About Beachbody Performance

Developed by Harvard-trained scientists, Beachbody Performance is a line of premium workout supplements that can help supply your body with what it needs  when it needs it, so you can reach your fitness goals.

In other words, by giving you powerful, evidence-based ingredients in just the right doses, you’ll experience more energy and endurance, better focus, less soreness, and faster recovery times. All without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

Ultimately, this means that Beachbody’s Performance supplements can “deliver amazing physical transformations”—regardless of your fitness level!

According to Beachbody, their Performance supplements are “taking the supplement industry … and turning it on its head.” Is this really true, or is it just some clever marketing? We’ll let you be the judge.

To start you off on the right foot though, let’s take a look at all the supplements that make up the Performance line.

The Beachbody Performance System

Overall, the Performance system is comprised of five different supplements:


A lemon-flavored pre-workout drink that can boost energy, improve your exercise performance, and sharpen your focus. You’ll also experience increased muscle power output, as well as delayed muscle fatigue. Ingredients include:

  • Total Carbohydrate 4g (Sugars 2g)
  • Calcium (as calcium citrate) 5mg
  • Magnesium (as magnesium citrate) 20mg
  • Sodium (as sodium citrate and chloride) 115mg
  • Potassium (as potassium citrate) 40mg
  • Beta-alanine 800mg
  • Quercetin (Uncaria elliptica) leaf extract 500mg
  • Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract (provides 100mg of natural caffeine) 200mg

Are these ingredients effective?

Of these ingredients, it’s likely that only two will possibly provide any benefits.

According to WebMD:

“Some research shows that taking beta-alanine modestly improves some measures of physical performance, especially during high-intensity exercise and strength training. Beta-alanine supplements might also improve physical performance and delay muscle fatigue in older adults.

However, not all research shows beneficial effects of beta-alanine on physical performance. The conflicting results might be due to the small numbers of participants in studies or the variability in doses used, duration of supplementation, variable exercise protocol, and populations studied.”

On top of this, study participants were usually given between 3.2 and 6.4 grams per day, while Energize only provides 800mg.

The second ingredient is caffeine, which, as anyone who’s had too much coffee will tell you, will temporarily boost your energy. But Energize only contains 100mg of caffeine (about as much as half a cup of coffee), so you shouldn’t expect a huge surge in energy.


The Hydrate supplement claims to support hydration during exercise better than water, by increasing fluid absorption and replacing electrolytes. As a result, you can expect improved performance and endurance. Ingredients include:

  • Total Carbohydrate 10g (Sugars 9g)
  • Calcium (as calcium citrate) 10mg
  • Magnesium (as magnesium citrate) 40mg
  • Sodium (as sodium citrate and chloride) 230mg
  • Potassium (as potassium citrate) 80mg
  • Quercetin (Uncaria elliptica) leaf extract 250mg

Are these ingredients effective?

Except for the quantities of each ingredient and the removal of green tea, this is essentially the same formulation as Energize.


This chocolate-flavored supplement is formulated to speed muscle recovery and reduce breakdown, combat soreness, promote lean muscle growth, and more, all through the following ingredients:

Are these ingredients effective?

The three different proteins contained in Beachbody’s Recover supplement are absorbed by your body at different rates, which means they’re available for your muscles to use as they recover from strenuous exercise. So, if your workouts are intense, they should provide some benefit.

Also, according to WebMD, “taking branched-chain amino acids by mouth seems to reduce the breakdown of muscles during exercise,” although there’s no recommended dosage.


A vanilla-flavored supplement that works overnight while you’re asleep to support muscle recovery, combat soreness, reduce muscle breakdown, and reduce food cravings, using the following ingredients:

  • Sodium 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g (Sug​ars 5g)
  • Protein 20g
  • Overnight Muscle Recovery Blend 23gMicellar casein, Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs); L-leucine, Valine, Isoleucine (2:1:1), L-glutamine.

Are these ingredients effective?

Again, this is basically the same formulation as the Recover supplement.


This contains 10 grams of pure creatine monohydrate, which might improve high-intensity exercise performance, enhance resistance training, and boost muscle recovery.

Is this ingredient effective?

Like many other supplements and their ingredients, this largely depends on what you mean by “effective.” Here’s how WebMD explains it:

“Many factors seem to influence the effectiveness of creatine, including the fitness level and age of the person using it, the type of sport, and the dose. Creatine does not seem to improve performance in aerobic exercises, or benefit older people. Also, creatine does not seem to increase endurance or improve performance in highly trained athletes. There is some evidence that creatine “loading,” using 20 grams daily for 5 days, may be more effective than continuous use. However, there is still some uncertainty about exactly who can benefit from creatine and at what dose. Studies to date have included small numbers of people (all have involved fewer than 72 participants), and it is not possible to draw firm conclusions from such small numbers.”

Now, how much will these supplements cost you?

Are Beachbody’s Performance Supplements Expensive?

The Ultimate Performance Stack (8.5oz Energize, 1lb 2oz Hydrate, 1lb 9oz Recover, 1lb 9oz Recharge, and 7.5oz creatine) is priced at $214.95 plus $24.95 S&H.

Not interested in purchasing the whole enchilada? You can also buy individual Performance supplements, and even a sampler pack that can help you try before you invest a ton of money. For all your available options, visit the Performance supplements page.

Regardless of which supplement (or how much) you buy, your purchase will come with a 30-day money back guarantee—even if you’ve used the whole tub.

In order to request a refund, you’ll need to call Beachbody’s customer service department at 800-818-5174.

What’s Everyone Saying About Beachbody Performance?

Although Beachbody’s Performance line of supplements had been out for months at the time of our research, there weren’t a whole lot of online customer reviews.

Supplement Critique claimed that their formulas seemed to be weak compared to the competition and that their prices were fairly high. There were also 16 online reviews for the Energize supplement on Amazon, where it earned an average rating of 3.5 stars.

There, common compliments revolved around good energy (without jitters), as well as great taste. On the other hand, the most common complaints cited failure to experience any results and high price.

Outside of their Performance supplements, we’ve reviewed many of the most popular Beachbody fitness programs here at HighYa, including 21 Day Fix, P90X3, Body Beast, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and more. Many seem to have middle-of-the-road reputations with customers, although a fair share of complaints revolved around overcharges, repeat billing, and so-so customer service—versus the products themselves.

As a company, Beachbody had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite more than 560 closed complaints (as of 1/6/15). There again, most of these appeared to reference similar billing and customer service experiences.

Are Beachbody’s Supplements “A Breakthrough in Fitness Performance”?

Based on the ingredients found in the Performance supplement line, as well as their relatively weak dosages, we don’t necessarily think there are any “breakthroughs” occurring here. But even if this isn’t the case, will you get your money’s worth?

As with most nutritional supplements, the first part of this equation involves your expectations. In other words, if you think Performance supplements will immediately turn you into an animal at the gym and give you the body of your dreams in no time flat, you’re bound to be disappointed. But if you’re just looking for a extra boost so you can work out longer and help your muscles repair faster, then you might be pleased by the results.

The second part of this equation involves the competition. Why do we bring this up? Because a quick search online will provide hundreds of different products that claim to do essentially the same thing as Beachbody Performance (including stacks of multiple supplements), but at a lower cost.

Considering all of this, we might recommend purchasing their sampler pack to start. Then, if you’re pleased with the results, you can order larger quantities.

In the mean time, be sure to stay up-to-date on the subject by reading our nutritional supplements buyer’s guide!

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