If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen my gushy posts about Les Mills On Demand workouts. I have been doing the Beachbody DVDs for Les Mills Combat and Les Mills Pump for years now, and even ventured into the gym for a few classes lately. I friggin’ love them.
Recently, news came that the Beachbody DVDs weren’t going to be sold anymore due to some sort of contract between Les Mills brand and Reebok. I was bummed because part of me was always hoping for second release of new workouts. Also, this sounds silly…but I am constantly recommending Les Mills Combat to people because I think it is one of the greatest programs for every single level of fitness.
But actually, there were only good things to come. Although not at home DVDs (which I still prefer because it’s just a one time fee), Les Mills is now offering On Demand streaming workouts! I was literally giddy when I saw what was offered, so I decided to give you a run down of the programs you can TRY for free!
Just sign up at Les Mills On Demand and you can try all of the workouts for free for ten days. After ten days, they charge you the $12.99 monthly fee, but you can cancel at any time if you find the workouts don’t float your boat. (PS, kind of lame, but for some reason it’s only available in the UK and US right now…I’m sure they will expand though!)
There are seven different programs available, and all workouts are 30 minutes long. Some require equipment, some do not. There is a clear list of what you need in the beginning of each workout. The only bummer is they don’t include a cool down, which makes it so tempting to skip stretching at the end. I blew off my cool down for about a week until I was stiff and sad, so now I make sure I add my own cool down at the end.
Body Pump is a weight lifting program that focuses on high reps and low weights. If you’ve ever done Les Mills Pump from Beachbody, this is the same deal. You need a bar and light weights (I load a max of 20lbs on each side), but don’t let the ‘light’ weights fool you. This workout gets your heart rate up and builds long, lean muscles. Epic music, standard lifting moves…one of my all time favorites.
Punch, kick and jump your way into one of the sweatiest workouts you’ll do. Body Combat will forever be in my top workouts because it is SO personal. You can kick low if you are just starting, or you can do crazy flying jump kicks that require crazy sound effects. The music in these workouts is THE BEST (kick boxing to Taylor Swift? I’m in…but dudes, don’t run, they aren’t all pop songs, haha). These workouts require NO equipment and are really honestly a great way to work up a sweat in 30 minutes. If you want defined arms, this is the cardio for you. I use them when I’m not at home too, because you can literally do them anywhere.
Les Mills’ answer to Yoga & Pilates, this workout has options to build strength or flexibility. I love using yoga type workouts for building strength because you can really work on your endurance. I’m not going to lie, I’ve only done one of these workouts because I’m an intensity junkie, but I really liked the pace and the music. It reminded me of PiYo and definitely stretched me out.
This program surprised me! It wasn’t crazy intense, but I did work up a sweat. Most importantly, some NEW EXERCISES. Almost everything we do these days is a combination of moves that have been around for decades, but this one has some really great core work that I have never seen before (and who ISN’T looking for new core moves?!) You do need a resistance band for some of the moves, but in my opinion, everyone should have a band because they RULE. Check this one out for a cool change of pace.
Holy crap, this one is fun. I will be 100% honest. I don’t really like dance workouts. Sometimes I’ll throw on a YouTube video as a warm up, but as far as a real workout, they aren’t really for me. This one was kind of similar in that it wasn’t a crazy intense workout, but I will not lie…I was smiling the WHOLE TIME. I put this one on one night when I literally had NO motivation to workout. I was tired and grumpy and didn’t feel like getting off my butt. I thought, “Oh, just try it” and I had a blast. Rachel is hilarious and sexy and she will have you moving no matter how ridiculous you look. Remember, this can be done in the privacy of your own home, so no one will judge but your dog (mine did). HAVE FUN!!!!
GRIT feels like Cross Fit to me, but I’ve only ever done Cross Fit once, so I’m no expert. Actually, its more like a Cross Fit and Les Mills Pump hybrid. In this workout, you do some moves for time (Cross Fit) but don’t lift super duper heavy (Body Pump). Either way, I find GRIT to be the most challenging of the programs, and it’s awesome. If I only have thirty minutes and I want to go hard, I’ll push play on GRIT. So challenging, and so fun. Note, I actually am always doubled over just like this chick, haha.
Ok, the only one I HAVEN’T tried is RPM…but I will, I promise! I need to drag myself to the gym (can you tell I prefer working out at home?! Haha) to get on a bike and try it. This is a spin class that promises to deliver calorie burn and fun. I watched a bit of one of the videos and the music was great (it is in all of the workouts!) so I am excited to try it! Anyone do this one at their gym?
All of the programs have a different number of workouts, some more than others. I don’t know if they plan on adding new sessions as they film or if it is a static set, but I will definitely post an update if I find out. One of my favorite things about the Les Mills programs is that they are great for both men and women, and people of all ages. You can really tailor the workout to your needs and goals. Overall, these are really fun, challenging, and personalized workouts….that you can do ANY time, not just when your gym offers them. Highly suggest giving the 10 day trial a shot, might change your game.