When it comes to supplements, their rank of importance really varies. For most people, protein is number one, but after that, it becomes cloudier. Marc believes number two is BCAA. This week’s article will be dedicated to explaining what exactly BCAA is, how it positively impacts your body and results and finally which BCAA product you should take and when. It’s one of the most underrated supplements, so today we’ll set out to give it the recognition it deserves!
Ok, well first of all, BCAA stands for “branched chain amino acids.” It’s a combination of three amino acids; leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Usually when you intake amino acids, and even things like protein, they’re metabolized in the liver. With these, the breakdown is actually focused mostly in the muscles. The reason Marc drinks AMRAP (Beyond Yourself’s brand of BCAA’s) while he trains is because of that. They go directly to your muscles and when broken down, give you energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is your main source of muscular energy. That being said, I think it’s clear why it’s useful! It’ll give you energy as you workout, allowing you to push yourself harder, and farther than without it.
When you workout, having that extra energy can make all the difference. When your body runs out of that ATP, it may start breaking down muscle to allow you to keep training, which in turn has a negative effect on your results. BCAA will prevent that muscle breakdown. Not only will it help in the moment, but it helps with recovery too. Since it stops breakdown from occurring, it helps you build much faster than if your body was eating away at muscle for energy. If you’re looking to add mass, it’s a great little advantage over people who aren’t taking it. The difference may even be noticeable to some people while training. It helps you stay hydrated better than any other drink, plus if you have the right brand, it tastes amazing! Marc recommends you take 5-10g before your workout, and 5g after.
You can either get flavourless BCAA, but we prefer the Beyond Yourself AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). AMRAP is a combination of amino acids, but also has an incredible taste. This way drinking your BCAA’s isn’t a painful and gross experience. Even Marc says he used to struggle drinking straight BCAA! It’s a super refreshing drink when you workout, so if you want to check it out, visit<ahref=”http://store.marcfitt.com/collections/supplements/products/amrap”>http://store.marcfitt.com/collections/supplements/products/amrap.
As you can now see, BCAA is a key supplement when it comes to muscular energy and even adding muscle mass more easily. If you have any more questions regarding BCAA, or anything else that has to do with marcfitt.com, contact us at [email protected]!