There's a fair amount of research that shows that eating protein and carbohydrate after training helps decrease muscle breakdown and increase protein synthesis rates. This is why I've always followed my workouts with about 30 to 40 grams of protein and about 1 gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight, and I like to think it has helped me make more gains in the gym.
I used this P90X product daily until the bottle ran out and it tasted fine but I can't say I've noticed any difference in my workouts or how I feel after training and eating. My cheap and tasty omelette and bowl of oatmeal seems to be equally effective for post-workout nutrition as this expensive supplement.
So, it's back to eggs and oats for me. You may want to consider trying the same thing before buying protein supplements with simple added sugars like this.
First off. Im the type of person who never write reviews even if the product works, I just tell people I know personally.
My story starts with me at 315 lbs and finally saying enough is enough . I started researching up the ying yang and started working out with what I had at home, p90x interchangeable dumbbells and a bench press. Im an ex highschool and college football athlete so I did those old workouts with new modified ones I got from myself or YouTube. I downloaded the my fitness pal app to track my meals and fitness point pro which is where i bought the 4 day workout plan and used that as my base or starting point. Besides completely changing my eating and sleeping schedule I used only 2 supplements. THIS ONE and shakeology meal replacement. With hard consistent workouts and eating right with the help of these 2 supplements I lost 60+ lbs in just shy of a year. (Currently fluctuating between 255 - 260 lbs)
I've used this recovery formula for 1year while also stopping it for about 5 or so months. (Ran out and money was tight)
MY USE OF IT.. I drank it every day after a workout only. I eventually switched to mixing it with the shakeology meal replacement shake (1 scoop each) and taking it before or during my workout, both ways worked fine with.
DURING THE USE of the recovery formula I noticed the next morning after a workout my body didn't feel as sore or worn out. I was able to walk normal, no extreme tightness in my muscles or anything like that. I still had some soreness but it was completely manageable, after all I like feeling sore because it let's me know what I'm doing is working.. All in all I felt good and was able to hit the weights hard again.
AFTER I STOPPED taking this product, I noticed I was extremely sore to the point I felt I needed an extra day off because my muscles were so tight even after stretching. This feeling is what helped me fall off the wagon, one day off turned into a week and a month and then a few months of nothing. I had progressed so far in a year and now I have to start all over. Which I started this last month. I haven't taken this product yet this time around but I just ordered it and can't wait to use it again.
I DONT LIKE the fructose and sugars at all, but since I cut out all other sugar from my diet I can manage with this. The 220 calories seems like a lot but I use just one scoop with unsweetened almond milk (2cups, 45 calories) and it's not bad on my daily intake of 2,500 cal. It tastes amazing too.
SO AGAIN, the big notice of how well this product works came to me when I STOPPED using it.
THIS IS NOT A MAGIC formula. It only helps with muscle soreness and recovery, thus the name!! You will still feel some soreness the next day depending on how hard you workout but it really helps limit it to the point where you can keep your workout schedule and hit it hard each time.
DONT be lazy while taking this and then come write a review saying it doesn't work..
Some other reviewers have already talked about the technical/nutritional values of this formula. I just want to talk about my experience with it while doing Insanity and P90x, I don't know a lot of the stuff that happens inside my body down to the cellular level, either. Just amateur experience.
I also read some reviews that the taste is bad, I don't know if I started getting this after they improved it but I actually really enjoy the taste, whenever I'm working out and about to finish I look forward to drinking it with ice cold water. It has a lot of sugar but from what I understand, post-workout is one of the key-moments when that's a good thing and it'll help you. With Insanity after a while you stop getting super sore muscles after a few weeks so I didn't notice a big difference but with P90x, if you're constantly increasing the weight and pushing harder for more reps, I think you will definitely feel it the next day. Even right after I finish my workout it's great to quench my thirst and has enough calories to keep me going while I take a shower and get ready to go to work and eventually manage to get a decent meal.
It's pricey, yes. But it's definitely working for me so I'll keep getting it when I can.
The first time I did P90X I bought every Beachbody supplement they had, including Results & Recovery. As I got fitter and started researching vitamins I mostly weened myself away from Beachbody products (Opti-Men instead of P90X Multis, ON Gold Standard Whey instead of Shakeology). But Results and Recovery drink is the one supplement I've never found a good replacement for. Between the stack of vitamins, the blend, the taste, and the calories I really can't find better.
Whether you are doing P90X, Insanity, or you own gym routine I'd recommend R&R highly. And I've tried most everything else (Mike's Mix, ONs 2:1:1, and even AfterMax which comes close but its almost overkill).
I take one star off because Amazon's shipped me a tub of R&R that had been dunked in water or something. I put it on the shelf and when I opened it up, it was just nasty and couldn't return it. Since then I start buying directly from Beachbody again (same price).