Beachbody Reviews: Are the Workouts & Diet Plans Worth It?

Beachbody also operates the nutrition brands Shakeology and Beachbar. By offering fitness programs and nutrition plans to individuals in their own homes, Beachbody says would-be weight loss candidates are more successful, more comfortable, and more likely to keep in shape.

 

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By: Chris Riley

Medically reviewed by: Camille Freking

Last Updated: December 7th, 2021

 

How it works | Types of workouts | Pros and Cons | Pricing | Marketing | The Bottom Line

Beachbody is a billion-dollar company created by self-proclaimed couch potatoes Carl Daikeler and Jon Cogdon. Together, these entrepreneurs have developed a strong brand that is synonymous with fitness, at-home workouts, and of course, multi-level marketing. 

Beachbody owns three other companies: 

  • Beachbody On Demand, an online streaming service that allows you access to Beachbody’s 75+ fitness programs anywhere you have internet access
  • OpenFit: Another online streaming service that allows you to join and participate in live fitness classes and access nutrition information
  • Myx. Myx is Beachbody’s brand of stationary bicycles that can be used alongside their new spin-style classes (think Beachbody’s brand of Peloton).

Beachbody also operates the nutrition brands Shakeology and Beachbar. By offering fitness programs and nutrition plans to individuals in their own homes, Beachbody says would-be weight loss candidates are more successful, more comfortable, and more likely to keep in shape.

How Beachbody Works

Beachbody is a multi-level marketing company. This means their product is delivered through person-to-person sales. Beachbody has over 400,000 independent “coaches,” who sell their product through social media and face-to-face marketing.

Beachbody sells at-home workouts that are guided by professional fitness instructors. They also sell nutritional food items, namely a brand of protein shakes called Shakeology, as well as diet plans that can be “customized” based on dietary needs and weight loss/maintenance goals.

When you purchase Beachbody, you’ll purchase a subscription to their on-demand online streaming service (older Beachbody programs are even still available on DVD), and more likely than not, you’ll also go for a recurring monthly subscription for their protein powder, Shakeology.

Your purchase will be made through a Beachbody “coach,” whose job it will be to encourage you on your fitness journey (and ultimately suggest that you, too, become a coach). Your personal trainer-esque coach will support you by adding you to online fitness groups, checking in with you, suggesting you work out “together” by doing the same programs at the same time, etc. 

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Styles of Workouts Offered by Beachbody

The Beachbody company currently streams more than 75 workouts via their online streaming service. Workouts range from prenatal yoga to weightlifting, to high-intensity interval training cardio workouts. You’ll also have access to Beachbody’s newest spin workouts, which utilize a stationary bike.

Regardless of your goals (weight loss, maintenance, muscle growth, cardiovascular endurance, etc.), there is a Beachbody program designed to help you succeed at home with very little equipment.

Some programs require no additional equipment, just your body.

For the purposes of this review, we’ll focus on Beachbody’s most popular workout, 21 Day Fix.

21 Day Fix

21 Day Fix is a daily workout program that lasts for 21 days (on the premise that it takes 21 days to create a habit). Each daily workout takes 30 minutes.

The workouts repeat every seven days and include:

  • Total Body Cardio Fix
  • Upper Body Fix
  • Lower Body Fix
  • Pilates Fix
  • Cardio Fix
  • Dirty 30
  • Yoga Fix

The program also includes a nutrition plan, which is detailed in an 84-page booklet. You’ll also get seven individual food containers that you use to help measure your food portions. Shakeology is a big part of the nutrition plan, so you will need to pay for this, too.

Pros and Cons of Beachbody’s Most Popular Program

If you’re approached by a Beachbody coach, you’re going to be offered 21 Day Fix as the solution to your health and wellness needs, along with a subscription to Shakeology.

21 Day Fix is easy to do at home, doesn’t require much in the way of equipment — you’ll need some resistance bands or dumbbells, and a yoga mat.

The Workouts

Most users generally feel successful with 21 Day Fix. The coach, Autumn Calabrese, seems approachable, driven, and is easy to follow in the workouts.

We found it difficult to find any negative feedback related to the workouts themselves.

Overall, users seem completely satisfied with 21 Day Fix workouts, as well as the workouts offered by Beachbody. 

 

Pros

Cons

Length of workouts

The workouts last half an hour, making it easy for you to fit them in during any part of your day.

Half an hour does not include showering post-workout, which will be necessary because the workouts really make you sweat.

Coach

The coaches are approachable, professional, motivating, and easy to follow

Due to the nature of the workouts being pre-recorded, you may find the coaching feels repetitive.

Difficulty

Workouts are all scalable based on your own level of fitness. Breaks are encouraged, and as always, you have the ability to pause the stream if you need to.

If you are seeking an advanced level of fitness that borders professional training, these programs may not be the best solution. They are incredibly challenging, but not made for professional athletes.

Ease of Use

These workouts can be streamed on your mobile device, television, computer, or tablet. They do not require more than a few square feet of space, and feature movements that are easy to understand and perform.

No reviewers (that we could find) had difficulty performing the movements, especially since the streaming could be paused and reviewed if needed.

Results

Users felt they had quantifiable results after using Beachbody programs like 21 Day Fix. These results ranged from weight loss, to increased energy, to smaller clothing sizes, to feeling better mentally and physically.

None — we couldn’t find any dissatisfied users.

We found that users who are committed to doing the workouts and also use the accompanying diet plan are happy with their results.

One Trustpilot user had this to say:

“I've been drinking Shakeology for about 9 years now and have been a member of Beachbody on Demand for nearly as long. Both of these have quite literally saved my life. I was about 150lbs overweight and have lost about 100 of those pounds with those 2 products (along with healthier eating habits and working out consistently). I used to travel every week for work and having access to BOD allowed me to keep consistent with my workout regime during that time. Now, I live on an island where there is access to a gym, but working out from home is much more convenient plus I love the different workout programs available. I sing Beachbody on Demand and Shakeology praises to whoever will listen! I also use energize and hydrate both of which I love to enhance my workouts and allow me to put my best foot forward and replenish lost nutrients during my intense workouts.”

The Diets

21 Day Fix comes with an 84-page manual that explains how to eat during the 21 Day Fix program.

The diet should fuel you through your workouts, help you learn portion control, and meet your daily dietary nutrition needs.

The containers each represent a macronutrient, fruit, or vegetable. At the onset of the program, you’ll calculate your own caloric needs based on a formula that takes into consideration your body weight, lifestyle, and goals. Using that information, you’ll determine how much of each “container” you need per day.

There are four different container plans based on caloric intake. Total caloric intake is done in three meals and three snacks. There is a list of suggested foods for each particular container you can use as a guide.

Generally, you’ll avoid processed foods, eat limited nuts, butters, and dressings, and avoid sugar. You’ll also avoid alcohol, fried food, and refined carbohydrates.

 

Pros

Cons

Ease of Use

The diet becomes easier after the first week. Once you become familiar with the container process and which container holds which food, it’s easier to meal plan in a short amount of time.

The diet for 21 Day Fix takes time to learn. It’s more involved than simply avoiding some foods and eating others. Each meal and each snack is controlled by your containers and how many you are allowed per day.

Sustainability

The 21 Day Fix diet allows you plenty of calories to stay full. You won’t feel hungry as long as you’re eating according to the plan.

It may be difficult to make 21 Day Fix a complete lifestyle diet. This diet eliminates alcohol, added sugar, and refined carbohydrates, like pasta.

Shakeology

Shakeology is a delicious-tasting protein powder that includes other nutrients. It’s easy to use, and there are many recipes available for smoothies.

Shakeology is expensive. At $130 for a 30 day supply, it’s one of the most expensive protein powders available on the market. You can certainly find an adequate, still delicious, substitute in the $30/30-day serving range.

It’s worth noting that most people find the workouts easier to stick to than the diet.

This isn’t uncommon for any workout program, but using the prescribed diets is part of what Beachbody says is crucial to becoming successful.

Pricing

Beachbody On Demand is offered for $99 per year. This is a reasonable price considering the number of programs you’ll have access to, and the convenient portability you’ll have to take the workouts anywhere you go.

Shakeology, as previously mentioned, is $130 for a 30 day supply. If you opt for individual packets of Shakeology, you’ll pay the same amount for a 24-day supply. We aren’t sure how that adds up, but those are the figures and facts.

Other items, like equipment, stationary bikes, and apparel, are all available for purchase through your Beachbody coach.

The Multilevel Marketing Aspect

As with any multilevel marketing company, there is risk involved when signing on. You’ll likely be approached by a Beachbody coach who will offer you Beachbody On Demand with a monthly subscription to Shakeology.

Coaches get a 25% commission on sales, so just selling you Beachbody On Demand alone doesn’t profit them much. However, a monthly recurring sale of $130 Shakeology starts to add up, especially if you decide to sign on and sell the product yourself.

You’ll be encouraged to sign up, because if you do, you can get your monthly Shakeology for $99 instead of $130 (plus a $16 fee, total cost per month $115 instead of $130).

If you only want a fitness and nutrition plan, this can be overwhelming and feel like a scam.

Says one TrustPilot user:

“I wanted to commit to a fitness and nutrition routine and had a friend suggest Beachbody. I contacted a coach, who immediately began suggesting I become a coach myself, sign up for Shakeology, and begin 21 Day Fix. I reluctantly agreed, because the Shakeology was expensive, but she assured me I’d have enough clients to cover that cost in no time. Once I signed on, she immediately added me to numerous Facebook groups with upline and downline coaches, support and challenge groups, etc. It was entirely overwhelming and I ended up sending the shipment I received back and cancelling my membership.”

The Bottom Line

Beachbody Workouts and Diets will give you results if you commit to them, but the multilevel marketing aspect of the company and constant ads for Shakeology during the on-demand workouts may be tiresome (as may be the contact from your new best friend, aka your coach). 

If you want access to solid workouts, with a wide range of options to choose from, Beachbody On Demand will not disappoint. For dietary and nutrition advice (and products like protein powder), we recommend you keep shopping. 

References and Sources:

Inside Beachbody's Billion-Dollar Fat Burning Empire|Forbes 

MYX Plus Bike review: After 21 straight days of riding, I'm now a bike person|SFGate 

Multi-Level Marketing Businesses and Pyramid Schemes | FTC Consumer Information