Below is the list of supplements that have helped me maximize my results during my P90X / Insanity transformation. There are others I tried briefly, but I didn’t feel they were helping me as much as these. This is not to say that you NEED these. I am just saying that I wouldn’t want to put in the time, effort, and energy into an intense workout program like P90X or Insanity without having these supplements to maximize the benefits of all that hard work. With that said, here’s my favorite supplements — the ones I feel are well worth the cost –
#1 Shakeology = This is by far my favorite supplement (in fact, it’s the only one on my “Must Have” list). I gave it a trial run just to see what the hype was about (they offer a 30 day guarantee so you have nothing to lose). Well, after the first month on Shakeology, I signed up for home direct and have been using it EVERY day since. There seem to be 2 types of people when it comes to Shakeology – those who haven’t tried it and are skeptical about the price, and those who have tried it and now rave about it. It does cost twice the amount of regular whey protein, but it’s got hundreds of nutrients and supplements in it, so comparing it to plain protein powder isn’t a fair comparison. You’ll have to decide if it’s in your budget or not, but to me it’s worth the money! Especially since you will begin to save on other supplements and your grocery list will become smaller and smaller thanks to this meal replacement. To learn more, click here.
#2 Whey Protein Powder = You will need to consume a lot of protein to fuel your muscles. A good quality protein powder is critical to giving you what your body needs, unless you like eating 20 cans of tuna per day! Haha. Beachbody sells Whey protein powder, but I primarily use DYMATIZE ELITE 100% Whey Protein because it is a little more affordable and has a higher protein content per serving. Plus, it mixes amazingly well with my Shakeology (for when I want to add a addition boost of protein to my shake.) For another great protein, Beachbody launched one in their new Beachbody Extreme Supplement Line. To check those out, click here
#3 P90X Results / Recovery Formula = It has a lot of sugar in it (which originally scared me, so I didn’t take it during Round 1. After studying the science behind it, I found that the “sugar’ is fructose (fruit sugar), which is actually a very good type of sugar for our bodies. It has 10 g of protein (giving this product the ideal 4:1 carb to protein ratio for post workout absorption). It has the key ingredients creatine, arginine, and glutamine, which all facilitate muscle recovery and energy replenishment. It has an excellent balance of electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients to replace what has been depleted during exercise. I wasn’t sure about this product initially, but I am now a firm believer in the Results/Recovery Formula after using it during Round 2 and seeing / feeling the results in myself. To learn more, click here.
#4 Energy and Endurance Pre-Workout = In my opinion, this is the best pre-workout supplement I have come across, especially for the price. This will help you improve your energy, endurance, strength, and focus during your workouts. Its proprietary blend of advanced nitric oxide boosters, amino acids, natural energizers, electrolytes, and essential B vitamins can help you power through and maximize your workouts. If you’re looking for a pre-workout energy blast, then this is the supplement for you! For more information about the Energy and Endurance Formula, click here.
#5 Creatine = This supplement helps volumize the muscles with water so that they can draw more nutrients in to aid with recovery and muscle building. I get mine from off a local supplement store. It is important to cycle creatine, 2 months on and 1 month off. If you are unsure about using creatine, google it and read multiple reviews. Personally, I find Dymatize Monohydrate Creatine pretty effective and it mixes well with shakes. For a great creatine, Beachbody launched one in their new Beachbody Extreme Supplement Line. To check those out, click here.
#6 Glutamine = This supplement is also naturally occurring in our bodies, and during intense exercise our glutamine stores are depleted, so replacing glutamine is important to giving our muscles what they need to repair themselves. You can find Glutamine pretty cheap now-a-days.
#7 The Beachbody EXTREME Supplement Line = This line of Body Beast supplements are being released as Beachbody’s EXTREME Nutrition supplement line, for thos sole purpose to help add muscle and mass. From what I have gathered, it looks like Beachbody is continuing their trend of using natural and high quality ingredients in all of there latest supplements, including the new Body Beast supplements. This most likely means, no controversial supplements, no artificial flavors and no low quality proteins, carbs and fats. Other great news is that some of these supplements can be used with all of the other Beachbody programs that are currently offered, like P90X, P90X2, Insanity, etc. If you’re interested in checking out these supplements, click here.