When someone mentions Beachbody, whether you’re familiar with the workouts or not, you probably think of P90X, Tony Horton, and maybe Insanity with Shaun T.
You also might think of using a DVD player to watch these workouts.
That is sooooo 2008.
In 2015 with a great, forward-thinking move for the company, Beachbody officially joined the video streaming world. Seeing the societal shift towards streaming technology like the Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, Roku, and our smartphones, they decided to ditch the DVD’s and allow people access to their popular workouts via smart technology. They still produce and sell the DVD’s that made the company so popular in the home fitness market, but now offer streaming workouts in addition to the DVD’s and let me tell you it’s like the Netflix of fitness.
The streaming techonology allows customers access to over 700 workouts, including the entire library of Beachbody workouts while the company enjoys your payment on an annual basis rather than once every few years with a DVD workout. Win-win for everyone.
WHAT IT GIVES YOU
Like I stated before, Beachbody On Demand is a streaming workout video service. It gives you access to over 700 workouts produced by Beachbody. You get access to popular programs like these…
- P90X 2
- P90X 3
- 21 Day Fix
And many, many more. In addition to these and several other workouts, you’ll get access to Beachbody’s expert trainers. Including Tony Horton, ShaunT, Chalene Johnson, Autumn Calabrese, and many others.
You can access the workouts with any streaming device: the Fire Stick, Chromecast, Roku, or any streaming device, including your iPad, tablet, and computer. I currently use a Roku TV to stream my workouts.
There is a Beachbody On Demand app that makes access to the workouts really easy. They put a lot of thought into the app and have convenient navigation features that make it super easy and fun to use.
For example…when you open the app on your phone you immediately see two things. First is a personalized welcome message telling you to get back to the workout you most recently finished. And second, is a number that tells you how many other Beachbody On Demand subscribers are currently using the app to workout. A cool feature that tells me that I’m not the only one languishing through a workout at 5 AM.
As you scroll down through the app you’ll see “Recently Watched” workouts, then the complete library of workouts which I think is organized by their current, most popular programs.Finally you reach the workouts organized by trainer where you can choose your workout based on your favorite Beachbody fitness personality. Similar to the workout programs, I think this is organized by popularity.
One more nice feature of the app is that you can stream the workouts or download. If you download the workouts they are saved within the app and available with easy access at any time. This is a nice feature because my internet connection isn’t the greatest in my basement home gym, so the streaming tends to buffer. If I download a workout I don’t have this problem.
If you like to monitor your heart rate while exercising, the BBOD even has an option to sync each workout to your heart rate monitor or fitness tracker. You can sync the workouts to your Apple Watch or Wahoo Tickr X heart rate monitor. I personally don’t use heart rate monitors so I can’t tell you how well this works, but it is a nice additional feature.
For each of the workout programs you’ll get access to the workout calendars, fitness guides, nutrition plans, and progress trackers. Basically everything that comes with the DVD’s, you’ll be able to download immediately for quick and convenient access.
For access to this service you have a few options.
- One time payment of $99 ($8.25/month), with a 30 day risk free trial
- 2 payments a year of $59 ($9.84/month), with a 30 day risk free trial
- 4 payments a year of $39 ($13/month), with the first 14 days free