Should i take bcaa's on cardio days?

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  1. Should i take bcaa's on cardio days?


    and if so, the same amount as i take on weight training days?


  2. If you want. They aren't necessary though.
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  3. arent necessary on cardio days, or just in general?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by kp2012 View Post
    and if so, the same amount as i take on weight training days?
    Pre cardio IMO is a good idea. Especially if your cardio is strenuous. This would help, but if it's low intensity, it may not be worth the time/money. I take 10 g bcaa preworkout with other stuff, but that's before hitting the iron

  5. I think BCAAs pre-cardio are a horrible idea. If the point of your cardio is to burn calories, then what's the use in slugging down extra calories?

    Take your BCAAs for your weight training sessions where they have potential to enhance performance and anabolism
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  6. def take bcaa's on cardio days....i sip them while i do cardio, the bcaas would give the same benefits for cardio days as weight days...especially if your doing HIIT cardio the way you should be
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    I think BCAAs pre-cardio are a horrible idea. If the point of your cardio is to burn calories, then what's the use in slugging down extra calories?

    Take your BCAAs for your weight training sessions where they have potential to enhance performance and anabolism
    Coop what do you think about taking them before a 10k run otherwise on an empty stomach? I don't want to eat and 10k totally empty is somewhat difficult and may lead to some muscle loss. Would BCAAs be helpful here?

  8. Quote Originally Posted by saggy321 View Post
    Coop what do you think about taking them before a 10k run otherwise on an empty stomach? I don't want to eat and 10k totally empty is somewhat difficult and may lead to some muscle loss. Would BCAAs be helpful here?
    Good question, when I do cardio I always go hight intensity also.

  9. Drink some Compete before you run, not a BCAA product, but will have substantial benefits in the stead of a BCAA product.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by laneanders View Post
    Drink some Compete before you run, not a BCAA product, but will have substantial benefits in the stead of a BCAA product.
    i agree...but i'd like to sip it during the cardio, thats just me...2 scoops for a hard cardio session will add a lot of benefits and i dont' think the 20 calories are going to be detrimental to anyone
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by laneanders View Post
    Drink some Compete before you run, not a BCAA product, but will have substantial benefits in the stead of a BCAA product.
    I was thinking potassium nitrates...
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by xR1pp3Rx View Post
    I was thinking potassium nitrates...
    depends on your type of cardio....but PN might give ppl crazy pumps which may be uncomfortable during long or intense cardio sessions
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    I think BCAAs pre-cardio are a horrible idea. If the point of your cardio is to burn calories, then what's the use in slugging down extra calories?

    Take your BCAAs for your weight training sessions where they have potential to enhance performance and anabolism
    Agreed. Why do people forget about muscle memory? Get so caught up in not losing muscle they forget about the main goal.
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Young Gotti View Post
    depends on your type of cardio....but PN might give ppl crazy pumps which may be uncomfortable during long or intense cardio sessions
    ive yet to get that severe of a pump when not lifting.. and the endurance benefits far outweigh the mild pump I would get from running. that's my own experience though.. maybe someone else has had a different outcome with aerobics. now lifting tho... that's a whole different story.
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by xR1pp3Rx View Post

    ive yet to get that severe of a pump when not lifting.. and the endurance benefits far outweigh the mild pump I would get from running. that's my own experience though.. maybe someone else has had a different outcome with aerobics. now lifting tho... that's a whole different story.
    I prefer anabolic cardio. Farmers walk ,high rep bodyweight lunges, jump rope,boxing *combos* high jumps,burpees ect ect so I can reap both benefits
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  16. I think you're fine without them.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by xR1pp3Rx View Post
    ive yet to get that severe of a pump when not lifting.. and the endurance benefits far outweigh the mild pump I would get from running. that's my own experience though.. maybe someone else has had a different outcome with aerobics. now lifting tho... that's a whole different story.
    i've gotten painful calve pumps from running before....but i dont' run anymore, however if someone does HIIT cardio their legs are going to swell up similar to a leg training session....again why BCAA or Compete would be extremely useful

    if you listen to layne norton talk about it on his one podcast....LISS cardio has shown to decrease muscle mass and HIIT could actually increase the mass in your legs.....so it only makes sense to add bcaas or a drink like compete for cardio
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  18. I prefer EAA's/BCAA's/Electrolytes pre/intra cardio.
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by Clemenza View Post
    I prefer EAA's/BCAA's/Electrolytes pre/intra cardio.
    I just do pre intra bcaas with electrolytes and caffeine.

    I like that combo

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Young Gotti View Post
    i've gotten painful calve pumps from running before....
    its those tiny calves of yours ....
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  21. If I am doing long duration cardio, which is only contest prep, I use BCAA's and Compete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    I think BCAAs pre-cardio are a horrible idea. If the point of your cardio is to burn calories, then what's the use in slugging down extra calories?

    Take your BCAAs for your weight training sessions where they have potential to enhance performance and anabolism
    This.. or spaced between meals 4-6 hours apart...

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  23. Quote Originally Posted by mr.cooper69 View Post
    I think BCAAs pre-cardio are a horrible idea. If the point of your cardio is to burn calories, then what's the use in slugging down extra calories?

    Take your BCAAs for your weight training sessions where they have potential to enhance performance and anabolism
    Hmmm.... never realized BCAA's had caloric value. I always thought they were a non-caloric, muscle sparing supp. Good to know. Do you think it's ok to take them with preworkout supps like citrulline malate, agmatine, caffeine, etc. I take them all at once, and now I'm wondering if I should omit the BCAA since these other supps work better on an empty stomach... 15 years hitting the iron and still learning : )

  24. Quote Originally Posted by rockme View Post

    Hmmm.... never realized BCAA's had caloric value. I always thought they were a non-caloric, muscle sparing supp. Good to know. Do you think it's ok to take them with preworkout supps like citrulline malate, agmatine, caffeine, etc. I take them all at once, and now I'm wondering if I should omit the BCAA since these other supps work better on an empty stomach... 15 years hitting the iron and still learning : )
    More due to insulin but even gel caps have calories. You aren't allowed to list calories on amino acids either. As per fda requirements.
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by pyrobatt View Post

    More due to insulin but even gel caps have calories. You aren't allowed to list calories on amino acids either. As per fda requirements.
    I've seen no difference with using them as I like which is 10g every few hours.

    Results have been nothing but stellar in muscle retention and fat loss. I find them extremely beneficial
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrobatt View Post
    More due to insulin but even gel caps have calories. You aren't allowed to list calories on amino acids either. As per fda requirements.
    Correct. Also always taking amino's never allows protein levels to reach refractory stages before being spiked again. Therefore protein levels are constantly elevated, where Muscle Protein Synthesis has been shown superior with larger meals spaced out further apart with small 5g Leucine doses between those meals (4-6 hours apart) per the podcast and Layne's research.

    Aminos are 1g of protein per 1g of BCAA (free forms of protein) as stated above the FDA does not count them since they are so small.
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  27. Quote Originally Posted by The Solution View Post

    Correct. Also always taking amino's never allows protein levels to reach refractory stages before being spiked again. Therefore protein levels are constantly elevated, where Muscle Protein Synthesis has been shown superior with larger meals spaced out further apart with small 5g Leucine doses between those meals (4-6 hours apart) per the podcast and Layne's research.

    Aminos are 1g of protein per 1g of BCAA (free forms of protein) as stated above the FDA does not count them since they are so small.
    Every 3 hours or so id take them and always 4 -5 hours after a meal
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBF Inc View Post
    Every 3 hours or so id take them and always 4 -5 hours after a meal
    so you eat around 3-4x a day?
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by The Solution View Post

    so you eat around 3-4x a day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBF Inc View Post
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    Hows that working for you?
    have you tried this for both cutting and bulking?
    Train Fasted?
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