to use, which makes a big difference. It really helps to lose weight when you don’t neglect nutrition.
Like the late Jack LaLanne always said:
“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack LaLanne
Being Able to Pick Your Trainer is AWESOME!
I don’t mean to talk badly about any of Beachbody’s trainers – they are all professionals, but some trainers will click with you better than others. Nobody can say which trainer’s methodology will work best for you, so it’s nice to be able to move on to a fresh face if you find one training style isn’t really working for you.
Personally, my favorite training styles are those of Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese, but I still haven’t tried all of the programs, and all of the trainers thus far have been helpful to watch.
Beachbody On Demand Results
Here’s what others have achieved through following the programs contained within BOD:
Of course, everyone gets different results based on which program you follow, how much effort you put in, how closely you watch your diet, what your goals are, etc. To make this work for you, put in 110% effort on both your workouts and your included diet plans!
Here’s What You NEED to Know About Pricing & The Free Trial
Okay, listen up – On Demand is priced differently from other programs. You don’t just pay upfront like when you buy a DVD. This is a streaming service that’s more like Netflix for workouts – new stuff is added all the time, and you pay a small cost for a monthly membership that lets you use all of their content.
When you sign up, it’s free for 30 days – which is perfect, because you can try a full workout program within that time (or two, if you’re really ambitious). Then, you have to decide whether to cancel and not pay anything, or keep going for $2.99 a week.
If you do cancel within 30 days, they don’t charge you anything. I would recommend this method to anyone thinking of buying a Beachbody product. Instead of paying up front, just try On Demand to test it out – that way you’re not out any money if you don’t stick with it.
There’s a lot of information here to try to describe how this service works, since it’s different from a normal DVD set. With all of that in mind, I really like Beachbody On Demand. It’s easier for me to use on a regular basis, I get to try a bunch of different programs, and it’s not just workout videos (it’s also nutrition planning, calendars, and a bunch of other bonuses).
Since it starts as a 30 day free trial, I recommend giving it a go. It’s easy to cancel, but the $2.99 a week is plenty cheaper than a gym membership – and since they keep adding new content, I’m going to stick around for a while.
How to Stream Beachbody on Demand
So you’ve started your free trial, and don’t want to follow the workouts on a tiny computer / phone screen. No problem, there are several ways to stream it to your big TV.
As a simpler option, you can also just use an HDMI cable between a laptop and your TV to play the workouts.
Streaming from Roku or Amazon Fire TV / Stick
Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick are the easiest methods, since they both use the Beachbody on Demand app.
- Using your remote, open your device to the main screen and proceed to search for apps. Type in “Beachbody on Demand” and install the free app that pops up in the results.
- Once you’ve opened the app, a website address and an activation code will appear. You need to verify that code on your computer (or phone/tablet) to confirm you’re an active subscriber. Visit the displayed website address to do so.
- After entering the activation code on the site, your app is ready to use. Just open it up using the remote and select your workout.
Streaming from Apple TV
To stream to an Apple TV, you’ll need to use AirPlay on an Apple device like a Mac, iPad or iPhone. Your device will then stream the Beachbody content to your Apple TV so you can do your workouts on the big screen. Both of your devices must be connected to WiFi.
- On your Apple TV, enter Settings and turn on AirPlay (if it isn’t already enabled).
- On your other Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or Mac) enable AirPlay. For an iPhone or iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and select AirPlay.
- Now just open Beachbody On Demand on your Apple device, choose your workout, and once it’s playing click the AirPlay button. Your workout should appear on your TV.
ChromeCast + Computer
You can use Google ChromeCast to stream On Demand from your computer to your TV using the Google Chrome browser.
- Install the Google Chrome web browser and the Google Cast extension (there’s also a Google Cast extension for mobile Android devices as well).
- Play the desired Beachbody on Demand workout. Once the video pops up, click the Google Cast button at the top of your browser.
- Select your ChromeCast device from the list (your TV should appear as long as your devices are on the same network).
- The workout will appear on your TV.
Sony Playstation 4 / Microsoft Xbox One
Although it’s not officially supported, you can use an Xbox or PS4 to stream your workouts to your TV if you change a simple setting.
By default, Beachbody on Demand will try to use Flash to play the workouts (which isn’t supported on these game consoles). By changing a setting, you can force the browser to load the mobile version of the site, which avoids Flash and allows videos to play on your game console.
Open the settings for your web browser, and find the option to display websites as mobile pages. Enable it, then use Beachbody on Demand as usual. When you’re done, you can turn the setting back off if you prefer.