Fluid began as a senior project between two students, one in nutritional biochemistry and one in exercise science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA in 2005. Founders Richard Smith and David Brown had both recently learned about the critical importance of nutrient timing and how helpful refueling during the "recovery window" could be. They saw an immediate need for a better solution. 

Using personal training money, they purchased ingredients in bags, drums, and even 50lb sacks and began powder mixing in the kitchen. After several trial & error batches (and lots of additional research), they developed an award winning product that would revolutionize how athletes train, recover and improve.

There was only one problem, (well maybe more than one), "Recovery" drinks weren't really a thing yet. No one (besides them) knew how valuable post-workout carbs & protein could be. With physical therapy grad school pending for Richard, they had a choice to make, and they chose to dive in.

They hit the road, hard! They attended over 100 events in 2008 alone. Triathlons, marathons, mountain bike festivals, bike shows, and lots more, to spread the word & share the goods! The company grew steadily and organically, expanding its reach from San Luis Obispo to Southern and Northern California, and eventually across the country.

Today, Fluid is still headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA, family owned & operated (by Richard & his wife), and run by a team of truly outstanding human beings. 

Who are we?

Our Vision

To be trusted as the nutrition partner athletes deserve, a partner who respects their intelligence, appreciates their perseverance, and genuinely cares for their continued success.

Our Mission

To create the best tasting, most effective drink mixes for hydration, sport, and recovery.

Our Values

Our team members are genuinely CARING, deeply compassionate, and strive to be empathetic. We create a genuinely HOSPITABLE, and sincerely ENCOURAGING experience for our customers. We are DILIGENT in all tasks, DEPENDABLE in our promises, and GRATEFUL for the opportunities before us.

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