Why choose Mike’s Mix Recovery Drink?

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How does your product compare to P90X recovery drink, Muscle Milk and Endurox R4?  I have read the stuff on your website but what are your thoughts?  Why is yours better?

I began making Mike’s Mix with many of the other mentioned products already on the market.  As a coach and trainer I have always had an interest in sports nutrition and really developed a passion for understanding post-workout metabolism.  After reading every study I could find on recovery nutrition, I realized that many of the recovery products had either veered off the path of formulating a product that agreed with the research (and worked), focusing on taste, promoting fads within the industry, etc or agreed with the research but were overpriced.  So, without having an intention to make a business out of my venture, I made my own recovery drink.  My first attempts tasted horrible and didn’t mix at all!  However, I had hundreds of pounds of the stuff, as I had to buy ingredients in 50 pound bags, so I drank it and pawned it off on friends.  One thing led to another and as I stubbornly worked on the formula to make it palatable, (experimenting with different ingredients and buying high end raw materials), Mike’s Mix emerged.

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11 reasons to choose Mike’s Mix Recovery Drink:

1.  Mike’s Mix works. What is the most important aspect of recovery?  The answer: taking in enough carbohydrate and protein calories to repair damaged muscles and restore glycogen (muscle sugar).  I have only included ingredients in Mike’s Mix that have research demonstrating a benefit to recovery.  These ingredients are included in the ratio and amounts based on the findings of these studies. If I ever come across research that demonstrates that I should include another ingredient to bolster recovery, I will do so.  In short there is not a more effective recovery drink on the market and I keep a critical eye on current research to make sure Mike’s Mix will always be the go to product for recovery.

2.  Mike’s Mix is affordable.  Because I have not included a number of costly additives, I have kept the price low on Mike’s Mix.  Additionally, I am a small company without huge overhead from advertising, etc.

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3.  Mike’s Mix is all natural.  No flavors, colors, or preservatives.  I did my best to keep this a healthy drink.

4.  Mixes well.  Simply put in a container with a lid (I use a shaker bottle), add liquid, shake and drink.

5. Tastes good.  I think my product tastes great but I am biased.

6.  I make Mike’s Mix fresh every week and ship it right to your door.

7.  I stand behind my product and value customer service.  Don’t like your mix?  I give a 100% money back guarantee for any reason what-so-ever.

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8.  Made in the USA.  All ingredients, labeling and packaging.

9.  Quality ingredients.  I pay a little more for really good protein and maltodextrin.  You can taste the difference in products.  As such, my product tastes good without added flavoring.

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10.  Mike’s Mix is an honest product.  The supplement industry is filled with pseudo-scientific jargon and ridiculous, unsupported claims.  Mike’s Mix is a simple and straight-forward product.

11.  I answer customer questions (like this one).  I enjoy hearing from customers (and potential customers), answering any questions and just debating the newest nutrition/fitness trends.  If you have any more questions for me in the future, please feel free to ask. Contact Us!

Mike and Melissa with the Mike's Mix Mixing Machine

Mike and Melissa with the Mike’s Mix Mixing Machine

40 Responses to Why choose Mike’s Mix Recovery Drink?

  1. Mike

    Can I make a money order?

  2. bill

    What do you recommend as a protein drink (those whey protein powder mixes)? thanks, bill

  3. Joey K

    I’m considering buying Mike’s Mix and I think you addressed a number of questions that I had when comparing products. When looking at some other recovery drinks, I see they add vitamins and amino acids to their product. Is there a reason you don’t add them to your product?

  4. Richard Hughes

    Mike, my wife and I have recently started working out with the P90X program. I came across your product and website doing some research on recovery drinks and yours definitely sounds like the one we are going to try. I like the fact that it is supporting a small American company and especially that the price is so reasonable. We look forward to trying the product and best of luck with your startup.

    • Mike

      Hello Richard, thanks for choosing Mike’s Mix, best of luck to you and your wife with P90X.

  5. Tad

    What is the shelf life for Mike’s Mix?

    • Mike

      Thank you for your question. Keep your Mike’s Mix in a cool and dry location and it will last one year (or longer) from purchase.

  6. Wamique

    I purchased your mix from Amazon. Im very lactose intolerant and didnt realize until it arrived that it contains milk :(

    Do you sell a lactose free version? This is killing my stomach tonight. I’d like to stick to your company, our local gym loves it.


  7. Ibrahim Ali

    How long does your product last?

    • Mike

      Thanks for your interest in Mike’s Mix. If the container (or bag) is kept in a cool dry place the product will last a year or longer.

  8. Philippe

    Hey Mike,

    I just bought 2 of the bags after reading around. How’s the best way to store it? Should i move it to a big tupperware container or just leave it in the bag and twist tie it?


  9. Ray Wallace

    Mike – I get that the recovery drink should be consumed after a workout. I workout (P90x) after the kids go bed and I’m concerned about taking the drink so close to bedtime. What are your thoughts about so many carbs just before bedtime?

    • Mike

      Whether you workouts are diurnal or nocturna,l you will find your metabolism in the same condition after your workout, which is receptive to carbs for refueling and insulin response. You’re not in the same position metabolically as most people at bed time and thefore shouldn’t be concerned with taking enough carbohydrate to recover from your workout.

  10. Brigita

    I am training for Half Marathon and have sore muscles after the longer runs, I will be running 7-11 miles on my long runs as weeks go on. 2 questions. 1. Should I use your recovery drink for that? (I run 4 days/weeek and also do 2 days/week weight lifting + cross training)
    2. 1 serving is around 380 calories, that seems a little high? Should I use less to cut calories? Or can this be a meal replacement drink?


    • Mike

      Thanks for your interest in Mike’s Mix. Mike’s Mix would be perfect for recovering from your long training runs in preparation for you half. You burn approximately 100 calories a mile when you run (so you can burn over a 1000 calories on your long runs). Although some of these calories come from bodyfat (especially in later miles) a large proportion of those calories are derived from glycogen (your body’s stored muscle carbohydrate). If you don’t restore this glycogen before your next workout you will not be metabolically recovered and your performance will suffer. You need these calories to recover from your training. If you need to cut a few calories out of your diet so say for the after dinner snack and not your post-workout meals.

      For your shorter workouts feel free to reduce the serving. I wrote this article to help customers calculate customized serving sizes: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/serving-size-recommendations-recovery-drink/.

      Mike’s Mix is not a meal replacement and should never be used as such. Some thoughts on meal replacement shakes if you are interested: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/a-good-meal-replacement-shake/

      Hope this helps, if you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Best of luck at your event.

      Take Care,


  11. Lillian

    I just want to say that me and my husband are very satisified with the product. I just ordered are second bag! We started the P90X without any recovery drink and the soreness was over whelming. I could not see paying the price for the P90X recovery drink for 2 people, so I seeked other options and found Mike`s Mix recovery drink for less than half the price!! This recovery drink works very well, I would recommend it to anyone that is working out!

    Good Luck to Everyone out there try to reach your goals!


    • Mike

      Thanks for the testimonial Lillian! Best of luck in with P90X.

  12. chris

    This stuff is great! Like many other posts I was looking for a less expensive recovery drink for P90X workouts. I found the product on Amazon.com, but after the first purchase realized I could buy it here for much less. I am looking forward to trying this after climbing.
    Thanks Mike.

    • Mike

      A fellow climber, rock on my friend!

  13. Rick

    Hi Mike,

    I just had my first bottle of your recovery drink delivered moments ago. I am a re-awakened athlete like many guys my age, and I am excited for the benefits that your product may offer. My question is about the flavors. I am fine with ingesting the drink after a hard workout, but I see that you suggest to ingest the drink during workouts for longer workouts. I am having a hard time with the thought of drinking chocolate, or vanilla while in that hard breathing workout. Do you have any plans of making flavors that might be a bit more refreshing in taste for that type of circumstance, or do you have any suggestions? Congratulations on your growing success.

    • Mike

      Hello Rick,

      Although Mike’s Mix can be used as an effective sports or hydration drink in a very dilute concentration: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/hydration-formula/, I honestly don’t recommend it because it doesn’t taste very good. Most sports drinks are sweet and salty (at the correct concentration Mike’s Mix is neither) which actually enhances thirst, effectively causing you to drink more. There are many commercial sports drinks, such as Gatorade, that fit this criteria. Maybe a sports drink powder is in the future for Mike’s Mix, but at this point I have to point you to a competitor.

      I should point out that the need for consuming calories during a workout is not needed and will not help your performance until workout duration reaches 2 hours http://sweatscience.runnersworld.com/2012/02/overfueling-glycogen-supercompensation-and-the-brain/.
      So, if your workouts are under two hours, a cheap and healthy recommendation for a hydration beverage would be water.

  14. Kerri

    Hi, myself and my husband are P90X grads, and now starting P90X2, Tony Horton is always preaching about recovery, recovery recovery, for the usage of building the most muscle? but my questions is does Mike’s mix promote muscle building as well?

    • Mike

      Hello Kerri,

      Thanks for your interest in Mike’s Mix. Muscle building is an increase or hypertrophy of muscle fibers as a response to stress (workout). The carbohydrate in Mike’s Mix will maximize your insulin response and the whey protein provides amino acids for muscle repair and hypertrophy. So yes, Mike’s Mix offers a superb post-workout meal for someone who is interested in muscle building. However, the most important determinant to muscle building will be total macronutrients in a day coupled with the correct stimuli. In other words, Mike’s Mix by itself will do little if your total calories are not sufficient to promote muscle growth. Someone on a calorie restricting diet will have a hard time putting on muscle mass. Keep your calories at a point where you are gaining muscle and not accumulating unwanted fat (must keep a journal and check body composition), train hard and infrequently, and use Mike’s Mix;) and you will be on your way to putting on some real muscle.

      Take Care,

  15. April

    I’m a little confused on how to incorporate a recovery drink into my daily caloric intake. I am doing P90X first thing in the morning so obviously I would have the recovery drink right after working out. But then what do I do about breakfast? It seems like too many calories at one time to have the drink AND breakfast. How do I do this?

    • Mike

      Thanks for choosing Mike’s Mix. If you haven’t seen it yet please read this article on customized serving sizes: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/serving-size-recommendations-recovery-drink/. If you use the serving size recommended from this article the caloric count will only partially restore the calories used during exercise. (An hour of intense exercise will burn about 800 calories an hour, the largest recommended serving of Mike’s Mix only has 388 calories). Consequently, you will still have a calorie deficit from your workout. Therefore I would suggest eating your regular meals in addition to the Mike’s Mix, which will still allow you to lose weight if that is your goal. If you find that eating your normal breakfast following the Mike’s Mix is too much food at once for your stomach, cut back slightly on the Mike’s Mix or your normal breakfast. The best scenario would be to take your Mike’s Mix immediately after exercise then 45 minutes later eat your normal breakfast. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

  16. Patric

    I was discussing different recovery drinks via Facebook with some friends of mine. One of whom is big into cycling/cardio and advocates Recoverite by Hammer Nutrition. When I asked what he thought of Mike’s Mix, he replied that he felt there were 3 problems: “dextrose, whey protein concentrate (needs to be isolate), and fructose. I try to avoid sole sugars that cause spikes in blood sugar.”

    As someone who is new to the nutrition side (recovery drinks, etc.) of working out, I’m trying to understand as much as I can about the different components. Why might he says these ingredients are a downside to Mike’s Mix? Is there evidence to the contrary?

    Thanks for the help!
    – Patrick

    • Mike

      Hello Patrick,

      Thanks for your interest in Mike’s Mix and I’m really happy to hear that Mike’s Mix was being discussed along with the big boy manufacturers. When formulating Mike’s Mix my first priority was to make an effective recovery drink derived solely from evidence published in peer reviewed literature on sports nutrition. Every ingredient was chosen for its ability to aid recovery. If there is evidence that different ingredients would further accelerate recovery I wouldn’t hesitate to change up the formula. Having said that, from an exhaustive search of the research, I will argue that there is neither a better or more effective recovery formula on the market.

      Let’s look at the three ingredients that your friend questioned.

      1. Dextrose. Dextrose is a simple sugar. It is often called glucose and along with maltodextrin (a very similar ingredient) they have extremely high glycemic indexes. Glucose and glucose polymers should be the foundation of a recovery drink: http://jap.physiology.org/content/75/2/1019.abstract. Although one should avoid “sugars” and high glycemic index carbs at most meals, they play a vital role in recovery in a post workout meal by replenishing lost glycogen and maximizing insulin response. I have a lot of people question the “sugar” content in Mike’s Mix and have addressed the importance of its use in this post: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/sugar-recovery-drink/ Long story short; you want a rush of glucose (blood sugar) after a workout and the Recoverite formula is very similar to Mike’s Mix is this respect (all quality recovery drinks will be made predominately of glucose and or glucose polymers).

      2. Fructose. Right now there is a campaign against high fructose corn syrup and fructose which I assume is predominately funded by a depleted sugar industry. Fructose is a naturally occurring substance present in almost all fruits in vegetables, however when isolated and consumed in vast amounts (like drinking many sodas) it will contribute to obesity and other metabolic disorders (so will sugar). I have received countless emails in reference to concern over the fructose in Mike’s Mix. There is a small amount of fructose in Mike’s Mix which serves a very important function. Fructose, which is almost entirely metabolized in the liver, yields a much higher repletion of liver glycogen than other forms of carbohydrate. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. If a recovery drink doesn’t contain a small amount of fructose it simply isn’t as effective as one that does. A lot of manufacturers have chosen to include sucrose (table sugar), organic rice syrup, or some other form of fructose containing sugar to disguise its presence from anti-fructose label Nazis. I’m getting near that point myself and may soon replace the fructose with sucrose. Same compounds as soon as it hits the intestine, but it serves the same beneficial functions with a disguise. I should point out that there are no ill effects of consuming small amounts of fructose (or sucrose or any other fructose containing sugar). Mike’s Mix contains the same amount of fructose as an apple or orange.

      3. Whey protein concentrate versus isolate. Mike’s Mix contains Whey protein concentrate which is composed of 81% protein. Whey protein isolate is further refined and is 90% protein. The isolate further removes a small amount of fat and lactose (although some amounts are still left). I believe it is mostly the manufacturers of whey protein isolate, who feed off the bodybuilders fear of carbs, that are heavily promoting the “superiority” of whey protein isolate. I have found no research indicating a benefit, or drawback to an isolate over a concentrate. If anyone has any information to the contrary I would be very interested in seeing it. I have included the amount of protein shown to be most beneficial to recovery: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16775553 from a very high quality source of whey. I chose the concentrate over the isolate, because after much experimenting I found that it tasted better, mixed better, and I thoroughly trust the integrity and quality of my source. All pluses with no down sides that I am aware of. I should point out that the small amount (less than two grams) of lactose present in a serving of Mike’s Mix (it would have less if I used an isolate) doesn’t impact most lactose intolerant individuals. I should also point out that milk (currently a huge competitor of recovery drinks) sole carbohydrate source is lactose. So to conclude, I am aware of no advantages in recovery for using a isolate over a concentrate and the idea of its superiority has been generated from marketing from manufacturers. Mike’s Mix will not fall victim to using ingredients that just satisfy current market hype. Again, if there is any evidence to support changing the formula to make Mike’s Mix more effective I will not hesitate to do so.

      One shouldn’t judge the quality of a recovery drink on cost, fancy labels with scientific jargon, or hyped up super ingredients with no scientific backing. Mike’s Mix’s formula has been thoroughly researched and is consequently easily defensible. I hope the information provided helps, if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Take Care,

  17. Patric

    I meant to type SIMPLE sugars not SOLE sugars. My bad.

  18. Bruce

    Mike, your product works. I used up my wife’s supply of P90X formula and when I needed more, found I needed to shop around. I found your product online, read about it and ordered a 4 pound canister. The difference between having Mike’s and not having Mike’s after an intense workout is impressive. Your mix does what it claims, resupplies my muscles for the next day. If applied properly, I believe Mike’s mix can help any athlete recover and prepare for the next day. I have used it to train for a mountain bike race and a duathlon with very good results.

    Thanks for a quality product, please keep it that way,

    • Mike

      Thank you for the kind words Bruce, if you ever get a good picture from one of your races I would love a little diversity on the Mike’s Mix site (a picture of a customer in a mountain bike race would make my day).

      Take Care,

  19. Sherry

    Hi Mike, I just bought the original flavor drink. I am doing slim n six (beachbody). I have 100 pounds to lose. I am using two scoops to 10 ounces of water after each workout. I truly feel amazing and my energy lasts all day. There is minimal soreness the next day. My question is Mikes Mix still okay to use if you want to lose weight? I am cutting my breakfast carbs since there are already carbs in the drink. Also, I drink the drink at 6 AM and then I have breakfast around 8:45AM. What are your thoughts?

  20. Jeff

    Hi Mike. My name is Jeff. I have been doing p90x for about a week now. I have been hearing a lot about the p90x recovery drink. I wanted to know if this recovery drink will provide me with the same results. Also I believe there is creatine in the p90x formula. Does your drink have creatine and do you think it is necessary for recovery?

    Thank you Mike!

    • Mike

      Hello Jeff, Thanks for your interest in Mike’s Mix. Yes, Mike’s Mix will provide you with the same or better results than the P90X formula. There isn’t a better product on the market, if there was a better formula I would imitate it. Mike’s Mix does not contain creatine. I wrote a post addressing why it doesn’t and the information should help you determine if you should supplement with creatine: http://mikesmixrecoverydrink.com/creatine-in-a-recovery-drink/ If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.
      Take Care,

  21. Jeff

    Also I have been trying to understand the 4:1 ratio with the recovery drink.. I dont know if that is a big deal but I forgot to ad that to my post.


    • Mike

      Recovery Drinks used to consist of pure carbohydrate. Research concluded that if you mixed protein with the carbohydrate you could increase glycogen resynthesis. Endorox ran with the 4:1 ratio and now pushes this concept heavily in their marketing. It is hard to say whether a 3:1 ratio, or 5:1 ratio might not be as effective, but I think you are pretty safe with 4:1 (Mike’s Mix is about 4:1). I think the much more important factor is that you are taking a large enough serving size. If you don’t take in enough carbohydrate to provide the substrate for glycogen the ratio of macronutrients is really inconsequential.

  22. Trey

    Hey Mike

    I got your drink as a birthday present and I had never heard of it before. I got it along with some Syntha-6 protein powder and I really like your drink. I was hesitant about it at first because there is lots of stuf out there with labels plastered all over the tub saying how its the most effective powder/drink out there. BUt how can 30 different brands all be the best? I heard about a company called American Pure Whey, at least thats pretty close to the name if not exactly it, that was selling protein powder very cheap and when someone tested it at a lab, all it was was just sugar!

    Anyway, this all leads to the fact that I am gonna be a customer for you now and I really feel like you’re trying your best to make a good, simple, affordable and honest product.


    • Mike

      Hello Trey,

      Thanks for the kind words. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is representing yourself as a reputable business in the supplement industry. Unfortunately many supplement manufacturers over-hype their products capabilities or flat out sell worthless snake oils while making ridiculous health and fitness claims. My mission looking into the future is to try to bring some sanity to the supplement market. To accomplish this I want to not only provide honest products, but also provide simple and strait forward information on sports nutrition. With all the pseudo-science and over-hype flying around from supplement marketing campaigns most athletes are justifiably lost in a cloud of confusion and skepticism.

      Best of luck with your training.

      Take Care,

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