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354 Sweat, Barriers, and the Birth of BODi: How Carl Daikeler Defined a New Fitness Category

Thursday 23rd May 2024
FYD EPISODE 354 Carl Daikeler

On this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow your Different, we have a conversation with Carl Daikeler, the visionary CEO of BODi (formerly known as Beachbody).

We explore Carl’s remarkable journey in the fitness industry, beginning with the inception of the eight-minute abs video series—a concept that sprang from his own need for a quick and effective workout solution.

Carl’s story is not just about the creation of a fitness program; it’s about identifying a gap in the market and filling it with innovation. The eight-minute abs series not only became a household name but also gained unexpected fame with its mention in the movie “Something About Mary.” If you’re interested to learn more, consider giving this episode a try.

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Carl Daikeler on the Power of Media in Fitness

Carl shares the challenges and triumphs of launching other renowned fitness programs like Power 90 and P90X. He emphasizes the crucial role of media in delivering fitness instruction and the concept of structured home fitness. Reflecting on the success of P90X, Carl reveals the strategic thinking behind creating new fitness programs, such as Insanity, and the lessons learned along the way.

The impact of Carl’s fitness programs on individuals is profound, to say the least. They offer a sense of accomplishment and success to those who may have struggled with traditional gym environments. This, in turn, sheds light on the marketing and strategic decisions that propelled these programs to success and how Beachbody evolved into a digital powerhouse.

The Evolution of Fitness: From Products to Subscriptions

In the ever-changing landscape of the fitness industry, Carl explains the shift from selling products to embracing a subscription model. In fact, BODi has successfully transitioned to this model, boasting over a million subscribers.

However, the journey hasn’t been without its challenges, such as subscription fatigue. As such, Carl highlights the importance of evolving the business model to include digital program purchases alongside subscriptions.

The unique features of their digital platform, such as virtual trainers who can make real-time corrections for dozens of participants, also helped ensure a high-quality experience. This flexibility extends to allowing users to download programs for offline use, catering to the modern consumer’s need for convenience and customization.

Owning the Morning and the Holistic Approach to Health

The conversation took a personal turn as Carl shares his morning routine, which includes a health shot and Shakeology. He stressed the significance of starting the day with healthy habits to set the tone for overall well-being.

This led to the discussion of a controversial topic in weight loss pharmaceuticals, like Ozempic, and the dangers of relying on drugs without making necessary lifestyle changes. Carl advocates for a holistic approach to health, emphasizing the need to build and preserve muscle for long-term vitality.

They ponder whether people use these drugs as a kickstarter for a healthier lifestyle or merely as a shortcut. Carl introduces the concept of “health esteem,” advocating for building a lifestyle centered around health and activity rather than focusing solely on weight loss.

To hear more from Carl Daikeler and how to build up your body the healthy way, download and listen to this episode.


Carl Daikeler is the visionary CEO and Co-founder of BODi, a revolutionary health and wellness company. With over two decades of experience in the fitness industry, Carl is on a mission to transform lives through innovative approaches to exercise and nutrition.

Carl’s journey began with a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals. Drawing from his own struggles with weight management and a desire to make a difference, he co-founded BODi to provide people with accessible and effective solutions for sustainable health transformations.

Under Carl’s leadership, BODi has become a beacon of inspiration, empowering individuals worldwide to take control of their well-being. His relentless dedication to creating impactful programs and fostering a supportive community has earned him recognition as a trailblazer in the industry.

Beyond his role at BODi, Carl is a fervent advocate for health advocacy and philanthropy. He continuously strives to make a positive impact on society by promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting charitable initiatives.

With Carl Daikeler at the helm, BODi is not just a company; it’s a movement towards a healthier, happier world. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey together.


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