With more than 40 programs and 400 workouts available, Beachbody On Demand can be somewhat overwhelming. Luckily, you have me to help you decide where to start!

With 23 completed Beachbody programs under my belt, I’m confident that I can provide you with open and honest suggestions to help you make the right move and begin your fitness journey! Fitness is NOT one size fits all. Actually, it’s a very personal decision.

Let’s start by highlighting some questions that will get you thinking…

Here are a few factors that go into choosing the right program to help you reach your goals. Answer these questions:

  • What’s your fitness level? Beginner, advanced, or somewhere in between?
  • Do you have any preferences when it comes to your fitness?
  • How much time do you have each day to work out?
  • Do you have any physical limitations or injuries?

Based on my experience, below I am breaking down program details for the ones I consider to be the best beginner Beachbody workout programs currently available on Beachbody On Demand.


My Top Beginner to Intermediate Workout Recommendations

 

1) 21 Day Fix

Type: Cardio, Strength
Time: 10-30 Minutes/Day, 3 Weeks
Equipment: Dumbbells or Resistance Band and Exercise Mat
Trainer: Autumn Calabrese

By far, 21 Day Fix is the program I recommend most often for people looking to begin their fitness and nutrition journey!

Here’s why: 21 Day Fix focuses on lifestyle change — forget dieting and forget counting calories friends! With 21 Day Fix, you’ll finally learn what proper portions look like and what foods you should eat to help you lose weight. Autumn Calabrese first introduced her portion control meal planning system with 21 Day Fix and, honestly, it’s been a game changer!

The workouts are only 30 minutes per day and take a well-rounded approach. You’ll be doing a little bit of everything — from cardio to strength training and even yoga. And if you’ve never lifted weights before, the light weight lifting 21 Day Fix incorporates makes this program a great introduction! You can follow along with the modifier (lower-impact, lower-intensity moves) as you start out and then work yourself up to the regular moves.


Like to dance? If the answer is YES, then you have TWO options: YOUv2 & Country Heat.

2) YOUv2

Type: Dance, Cardio
Time: 30 Minutes/Day, 4 Weeks
Equipment: None
Trainer: Leandro Carvalho

You may be wondering what YOUv2 stands for. “You Version 2.” And this beginner program is designed to help you become your best self! Brazil Butt Lift creator, Leandro, will lead you through cardio-dance routines set to hits we all know and love from the ’80s and ’90s. This program is great for people who are looking increase their activity level in a fun way and are beginners to fitness. (You can even do this one with younger kids to get them active as well!) You will love the simple nutrition plan and Leandro’s energy!


3) Country Heat

Type: Dance, Cardio 
Time: 30 Minutes/Day, 30 Days
Equipment: None
Trainer: Autumn Calabrese

I will never forget the day I heard that our next fitness program would be a country dance program. I immediately thought “no thank you, that’s not for me!” Then I tried a live workout with Autumn Calabrese, and WOW — I had a blast and I was sweating bullets! So, I am not a Country music fan yet, I love me some Country Heat!

This program is perfect for beginners and it’s a great introduction to cardio exercise. Autumn incorporates simple, high energy, low-impact moves which will get your heart rate up and your booty swaying to popular country songs. YEEHAW!Autumn walks you through two moves at a time so you don’t need to be a professional dancer to keep up with her and the cast. There aren’t complicated full routines to memorize like in Cize (Shaun T’s most recent dance program). But what I love most about Country Heat is that it’s a FUN way to workout!


4) Mes de Mas

Type: Cardio
Time: 30 Minutes/Day, 28 Days
Equipment: Yoga Mat
Trainer: Idalis Velazquez

There are a handful of reasons why this program makes my list. The workouts are short, just 25 to 30 mins per day. You don’t need any equipment to get it done — just a yoga mat. There is a full modifier that you can follow. The focus is total body strength and endurance gains. The workouts get progressively more challenging week to week. AND, I’m in the cast!

Yes, this program was filmed in Spanish, but NO you don’t have to speak Spanish to do the workouts. Each video has been dubbed in English so everyone can try it!

 


5) PiYo

Type: Low-Impact
Time: 13–45 Minutes/Day, 60 Days
Equipment: Yoga Mat
Trainer: Chalene Johnson

If you’re looking for a beginner-level workout that is low impact and doesn’t use any weights, then this program may be for you. PiYo is a combination of Pilates and Yoga. You can expect to build lean muscles and burn calories with cool yoga exercises designed to help you build a stronger core. Even though PiYo can be considered a more intense type of yoga, as a beginner, you have a modifier option to help you manage the workouts. This program starts slow and difficulty build week to week as you progress.

If you find PiYo to be too intense, try starting with the 3 Week Yoga Retreat also available on Beachbody on Demand!


6) FOCUS T25

Type: Cardio
Time: 25 Minutes/Day, 10 Weeks
Equipment: Dumbbells or Resistance Band and Exercise Mat
Trainer: Shaun T

Focus and go! For all the cardio lovers out there, T25 is a cardio and resistance training program that can help you get results in record time! Yes it’s only 25 minutes per day and I promise you won’t stop moving all 25.

As a beginner to intermediate at home workout program, it’s great for all people. If you have a seasoned fitness base, T25 will challenge you. If you are a beginner or find the moves too hard, you can follow the modifier and get a killer workout. Score! T25 is broken down into two stages: Alpha and Beta. Alpha being the introduction phase meant to start building your strength. Beta workouts are more intense and there is an introduction of weights.

And for those of you that may have see the infomercials for Shaun T’s program INSANITY, don’t be scared away — Focus T25 is less intense than INSANITY, and it can help you get ready for the more advanced programs.


7) Transform :20

Type: Cardio
Time: 20 Minutes/Day, 6 Weeks
Equipment: Beachbody Step
Trainer: Shaun T

I have always believed that when someone is ready to change their life, they will look a challenge in the face and do it anyway! Transform :20, Shaun T’s newest fitness program will definitely challenge beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts alike with a brand new tool: a step. Shaun T is using this step to challenge your total body in insane ways you never imagined — transforming everything (mindset included) in just 20 minutes.

 


BONUS PROGRAM – 2B Mindset

Type: Nutrition
Time: N/A
Equipment: N/A
Nutritionist: Ilana Muhlstein

If eating right is what you’re struggling with the most, this program might be a great option for you. 2B Mindset is Beachbody’s first nutrition-based program with ZERO workouts required. This program focuses on building a healthy relationship with food (great if you struggle with emotional eating). There’s no counting calories or macros, instead, it uses a “plate visualization method” to help you create healthy, balanced meals.

You’ll discover strategies for real life situations (parties, going out to eat, etc.), tasty new recipes, simple grocery lists, time-saving meal prep tips, and so much more!

I have to be honest with you all, though: I haven’t tried 2B Mindset myself. It’s usually hard for me to recommend something I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard such fantastic things from other Coaches, customers, and friends that I couldn’t leave it off this list!


Questions? Want to give one of these programs a try?

If you have a question about either of these programs, feel free to let me know in the comment section below!

And if you’re ready to give any of these programs a shot, get in touch with me by filling out the form below and I can help get you started or we can chat more about which program will be best for YOU. Like I mentioned, fitness is NOT one size fits all so if you’re looking for help on choosing your next program, I would love to help you!