**Before you try any supplements, it’s important that you check with your doctor first**
I strongly believe that the foundation to achieving health and fitness goes is through nutrition. In my opinion results come from 80% diet and 20% intense workout. That being said, Supplements are the icing on the cake. They should only be used after you have gotten a firm grip on your caloric intake and diet ratios.
Supplements that I use and recommend are Shakeology, P90X Recovery Formula, whey protein, protein shake, and protein bars especially when you’re always on the run. I use Purple Wraath (BCAA’s) but I don’t consider it as a must-have. I use Shakeology as a meal replacement for breakfast and occasionally as a post workout recovery drink. Take the whey protein once or twice a day: once in the morning and after my workout. I take the Recovery Formula directly following the workout when I really pushed it during the workout. Click here to see the supplements that I use and recommend.
Shakeology is probably the most popular supplement that Beachbody has to offer, and it can act as a meal replacement if you are looking to cut body fat, or as a snack in addition to your normal meals if you are looking to gain mass. Of all Beachbody supplements available, this is the only one I can’t live without, and I highly recommend this product to anyone who asks. Since starting it during my Insanity workout, I haven’t gone a day without it! You can learn more about Shakeology by clicking here.
As you know, when you workout you are tearing your muscles. Immediately after you’re done with your training for the day, those muscles you used go into “recovery” mode and start rebuilding. In order to rebuild properly, they need protein and carbohydrates to carry that protein. They “feed” your muscles and allow them to make a better recovery and get stronger! It’s good to take this after both cardio and resistance workouts. To know whether or not your body needs the Recovery Formula, ask yourself the following 2 questions:
1) Do I feel sore and tight for most of the day following my workout?
2) Do I feel wiped out and out of energy later in the day following my workout?
If you answered “Yes” to either of these, the Recovery Formula will do wonders for you. Remember, though, it’s 200 calories, so you’ll have to factor that into your totals for the day. If you are trying to keep the calories low (like I was), you can try ½ scoop and see if that does the trick.
Yes, you should take the Recovery Formula after every intense workout, especially workout programs like P90X, INSANITY, Asylum Vol 1 & 2! The only one I wouldn’t take it after is P90X X Stretch or any easy workouts 🙂
Even if you work out late and go to bed shortly afterwards, you still need to take the Recovery Formula (If your answer is YES to these criteria)!
1) Do I feel sore and tight for the day following my workout?
2) Do I feel wiped out and out of energy the day following my workout?
I don’t use it. It’s naturally occurring in our bodies, and facilitates muscle building and recovery. There has been a significant amount of research on creatine. I encourage you to google it and study it for yourself before deciding to use it.
This isn’t a Beachbody approved answer, but I prefer Pure Protein bars (from Costco). The main reason is that they are the lowest in sugar of any that I’ve tried, and keeping my sugar intake as low as possible is my goal. With that said, I must say that the P90X Protein Bars are very good! They contain a lot of protein (18 grams), which helps with your protein requirements, as well as a good amount of carbohydrates (37 grams), which help you keep your energy level up throughout the day. If you are on a Phase 3 nutrition plan, the P90X bars are perfect. If you are on the Fat Shredder plan, get the Pure Protein bars like I use. All protein bars are a little pricey, but they are the perfect snack to give you a boost of protein and fill you up on the go.
Not at all! Whey protein is very important for muscle retention or building, and the best protein that you can consume!
I personally don’t take pre-workout but if you think you need additional energy for the workout, you should take it. It will help with your endurance during cardio workouts, and help you maximize your pumps during the resistance workouts. Some pre-workouts have creatine in them, you will have to cycle off of it (2 months on, 1 month off) unless you use one that doesn’t have creatine in it like the Energy and Endurance pre-workout formula.