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I'm in the market for new triathlon nutrition options, and Beach Body walked in at just the right time. Last triathlon season I used Ironman Perform, and either a) I didn’t get how to use it or b) it just plain didn’t work for me or c) some combination of both… By the end of the season my GI system was in full revolt. Time for a change!
I do think there was some “user error” in my mixing of Ironman Perform last year, as I simply followed the package instructions, not understanding that the mix ratio they proposed was probably not for a relative lightweight like me. To their credit, Beachbody Performance spells it right out on the canister for their pre-workout Energize product, so you know the standard measure is for someone 160 lbs.
My tip of the day: No matter what nutrition product you use, make sure you understand the weight for the “baseline” mix ratio and adjust from there.
I'm halving the recommended dose for Beach Body Energize, using 1 scoop per 16 oz and calling it “close enough”. I think excess sugar is part of what made me so miserable last season, so I’d rather have too little sugar than too much at this point. Later in the season sweat tests will make sure I’ve got the right ratio of water, salt, etc. so I’m not worried about being terribly precise at this point, other than to avoid too much sugar.
I started my Beachbody Performance test with the pre-workout drink “Energize", and did a double-take after opening the bottle—the color is bold, kind of like tumeric! The drink itself is also a pretty vivid yellow and lives up to to the lemon flavor on the label. Even though I’m not a huge fan of lemon, I've grown to like the taste.
Actually, what I think I've grown to like is the caffeine kick! ;-) Beachbody Energize must have the caffeine equivalent of a triple-espresso, because I am AWAKE when I use it before an early morning workout. It delivers way better than a cup of coffee, which means I don’t have to drink coffee AND something else as I gear up for a workout or race. Simplicity for the win!
The “Hydrate” product is a lot more like the usual sports mix, so that was an easy switch. We’ll see how it continues to perform as my workouts get longer—so far, so good!
As I don't typically use a post-workout drink (other than the occasional chocolate milk), I'm curious to give the “Recover” product a try. In the short time I’ve been using it, it’s hard to know how much difference it makes, but I can say I was pleasantly surprised. You know its going to be tasty as soon as you open it, because it smells just like a chocolate bar. (Even kiddo wondered where the chocolate was when he wandered in the kitchen after I opened the jar!)
While there is plenty of controversy about whether chocolate milk or a recovery drink is the "best" fuel, one of my current goals is to get 20g of protein in post workout. There are 20g of protein in a serving of Beachbody Recover, vs. 8g in a serving of the chocolate milk we've got sitting in the fridge. Given the current goal, Recover makes sense. If my focus later in the season shifts to whole foods, then it's nice to know there's an easy swap at the ready.
Last but not least is the vanilla “Recharge” product, which was an entirely new concept to me. I’m aware that recovery drinks are important after working out, but I guess I’m behind—I didn’t know we were supposed to be drinking them before bed as well! In talking with the InsideTracker team about evening whey protein drinks, I learned a few interesting things. They help:
I foresee using Recharge more later in the season when the big miles kick in and evening cravings set in. The “Energize” looks like it could easily become a go-to late-night “snack” that’s designed to help with recovery without sabotaging the work of the day.
The true test of a nutrition product is how well it serves you over the course of a whole season, and on your big day(s). Given the positive experience I’ve had thus far, I’m looking forward to giving Beachbody Performance a go for the season!