An Honest (Optimistic) Look at DailyBurn and DailyBurn Ignite

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Today, I decided to try the DailyBurn program. I did a lot of research (hello- Librarian!) on the different options available on my Roku. I was just looking for the best exercise channel, and I found it surprising that there were very few bloggers talking about this. I usually trust bloggers’ opinions over any other, so I decided I would add to the conversation.

174737_137614426285009_7428335_nI checked out the following options: Gaiam (which is my second choice), The Gymbox, the free channels, and DailyBurn. I thought The Gymbox’s videos were a little low-quality (from what I could see in the previews). There was only one trainer in any of the videos, the routines looked really outdated and old-fashioned, and the trainers looked really low-energy.

Gaiam-TVGaiam’s videos are great, obviously. I liked that in addition to the exercise videos, you also get a lot of general wellness content. The reasons Gaiam came in second for me are two-fold. First, it is hard to come up with a “routine.” You have to do a lot of browsing and searching to come up with an activity for the day, and there is no continuity unless you put in some effort to come up with a plan for yourself. I wanted something I could follow- something designed by someone other than me. Also, many of the videos require special, gimmicky Gaiam-specific equipment, such as that Mari Winsor contraption and The Wave weird stepper. I already have the basic equipment. I don’t want to buy any more- and especially not As Seen on TV crap.

The free options? Well, let’s just say you get what you pay for. I’m not totally knocking them, though. If you don’t want to or can’t spend any money to get fit, it is really nice that they exist.


So, back to DailyBurn. I chose this one for a few reasons. I liked that I answered a few questions about myself and my expectations, and then the site came up with a plan for me. I will be doing 30 days of Yoga, to start. I can change it up from there. They offer dance, Insanity-style workouts, quick 15-minute bursts, and more. I think it will be hard to get bored. The videos look to be high quality and high energy, which was important to me, as well.

iphoneapp2I like that it is available on my Roku and on my iOS devices. I will probably only use my Roku, but I like knowing that if I need to use my iPad, I can. Actually, now that I think about it, I am presenting at a conference in November, so I might just use that feature in my hotel room.

The surprise for me was the Ignite program- I wasn’t expecting it, but I am really excited about it. It is an add-on, but it also comes with a 30-day Free Trial (a definite perk to the whole program), so I can try it out for a month. DailyBurn costs 10 bucks a month, and to include Ignite, it’s another 5 bucks. Not bad, considering that Weight Watchers costs that much for a week, and this has many more features.

384049-xbox-daily-burnIgnite looks to be an anti-inflammatory diet, which is why I am excited. For a 34 year old woman, I have horrible acne. My doctor recently told me that if I want to clear up all of my acne- including the stuff on my back and shoulders, that I need to go the anti-inflammatory route.

It is also really detailed- no room for questions- and includes an app for tracking on my iPhone. I need an app. Don’t ask me why. I just do.

fuel-chocolate-0838c016aa55e6c7fc97abcd6c3dd882They also sell a protein shake to go with the program, and they suggest drinking it within an hour of waking up, every day. They are explicit about the need to have some kind of breakfast within an hour of waking. I suck at eating breakfast, so I bought the shake mix. It wasn’t cheap- $65 for a month’s supply. I am also going to need to buy almond milk and flash frozen strawberries to go into the shakes. So, breakfast every morning will come out to be about $3.50. I guess that isn’t too bad. Especially if I lose fat and clear up my skin in the process.

So, I was looking for some good exercise videos and I got a whole fitness program. If it works, then I can definitely handle $15/month plus the cost of food (which I would be spending anyway, of course).

I will update this post in a month. Wish me luck!

Much, much later…

Here’s my response to a reader…I was a bit of a slacker. This is from a couple of months ago:

After this response you can read what I’m up to now…

Sorry! I keep meaning to update this… Yes- it helps my acne tremendously. I have a hard time sticking to an exercise program, so not so much on that. πŸ™ But they are good workouts if you are so inclined. The diet plan, well, once you get the hang of it, you don’t really need to pay the fees anymore (if at all, since you get the first 30 days free). I didn’t find that I lost any weight just following the diet plan, although I did try some gluten free bread products, which are not low calorie in the slightest. And, I am a vegetarian, so the no soy products thing was hard for me. I think that in order to keep up with losing the acne AND losing weight, I am going to have to stick to no dairy and cut carbs to next to nothing. The Perricone Prescription is a really good book on that. I love the shakes- and they are dairy free, so I will keep using those. Overall, I think it is one of the better all-around plans out there. Whole, unprocessed foods… No-brainier, really. Oh- the apps absolutely suck. I hope, for all of their subscribers’ sakes that they will revamp those.
Hope that helps! If you have a chance, please let me know what you think if you try it.


Okay. Here’s the skinny (pun intended). I just bought a precor elliptical and I love it. I use it every day. And I am still trying to stay on track with the daily burn style diet, although some parts are hard for me. The gluten-free thing ends up sabotaging losing weight- unless you are okay with nothing breadish at all. Gluten free stuff is four times more caloric than anything.

Also, I once lost 80 pounds on the whole calories in-calories out idea, so I can’t completely subscribe to something that doesn’t believe in that. I’m willing to try other things because I have back pain and acne- but anything that doesn’t recognize that calories are calories is a problem.

One of my commenters (I love comments!) mentioned a pill that was featured on ABC. I did a LOT of research (I’m a librarian) and found that reviews are VERY mixed, and it is expensive. However, in the interest of being unbiased, I let the comment stand. The pill is part of a MLM though- Amway-style.

At its heart, Daily Burn IS gluten free breadish free,and calories in calories out, but their apps suck. The Daily Burn videos and Gaiam are the best on Roku- with very different styles.Β  Daily Burn videos are much more modern.Β  It is like you get all of the cool infomercial videos without paying infomercial prices, which is really nice.


74 thoughts on “An Honest (Optimistic) Look at DailyBurn and DailyBurn Ignite”

  1. Did you do an update on the Daily Burn yet? I recently found the site and have considered signing up, but I was trying to look for reviews first before I do. Just wondering how you liked it. Thanks1

    1. Sorry! I keep meaning to update this… Yes- it helps my acne tremendously. I have a hard time sticking to an exercise program, so not so much on that. πŸ™ But they are good workouts if you are so inclined. The diet plan, well, once you get the hang of it, you don’t really need to pay the fees anymore (if at all, since you get the first 30 days free). I didn’t find that I lost any weight just following the diet plan, although I did try some gluten free bread products, which are not low calorie in the slightest. And, I am a vegetarian, so the no soy products thing was hard for me. I think that in order to keep up with losing the acne AND losing weight, I am going to have to stick to no dairy and cut carbs to next to nothing. The Perricone Prescription is a really good book on that. I love the shakes- and they are dairy free, so I will keep using those. Overall, I think it is one of the better all-around plans out there. Whole, unprocessed foods… No-brainier, really. Oh- the apps absolutely suck. I hope, for all of their subscribers’ sakes that they will revamp those.
      Hope that helps! If you have a chance, please let me know what you think if you try it.

  2. Thanks just purchased ROKU. Your suggestions are helpful. Trying to get on track and need direction. Will try.

    1. Oh cool! You’ll love your roku. We don’t even have cable anymore- we have Netflix, Hulu plus, and amazon prime. It’s more than we need.

  3. Just stumbled across your blog as I was attempting to research the daily burn. I know you call yourself the caffeinated librarian, but have you ever tried ditching caffeine to help the acne? My skin changed in just a matter of days when I when I gave up coffee. Had horrible acne most of my adult life….wreaked havoc on my self esteem for so long, but giving up the caffeine fixed the problem. Was hell to give it up, but once you get used to life without it, it’s not so bad. Thanks for your tips on the workout websites!

      1. As someone who just happened to land on your site while looking for reviews of daily burn, I’m going to third the giving up of caffeine. Like you i suffered from adult acne, and was a caffeine addict. Within a week of no caffeine my acne was clear, and the caffeine withdrawal was gone. I switched to excessive amounts of B vitamins and ginsing to wean myself off of caffeine, and it was a pretty good substitute for the energy boost and helped with the jitters i got from withdraw. Starbucks actually has some caffeine free drinks with ginsing in a can, and Neuro has plenty of B vitamin drinks that i really like the taste or a few, or at least way better alternatives than 5hour energy and the likes.
        Best of luck.

      2. I could never give up caffeine either. I had bad cystic acne from age 10 to about 32 years old. Turned out to be an allergy to milk. Would have been nice to know that most people are allergic to cow milk, would have saved a lot of embarrassment and co-pay money. I love your blog and just started following it. Thanks for the info on Daily Burn.

        1. Hi Joy- I think you hit the nail on the head. I notice that when I stay away from dairy, it starts to clear up. It’s just so hard. You are definitely making me want to give it another go, though. Thanks!

    1. I will second giving up coffee for acne, I developed bad acne in my late 20s and couldn’t figure out why. I finally realized it happened at the same time as my extra large light and sweet coffee x two a day started. At first I thought it was the dairy and sugar. So I gave those up. It helped a lot. It stopped being such terrible cyst acne.but it still persisted. Eventually I gave up the coffee and my face stopped being a constant oil slick. After about 8 years of observations on this, I’ve noticed that cheaper coffees cause acne nearly every time, and that I rarely get acne from a good espresso. A clean diet and jojoba and tea tree oil have completely gotten rid of my acne. When I do get it, it’s from eating badly or skipping my jojoba oil routine. Good luck with the acne, to anyone who has it. I know how terrible it can make you feel.

  4. Kudos to you for sticking to the diet. I have been Paleo for 2 months now and have dropped 2 pant sizes, and no I have not counted a single calorie. I will never count calories again! I just eat what is healthy for me: meats, veggies, nuts, and a little fruit. Try to ditch the gluten free products, they are loaded with sugar. Good luck!

    1. I did ditch the gluten free stuff- loaded with calories and it didn’t taste very good. I’ve heard great things about paleo, but I’m a vegetarian so that wouldn’t work for me! πŸ™‚

      1. I have been gluten, dairy, and soy free for a long time but was still having digestive issues. Saw a nutritionist and she suggested that the processed gluten free foods could be contributing, and to go for naturally gluten free grains (rice, quinoa, potatoes, oatmeal, etc). Just an interesting thought to contribute πŸ™‚

  5. This is a useful review. And I love that the channels on Roku are really affordable. I was considering this program, so it sounds good to me when you include the cost as well. The thing about gluten free being high calorie- that’s the prepared junk they sell to unexperienced gf eaters. You can’t tell me you think quinoa pilaf, spaghetti squash and tomato sauce, and yucca fries (with that yummy sauce!) are high calorie, and they are delicious and cheaper than diet food. The key to healthy gluten free eating is creativity (or looking at other blogs…)

    1. LOL well said, Zambini. πŸ™‚ I eat clean, whole foods most of the time, and brown basmati rice is my standby. Love quinoa, too. Spaghetti squash is awesome. However, I am Sicilian, therefore bread is a hard thing to give up. Thus, the gluten free crap. πŸ™‚

      1. Yeah, it does stink to give it up. I guess you only really see long term 100% gluten free eaters with people who have a lot of money to buy gf baked goodies, or people that have their body give them obvious punishments for cheating and eating poison. But, hey, if it’s just a diet, I’d never give up that yummy food, and you shouldn’t either! Just go whole wheat and multigrain and you’re golden πŸ™‚ (That said, I use brown whole grain flours in my baking gluten free, and I make killer baguettes, but it’s still a lot more effort if you don’t have to be gluten free)

  6. I’ve just started the DailyBurn today and am seriously interested in the shakes but don’t want to have to wait for an online purchase to arrive and they are out on Amazon. Did you find any other place(s) that carry the shakes?

  7. You said you bought a Precor Eliptical. Which model did you purchase and have you been successful in a continued exercise routine with it? Thank you so much!

    1. I bought the entry level Precor, and I love it. It doesn’t have the arms, which I am happy about. If I want to swing 2 lb weights while on it, I can, but I don’t have to, and I don’t have those arms flying at me if I don’t want to use them. I used to have a different elliptical, and my feet fell asleep on it. I hated it. The Precor’s biggest selling point for me was that that wouldn’t happen. It’s wonderful. I have been using it- my plan was every day, but I have been averaging three times a week.

  8. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than
    that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  9. To Whom This May Concern:

    Seeing as I have received the worst customer service imaginable from DailyBurn’s representative Nick it would not surprised me if you have not heard the term, “The customer is always right.” In this era of technology and social media it is vital to maintain customer satisfaction. Today DailyBurn is a major innovative ‘netflix’ like online streaming website, but tomorrow dozen of other websites will offer the same programs as DailyBurn. This is why it is important to retain customers. Your company fails to keep in contact with the customer with newsletters, updates, or warnings of 31-day subscription ending. I was unaware of how much I was going to be charged and the only two emails I received from DB notified me of a 10 dollar charge.Also, your customer service is horrible! Nick was the customer service representative assisting me and his pre-written responses were not only annoying, but unhelpful. I requested to speak to a manager and he replied by saying, “To speak to a manager please email and they will get back to you within24-48 hours.” This method is very inconvenient and I highly suggest you work on your customer service department. Please read this article by Martin Zwilling on how customer experience controls business growth. A young company like yours can really learn something from it. Oh and if a Manager can contact me as soon as possible I’d greatly appreciate it! I really want a refund… ;

    Unsatisfied Customer

    1. I’m so sorry you had this issue, Aiden! I’m not affiliated with Daily Burn, but I hope that by posting this, you receive a response. Good luck!

  10. Hi, thanks for this…I was looking for a review on Daily Burn. I’ve seen many complaints that the videos free etc. I don’t mind paying ten dollars but convenience matters more and if the videos are always freezing this won’t work. I recently lost a lot of weight using skinny fiber and would to complement my weight loss with easy to use exercise routines via video. So I was really hoping for a good review on the Daily Burn program….oh well. I notice you mention acne and the fact that you are a vegetarian. A book I bought recently might be helpful to you is “I Quit Sugar”. Bet it could help you with your acne. Check it out.

    Eva from Brea

    I too love my coffee by the way.

  11. Thanks for your insights on the workout programs. Very helpful. Just wanted to add my two cents about the acne. Unless you’re opposed to traditional medicine, I’d recommend going to a dermatologist. My “regular” doctors always ended up putting me on antibiotics for my acne. I was on them for years, until they stopped working (yikes). I finally bit the bullet and went to an actual dermatologist when I was in my mid-20s and my acne kept getting worse. My dermatologist basically said my acne is all hormone-based and nothing but a medication to manage my hormones will really make a difference. So I’m on a diuretic, simply to get rid of my extra progesterone. I havent had better skin since puberty and I just take a blood test once a year to make sure I don’t have funky potassium levels. I love it and I’ll take it as long as I need to. Thanks!

  12. Hi Kristina
    I. gave up cable and stumbled on daily burn. I love it. Be thing going for the monthly fee. Access anytime in your home.

  13. Thanks a ton for this post! I heard that daily burn offered a diet program but I had no idea about the cost or how it worked. I think I’ll try Ignite to see if it can help w/my tummy troubles-and losing weight. As a thought (I have a hard time remembering to exercise) set an alarm for exercise times. Also, do you have any more info about good dieting plans? I’ve tried several, like Nutrisystem (GROSS!) , Weight Watchers, and going vegetarian and nothing seems to work. Thoughts?

  14. Thanks for the post and the insight on the supplemental apps. I recently started with Daily Burn and wanted to chime in for some of the folks still considering. One of the aspects of DB that’s been a deciding factor for me has been the design of the videos and automatic work out plans. I’m historically terrible at motivating to workout every morning, even with a whole library of videos and various workout gear and apps.

    I found having the core DB app on my phone, which is the first thing I grab on my way out of bed in the morning removes all the barriers. No surfing through which video I feel like doing, no digging up the correct DVD from the P90X thing that’s too advanced for me to begin with. No thinking. I pull on my workout clothes, turn on my phone and press play.

    The other thing I found engaging was their True Beginner course, which creates a slightly challenging 30-day program for people just getting off the couch (read: me) and uses a mix of models in the workout. So it’s encouraging in a real way. It’s a small detail but made all the difference in the beginning.

    I’m 50 days in and have progressed through True Beginner, a full course of the 15-minute blasts and now working on the tactical bodyweight exercises. I have no idea how much weight I’ve lost as I’m not weighing in, but I’m down a belt notch and just about down a pant size, which is really encouraging. I’ve not had much exposure to the Ignite diet program, but have found the recipes easy and straightforward.

    Needless to say, I’m a fan.

  15. Loving the blog and responses.. One question in reference the acne, which I have had for years and have horrible scarring as a result. I am a coffee addict. What would I substitute in place of coffee? Is it all caffine I would have to quit?? Thanks..

  16. Hi,
    I’ve been one of those people who have struggled with weight issues, choosing the eating program that would be the end all to be all, and in quest of the work out program that would enthrall me to not want to leave it, but that I would want to do it daily or at least regularly!!! Haha…

    Well, I ultimately after much research decided to change me eating lifestyle to plant based. It seems to have been beneficial for me. In the first four weeks my cholesterol dropped 52 points. I’ve been eating this way for nine months and I’m amazed at how I feel and sleep. I’ve lost weight, but I have determined that my body really requires activity to lose consistent weight!

    I also found products that are in line with my lifestyle change such as a great tasting vegan (made with green peas) protein shake (comes in chocolate and vanilla). I blend it with rice milk and water mostly adding spinach and kale or fruit. I came across this company from a friend and started using some of their other products (all natural) in helping to be healthy. I found out how I could get these products at a discount because I was so happy with them. I’m not wanting to advertise here, but if you want information, let me know….

    Trying to be healthy too…

  17. Have you looked into the Trim Healthy Mama plan? There is a main group on FB from the book authors, plus like a beginners and recipe swap groups for it too. I just “observed” for a few months and waited to see the results from a teacher friend who began it. I’ve started it and it may be worth looking into with your savvy research skills!

  18. Hey! Stumbled across your llittle post here while reading up on this “dailyburn” workout videos thing because it came with my new equipment. Anyways, I noticed that you have tried just about anything and everything out, or at least have done your research on it, and was wondering if anyone has mentioned the Bod-e program from Vemma to you? If so, what’s your opinion on it? If not, you should do some research and let me know your opinion. I like to know what people think about it.

    1. Hi Aaron, I’m not the blog author but I am subscribe to this thread so I figured why not weigh in?

      I took a look at the Bod-e program. Just my impression from viewing the site it looks like they are trying to sell you a bunch of supplements and meal replacement shakes. Basic weight loss through caloric restriction, the same as eating less except you pay through the nose for it. This is a huge turn off for me.

      Just my opinion!

      As for the exercise program itself: I’m sure it’s fine. None of these revolutionary programs are actually revolutionary. If you pick up heavy things, including your own body weight, and put them down again you will build muscle, if you get your heart rate up you will increase cardio.

      The bottom line is the best program for you is the one that you can stick with. If that is Bod-e then go for it. If that’s chopping wood in your backyard then that works too.

      Just a thought… why not try doing some free programs on youtube such as BodyRock or Zuzka light..

      If you have a smart phone I also recommend the app “8 minute athlete” which will give you unlimited workouts for $3

      I also enjoy LoLo Cycling app, which is exclusive to the iPhone if you have one of those. It puts together a cycling interval workout and coaches you through it. It uses your own music from itunes for it’s playlist.. matching the BPM to the workout. Very nice!

      If you need coaching and motivation then sign up for myfitnesspal and ask your friends on facebook to join up with you to keep each other motivated.

      Just my 2 cents on it. I hope you find something that works for you.

    1. I think you can log on to the Roku webpage and add it from there. That’s how we had to add our Netflix.

  19. Thank you for the reviews on Daily Burn. I have a very busy job – I’m an accountant for a restaurant company and I find it difficult to keep a set exercise schedule. I have a stomach condition – which makes eating very difficult. Now that I’ve started to get that back under control I’m hoping to try adding exercise back in. How did you like the morning shakes? My doctor has recommended liquid breakfasts for my stomach and right now I have a Kellogg’s version which is great since I can grab and go. Any suggestions on good liquid breakfast options?

  20. Whoa! Lots of suggestions for you. Lol. I stumbled across your blog because of researching (not a librarian, but I love research) daily burn and your blog post and comments were very helpful. You’ve had s TON of suggestions for clearing up your acne, but I wanted to add one more. I didn’t see it, but forgive me if it’s already something that was said or you tried, and holds the eye roll until you read. (I know, ANOTHER acne solution. Geez.) Have you tried coconut oil? I had acne too, and refused to give up caffeine, but once I started using coconut oil, it cleared right up. Plus it’s all natural. You can buy the regular container and it will last a long time cause you only need a tiny amount. A little goes a long way. You can also add tea tree oil and/or lavender oil to it, which also help worth acne. But honestly, mine worked great worth just the coconut oil. Anyway, sorry to ramble, just had to jump on the suggestion bandwagon!

  21. This might be a silly question, as your library might already be tied in, but did you check hoopla? Hoopla digital has a ton of free at-home exercise programs, including some Gaiam stuff… And if your library is tied in, then you already have free access to it.
    Hope this helps your search!! (if you’re still looking, nearly 2 years later haha)

  22. After reading a number of rave reviews for Daily Burn I found this. In the first “update”, this sentence just killed it for me: “I have a hard time sticking to an exercise program, so not so much on that. πŸ™ But they are good workouts if you are so inclined.”

    Where are the workout videos that hypnotize me into Doing them? haha! I actually Teach motor development and fitness (spec ed), yet manage to be so unmotivated at home. I have a number of issues that I deal with (fibromyalgia and frequent tendinitis-related injuries as a result.) I go to the gym on a regular basis when I’m able, but always wish I could just fit in 20 minutes a day at home instead (eliminating driving to the gym and having to look at other people working out.) But honest to dog, if I am in my home I canNOT exercise.

    Short story–thanks for reminding me of that and saving me the 10 bucks a month. πŸ˜‰

    Also, I never had acne, but I’m also supposed to give up caffeine (inflammatory.) Why do they have so many clinics for kicking meth, coke, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes… but when it comes to the highly addictive caffeine we are on our own? haha

    More also… Milk. Yeah. People always seem surprised that maybe we shouldn’t drink it. Even though NO other animal in the kingdom drinks it after weaning. And you’ll most certainly never see a monkey go up to a cow or goat (or vice versa) and get some milk. Food for thought….

  23. I have a small background in magazine journalism but my new job requires no writing at all, except for emails. . . I would like to start doing some creative writing but I don’t know where to start, as in, what do I write about, and whether it’s actually worth bothering with or not. I’d probably be more inclined to do it if there was a competition or group I could join online or something like that. . . Does anyone do any writing or their own, if so, how did you get started? And what have you gotten out of it?.

  24. Par sa faible teneur en calories qu’elle contient, son pouvoir antioxydant Γ©levΓ©,
    elle est aussi riche en fibres dites solubles et l’amidon rΓ©sistant qui la composent, la banane favoriserait la perte
    de poids.

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