A Beachbody on Demand Review–Five Good Reasons to Give Beachbody On Demand a Try:
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*Updated April 3, 2017
What is Beachbody on Demand?
Beachbody on Demand is a membership service offered by Beachbody.com that gives you streaming access to many (almost all) of the exercise programs produced by Beachbody.
It’s like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video but with exercise routines instead of movies. You won’t be cuddling up with anyone to watch this stuff but you’ll have a lot more people want to cuddle with you after you’ve been working out with Tony Horton and Shaun T for a while.
Why Should You Want Beachbody on Demand (BOD)?
BOD could be the thing that puts the pizazzle back into your exercise routine.
Who doesn’t get bored with the same ‘ol workouts over and over?
We all do. It’s part of it. You have to mix things up sometimes to keep exercise interesting. If you look forward to your next workout about as much as your next colonoscopy then you need to change something up.
There are SO. MANY. WORKOUTS. to choose from with a BOD membership. If you can’t find at least a couple of programs that get you all warm and tingly then you’re not looking hard enough.
A Bit of Advice-Never decide a workout isn’t amazing because it’s ‘old’. You’ll miss out on a ton of great programs if you do. Make sure your bias against a workout is because of something OTHER THAN the publication date.
There are a ton of reasons to sign up for Beachbody on Demand.
Here are the best ones…
Free trial! You’ve got nothing to lose. Sure, you’re going to get even more email than you did before you signed up but let’s be real, you didn’t worry about that when you dished out your email to that restaurant for a free burger last week.
#2-Meet Someone New
Now’s your chance to meet an instructor you’ve been wondering about. Try out a workout with a host you don’t know yet. Maybe they’ll inspire you in the way you’ve been looking for. Or maybe your friend has been telling you how amazing Shaun T is and you’ve never seen it for yourself. This is your opportunity to find the instructor that makes your bell ring. We all need to find the program or person who motivates us.
#3-Find Out Who DOESN’T Fit Your Workout Style
Find out which Beachbody workouts and instructors you DON’T like. Not every instructor or video will be a perfect match for you. Knowing what doesn’t work is as important as knowing what does.
For example, if you find out you love TurboFire (but nothing else) you can buy the series and feel confident in knowing that you’re getting a program you’ll actually do because you’ve already tried it.
Or maybe you’ll discover Tony Horton makes you want to punch yourself in the face sometimes. This is your chance to figure it out so you’ll know which workouts to invest your money in (and which ones to avoid).
My advice: Don’t decide who you love based on one series or one routine. Try the same instructor in more than one series before you decide he/she isn’t for you. Each series has a different mood/style and your opinion and experience with the series will affect your impression of the instructor.
#4-Finally–Access to the Extras!
Remember all those empty slots you found when you bought the last video series from Beachbody? The titles were there on the pretty disk sleeve but the videos were missing because you only got those if you paid for the upgraded set (not the basic package). Now you get to find out what all those missing workouts were about!
That was the first thing I checked for (the elusive missing workouts) after I signed up (I think I’m always hacked off about those missing videos).
Clear sound and picture, and closed captioning! That’s right—you can read the entire workout and listen to your own music. Figure out what plugs or wireless gadgets you need to connect your device to your TV and enjoy!
There’s also a list of equipment you’ll need and the length of each workout under the information for each program.
*Keep reading to find out Where And How To Sign Up, How Much It Costs, and What You’ll Get (and won’t get) with your membership.
I’ve been using this service for about a year now.
Here’s what I know…
*There’s a 30-day free trial then 4 options:
1) 3-month membership for 12.96/month or one payment of $38.87
2) 6-month membership for 9.99/month or one payment of $59.95
3) 12-month membership for $8.33/month or one payment of $99.95 (if you choose the one-time payment in option 3 then you’ll automatically be upgraded to the All-Access pass)
4) 12-month membership for a $99.95 one-time payment (This is an All-Access* pass membership)
UPDATE-The All-Access promotion (possibly) ends on March. 31, 2017 (they’ve extended the offer at least once so the promotion could possibly continue beyond March 31, 2017, but at this time it’s scheduled to end).
*As of April 1, 2017, it appears that All-Access is still an option. It’s hard to say how long this offer will stick around but I do think it will eventually become obsolete.
*Refer to the section below What Don’t You Get (in a Basic Membership) to understand what an All-Access pass offers.
Easy to sign up?
Yes, but give yourself time to read everything. I’d recommend allowing ten to fifteen minutes to read every screen and do every step. Here are the steps*:
*Your steps could be slightly different. These things change over time but this was my experience step by step.
Select the 3, 6, or 12-month paid subscription.
Read over the contents of your shopping cart. Make sure you see the 30-day free trial there, along with the membership you selected. This is also when you have to give away your credit card number.
You can write down the cancellation number now (1-800-470-7870) or wait. (You’ll see it again in one of the emails you’ll be getting.)
Now you’ll be prompted to purchase an additional Beachbody product. Close the message, select ‘No Thanks’, or go ahead and add it to your order. If you’ve ever bought anything online from Beachbody before you’ll be expecting at least 3-4 prompts to purchase more stuff before you’re ever done checking out (surprisingly, that wasn’t the case this time, I was only prompted to buy another product once!).
That’s it (kind of)! Now you see a big Thank You, and for your kindness you’re asked to complete a survey. Now you’ll get a bunch of emails. Go ahead and make a folder right now that’s called Beachbody on Demand (BOD) so you can store all of those emails. Make sure the email with that cancellation phone number is in there.
Look in your inbox for the email that provides the link to sign up for Team Beachbody Club. Guess what? This means you have to create an account. I know that’s your favorite thing to do. Come on, you know you can memorize one more screen name and password. (Write those down somewhere or use the same one you use on all your accounts. Seriously, don’t do that).
Once you create your account in the Team Beachbody Club you get access to the Member Library. These are the series/workouts included in the basic membership/free trial:
Tony Horton Workouts
- Tony One-on-One (Vol. 1,2, & 3)
- 10 Minute Trainer
- Power Half Hour
- Power 90
- Ho’Ala ke Kino (Awaken the Body)
Shaun T Workouts:
- Insanity Max:30
- Insanity: The Asylum (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
- Focus T25
- Hip Hop Abs
- Hip Hop Abs Deluxe
- Dance Party
Chalene Johnson Workouts:
- Chalean Extreme
- Turbo Jam
Additional Workout Series:
- Body Beast (Sagi Kalev)
- 3-Week Yoga Retreat
- Beachbody Yoga Studio
- Fixate (a cooking show)
- The Master’s Hammer & Chisel
- 21 Day Fix Extreme
- Brazil Butt Lift (Original, Carnivale, & Master Series)
- Tai Cheng
- Rev Abs
- Yoga Booty Ballet
- Total Body Solution
- Kathy Smith’s Project: You Type 2
- Great Body Guaranteed!
- Slim in 6
- Active Maternity
BOD Exclusive Workouts Featuring:
- Autumn Calabrese
- Sagi Kalev
- Jericho McMatthews
- Tony Horton
- Joel Freeman
Check out the FAQ section for more information about what membership includes (access to a Beachbody Coach, access to the message boards, and a 10% discount on some BB products).
Can I access any of the videos in the Premium Content?
Yes, for more money. (Or with an All-Access* membership)
*Remember the All-Access option goes away after Feb. 28, 2017
What DON’T you get (in a basic membership)?
The following videos are considered Premium Content* and each can be accessed individually (for additional money) or you can get your hands on all of these with an All-Access membership:
- Core de Force
- Cize (Shaun T)
- PiYo (Chalene Johnson)
- Country Heat (Autumn Calabrese)
- 22 Minute Hard Corps (Tony Horton)
- 21 Day Fix (Autumn Calabrese)
*All the Premium Content is included in the All-Access membership
Where are the Beachbody videos I’ve purchased? (I thought I could access them on BOD?)
You can access videos YOU purchased (from the Beachbody website or from Amazon) on your Beachbody on Demand account. If you (not another person in your household) have purchased any of the premium content videos then they should automatically appear under your Member Library in a section called Purchased.
We (my husband and I) have purchased Max:30, Piyo, Body Beast, and T25 (all premium content at one point or another). I didn’t see any of them in my library after I created my account. When I called Beachbody I was eventually transferred to someone who told me that I could only get access in my account to the premium videos that I (not my husband) had purchased (annoying, but reasonable).
I purchased PiYo and Max:30 (Max:30 was considered premium content when I first signed up for BOD) at Amazon and had to provide the Beachbody customer service rep with my Amazon order number to prove I’d bought them (you can find this information under your order history on Amazon). After 48 hours, Voilá!, PiYo and Max:30 appeared in my account under Purchased. To get access to Body Beast and T25 on BOD, my husband will have to create/purchase the Beachbody on Demand service, too.
*Update–T25 and Insanity Max:30 are now a part of the regular Member Library (not Premium Content) so you don’t have to pay extra to get access to those workouts or show proof that you’ve already purchased them anymore. Yay!
Bonus Info: The guy in tech support was awesome. The girl in customer service who transferred me to tech support was nice but a little hard to understand and not as knowledgeable. The entire process of calling to transfer my purchases to my BOD account, from beginning to end (dialing to hanging up), took about 25 minutes and was completely worth it.
Can I do more than one workout in a 24 hour period?
I include this information because it was a question that I had when I first signed up. It might seem like a silly question to other people, though.
What do I recommend?
Sign up for the free trial period. Here’s a handy link to do just that.
Write down that 1-800 number that you need to cancel the service. Put a note on your calendar 30 days from when you sign up. Decide that week if you’ve used BOD and should continue with the paid subscription or not.
Bookmark the BOD site on your search engine’s homepage so you can easily access it and see it all the time on the top of your screen. (Otherwise, you may be like me and forget you signed up for this service until you look at your year-end-statement at tax time.)
Bookmark my site (OneStrongSouthernGirl.com) so you can research which videos you may want to try over the next 30 days. Thank you! I’ve reviewed a ton of Beachbody workouts already and review more every week.
Head over to Beachbody on Demand now and see what you think.
Want another option for streaming workouts at home? Read Stop Going to the Gym–Workout at Home–Beachbody on Demand vs Cathe on Demand
Have you tried BOD? Use the comment section to tell me what YOU think about it!
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