Is Beachbody on Demand worth it? I’m not a coach anymore, but I still love the Beachbody workouts. I signed up for Beachbody on Demand a long time ago, just so I’d have access to my purchased workouts online (ain’t nobody got time to load a DVD in the laptop everyday, and I’m probably one laptop away from not even having the option anymore). I think there were a few extra, older programs included there, too, so it was well worth the money even then.
But NOW. Yowza. I went ahead and upgraded for around $60-something (It’s just under $100.00/year, but I had just paid for another three months of the first version of BOD I had). I love variety in my workouts. Sometimes I’m in the mood to do yoga even though cardio’s the plan. Sometimes I want to do something I’ve never done before. Sometimes I want to do 25 minutes of HIIT, not 45 minutes of walking on a treadmill because I have more energy than I expected when I made up my workout plan for the week. Bottom line: I love freedom and convenience and this gives them to me.
I haven’t tried all the workouts yet, but I’ll share the details on some of my favorites, the ones I’ve completed or come really close to completing:
Who knew you could sweat so much and whittle down to a leaner version of yourself without any running or crazy jumping sequences (there may have been a few easily-modified jumping moves, but I can’t remember for sure since it’s been so long since I did this program)? By the two-week mark, my body felt good. This made me feel younger, like I could move more easily. Even taking little strolls around the neighborhood felt much better. My midsection and arms really leaned out, too. Chalene’s not my favorite fitness personality (peppy, talkative trainers are never my first choice), but she didn’t bother me here. The peppiness was still there, but this program was toned down compared to, say, TurboFire (understandably). My body still craves this kind of workout, which feels like a mix of Pilates, yoga, and cardio. I would do it more often if I didn’t devote most of my workout time to lifting weights (weightlifting has had my heart since 1999).
People seem to love or hate Tony Horton, and I am firmly in the “love him” camp. He just cracks me up and his workouts are hard, but challenging. I love this program SO much because it has a little of everything but doesn’t take forever to complete each day (I’m looking at you, P90X, which I never did because of the length of the workouts). Each day, you work out for about 30 minutes and then you’re done. There’s a mix of cardio, agility, yoga, weights…everything in one place for a body that doesn’t just look good by the end of it, but performs well, too.
So I already said I love lifting weights. I also know I could benefit from more cardio, even though I generally hate it. I jumped on this program ASAP because it’s the perfect combination for me, my goals, and what I enjoy. You’ve got Sagi Kalev from Body Beast, leading the heavier lifting sessions, and Autumn Calabrese from 21 Day Fix leading the more cardio-focused workouts (though there is some crossover and they do routines together). This was fun, challenging, and made me stronger. My ego took a hit because I had to modify on some things, but that’s good because it means I can progress.
Honorable mention – Cize! I love this for cardio days I don’t want to be insanely intense (sometimes my foot acts up and I can’t do a ton of jumping). I just realized I made a pun. Ha. “Insane-ly” like Insanity, also featuring Shaun T. Definitely don’t want that intensity every day with the problems I have. haha The music is wonderful and Shaun T’s teaching style can make anybody feel like they belong in the middle of the club. Seriously. I feel like I have some moves when I do this, and if you’ve never seen me dance… Well, there’s a reason nobody’s seen me dance. 😉 This is an upbeat workout that’ll make you sweat, but your body won’t feel completely annihilated by the end. At least not every day. I didn’t follow the calendar on this one. I just use this when I need some cardio and don’t feel like getting on the treadmill or walking/running outside.
Programs I want to try that also came with BOD: Chalean Extreme, 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X, and Core de Force. I’ve sampled Core de Force for random cardio days, but I would like to do it all the way through. Right now, I’m committing to the Tone It Up Bikini Series starting April 24th. After eight weeks of that, I’ll probably jump into Chalean Extreme or 21 Day Fix Extreme and then work through them from there. There are some rumors circulating that three new Beachbody programs are coming out this year, but I really don’t know anything about them. I may let some future program cut in line, depending on the timing and what it is.
Bottom line? I can’t recommend Beachbody on Demand enough as long as you have the Internet connection to support it without unplanned starts and stops. You’ll get variety and work HARD. Keep your diet in check and results are pretty much guaranteed, and you don’t have to have a gym membership or invest in a lot of equipment. You’ll need dumbbells, a mat, a bench and/or a ball (as far as I know, the bench is never a requirement, though it does make Body Beast and Hammer & Chisel easier), and some resistance bands at the most. Totally worth it.