With the hundreds upon thousands of supplements on the market, it can be quite the task choosing your supplements wisely and it can also be very intimidating if you are just starting out. What do you need? what can you do without? What is the best bang for your buck? All valid questions that I will address in this post where I give you my opinion on the best P90X supplements.
I have been doing Beachbody workouts now for almost 2 years with a lot of success. Over time I have had the opportunity to try many different supplement brands and types. I have now found what I consider to be the best P90X supplements to maximize my own results. Now obviously, everyone has their own opinions, but this is my website and I can write whatever I want, lol. So lets first take a look at what you NEED.
You are going to want a good whey protein. The reason being is that when you are on the fat shredder phase of the nutrition plan, it can be very difficult to take in 240g per day of protein. What whey allows you to do is supplement that protein that you would normally get from meats and dairy, in a convenient shake that will deliver up to 30g of fast absorbing protein in a single scoop.
Whey protein is also essential for recovery. I make a 1 scoop shake 30 minutes prior to my workout so that those fast absorbing essential amino acids go right to work repairing torn muscle fibers before I even complete my workout. A lot of people think you need tons of protein after a workout, but that just isnt true. You need fast absorbing carbs predominately, and a little bit of protein that also absorbs quickly.
I highly recommend Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey. They also have a Gold Standard Natural Whey that I prefer since it includes no artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. Bar none, the best place to buy is Bodybuilding.com! Awesome prices, crazy fast shipping, and they always have awesome promotions whey you can get additional supplements at a serious discount!
A good recovery drink is essential for maximizing your results! A lot of folks see all the carbs and sugar in these drinks and think it will hurt their results. The complete opposite is true though. When your muscles are able to recovery properly and completely, then you are able to push harder in your next workout. And the harder you are able to push, the better your results will be. The fact that a recovery drink seriously reduces soreness is reason enough for me to take it!
When it comes to P90X supplements, the P90X Recovery Drink is bar far my #1 choice of recovery drinks. There is lots of other good products out there, but this one has everything your body needs for recovery: The perfect carb to protein ratio of 4:1, simple sugars in the form of dextrose that absorb quickly and promote protein synthesis, fast absorbing protein, creatine, and glutamine. Oh and it tastes bomb too!!!
There are plenty of P90X Recovery Formula alternatives out there, but for the price and what you get in the way of quality and convenience, you cant beat the Recovery Formula.
You can get your Recovery Drink right here on my site under the “Supplements” tab.
Muscle burns fat….simple. The more lean muscle mass you can add during your fitness journey, the more fat you are going to burn. That is why I think creatine is a must for one of your P90X supplements. Studies show that supplementing creatine can significantly increase lean muscle mass. Now there are tons of concerns out there about what creatine can do to your liver and kidneys, but the fact is that supplements have really advanced over the last 15 years and creatines like “creapure” are some of the most pure, natural forms of creatine and are in no way harmful to your body. Just follow the manufacturer guidlines for use and you will be fine.
100% bar far the most effective, inexpensive creatine that I have used (and am still using) as part of my P90X supplements is MusclePharm Creatine. I have seen size gains, vascularity increase with the added muscle, strength gains, and increased stamina during workouts.
On top of all the measurable results that I have gotten using this product, the price is friggin right! And an additional bonus is that this product uses creapure, which I spoke about briefly, so the quality is very high.
I get this product from Bodybuilding.com as well. They usually promote this product as a “buy 2 get one free” deal. So your cost per serving goes down significantly!
You can do all kinds of workouts and take all kinds of supplements, but if your body is not in an optimal state to receive all those nutrients, then they arent going to do you any good. Thats where Shakeology comes in! Shakeology has over 70 whole food ingredients, along with pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes so that your body can process what you give it with 100% efficiency.
I have been drinking Shakeology for a year now and if I was only allowed one single supplement in my regimen of P90X supplements , this is where I would invest my resources! It has everything your body needs to perform, recovery, sustain, and heal itself. It has taken me from 27% body fat, down to 5%. I have only been sick one single time since I began drinking Shakeology. And on top of these results, I FEEL like a million bucks!
Here is what Julia, a kick-butt member of RIPPEDCLUB said about it, “I’ll never go without it again! It sets the pace for the whole day.” And there are countless other testimonies from RIPPEDCLUB members along with thousands of others that agree.
You can also purchase Shakeology right here on my site by clicking the “Shakeology” tab.
Some of the nice supplements that you could add to your P90X supplements list, but dont necessarily need are more of a nicety than “must haves”. I will tell you that I do use these myself, but obviously – everyone has a different budget and I wanted to show you where I would spend my money FIRST before considering these next few supplements.
Pre workouts are great! They give you that kick of energy to really BRING IT and do your best. Some also include Argenine, which is a nitric oxide booster which increases the blood flow to your muscles (also known as a “pump”). This pump allows you to complete a few more reps than you normally would have since you dont feel that acidic burn during those last few reps. The biggest factory is energy though. If you workout in the mornings and have a really hard time getting going, then you might consider a little boost from a pre workout supplement.
From my experience, Optimum Nutrition’s AmiNO Energy is a phenomenal product as far as what it delivers in the way of results, but the only downside for me is the artificial sweeteners. I also use Beachbody’s new pre workout called Energy & Endurance which give me a huge energy boost, but doesnt give me as much of a pump as the AmiNO does. On the plus side though, E&E has no artificial sweeteners which is right up my alley.
Both are priced very reasonably. I buy the AmiNO from Bodybuilding.com, and I buy E&E through Beachbody of course and you can do so as well in the “Supplements” tab.
This is something that you might want to consider when maintaining or trying to gain weight. The purpose of casein whey is to take it right before bed so that your muscles can feed of of the slow absorbing casein while you sleep, rather than using muslce for energy. When your body fat gets super low, your body will search for energy wherever it can get it and this help prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue.
Again, Optimum Nutrition has a great casein whey that also comes in their “natural” option with no artificial sweeteners. I am currently using BSN: Lean Dessert Whey which tastes amazing, but it does use artificial sweeteners. I know I know…But it was highly rated and I wanted to see what it would do for me while I am maintaining my weight.
Like I said before, these product suggestions for P90X supplements that I have made are based on my own experience through the use of all of these supplements. I have used many others, but these are what have maximized my results and allowed me to get past the plateaus and into the best shape that I have ever been in. If this information was helpful, do me a favor and share it on facebook or twitter as it helps me to grow RIPPEDCLUB and change more lives!!! I appreciate it!
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I'm about to get the P90X but I have some questions. I know the program comes with a nutrition plan and depending on what my goal is, I adjust the plan to take in the needed amount of calories right? So my questions is why are supplements needed? I'm a 24 yo skinny guy who used to play soccer regularly. My goal is to build some muscle while getting fitter (I want the athletic body), which of these 4 supplement I REALLY need to do that if I'm on a budget?thanks
@faroukkhatib If I could only use one supplement and put my money on that one supplement, it would be shakeology - no question! Its the healthiest possible meal you will ever eat in your life and has so many other health factors that you would benefit from aside from JUST weight loss. But if you can do more, the a decent whey protein and creatine are a great start!
Hi there, my name's Joe, I'm a 22 year old night manager that throws stock at night. My job is very physical and I find myself lacking immense amounts of energy after working out and going to work, I was just wondering if there are any recommended energy boosts I could add to my p90x diet to help me strive throughout the day. I was also wondering, even though you're sensitive to stimulants, if there are any pre-workout formulas you would recommend from a friend's workout results.
@Joe_Haynes Hey man! I would say that shakeology was an absolute game changer when it came to energy levels throughout the day for me. I sit at a desk all day and can never stop yawning and dozing, lol. I bet it would be a solid source of energy for you as well with having such a physical job...your body needs those dense nutrients! www.myshakeology.com/toddwarren/
I noticed you said you take a scoop of protein pre-workout. Do you take it WITH your other pre-workout?
@stephenb407 I am super sensitive to stimulants so I dont take any other pre-workouts very often. I just take the whey usually.
hi! I am a beginner in the workout world, and would like to start p90x3. I am not looking to bulk but to tone up, I am a 30 year old woman, 110lbs 5.3 inches tall. I want to know if I really need all those expensive supplements advertised with the program ( shakeology, EE and recovery formula) I feel that would be super expensive per month (around $200) on top of the cost of the dvd's. also, which kit do you feel is the best ( base, deluxe or ultimate)? and can I buy my kit through your page? thanks
I'm only going to be able to do P90X every other week? How crucial will this be to my body? I'm 5'9" 150 pounds pretty active (play soccer and baseball.) . I'm in pretty good shape I just want to shred off some fat and put on some more muscle. Will I be able to get good results only doing this every other week?
@matteo1323 is there any posibility of doing P90X 3 times per week rather than taking a full week off every other week?
@bruno1996 usually you take creatine everyday for an extended period of time 4-6 weeks, then cycle off of it for 1-2 weeks. So yes, you can take creatine when doing cardio.
@bruno1996 use as directed by the creatine brand you purchased. should be printed right on the label.
Hi, I am just starting and your recommendations are awesome. I just was wondering about the Casein...is this something to use only once you get down to a low weight or can it be used from the very start? Thanks!
Does someone know what the P90X® Peak Health Formula pills is made out of? Has anyone tried them and seen results? RNC has some "pills" too and not sure these are the same.
Hey Todd, I'm new to working out and have a question about creatine. Someone told me that using creatine builds your muscles up with water and makes them bloated. Is this true? Thanks.
Hi Coach! I'm about to get it on with P90X in the next couple of days and just ordered the Whey, the Shakeology, the Creatine and the Recovery drink. Looks like i won't be hungry for regular meals with all this, i was wondering how and when to drink all of these? Thanks! Stephan
Hi Todd, Just started P90X 25 days ago and had been trying a 1200 cal. diet so far. Wanted to maximize my results, so my research led me to you on youtube. your videos and testimony are inspiring and informative. I wondered if we still need to purchase a creatine and glutamine supplement in addition to the recovery formula? and I read in another post you purchased from Amazon.com as well- is it cheaper than bodybuilding.com? Thanks!
Hello, I'm a newbie in the P90X and fitness world and I'd like to say thanks for this page which is amazing, it has lots of information! I'm really thankful with you for this. I have already started the program and I'm currently on day 6... Today I'm having Kenpo X. Anyway, the doubt I have, coach, is... does Optimum Nutrition Flavored Whey Protein mess up my progress? because I have already bought 5 Lb. of chocolate flavored protein. My goal is to lower my body fat percentage first, and I just read that it's better the natural flavored one. Thanks for your help and regards from Perú!
im starting p90x real soon but am just getting some info at the moment on what i need to buy nas in supplements. i subscribe to you on youtube and watched all you videos which are a big big help. i came across the above info today about the supplements and it just seems the more info i see the more and more suppplents i have to buy, after seeing the prices of shakeology and the p90x recovery drink and now theirs even more things i should get its seems like its gonna cost a fortune