I am SO excited to share my official review of Beachbody On Demand, but first this post deserves a semi-embarrasing backstory.
My obsession with home workouts began in high school. Before then, growing up, I’d describe myself as a sedentary bookworm. I'm sure some of you reading this can relate: I dreaded PE class, lurked in the back of the line when we were forming teams for kickball, “The Mile” was the worst day in my life every year, and PE was always the lowest grade on my report card, an A- or (gasp!) B blemishing my otherwise perfect line up of straight A’s across the board.
The funny thing is that I was never ridiculed or ostracized for being unathletic, I was never overweight, and I don’t have emotional scars from being picked last for teams. At some point around 5th grade when we started playing official team sports, I simply decided that I wasn’t strong, athletic, coordinated, or good at that stuff, so I put limits on myself by accepting my story! I did band, jazz band, and scholastic bowl as my extra-curricular activities. The other kids saw me as the “good student” or teacher's pet, and that was the label I was comfortable with, because I knew what to do to make my parents and teachers happy. I felt like a success!
Sidenote: isn’t it funny how labels and identities that we adopt in GRADE SCHOOL determine our choices, behaviors, and how we view ourselves all the way through to adulthood? What I’ve learned though is that we can redefine ourselves. We can do pretty much anything we want, if we aren’t afraid to go outside our self-created “comfort zones” and try something new.
In my junior year of high school, after paying penance by surviving a gazillion years of PE, we were finally allowed to choose an elective gym class. No more group sports and games, YES! I chose “personal fitness” because it looked the least intimidating, didn’t involve balls flying at my head, and it also fit the schedules of my best friends. It was basically Workout Video 101, and it ended up being one of my favorite classes in my entire high school experience. (I almost typed Workout DVD 101, but we were still using VHS tapes back then, ha!)
Our teacher Mrs. Patty created units around classic videos like Billy Blanks Tae-Bo, step aerobics, and Mari Winsor Pilates. It was my first introduction to fitness classes and pilates, and I discovered I could actually do these things! I discovered that fitness could….actually be fun? Say whaaaat! I discovered that I was capable of a lot more than I thought, I just hadn’t found the right fitness outlet for me.
Fast forward through a weight training class senior year (another comfort zone busted, another surprise discovery that I loved lifting weights and feeling sore), and into college where I started to run, ended up joining the track and cross country teams (a story for another day!), and carried my Pilates and workout video loves with me into senior year, when my roommates and I would spend weeknights on our living room floor cursing and laughing our way through Buns of Steel. I can't even type that without laughing, oh good times...
After college I discovered Blogilates and Tone It Up, and eventually Beachbody. I was familiar with the names of programs like Insanity and P90X, but I didn’t know anything about the company until I met my friend Deidre who was a “Beachbody coach.” Wait a second, I could create a side job that actually paid me money for sharing my at home fitness obsession? I had been successfully running my Etsy shop for over a year at that point, so I was confident in my ability to turn my hobbies into small businesses, signed up as a coach, and haven’t looked back.
One of the main reasons I decided to be a coach is because Beachbody workout programs truly are the best on the market by far, and the product line keeps getting better and better with several new program releases every year. The 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max:30 in particular have completely changed the way I view food and my body (click the links to read my reviews!), and I’ve never been this strong and confident in my capabilities, both physically and with life in general.
The only problem I had with Beachbody programs is that there were SO MANY I wanted to try, I didn’t even know where to go next.
Enter: Beachbody On Demand
aka Netflix for fitness
Beachbody On Demand, or BOD for short (I know, I know, insert all the cheesy jokes) is Beachbody’s latest and greatest creation, instant digital streaming of almost the entire fitness library of literally THOUSANDS of workouts you can do at home, no matter your fitness or skill level. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am officially obsessed! I’ve been having a blast trying out all the programs like regular Insanity, ChaLEAN Extreme, Insanity: Asylum, and I even busted out some Yoga Booty Ballet the other day when I wanted something fun. (THAT program is a trip, let me tell you).
BOD literally gives you NO EXCUSES to get your workout in, and makes fitness super fun!
You can search for a program by trainer, ability level, type of workout (dance, cardio, strength, etc), or length of workouts, and you get the complete workouts, plus step-by-step program guides, workout calendars, nutrition plans, and more—all online!
What I love about Beachbody On Demand
You can take your workouts anywhere! Outside, while you're traveling, stream it off your phone at the gym so you can use heavier weights or tack on an ab workout (ChaLEAN Extreme Abs is my favorite!)
You can download the workout calendars and nutrition guides to ALL the programs. So many delicious healthy recipe ideas!
It's perfect for anyone who loves mixing up their routine. Or if you get bored and unmotivated from following the same program for an extended period of time.
You can pick your fave programs and make your own hybrid workout plan with THIS fabulous website!
It's good for any fitness level, and meets you exactly where you're at. If you're a beginner, you can sample lots of programs to find your “soul mate” workout, and if you're in shape but stuck in a plateau you can push yourself with advanced programs like Insanity: The Asylum.
What fitness programs are included in the Digital Library?
Every Single Beachbody Program
CLASSIC TONY HORTON
P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Tony One-on-One (vol 1), Power 90, Tony One-on-One (vol 2), Ho' Ala ke Kino
Insanity, INSANITY: The Asylum (Vol 1), INSANITY: The Asylum (Vol 2),
THE CHALENE COLLECTION
(I love this woman, and she has an amazing inspirational podcast too!)
TurboFire, ChaLEAN Extreme, Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme Deluxe
(because sometimes working out should be a party)
Brazil Butt Lift, Brazil Butt Lift Master Series, Hip Hop Abs, Hip Hop Abs Deluxe, Shaun T Dance Party, Rockin Body,
THE MOM COLLECTION
(don’t discount these classics, they’re fun!)
Ten Minute Trainer, Tai Cheng, Total Body Solution, Yoga Booty Ballet, Power Half Hour, Great Body Guaranteed, Get on the Ball, Project You, Slim in 6, Slim Series Express, Slim Series, and.
PLUS BOD Exclusive Programs
3 Week Yoga Retreat
Beachbody Yoga Studio
A Week of Hard Labor
Pre & Post-Natal Fitness
FIXate Healthy Cooking Show
...and more programs are added every few months so you never get bored.
How do you subscribe to Beachbody On Demand?
You can get access in one of two ways!
Choose a 3 month or 12 month membership
Order the All Access Challenge Pack, which comes with a 30 day supply of Shakeology and 12 months of unlimited access to every single Beachbody program!
And finally, even though it's going to make my sister cringe, I am gonna leave you with a picture of what you can do to your body in just 2 months of focus and consistent determination ;)
Where do YOU want to be two months from now?