I thought it was a great idea when Beachbody consolidated their nutrition line into a premium Beachbody brand name line. No longer would there be a P90X Recovery Drink or Body Beast Supplements. There would only be Beachbody Performance.
Beachbody put time and effort into making one premium pre-workout, during workout, after workout, creatine, and before bed formula to be used with all Beachbody workouts. Before Beachbody Performance they were all over the place with P90X only products, a intense Beachbody line for Body Beast, and then a bunch of low priced Beachbody alternatives.
Now its all Beachbody. I like the simplified approach. I have been using the Beachbody Performance line for a year and that means its time for a review.
Before I get into the review there are two things you need to know.
- I don’t get all into the molecular levels of the ingredients. That sounds insane. To check out the ingredients in each follow the link provided.
- I am a “this works” or “this does not work” person. I don’t nibble at the edges for perfection in things I don’t make.
A fun fact about Beachbody Performance is it was developed by a Harvard trained PhD in exercise and nutrition. Beachbody wants you to know this as its on the packaging of each item and inside the System Guide pamphlet.
The lineup includes: Energize, Hydrate, Recover, Creatine, and Recharge. The best way to approach this is by in the order in which you use them.
Energize – A pre-workout powder with a lemon flavor. I like it more than the now extinct Energy & Endurance. Why is it that all pre-workout drinks are lemon? I am not sure but for the 10 seconds it takes to mix the powder in water and slam it is a non issue.
The tingles set in 15 minutes after consuming and tail off in an hour. One thing I have not liked about other pre-workout drinks is some have a chemical taste. Energize does not. Activities I’ve used it before include Beachbody workouts, a swim, and a long bike ride. Each time I take Energize I feel it gives me that little boost to get through those first 15 minutes.
Hydrate – A during workout powder is a new one to me. This one is citrus flavored. Beachbody has not made a during workout drink before and it fills a space in the workout. Using Hydrate is something I tend to forget about. Usually I slam Energize then fill the cup with water forgetting about Hydrate.
The times I do remember to use it is before heading out for a bike ride or to play softball. Sometimes I’ll mix it with Energize before going to the pool for a swim but in most cases I only use it when I’m doing something where I bring a water bottle.
Recover – Replaces the popular P90X Results & Recovery Formula. Recover is available in two flavors, Chocolate and Orange. I prefer Orange but Chocolate tastes good too. Something about having Chocolate after working out. Recover tastes less sugary than P90X Results & Recovery and has a more powdery taste when mixed than the granular taste you could get with Results & Recovery if not mixed well.
Recover hits the spot after a intense workout. This is the item in the Beachbody Performance line I use most. I use Recover after every workout, swim, bike ride, and even hours of yard work.
Creatine – Beachbody had a creatine in their Body Beast Supplement line before. Like the other items in the Beachbody Performance line I feel this is better than their previous attempt. It has a lighter taste and is less granular.
I only take Creatine after resistance training including swimming. It takes me longer to go through a tub of Creatine as I’m not to keen on taking it all the time. I usually take half a scoop of Creatine mixed with Recover and that works for me.
Recharge – A before bedtime formula is another new one for me. I am not sure if Beachbody is reaching on this one but man is it good. It says Vanilla flavored but it tastes like cotton candy. Very smooth fluffy like texture.
I am not sure if Recharge helps me recover faster when I’m sleeping or not. Usually I forget to use Recharge before I go to bed. I feel this is one of those things that can marginally help if you are working out a lot. Otherwise an additional scoop of Shakeology might work just as well.
In my “works” or “does not work” I would say Beachbody Performance works. With that I don’t think you need to be using them all the time. The ones I use most are Energize and Recover followed by Creatine, Hydrate, and Recharge.
Beachbody knows this and is why they offer items ala carte or in combo packs. I typically buy Energize and Recover every three months and Creatine, Hydrate, and Recharge every six months.
At $215 for all five it can seem pricey. Sign up as Beachbody Coach for the 25% discount and get them for $162.
I have been buying supplements and nutrition products from Beachbody for 7 years and I feel they continue to improve on their products. Yes, I am a Beachbody Coach and if you buy any of the items above through my site I will be compensated.