About two months ago I drank the metaphorical kool-aid and signed up to be a beachbody coach. I haven't talked about it a lot on here because I didn't do it to be a spammy in-your-face sales guru. Really, I signed up mostly for the discount! I've been interested in trying out the workout programs and Shakology ever since doing PiYo at Fitbloggin in June. For years I've also heard people raving about Insanity and T25 so I decided to buy into the hype.
The PiYo Program
Overall, meh. Here are the reasons I thought I'd like the program:
- No equipment required
- Help with stretching/flexibility while marathon training
- Lengthen/tone muscles similar to barre workouts
I was very underwhelmed with a few of the workouts. Now, keep in mind, I workout a lot. A few of the workouts (upper body strength & lower body strength) I don't ever plan on doing again they were just soooo easy. Some of the workouts were kickass (core & sweat) and I'll definitely add them into my overall rotation. Surprisingly, I realized I really like using weights in a workout! You can certainly get toned with body weight exercises but I just wasn't seeing the improvements or changes I thought I would. I also didn't like that a lot of the workouts said they were a certain time but ended up being significantly shorter than that. If you are very new to working out then you may love PiYo. It is slow, easy to learn, but still includes some very challenging workouts. For moderate to advanced athletes I wouldn't recommend it unless you wanted a yoga-paced, low-impact workout. Travis bought the T25 program and I tried one of his workouts (core speed) and I will definitely be doing that program after marathon training! In a 25 minute workout I burned about 250 calories which is as much as I normally burn with a 60 minute home workout!
For that high price tag you should ask your self two questions before buying it.
- Is it a good value? Could you buy seperate supplements to take to have the same effect for less cost?
- Is it necessary? Yes, it's cram packed with lots of cool sounding ingredients, but do you actually need any of them?
The shakes tasted okay. I've had far better tasting protein drinks, but it definitely wasn't the worst I've ever had. I'd make them with 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice. They came out to be approximately 230 calories and they kept me full for about 2-4 hours and gave me a nice little 'green energy' buzz.
The high price of Shakeology is often justified by saying you can quit buying protein powders, probiotics, multivitamins, and whatever other supplements you may be taking that are in Shakeology. I don't use protein powders often since I eat a balanced diet and get all the protein I need naturally. I do take a multivitamin and probiotic daily but that's only about $15 a month. They also say you can use it as a meal replacement so you can factor out the cost of a meal a day but there is no way I could have it for anything more than a snack. So, assuming I spend .50 cents in vitamins a day, and eat $1 snack in the mid-mornings (when I'd usually have shakeology) that's still exchanging $45 a month for $130.
I tried to look around for a similar product and I came across one of my old favorites - Amazing SuperFood. As you can see it has many of the same ingredients minus the protein and it's only $20 a month.
If you feel like you need the extra protein you could try the Amazing Meal which is still a measly $42 a month (compared to Shakeology's $130!) I haven't tried Amazing Meal yet myself (but I love the SuperFood) so I can't say for certain that it's equivalent but I'm assuming for most people the effects of each drink would be very similar. Be warned: the taste of Amazing Grass products is something to get used to! It certainly doesn't taste like a chocolate shake, but I love adding the superfood to my chocolate protein shakes, or my oatmeal in the morning.
Another great alternative is Vega's All in One Nutritional Shake. It's pricey, but not nearly as bad as Shakeology. The taste is MUCH better than Amazing Grass, so it's a trade off if you want to spent more $$ for the better taste.
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So, there you have it. Obviously this is only my opinion and others will disagree. I think Beachbody has some killer workouts, but I just can't justify the Shakeology price tag. I'm going to enjoy the remainder of the stash I have at home but I'm looking forward to trying out Amazing Meal next.
What have you heard about Shakeology or Beachbody in general? What's the most you would spend on supplements/health foods a month? [convertkit form=4843080]