You’re ready to start working out from home and you’re looking for an at-home fitness app that will help you stay committed, on-track, and working towards your goals. You’ve heard great things about Obé Fitness and Beachbody On Demand, but aren’t sure which one is right for you.
Recently, Beachbody merged with MYX Fitness and announced the launch of the Beachbody MYX II Bike (read that article here). This most recent launch by Beachbody is sure to propel them to a new level.
Luckily, I have a lot of experience with both of these online fitness platforms so I’m going to break it all down for you and compare Obe vs. Beachbody so that you can choose which one is more up your alley.
The Evolution of At-Home Workouts
Remember back in the day when at-home workouts included putting in a DVD or VHS tape and watching an instructor bounce around the screen for 30 minutes while you try to follow along?
Thankfully, those days are over and the fitness industry has evolved to cater to a generation of people who have less time to dedicate to working out and going to the gym but still desire flexibility and results.
Today, we have so many online fitness programs and apps that allow us to get in a solid sweat session in 30 minutes or less by taking live or prerecorded workouts that allow us to fit in our fitness on our schedule and with minimal equipment.
The problem has now become that there are so many options to choose from that it can feel overwhelming to try to choose which program is right for us.
Obe Vs. Beachbody: Similarities and Differences
I have personally used both of these platforms a lot, so I can tell you firsthand that while they are similar in concept, they are not at all the same. To best show the differences and similarities between these two platforms, I put together a table. Take a look!
On-Line Streaming App:
Various Workouts Available:
$99 per year
$28 per month
The Main Difference Between Beachbody On Demand and Obe
The main difference between these platforms is that Obe features daily live workouts plus a library full of pre-recorded options and BOD offers only pre-recorded workouts that are part of dedicated programs.
I’ll put it this way, BOD is designed so that you choose one of their many programs and you follow that program each day for the duration of it. Obe, on the other hand, is more of an a la carte option as you can choose from a variety of live or pre-recorded workouts each day without necessarily following a plan.
For example, you may be familiar with BOD’s popular programs like 21 Day Fix, LIIFT4, and Morning Meltdown 100, these are all programs that are designed with a specific workout calendar that’s meant to be followed in order to achieve the results you desire.
For Obe, you get to choose from a variety of class types (Barre, Pilates, Strength, Cardio, Yoga, etc) and select the one that most resonates with you that day.
Obe Fitness Pros and Cons
- Bright, fun studio-style classes
- All different types of workouts to choose from
- Daily live workout options
- Hundreds of pre-recorded workouts to choose from
- Short, effective workouts (most are 28 minutes)
- Easy-to-use platform
- Great for beginners
- Minimal equipment required (none for many classes!)
- Get 50% off your first month with code TAMI50
- Streaming can be tricky from your TV
- Not meant for advanced athletes/heavy lifters
Beachbody On Demand Pros and Cons
- Dozens of highly recommended workout programs
- Popular instructors (Autumn Calabrese, Shaun T)
- Easy to stream from anywhere
- All programs come with access to their nutrition programs (Portion Fix or 2B Mindset)
- BOD community and coaches to help motivate you
- Workouts can be rather long in some programs
- Many programs require extensive equipment (chin-up bar, sliders, various dumbbells, bands, etc.)
- Not great for a la carte type workouts
- You have to wait for new programs to be released, which takes and you may not like the new modality they come out with ie. a boxing program, running program, hardcore weights program
Concluding Thoughts: Which One Did I Choose?
As I mentioned, I have personally used both of these platforms quite a bit. I started doing Beachbody workouts after I had my first baby nearly 5 years ago and really enjoyed it. At the time it was all new to me and I really needed a program that I could follow along with. However, it wasn’t long before I blew through all of the programs that interested me and was left with either repairing a program or finding something new.
I discovered obe in early 2020 when I injured my hip while running. I needed to find more subtle workouts to do that was still tough and effective. I loved that I could hop on a live class or choose from one that was pre-recorded and that I got to choose what kind of workout I wanted that day. Some days I would be craving a good Pilates burn adn others I would want to lift some weights - Obe has all of that to choose from.
I’ll be honest and say that there is a lot to like about both platforms and I think that the one that’s best for you depends on your workout style, fitness level, and commitment to keeping up with a program.
That said, if I had to choose just one platform, I would pick Obe. They are hip, modern, and have really great workouts that I can do in less than 30 minutes. That’s one complaint I have with BOD is that I often need to dig out a lot of equipment, some of which I can’t even get my hands on, in order to do the workouts properly.
Obe offers a FREE 7-day trial then you can use my code to get 30% off your first month, making it just $18.90, which is extremely affordable, especially considering that it wouldn’t even pay for two in-person workout classes at the gym and with Obe you get unlimited access to workouts for a whole month for that price.
If you give either of these platforms a try, be sure to stop back and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.