As a group of personal trainers and fitness instructors, we’re often asked by clients about apps and services that would help them train more at home to lose weight.
One of the more recent apps and services to arrive is called Daily Burn.
In general, we’re in favor of using such services if it means that you could achieve your training and fitness goals more easily.
But before you just jump in and sign up, let us give you some details from our testing and research in this Daily Burn review.
What is Daily Burn?
Daily Burn is a set of different types of coaching programs available for streaming on-demand.
The workout programs are supposed to be put together by qualified personal trainers.
And because the fitness level of people could be quite different, the company claims to have made it easy to match exercises to your current fitness.
Within the membership service, you first start by answering a few questions about your personal stats and goals. You then set how many times per week you would want to do exercises, and you’re ready to go.
Whether you plan on training every day or just twice a week, the company says that it will recommend a selection of exercises to suit your needs.
The service is broken down into four different areas.
Let’s take a look.
How Does Daily Burn Work?
Daily Burn works by providing you with a membership service that allows you to take fitness classes on-demand no matter where in the world you are.
The company has chosen to break the service down into four disciplines that involve completely different goals.
Let’s start with the one we were interested in most.
1 - At Home
The first thing you’ll need to do is install the app on your phone, tablet, or TV. Alternatively, you could also log into your account on your laptop, which could be convenient if you travel a lot.
There does seem to be a large variety of workouts available, with the website stating that there are thousands of workout videos to choose from.
Having watched over 200 of them, we did find that the personal trainers are pretty good at their job and trying to keep you motivated.
A lot of customer comments said that they particularly enjoyed the Daily Burn 365 workouts. The Daily Burn 365 was designed as a group workout. It targets your whole body, which research suggests is an effective way to lose some pounds .
But if you need some more specific type of training routines and workouts, then you could choose from the selection the service recommends based on your personal goals.
2 - Running
A lot of people I work with are not fans of running. And it mostly comes down to not having the right plan and approach.
The Running app from Daily Burn claims to bridge that gap to give you a detailed training plan. For each run you go on, you’ll be given one of many goals that include:
- Easy run
- Speed training
- Walk, jog, and run intervals
- Endurance runs
Before you start your run, just plug in your headphones and listen for the audio prompts from your digital coach. Also, pump yourself up with protein powder or pre-workout supplement to get the best results.
These prompts should be helpful to ensure you change to the right pace from start to finish.
It’s a great idea, but we did find a few online customer reviews that said the routines didn’t seem flexible enough.
More in this below.
3 - Yoga
Many people tend to shy away from yoga. The main reason is that they’ve watched a video of advanced positions demonstrated by a professional teacher.
And let me be honest; most of our team here would struggle with them as well.
What the Daily Burn Yoga app claims to do is give you a digital personal trainer to gradually introduce you to a yoga routine.
We did find the instructors took the time to explain the moves, but in some of the more advanced videos, It seemed like we struggled to keep up with the techniques being demonstrated.
4 - HIIT
Our own team of personal trainers has been very much in favor of using high-intensity interval training to help people lose weight and get fit faster .
The app claims to create a personal workout plan with daily workout videos. The workouts are adapted to your level of fitness and goals so that they don’t become overwhelming.
Based on the comments we saw, the Black Fire 60-day program by personal trainer Bob Harper seems to be a favorite.
But it’s important to note that it’s not a beginner option due to the immediate high intensity.
It might be a better idea to pick one of the entry-level programs first.
“An entire HIIT workout may be as short as 15–20 minutes, but it provides a wide range of benefits. Its short duration can make it a very practical and effective choice for people who find it difficult to commit to longer sessions.”
-Beth Sissons, Health and fitness writer.
Pros and Cons
As part of our testing, we set up a premium account on all apps and went through different classes at various levels.
We then compared our findings with the official website reviews and Daily Burn review comments we read in Facebook groups.
One thing we found is that users find it easy to get the right routines to download or stream.
The recommended suggestions also seemed to be a decent match for folks.
Personally, we would agree with customer comments that said it’s nice to have the ability to stream the videos directly on your smart TV as well.
- Easy to use streaming exercise program with access 24 hours a day
- Installs on smartphones, tablets, TVs, and laptops
- Contains a large fitness program library for better variety
- Limited integration with wearable fitness trackers
- No features to track your diet or calorie intake
- Expensive choice if you want to install multiple exercise apps on premium subscriptions
What are the Disadvantages?
We already hinted at the high purchase price for the subscription fitness program. And one reason we thought it was a bit high is that there seems to be a bit of a lack of integration with wearable fitness devices.
There are other apps that would not just track the exercises you’ve done, but also measure your heart rate.
Or they might work with a Fitbit or smartwatch to measure how energetic your movements actually are.
The other thing that’s missing is that you don’t get to track your food intake.
With apps that track your activity, journal your diet, and recommend exercise routines, you could have a full picture of whether your energy intake and output are at a level to help you with weight loss goals.
Overall, those disadvantages, along with the price, just seem to make it fall short of some other online programs and apps available.
How Much Does Daily Burn Cost?
You’re able to download all the apps for free. And there are some trial periods available as well.
Surprisingly, the trial period for the running app is different from the others, and you only get access for 7 days.
Here is the full breakdown:
- At Home: $9.99 per month or $89.99 annually; 30-day free trial
- Running: $8.99 monthly or $65.99 annually; 7-day free trial
- Yoga: $10.49 monthly or $74.99 annually; 30-day free trial
- HIIT: $9.99 monthly or $69.99 annually; 30-day free trial
This subscription information is based on the time of writing this review. There are occasional special offers as well, so it may be worth checking your app store for the most current prices.
Daily Burn User Reviews
To avoid coming across as overly negative, or that we may have missed some important features, we also looked at hundreds of Daily Burn review comments online.
These seemed to be mixed as well, so we picked a few that you should consider.
Drew mentioned that he achieved great results with the Black Fire program. On his first try, he lacked fitness, so he switched to one of the easier programs. But once he had built up some endurance, it seemed to help him shed some pounds.
-Drew from San Jose
This reviewer wasn’t overly impressed with the Daily Burn Running. Initially, he thought the audio prompts were helpful. But because it doesn’t track your heart rate, it often was making the wrong prompts based on his actual pace.
-Miguel from DC
Chori managed to lose 10 pounds in a month with the At Home program. She liked that she could choose the training days she wanted. And on each of the days, it would recommend new videos.
-Chori from Boston
Tony was looking for ways to do HIIT while traveling. He mentioned the video choices were great, but the lack of diet integration meant he struggled to keep to a net negative diet, especially when he wasn’t at home.
-Tony from Puerto Rico
Is Daily Burn good for beginners?
Yes, Daily Burn is good for beginners as there seems to be a variety of video exercise programs at lower intensities. This should help you ease into a new routine, and you should then be able to gradually increase the levels.
Is Daily Burn free?
No, Daily Burn isn’t free, but there are free trial periods available. While you don’t have to pay to install any of the apps, you’ll be limited in what they do if you don’t pay for subscription access.
How do you cancel Daily Burn?
You cancel Daily Burn by logging into your online account and clicking on your profile name. Then click on “Account Settings,” followed by “Manage Subscription” for the different available options.
What's the difference between Daily Burn Basic and Premium?
The difference between Daily Burn Basic and Premium is the number of workouts that you could choose from. To get started, you might have enough choices in the basic plan, which is also a bit cheaper.
Do we Recommend Daily Burn?
Based on our own experience and online reviews of DailyBurn, we think that it’s not the best choice to make.
The lack of integration with other gadgets, as well as no diet tracking, just doesn’t give you the best experience.
Yes, you could solve this by using multiple apps.
But is that really the best experience?
What we still recommend to our clients is to use Noom for a more integrated solution.
Even without a premium account, you’ll still have plenty to work with. And the diet and fitness coach that you deal with is actually a real person.
Give it a try and then report back to us how it worked out for you. You can check out our Noom full review here.
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