I love when packages arrive! I got this sharp-looking box recently:
Inside was the complete Bowflex Body product line! Bowflex Body is a new system of protein shakes and energy drinks, and my friends at Bowflex sent me their sample box.
Since everything in the sample box was in single-serve packets, I decided to bring all of it with me to Seattle and Portland, where I competed in two stair races on Saturday and Sunday.
My typical pre-race breakfast is easy and light. I don’t want anything heavy, like oatmeal, that will weigh me down. Instead, I make a protein shake, mix up a another drink using a vitamin supplement powder (that also has a little caffeine), and I’ll eat a banana or two to load up on extra potassium, which can help prevent cramps.
The Bowflex Body line covers all those bases, except the bananas, so these packets were the perfect thing to throw in my bag and bring along.
The cool thing about the Bowflex Body fitness shakes is that there’s a French Vanilla base powder, and then they have a trio of mix-in options, so you can switch up the flavor and benefits depending on your needs any given day.
On Saturday, in Seattle, the first thing I did was try the French Vanilla base by itself. Vanilla is my favorite shake flavor, and this one was flavorful and tasted very good. It probably would’ve tasted even better with milk, but I used water. A serving has 15 grams of protein, 125 calories, and 2 grams of fat.
But I only tried a few sips solo, before mixing in the Rich Chocolate Shake Boost. This is their fat burner boost, with a propriety blend of herbal ingredients that, um, burns more fat, I guess. “Rich” is a fitting adjective, because that’s exactly what it was. It wasn’t bad, but it was a little strong for my taste.
15 grams of protein wasn’t enough for me, so I missed up another pouch of the French Vanilla, and this time added in the Mixed Berry Shake Boost, which is the antioxidant-loaded boost. It was also good, and the flavor that I think would taste best made in a blender with ice, full-on smoothie-style.
Lastly, I used their Berry Pomegranate Pre-Workout Energy powder, which has 50 calories and 100% (or more) of seven vitamins and minerals. Good flavor, and not too sweet – just the way I like it.
On Sunday, I used the final French Vanilla shake powder, and mixed it with the Peanut Butter Protein Boost, which added 10 more grams of protein (and 80 calories). This was my favorite shake of all of them, although this photo doesn’t do it justice, because I was in a rush and didn’t stir it enough to break up all the lumps:
The final packet in the sample pack was the Passion Fruit Daily Energy mix, and I preferred it over the Berry Pomegranate. One reason may be because passion fruit is a flavor I haven’t seen in mixes like these, and I like that Bowflex is doing something new.
These Bowflex Body products were just what I needed for these races. They were filling, they tasted good, and they gave me the kick I needed to perform in the stairwell.
Keep it up, David!