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Beachbody on Demand, Les Mills Plus and MOSSA on Demand are 3 of the most robust (have the most variety) on-demand workout libraries on the market right now. So, how do you choose?
These libraries have a LOT in common so I’m going to point out the awesome features that you’ll find in each of them (I made a chart), then point out what makes each membership unique (besides their prices), the pros and cons of each one (refer to the chart), and then tell you how to choose one.
Let’s start with that chart that compares the features…
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|NAME OF ON-DEMAND SERVICE||BOD (Beachbody on Demand)||Les Mills+||MOSSA on Demand|
|Instructors||many different 'supertrainers'||a large variety of athletic body types and ages represented in their pro instructors (all-inclusive team of exercisers)||a large variety of ages represented in their pro instructors|
|Workout styles||strength, cardio, yoga, kickboxing, dance, barre, step, spin||strength, cardio, yoga, kickboxing, dance, barre, step, spin||strength, cardio, yoga, kickboxing, dance, barre, step, spin|
|Ideal for who?||beginner to advanced options||int to advanced options||beginner to advanced options|
|Equipment used||dumbbells, mat, workout bench (aerobic step), stationary bike||dumbbells, mat, workout bench (aerobic step), barbell, stationary bike||dumbbells, mat, workout bench (aerobic step), barbell, stationary bike|
|How often new workouts||new programs are released regularly (you can pay for early access or wait until they open up to members of BOD)||new routines are put into each workout category on a regular schedule||new routines are put into each workout category on a regular schedule|
|How many workouts are in the on-demand library||100's||100's||100's|
|How long are the workouts||all lengths are available (from 10 min to 60+ min)||all lengths are available (from 10 min to 60+ min)||all lengths are available (from 10 min to 60+ min)|
|Are there live workouts?||Yes, if you get the BODi add-on||no||no|
|Workout plans/calendars available?||yes||yes||yes|
|How are they different?||classes are released within an entire program of varying lengths; each program has a different theme/focus/goal/instructor/audience; nutrition support; team beachbody community; Shakeology||every group workout is an immersive experience with the athletes; category of workouts for kids; research based classes designed to help you fall in love with fitness||focus on functional fitness and mobility; group fitness; unique 'work-ins' category of routines for people who are at a desk all day; percussive therapy classes w Nimbl; focus on music; workout trailers; M4 programming foundation; science based programs|
|Pros of this service||workout programs with one goal/theme that you can follow with one instructor for 4-6 weeks||every workout is like a concert; the fun factor is a huge pro here||every move in every class feels incredibly intentional/purposeful|
|Cons of this service||the BOD app and website can feel a little overwhelming to navigate at first||instructors might feel intimidating for a beginner||the workout trailers muddy up the app for me (although I appreciate their purpose)|
|Cost to join?||BOD 3 mos-$74.97; BOD 6 mos-$89.94; BOD 12 mos-$119.88; BOD + BODi 12 mos-$179; BODi add-on to other BOD memberships is $19.95/mo||$14.99/mo after free trial; $11.99/3 mos; $89.88/ year||$9.99/month after free trial; $99.99/year|
Here are a few of the nuances to pay attention to…
All 3 on-demand libraries have a variety of pro instructors.
This is a good thing.
You’ll never get bored with an instructor.
As a member of all 3 libraries, I think you’ll find the widest diversity in body type represented among the instructors in the Les Mills library.
You’ll find programs for all of the most popular workouts styles in all 3 of these memberships.
Specifically you’ll find workouts for cardio, strength training, dance, barre, martial arts, yoga, step classes and spin inside all 3 of these libraries.
A brand new exerciser won’t find a ton of workout options in any of these libraries but BOD and MOSSA on Demand have the most to choose from in the beginner category.
All 3 on-demand memberships have a ton of classes for the intermediate to advanced home exerciser.
All 3 of these libraries have workouts you can do with no equipment.
However, to do every workout (and get the most out of your membership) you’ll need to invest in (at minimum) a set of dumbbells and a full size workout bench.
New classes and/or programs are introduced on a regular schedule into all 3 of these on-demand libraries.
Beachbody on Demand, Les Mills Plus and MOSSA on Demand all have 100’s of classes in their libraries.
All 3 on-demand memberships have classes in varying lengths for whatever you’re looking for (10 min up to over an hour).
Beachbody on Demand is the only one of these 3 on-demand memberships that has a way to stream a live class. But you have to upgrade your membership to get access to the live classes (it’s an ‘add-on’ to the base membership).
After talking with the VP of Programming and Training of MOSSA, Cathy Spencer Browning, I believe that MOSSA is working on adding this feature to their membership.
Yes, all 3 libraries have workout calendars you can download.
So, now let’s get into what makes each plan a little bit different…
Beachbody on Demand is different from many on-demand libraries in the way that it adds classes to their collection.
All of their classes (with the exception of the live classes) are added within an entire program (rather than uploaded as individual classes). For example, one of the latest Beachbody programs added to the BOD library is Fire and Flow. It’s made up of 33 individual classes that are inside the Fire and Flow program.
Each program that’s added has their own set of workout calendars and ‘theme’ (goal), workout style, instructor, etc.
Another unique aspect of the BOD membership are the nutrition plans, 2B Mindset and Portion Fix. There are additional resources for these nutrition plans if you sign up for the BODi add-on to your membership.
The Les Mills experience is unlike anything else on the market.
The way they pair music with the routines is unmatched and adds to the overall experience in a very unique way.
I love that the team of athletes is all-inclusive. You’ll see every age, body type and gender doing the most advanced routines.
Les Mills (and MOSSA) pride themselves on creating research-based classes ‘designed to help you fall in love with fitness‘.
And Les Mills has an entire category of routines dedicated to youth of all ages.
MOSSA sets itself apart in the on-demand industry with their focus on group classes that are packed full of functional fitness and mobility exercises.
As a user, it’s obvious to me that every move in every class has been designed with intention. No move feels forced or like ‘fluff’.
They created the M4 programming method (movement, music, motivation and metrics) on which they build every science-based class.
Beachbody on Demand Membership
BOD 3 mos-$74.97
BOD 6 mos-$89.94
BOD 12 mos-$119.88
BOD + BODi 12 mos-$179
BODi add-on to other BOD memberships is $19.95/mo
$14.99/mo after free trial
MOSSA on Demand Membership
$9.99/month after free trial
*These are the current published prices of each membership. Check for any changes or current promotions before you sign up.
And if you’re looking for a workout library that’s more focused on a specific style of workout then there are a ton of options for you as well…
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As you can see you have a lot of amazing options to get started.
My Review of MOSSA on Demand (and my interview with the VP of programming and training)
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