they can be beneficial, but u dont NEED it. honestly, u dont NEED any supplement other than a multi IMO. that being said, supplements can be beneficial with proper diet and training.
This is an honest question and in no way is meant to bash any company that produces an intraworkout supplement, especially those that sponsor this board.
That said, are intraworkout drinks really necessary or is it more of a marketing thing? I have a preworkout drink and my postworkout shake and water seems to be working fine in the middle there. I'm curious to hear if anybody has noticed benefits to working an intraworkout into their routine.
I've been lifting for about 17 years or so and I've never used an intra until this past month. Do I notice a difference? I honestly don't think so but it's cheap enough to use it if it gives me even the slightest edge. I'm full-steam in the gym and if I can get an extra rep or two with the use of an intra, I'll use it.
I don't think intra is critical during weight/resistance training unless you are doing a very long workout. Water is fine.
However, if you are doing cardio or cardio + weight/resistance training and you don't mind some carbs, then it's not a bad idea to help keep your energy level high for a long hard cardio session or both activities back to back.
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Personally i get nauseous if i drink anything other than water during my workouts, but I keep fairly quick pace.
I sometimes sip BCAA's likewhile lifting, but mostly I just drink water. Now, when I run my races I use Intra's. Race courses always offer water and gatorade or powerade. Those help, but a better product could be use IMO. The point is when covering 26.2 miles and you are not replenishing your electrolytes, glycogen stores etc, it could turn into a very bad race. I say could because there are guys who only drink water the whole time and kill it in good time. Everything is like this and depends on you, your body, and what you are doing to it.
Ultimately, if I had to throw a hardline down I would say they are not necessary and neither is any other supplement (unless it's to correct a body deficiency. Proper Nutrition and Proper Hydration are always going to be the two absolute necessities. Everything else is, well, supplementation.
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Not critical but I do see when I drink my Modern BCAA I feel faster recovery between sets .. Juss sayin.
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As the other good users wrote, it's not necessary, but some feel that it intensifies their workout. I'm a big fan of AXcell, drinking something chilled and good like that during the training always cranks out a little extra from me. The extra energy it gives is sure welcome during the heavy sets on legs and chest. The rest between the sets is noticeably less then when not being on it...
My next in line would be anything that is chilled, as I kinda get overheated during the training. Being thirsty during workout is a big no no for me... So that's why I prefer a good tasting BCAA during my workouts!
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If your going to be training over a hour it should be considered. Especially intense training. If your training intensity is low where your not going to be burning much calories then it wouldn't be necessary. For example a day in the gym where you just work your arms and do walk.
Today I'm doing legs and sprints so most likely I'm going to be using gatorade because I know it's going to be very intense,long and i'm going to be losing a lot of sweat.
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Has anyone who has taken high dose BCAAs intra workout not experienced benefit?
Taking around .4g/kg bodyweight it is much harder to get sore than it is without taking them and I find I can train more frequently while still making strength gains.
Not necessary. But can for sure be beneficial.
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Reading like this would leave one to believe you are prohibiting GH release by spiking your insulin during weight training. The most important point in regards to growth hormone is that growth hormone levels increase significantly when insulin levels are low.
Am I misunderstanding the articles?