Most of the time, I am happy to work out on my own. I can go at my own pace and challenge myself without having to worry about what anyone else is doing.
But once in a while, I wish I could work out with a group of people for the social aspect of it.
And group workouts, well… There’s just not a lot of those happening right now with the pandemic.
In my search of a virtual workout group, I stumbled upon Daily Burn, an online fitness platform that streams live workouts every day. They also have an arsenal of fitness programs you can stream from your computer or using their mobile app.
Fascinated, I decided to give them a try. While it’s certainly not the same as a group fitness class, it’s the next best thing. If you’ve been curious as to whether or not Daily Burn is as good as it looks, stick around for this Daily Burn review to find out!
Disclaimer: I am not in any way associated with Daily Burn, nor did they sponsor this review. These are simply my own thoughts and opinions on the brand .
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What is Daily Burn
Daily Burn is an online fitness membership that gives you access to live workouts every day (called 365 workouts) and an extensive library of pre-recorded programs and workouts. It features an army of different trainers and exercise styles.
Apart from the workouts, you can also access their nutrition plan, meal recipes, and Facebook community.
There is no free version of Daily Burn and to be a member you must subscribe to one of their membership plans. At the time of this writing, there are 2 membership types and 4 payment options.
Premium Membership – $19.99 per month $149.99 per year
The premium membership gives you full access to the platform which includes access to the full library of past 365 live workouts, audio only workouts, and exclusive access to new content and features.
Basic Membership – $14.95 per month or 125.95 per year
The basic membership is similar to the premium plan except that you lose access to the live workout library audio workouts, and exclusive access.
Depending on what you use the service for, the premium membership might make sense for you. Personally, I am fine doing the live workouts each day and using their pre-recorded programs the rest of the time. I also don’t need audio-only workouts so the basic plan is adequate.
The Premium and Annual plans seem a bit on the expensive side to me, but it’s offset by the 30 day free trial you get when you first sign up; at least you are given a solid chance to experience what they have to offer before you commit.
Daily Burn has one of the better online platforms I’ve seen. It’s easy to navigate and includes a profile page that tracks your workout history and how many calories you’ve burned. You can also log your weight.
They also have a polished app you can use if you prefer to stream your workouts from your phone.
You can also stream the workouts with Roku, Chromecast, FireTV, or Apple TV.
Daily Burn is designed for home workouts and as previously mentioned, their 365 workouts are equipment-free. (Though as with any home workout program, you should invest in a quality exercise mat.) However, some of their other workouts and programs do utilize equipment like stability balls, dumbbells, and kettlebells.
The overview of each exercise will always tell you what kind of equipment is used ahead of time.
Each day at 9 am, Daily Burn streams a new live workout, and this is kind of the main feature of the platform. Each one is a 30-minute, full body workout that doesn’t require any equipment. (Always a plus in my books!)
Further to that, the 365 classes are a good introduction to the different trainers, and include tips and success stories to keep you motivated.
There’s also a Discord chat you can log into and a comment section under the video where you can discuss the workouts.
Once the class is done, you can go back and view it any time that day. (So there’s no worries if 9am is not a good time for you to workout.) If you’re a Premium member, you can view the entire archive of previous 365 workouts!
They also have a referral program that rewards you with a free month for every new friend you refer.
Programs and Workouts on Daily Burn
There’s a pretty good selection of Programs on Daily Burn, I counted 47 all together. The programs range anywhere from 1 to 12 weeks, but many seem to be in the 4-week range.
There’s a quiz you can take to match you with the ideal program for you. There are different types of programs including cardio, yoga workouts, strength training, family friendly, kickboxing, and performance.
You can get an overview of any program which shows you how long it is, what trainers are involved, what equipment you need, and the workout schedule.
You can also browse their library of individual workouts if you prefer to wing it from one day to the next. Some workouts are only a few minutes long while others are the better part of an hour, so there’s something for everyone.
The only real downside that I can see to these programs is that, as the workout programs are essentially a group of pre-recorded exercise videos, there isn’t much available in the way of customizing your workout plans.
Nutrition & Recipes
No matter which subscription you have, it does include a nutritional guide of sorts plus a library of recipes.
The funny thing is, I had a heck of a time finding it! Maybe I’m blind but I can’t seem to find where this section of the platform is for the life of me. The only way I was able to find it was by googling Daily Burn Nutrition, and it takes me to the right section but I can’t see a way of accessing it from the main menu or the app.
Anyway, the nutritional guide is pretty basic and is information you can find pretty much anywhere. But I did like that they have a library of recipes that you can sort through by meal type, approximate calories, prep time, and protein choice.
There’s also a filter for gluten free preferences.
However, as with so many healthy recipes, I found many of them are too fussy for me to bother making, with many containing a ton of ingredients and taking way too long to prepare.
I’m a simple woman. I’ll stick to my scrambled eggs and simple chicken sandwiches.
But if you like to cook and in search of new healthy recipes, you might find some gold nuggets here.
My main reason for joining was for the live classes, so my Daily Burn review is mostly about this aspect of the platform.
As soon as I signed up I went to check out the 365 page. There’s a countdown timer at the top of the page until the class starts, and beneath the video window, there’s a place for Facebook comments and a link to join the Discord chat.
At 9 am, I clicked play on the new workout to start. The first thing I noticed is that the video is very high-quality – like a polished workout DVD, not a zoom call.
There were a few minutes of lighthearted chatter that I watched with a smile, but I liked that they include a “skip to workout” button in case you want to get right into it.
The workout was pretty good and I feel best for beginners. There were a lot of pulsing type exercises that made my thighs and buns burn, but I found myself itching for a pair of dumbbells for the chest presses, which seem a little silly doing with nothing but air for resistance.
After 28 minutes I’d only burned about 124 calories which is considerably less than I’m used to, but it wasn’t designed to be a high-intensity workout and again, I’m not exactly out of shape so I found it a bit easy.
I did like that at the end of each workout, you can rate the workout, trainer and video quality. There’s also a box for adding any feedback you may have.
There wasn’t much activity on the Discord chat but to be fair, it was a Sunday – I suspect next class I will try there will be more discussion.
Browsing Past 365 Workouts
Although the workout I did was a bit easy, they aren’t all that way. Looking through the archives of 365 workouts, I notice they are labeled either easy, medium, and hard.
Perhaps I am just missing it but it made me wish there was a way to see what kind of class the next live class could be so that I could decide in advance if I wanted to participate or choose a different workout that’s more in line with what I want to do that day.
Doing Individual Workouts
After the 365 workout I wanted to try something a little harder, so I found a 10-minute kettlebell class to finish the morning with.
And let me tell you, it was a sweaty 10 minutes. My arms and legs are still shaking from the cleans and kettlebell swings. I enjoyed the instructor as well and her enthusiasm for the kettlebell.
(Psst, if you’re not familiar with the kettlebell be sure to check out this post for reasons why you should get yourself acquainted!)
Daily Burn Review – Final Verdict
Daily Burn is a high-quality fitness platform with a lot to offer. It may not be perfect for those who are looking for a customizable fitness plan, but it nevertheless has a variety of effective workouts for getting in shape at home.
Personally, I enjoy it for the variety and community aspect and can see myself joining in for a class on weekends now and then.
- 30 Day Free Trial
- Daily live workouts
- High quality videos
- Strong focus on community and group workouts
- Decent variety of programs and exercise types
- Not ideal if you need a customized program
- Daily workouts are not always the type and difficulty you may want/need
Yes – Daily Burn is a polished fitness platform with a great variety of workouts and especially ideal for beginners.
At the time of this writing, there are 4 payment plans and 2 membership types. Basic membership is $14.95 per month or $125.95 per year, and Premium membership is $19.99 per month or $149.99 per year.
They are similar in that they offer high-quality online workout videos, but I would say Daily Burn is better for its daily live workouts, while Beachbody has a more robust library of programs and trainers.