Updated: 12/07/2017

Beachbody Review - 7 Things You Need to Know


Beachbody is one of the biggest names in fitness. There’s been all sorts of discussion about these weight-loss products, so we took a close look at the ingredients used by the company, reports of side effects and clinical studies and support. We also read hundreds of customer reviews and experiences. Here’s what we gathered so you have the info you need.

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What is Beachbody?

To begin with, Beachbody LLC is an American company that focuses on products for diet and weight-loss. This brand offers many fitness programs, workout DVDs, supplements and gear for exercising at home. Some include P90X3, Insanity, Tai Cheng and Shakeology. [1] All Beachbody items are available through the official website and via coaches. According to the business, the goal is to help you “transform your life” with nutrition and exercise.

Beachbody has been around since 1998 and is rated well by the Better Business Bureau. It’s nice to see that this company comes out with all sorts of fitness programs and Beachbody provides online support to customers, but read on…

BeachBody Has Steep Prices – “$100, $200, More?”

The first issue with Beachbody products is clearly the prices attached to supplements and programs. According to our Research Editor, “There’s absolutely nothing ideal about a system that promises the dieter amazing results, but then puts that weight-loss just out of reach with a huge price tag.” [2]

One user who purchased Beachbody DVDs stated, “One disk was defective and beach body does not wish to do replacements. Wow $160.00 and they don’t want to do a replacement.”

Another said, “For $150 with tax and shipping, I don’t think so!”

On the other hand, some customers offer solutions to the high price.

“Instead of paying full price, I took advantage of the multiple payment option,” said a customer.

Customer Complaints – “Reviews Offer the Inside Story”

If you surf the web a bit for Beachbody products, you will encounter quite a few customer complaints. As one user said, “This workout is NOT for anyone with knee or hip issues. While they show a modified version throughout, there is a lot of twisting, jumping, high knee moves, and quick movements.”

“I ordered My beach body T25 workout by phone. I received my box of T25 and all the “free” goodies only to find that the cost was more than double ($295.40) what I had been quoted ($119.85 + S&H).” said another customer. [3]

We found that some users didn’t have concerns with the Beachbody customer service department. “Called the toll-free number and reached an agent within a few minutes,” commented a customer.

“The customer service team was helpful, especially when I need to return an item,” stated another.

Based on years of reviews and thousands of hours of research, we’ve found it sometimes takes a small thing, like reports of customer service issues, to ruin the entire experience. If Beach Body has trouble with quality, pricing and support, those things could weigh heavily on trust. [4]

The Science – “Clinical Evidence?”

There is no clinical research discussed on the official Beachbody website. This is not surprising since this brand focuses more on exercise and physical fitness. Most people already know that regular physical activity is good for weight loss, overall health and even mood. At Dietspotlight, we like to see direct proof, or at least some testing, and that’s not the case with this company. [5]

Beachbody and Making Money with MLM

The Beachbody program is designed around principles of diet and exercise that have helped many people experience weight loss and overall fitness success. Beachbody offers specific diet plans geared toward helping many people lose weight. This is also a multi-level marketing (MLM) program, which is why it’s so common to find advertisements on Facebook and other social media sites.

What Is MLM?

MLM marketing relies on the customers to become salespeople. It’s a pyramid setup: for each person that joins a specific team and begins the network marketing process, the person at the top of the “pyramid” gains another salesperson who is helping them reach their goal. Beachbody focuses on adding “coaches” to the team so that they can reach their friends and family members through their network marketing efforts.

How Does Beachbody MLM Work?

In multi-level marketing, the individual at the top of the pyramid receives a commission for everything that is sold by the people beneath them. Many items are marked up significantly in price to make it possible for the entire pyramid to make the profits that they want from the process.

An individual coach will sell to their clients, receiving a percentage of whatever they buy. Then, each person above them also receives a certain percentage of the amount. The person at the top of the pyramid is ideally positioned to continue to receive passive income from the process, while individuals lower on the pyramid must continue to add new members to profit regularly.

What Users Are Saying

“I love this stuff. It tastes good and it helps me motivate for my morning workouts. Wish it was cheaper :-/”

“Ive been wanting to try this product out ever since it came out. Having some bad experiences with the previous E&E, I was a bit scared that this product would have the same bad effect. However, this product is absolutely amazing! I feel more energized and more focused on my workouts!, despite feeling a bit of a tingling sensation on my right hand lmao. It makes me sweat a lot and I don’t mind that at all! Props to BB for ‘bettering’ this product.”

“Every time I used this product it made my face and neck feel itchy. I have tried other energy powders without the itchy effect. Definitely disappointed with the cost of this product”

The Bottom Line – Does Beachbody Work: Worth a Try?

So, is Beachbody worth a go? Anyone can see that the company has stood the test of time and they certainly offer many Beachbody DVDs. While it’s wonderful that they encourage exercise, we’re not sure that sets them apart from other companies. We also must consider there are a lot of customer complaints about the exercise programs being too difficult and poor DVD quality. Plus, the cost of many Beachbody DVDs is out of range for some.

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Beachbody Ingredients

Below is Beachbody's Energize, pre-workout formula.

Beachbody Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 scoop
Serving Per Container: 40
Amount per Serving% DV
Beta-Alanine800 mg*
Quercetin500 mg*
Green Tea200 mg*

Other Ingredients: Beet sugar, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, natural lemonade flavor type and silica.

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What You Should Know about Beachbody

Beachbody is a company that was founded in 1998 by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon. This company offers products/programs like Hip Hop Abs, Rockin Body DVD, Yoga Booty Ballet, Turbo Jam, BeachBody Slimming Formula, Slim in 6, Power 90, P90X, and Kathy Smith's Project: YOU. With these products, users get online support and diet guidelines to assist them with shedding excess body fat and attaining the figure they desire. While the official Beach Body website offers fitness programs, supplements and fitness gear. Virtually all of their products/programs are suitable for both women and men. Under the supplements link on the Beachbody website, you'll find products like Slimming Formula, 2-Day Fast Formula, Meal replacement Shake, Performance Formula, Results and Recovery Formula, and ActVit Multivitamins. It appears that all of these Beach Body supplements and workout plans can be purchased directly through the official website. As posted on the site, all of these products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. A convenient 1-800 number is provided to assist users with any questions, orders and concerns. Furthermore, a "diet and support" link is offered on the Beach Body homepage, and can be accessed and used by all members with passwords.

Product Features

Beachbody is a company that offers a variety of weight loss and fitness plans. By incorporating daily regimens with proper diet and the right fitness gear, users are supposed to achieve their weight loss goals. There are a number of success stories posted on the official website for Beach Body products. The best sellers appear to be P90X, Hip Hop Abs, Tony Horton's 10-Minute Trainer, Turbo Jam Maximum Results, and Slim in 6. Anyone can sign up on the website for a free email newsletter. There is also a "customer service" page provided.

Advantages of Beachbody

  • Beach Body weight loss and fitness products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Workout programs are suitable for men and women.
  • Success stories are posted on the official website.

Disadvantages of Beachbody

  • This line of products calls for drastic lifestyle changes.
  • Website may be confusing.
  • Additional equipment must be purchased for some of the workout and weight reduction programs.

Conclusion: Does Beachbody Work?

The Beach Body line of products may be suitable for some women and men that desire a lifestyle change in order to shed unwanted pounds and/or get in better shape. Most likely these programs will work for those who're willing to devote the time and effort to them. However, for those that desire a simple weight loss plan you may want to continue your search online.
Summer Banks Dietspotlight Author
About the Author:

Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with doctors specializing in weight loss and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. full bio.

18 Beachbody Reviews

  •  My daughter lost 40lbs in 2 months
    Nancy (Verified User)

    My daughter started this diet with exercise video six weeks ago. She did the morning fruit drinks, ate a lot of chicken, fruits and vegetables and is down 40lbs. She is tall, 5’11” and now weighs 160. She looks fantastic and said she feels the best she ever has. I’ve tried all sorts of diets, basically felt deprived and hungry. She has posted pictures of her meals. She is not starving!She is recommending it to all her friends.

  •  It works !
    Brook (Verified User)

    Apparently no one has read the warning that starts before every workout that clearly says you should consult with a physician before starting any beachbody program, which I did. I never had an issue with shipping nor with the quality of the disc. People complain about the “coaches” but the same ones that are complaining know exactly what the coaches are. They are here to sell. That’s it. That’s what a multi level marketing company does is sell. I do have a coach, she doesn’t provide medical or physical advice. She just shares her experience and tries to keep us motivated.
    If you ordered insanity because you wanted to have a rocking body by 90 days then you know nothing about the human anatomy. You won’t have abs if you had a beer belly. It takes a while. This is why there is a message at the bottom letting us know that results may differ. I don’t sell it, I don’t drink the shake I just use the workouts because I need guidance and a plan.
    If you bought an intense workout without consulting your doctor especially after a bum leg, knee or shoulder then it’s your own fault. It is what you make it.

  • Beach Body for everyone
    Marina (Verified User)

    I have had a great experience with Beach Body! After having my son I had a very hard time losing the weight and was feeling terrible about myself. I then was introduced to one of the Beach Body coaches (though a facebook friend). She was so kind and supportive…and NOT PUSHY AT ALL. She sent me options to look at to see what I thought, and offered feedback on her experiences with the programs. I ordered Chalean Extreme and the Shakeology. When the product arrived I immediately got to work. And with the support of my coach I was feeling positive. The program was somewhat pricey…however, it was a far better value to me, than a gym membership that I know I would inevitably not use enough and thus would not see results. When one of my discs broke I called customer service and they were very helpful. They sent my new disc right away without any questions asked….and when this was the wrong replacement disc, they fixed the error and told me to keep the mistaken disc to incorporate into my exercise plan if I liked. The work outs are tough! But there are always modifications you an do…we know our bodies, if it hurts stop. People really need to exercise some common sense when it comes to diet and exercise. Is Beach Body for everyone?? Definitely not. Does it work??? If you put the effort in and eat sensibly, yes. Do you need the shakes?? Probably not, but its a matter of choice. I have made several changes to my shakelology order, including stopping it for a while and have not had any difficulty with this. I think if you approach something negatively you will have a negative experience, try being positive, including when you have concerns and you may have a different experience. Just my opinion.

  • workout at home.
    Your Name

    Horrible horrible do your own workout at home.

    Delores Grey (Verified User)

    You made a mistake, you charged me for the prevention of wrinkly kits. The reason why I came to your ad/company was directly a result of your honesty or so I thought Dr. Andrew Oren, The Doctors TV show.r thoughts about Beach ody.PLEASE I WOULD LIKE MY MONEY BACK. PLEASE DO RIGHT BY ME!!!!


    • Stephen (Editor)

      Hello, we are not affiliated with Beachbody, LLC. We would recommend you contact the company, using the information available in the Q&A section of this review, to dispute your claim.

  • Having customer service issues
    Tracy (Verified User)

    I did not have a good experience with the Beach Body’s Multiple Vitamin. I would appreciate if the information about the Multivitamin sale is clearer. I kept being surprised by the charges. And when I called the Customer Service, they do not give me a clear instruction. For example, when I cancelled the Vitamin orders and wanted to return the bottle, I was instructed to send it back and get a tracking number to be sure that you will receive the bottle back. But there was no mention of calling you back to provide that tracking number. Hence, I just waited and waited for the refund. And I was surprised once more when I was continued to be charged after returning the bottle already. I called again and another customer representative asked me for the tracking number. He told me that I needed to call back to give the tracking number. Nobody mentioned that to me before!!! So I hope that your customer service will make an effort to make it really clear for other clients. Thank you for your attention!!!

    • Your Name

      its actually common sense that you call back for to provide shipping label for the agent to check if it has been shipped back to the company, once they verified that product was returned then they can process refund… you are not the only customer they are dealing with so how will they know if you dont inform the company???? duh!!!

  • Horrible
    Your Name

    Horrible. Don’t do it

  •  Know the company first
    Jim (Verified User)

    Maybe you haven’t noticed, but beachbody coaches are not represented as fitness gurus, they are simply knowledgeable on the products and are represented as such. Beachbody also has several programs besides P90X and Insanity and neither of these are promoted as beginner programs. They have even partnered with the American Diabetes Administrattion to develop a lifestyle changing program for people suffering from type II diabetes. before you quickly put down a company, you should know a little bit about it.

    • Al

      The coaches should definitely have a LOT of knowledge before pointing out an optimal start meal plan/workout for the others into a plan though, right? I want an optimal health plan, not someone with a lucky guess. I know I would have to double check the coach to really see this knowledgeable background that should be had…. instead of another way of selling a product over & over to earn money & discounts & do a mediocre job of following through with the people they “truly” care about using the products. That is great that the company?? has partnered with a Diabetes-related group, definitely but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything if the coaches are as knowledgeable as I am when doing light internet research.

  •  Good Product, Not so Good Customer Service
    Lisa (Verified User)

    I do enjoy the DVDs I have slim in 6 that I purchased through the company horrible customer service they over charged me then charged me for the website use which was supposed to be 6 months free. So when my husband wanted P90X for christmas I bought it through Ebay. Great products bad company.

  •  Beachbody is awesome
    Tracy (Verified User)

    Beachbody is awesome. I am a coach and making money on just motivating people! Love their supplements (ActiVit Toning) and love their dvd’s!

  •  Product is not good
    Ms. Tee (Verified User)

    I’ve been using the Slim in 6 and Slim Series programs. I like them. You start off slowly then work your way to a higher intensity. I enjoy working out from home, and not having to pay for an expensive gym membership. I did get assigned a coach on team beach body that didn’t help me much. I contacted someone else in the team beachbody community whose results I was impressed with, and they told me that coaches get a percentage of what you order. I didn’t know that! I had just ordered Slim Series, and hated the fact that the unhelpful (and I might add, out of shape coach who was also trying to loose weight)got a percentage of my purchase, and she didn’t even do anything, and is very unknowledgable.

  •  Loved the product
    kathryn C. (Verified User)

    I chose insanity because P90X has 90 minute workouts & requires a chin up bar. I am 45 yrs old and modify some of the excercises so I don’t injure my knees. Years ago I taught aerobics & did power lifting 6 days a week (you would never know this because I am petite)and even did wide grip pull ups. Now due to scoliosis I should stay away from heavy weights. I am surprised INSANITY has NOT hurt my back! It’s helping me a lot. It’s given me the strength to pull weeds for an hour which would normally kill my back. I agree that if you don’t use common sense you will easily injure yourself! I am shocked how strong I am since I am only on week 3 but am giving it my all. I purchased it for $94 on Ebay. I agree with Nadine that if you don’t know what you are doing or are really out of shape you will hurt yourself!!

  • Tony

    They sent me 2 shipments one week apart from each other. And the second one costs more then the first one. I called the number on the back and of course I got a foreigner who was very difficult to understand. He tried to put the blame on me. Then he wanted to refund me only for the cheaper first shipment rather then the more expensive second shipment. He’s going to email me a return shipment email but it’s been two hours and I haven’t received it yet. We’ll see if it shows and more importantly we’ll see if I get any money returned let alone the correct amount. This was the second item that I ordered from beachbody but never again.

    • arrena

      my mother in law started beach body a little over a year ago. she was pre-diabetic and well over 200 pounds. she started with just the shakeo and slow paced walking. i have to add that she had a great coach who offered her good support and motivation, but this was all done via email and facebook along with her other group members of her 90 day challenge. she is now 145 pounds and still going strong, she has stopped all her medications and lives a healthy lifestyle. i too, tried the shakeo for a few months then moved out of state and forgot to change my address, they shipped my order to california where i use to live. when i called to let them know they where absolutely amazing. they refunded my money within 48 hours and didn’t even request that i return the order. and i was even canceling my subscription. i couldn’t afford it anymore with the new move but the customer rep didn’t even try to push me to stay.
      i my not be taking the shakeo anymore, but i still apply everything i learned about healthy eating and use the tools that beach body introduced to me. over all i think if you can afford the $125 a month and are serious about loosing weight and getting healthy no one offers all the tools you could ever need better than beach bodies. and for those who have had a bed experience, do the company a favor and report the representative who did you wrong and allow the company to fix the problem, cuz I’m positive that isn’t there policy .

      • Nancy

        Phil, my daughter is now coaching because she had such good results. Does that make her a knowledgeable person on what is harmful? No way. Having success yourself does not qualify you to give health advice. Most are meant to give you support, not advice on exercise and eating habits.