Is The P90X Results And Recovery Formula Really Worth It?

Is P90X Results and Recovery Formula really worth it?  This blog post is really overdue, but I have been so busy with blogging my Insanity Asylum journey that I haven’t had time to officially write reviews on some of the products that I have been using for a while now, but I am catching up slowly but surely!

A question that I am often asked about when it comes to supplements is, “what’s up with the P90X Results and Recovery Formula” (lets call it P90X Recovery Drink for short) and whether it’s really worth it or not. I hear, ” Isn’t there are a lot of products on the market right now that do the same thing?” and “Is it really even necessary to use a recovery drink?”  So let’s tackle some of this and you can be the judge.  Of course, it’s no secret that I work for Team Beachbody so don’t judge my bias.  The reason I starting working with the company in the first place was because I believed in and used so many of their products before I ever made a dime with the company, so you will just have to trust me that I will give an honest and fair review of this stuff.

What Is The Purpose Of A Recovery Drink?

First of all, what is a recovery drink? A recovery drink is well…just what it sounds like, A recovery drink.  Studies have shown that with proper nutrition within the first hour post workout, you can increase your body’s ability to recover up to 100%.  The key component to maximizing this “window of opportunity” is a formulation of approximately 4 parts carbohydrates to 1 part protein which is exactly what the P90X Recovery Drink contains.  What does this do for you?  Reduces muscle soreness and muscle fatigue which would probably be the most noticeable characteristics by someone implementing it, which is HUGE if you are working out 5+ days a week.

What’s In This Stuff?

P90X Results and Recovery Nutritional Label

When I look at this label, the first thing that jumps out to me is what appears to be a somewhat high sugar content.  It’s sort of like alarms start going off in my head when I see sugar in drinks.  As someone, who used to drink Mountain Dew like it was water, I understand the importance of literally “running from” sugary drinks so initially, this was an issue for me and almost stopped me from even trying it.

As I researched the subject some more though and educated myself about just how “recovery” works in the body post workout,  I had much less or even zero of an issue with it and even thought it could really help me in my recovery so I thought I’d give it a go.

If you still question the sugar content like I initially did and are still hung up on it, the answer that you will find from most experts is this, “What your body needs after a hardcore workout compared to what it should have first thing in the morning or while eating lunch is very different. The science behind having the right blend of simple (fructose AKA fruit sugars) and complex carbohydrates after a heart and muscle pounding workout shows that these sugars combined with protein, sodium, potassium, A, B, C and E vitamins help with recovery, reduce muscle soreness and assist muscle growth. Too much sugar consumed all day long (especially high fructose corn syrup) in our food and drink is the problem, not a scientifically derived recovery drink designed to be consumed ONLY after intense exercise.”

So there you go…and I tend to agree with that.

You will also find that many professional athletes actually consume fruit juices after workouts which contain a lot of sugar as well, but it is the type of sugar and the actual timing of the sugar that makes all the difference.

My only issue with it and it really isn’t an issue at all, but I wish it had higher creatine levels.  When I first read 500mg, I thought it meant 5 grams/serving (which is a common amount among many supplemental fitness drinks), but then I realized that I had done my conversion wrong and that it actually was .5 grams/serving.  I realize that this was marketed to men and women and was not intended for everyone to bulk up, but to recover efficiently and reduce muscle soreness. If you are a creatine user, than this is a good drink to add it to.  It mixes well and it transports well in the body with the sugars from the drink.  I usually add about  another 5g/serving to mine.

Does This Stuff Actually Work?

To be quite honest, I do not think I could have got through Insanity: The Asylum without it.  I was in between shipments of it when I did my first 2 or 3 workouts and was SUPER sore the next day, but once I started drinking it post workout, I really could tell a big difference.  I was less sore, less fatigued, and recovered in between workouts much better than I did the first couple days.  I had just finished P90X2 and I am a runner so it wasn’t like I  was suffering soreness from being “workout newbie” those first couple of days either.    The Asylum is a BEAST and I really think that was one of the reasons that I have been having such great results with it – the Asylum Fitness Guide actually strongly recommends drinking it daily due to the intensity of the workouts.  Trust me…it’s needed!

What About the Taste?

Well if you had problems with sugar when it came to the nutritional label, the taste of this drink may help you to get over that.  This stuff tastes really good.  I have had a lot of supplements over the past 15 years and as far as taste is concerned, this is the best tasting recovery supplement I have ever had.  Most people say it tastes like an orange smoothie, maybe an orange dreamsicle popsicle, and I can see both, but it really reminds me of orange sherbet.  I think it tastes pretty similar to orange sherbet ice cream and actually look forward to it after a workout because it is kind of like getting a treat for a job well done.

Who Should Drink P90X Results and Recovery Formula?

Really…anyone who is working out could use this supplement and benefit from it.  Remember though, it is scientifically and specifically designed to be received by your body post workout.  It’s not a drink to drink when you get thirsty or as a snack, etc.  Post workout only and within that hour window is key.

If you are someone who is doing a program such as P90X, Insanity, or really any type of workout that you are increasing your heart rate, burning calories, and working those muscles then I highly recommend this drink.  Are there comparable products on the market?  Sure, but you always have to be careful with some of the ingredients with some of the other recovery drinks out there.  With Beachbody, you know that you are getting a safe product and not something with a whole bunch of junk in it that you have never heard of and can’t even pronounce the names of.  Also, the price is just about the same with everything else across the board as well.

So, I highly recommend this product to anyone who workouts in anyway shape or form.  I have had and am having really good results with it and the taste is really a treat as well.    The price is 49.95 for a month supply and 37.46 with a Coach discount for a month supply.  It comes in a tube or packets and free shipping is even available when you choose Home Direct as an option.

So is it really worth it?  I would say yes…I use it about 5 times a week and love it.

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  1. Great article! I agree totally.

    I began using the Results & Recovery Drink in the middle of P90X. I have continued using it as I recently began INSANITY.

    It tastes great. Easily the best tasting post-recovery drink I have ever had. And it works.

    With P90X, I would usually use it after Plyometrics and other heart raising workouts. I wasn’t using after every workout. Now, in INSANITY, I can’t get enough of the stuff.

    Thanks for sharing your research with us.

  2. I’m glad you wrote this post because I haven’t tried it and was wondering about it. I’d heard that it’s really good. Thanks for the great info!

  3. Thanks for the information. I’ve been thinking about trying this as well as the Energy and Endurance formula. You gave me some good information to think about.

  4. I have been wondering about getting this supplement and if it would be something that I needed to go with my intense workouts or not. Great info – thanks for sharing!

  5. Great post! I love the taste of it. Not many recovery drinks come in orange and this one tastes like an orange sherbet popsicle haha

  6. Thanks for the kind words everyone…you definitely will not regret giving it a try. Thanks for taking the time to read the post!

  7. Thanks for sharing excellent information and ideas. These articles are helpful in my site. Thank You

  8. Jared – Thanks for this article – very helpful. I totally agree on the creatine point, though I’m not sure what is the right amount of that that I should be taking. I’m currently using GNC Cellucor C4 Extreme pre-workout – can I combine Results and Recovery with that?

    • Anoop, Thanks for stopping by! I personally do not take more than 5g a day and get pretty decent results with that. I think the C4 has 1g, 1000mg, right? I also cycle it every couple months say 2 or 3 on creatine and then off creatine. Drinking the Results and Recovery as well I think will be fine since you are only looking at .5g + 1 gram which really is minimal. Keep me posted on your results Anoop – Good luck!

      • Hey Jared – Thanks for taking the time to maintain this site and answer questions. I took your advice and bought the Results and Recovery formula – I really like it! Though the more research I do, the more confused I get – now I’m being told that I should be taking BCAA. I am looking to get bigger without doing anything really dumb – I do want to take the R&R formula post work-out, but am wondering what I should take pre work-out – should I continue to take the GNC C4 (and if so, how much) or should I look into getting BCAA (and if so, how much)? I know that Beachbody has a bunch of products, but to be honest, I find the distinctions between them quite confusing. Also, protein intake is a consideration for me since I’m not a big meat-eater – are there any good protein bars that I should look at as well? I’d greatly appreciate your advice. Thanks.

  9. Braden Hanson says:

    Hey Jared- i was wondering if you have to take another protein along with the recovery drink to build that lean cut muscle?? like whey abolic 60 from GNC.. or would the recovery formula do the same things as that protein??

    • Hey Braden, thanks for stopping by! The R and R contains only 10 grams of protein and is designed to aid in recovery (soreness, fatigue, etc) from tough workouts and not considered to be a “builder” type of supplement. Depending on your goals and other variables. you may need more protein. Contact me through my contact page up top and we can look more closely at all of this and figure it what will work best for you. :)

  10. The reason I like C4 is the simple fact that it banned substance free.

  11. HEY, I’m starting p90x very soon and i have the results and recovery formula is it possible to take that with whey protein post workout or should i take the whey protein before my workout and then take the recovery drink after my workout?

    • Andy, congrats on starting P90X! How and when you incorporate the protein shake really depends on what you are wanting to do. Are you trying to lose weight? add muscle? get tone? get big? What does the protein consist of? Just a basic protein, meal replacement or a builder? How many calories,etc..Shoot my an email with some more info and I can check it all out and we can figure it out. dedicate2fitness@gmail.com

  12. Thanks for your review. I just started insanity and only about a week in. I work out pretty regularly and run often. I was SHOCKED by how sore my calves were after the first work out. I had just ran 4 miles 2 days before. Different body parts have been sore since, but not like the two days with my calves. Willing to give it a try.

    • Jared Smith says:

      Congrats on starting Insanity! R and R is definitely worth a try, I used it after every single workout when I was doing Asylum/Asylum 2, it helped me. Keep me updated on how it goes!

  13. Thanks! Im in my 4th week of Insanity and keep thinking " this has to get easier". I received my first shipment of R n R today and am hoping that gives me the boost I need to keep pushing harder.

    • Jared Smith says:

      Congrats on making it to week 4! The second month is harder, but you are already halfway done with the program!! You got this! Drink that R and R after every workout, keep me updated!

  14. Hi I’m new to this and the p90x r and r drink sounds really good and I would like to start taking it but I take a whey protein shake imidiatley after training……. Which one is better for me?? Please help

  15. I'm in my 7th week of insanity and I couldn't have made it this far without R&R an like ya said it tastes great, my favorite part of the workout. Also, why are your thoughts on the energy and endurance supplement, I have been using it the whole way through and it really helps me push through those tough ones especially max interval circuit

  16. One last question is it best to drink my shakeology before or after a workout and if after how long after my R&R

  17. I just started insanity, just finished my third workout. Its a killer! I have not yet tried the R and R. But willing to try it. Hope it really does work!

    • Cody, I used it all the way through Insanity Asylum 1 and 2… it definitely helped me! Keep me updated on your progress and what you think about the R and R!

  18. Lori Stravers says:

    thanks for the review!

  19. Kerry Loh says:

    Hi Jared, I usually workout during my lunch hour, then eat at my desk after. Should I still be drinking my recovery drink post-workout since I'm eating right after?

  20. Jared Smith says:

    Hey Kerry, I would space them out if it were me. R and R after workout and then maybe wait 2 or 3 hours and eat a regular meal, but it's whatever works for you. Keep me updated!

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