Just over two months into using the Fluid - Recovery Nutrition and here are my experiences so far.
The good thing is the blend of carbohydrates, protein, and glutamine (2500mg), which is a major difference to most other recovery products. In total each serving provides 25 g of carbohydrates in the form of maltodextrine and fruit sugar (fructose), 7 grams of protein from whey protein isolate, 250 mg of potassium at 1% and 166% of the RDA for vitamin C. For those that don't know L-glutamine is thought to be an important amino acid for increasing protein synthesis (rebuilding muscle), improving immune function, and increasing carbohydrate uptake by the muscles to replenish glycogen post workouts.
Granted I haven't been in the full force of training yet but I have been swimming hard and the hours are gradually moving up. The main things I have found are:
1) I seem to be recovering better than I was previously after really hard sessions using Fluid. Definitely less sore in the shoulders after swim sessions and long run sessions. Primarily it has decreased the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
2)The Berry flavor is by far the best and it is best taken with as colder water as you can possibly get.....I generally use cold tap water at the gym or iced water at home. It seems to mix better and taste better with colder liquid.
3)Fluid is relatively low in calories at 130 per serving and so doesn't give you that heavy feel that some other products give you. This is critical in the 30 minute window after working out as your body can only really handle less than 200 calories.
4) The product is all natural, gluten-free, no artificial colours or flavors...all good stuff!
I haven't been a huge user of recovery nutrition in the past with the exception of some protein bars and occasionally protein powders, so I don't really have much to compare with but I am sold on Fluid. It really helps in being able to perform the workouts day-in/day-out and as the hours and workouts become more intense then recovery becomes a key ingredient.
Word is that more flavors are in the works and potentially a caffeine based flavor :-)