Beachbody vs Daily Burn – Which One is Better?
When you’re working out from home, it’s important to have a routine. If you’re like Kirk, you prefer to create your own routine most of the time. But if you’re like me, you prefer to follow a program and a trainer. Following a program definitely has its perks: you usually have more time under pressure with less rest (which leads to bigger gains), the trainer pushes you to do more than you might do just on your own, you get to see correct form, and you are led through proper warm-ups and cool-downs. But with so many home workout options out there, which one do you choose? We’re going to explore two of the most popular home workout streaming services out there–Beachbody vs Daily Burn.
Beachbody On Demand (BOD)
Pros: good price, offers a large variety of programs for different fitness levels, allows you to download workouts, free trial period, cool phone app features
Cons: Firestick app still has some bugs
Beachbody On Demand is a subscription streaming service. It offers over 1100 workouts from over 60 programs (yep, you read that right), including popular programs like 21 Day Fix, Insanity, and PiYo. To start out, you’ll need to create a free Beachbody account and then sign up for one of the plans below. From there, you have access to the entire library of Beachbody workouts. You can filter programs by category (cardio, slim and tone, low impact, etc). But not only do you have access to the workouts…you also get access to the Fixate videos AND featured recipes!
Beachbody On Demand offers multiple pricing plans. If you want Shakeology, you can pay for either a 3-month plan at $140 (with a 30-day supply of Shakeology) or a 12-month plan at $160 (again with just a 30-day supply of Shakeology). A 30-day supply of Shakeology is $140 by itself, so these really are awesome deals. *Remember these are subscriptions, so both the BOD and Shakeology will automatically renew.
If you decide to just purchase the workout streaming service,you have options for a 3-month ($39), 6-month ($59), or 12-month ($99) membership plan. These will also automatically renew. You obviously get the most bang for your buck with the annual plan, which is what we have. These prices are actually cheaper than a lot of the workout streaming services on the market (Beachbody definitely wins this category in Beachbody vs Daily Burn).
If working out at home makes you nervous because you fear you’ll get bored doing the same workout every day, Beachbody On Demand is here to prove you wrong. There are literally thousands of workouts available for you to stream. And there is something for everyone. Need a low impact workout? Try PiYo. Want to build muscle? Get ripped with Body Beast. Want to lose 10 pounds fast? Do the 21 Day Fix. There are dance-based workouts, MMA-style workouts, workouts for kids and families…the list goes on and on. With over 60 programs available to stream, you’ll never get bored!
One of the best things about Beachbody’s workouts is their trainers. I’ve done lots of home workout programs before, and most of the trainers drove me crazy. I couldn’t get through the workout because I hated having to watch them and listen to them. Beachbody’s trainers are different. They’re professional, know what they’re talking about, and do such a great job at getting you pumped up and pushing yourself to do your best.
The lineup of coaches includes Autumn Calabrese, Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, and Shaun T. These trainers have created some of the most renowned fitness programs out there, and they each have multiple programs to follow. Some of our other favorite coaches are Joel Freeman, Jericho McMatthews (my girl crush and who I want to be when I grow up), and Sagi Kalev.
Again, having done home workouts before, I can vouch for Beachbody’s video quality. They offer great lighting, editing, moving shots, good music (such a hard thing to find for workout programs!), and a really great cast every time. Most of the workouts have a group of people doing the workouts with the trainer, and they’re always smiling–even when I’m pretty sure they feel like dying…or maybe that’s just me.
Beachbody On Demand really does set the bar for professional workout videos. The videos aren’t stiff or boring or cheesy or awkward….well, admittedly Sagi has some moments. But we’ll give him a pass since English isn’t his native language.
Streaming Options and Downloads
One of my favorite things BOD offers is all of their features. First of all, you can stream your workouts from any device where you can get the app (or website access). I’ve personally watched them on my laptop, iPhone and Android, tablet, Firestick, and Apple TV. This makes it SO EASY to keep up with your workouts when you’re traveling! Fist pump.
While we’re on the subject of traveling…you know how sometimes when you travel you don’t have cell service or a reliable internet connection? No worries. With Beachbody On Demand, you can download the workouts! WHAT?? Seriously, it’s a game changer. Just download the workouts you’ll need before you leave and it will store them in your library for you to use when you’re ready.
Now for the only negative feedback we really have for Beachbody on Demand…the app on the Firestick can be glitchy. Beachbody added commercials for their products to the end of workouts, and we’ve noticed that when we try to go back to the home page the app will freeze. This can get really annoying because you have to either restart the Firestick or Force Stop the app. You can do this by going to Settings–>Applications–>Manage Installed Applications. This glitch is definitely not a deal-breaker, but it does get old if it keeps happening when you’re trying to go to another workout.
Another feature is the option to change the audio to English with music, English without music, or Spanish. You can also add subtitles, which comes in handy when you want to mute the TV and blast some workout music. They also now offer a “modifier track.” It’s currently only available on the following programs: Transform:20, LIIFT4, Core de Force, YouV2, Shift Shop, and 22 Minute HC. The modifier track allows you to always have eyes on the person modifying the workout for those who need to ease into the workouts. So helpful since you usually can’t see them the whole time during the regular videos!
Android App Features
Sorry, iPhone users. We’re an Android family over here so we can’t say whether or not this also applies to Apple devices (though we are 99.9% sure it does). But on the Android app, the home page displays social media posts from members and also shows you how many members are currently working out. Both of these are small but effective features that can help motivate you to get a workout done. You can also filter all the workouts on the app and access your downloads.
Our favorite part of the app is the Tracking feature. This is actually REALLY cool. The Tracking feature allows you to select a Beachbody meal plan to follow (you’ll have to purchase the plan separately) and track your food. You can also log your water intake, Shakeology, performance line supplements, and weight. If you use other meal tracking apps, you might really like being able to access your workouts and food logs all in one app rather than switching back and forth.
Heart Rate Monitoring
Here’s where it pays to be an Apple user. If you have an Apple watch, you can sync it to the BOD app and it will show your heart rate in the upper right corner of your screen. How cool is that?? If you don’t have an Apple watch, this feature also works with the Wahoo heart rate monitor (you can find it on Amazon here).
Ever heard of the 21 Day Fix? It’s one of Beachbody’s most popular programs and was designed by Autumn Calabrese. Autumn now has a cooking show on BOD with Fixate recipes (recipes based on the portion-controlled containers famously used in 21 Day Fix). You can watch the show and get awesome tips for using the containers and the meal plan, and every recipe featured in the show is available to access on the app!
When you sign up for Beachbody On Demand, Beachbody will assign a random Team Beachbody coach to you for free! This isn’t always a good thing–if you get a coach who isn’t very active, they won’t contact you or really be any help to you. But if you are assigned a good, active coach, they will contact you and *hopefully* add you to their free online challenge groups where you can get accountability and receive support.
Free Trial Period
Beachbody On Demand offers a FREE 14-DAY TRIAL (yay!). BUT it’s only for the quarterly membership. So if you want to try it out for free, make sure to get the app and sign up for the 3-month membership HERE (free trial options vary by device).
Pros: offers a variety of programs, great for beginners, free trial period, live workouts, cool features
Cons: expensive, lower video quality, doesn’t provide enough advanced workouts
Daily Burn is also a subscription streaming service. You get access to over a thousand workouts depending on which plan you sign up for (see below). After signing up for a free 30-day trial, you’ll answer some questions about your gender, age, and fitness goals. The app (or website) will then recommend programs for you. This is especially helpful if you’re new to working out or getting back into fitness.
There are two plan options for Daily Burn–the basic plan and the premium plan. The basic plan will cost you $14.95 a month and gives you access to over 30 programs. Included in that lineup is Daily Burn 365. This is a really cool workout series that features a new 30-minute workout every day. They stream every morning at 9 a.m. EST and are available the rest of the day on the app if you can’t make it live.
The premium plan is $19.99 a month and includes everything offered in the basic plan plus access to a personal coach and access to more workouts as well as audio workouts (more on that later). Premium also gets you first access to Daily Burn’s new programs and resources before they launch.
Daily Burn has over 30 programs (plus Daily Burn 365) and even more with the Premium plan, so there is definitely a good variety of workouts to keep you from getting too bored. However, as we’ve gone through the different workout programs, we’ve noticed that most of them cater to people just getting started with their fitness journey. There really weren’t any good programs for advanced exercisers. If you’ve already been exercising for a while and are wanting a challenge, you may find that Daily Burn doesn’t have much to offer you.
The trainers in Daily Burn are professional and qualified. And a few of them are really great to watch and really great at motivating you. But there were several coaches we weren’t impressed with…even though they are highly qualified, they were very underwhelming in front of the camera. And the worst thing when you’re trying to workout at home (or anywhere for that matter) is a coach who can’t connect with you and motivate you.
Straight-up honesty time…when comparing Beachbody vs Daily Burn, the video quality really doesn’t compare. Most of the Daily Burn workout videos have the same feel as Beachbody’s P90X3 and other workouts from that time period, meaning Daily Burn is a few years behind the times when compared to Beachbody.
Streaming Options and Audio
Like BOD, you have lots of options to exercise with Daily Burn. You can stream wherever you can get the app or website–phone, computer, smart TV, Firestick, Apple TV, tablet, etc. This makes it really easy to travel and still move your body! Unfortunately, you can’t download workouts like with BOD. Instead, Daily Burn offers audio workouts.
The audio workouts are only available to premium members and are available to download on both iOS and Android. These are probably our favorite feature of Daily Burn. There are 30 workouts you can download and there is something for just about everyone. The Daily Burn audio workouts include interval runs (both outdoor and treadmill), beginner’s yoga, meditations, strength training, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and Pilates. Whether you’re running around your neighborhood, at the gym, on vacation, or even at home, you can listen to the workouts and not have to worry about a TV or device to watch! Keep in mind that there are only 30 audio workouts available to download (whereas BOD has downloads available for all of their workouts).
Daily Burn 365 Community
We talked about Daily Burn 365 earlier, but there’s also a community around this feature. Daily Burn 365 offers a live group chat feature during each new workout, so you can participate with other members while you’re working out. This is a great feature that makes you feel part of a community and makes working out more fun!
Meal Plans and Personal Coach
Both plans include nutritional guides and recipes, which is great considering diet plays a huge role in health and fitness. The premium membership will also give you access to a personal coach who can offer advice and personalized guidance. For beginners, this is especially helpful as it gives you someone in your corner and someone who can help you navigate the new world of fitness.
Calories Burned Feature
On the main screen of every workout, there is a section that lets you know how many calories that particular workout will burn. This is a cool feature but should only be viewed as a rough estimate. How many calories you burn during a workout depends on a lot of factors–weight, age, body composition, exercise intensity, and even gender. Because these vary greatly from person to person, the calorie feature on Daily Burn is definitely not going to be accurate. BUT if you don’t have a heart rate monitor or fitness watch that helps you more accurately track your calories, this feature can give you a rough idea.
Free Trial Period
Daily Burn offers a 30-DAY FREE TRIAL. In the Beachbody vs Daily Burn match, Daily Burn wins this category. To access the free trial, you’ll need to go to their website and create an account. Or you can download the app on Amazon HERE and create your free account right from your phone.
Beachbody vs Daily Burn: Which One Is Best For You?
So, which one is better in the Beachbody vs Daily Burn match? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Both offer variety, professionally-led workouts, and a variety of useful features including nutrition guides. It also depends on what kinds of workouts you like to do and where you like to workout. Daily Burn could be better for runners and gym-goers since it offers the audio workouts. But Beachbody On Demand’s download feature could be better for those who often find themselves without cell service.
If you’re a beginner, chances are you’ll be happy with either streaming service. Both services will give you access to a lot of programs for you to try, as well as a community to be a part of. If you need more support, Daily Burn could be a great option for you since it offers the live group chat during the Daily Burn 365. And with the premium plan you also get your own personal coach.
If you’re an intermediate to advanced exerciser, we think you’ll probably be happier going with Beachbody On Demand. BOD offers more intermediate to advanced workout programs that will challenge you and help you grow. Beachbody On Demand is also a much cheaper option for those looking to get a quality workout streaming service without spending a lot of money (the premium plan for Daily Burn is more than twice as much as BOD!).
Beachbody vs Daily Burn: Our Pick
When we take into account price, quality, variety, options for different fitness levels, and features, we’ve got to declare Beachbody On Demand the winner of the Beachbody vs Daily Burn competition. Kirk and I both have been doing workouts via BOD for a few years now, so we can personally vouch for its awesomeness. When I first started, I was a beginner. I’m now into the advanced workouts. BOD offers great workouts for whatever level you are at, and I’ve never been bored in the four years I’ve been doing the workouts. And for the high-quality workouts and features you get, you really can’t beat the price.
Have you tried Beachbody On Demand or Daily Burn? Let us know what you like or don’t like in the comments! And as always, we’d love to help you in any way we can–so feel free to leave any questions below. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.