We’ve been using Beachbody performance supplements for a few months now, and we wanted to share what we’ve found. We definitely have some favorites and least favorites.
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We were attracted to the Beachbody Performance Supplements because:
- it’s so simple to use and follow as a system
- contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives
- it helps with energy and focus
- NSF certified meaning it’s has undergone and more tests than other supplements
- it lessens muscle soreness after a workout
We were both so tired of being sore from our workouts. We were eating right, taking a Cellucor BCAA supplement, stretching – and we were still walking funny days after leg day.
So if something could make stairs easier and give us better results in our workouts – why not try it?
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Our Beachbody Performance Supplements Review
While we’ll outline the whole line, we only use Energize and Recover daily. We also mix in Recharge on strength days.
We’ve tried samples of each and researched them before buying, but really Energize and Recover made the most sense for us. We aren’t lifting super heavy to need Recharge or Creatine. We also don’t do long cardio programs (over an hour) where we’d need to Hydrate.
So you may find that 1 or 2 products from Beachbody performance supplements work best for you.
These supplements work for any exercise program – not just Beachbody workouts.
I have friends that use Hydrate for dirt bike racing and another that uses Energize before her Orange Theory class.
Performance Line Details
Out of the 5 supplements, we’ll look at, Energize and Hydrate are the only two vegan-friendly options. They aren’t certified vegan, but they don’t contain any animal products. They also weren’t processed using animal products according to Beachbody. The NSF also does unannounced checks to check ingredients.
Energize – Your Pre-Workout Supplement
Energize is our favorite. It really helps us push harder during a workout without feeling jittery or sick. You may feel a little tingle from it from the beta-alanine in it.
The ingredients in it are fewer than other pre-workout supplements which we like. While we aren’t chemists, we figure the fewer the better. The 3 key ingredients are beta-alanine, low-dose caffeine, and quercetin.
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that helps reduce lactic acid buildup in your muscles. The caffeine helps your focus and reaction time. Quercetin is a phytonutrient that helps with endurance and muscle fatigue.
Mix 1-2 scoops with 8-16oz water, shake and drink 30 minutes before your workout.
It’s lemon flavored. It’s a bit tart, but it tastes better than other pre-workout supplements we’ve tried.
- increases energy and endurance
- helps your focus and reaction time
- allows you to do more – more reps, get deeper, run faster, etc.
- delays exercise-induced muscle fatigue
Hydrate – During a Long Workout
This is great for athletes, long-distance bikers or runners, or anyone staying at a high level of activity for a long period of time. It helps replace electrolytes during your workout, and that also helps give your muscles what they need to improve your endurance.
This citrus drink is supposed to be the ideal balance of carbohydrates, water, and electrolytes in an optimal concentration for better absorption.
This contains a blend of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium so your energy can stay up and you can feel better during a tough workout.
It also has quercetin and natural sugars from low-carb options.
Mix a scoop, shake and drink during your workout.
It’s a light citrus flavor. Some reviews say it sits lighter than water, but really it just tastes good to me.
It’s not bitter, but it’s not overly sweet either.
- helps you stay hydrated during a workout
- hydration helps you feel better in a workout
- boosts endurance.
- replaces electrolytes lost during exercise
Recover – Post Workout
This is the one I’m giddy to talk about! It has helped our muscle soreness more than other protein drinks (and we’ve tried a bunch!). The only place we disagree is on flavors – I prefer orange, and she prefers chocolate.
It’s designed to help with muscle recovery, reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness, and speed up the return of normal muscle function.
It also promotes lean muscle synthesis to give your muscles what they need to grow and recover which reduces muscle soreness. So you’ll continue to see it work as you continue to workout and get stronger.
It contains pomegranate extract, protein and branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs). It’s also the ideal ratio of amino acids to support rebuilding the muscles.
1 scoop within 30 minutes after your workout
This is the best tasting supplement out of the line. It comes in orange and chocolate. It’s smooth and creamy.
- shortens recovery time of muscles
- reduces exercise-induced muscle soreness
- promote lean muscle growth
- reduces muscle breakdown
Recharge – Take at Bedtime
Recharge is your bedtime nightcap. It helps to repair your muscles and reduce muscle breakdown. Even if you aren’t actively lifting weights – your muscles do get used every day and can start to break down. So even if you are doing a cardio or low-impact program, Recharge can be a great addition to your supplements. It tastes like vanilla.
It contains tart cherry to help with soreness. Also, the slow-release micellar casein and BCAAs in it help to support overnight recovery and build stronger muscle mass.
1 hour before bed
It’s vanilla flavored and tastes good. It does take a little more shaking to become smooth like the Recover. It’s not chunky or gritty though.
It’s a tad sweeter than the rest; maybe it’s the cherry in it?
- helps muscle recovery
- reduces exercise-induced muscle soreness & breakdown
- promotes lean muscle growth
The last product from the performance line is creatine. It’s is flavorless and an add-on to your Recover supplement.
It doesn’t overly bloat you like other brands, and it can help with resistance training and high-intensity interval workouts.
We also use a couple other supplements outside of our workouts:
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Beachbody Performance Supplements Line FAQ
1. Is this going to bulk me up?
We are sure people will have their own thoughts, but in short – no. Even with the supplements promoting lean muscle mass, your aren’t going to beef up. You’ll build lean muscle which speeds up the metabolism – making you leaner.
Also, if you are looking to increase your cardio workouts, these supplements can help your endurance. On the other hand, if you are lifting heavy weights, you’ll see the lean muscle and have less muscle soreness.
On the other hand, if you are lifting heavy weights, you’ll see the lean muscle and have less muscle soreness.
Basically, all 5 supplements feed the body right. We’ve had more energy for our daily workout, heightened endurance, and less muscle soreness.
2. Should I only use this with heavy strength training?
These work so well with any workout. You can do the whole line or choose the ones that benefits match your goals the best.
3. Can I still do Shakeology?
Yes! Shakeology is more of a whole foods meal replacement versus a traditional supplement to fuel a workout. (Check out our Shakeology review here)
You just don’t want to mix in your Shakeology with the other supplements for max results. For example, you can do Shakeology for breakfast, Energize and Rehydrate before and during your workouts, and the Recover after your workout.
4. Is it really going to make a difference?
I really wish we had taken pictures a couple of months ago. We both just kept putting it off. We can both see a change in our upper body.
If you try it and don’t see a difference, you can ship it back EMPTY for a refund too.
5. How do they taste without sweeteners?
Not bad! Seriously! We tried a Sucralose-Free BCAA supplement for during your workout, and it seriously tasted like puke. So we were less than excited about the taste, but honestly – all of them taste good.
6. Why are they $50 or more?
If you bundle all 4, you pay $50 for each. It can be a lot to invest at first, but after visiting a local supplement shop – $50 a piece was actually cheaper than their non-NSF products.
Plus, each line they carried wasn’t a full system. So I was going to have to create a Frankenstein type of system that was just as much if not more.
But it’s an MLM company.
Beachbody is, in fact, an MLM. We knew it going in. We’re both coaches. But don’t you think an MLM has a stricter guideline and reputation to protect than some random brand you pick up at GNC?
I think some have a program with the MLM setup, but the products shouldn’t be justified one way or another on that factor alone. I suggest looking at the products, trying them and deciding for yourself.
Some also have said – the Performance Line costs more because of the MLM structure. I haven’t found this to be true when comparing similar brands. They are competitive with other high-quality ingredient brands.
So again – If you’ve made it this far, don’t like a brand throw you off.
How to Try Beachbody’s Performance Line:
All 5 supplements are available now. You can choose to start with the sampler and then add on as you want.
All of the options below come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, too!
Which Beachbody performance supplements have you tried?
What questions do you have on Energize, hydrate, recover or recharge?
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