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The Best On-Demand Workout Programs
I’m always looking to mix up my workout routine. I’ve tried many workout classes and videos. Some I love (Boot Camp formats, P90X), some are just not for me (CrossFit, Zumba), and others I know I need to spend more time doing (Yoga). So I decided to look into some of the on-demand workout programs. The two I decided to try are DailyBurn and Beachbody On Demand.
DailyBurn is a streaming workout channel, which you can get access to from all your devices (I’ve tried it on my iPad and Roku). You can also sync it with a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor to get a fairly accurate estimate of your calorie burn. You have the option of choosing the workout you want to do or you can select a program that has a series of videos along with a workout schedule.
I selected Cardio Sculpt, which is a three-month program with six workouts a week. Once you complete the workout of the day, DailyBurn will bring up the video for the next workout, so you always know which workout you should do. So far I have done the title video, Cardio Sculpt, and BHT (Butt, Hips, and Thighs). My workout for today is Kickin’ It with Keaira. All the videos are under an hour, and most are around 30 minutes.
In addition to the workout, each video also features a one-minute challenge at the beginning. For example, Cardio Sculpt has a push-up challenge and BHT has a plank challenge. The programs also include a nutrition plan that includes advice and guidance, along with a recommended supplement plan.
I’ve really enjoyed the workouts so far, however, I plan to try some other programs and compare before I decide to commit. At $14.95 a month, the cost is affordable and I like how convenient it is to use the workouts. While most workouts only need dumbbells, some of the workouts do need equipment that many people probably don’t have, such as a plyo box and pull-up bar.
Beachbody on Demand
Beachbody On Demand (BOD) allows you to stream most of their popular workout programs. The cost is similar to DailyBurn, after 30 days pay just $2.99 a week, billed $38.87 quarterly in advance. The majority of Beachbody’s workouts are available on-demand, with the exception being their newest workout programs. However, they do offer sneak peaks of those programs, along with exclusive workouts and daily challenges from their master trainers.
Although the newest programs are not available on demand, you can buy digital only copies that are accessible to you, as long as you are a member of BOD. If you have purchased them, they will show up in your library to stream, which also applies to purchasing the DVDs. I recently bought 21 Day Fix and Hammer & Chisel, so they are both included in my member library for streaming. I’ve used both my iPad and my Roku to stream my workouts and noticed that I have more sneak peek workouts available on my Roku than I did on my iPad.
All the workout programs that are available for streaming include the complete programs, all the bonus videos, the nutrition plans, and the workout calendar. Your membership also includes the following benefits: A 10% discount on all purchases in the Team Beachbody Shop, 10% off all in-app purchases via the P90X app, personalized nutrition plan, and live chats with Beachbody’s celebrity trainers.
I’ve tried many of the Beachbody programs, including Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, P90X, Brazil Butt Lift, and 21 Day Fix. I used Slim in 6 and Slim Series (the follow-up to Slim in 6) to lose all the weight I gained and get back in shape after I had my first son (he’s 11). I used Turbo Jam and P90X to lose all the weight and get in shape after I had my second son (he’s 8). The programs really do work, and there is such a variety of programs, and workouts within the programs, that I never get bored when I’m doing them.
I’m really excited about one of Beachbody’s newer programs, Hammer and Chisel, which was released in December. So far, I have tried Total Body Chisel and I really liked it. The workout was about 36 minutes and consisted of three circuits of three exercises performed for three rounds each. Each circuit has a lower body move and then two upper body moves for opposing muscle groups. The only equipment needed were two sets of weights and a bench.
Have you tried either of these on-demand workout programs? Do you have a different program that you really like?