8/22/13 (Day One)
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.
I 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 There was only one trainer in any of the videos, the routines looked really outdated and old-fashioned, and the trainers looked really low-energy.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’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.
I 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.
Ignite 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.
They 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. 🙁 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. Daily Burn videos are much more modern. It is like you get all of the cool infomercial videos without paying infomercial prices, which is really nice.