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You Need a Recovery Formula. Here’s a Few Options.

Recovery Formula, recovery formula, recovery formula. You hear about it at the end of every workout– and for good reason. A recovery formula refuels your work-out depleted body with glycogen, helps muscles rebuild and reduces the post-workout lactic soreness that leaves you wincing at raising your arm and walking like you just took a bullet to the left butt-cheek. If I were to rank must-have supplements, a recovery drink would be a close third place after Shakeology and a whey protein.

At first blush, you may pop a blood vessel when you read the ingredients and see some recovery formulas pack close to 40 grams of sugar per serving… but there’s method to the madness. Sugar acts not only as a quick nutrient absorption delivery system but also quickly replenishes your depleted internal battery stores. If you’re working hard, your body needs what recovery drinks deliver– all without worries of packing on weight when used after a hard workout. Don’t fear them, but don’t use them as a nice cold beverage before bed, either.

I’m a big fan of the P90X Results and Recovery Formula because of the simple fact it’s high quality, solid stuff. BUT, just so you don’t think I’m biased, there are a few options. While the Rest and Recovery formula is phenomenal and probably the best of the bunch, there’s other choices. I’ve listed three options and have ranked them in order of “Bestest”, Best, Better and Good. I’ve also included price per serving… so without any more rambling here we go:

  • P90X Results and Recovery Formula: A great formula, loaded with creatine, glutamine, other vitamins/anti-oxidants and the “sweet spot” 4:1 (4 carbs to 1 protein) ration for maximum replenishment. Uses both simple and complex carbs. About $1.75 per serving ($1.58 with Team Beachbody discount). You can order it here.
  • Endurox R4: An independent recovery formula you can usually find at your local GNC. Endurox R4 does have a 4:1 ratio and anti-oxidants, but has less glutamine, more simple sugars, no creatine (you’ll have to add your own) and a shorter list of vitamins. About $1.52 per serving. You can order it here.
  • Chocolate Milk: A few studies over the last couple years have pointed to every kid’s wildest dream come true: Chocolate Milk is good for you… as a recovery drink, anyway. This kind of explains the handy “sports bottle-esque” chocolate milk 16 ouncers that have sprung up in the dairy section recently. Some milk manufacturers are even making and marketing their chocolate milk as a Recovery specific product. Dairy naturally carries glutamine (about 1 g per glass of milk), so your glutamine’s already taken care of naturally. Still, they lack a full dose of creatine and can be loaded with HFC (High Fructose Corn syrup).  That and it’s the most expensive of the bunch. About $1.99 per serving.

Again, recovery drinks are good stuff. You may want to try around to see what works best with your budget, tastebuds and goals. No matter what you decide to go with, you’ll definitely notice a difference as you bounce back in your next workout.

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6 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Javier says:

    I am 21 years old, weight 192 lbs, my goal is to get to 170-175lbs. I’m planning on doing my first round of P90X Classic to gain muscle with the 8-10 reps. I saw this shake online but i don’t know if is good enough. I will be really grateful if you check it out and tell me your opinion.

  2. Javier says:

    if you know a good that can be sold in a GNC or Vitamn Shoppe do tell please :)

  3. Dan says:

    Hey Javier-

    Congrats on your hitting up P90X. It’s the real deal! When do you plan on starting?

    As for your link, that’s a straight whey protein. It’s an important supplement and can be used in recovery but digests slower and not as quickly absorbed for the glycogen refill that’s proven to be best if you’re after a recovery supplement. I highly recommend the Recovery Formula which you can pick up here:

    If you’re set on GNC, you can purchase Endurox R4 that will fulfill the 4:1 Recovery requirement.

  4. Jakob says:

    I’m not sure where you get off saying chocolate milk is the most expensive. A half gallon of chocolate milk costs 3.25, and has 8 servings in it. Lasts for a week and a half of p90x workouts. That means in a month you can spend less than $10 on a recovery drink thats pretty much the same. If you really want the added creatine, go buy some creatine at gnc or vitamin shoppe (far cheaper again than p90x R&R) and mix it into your chocolate milk.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks for checking out the article and for your feedback, Jakob. I “get off saying” chocolate milk is more expensive because the post isn’t making comparison to the cheap gallon jugs of chocolate milk but to the “handy “sports bottle-esque” chocolate milk 16 ouncers” with added nutrients sold/marketed exclusively as a recovery option.

      Of course $3.25 is less expensive in bulk but fact is milk goes bad and you don’t need to take recovery drink after every X workout (Yoga, Cardio X, Kenpo). In short, buying a 10-14 day supply of chocolate milk (gotta be fat free… fat in chocolate milk dampens the quick absorption) is overkill. In all, I simply wouldn’t use it based on all the other fillers, thickeners and crap that’s in commercial chocolate milk (not to mention allergies that some have) and don’t mind paying a bit more for something that lasts longer.

      It’s an individual call but chocolate milk– especially 16 oz. bottles– isn’t for me. I don’t generally recommend it (but if you use must, go fat-free).. that said, if it’s for you- drink up and enjoy. There’s always more than one way to the goal line.

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