The P90X nutrition plan demands a lot of protein and vitamins added to your diet. I’m going to show you the best non P90X branded supplement alternatives available without having to pay expensive beach body prices!
The whey protein, recovery drinks, protein bars and vitamins outlined in the program and great and get you the nutrients you need to build muscle fast and if you’ve ever watched the end of one of the workout videos, you know they’re pushed hard. They’re pushed even harder due to the BeachBody.com “coach” program that earns you revenue for the products you sell and what those you’ve signed up also sell. Sound familiar? The Beach Body brands that are so highly praised in the program are not the only options you have. Not even close!
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A hard workout program requires a diet with a lot of protein. You’re going to need a protein supplement to have a chance at hitting the requirement amount during these 90 days. There are several types of protein powders available including Whey, Casein, Soy, and Egg. Whey Protein is primarily what you’re looking for. Whey protein is most quickly absorbed by your body and is therefore optimal to take after a workout. Whey is generally processed by your body within 30 minutes as opposed to Casein which can take 2-3 hours.
Optimum Nutrition is my hands-down favorite. It mixes very well, even if you only swirl it around in a glass. The chocolate actually tastes like chocolate. The vanilla goes in my oatmeal every morning. I can mix any of them with just plain water and it still tastes great.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound
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You’re going to be eating a lot of protein bars during P90X. It’s very important that you make the best choice you can in this area. I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort reviewing and comparing protein bars for my protein bar comparison post. It basically boils down to two bars that I recommend. Premier Protein Bars and Pure Protein Bars. These bars are nearly equivalent in terms of protein and sugars content and they both taste great, in my opinion. I generally stick with the Pure Protein bars. You can find them at most grocery stores.
Recovery drinks area meant to shorten the recovery time after a workout. Even with the recovery drink, expect to be sore during your first two weeks of P90X! You’d better be! The idea behind the recovery drink is that you’re recover quicker and be ready to do your next workout sooner.
During your workouts, you deplete your stores of glycogen and carbohydrates. Your muscles are broken down by little micro-tears in the muscle. It’s the rebuilding of this muscle break-down that causes your muscles to grow. That rebuilding processes needs fuel. It needs protein that you’re going to get from your protein drink later, but more immidiately, it needs amino acids. L-Glutanim and L-Arganine get your muscles quickly and really give them what they’re craving. Getting this nutrition in liquid form is best, as it is most easily absorbed by your intestines.
The P90X Results and Recovery Formula really lays on the carbs. You need the carbs for fuel as well! But I also know a lot of us have to really watch those carbs. To that extent, there are plenty of other drinks available that provide nearly the same great recovery benefits.
P90X Results and Recovery really seems to be a great product. I say go for it if you don’t mind the high cost. It’s what I’m currently using.
P90X Results and Recovery Formula: 30-Day Supply, Smooth Orange Tub 52.9oz
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As an alternative, try Mike’s Mix or Endurox R4
Vitamin packs are an easy way to get all of the vitamins, oils, and essential acids you need at one time. You’re actually getting way more than you need most of the time. Your body can only absorb so much at a time and the rest shows up in your now vibrantly yellow urine. These vitamin packs can come with a hefty price tag if you’re paying for the brand and the convenience.
There are several vitamin packs that will serve you as well as the P90X Health Formula such as Mega Men Sport Vitapak from GNC or Ultimate Man Daily Pack from Vitamin Shoppe. These packs comes with a couple of B-12 “energy booster” pills. So if you’re prone to jitters from things like that, beware.
My recommendation, however, is the Animal Pak by Universal. This pack will have you taking 11 pills a day, which can be a lot. You’ll be taking the packs twice a day to equal what you’re getting from the P90X branded vitamins. The upside is that since you’re taking them twice a day, you’ll be able to absorb more rather than taking what you can out of one pill before it passes through your system.
Universal Nutrition Animal Pak Sports Nutrition Multivitamin Supplement 44 Count
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There are some circles that will tell you that the vitamin packs are overdoing it. There’s a lot more in there than your body can process. I can see the reasoning behind that thinking. If you want to cut back on the amount of pills your taking, there are three things you should really focus on: B12, Omega-3 Oils, and Calcium. This is my current mix.
Nature Made 1200mg of Fish Oil, 2400 per serving, 360mg of Omega-3, 300 Softgels
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Pre-workout drinks can get you off the couch to pumping out reps FAST! They’ve got caffeine and energy boosters that will get you raring to go. Some of these drinks contain Nitric Oxide. They’re going to widen your veins and increase blood flow to your muscles. This is as important as it sounds! More blood flow to your muscles is going to deliver the other ingredients such as creatine to your muscle easier and more quickly.
I’ve got through my share of products with varying success. N.O. Xplode by BSN has been my drink of choice for some time, but I’ve developed a tolerance for it. This will happen and it’s important to cycle on and off after a few weeks. I then moved on to Jack3d, but they changed the formula on that.
Since then I’ve been using Cellucor C4. This stuff is great! It gets me up and working out, even when I feel too exhausted when I get home. It last through the whole workout as well. The creatine lets you bust out more reps that you ever though you had in you.
Whey protein is a fast absorbing protein. It’s all absorbed within 30 minutes which make it a great pre and post workout supplement. Casein is slow to digest. It congeals in your stomach which causes you to take 2 or more hours to digest it. This makes it a great thing to take just before you go to bed. When you’re asleep, your muscles are repairing and are looking for protein. Giving your body protein to chew on when it’s sleeping helps that regeneration. Ever notice people recommend you take protein as soon as you wake up? That’s because you’ve been starved of protein all night long. Optimum Nutrition is still the best in this case as well.